March 25, 2003 -
starts the episode off by trying to comfort everyone
during the war - and by saying that our troops are the
real American Idols. 'We're just going to do what we do
best - and that's to keep you entertained and get your
mind off what's going on.' A real classy move.
What's not classy is the goofy looking cowboy hat that
he brought with him. 'I haven't caved into the rumors
and joined the Village People.' We're doing Country Rock
this week. Huh? Weren't we supposed to be doing disco
this week? Did I ever tell you that this was the part of
the show that I hat - the part where FOX changes the
rules to keep (or get rid of) people? I hated it when
they did that last year and I hate it now. I guess they
want to keep Carmen on the show for another week - which
means they also want to get rid of Corey. Let's see how
successful they are at it.
Tonight's celebrity judge is Olivia Newton John. Uhhh....Ryan...she
is much more disco than country. This is a woman that
made hits out of 'Physical', 'Xanadu', was in the movie
Grease and was from Australia. She is around as American
Country as Jaws the great White Shark is a vegetarian.
Or maybe its another week to put Joshua Gracin in the
spotlight. He probably doesn't do disco well, but he
does country decently - or maybe its just because the
song he picked has the words going so fast that he
doesn't have time to sing a long high note. Oh wait - he
does. It's still decent and the military member doesn't
do anything to hurt his chances to continue on - except
for that awful sharp note at the end. But the audience
loved that too. Randy thinks that it's the best that
he's seen him, Paula thought that he was a pro, and
Olivia liked him. Simon? 'I don't know anything about
this type of music...the hat looks great...great.' Josh
left Simon speechless - that's a good thing.
Is Trenyce singing a ballad from Lee Ann Rymes a good
thing? Not really. Not a good performance. Very off
pitch and country sets her a step back. Very very sharp
through the whole song. I have a feeling that she wasn't
too happy about the song change. You can even see it in
her face that inside she's going 'I want to strangle
these wacky producers.' Randy likes her dress - and the
effort. Paula sand Olivia think that she's beautiful.
Simon thought that it was the weakest performance that
she's done so far, and once again, I agree with Simon.
Kimberley Locke is third - and she sings 'I Can't Make
You Love Me.' Kim was smart - she picks a song that was
covered by urban artists - and that she can put an urban
flash to it. Much better than Trenyce and a very wise
song selection. Randy thought that it was her best
performance and Paula loves the song selection. Simon
thought that it was a well chosen song but didn't
understand why that song was considered an acceptable
one. Meanwhile, Ryan is trying to make out with
'Drift Away' is the next song - and it will be sung by
Corey Clark. I'm guessing that this will be a disaster.
Now how is this country rock? This sounds like 60's
Yardbirds rock and roll, with cheesy organ to boot. Lots
of early pitch problems to boot. Add the Freedom
Rock-like holey shirt and frizzy hair bandana, and the
60's peace fest is very hard on the ears. Randy and
Paula and Olivia liked it. 'First of all, I wouldn't
delve into Ryan Seacrests wardrobe.' but Simon did say
it was an improvement over last week's dreadful
performance. It wasn't as bad as last week, but that's
not saying much. Ugh.
It's Carmen Rasmussen's birthday, and I expect good
things out of her on this one. This may be the only
genre of music that I will not find her voice annoying -
and I don't. But there wasn't as much energy as I
thought she would potentially have and her pitch was all
over the place. Randy thought that this was her element,
and Paula and Olivia agree. Simon hated the song, but
loved the way that she sounded. He also congratulated
Paula for her rodeo clown outfit. Ouch.
Can Hercules tackle country? In a word, no. He tries to
do a country ballad, but he's off pitch too. What's up
with you singers that can't make your frigging pitch
tonight??? AAAAARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH! He sings
'Darling, I'm dying today.' You're dying on the stage,
Rickey. He gets a standing ovation from the crowd. Why?
Randy didn't like the choice of song, Paula thought that
this was one of his best performances, and I think that
the judges are drinking different water in California.
