March 31, 2005
say that March goes in like a lion, and out like a
lamb. Not on GSNN, and certainly not in the land
of game and reality shows...as things only get more
heated and cutthroat heading for finale nights.
Following "The Week That Was," I'll have some
other random thoughts on "The Contender" and
on a little concern for one of GSNN's own. :)
The Week That Was
On "American Idol"
I start off by gloating a little? My rankings
worked out again... with the bottom three as voted by
America being three of my bottom four. I do wonder
what the vote was the first time...and honestly, how
many people really voted for the wrong
Last week I mentioned that the season was up for
grabs. What I didn't mention is that each year,
there comes a point where the group of Idol finalists is
basically split in two by this scoring system...where
roughly half are in a 'lead' group and half are in a
'watch out, or you're gone' group.
That's what happened this week.
I have to say, thank you "American Idol" for
skipping over the 70s and 80s weeks, following the
debacle that was 60s Week. This week, we jumped
right into the 90s. I have to admit that the ten
songs performed weren't exactly my 10 favorite songs of
the decade, but they'll do.
The strongest performances of the night came from a
surprisingly improved Constantine Maroulis, and
consistent performers Carrie Underwood and Vonzell
The weakest renditions were from Anwar Robinson, who has
sung one good song in the last two weeks --
unfortunately, the one good song is the second half of
last week's performance, and the second half of this
week's performance. His first-halves are off the
mark somehow. I don't know why. Scott Savol
was also surprisingly weak this week.
So here are the rankings through three weeks.
Note, as always, these rankings are my opinion only
and are as subjective as each of our votes.
See what I mean? Two groups of five.
And note that the bottom five are just one point
apart. Thus the bottom three could be almost
anyone in that group. And that proved true, as the
bottom three turned out to be #6 Jessica, #7 Anwar, and
#8 Nadia. And Jessica was sent home. I'm not
sure why...her week 1 performance was weak but she had
improved greatly the past two weeks.
And you can see I was wrong about Bo moving up this
week. He's still a favorite but Simon was right --
Constantine was better than Bo. So were Carrie,
Vonzell, and Nikko.
On "The Apprentice"
Anybody else cringe when Carolyn cringed last week
(re: the 'swallow' incident)?
If you think Ulong is a complete mess on
"Survivor," consider BOTH teams on "The
Apprentice." Net Worth is a total
shambles. Trump's got major apprehensions about
Angie and Chris...only Stephanie's really in a decent
Meanwhile, the entire Magna team doubted their
PM, Craig, who had absolutely no support on his how-to
clinic idea from his teammates...even though they
eventually did pull it off.
The DUH! award for the week goes to Erin, whose 'wiseguy'
wink-filled antics rightfully earned her a trip down to
the street. Her attempts at manipulating Trump
were thankfully met with a cold stare and a "You're
it is a close call whether the disorganization of Magna
or Net Worth can be topped by the disintegrating Ulong
tribe. After James was voted off this week in a
tiebreaker vote, only Ibrehem, Bobby Jon, and Stephenie
remain. (Odd how all the Alabama folks ended up
together, and how that didn't factor into alliances
whatsoever, apparently, since they've wanted Ibrehem
and/or James gone for several episodes now.)
The interesting thing that will have to be discussed
this week is this: if there is NOT a merge, how
will the challenges be handled? The rules state
you can't sit out people in back-to-back
challenges. But if it's 3-on-3, that'll be
impossible for Koror. I really do wonder how
As for predictions, I think you have to keep betting --
merge or no merge -- that it'll be Ulong people
gone. Koror may want to get rid of one or two
people but the chances of an Ulong tribe member winning
Survivor are probably less than 5%.
On "The Amazing Race"
is it this season with last-second finishes, and
first-to-worsts? Ray and Deana went from first
(and matching-car winners) to eliminated -- in the same
two-hour episode. That's fine with me...because
their bickering and comments about others were
approaching the Jonathan/Victoria level.
Odds and Ends...
And finally...a few notes from my little
* I'm a huge boxing fan. And "The
Contender"'s bouts are great. But for some
reason, I just can't get into watching the show.
I really don't know why, unless it's just that I'm
watching too much reality TV already. The show
isn't doing well in the ratings, but its reruns are
one of the highest-rated shows in CNBC history.
* World Cup (qualifying) soccer came within 90 minutes
of me Wednesday night. I really wanted to
go...and by the looks of it, they had a great crowd on
hand. I don't know exactly why...but when soccer
comes to this area, it always draws a great
* And finally, a little concern by me about one of
GSNN's own. Check out the most recent (March
28) edition of GSNN's "We Love to
Interrupt." The group looked back at
episodes of the series...including three that I pulled
and/or highly edited. Since I wasn't able to be
a part of the chat last weekend (some of us have to
work for a living!)...here is my response:
In Episode 5...our own Gordon Pepper decided to
lampoon his own boss (me) with a letter to "Dr.
Chico." Rule #1: don't tick off the
In November 2001...WLTI got pulled again, after
a controversial statement about Ben Tritle. Ben
wasn't happy with GSNN following that statement (oh
boy, did I ever hear it) -- although we've since made
up and all is well. Rule #2: don't tick
off friends of the website!
In Episode 23...I made a decision, based on
Episode 5 and the content of this episode that GSNN's
own Gordon Pepper had a little 'problem.'
;) Read the content in the link above and you'll
see what that problem might be. Gordon, there
are programs out there that can help you.
And no, I wasn't appalled at the mention...I was
appalled that the information hadn't been given to me
by you guys before that time!! ;)
* One last thought...why is it that so many game show
fans are named Jason? We have three on the GSNN
More next week.
Elliott can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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