March 4, 2003 -
are here for the Wild Card Round - and according to
Simon, it's going to be wild. This round is a
combination of people who got rejected by the viewing
audience - or got rejected by the judges and never had
the chance to make it to the viewing audience. This
could mean 2 things - it's either a way to let the
talented people who somehow fell through the cracks to
get their own shot (which is all very nice, but I'll
take the second one - the talent pool has been so
unimpressive for this series that they decided to bring
some extra people into it to try to spice it up.
And spice it up is right - there are 7 women and only 2
guys. Gee, I wonder if someone wanted 2 girls to go on
to even out the playing field, eh? 'Everyone is on the
same level' explains Ryan, although some people had more
screen time than others. Yeah, right.
And the twist is? 'We're going to make this a Top
Twelve' The judges will pick three of them, and America
will pick one more person. I am guessing that Frenchie
Davis will not be one of those choices.
NOTE TO TV PEOPLE (AND NOT JUST FOX) - PLEASE MAKE SURE
THAN WHEN YOU SAY THERE IS A TWIST, MAKE IS A REAL
TWIST. THESE 'TWISTS' ARE INCREDIBLY LAME.
But what it does do is that it gives the judges a chance
to bring their favorites into the game, regardless of
what the wacky audience says. Kimberly Caldwell is a
sterling example of the judges picking the Wild Card.
She made such a negative impression that I don't think
the audience will ever pick her because of what she did
to Julia DeMato (don't remember? read the recaps above).
She is obviously a judges favorite, and all she has to
do is to sing slightly passable and she will be a
shoo-in for the judges. She is MUCH better this time
around, though Randy wasn't impressed. Paula says that
she was under pitch and Simon thought that she was
unimpressive - but that she was impressive before. Maybe
the judges and I are watching different performances of
her, since we were the exact opposite when she first
song. I still think that unless four people knock the
judges block off that Kimberly gets in.
The second judges pet... I mean contestant, is Clay
Aiken. I didn't like him then - and I don't like him
now. He sing 'Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me' I HATE
this song. He does perform it well, and again I liked
him better now than earlier. Paula says that he raised
the bar. Randy gives him props and gives him a standing
ovation, saying that he did his homework. Even Simon was
impressed 'You are looking better each week.' I'll have
to agree - he should be another judges shoo-in.
The third vocalist is Nasheka. She says that she needed
to be more comfortable on the stage. She also needs to
go back to the vocal coach - not only does she still
look uncomfortable (spreading your legs out is NOT a way
of being comfortable), her pitch is excruciating. Much
better earlier than tonight's performance, which was
simply brutal. Simon thought that she was brilliant
(WHAT?), but Paula says that it was OK and Randy was
looking for more growth and didn't get it.
Next up is Carmen Rasmussen. She did not make the final
32, but she got called back here. It had to be for the
image (which is hot) and not for the vocals (which were
ice cold) and the warbling pitch. Paula? 'You only get
that much better by experience.' Randy wants her to keep
trying while Simon breaks it down - 'We brought some
people back so that they would have a chance to shine.
You didn't. It wasn't good enough. Sorry.' Me and Simon
are back on the same wavelength.
The 5th singer is Olivia Mojica. 'This time around,
everything is going to be flawless.' I'll say this - she
brings a lot of passion and emotion to the table - but
like the other 2 girls before her, she is very very off
on pitch, and this is the third straight painful
performance that I have to sit through. Randy thought
that she showed life at the end, but it didn't work for
him. Simon - 'I don't think Diane (Warren, the
songwriter of 'Because you Lived Me', the song that she
sang) is going to be jumping around overjoyed with that
rendition of that song.'
Janine Falsone, the woman who got caught in that love
triangle in Episode 1, is back. So far, the returnees
are 0-2. Make it 0-3. She is better than the other
returnees who didn't make the top 32, but her tone is
off. She does make it up by playing to the camera, but
was it enough? 'You had about as much passion as a
kitten mewing...You were so wrong for that song.' The
other judges agreed with that, and I have to as well.