Help me, Simon. 'Sorry, but I'm not excited this week. I
think this is sweet and nice, but so what?' I'm not
either, he was mediocre at best. Ick.
After Rickey mugs for the camera, we hear Kimberly
Caldwell doing some Travis Tritt. I expect Kimberly to
do well in this field, and I am not disappointed. Her
flat pitch problem comes back to haunt her, though, and
she is not as energy-packed as the other people, but she
is still better than most of the people tonight. Good
allows Randy and Paula to give her a standing ovation.
Simon thought that it was her best performance. I've
heard her do much better - she was ok, but that didn't
Ryan has Ruben's velvet teddy bear as Mr. Studdard sings
a version of Sweet Home Alabama. Ruben is - well, he's
Ruben, as he turns it into an almost Testify-like gospel
song. Again, another smart choice, but even though I
wasn't knocked out be his performance, he didn't
embarrass himself out there like he could have if he
picked a rotten song. Randy and Paula give him a
standing ovation and Olivia says that he's a great
singer. Simon calls Paula drunk - but also says that
Ruben is infectious. Good enough.
The last female singer for the evening is Julia Demato.
She sings Faith Hill's 'Breathe'. She needs a better
performance than she has been giving - and she does
deliver a better performance (though a little pitchy) -
and a much better choice of song this time around. She
must be tired of being in the bottom three. Randy thinks
that it's the best performance that he's seen and so did
Paula. Simon says that it looks like she's trying too
hard, but it was her best performance.
The last person up is Clay Aiken. I expect him to do
well in this performance. He was good - but it doesn't
look like he's into it. He's also pitchy, and whats up
with the song? Yuck. It should be good enough for him to
move on - and he gets a standing ovation - but here
comes Simon - 'I thought it was very sweet, but it
sounded identical to last week...it had nothing to do
with the song...you could have swapped songs.'
My take? If you have to base it just on this
performance, then you may be seeing some people (Trenyce,
Rickey Smith) in the bottom three along with Mr. Corey
Clark. But, as we all know, it's not, so Julia will
probably be back there - along with Corey Clark and
Carmen Rasmussen (happy birthday, kid). One person is in
both lists - that would be Mr. Clark - and that's my
guess for next person to go home.
March 26, 2003 -
So we will have nine
happy people - and one miserable person. And since we
have an hour to deal with what should be 10 minutes, we
get lots of filler time - like Randy's book of lingo.
Sigh. Julia thought that Kim did the best, and Kim was
proud with Julia. Yeah, whatever. Carmen liked Josh,
while Ruben and Corey thought that Trenyce was the best.
(OK, this proves that Corey and Rubin are taking
something in the water). Trenyce, more down to Earth,
says that she stunk.
Clay liked Ruben and Kimberley Locke (as did I) - and we
had MILLIONS of people voting in. After the obligatory
recap from last night, we have a group song! Of course.
They get to sing 'Where The Black Top Ends' - all
complete with bad choreography.
More filler, as we get to see Burt Bacharach give the
Idolers a shot at singing 'What the World Needs Now (Is
Love, Sweet Love)' as a charity single to help out the
Red Cross. I would usually do an awwwwbarf segment here,
but it's definitely a nice touch - as long as the money
goes to where they they say it will go. The single will
be released on April 15.
More filler - ask the judges time. Kimberley Locke says
how her hometown is a lot different - and smaller - than
Hollywood. Simon, who is asked which judge he would kick
off his boat, would say Paula 'because then I'd kill
Randy and eat him...he would last longer.' Nice.
Who is the judges idol? Randy says Sly and the Family
Stone, Paula says Stevie WOnder, and Simon says Paula
Abdul. That deserves an awwwwwwbarf. Clay is asked who
he would play in a movie - and he asks Ryan if he's
available. VERY uncomfortable silence. No comment. He
then says Yahoo Serious - and then Brad Pitt. Hmmmmm...meanwhile,
another girl asks Ryan for his number and we go to break
before things really get out of hand.
