11: Grand Ole Opry
Chico: Hello, gang, he's Gordon Pepper...
Gordon: He's Anoop Desai.
Chico: I wish.
Gordon: ...you're not?
Chico: Sorry. I only have one thing to say about Anoop Desai... Welcome
back to the family. All we share are an alma mater and a mutual love of
the music. Which is why WE'RE here today with the Idol review of the
results. First up, let me say this...last night was infinitely better
than last week, in that no one really blew llama chunks. Not saying that
everyone was good, but no one blew llama chunks. Apparently country, the
flu, and pianos will do wonders. Your thoughts, Gordon?
Gordon: I think that my Arabian camel found a few people to mate with
Chico: Heh. Gross.
Gordon: On THAT note, let's go to...
SAFE, TROUBLE, OUT!
Chico: You got the list of singers/songers?
Gordon: Sure do. And we start the list with...
MICHAEL SARVER - "Ain't Goin' Down ('til the Sun Comes Up)"
Chico: (mumbles quickly)
Chico: (mumbles back angrily).
Gordon: (mumbles) Safe
Chico: (mumbles) Trouble
Grandma Pepper: I like how he sang, but I couldn't understand him.
ALLISON IRAHETA - "Blame It On Your Heart"
Grandma Pepper: She's a nice young girl. I just didn't like it as much
as the judges did. Trouble.
Chico: Back last week on WLTI, I said that Allison was in trouble from
the word go in that she's really not done anything to warrant being out
of it. I'm prepared to stand by that and say trouble.
Gordon: Too many rockers here. I think a bunch are all going to be down
KRIS ALLEN - "To Make You Feel My Love"
Chico: Tender and almost flawless. It wasn't Garth. It wasn't Billy
Joel. It wasn't Bob Dylan. It was Kris. SAFE
Gordon: I didnt like it as much as the judges, but I think he'll be fine
this week. Safe.
Grandma Pepper: He is amazing. I think he'll go really far. SAFE
LIL ROUNDS - "Independence Day".
Grandma Pepper: I don't know why the judges are nitpicking on poor Lil.
She did a great job on the song and I loved her risk. Safe.
Chico: Okay, she didn't do that well... but she KNEW she didn't do that
well, and didn't try and hide it. She's genuine... SAFE.
Gordon: I thought that she did very well - and I think that's going to
help her fan base in the future. Safe.
ADAM LAMBERT - "Ring of Fire"
Grandma Pepper: Some people like that sort of performance. I didn't. But
I think the people who liked the performance are going to outvote me.
Chico: Hey Adam, Criss Angel called, he wants his image back. But at
least he stuck with his strengths. He didn't hide behind any
pretense...That's going to SAVE him. Not to say I liked it, but I liked
what he did.
Gordon: I may be the only person in the group to actually like it, but I
did. I think a polarizing performance may eventually cost him the Idol
title, but it keeps him in this. Safe.
SCOTT McINTYRE - "Wild Angels"
Chico: This is where we have a point of contention....One, he know what
to do and he does it... On the other hand... there's no growth. He's a
good performer, though. He's safe, but he needs to raise it up if he
wants to have any staying power.
Grandma Pepper: I agree with the judges. I want to see something
different from Scott. But I do like it. Safe.
Gordon: I'm starting to get bored with him. I don't think it hurts him
yet, but I need to do something different. Safe.
ALEXIS GRACE - "Joleen"
Gordon: Hey Chico!
Chico: Yyyyes Gordon?
Gordon: I see a llama!
Chico: I see a llama dressed like Dolly Parton. One problem with that,
Gordon, you know what it is?
Gordon: What's the problem?
Chico: I would've distinctly remembered voting in Dolly Parton into the
top 13... I don't recall such a thing taking place!
Gordon: She has the Dolly Parton do.
Chico: And the face. And the wardrobe... sans boobs. But this is not who
she is! She's basically giving her fans the one-finger salute... and her
fans are smarter than that! And I'm going to be bold.... and say she
gets punished justly for that. OUT.