She even admits that she agreed with the judges.
Chip Days is lucky number 7. Chip was technically sound,
and he did have the image thing going. He doesn't do
anything musically for me, but it seems obvious that the
judges are all ga-ga for him. Well, at least 2 of them -
Randy and Paula like him. Simon refreshingly surprises
me - 'I thought that was a terrible audition...I think
all of these people are capable of doing better - wrong
song choice, and Chip I think that you can do better and
in this audition, you were terrible.'
Simon's top choice, Alecyn Cooney, is next. Can she do
what the returnees haven't been able to do yet? To me,
the answer is yes. She is not as polished as Kim or
Clay, but she did sound good and she did express passion
- but does t cover her lack of hitting the notes? 'It
was good - I'm not jumping out of my chair...In the
words of Paula Abdul, good job.' Randy also thought it
was Ok, while Paula has only heard that one song (she
sang 'Angel) and wants her to sing something different.
Paula acting like Simon? Yikes.
After a Justin Guraini makes a surprise appearance on
the show (and does absolutetly nothing), Trenyce is the
last person to sing. She learned a lot from last time -
she wears something very skimpy, sells (bordering on
whores) herself for the camera, and gets into the song.
She, in my opinion, made the most out of her return, and
Paula and Randy agree with that with a standing ovation.
'You shined last tine - you were even better tonight.'
Simon? 'I'm not quite as excited as you guys...maybe I'm
in a bad mood.'
There could be another more sinister reason to invite
the people who didn't make the top 32 than the other 2
reasons. Here is the reason - perhaps the judges liked
the four people (Chip, Clay, Kimberly and Trenyce) so
much that they would be willing to put up inferior
talents to compare them to in the Wild Card Round that
the singers would advance in a walk and it wouldn't
matter who America picked? It sure looks like that to
me. Sure some surprise will happen, but the fact of the
matter is that the judges were so willing to let their
favorites in - even changing the rules of the contest to
do it, that it once again compromises the competition. I
thought this part was repulsive the first time around,
and just as repulsive the second time around.
So who wins? I was waiting for any of the people who
didn't make the Top 32 to make a stand - but they
didn't. The audience may be trickier to figure out this
time - but barring something weird, I'll have to go with
the four people who did make the final 32 that sang the
best - Kim, Clay, Trenyce and Chip - and I think all
four of them get in one way or another, since it's
obvious that the judges want them to. Call me Mr. Jaded.
March 5, 2003 -
We have a special HOUR
edition of American Idol tonight. We get to see
America's choice - and the judges choice. There is a
small written note at the bottom that says 'recorded
from an earlier broadcast'. Is this not LIVE? Is FOX
AGAIN falsely advertising the public?
Ryan Seacrest introduces the show by reminding everyone
that most of these people will be rejected from the show
for the second straight time. He then goes to Simon, who
was in a bad mood last night. We get to see pictures of
him in a pacifier in his mouth - and with a bib on
(thanks to the special effects people in the back. Ryan
tells everyone to give him a group hug - and they do.
AwwwwwwBARRRRRRRF. 'What is happening to this show?'
Simon blames the producers for getting him in a bad mood
last night. What may make him in e better mood will be
to see the 8 people who made it so far. Ryan brings them
back out - Charles Grigsby, Julia DeMato, Kimberley
Locke, Ruben Studdard, Rickey Smith, Vanessa Olivares,
Joshua Gracin and Corey Clark. They all leave, and I am
afraid that we have another 20 minutes worth of filler
before actually getting down to it. We get the Ford
Trucks replay from last night as my fears are starting
to be justified.
Kimberly says that she's single as she is hanging out
with Clay. Meanwhile, Trenyce says that she likes to
give great performances and that she's a good performer.
Is it good enough?
We are going to see who America picked first - and Ryan
is going through all of the people and who they sang -
and what the judges said. I could recap them, but you're
better off reading the recaps from yesterday's show.
