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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Thu Apr 30, 2009 3:03 pm

Last night's show sucked except for Jamie's performace loved it.

Could have done without Taylor soul patrol Hicks and Natalie Cole.

They need to get back to doing a half hour results show.

Oh and next week Slash from GnR is the mentor... interesting

Maybe Adam can channel Axl and give us some Paradise City or Welcome to the Jungle!
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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:58 pm

Thanks for the Lil article, Lorraine! <3
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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:08 pm

sure thing Colton!! I thought of you when I found it and posted it. heartz

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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Fri May 01, 2009 11:00 am

Daughtry to debut 'No Surprise' on next Wednesday's 'Idol'

Prepare yourselves: Daughtry, the modern-rock band fronted by American Idol alum and all-around nice guy Chris Daughtry, will perform a brand-new single called "No Surprise" on next Wednesday's episode of the show that made their singer famous. "No Surprise," which does not appear to be a Radiohead cover (probably ultimately a good thing), will appear on Daughtry's as-yet-untitled second album, due July 14.

Awesome Daughtry is coming out with a new album right around the time BB11 starts! yippee
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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Fri May 01, 2009 11:09 am

Paula Abdul confirms run-in with Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Bruno' on radio show

Rumors that Paula Abdul will make an appearance in Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming comedy Bruno turn out to be true... maybe. The American Idol judge has confirmed on the Johnjay and Rick morning radio show in Mesa, Arizona that she had a run-in with Cohen's flamboyant fashionista character and will likely be in the movie, which opens July 10. Check out the audio link in which Abdul breaks down her interaction with the "futuristic Captain Nemo-looking dude with a mohawk."



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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Sun May 03, 2009 4:20 pm

'American Idol' star David Cook's brother Adam dies of brain cancer

After battling cancer for more than 10 years, American Idol star David Cook's brother, Adam, 37, succumbed to the disease Saturday. David made the announcement at the Washington D.C. Race for Hope 5K, which raises money to support finding a cure for brain cancer, this morning. "Like everybody here, I'm affected by this disease. I actually lost my brother yesterday to a brain tumor," Cook said, as you can hear members of the crowd gasping. "I couldn't imagine... I couldn't imagine being anywhere else right now." David was serving as grand marshal of the event and ran the 3.1 miles in 28 minutes. "I lost one today," Cook added. "But I've gained 9,000 and I will be here every year that they will have me."

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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Sun May 03, 2009 5:52 pm

:(:(:( That's really sad!
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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Tue May 05, 2009 1:53 pm

can the day get any fucking better??? eyeroll

Simon says Kara will be back next year on ‘Idol’
Judge also tells Ellen that Seacrest appears ‘pompous,’ Adam is ‘fearless’


Good news for Kara DioGuardi, who recently said she’s only on “American Idol” for one season: Simon Cowell says he’ll see you next year.

Kara will be back, Cowell told Ellen DeGeneres during a taping of her talk show set to air Tuesday, but he doesn’t love the new (and crowded) four-judge panel.

“There’s less time for us to talk. One week literally we couldn’t talk, so 10 minutes before the show started they said, ‘Oh by the way you can’t talk for half the show,’” Cowell recalled. “It’s rather like saying in a singing competition to the singers, half of you can’t sing. It was just crazy.” um Simon, this IS a singing competition, not a talking competition, sometimes I think you and the other judges forget that.


Cowell also took a shot at Ryan Seacrest, saying he’s lost popularity because he comes in on a staircase. “It made him appear more pompous, obnoxious, taking himself a bit seriously,” Cowell said. “You don’t give yourself that type of entrance.” oh you mean like holding hands on stage with the other judges? Like that??
When DeGeneres joked that perhaps Seacrest could come in on an elevator, Cowell said, “Yeah, but he’d still want it lit — that’s the problem.”

There is one thing that Cowell is happy about this season, the way contestant Adam Lambert is going for it. He told DeGeneres: “I like the fact he’s fearless. He’s not playing it safe. A lot of the people that take part in these shows want to sing ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ every week because it’s a sappy song. He’s got guts.”

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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Wed May 06, 2009 8:54 am

Paula Abdul admits addiction to painkillers

In the most unsurprising American Idol news since Clay Aiken came out as gay, Paula Abdul has finally admitted to struggling with an addiction to painkillers, including one that was 80 times stronger than morphine. You know, drugs.