After the break (and seeing Roger go bye-bye in
Survivor), we get to see another line - this one of
people who want to see American Idol. Can we have any
more self-gratification? Sure we can, as we have the
final unity song for the group of 10. 'God Bless the
USA', which is appropriate considering the conditions
right now. That is met with a standing ovation - and
tears from Kimberley Locke.
We will be seeing American Junior Idol - auditions start
April 12-13. But from the top to the bottom - it's time
to start getting the bottom three people. Kimberly
Caldwell goes first - and she is one of the bottom
three. Wha? I'm a little surprised. This ought to be
Ruben is next - and I would be really shocked if he is
in the bottom three. He isn't. Clay is also safe. Will
Julia get out of the top three this time? Nope. She is
back in the bottom three. She and Kimberly hug - and
this may be their final battle.
Joshua is next up and he is safe. So is Kimberly Locke
and Trenyce. Carmen Rasmussen also escapes the bottom
three. This leaves us with Corey Clark and Rickey Smith.
Corey is safe, and Rickey is in the bottom three. That
surprised me - but I would have to agree with 2 of the
three. Randy and Paula thought that America screwed it
up, but Simon thought that America got it right. 'I
think you let the audience down last night, I think you
left yourself down....most of these people are capable
of better performances.' Randy and Paula disagree, but
such is life.
Ryan sends Rickey Smith back to safety - but it's
clearly a wake-up call to him - he was not good last
night and he better shape it up. The final battle
between Julia and Kim ends here. Will Julia once again
beat Kimberly out, or will Kim win the all-important
rematch? If you judge it by last night's performance,
Julia wins, but Kim has been the better singer for the
competition and the signs have looked like Julia is
According to Ryan, Kim is safe, and Julia is gone -
which doesn't really surprise anyone and I think Julia
knew it for a while. Kim is crying again - she has cried
on everyone. We get to see some highlights on Julia.
We're even seeing Kim cry during Julia's intro. Stop
staring at Kim, damnit!
Julia was floundering around, though, so this is not a
surprise. She reprises her last song, and she is out of
the game. We get a reprise of 'Proud to be An American',
then we fade to black. But unlike, the crowd, someone
else will no longer be proud to be an Idoler in 7 days.
April 1, 2003 -
So let's see...We had 9
people - but Corey Clark decided that beating up his
sister would be more fun than being on American Idol. As
reported on thesmokinggun.com, Corey Clark has criminal
charges filed against him, and because he did not
disclose this to the producers, they released him. This
is the scuttlebutt going around, BUT notice the date on
when this show will be airing. So I figure a few things
1. Fox continues as usual and 8 people are left. This is
the logical (and probably best) choice to make, but I do
not see that happening, because this means that Fox
loses a week on their cash cow, and there's no way that
FOX, the leader of milking the cow, will sacrifice an
udder (though this past stunt was udderly ridiculous).
2. Corey comes out. APRIL FOOLS!!!!
3. Someone else comes out to take Cory's space. Frenchie
Ryan comes out - with 8 people. Wow. I am surprised - I
figured FOX would be smarter than that. Oh well. I'll
still be holding out for the FOX April Fool's surprise.
But for now, 'Get your groove on', says Ryan - it's
Before we get to disco night, Ryan does address the
Corey situation. 'Corey Clark is no longer a participant
in today's show...Some of you may have recently heard or
read the news of charges hanging over Corey. Those
charges were certainly news to all of us. We actually
screen the contestants with background checks before
they get on stage. That process is compromised when the
contestant is less than honest. Corey chose not to
reveal his arrest, so we had to release him from the
We get a video of Corey trying to defend himself. He
denies the charges. He also adds that it was his fault
that he didn't tell the producers - and that things
could have been different if he did. He realizes that he
is going to be cut by the producers - and he apologizes
to the people whom he screwed over and that could have
been in his place right now. As you all know, Corey
wasn't my favorite contestant to begin with, and the
video makes him come off looking like a completely
brainless moron. I have a feeling that Julia DeMato,
Vanessa Olivarez, Charles Griggsby, or any of the people
who he knocked out (like Patrick 'Mr Rocker' Fortson)
will not be sending him any 'feel better in jail' cards
any time in the near future.