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. So Ryan reads it - and he can't really
read it - he says he needs his glasses. To make this
also really short, this turns into a lame segway to go
into a commercial break. This would be sort of funny if
we couldn't see it being telegraphed from a mile away.
Just a note - it really didn't matter if you went to
different web sites and missed that this show started
tonight at 8 instead of 830. I am guessing that most
people will tune on at 8:30 and not miss a single
blessed thing. It would be nice to have the results
being read maybe at 8:14 and have the rest of it being
discussion. Nah, the ratings people would never buy
We are back - and the letter is still being translated.
Yawwwwn. Meanwhile, Ryan is going over and explaining
that each judge will be able to send one contestant to
We start with Randy 'Dawg' Jackson. He says that this
person hasn't hit potential, but this person could be a
star. Randy has chosen Kimberly - which is good, because
Kimberly will never win a public vote. She screams and
hugs Ryan - and then Randy. Get used to it Kimberly - I
don't see you getting past the first three votes. That's
one judges pet who gets through - and it will be very
interesting to see Kimberly vs. Julia DeMato, Round 3.
She sings her reprise and we see them at an Oliver Beene
screening to finish off the segment.
So before we get to Paula, Paula and Randy force Simon
to apologize and to thank the producers for making them
Paula starts by making it secret, but after saying that
she and Randy gave her a standing ovation, we all know
that it's Trenyce. She is the only person that I think
deserves the third chance, because I think that she is
underrated. Trenyce does her singing reprise.
Time for Simon - this could be a very interesting pick,
because I expect Clay to win the popular vote, so Simon
doesn't have to pick him - but I can't expect him to
pick Chip. Simon backtracks and says that when he talks
and then hears the replay, he could change his mind.
Ahhhhhhh. 'I'm going to take a risk here, because the
person that I chose did not sing the best last night.'
Simon decides that CARMEN is his choice to go on. Wow.
That came completely from left field. Carmen is shocked.
I'm shocked - especially since that he said that Carmen
wasn't good enough. My ears will be bleeding at least
once next Tuesday - and Carmen's reprise only solidifies
that I am guaranteed at least one painful song.
Simon's pick means two things - 1. He is positive that
America chose Clay Aiken and 2. Chip's audition was
really brutal to the point that Simon was not going to
So does Clay or Chip advance to the next round? Or did
America suddenly go tone-deaf and pick someone who
really does not deserve to be in the finals? The card
has finally been translated, but we won't hear it until
Ryan stretches it out - and he find out that there will
be a 6-11 year old talent show. BLEH.
The last person to advance is.... CLAY AIKEN. He hugs
everyone and is on the verge of tears. He reprises the
song. Ryan has everyone else come back - including the
judges. Advice? Randy says that consistency is the key,
Paula says to enjoy the journey, and Simon says to be
afraid. So we have our 12 people, and we fade to black.
My Take? I think there is definitely more talent on this
crew than the first one. I'll say right now that my top
3 ONLY based on singing ability and nothing else, is
Julia DeMato, Trenyce, and Vanessa Olivares. But add the
personality in, and it completely changes to Clay Aiken,
Rickey Smith, and Ruben Studdard. The first few votes
will tell us what direction America is leaning in - and
we'll see that in just 7 short days.
2003 - Gordon Pepper
We are done with the
second phase of the competition and we are into the
final round. Here come the finalists as we start with
the LIVE two hour premiere. Today's theme is MOTOWN -
and we'll get there right after we see the opening
We are LIVE - and Ryan is here with his 2 tons of suntan
lotion. We have a live audience - 'The best looking live
audience in the world' exclaims Ryan, as we into the 12
Ryan goes into the rules - besides no stage diving for
Ruben. They sing, we vote. One person gets eliminated
each week. The last person left standing in your
There are 2 themes tonight - the first theme is that
it's Motown night, The second theme is that all of the
songs were written by Lamont Dozier - which is even more
impressive by the fact that all of the songs were
written by him - 76 top ten hits by him. Wow.