Just two weeks ago, Paula told ABC News, “I’ve never been addicted to any prescription drugs.” In other words, she lied. (She also said, “I’ve never been drunk.”) Paula previously admitted taking prescription medication for pain resulting from a car crash and emergency landing on a plane after having called herself “squeaky clean” despite slurring her way through interviews. Later, she maintained that she hadn’t done “recreational drugs,” a key qualification, and called drug use accusations “bullshit.”

But now, Ladies Home Journal reports reports that “[f]or the first time in 12 years Abdul says she’s no longer dependent on medication. The rumors that her sometimes-bizarre behavior was fueled by drugs just may have been true. Abdul was taking heavy-duty pain killers, though she claims she never shot an Idol episode under the influence.”

The magazine says “Paula wore a patch that delivered a pain medication about 80 times more potent than morphine and took a nerve medication to relieve her symptoms. Sometimes she took a muscle relaxer. But the pain was so bad it often left her sleepless and she would, as she says, ‘get weird.’ It was the combination of these factors that may have led to the impression that she was high at times when she was on the air.”

Last Thanksgiving, Paula went into self-created rehab after a 12-year addiction to medication, going to the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad. “I could have killed myself…. Withdrawal — it’s the worst thing. I was freezing cold, then sweating hot, then chattering and in so much pain, it was excruciating. But at my very core, I did not like existing the way I had been,” Paula told the magazine.



I don't understand how she is NOW coming out and admitting the drug use as if she is for the first time revealing it when didn't she admitted this like 3 yrs or so ago during an interview with Diane Sawyer?
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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Sat May 09, 2009 11:17 am

Adam Lambert: Shaking Up 'Idol'
He's the most exciting ''American Idol'' contestant in years: Huge voice, over-the-top theatrics...and that whole ''Is he gay?'' thing. He's a true original -- and just what the show needed.

There is nothing more valuable to the health of an eight-year-old TV series than a surprise. And when it comes to American Idol, surprises are few and far between. We can depend on one winner per year, someone who will either proceed to a robust, award-laden career in music (like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood), or not (like what's-her-name and that other guy). And we can also depend, every couple of seasons, on a losing contestant dishing out sweet revenge on the charts (Chris Daughtry), at the Oscars (Jennifer Hudson), or on Broadway (Constantine Maroulis, who just became the show's first-ever Tony nominee).

But once in a very long while, someone arrives who doesn't just dominate American Idol, but challenges and even changes it. Idol has always positioned itself as a portal to what ''America'' (meaning, its particular viewers) desires in a newly anointed star. It's no accident that each episode's opening credits showcase faceless CGI humanoids striding toward their destinies. Idol stars are supposed to be blank slates, ''relatable'' folk with extraordinary talent whom we elect in an orderly fashion and elevate to success.

Meet Adam Lambert. Adam has messed all that up. Adam is nobody's idea of a blank slate. Adam is a surprise.

There was a time not too many seasons ago when, with his mop of glam-rock cobalt-blue-on-dyed-black hair, his earring, his sneering, and his unambiguously ambiguous sexuality, Adam would have been brushed off early on, chum thrown at the sharkish judges for a laugh during the audition rounds. And there was also a time, more recently, when Adam would have made it to Hollywood but been dismissed as ''too Broadway'' or ''too musical theater'' — phrases that are Idol's heterocentric way of weeding out male singers with a little too much throb in their voices and an attentive flair for the drama in lyrics.

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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Tue May 12, 2009 9:56 am

'American Idol': Danny Gokey forgets the words to 'Billie Jean'
Oh, wait, I'm sorry -- I meant he lost the words to "Billie Jean." While performing for his hometown crowd in Milwaukee. And he still kept on singing. Thanks to Vote For The Worst, we've got yet another reason to bellow "GOOOOOOOOOOKEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYY!" to the heavens, asking how he ever made it to a top three berth on American Idol. "Enjoy."

I don't blame you if you weren't able to make to the end when Gokey gave up and launched into a far less taxing gospel riff in which he had his backup singers sing various combinations of "Yeah!" back at him, but I do have a few questions, P-Dubs: (1) Do you think the Idol producers actually have the cojones to broadcast footage of Gokey forgetting the words on this week's performance show? (2) If they do, do you think it would adversely affect his voting numbers, or will it instead just hyptonize Gokey's minions fan base even further into doing his speed-dialing bidding? (3) Why is Gokey attempting to sing about a woman claiming he fathered her kid in the first place? And (4) Do you think this is more or less entertainingly awkward than the clip of a woman in a mini-skirt and a bikini top bum rushing Adam Lambert during his hometown visit in San Diego?
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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Tue May 12, 2009 9:08 pm

Well Thank God that Adam noticed that Kris and Danny sang tonight because the judges sure didnt. Most disgusting display, the judges chanting "vote" after Adam sang??? WTF?? All of them licking his balls saying "see you in the finals". Simon picking his song and Pimp spot YET AGAIN???? Obvious much? Idol is as big of a joke as Dancing with the faux stars who can already dance.