But enough of him - let's get to the judges. Our special
judge this week is Verdine White - who was on Earth Wind
and Fire. We get to see his bio (but who doesn't know
the Disco Funkers Earth Wind and Fire? Oh yeah - you
guys, you young whipper-snappers).
Rickey Smith starts with 'Boogie On Down' from - who
else - Earth, Wind and Fire. He needed a better
performance than last week - and he didn't deliver. VERY
off on the pitch, and he was much more concerned on
hitting his moves than getting his grooved on. Randy
thought that he had some pitch problems. 'I feel like
tonight is the start of a very bad wedding reception.'
Thoughts of Adam Sandler are ringing in my head, but
Paula completely disagrees with me and Randy. Simon says
this. 'The show is called American Idol...I saw someone
who should be performing at a children's party...you can
see that at any children's party across America. It just
wasn't good enough.' Rickey disagrees, but I agree with
Carmen Rasmussen is next with 'Turn the Beat Around'. We
are going from Bad to Worse. Her voice does not fit this
song at all, and Randy thinks that it was karaoke night
on American Idol. Paula and Verdine liked it. Simon
thinks that of all the girls left, she is the most
commercial. Wha? Maybe the most commercial, but not the
best performance. Yuck.
Kimberly Caldwell sings 'Knock on Wood.' Now she picked
a good song for her voice, which accentuated the good
parts that she could belt out. Very smart. A little
pitchy though. Randy hated the arrangement, but he loved
her performance on it - and showed that Jewel was in the
house. Paula thought that Kim was off-pitch, and was
afraid that she is getting complacent. Verdine agrees.
Simon also thought that it was mediocre. '6 and a half
out of ten. Whoopie.' Not her best performance, but a
smart one and better than the first two.
Clay Aiken is next - and he sings 'Everlasting Love'.
Maybe it's just me, but it seems that Clay only does one
sort of musical style - which is the sweeping Broadway
style - md he's done it for three straight disposable
weeks. It wasn't bad, but it doesn't send chills across
my spine. 'Thats how you do it, dawg' says Randy. Paula
was expecting some choreography and Verdine thought that
he had chops. Simon? 'Simon on his last American
Idol...within the context of this competition, I thought
that was terrible...maybe I'm missing the plot here, I'm
looking for a future Superstar, and based on that, I
just didn't get it. Sorry.' He wasn't that bad - but
Simon makes the great point - Clay has to raise his
game, and he hasn't done it.
Trenyce has definitely raised her game. She sings 'I'm
Every Woman'. Tons of energy and emotion, and though she
was a little pitchy, she brought to the disco genre what
Clay should have, moves and everything. Randy thought
that it was one of the better performances and Paula was
impressed on how she changes her voice and style per
week. I have to agree. Simon thought it was OK, but it
didn't blow him away. I thought it was very good.
Ruben is next - and he does 'Can't Get Enough of Your
Love.' Barry White he isn't, but he makes it his own,
and its the best I've heard so far. Randy completely
agrees and Paula and Verdine are blown away. Simon? 'As
working for a record label, you try to separate what
separates good singers from future superstars. I think
you should win this competition.'
Our 7th singer is Kimberley Locke, who sings 'It's
Raining Men'. She has a great disco voice, but what a
brutally poor choice of song. Anytime you need to change
the song almost completely to fit your vocal range, it's
a bad choice. She couldn't hit the low - or the high -
notes. A complete 360 from last week, where she picked a
brilliant choice of song. Randy gives her points on the
fact that it's a very difficult song to do (which it is,
so I'll give her some points there), Paula and Verdine
thought that she did carry the song, while Simon chirps
'I thought you did Ryan Seacrests favorite song
The last singer for the evening is Josh Gracin - and he
sings 'Celebration' which I will be doing when he is
done with his song. There's a rumor that the army is
holding him out just for this competition, because
although the army says that they are not going to deploy
him until his unit goes, rumor has it that 60% of his
unit is already there. He may want to think about
packing his bags after this performance. He admits to
Randy that he's sick, but to be sick in your worst genre
is not a good thing. Simon just digs the 'If you sang
like that when we saw you, you wouldn't have gotten past
the first round. That was absolutely dreadful.'