Gordon: I'm not going to go that far, but she's a llama mama in trouble.
Grandma Pepper: I hated the performance, and I don't know why she's
dressed like Dolly Parton. OUT.
Chico: I'm glad I'm not alone on this.
Gordon: I would put her out...BUT...There's a report out saying that the
producers have already decided that the Final 4 is Danny, Lil, Adam and
Alexis, so I will give VFTW the benefit of the doubt. You've seen that,
Chico: I've seen that. But it could be just someone spouting smack, you
know? Like an overzealous fanboy bragging about his bracket (guilty).
Gordon: You don't revere Vote For The Worst?
Gordon: Next one...
DANNY GOKEY - "Jesus Take the Wheel".
Chico: We have the Double Whammy at work here. The guy sings a woman's
song... and it's a former Idoler's song. I think Danny might've beaten
the Double Whammy, though. SAFE.
Gordon: He's safe. VFTW say so.
Grandma Pepper: I love Danny! I think he did a great job with the song.
Chico: They need to make a show called "Everybody Loves Danny"
ANOOP DESAI - "Always On My Mind"
Gordon: Needed an amazing performance and got it. Safe
Chico: Welcome back to the family, Noop Dawg. I think he was the man of
the hour. SAFE.
Grandma Pepper: I knew he had it in him. Nice job! Safe
MEGAN JOY - "Walkin' After Midnight"
Chico: I think she'll get the flu-sufferer's vote. Good thing it's
so large nowadays. And even for a person with the flu, she was pretty
Gordon: So then why is a llama grazing on your front lawn?
Chico: You don't think for a moment...
Gordon: You actually liked that?
Chico: It wasn't BAD... But there were a couple that were worse. I think
she escapes BARELY.'
Gordon: No there weren't. You just like her flu-ridden Mounds.
Chico: Besides, you said yourself, Megan's fans will rally behind her
after last week.
Gordon: I did say that, didn't I?
Chico: You did say that. Her and Anoop both.
Gordon: I think they will. but I hope they don't. OUT on principle.
Grandma Pepper: I love me some Megan! I'm sorry she has the flu. Feel
Chico: I love that GP agrees with me this week.
Gordon: She's good like that.
MATT GIRAUD - "So Small"
Grandma Pepper: I loved this. He is my favorite performer this week. I
want to hear more. SAFE
Chico: The only thing small about that was his inhibitions. Matt's SAFE.
Gordon: Best performance of the night for me. Safe.
Chico: So let's review...
Chico: TROUBLE - Michael & Allison. OUT - Alexis.
Grandma Pepper: Trouble: Michael & Allison. OUT: Alexis
Gordon: TROUBLE - Alexis & Allison. OUT - Megan
Jason: TROUBLE: Scott & Megan. OUT: Michael.
Chico: And it's SHOWTIME! Okay, results are in... Over 31 million votes
came in. What did they do?
Gordon: Hopefully, they voted out a llama
Chico: We'll find out in a moment, but first, Brad Paisley, Randy Travis
& Carrie Underwood want to sang. We'll get to them as well. The BUTTON
is still in play.
Gordon: What about yesterday's recap, Chico?
Chico: Randy Travis said this was as strong as a group as he's ever
seen. As demonstrated by Kris "Tender Dawg" Allen... Megan "Don't Call
Me Corkrey" Joy...Michael "Mumbles" Sarver... Allison "Precociously
Dope" Iraheta...Alexis "Grace" Grace...Lil "Little" Rounds...Scott "The
Wild Angel" McIntyre...
Gordon: Does that mean we can call her Megan 'Almonds' Joy?
Chico: Yes. Adam "The Darkness" Lambert...Danny "Parka in 78* weather"
Gokey...Anoop "Zero to hero" Desai
Gordon: Mush, Chico, Mush!
Chico: And Matt "I Can't Stop Coming Up with Nicknames" Giraud... And
now, the group number, which is guaranteed to be ... "Trouble". Okay,
question... Does this image strike you as a portent of things to come...
seven guys at a piano singing?