We get a quick profile of him doing a master class with
the idolers. They revere him, and he is rewarded by
being a celebrity judge. So we have 4 judges tonight, as
he joins Simon, Paula and Randy.
Kimberley Locke goes first and we see a bio of her (I
will spare everyone all of the bios, because all it will
do is give me an unlimited supply of awwwwwwbarf
moments). She sings 'Heat Wave', and she sounds pretty
good. Not the most inspiring that I've heard from her,
but definitely passable. Randy agrees with me 'It's hard
going first, but you were good - not the best that I've
heard from you, but you were good.' Paula says that it
was a nice way to start the show. Lamont loved the
energy that she had 'You were ready for business.'
Simon? 'It was ok...it was good, but you could do
Next up is the story of Joshua Gracin, the marine. Or
shall I say the corporal. Or should I say now, the
singer, as he sings 'Baby I Need Your Lovin.' What about
'Baby, I need your vocal chords'? Not good at all, but I
can't possibly see a marine getting knocked out of the
first round. Randy thought that Josh put a lot of
himself into it and Paula thinks that he raised his
game. 'You're not Levi Stubbs, but you came with your
heart, and I can't ask for more than that.' says Lamont,
and Simon thought that he was very good, but thought
that Josh needed to lose a few pounds. Josh challenges
Simon to a push-ups match. I think that Josh could stand
to lose a few bad notes.
The third person up is Charles Grigsby. He sings 'How
Sweet it is'. He was not describing his tone, which was
very flat. Ouch. He did put a lot into it, and he has a
very nice stage presence. Randy thought it was alright,
but didn't feel enough personality. Paula liked his
profile and she thought that he did a great job (wha?).
Even Marvin Gaye had to struggle with that song' says
Lamont, who says that it's good. I'm waiting to hear
Simon bash him. I am disappointed. 'It was good.' I have
to disagree here. Yuck.
Next up is my favorite punching bag, Kimberly Caldwell.
She sings 'Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide.' Every time
that I have seen her, she sings better and better - and
every time I've seen her, me and the judges have
completely disagreed. Not this time. 'Excellent. Best so
far tonight.' says Simon. I completely agree.
Rickey Smith is up next. I expect big things from him
and Ruben Stoddard - both of them sang Motown tunes in
order for them to get this far, so with this being the
requisite, you would think that they would have no
problem with this. Rickey sings '1-2-3'. It's weird - he
nails the hard parts, but he is off-tone for the easy
segments, almost like he wants to sing up high and avoid
the low notes. I'll have to keep a reference in the back
of my mind. Randy was impressed, while Paula felt that
it was a perfect song for his voice (which Lamont agreed
with). Simon thought that he motored through the first
part of the piece - and he didn't like Rickey's intro.
The singer at the halfway mark is Julia DeMato. She also
had a little bit of soul in her auditioning songs with
'Son of a Preacher Man'. She gets to croon 'Where Did
Our Love Go?' Nice and sweet - not the best singer to
go, but she's up there - and Randy agreed. Randy thought
that it was the best that he's heard from her so far,
and Paula says to give her some stage presence. 'That
song was meant for you.' says Lamont. Simon wasn't that
Will Simon be impressed by Clay Aiken? He sings 'Can't
Help Myself' and he just nails it. A perfect song for
him and he puts himself into it. Far and away the best
performance of the evening - and he even makes love to
the camera correctly. He gets a standing ovation from
the audience - and from the judges. 'You look like
you've already arrived' says Lamont. Let's hear
something nice from Simon 'I thought you sounded very
good but if you want me to be honest, I thought it
sounded more like Motown the Musical.' Simon gets booed
by the audience.
Vanessa Olivares is number 8 - and she sings one of my
favorite songs ever - 'You Keep Me Hangin' On'. It's a
very tough thing when you have to go after that sort of
performance by Clay, and you can feel the energy level
drop, but she does do a very good job and I think that
she fit the song. Randy liked the vibe, but he and Paula
both felt that it was a little pitchy. 'I just see you
more as a better entertainer than what we are looking
for in this competition.' says Simon. I thought part of
being a singer is being an entertainer. Wha?
