Round of 24: The Results - February 22
Welcome to the first results show of American
Idol. I am Gordon Pepper, and once again, I am the moderator. Now as this is the
first episode, we don't have the full crew yet. However, we do have their
Well, none of them did anything on night one, but keep in mind that Idol is a
marathon and not a sprint. That being said, certain people need to lace up the
Gordon: You don't have to lace up anything, you're not getting past this week.
Chico: Not the best start for the night. Out.
Jason: OUT. His performance of Free Ride was totally uninspiring. He had a big
job to do in the opening slot and blew it.
Jason: Eh. Neither here nor there. It just was. Safe.
Chico: Experience pays off. Safe.
Gordon: He's in my Top 6. He has the potential to be a dark horse because of his
background. I think both him and Melinda will surprise.
Jason: The judges hated him. I didn't hate on him as much, but it wasn't a
breakout performance. Safe.
Chico: Still hasn't pulled something out to make America like him.
Gordon: Awful Awful Awful. That being said, he got a ton of exposure time and
that will make him safe for at least 2 weeks while we get rid of the unknowns
Gordon: A known who sucked. Should be safe this week. MUST produce next week.
Jason: Wouldn't be surprised if he left. He would be my alternate if I didn't
have another choice to go. This was a horrible performance.
Chico: I'm going to have to recuse myself, because "Careless Whisper" is my
signature cover song... that and I'm afraid I might have to hurt the poor boy's
Chico: So what?
Jason: OK. Again. Didn't thrill me, but didn't bore me either.
Gordon: Safe only because you can only get rid of 2 guys this week.
Chico: Is that ALL he can do?
Jason: Eh. A lot of boring performances on Tuesday night and this was one of
Gordon: Not the song that I would have picked. Must choose better next week.
Gordon: Best male performance of the night. His versatility is going to make him
a very strong candidate to win the whole thing. At least Top 4.
Jason: My male leader after week (weak) one. A standout performance among
average singers. Very very good stuff.
Chico: Better than he realizes. Safe, but kinda in a daring way.
Chico: The hair was the best part of that.
Gordon: We're going to find out this week just how loyal Indians vote for their
own, because his song didn't appeal to almost anyone else.
Jason: Also in my bottom 2. Chicken Little 2007. He should be gone after this
week. If I were votefortheworst.com I would latch onto him like a leech. He is
17, sounds like he is 12, and looks so out of place. And his performance of the
Stevie Wonder tune was just brutal.
Jason: His performance was ok, but his attitude hurt him this week. You have to
man up, and fighting with the judges will only get you so far.
Chico: This year's Jon Peter Lewis.
Gordon: Not bad, but, and a BIG but, do NOT argue with the judges. Kevin Covais
and you remind me of each other. Unfortunately for you, neither Kevin, Vanessa
Olivares or anyone else who played that role lasted higher than 11th.
Jason: Another ok performance. It was very bland.
Chico: Too safe.
Gordon: He sang like he wanted to get to the Top 12 but not win the competition.
That seems just about right...
Jason: Middle of the Road stuff...nothing good or bad.
Gordon: No face time, no good performance, and someone who was the same ethnic
type, Sway Penala, went out week #2 last season. AJ is nowhere near as good as
Sway. Out this week.
Jason: My 2nd choice for best performance. Good stuff.
Gordon: Not great. Good. This season, with guys, good gets you into the Top 12,
but probably not a heck of a lot further.
Chico: A good note to end the show on.
And now, the ladies...there are a LOT of great singers here, but they are almost
all in the R&B roots. The first one who gets out of R&B and starts getting into
pop and country will have a HUGE advantage to winning this competition.
Chico: Came to play.
Gordon: I see 4 women being in the final 6 this year, and I see her being one of
them. Can she diversify?
Chico: Can't make us love you. Out.
Gordon: I see 4 women being in the bottom 6 this year, and she is one of them.
She survives this week, but not by much.
Chico: Kinda unnatural.
Gordon: Weird and affected. She'll be competing for the final 2 slots for the
Chico: Should've gone to Hollywood a long time ago.
Gordon: Dark horse. She could surprise with some good song choices.
Chico: I wish I could miss that.
Gordon: The only thing that spares her is if enough people look at her pictures
of her licking other women's breasts and hope she'll do the same thing live in
front of millions of people.
Gordon: Not only does she pick a great song, she picks a non-R&B song that was
completely different than anyone else did. Top 4 and a Dark horse to win the
Chico: Now give us another reason why you should stay there.
