night on Idol, we went back in time to the year of our birth... Some people
did those years justice... Others wish they could go back in time and
correct their mistake. Thoughts on Birthyear Night?
Don: It was interesting. I thought the first few performances weren't as
good as I had hoped, but things got better eventually.
Chico: Oh yeah, things got better... Don Harpwood with Chico Alexander this
week, by the way. Now before we get an urge to go back to 1980, let's play
this week's round of....
Chico: Starting with...
NAIMA ADEDAPO - "What's Love Got To Do With It" (Tina Turner)
Don: Wasn't good in my opinion. I think she's in trouble.
Chico: No it wasn't good. Not a really good start, but she's going to get
Ashthon's vote. So she's SAFE.
PAUL McDONALD - "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" (Elton John)
Don: A little better than Naima, but once again, I'm thinking trouble.
Chico: Better than Naima, but he was playing to his base, so he's SAFE.
THIA MEGIA - "Colors of the Wind" (Vanessa Williams)
Chico: Better than Naima & Paul, but she's falling into some familiar
traps... SAFE... but just.
Don: Hmm. This was a tough call for me. I'm thinking OUT, but I could be
wrong, given she's been on AGT and may have a fanbase carrying over from
JAMES DURBIN - "I'll Be There For You" (Bon Jovi)
Don: I liked it. Could've been better, but I think he'll be safe.
Chico: Same here.
HALEY REINHART - "I'm Your Baby Tonight" (Whitney Houston)
Chico: Say goodnight, Gracie. OUT.
Don: I'm thinking safe, but that's only if her fanbase bails her out,
knowing what happened with her last week.
Chico: What fanbase.
Don: ... Good question.
STEFANO LANGONE - "If You Don't Know Me By Now" (Simply Red)
Don: This one was nice. Safe.
Chico: Another solid performance. SAFE.
PIA TOSCANO - "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" (Whitney Houston)
Chico: Again, I'm not a fan of the arrangement, but the best of the night.
SCOTTY McCREERY - "CAn I Trust You With My Heart" (Travis Tritt)
Chico: Classic Scotty. SAFE.
Don: He's got the country vote by far. SAFE.
KAREN RODRIGUEZ - "Love Will Lead You Back" (Taylor Dayne)
Chico: Starting to become "schticky". TROUBLE.
Don: Could've been better, but I'm thinking safe. But just.
CASEY ABRAMS - "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Nirvana).
Chico: Why. TROUBLE.
Don: Oh, Casey. I wish he hadn't picked a Nirvana song after that. But
somehow, I'm thinking safe.
Chico: More picks at the break, but right now... *points to Don*
Don: THIS... is American Idol!
Chico: Now to the show. America has spoken. And while the Black Eyed Peas
and Lee DeWyze prepare to take the stage, we count up the number of votes
that Ryan isn't giving right now. First up, the Top 12 get our motor running
with "Born to Be Wild" (Steppenwolf). How a propos. And not synched, because
the mic fails.... mashed up with "Born This Way" (Lady Gaga). That mashup...
Don: That actually sounds cool.
Chico: ... I'll take it. Okay. Back to picks...
LAUREN ALAINA - "I'm the Only One" (Melissa Etheridge)
Chico: Someone got their footing back. SAFE.
Chico: And finally...
JACOB LUSK - "Alone" (Heart)
Chico: All together now..
Chico: Thank you. So to recap...
Block: Naima, Paul, and HALEY out.
GP: Paul, Karen, and HALEY out.
Don: My picks: Naima, Paul, THIA.
Gordon: Casey, Karen, and HALEY out.
Chico: Casey, Karen, and HALEY out.
Chico: And Ryan's really pushing the Red Cross Japan relief effort... You
can donate $10 by texting REDCROSS to 90999. AND... all of the proceeds from
last night's iTunes sales will go to said relief. And of course our thoughts
go out to those affected.