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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Tue May 12, 2009 9:34 pm

Lorraine I have to disagree with you once again. If Adam couldn't sing and didn't have that obvious IT factor then I would agree. Adam can sing, and definitely has the IT factor. It really doesn't even matter if Adam is in the finals or not, his debut album will out-sell any of the other contestants of this year hands down. Another thing I like about Adam and Kris is that they are both likeable they don't have a cocky attitude like Danny.

The final 3...

..and first up is Geeky Gokey
Paula chooses one of Terence Trent D'Arby's songs and it's not exactly one of his 2 hits... he sings Dance Little Sister. I would think a song that is more current would have been a better choice but anyways he sings it and I am not impressed... next!

Randy and Kara choose Apologize by One Republic - excellent song choice and I think Kris did a great job on it and as always Kara just stfu ...you chose the song and he sang it and sounded good!

I could not wait to see what Simon chose for Adam to sing, and he didn't disappoint one of my favorite songs One by U2... Adam sounded good of course.

ok so now the finalists sing a song of their choice...

Gokey sings You Are So Beautiful - I love the song but again, I can't stand him and he needs to go!

Kris chooses Heartless by Kanye West and I was nervous for him when I heard he chose this song, because I was afraid he was going to sing it Kanye's way and that would have been his ticket back home. Luckily for him he didn't and Simon was on the same track as me ...almost wrote him off... I want Kris in the finals with Adam damnit!

Adam sings Crying by Aerosmith and as always doesn't disappoint! Loved it! Simon made a good point and as to NOT assume Adam would be in the finals and to vote for his ass!

I want Adam and Kris in the finals and if either of them win I'll be happy! so excited
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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Tue May 12, 2009 9:52 pm

Not that dialidol has been THAT accurate this season but so far...

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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Tue May 12, 2009 10:53 pm

and an hour later... I hope this is what it is tomorrow night...ugh it's too close!

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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Tue May 12, 2009 11:10 pm

doesnt matter one bit...American Adam is all over and has been for weeks. VOTE VOTE VOTE... puke

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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Wed May 13, 2009 12:58 am

Total disrespect for the others singers for the judges to say see u to the finals to Adam....Melissa Joy Corkey and Anoop Dogg have mentioned this...I feel bad for Danny cuz Paula screwed him with the song choice.
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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Wed May 13, 2009 1:15 am

couldnt agree more PJ, this season has no credibility whatsoever and it started way back with Tatiana Del Whoro being chosen for the wild card sing off (she had NO business being there but was chosen for drama only) and continued all thru the season with the CONSTANT pimping of one person over all the rest. Someone hand him the fucking crown already and end this pathetic season of American Pimping.

Oh yeah, nice job by Idol letting Paula chose ANYTHING that ANYONE should have to sing. At least they let Simon (gee go figure) choose the song for the pock marked boy wonder. eyeroll

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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Wed May 13, 2009 9:44 am

Let's hope this is the order and Danny is finally sent packing!



If someone has proven to be in the finals, I hardly consider it disrespct to acknowledge that.
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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Wed May 13, 2009 10:52 am

The blatent campaigning all season for Adam is ridiculous! Be honest about it!!! If the judges had been doing that for Danny Gokey, you would be the first person to call foul. Its quite obvious to everyone, well everyone who isnt an Adam fan, that this is who AI wants to win and they are going to see to it. Pimp spot 3 weeks in a row?? The "vote" chant?? "see you in the finals"? Yeah, I'm sure that Danny and Kris feel great about that and totally respected.

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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Wed May 13, 2009 10:29 pm

Well if there was any question who Katy Perry was wanting to win.. not after tonight. Most artists don't openly support one contestant over another. Not Katy!

I liked her song but she is one goofy bitch. Jordin was looking much older and she was smokin hot!

Well now that Danny is out of it ... who ever wins does it really matter at this point since they'll both definitely have careers.