Gordon: No, because I think it's going to be Lil with 6 guys singing.
Chico: K. I can totally dig that. You smell T-R-O-U-B-L-E.
Gordon: But they may went to go back to 'Ain't Nothing Like a Dame'.
Chico: I smell B-A-C-K-I-N-G T-R-A-C-K.
Gordon: I smell M-i-l-l-i V-a-n-i-l-l-i, because Alexis just blew a
Chico: AGAIN, DADDY?
Gordon: And Anoop sings when the group isn't singing and nothing is
coming out of his mouth. A-s-h-l-e-e S-i-m-p-s-o-n
Chico: W-E-N-T-Z. Oh, he's not the only one, I assure you. Allison...
yeah.. talking at you, lady.
Gordon: And now, the Ford Commercial - Water Balloon fight!
Chico: YAY! The song - the completely uncountry "Here It Goes Again".
Gordon: Which sounds exactly like their 'live' performance.
Chico: By OK Go. I want to buy a Fusion now.
Gordon: Meanwhile, Ryan throws a water balloon at Simon - and misses,
dowsing a fan.
Chico: Simon: "You just soaked our audience". Let's talk to the
finalists... But first... let's look at what happened LAST WEEK... as
Jorge and Jasmine were voted off.
Gordon: And now we get footage of the post-executed Idol party.
Chico: Tears were shed, of course. Hugged it out, of course. Now dinner
at the bar.
Gordon: And you can clearly make out Allison and some of the other
idolists in the background. get used to this scene, Allison. You may be
Chico: Sooner than you'd like. And an interesting thing... everyone has
kept their number... and everyone has signed all the numbers.
Chico: That's nice.
Gordon: Alexis says that it's emotional. Don't get too comfortable,
Alexis, you may also be next.
Chico: She says Jasmine has a career ahead of her.
Gordon: Michael is asked about the kids. He says that her daughter wants
to know why he doesn't want to be there anymore. Don't get too
comfortable, Michael, you may also be next.
Chico: Ryan asks Bruce to turn on the jib cam... on loan from TPIR, no
doubt...Michael says hi on the camera shot... Awww. That's kinda nice.
Megan is feeling a lot better. She should, because everyone on stage
today... wore a mask!
Gordon: Megan is still sick and they are wearing masks. Why aren't they
wearing masks now?
Chico: It's SARS city!
Gordon: Yay SARS! Time to dim the lights.
Gordon: Ten people go on the Idol tour.
Chico: Survive this week, and you're on the bus. Danny Gokey is first...
judges loved the vocals...SAFE!
Gordon: Danny Gokey...gets to be on the bus. Lil Rounds...gets to be on
Chico: Independence Day split the panel, girls loved it, guys didn't.
Anoop Desai went from zero to hero with "Always on My Mind"
Gordon: Anoop Desai...gets to go on the bus.
Chico: Concert at the Dean Dome!
Gordon: What. Ever.
Chico: Allison and Michael are up next.
Gordon: Allison and Michael both stand up.
Chico: Allison had a rock solid performance. Michael was fun and
personable... but Simon didn't understand it. Paula's put on the
spot...Which means we could theoretically be here all day.
Gordon: Simon wants Paula to answer the question.
Chico: She says (eventually) Allison. After the vote.... Allison is IN
THE BOTTOM 3.
Gordon: As can be expected.
Chico: She doesn't go to the center, she goes to the silver stools.
Gordon: Michael...gets to join Allison
Chico: Tight shot on the empty stool, and.... COMMERCIAL!
Gordon: No surprises here so far. (mumbles to Chico)
Chico: (mumbles back) aingondowntilthesuncomesup.
Gordon: However, that means that either Megan or Alexis is safe, which
means that Flu girl is going to be here for another week. So you thought
Megan's Almonds were joy, huh?
Chico: Didn't you? I mean... I got my shot, where's yours?
Gordon: They were sashaying like candy.
Gordon: And we hear...country music!