Corey Clark, my least favorite contestant, is next - but
I said that I was going to judge this strictly on
talent, not on personality (hence the lack of intros),
so I will keep that on the back burner. He sings 'This
Old Heart of Mine', which is a tough one to sell. Corey
has the same problems as Rickey did - he nails the hard
stuff, but is very off-pitch on the easy stuff and the
low notes. He does perform well on stage, but he
definitely could have picked a better song. 'I didn't
know you can sing that high, Dawg...I didn't think that
it was the best seen you, but it was alright.' says
Randy. Paula liked it, while Lamont thought he was a new
Smoky Robinson. Simon thought that Corey needs to cater
to his wild side and that he's refreshing. Wha? Did
Simon step into the Twilight Zone with the last 2
Carmen Rasmussen is next. She has a country voice and I
didn't like it last week. Now we have to hear her
country voice grinding against a Motown song. I am
bracing up for the worst. She picks an easy song - 'You
Can't Hurry Love' (which I think is smart) - and it's
perfect for her vocal range. She plays to the crowd
wonderfully is dead on in pitch, I can't stand her tone,
but it's her tone and she's going to stay with it. Randy
and Paula think that it's the best that they have heard
of. Simon? 'You justified my pick. Congratulations.' I
am forced to agree - she was very good and it looks like
I will be stuck hearing her annoying twang for another
Trenyce is number 11. I'm expecting a lot out of her,
too. She sings 'Come See About Me'. She does not
disappoint, and she even adds some girrrl power to it.
Much much better in terms of stage presence and she's a
definite keeper too. Randy and Paula were impressed,
Lamont says that 'You made that song yours.' Simon -
'Something I don't like doing, I have to congratulate
Paula for picking you. That was outstanding.'
Finally, it's Ruben Studdard. He croons out 'Baby I need
your loving'. He does out his own rendition, and the
crown is already standing in the middle of it. He didn't
blow me away like some of the other people did, but I
would have to put this in the top half of the
performances tonight. Randy thought he was brilliant,
Paula thought that he was refreshing and Lamont loves to
have singers like him sing his songs. Simon thought that
it was an amazing performance.
And those are your 12 finalists for Round 1. My take? If
you base it just on this one performance (but no one
ever does), then Joshua Gracin, Vanessa Olivares, or
Charles Grigsby is going bye-bye. If it was on
personality and screen time, then Carmen has to be the
underdog. If you are basing this on the audience's
voting habits, then the person to go will be Kim
Caldwell. So I have no clue on how the audience will
vote. But that's what the fun part of these things are,
12, 2003 - Gordon Pepper
Seven days ago, when we
did this for an hour, it was incredibly dull, the first
30 minutes was a waste, and the only grace was that 4
people got selected. This time around, there's only one
person. How in the world are you going to tap dance for
30 minutes? Lots of recaps, that's how. Yech.
We are back in a live audience setting. 'I will be
breaking someone's heart tonight...the journey and the
dream ends for one of our top 12.' laments Ryan. We meet
the judges, as Simon gets booed by Paula and Randy.
Over 13,250,000 people voted. Not too shabby. We get the
obligatory recap as Simon attacks everyone.
So what will we do for filler? We'll have all 12 people
sing a reprise before we eliminate one of them! Yeah,
that's the ticket! They all sing 'Heat Wave', and they
sound pretty good. As the singers saunter around, the
choreography means that they are getting ready for the
next musical tour. We get to see Trenyce screw up a line
long enough before the camera switches angles. Oops. I
guess they are not singing live after all. Trenyce gets
to play the role of Milli Vanilette.
So in the reverse move, he will be pulling the three
lowest voters. This is one group that you do NOT want to
be part of.
We start with Ruben - and he's safe. Vanessa is not -
she's in the bottom three and she gets to sit in one of
the stools of DOOM.