Kris and Adam clap cheers clap cheers clap cheers

Oh and I actually thought Danny sang very well tonight, oh well someone's gotta go! Bye Danny! wave
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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Thu May 14, 2009 12:30 am

Let's throw away this season...I am so looking forward to Kris pulling the upset... w3ll he technically 1 already....Bring on So You Think You Can Dance....Its alot harder to rig that show for sure...Oh and for next idol season can;t wait to see J'unot Joyner, Mishavona Henson, Felicia Barton and Jamar Rogers (Danny's best friend) rock the idol top 12 next year!
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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Thu May 14, 2009 10:28 am

LOL @ one goofy bitch....sure you arent talking about Paula?
I had a feeling Danny was going to go last night. I didnt watch but PJ texted me to let me know what was going on (Thanks PJ). Good luck to Danny, to bad he didnt have the judges chanting "vote vote vote" for him or have Simon pick his song over the brain dead pill popper.
I heard that Katy Perry was wearing some cape with Adams name on it. I agree that most artists don't openly support one contestant but I guess if the "impartial" judges can do it, its all fair game.
I'm with PJ, forget this joke of a season and move on. Why do I get the feeling that we will see more Tatiana's and Norman Gentles continue to sing on Idol while talent like Junot Joyner (and others, he just came to mind) gets sent packing. You lost all cred Idol!!

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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Thu May 14, 2009 10:37 am

Adam Lambert and Kris Allen are Idol’s final two with just one million votes separating them
In South Park’s recent Jonas Brothers episode, Mickey Mouse tells the animated version of the group they’re popular “because you make little girl’s gineys tickle, and when little girl’s gineys tickle, I make money. And that’s because little girls are fucking stupid.”
The American Idol 8 finalists’ hometown visits certainly proved there’s been a lot of tickling going on for everyone from little girls to a Fox correspondent in San Diego who literally did a dance when she saw Adam, but the results proved that they’re not that stupid, since they voted for the right two people to make it through on American Idol 8: Adam Lambert and Kris Allen.
The most stunning part is that Ryan Seacrest said just one million votes separated the top two, which may have been expected for Danny and Adam, but not Adam and Kris. Kris certainly deserved to be in the final two, but his presence there still qualifies as an upset, since Danny Gokey was declared to be an obvious finalist early on—even when he coasted through some weeks and shrieked through others. And Kris did choke on one of his two songs last night.
Before he went home, Danny did offer some fantastic criticism, telling Ryan Seacrest, “I think we’ve had enough suspense, enough commercials, just enough playing around. Let’s get to it.” Then Adam said, “I want to see Katy Perry!” Apparently she wanted to see him, too: She was wearing a flamboyant Elvis-ish costume with a cape that said “Adam Lambert,” which the anti-Adam crowd will surely pick up and run with.
Meanwhile, producers handed the cold open over to product placement for Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, and its cast tried hard to make it work, mocking Paula Abdul and even the fact that they were promoting a movie, but it wasn’t quite as organically ironic and self-aware as 30 Rock’s product placement. Meanwhile, Alicia Keys introduced a Rwandan kid who sang and then she asked for money. Basically, it was Idol Gives Back Lite.
All that filler meant the show ran over again, but this time DVRs stopped recording pretty much exactly when Danny Gokey started singing his final song. Apparently, not that many people will be complaining about that overrun today.
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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Thu May 14, 2009 10:55 am

'American Idol': On the scene for the Top 3 results

BEFORE I BEGIN MY FINAL ON-THE-SCENE RECAP FROM THE AMERICAN IDOL THUNDERDOME AT CBS TELEVISION CITY, CAN I JUST TELL YOU THAT -- oh, wait, sorry. My ears are still filled with what I can only describe as the Emergency Broadcast System tone turned up to 11 thanks to all the squeals, screams, and shrieks that buffeted the Idol Thunderdome's walls for pretty much the entire tension-packed hour, and that's including the commercial breaks. So let's start again: Can I just tell you that after last night's results show was over; after Ryan told Kris Allen he had become the first Idol cannon fodder to have a real shot at winning the whole shebang (as opposed to, you know, Diana DeGarmo); after Danny Gokey learned his fairy tale story -- i.e. going from true tragedy to the fleeting "triumph" of becoming a judges' favorite on a reality singing competition show -- had ended in third place; and after Simon caused viewers everywhere to make a bumble-fuzzed "wuzzah?" face when he called next week's finale a "big ding-dong," I witnessed one of the sweetest things I've ever seen in my three years of covering this infuriating, invigorating national obsession. The moment the show was off the air, Kris Allen's mother raced over to Adam Lambert's mother and the two women gave each other pretty much the biggest Proud-Mamas hug ever. I could've sworn my snark demon Smirkelstiltskin had a tear in his eye, although that probably was just because he'd no longer have the pleasure of watching Danny Gokey "meditate" by placing a single finger upon his stubbly chin.

