|by Sue Mulcahy
Just when you thought the pain could not get any worse, the marketing geniuses at Fox decide that Idol elimination show should be 30 minutes longer this week. (I know what you are thinking- it is hard to believe that “Life on a Stick” isn’t the huge hit Fox thought it would be). Oh well. That leaves us with Ryan Seacrest for two whole hours this week. Can we please get wardrobe to give that man a suit that fits?
I must say Tuesday night I thought all the contestants were all pretty good. At the end of the show I had a difficult time trying to figure out who would be in the bottom three. But the reality of reality television is that sooner or later really good contestants get eliminated. In the next five weeks, we will say goodbye to some extremely talented people on American Idol.
On Tuesday, Constantine’s performance of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” was one of the best performances I have seen on that show. Vonzell sang Deniece Williams’ “Let’s Hear It For the Boy” she’s done better, but overall I believe she would stay for another week. Other than those two, I thought any of the remaining finalists could be in the bottom three.
Anthony surprised me this week. Just when I was trying to figure out what he was doing in this competition, he turns in a very decent rendition of Paul Young’s “Every Time You Go Away”. Scott also stepped it up this week. He sang Hall & Oates’ “She’s Gone” in front of Hall and Oates. Scott kills me. Tuesday night during his performance I thought maybe I had misjudged him. Maybe he can kind of sing and maybe he is misunderstood. Just when I was feeling guilty about some of things I had written about him, he goes off about how people at home don’t have the guts to do what he is doing. Thanks for slapping me back into reality Scott.
Carrie did not convince me with Pat Benatar’s “Love Is A Battlefield”. I thought it was forced and all over the place. I thought Carrie had a good chance to be in the bottom three this week. Nadia made another poor song choice this week with Mac Davis’ “When I Dream”. She sounded good but the song selection did not play to the crowd.
When Bo came into the competition I thought he would do really well if he did not do one thing, try and sing Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird”. The reason his fans have been loyal to him is because he has not been cliché or predictable. He was on Tuesday.
Bo and Nadia have been unapologetic about their song selections and performances. While I admire them for that I think at times it has come off as arrogance. They also had the misfortune of going first and second this week. What is America doing each week at
After listening to the group of Idols singing together and getting a look into what they do all week (yawn), Scott was told he was in the bottom three again this week. In a new twist, all three of the contestants that are facing elimination would have to sing. After Scott sang, he was joined by Bo. A nervous Nadia did not seemed surprised she rounded out the trio.
Much to my surprise (again) Scott was told he would go on. That left Nadia and Bo. Ryan then informed Nadia she was out of the competition. I think Nadia seemed to know her time was up. She gave a really good farewell performance last night. Nadia has a lot of talent and a really good voice, but she just never clicked with viewers or voters.
Nadia really tried to hold it together last night. When she started to cry Ryan took off his tie so she could dry her eyes. I like Ryan for that. I mean even though it didn’t fit him right, it was still a classy move. When I saw Nadia crying I was wondering what she was thinking.
Perhaps Nadia realizes now that you can be true to yourself and give the audience what they want. American Idol viewers want to like the contestants. They just need a reason. Some of the contestants have been more successful at that than others. The audience wants to share this experience with the performers, not steal it from them. And the contestants that embrace that fact will be the ones that I will still be writing about a month from now.
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