Clay is third - and he is safe. Kimberly Caldwell is
safe also - which means that talent will indeed be rated
over personality. But if that's the case, then Rickey is
safe too for now - and he is. Julia is the last woman on
the top - and she is not safe either. She gets to join
Vanessa on the stool of DOOM.
Trenyce leads off on the bottom row, and I would be
shocked if she made the bottom three. I'm not shocked,
as she survives the first week. Joshua is safe - maybe
not from the armed forces, but he stays for another
week. Charles Grigsby is safe too and so is Corey Clark.
This leaves Kimberley and Carmen. If Kimberley is
picked, then that would mean that the three weakest
singers from yesterday gets picked. If Carmen is picked,
then my thoughts on the audience picks are right and
Carmen may as well start packing her bags. The final
person who gets a seat of DOOM is...Kimberley. She joins
the other two.
I would have to agree - even with Simon. 'I think that 5
people should have been in the bottom three, but I think
that America got it right.' Ryan gets to call one of
them back to safety, and that one person is Kimberley.
She screams and goes back to the safety of the other 10
Someone's storyline feud is going to end very
prematurely. Either Julia loses her feud with Kimberly
Caldwell, or Vanessa loses her big booty battle with
I'll let Ryan announce this one.
'The journey ends here... for Vanessa Olivares.'
Julia is in a state of shock, and she looks more like
she is the one who got eliminated. I'm a little
surprised, because I thought that it would be Charles
Grigsby, but I can't disagree with it. We get to see her
good-bye montage. 'Thank you so much, but you haven't
seen the last of me, so keep watching.'
Vanessa sings her good-bye song. Everyone else has a
look of sadness and disbelief. Even Kimberly Caldwell
looks sad (though that could be because Julia survived
the first vote). Everyone has just learned the cold hard
truth - there can only be one American Idol.
Next week, someone else will learn that first-hand.
March 18, 2003 -
We are back for another
evening of musical wonder and musical torture. Speaking
of torture, the celebrity torture continues - and this
time, it's Randy that gets to experience his 80's
flashbacks - leather pants, afro-mohawk, and all. The
theme this week is 'Going to the Movies' so we get all
sorts of movie tunes. I have the feeling that for some
of them, I am going to want to walk out of the theater.
We also have another celebrity judge - Gladys Knight!
She is in a new movie (Hollywood Homicide) and is one of
the biggest stars on the strip. Since we hale 11 singers
instead of 12, we get to see a nice montage of the
history of Gladys Knight. We see how she it tied in with
And now we see how Randy Jackson is tied in with Corey
Clark, who is the first person to perform tonight. He
sings 'Against All Odds'. And it's against all odds that
he can hit his pitch. Flat, Flat, Flat, Flat, Flat. And
unfortunately, I can not walk out of this recap. Randy
and Paula liked the fact that he did some ad lib. Gladys
loved the range. Simon, please bring us back into
sanity. 'I don't think you pulled it off at the
end...actually, I thought it was quite painful.' I agree
Next up is Ruben Studdard. Ruben will give me some
musical pleasure tonight, right? Right. He sings 'A
Whole New World' He's a little nervous, but he's on tune
and he does a very nice rendition of the song. 'Man this
guys Dope' says Randy, and him and Paula give him a
standing ovation. 'You are - and will some day be the
world's velvet teddy bear.' croons Gladys Knight. Even
Simon is happy.
Will they be happy after hearing from Trenyce? I was.
She sings 'I Have Nothing' from the Bodyguard, and she
is so much improved from the original qualifying round.
She may have jumped into being my favorite female
vocalist. 'Another great classy performance' says Randy.
'You were born to perform on this stage' says Paula, and
Gladys thinks that she sells the song nicely. Simon is
worried that the young kids are looking old, but he
likes the performance.