Gordon: The definition of Indulgent - picking a song that you love that no one
else has ever heard of. The definition of eliminated - what Nicole will be if
she picks another song like that again.
Chico: Operatic. Too operatic.
Gordon: Another singer competing to make the final 12 and then be one of the
first women eliminated in the finals.
Chico: Enjoyed it.
Gordon: Best female performance of the evening. Great song selection, and I am
feeling that her background will get her diversity a plenty. Top 4.
Chico: You're not THAT special.
Gordon: It was bad that you had to go right after her, but worse that you did
absolutely nothing up there. People with A's are leaving early, Alaina,
Chico: Should've gone through last year, really.
Gordon: Terrible choice of song, but she pulled it off. Now PLEASE pick a GOOD
NOT OVER SUNG song. Please?
Chico: As if to say "My name is LaKisha Jones... REMEMBER IT."
Gordon: Everyone loved it...except me. It's a song that everyone selects. My
fear is that she's a one style pony, as I haven't her sing anything besides R&B.
There's always one major upset in the show, and she's probably it.
We start the show with Ryan telling us that over 32 million votes were cast. We
get the introduction of the judges. We get some opinions - Randy says the guys
weren't good, Simon says that there are 2 or 3 guys with potential, and Paula
thought that the guys performances could only go up (with Simon disagreeing in
We hear about the Idol Coaches for the contestants who get to the Top 12 - Diana
Ross, John Bon Jovi, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Tony Bennett, Martina
McBride, Lulu & Peter Noone (From Herman's Hermits) and Barry Gibb from the Bee
Gees. After getting the recap, we get our first group medley, which should sound
hideous. What makes it worse is that they get to mangle a song I like - 'Sowing
the Seeds of Love', by Tears For Fears. After hearing the performance, the song
was emotionless, but at least it wasn't awful, which is what the first group
song usually is.
Ryan goes over to the guys, where unfortunately, 2 people have to leave. Nick is
petrified, Chris is nervous about his banter with Simon (and he should be
nervous) and tells America that he loves Simon. Ryan calls out the back row.
Brandon is safe. Sundance is...safe. Chris Richardson is...safe. Nick
is....safe. Blake is...safe. Only Paul is standing next to Ryan, and Ryan tells
Paul that he's leaving. Paul actually had a good voice, but the song choice did
in. He sounded completely karaoke. Paul says that it hurts, but at least he got
this far. We get to hear "Careless Whisper" one more time. He sounds actually
decent (though he still wrecks the falsetto part) and if he sang it like that on
Tuesday, he'd probably still be in the competition.
Next up - the women, round 1. The back row of the ladies show up. The safe
people are - Jordin, Stephanie, Sabrina, Leslie and Melinda. Antonella is now
next to Ryan, who tells her that...she's safe??!? Yep, she's safe, too. Ryan
calls up the real first person who is out.... Amy. Simon tells Amy to stand out
more. The judges agree that she's out, not because she sang badly, but because
she didn't make an impression and she chose the wrong song. I agree with Simon.
She sings her final song, and she sounded better yesterday. The boring bland
song did her in.
Text to the American Idol Challenge. Blah Blah Blah. Carrie Underwood, Kelly
Clarkson, or Fantasia Barrino. Who's album was called 'Breakaway'. Blah Blah
Blah. New Album from Fantasia. Blah Blah Blah. Fantasia is going to be in The
Color Purple on April 10th. Blah Blah Blah. Song from Fantasia Barrino called
'I'm Here'. Blah Blah Blah...
We go back to the women for the second elimination. Haley is safe. LaKisha is
also safe and so is....Gina. That leaves us Nicole and Alaina. Leaving us
is...Nicole, who's indulgence does her in. Just a reminder to everyone that you
have to pick songs that people know.
One more elimination to go. It won't be Chris, who hopefully has learned a
lesson with picking on Simon. Phil gets to be safe, as well as Jared and AJ.
This leaves Sanjaya and Rudy, and one of them is in the Top 4. That person is...Sanjaya.
Leaving is Rudy, and Paula says that she's disappointed that he left. Simon and
Randy aren't, but Paula gives him props. I'm not surprised here, because he
picked a horrific song and didn't execute.
We see the funeral videos, and then we end the show. Four people down... 19 more
to eliminate. Join us in 7 days when we eliminate 4 more.