Ryan asks the people what they thought. Clay was
disappointed by the fact that Simon was completely
different than Randy and Paula (I have news for you,
Clay, Simon is pretty much on the money), while Kimberly
says that she's having a good time. We get the quick
recap, and we're out of here.
I'm sort of surprised at FOX - the show is set on April
first, Cory gets himself knocked out, and we don't get
any chicanery by either FOX or the people at American
Idol. I'm surprised, and in a good way. Unfortunately,
there will probably be a week of American Idol filler to
replace the week that they will lose from Clark so it
can fit nice and neatly within the sweeps period, but at
least they didn't compromise the show - and that may be
a first for FOX.
But enough niceties - there were exactly 2 good
performances, 2 mediocre performances, and 4 bad ones.
Kimberley Locke, Rickey, and Josh should be the bottom
three, and although Josh should be the person who gets
knocked out, I think that Rickey will be.
Maybe Adam Sandler could have sang better than these
guys - and one of them will be spending their time
renting one of his movies instead of practicing for the
next song in 24 hours.
April 2, 2003 -
Ah...ah...ah...ah...Staying Aliiiiiiiiive. 7 of
these people will be singing that. One of them will be
singing at Studio 54 this upcoming weekend.
As for who it was who should be leaving? it's hard to
say. Almost everyone was lousy. Ruben and Clay are safe
in my mind, and almost any of the other six people wrote
their ticket to bye-bye-ville. But since only three of
them get to the bottom three, three people (well,
actually five people) will have sung badly and gotten
away with it.
Even though I thought Trenyce was good, her criminal
record, which was revealed via the smoking gun this week
(as well as Corey Clark), could also do her in. Even
though she told the producers, she didn't tell the
viewing public (that would be us) about it. It is very
possible that the backlash that eliminated Corey in the
form of the producers could come back and eliminate
Trenyce in the form of the voting public.
But before we get to that, we get THIRY MINUTES OF
FILLER!!!! YAYYYYYY!!!!! And this filler starts with the
usual introductions of the judges and contestants.
We get the traditional flashback of what happened last
night. And with that, here comes the 8 idolers with 'A
Night to Remember'. They singers still can't sing this
genre of music, which makes this 'A Song To Forget'. Yuk
AT and T Wireless Poll time. Simon was n a foul mood
last night. Why? A. He hates Disco, B. He Hates
everything, C. His tight pants was rubbing against his
crotch. Huh? What about D. The singers sucked?
The audience gets to ask questions. Vanessa (not THAT
Vanessa) asks Randy for singing advice, and he says to
be the best that you can be every time you get behind a
Yoli asks Paula - If she saw Simon for the first time,
would she run 2 steps back, or 10 steps forward? Paula
says that she would run right into his arms and kiss him
- but when dared to so it, 'There's just something
inside of me that can't.' Like her sanity.
Question for Simon - if he was on an island, which
American Idol contestant's CD would he have with him?
Simon's not going to answer it, and Randy boos him.
Question for Ruben - What has been his favorite Genre in
the competition? Ruben thought that he liked country -
and he doesn't have a least favorite. Suck up.
Question for Ryan - Since Simon said that Ryan's
favorite song is 'It's Raining Men', Does he know
SImon's favorite song? Ryan says that SImon went to the
Manhole and liked YMCA. I'm guessing he knows about
places called The Manhole due to experience.
Question for Kim Caldwell - Is she dating JD Adams? She
throws it to JD, who is in the crowd. JD isn't saying -
but he's sitting with Kim's family. Hmmmmmmmm
Documentary time - and the Idolers will be singing 'God
Bless the USA' for their new album - no sign of the
ousted idolers - but Corey is in the shot. OOPS. We get
the full version of it dubbed over them singing it in
the studio - though we don't hear them singing it in the
studio. Tacky, tacky, tacky.