After a display of the American Idols fielding questions
for an interview (snore), and an embarrassing segment
from Simon Cowell's mom, we get to see Clay Aiken. He
sings 'Somewhere Out There.' he was good, but it was not
one of his better performances - the energy was lacking
this time, and although it will get him past this one,
if he continues to sing lackluster, he won't make the
top 5. Another standing encore from Paula and Randy, and
I'm guessing that if Roseanna Barr sang the anthem up
there, they would give her a standing ovation too.
Simon? 'I just love songs about mice...I think after
this performance tonight, you're the one they've got to
beat. I really do.' I disagree.
Kimberly Caldwell is next. She sings 'The Shoop-Shoop
Song'. I felt with her the same as I did with Clay - not
the best performance, lacking energy, and although I
think she gets past this one, she is flat and could be
better. Randy thinks that she can be a star, Paula and
Gladys think that she is excellent (can I just skip
Paula and Gladys, since they will say that she is
wonderful with every person). Simon agrees with me. 'I
can see that performance in any theme park across
America...you've got to be better than that.'
We get to see where the Idolers are staying - in a
palace across and over the sea. It's nice to see that
Kristin Holt is actually doing something to earn her
money. She'll be giving you the gossip each week. Oh,
Joshua Gracin, who doesn't want to miss his daughter,
sings 'I don't want to miss a thing.' Not on tune, but
better than his usual. Unfortunately, that's not saying
much from me. Randy thought that it was the perfect song
(and another ovation from Paula and Gladys - blah).
Simon was confused about his voice, but he liked what
Joshua was doing.
We're up to Carmen Rasmussen's rendition of 'Hopelessly
Devoted to You' from Grease. I love that song - or I
used to, before it turned into a flat country rendition.
I'm sorry, I do not like her country twangy voice -
she's great for country, miserable for almost anything
else - this included. Randy - 'I don't think you shined
tonight, dear.' Paula wants her to wear less make-up and
she was disappointed. Uh-oh, Paula said something bad.
Here comes Simon - but this was his pick and he's not
going to be mean to her. 'You should replace one of the
Dixie Chicks.' I think Carmen may be the one that may be
Next up - another Kelly Clarkson montage. Is there
anyone that's not getting tired of the intermittent
pitching of Kelly and Justin Guarini's new movie? Justin
still can't sing, and the placing of Justin and Kelly
are just a little bit TOO convenient, if you know what
I'm saying. We get to see some movie bits, and then
Kelly Clarkson herself comes out. After some lifeless
banter, we get to see Charles Grigsby.
He sings 'You Can't Win.' It's a good representative
song. I want the lifeless banter back. All performance,
no tone or pitch. Him and Cory are close to the same
mold, but Cory is more talented. And the judges will be
handing out their second straight negative review. 'I
did not love that song on you - it didn't work for me.'
says Randy. Charles disagrees with Randy, but Simon is
about to lay the Smackdown. '50,000 movies, and you
chose The Wiz...Not your best performance, I agree with
After some more shenanigans with Simon's mom, we get to
listen to Rickey Smith. He sings 'It Might Be You' from
Tootsie. I have to agree with an earlier Simon comment -
'The best singers i this competition will be getting
better.' As much as I like Rickey, he is not getting
better. This episode is clearly defining your
front-runners, and right now, he is not one of them. He
is having pitch problems throughout the piece, and
although it won't kill him now, he has to raise his game
up. Randy thought that he was brilliant. Paula loves him
(awwwwwbarf) and Gladys and Paula think that he picked
the right song for him. Simon? 'What I didn't hear there
was something that I have heard from you
before...something original...you were certainly good
enough to stay here for another week.' I'll agree with
We see the Idolers go on a shopping spree next. Blech.
Julia DeMato was one of the people who was on the bubble
last time - she needs a good performance this time
around. She is certainly better with her choice ("What a
Feeling" from Flashdance), but she needs to pick some
music that will show us her explosive range - which we
saw a lot of at the beginning but not a lot now. It was
alright for Randy, and Paula agrees. Gladys thinks that
she is not having any fun. 'The first part of the song
was ok, the second part was terrible...this could have
been disco on ice.' - that comes from Simon, ad I agree,
if Julia survives this one, she has to have more fun up
there and be more daring when she sings.
