April 14, 2005 -- Part
The Week That Was...
Thank goodness we left the Classic Musicals week
behind, and moved to a (radio voice on) mix of the 70s
and 80s (radio voice off) in "Songs from the Year
You Were Born" week. There really weren't any
BAD performances this week...though there were painful
I mentioned in Part One of this column that I was going
to be agreeing with Simon Cowell this week.
Apparently America agreed with him too: he only
had negative comments for three performers on
Tuesday...and what do you know...those three are the
bottom three for the week (Bo, Nadia, and
For the record, in the unofficial GSNN "Idol"
rankings that appear in this column each week, those
three were three of my bottom four. More on that,
and where I agree with Simon, in a minute.
But first, the strongest performances of the night came
from a surprisingly-consistent Anwar Robinson (singing
1979's "I'll Never Love This Way Again"),
Constantine Maroulis (belting out 1975's "Bohemian
Rhapsody"), and Carrie Underwood (who, even though
she sang three different verses in one verse, still did
well with 1983's "Love Is a Battlefield," even
while being sick.
The weakest came from Scott Savol (who would've won the
week if it hadn't been for the low notes in 1976's
"She's Gone," which he just couldn't hit) and
Nadia Turner (singing the little-known 1977 song
"When I Dream").
So here are the rankings through week five.
Note, as always, these rankings are my opinion only
and are as subjective as each of our votes.
Remember in this space last week, I mentioned the
three with star quality, none of whom were like the
others? Constantine. Carrie. Vonzell.
All safe. All strong.
And here's where I agree with Simon Cowell: if
Nadia could have sung her Week 1 (60s week) song again,
"You Don't Have To Say You Love Me," which she
sang at tonight's results show, she would not be going
home. She was awesome on that the first time, and
was awesome on it again just before leaving.
And Gordon's "Chaos Theory" strikes
again. Even though Constantine has somewhat left
the Land of Rock...he's still in the same audience group
as Bo. And as Constantine's star has been rising
fast (in our rankings, 11th-4th-6th-3rd-1st-1st), Bo's
has fallen (in our rankings,
On "The Apprentice"...
Has anyone else joined me in thinking that this
season is the equivalent of the "Survivor:
Africa" season? In other words,
predictable? I'm not entirely sure there really can
be a winner given the group that is left. But
we'll see if someone can step up to the plate.
But this season's "Survivor" is
definitely not like "Survivor: Africa."
As expected, there was not a tribal merge and now
Ulong is a tribe of one. It would seem Stephenie
will be gone this week, tribal merge or not. There
seem to be indications that there might not be a
merge. Either way, if the jury is a seven-member
jury as usual...Stephenie has made the jury.
Wouldn't that be something...to be member of a jury
against people you spent just a few days with at the
beginning of the game?
On "The Amazing Race"...
All I'll say is I LOVE the way
this week's show ended. Just awesome.
Odds and Ends...
And finally...a couple remaining thoughts.
* Best wishes to "Nashville Star" host LeAnn
Rimes. Rimes has a busted blood vessel in a
vocal cord following her recent illness...and has had
to bow out of her hosting duties as a result.
It's unclear whether this week's guest host Sara Evans
(who did a good job hosting, by the way) will be on
next week's show as well. USA Network's press
release says that Rimes will be back for the series
finale in just two weeks, but I'd be shocked if
she's back well enough to do the entire finale
by then. We'll see.
By the way, part of the Nashville Star summer tour
will be a three-show set in Niagara Falls,
* And congrats to Jeopardy! steamroller Dan Melia,
who became the first quarterfinalist in the Ultimate
tournament, in a game that wasn't even close.
See you next week.
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