We have 15 million votes that got tallied. We get to see
who they were tallied for - NEXT! Oh - we mean after
this quick clip about the Idolers getting facials,
manicures, and stress relaxers. Do we really meed to see
Here we go with the bottom three. Ruben starts the
people - but he doesn't start in the bottom three. He's
good to go. Kimberly Locke is next - and she will start
in the bottom three. The audience boos. Don't boo her -
well, actually, you can boo her, she wasn't too good.
Rickey Smith wasn't too good either - but I guess the
public liked him discoing with a big afro - he's safe.
Joshua Gracin was also horrible - and the audiences vote
also keeps him safe. Josh is going to be staying for
awhile, because if that horrific effort didn't put him
at the bottom, almost nothing will. He may as well sing
Prokofiev and wear a fencing outfit next week, he won't
be going anywhere.
Trenyce is up next - and she also gets sent to the
bottom three. I guess the criminal rap sheet carries
much more weight than I originally thought and could
have outweighed her good singing. Clay Aiken is also
safe, but that was a given.
This leaves Carmen and Kimberly Caldwell. Kimberly is
safe. Carmen is not. Randy was surprised that Kimberly
was there, Paula is surprised that all three of them was
there, and SImon thinks that a woman should not be there
- and a guy should. He won't say who, although both
Rickey and Josh are bowing their heads down.
Kimberley Locke is safe, and she heads back over to the
happy couch. This means that either Carmen, who was
terrible, leaves, or Trenyce, who wasn't terrible, but
has a deep dark secret that's no longer secret, joins
criminal brother-in-arms Corey.
We have something different this week - we have both of
the soon to be departed people to sing their final
songs. That actually works better, since I'm sure
someone who just got voted out isn't really going to
want to sing. Carmen goes first, then Trenyce.
We have the results...of the AT and T poll. 47% says
that he wore tight pants. That's nice. NEXT!
So we have Carmen and Trenyce - and Ryan announces
NO ONE goes home.
Surprise! FOX does bring April Fools day around - just a
day late. I KNEW FOX wasn't going to ruin their cash cow
for a week.
Apparently the producers also knew that cutting a week
off was bad. Because they got rid of Corey earlier on
this week, no one else has to leave. So what happens to
the votes? The votes will be CARRIED OVER to next week -
so Kim Locke, Carmen and Trenyce better bring their A
Game, or the next disco song may be 'Na na na na, na na
na na, hey hey hey, Good Bye...
April 8, 2003 -
We still have 8 people -
but unlike other weeks, we already know who is on the
bubble. With the votes carrying over from last week,
Carmen, Trenyce and Kimberley Locke better be singing
like their existence on the show depends on it - because
The theme is 'Billboard's Best'. These are all songs
that are number one on the Billboard chart. I loved
reading Billboard - and I still love reading it. We see
a quick montage of the Idolers in the offices of
Randy Jackson has produced 8 #1's. Paula Abdul has
released six #1's - and she can't remember them all.
Simon think that he's number one (now don't go griping
at me - ) The guest judge has 40 awards - Lionel Richie!
We get the obligatory (but well deserved) retrospective
montage - and Lionel will try to put Simon in his place
- and bridge the gap between Paula and Simon. That
should be interesting.
The first #1 hit will be 'At This Moment' - and it will
be performed by Clay Aiken. I wish that he would stop
singing at this moment. the song was not a bad choice -
but the vocal range was. Too high - and when he's that
high he is not on pitch - consistently sharp. Another
painful performance by Clay AIken. Randy did not like
the choice of song - and thought that it was theatrical.
Lionel is awed by the fact that it was coming out of his
body. Lionel agreed with Randy - but he thought that he
did a great job. Great - a male Paula Abdul. The female
Paula agrees, but didn't think that there was enough
emotion. 'This show proves that Randy Jackson doesn't
have a clue what he's talking about.' says Simon, and he
liked Clay's performance. Although he was putrid, Clay
is not on the bottom three, so he doesn't have to really
worry this week.