Chico: right now, though... Ford Music Video time... This week, it's "Val
Kilmer". Seriously, the song's called "Val Kilmer"?
Don: Never heard of it.
Chico: Oh well... Tenth Anniversary CD just came out... and everyone in
Television City in Hollywood... is getting one. Now comes... the Hidden
Talent reel... They bleeped "Shih-tzu"? Seriously?
Don: That's kinda odd...
Chico: Okay... SERIOUS LIGHTS! .... and Kieran's Irish. Happy St. Patrick's
Day indeed... NOW... SERIOUS LIGHTS! SERIOUS MUSIC! First down, Casey,
Lauren, and Jacob. Jacob got raves... the key to overcoming pitch
problems.... well, it's knowing where the pitch is. Duh, winning. Jacob...
SAFE! One down, 11 to go. Lauren was sick... but back in form. She's ALSO
SAFE! And Casey... with "Smells Like Teen Spirit"... and the goop that makes
things great... HE'S safe. Heh... Goop. Haley and Paul are next.
Don: I'm not sure if I really want to know what's in that goop...
Chico: Haley left Randy confused. Haley left US confused too... Paul
McDonald... stayed true to himself and was a "cool dude in a loose mood". In
the bottom 3 tonight.... HALEY. Meanwhile, let's go to the stage with his
new single.... the reigning American Idol.... LEE DeWYZE! The song is called
"Beautiful Like You". Genericky folky poppy rock... and people wonder why
they haven't really embraced the winner of season 9.
Don: Indeed. This isn't exactly as interesting as I expected.
Chico: His advice: "Remember why you tried out in the first place". More
results after the break. And if you're watching "Wipeout"... Spring Wipeout
is EXACTLY LIKE WINTER WIPEOUT. Back to the results... Serious lights...
serious music... Scotty, Pia, and James... down front and center, maggots.
Scotty pushes the limits and went up an octave. And he's a playa. And he
lives to play another day. Pia is in it to win it... SAFE! James was
"tasteful". And he and Steven have a date for the finale... but will he make
it that far? SAFE! That leaves Thia, Stefano, and Naima. Thia... stays on
the couches for now. Stefano was the best (up to that point). Naima had a
lot of energy and had opened up a can of whooooooopdeedoo. One of them is
Chico: NAIMA... joins Haley. Stefano is SAFE.
Don: That doesn't surprise me.
Chico: D'oh! Forgot about Karen. Easy to do, isn't it? Karen and Thia take
the stage... Steven likes it when Karen breaks into her "ethnic
what-it-is-ness" And Thia put Randy to sleep. You know, for someone who
isn't "just a ballad singer", she sure sings a lot of ballads. Just sayin'.
And Thia... IS SAFE. So the bottom three...
Haley, Naima, and Karen.
Don: Not too much, honestly.
Chico: Neither am I. =p we'll see who gets the shaft in a moment, but
first... how about a bonus performance. With "Just Can't Get Enough"... here
are THE BLACK EYED PEAS! ... that was fun.
Chico: Now for something a little less fun. Serious light... serious
music... Back to safety... goes... NAIMA. That leaves Haley and Karen. One
of them is in danger of leaving tonight... That one... is... KAREN.
Shocking, but at the same time not. It's time for Karen Rodriguez to SING
FOR HER LIFE.... She'll be using "Hero" And seriously... I think she's run
her course. She's revealed herself to be a one-trick pony, and that's going
to nail her.
Don: I don't think this will warrant a save.
Chico: Newp. Bringing up the scoreboard... ... no that's not going to help
Chico: Randy with the verdict... It was not unanimous... And they will NOT
use the save tonight. So Karen gets the David Cook montage, and we're going
to have more on this this week on WLTI. Thanks for hanging out. Remember to
support local & independent music. REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10. Say
Don: Goodnight, Don.
Chico: Goodnight, everyone, we'll see you next week! :-)