April 21, 2005
tried very hard to think of a topic for this week's
column...but never really came up with an issue
compelling enough to discuss.
So I'll say this:
has done a great thing with its revamp of the daytime
lineup. Some shows I really enjoy are back on the
lineup, like Card Sharks, Password Plus, Super
Password...the shows I grew up with. People keep
saying GSN's running away from classic game shows.
I say they're finding a good mix of both. Though
calling "Win Ben Stein's Money" a 'classic' as
they did in promos for last Saturday night's marathon is
a bit of a stretch.
Now on to: The Week That Was...
Who would've guessed that 70s dance music could
go over so well? There weren't any genuinely BAD
performances this week...but the week's evictee isn't a
The strongest performance of the night came from Bo Bice,
singing one of my favorite band-geek songs,
"Vehicle." This was Bo's first time
finishing #1 on the night since Week 1. Also
strong were Vonzell Solomon, singing (not surprisingly,
actually) "I'm Every Woman," and Anthony
Fedorov, who went with "Don't Take Away the
It's hard to pin down a weakest performance, but my Idol
rankings tied Anwar Robinson ("September") and
Scott Savol ("Everlasting Love") at the bottom
for the week. And neither of them were bad.
Just not as good as the others.
So here are the rankings through week six.
Note, as always, these rankings are my opinion only
and are as subjective as each of our votes.
Again...remember my mention of
Constantine...Carrie...and Vonzell? All
safe...all strong. Still holding true.
Anwar had a few notes in his performance of
"September" that were awfully reminiscent of
weeks two and three...when he sang two half-songs
really well, and two half-songs not well at all.
I think that's what did him in. Plus, for once I
have to agree with Paula. There's no one who
it's obvious needs to go. But it really is
getting time for Scott Savol to make his exit.
Anthony Fedorov would be gone already, if not for
strong performances the last two weeks.
On "The Apprentice"...
Was that boardroom not the most surreal moment in a
while? Seeing temper-tobacco Chris break down
and all-but-lose-it? Honestly, I'm not all that
much into this season...I don't really have a favorite
to win, and I'm not 100% sure that there's anyone that
is a Bill Ransic.
Well, I was right...there was NOT a tribal
merge. Just a tribal dissolvance (is that even a
word?). I think Coby has earned the award for
the stupidest "Survivor" player of the year
(and maybe longer). Seriously, do you go around
teeing off all your competitors if you want to win?
On "The Amazing Race"...
Gretchen and Meredith are just unbelievable.
They always seem to pull it out...and while you can't
remotely consider them favorites to win (especially
since the finale almost always comes down to some sort
of foot race)...what they've done so far is nothing
short of amazing. Hence the title, eh?
See you next week.
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