Kimberley Locke does - she sings 'My Heart Will Go On'.
Let me start out by saying that this song was incredibly
overplayed on the radio - and it's also a very tough
song to sing because you automatically compare it to how
Celine Dion sings it. And Kimberley, as much as I like
her, is no Celine. As Clay was sharp, she is flat, and
another poor choice of song from the idolers. Will the
judges agree with me? Randy thought it was nice - but he
wasn't blown away. Lionel thought that she did a great
song. Paula agreed with Lionel. Simon congratulates her
on it as well. I didn't like it - which is weird because
I usually like her.
Rickey Smith is singing Lionel Richie's 'Endless Love' -
and he's singing both roles. No comment. I've been hard
on Rickey for the past few weeks. He redeems himself
this time - a MUCH better choice of song - and he's on
pitch - except for the end, Yeecch. But before the
downward progression, he was very nice - and very
emotional - something that he was lacking the past few
weeks. Randy thought that it was very good. Lionel was
impressed with Rickey's arrangement. Paula said that she
forgot that Diana Ross. Simon? 'The bad news is that the
hat is appalling, the good news is that you sounded
fantastic.' He's the best of the three that I've heard
We get a BLATANT Nokia Phone Ad weaved into a
montage,and then we hit a break.
OK - break's over. Kim Caldwell sings 'Everything I do,
I do it for you.' Like the first 2 singers, this is a
rotten choice of song, and the vocal range is just not
good for her voice. Randy agreed with me and thought
that the song didn't suit her. Lionel agreed with Randy
- and Paula, although she likes the way that she sung,
agrees with the other judges. Could we see the first
unanimous decision? Yes we can - and do, thanks to
Simon. 'After that, I don't even think that Robin Hood
could protect you. Wrong song. Totally wrong song. You
know that.' She sings mediocre, but the cushion that she
had from last week should protect her her.
Joshua Gracin is next - and he sings another ballad -
'Amazed'. What's up with the ballad's tonight? He picks
a great song for his voice - too bad he's not on pitch
for most of it. I'll give him for points though for good
song selection, as the twangy ballad is perfect for the
twangy voice. Randy and Lionel agree. 'Josh is Back'
proclaims Paula. Simon agrees 'One of the few artists
tonight who chose the correct song. Perfect. Well Done.'
Josh is very safe.
Carmen is not - so she needs a good song. This was not
it. She sings 'Call Me', and her voice it one that needs
a ballad or a country tune. This song doesn't do it -
and she's off pitch. If she wasn't the lowest singer
last week, she should be this week, unless Trenyce is
worse - but I don't see how that is possible. Randy
didn't feel it at all. Lionel doesn't like the song
selection and Paula agrees. Simon has been very nice so
far tonight. I'm expecting that to drastically change
right now. 'That was absolutely dreadful. Terrible.
Completely wrong song. You just can't sing songs like
that.' Tell us what you really think, Simon. I agree.
Here comes Trenyce with 'Power of Love'. VERY good
choice of song - and although not as emotional as
Rickey, she does a great job with the song. There is NO
way that Trenyce should be eliminated over Carmen due to
singing ability. Randy thought that she is back, and
Paula and Lionel agree. Simon keeps his streak of
agreeing with the judges - to two. 'You deserved to be
in the bottom two last week, you deserve to be in the
bottom two this week. It was cabaret.' It was cabaret,
but I did not think that being cabaret was a bad thing,
and there were much worse performances this week.
The last singer up is Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuben. He did a lot
of homework this time around - he goes back to the 70's
for the song 'Kiss and Say Goodbye'. He was good - no,
very good, the best one there tonight - but he was not
the usual Ruben that I am used to. Is it possible that
he is listening to the people around him and is getting
maybe a little too happy up there? Randy gives him a
standing ovation, Lionel joins him, and Paula wants the
audience to embrace him. SImon thought that if he
released the song next week, he'd have a number one hit.