Our last singer for the evening is Kimberley Locke. She
sings 'Home' from the Diana Ross movie. Much much better
than last week. Back come the standing ovations. 'What
an improvement over last week.' says Randy. Paula and
Gladys ogle after her and even Simon thought that it was
a lot better (thought he thought the dress makes her
look too old).
We get to see Charles house Rickey in pool - and we have
10 minutes worth of show left. What does that mean? We
get more self-adulation with Kelly Clarkson, as she
sings a song from her new movie. Gee, you don't think
that they are trying to PITCH this, do you? Simon
announces that she will come back in 5 weeks to sing her
NEW single. Oh goodie. We get the vote recap, and then
the end of the show.
My take? There were three singers who were obviously at
the bottom this week - Corey, Charles, and Carmen. If
you base it just on performance, this is an easy pick.
As much as I dislike Carmen and Cory (which I do),
Charles performance was the weakest of the three, and
although I think that Carmen may not have the fan base,
I think Charles will be booted if you are just basing it
on performance, We'll see tomorrow if I'm right.
19, 2003 - Gordon Pepper
So we are back with Ryan
and the finalists - and the tables are turned - we now
get to see pictures of a young Ryan. Ryan talks to
Carmen about having a tough time. Ruben says that he
doesn't have a mean side, and I am falling asleep while
waiting to hear about the bottom three. This is not
stopping me from recapping Survivor at the same time -
and a special thanks to Anthony Rojas for helping me to
cover both at the same time.
2 hours provided close to 14 million votes - and we get
the obligatory recap. And since it's an hour, we also
have to get the obligatory time-filler - in this case,
it's a musical song of 'Footloose'
We also get to see a sequence of the guys living in the
mansion - the highlight is when they do a version of
Madonna's Like A Virgin - done in Keith Style.
Hoe can we waste more time? I know - ask the judges!
Randy says that everyone can have a future in the
business, while Paula rebuffs an admirer. Simon then is
asked to do push-ups with Josh. He does - and he royally
kicks Josh's a$$ all over the stage. There may be
another reason on why Josh may not be called into battle
any time into the future - man, is he out of shape.
Simon's mom screws up a question about what happened to
the finalists - and we see another time-wasting filler
on what happened last night (of course, if you wanted to
really see what they were doing, you can catch my recap
of their special earlier, since this was an almost
carbon copy of the special).
And we're back, so since we still have 30 minutes left,
let's do another song! 'I've had the time of My Life'
from the Dirty Dancing movie. Argh.
Let's see - more time to waste - oh I know - more video
footage! This time more house shenanigans as people push
each other into the pool, which messes up the cell
phones. Too bad - heh heh heh. This is a pretty lame
waste of time for the first 45 minutes of the show.
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZOh Wait! We are finally down to the
elimination time! We start with Josh - and he is not in
the bottom 3. Trenyce is next up - and she is safe. So
is Ricky - but Julia is once again in the bottom 3. Clay
is safe - and so are both Kims. Rubin is also in no
danger of going bye-bye.
That leaves Charles, Carmen and Corey. Carmen is safe,
while Corey and Charles both get to join Julia in the
bottom three. Julia gets a pair of new people to play
'If you did not have Corey in the bottom three, then you
did not have the volume up on your TV. It was
diabolical. It was terrible.' That comes from Simon -
and it was about Corey. I'm forced to agree. I also
agree on what I'm about to hear next - Julia once again
gets to go back to the happy side, because she does not
have the lowest total of votes.
So 2 of the people who I thought would have been gone
already are here - and one of them will stick around for
another week. That person is Corey. Charles Griggsby is
the second person eliminated from the game. We get the
final montage of Charles - and his good-bye song. And
the way he singe it, we are all better off not hearing
We'll see who the next person that gets to sing their
bye-bye song is next week.