Chico: Performing his new single "Then"... Brad Paisley! Is that the
official Grand Ole Opry mic stand he's using?
Gordon: I have no idea. Haven't been to the Grand Ole Opry. Would be
neat if they brought it though.
Chico: I mean, it has the whole WSM Grand Ole Opry stand thingie on it.
I just thought it might be, you know?
Gordon: Time to dim the lights.
Chico: Scott is up. The judges want to see him up his game.
Gordon: He'll be able to do it...on the tour.
Chico: Next is Corkrey...Megan Joy there... She had Flu B. Simon says
she should catch it every week. In a good way. Feel better... because
Gordon: I think most of America had the flu this week by voting her in.
Chico: Matt was heart-piercing.
Gordon: Matt gets to go on tour.
Chico: Kris is next... Judges loved the choice and the performance. He's
in the top 10. That leaves Adam and Alexis.
Gordon: Can we just send Alexis there now?
Chico: Alexis was pitchy in parts. Adam left Kara confused but happy,
while Simon called it.. and I love this..."horrific indulgent rubbish."
Very Jeremy Clarkson there, Simon. Randy gets put on the spot...And
sends Allison there...Sorry, Alexis.
Gordon: Which is a pity that Randy called her Allison, because Allison
is already on a stool.
Chico: And guess what? Now so is Alexis.
Gordon: Someone goes back to safety.
Chico: It's Alexis... Sorry, Allison. Allison is safe.
Gordon: Eventually, Randy will remember the singers. He can remember
Allison's name next week.
Chico: Yes he can. But meanwhile... SONG TIME!
Gordon: Do you think that we will see either of these people saved?
Chico: Hmm.. After what I saw last night... nope.
Gordon: I thought they would have saved Allison.
Chico: I mean, they'll have to do a LOT better than they did last night.
Gordon: But not either Alexis or Michael
Chico: So you agree then. Okay, let me take you back to 2005 and a farm
girl from Checotah, OK. She's had 9 #1 singles... 40 awards...an ACM
nominee for Entertainment of the Year...and two game show geeks arguing
over who'll take her waxwork home with them. Oh yeah, and she's been
inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. She's Idol #4 Carrie Underwood.
Gordon: She sings with Randy, who admits that he didn't have any
Chico: But he had fun doing it. Now Carrie Underwood (Wee!) and Randy
Travis (Yay) sing "I Told You So". (aka Gordon Pepper's Song)
Gordon: :D Her voice has matured vastly since Idol.
Chico: Oh yeah. If she sang like this five years ago, what would you
Gordon: I would have liked her a lot better. Also would have liked her
if she didn't forget or mangle the lyrics, which was my main beef
Chico: We all still remember that, eh?
Gordon: The only person who's gotten away with it.
Gordon: It's a very nice song.
Gordon: Back to the show. The judges say that they would consider saving
one of them. Based on the feedback, it would have to be Alexis.
Chico: Dim the lights, please...After the nationwide vote...Michael...
is SAFE. Which means it's time for Alexis Grace to sing for her life.
Simon says that she was the one that he would consider saving. Let's see
how she does tonight with a reprise of "Joleen"
Gordon: She's more passionate than last time. Still flat though.
Chico: Would you fire the trigger or push the button?
Gordon: Way too early to use the save. Fire the trigger.
Chico: This still isn't her. I don't buy it for a second.
Gordon: No offense, I don't consider her a front-runner to win this. You
have to save this for someone who could legitimately win this
Chico: True. I still see a Lil/Danny final.
Gordon: And if she sang it like this yesterday, she wouldn't have had a
Chico: Yes she would've. Okay... Head judge Simon? "It was good... but
it wasn't good enough."
Gordon: She learned a lot about herself.
Chico: That's always good.
Gordon: (Takes Vote For The Worst Report. Puts it in Hamtaro Shredder)
Chico: Ha. Okay, so... notes about next week. As Gordon calculates the
Grandma Pepper: 10
Chico: We're playing for the Belt... Next week, the Idol train rolls
through Hitsville USA. Remember to support your local singers!
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