Maybe it didn't come out like that on tv - I thought he
was very good, but not knock you out of your seat good
like he has been previously.
We finish the show with everyone talking about Lionel
Richie. Then the mandatory recap. Then the mandatory
fade to black.
I don't think that anything tonight changed last week -
maybe that Kimberley Locke sung her way out of the
bottom three, but it will still boil down to Carmen and
Trenyce. Either Carmen goes because of her lousy past
few weeks, or Trenyce goes because of her lousy criminal
record. We will find out with a not-so-lousy (at least I
hope not) show tomorrow.
April 9, 2003 -
Let's get down to
business. We all know who the bottom three people will
be - Kimberley Locke, Trenyce, and Carmen Rasmussen.
They were the bottom three people from last week, and
since the votes from last week are added to the votes
for this week, and since none of them really did enough
to get out of the bottom three, they should all still be
there. As a matter of fact, Carmen and Trenyce should be
in the same place where they were a week ago - staring
at Ryan, wondering which of them will be leaving the
However, we still have 60 minutes worth of filler to get
through before we find out who will be going. Ryan is
back - and so is everyone else. Ran makes note of all of
the signs in the crowd (and Gordon Pepper signs? no?
didn't think so). Could there be any surprises? 21
million votes came in this week - 6 million more than
last week - came in. Could the extra 6 million votes
mean that enough people saw someone (or someones) in the
bottom three that they did not want to see there and
voted to send someone else in her stead? We shall have
to wait and see...
Anyone want to hear Ryan sound like Simon Cowell? 'What
would this program be without any real talent? Well, it
would be shorter and called 'Nashville Star'. OUCH. Was
the adding insult to injury really necessary, Ryan? I
guess the Idol producers are a little sore that
Nashville Star blatantly ripped off their gimmick, eh?
We meet the judges - and the singers - but we'll meet
them as they sing Lionel Richie's 'All Night Long' I
happen to like this idea better than just introducing
them. Maybe it's a nice touch - or maybe the show really
will be limited to 30 minutes and they have to do what
they can to squeeze everything in. That in itself
wouldn't be a bad idea either.
Or maybe not - we get to hear Kelly Clarkson do a cut
from hew new album/movie. They do 'Thats the Way I Like
it' from the new Kelly movie, while she sings 'Miss
Independent' from her new album. Both of the songs get
the same reaction from me - repulsion. The choreography
is awful too. This just emphasizes the raising of the
bar this season - Kelly is good in her own right, but
she probably does not make the top 5 in this year's
The show is only 30 minutes long - and we get to the
contestants early. Trenyce goes first and apparently the
extra 6 million did not like to see Trenyce down there -
they bring her back out of the Danger Zone. Maybe the
bad rap is gone. The same can not be said about
Kimberley Locke - she stays in the bottom three.
Ruben, of course, is safe, so we won't even worry about
that. The same thing can be said about Josh. Kimberly
Caldwell is not safe - she goes down to the bottom three
- and she and Kimberley Locke hug and point to the
Clay is next up - and of course he is safe. This leads
us to Rickey and Carmen. Here's another shock of the
evening - Carmen, the women who butchered Blondie's
'Call Me' last night, is safe. Rickey is not, and he
goes into the bottom three. Huh? Apparently, between
Carmen and Josh, the South is a very strong contingency
- and is not necessarily accounting for taste.
But can I really disagree with the bottom three this
week? Not really. Each of the bottom three did have a
disaster song either last week or this week (or in both
Kim's case, both weeks). This time around, Kimberley
Locke gets sent back to safety and the happy couch.
This leaves us with Kimberly Caldwell and Rickey Smith.
Kimberly Caldwell is safe - which leaves Rickey Smith
eliminated. Hercules has been swatted by the 12 tasks of
Hades. I wonder if all of the people who voted were so
concerned with saving the three people on the bottom
that they forgot all about the middle people right over
them - and maybe neglected the fact that they needed
Hercules is gone - and we are down to 7 singers. Another
one of them will get nailed in their Achilles Heel next