ANYhoo. When I arrived at the Thunderdome, it was my first time there since The Incidents -- not to be confused, of course, with "The Incident," last night's off-the-hizzy Lost season finale, which I'm beginning to think has conspired with last night's nail-biter Idol results show to give me my first ever pop-culture ulcer -- and I gotta say, the Idol stage looked somehow...emptier, more foreboding, since I'd last seen it. This probably has something to do with the fact that the band was banished back to the top level, and that Idol's thumping behind-the-scene's heart Debbie the Stage Manager was still MIA. (Though I'm given to understand that she's mending well. Feel better Debbie!) But still, that ominously wide open stage set my mood for the rest of the hour, which wobbled from slow-burn anxiety to all-consuming dread to mordant bemusement that I can still care so deeply about this show.

As I settled into my seat, Kevin Bacon sauntered into the studio, thereby technically pulling Kara DioGuardi to within one degree of him. As Cory the Warm Up Comic began his routine, the season 8 Idols were brought into their seats, Megan Joy dancing to Cory's booting shaking music by flapping her arms like a chicken. (In the din, I couldn't tell if she let free a "caw caw!" But I doubt it.) After they were seated and Cory was finished getting a sizable gentleman with a cane to demonstrate some hypnotic badonk bouncing skills, Cory announced Blake Lewis' entrance, and, I feel bad about this, but for a second I had to remember what the guy even looked like. Cory then asked Anoop if his LA Dodgers shirt was a Manny Ramirez jersey. It wasn't.

The Idols were seated in the following order, from left to right: The first row was Giraud, Anoop, Scott, Jasmine, Allison and Lil. The second row was Megan, Alexis, Sarver and Jorge. (Pop EW Poll! Which of those shorthand names had you stopping for a second to recall who s/he actually was?!) I point out the seating order because it seemed particularly cruel to me to place three of the tallest dudes there -- namely Giraud, Anoop and Scott -- directly in front of two of the shortest women there, namely Megan and Alexis. Seriously, Alexis doesn't even come up to Giraud's shoulder. Yet it didn't appear to occur even once to these guys to, you know, offer to switch rows with the ladies. Smirkelstitskin was quite pleased. Quite pleased indeed.

Cory introduced Randy, who made a point to swing by the Idols and say hello. Cory introduced Kara, who walked up to the judges' table and then wandered over to the stage right Swaypit to shake some hands. Cory introduced Simon, who greeted the stage left Swaypit, walked over to his chair, and began waving to the stage right Swaypit. By this point, Kara had worked her way back to her chair. While Simon was waving, she raced up behind his shoulder, popped up from behind his back, and began enthusiastically wagging her arms at the stage right Swaypit, who responded as programmed and began cheering wildly. When she was done, she looked at Simon like a little sister who had totally just gotten her meanie big brother, like, omigod totally. Simon, in turn, looked at Kara like he couldn't quite understand why a grown woman was trying to goad total strangers into cheering more loudly for her than for him. It was at this point, oddly, that I realized Paula was nowhere to be seen.

The Top 3 came on stage, and Allison immediately began pumping her fists in what I can only assume was Adam Lambert's direction. 20 seconds to go, and still no Paula. The show began with Ben Stiller's "funny" "plug" for his movie; by my count, there were exactly zero laughs in the studio. Still no Paula. Ryan announced there were over 88 million votes for last night's results, and Adam immediately hid his face, the first time I think I've seen him really let the magnitude of what is actually about to happen to him sink in (and that's including his home town visit video package -- but we'll get to that in a bit). Still no Paula. It was only right before Ryan began introducing the judges that Paula finally took to her seat, which is probably a tardiness record, even for her. Ah, Debbie, see what happens when you're not around to crack the whip?

Alicia Keys slowly strutted through the Idol Thunderdoors, and the crowd -- which had been alerted by Cory that Jordin Sparks and Katy Perry were in the building, but not Ms. Keys -- took a moment to realize it actually was Alicia Keys before launching into the requisite standing ovation. As Alicia Keys went through her introduction, one of the backup singers marched onto the stage, turned, saw no one was with her, and marched promptly back again, only to be turned around again by an audible voice barking "Go now!" (Do you see, Debbie? Do you see?) Then Alicia Keys introduced the energetic young Rwandan gentleman whose performance sounded suspiciously piped in to me, although that didn't stop Alicia Keys from dancing along in the wings.

At the ad break, the top 3 were whisked backstage, and Randy raced up to the stage to meet Noah and/or glad-hand Alicia Keys. (Why do I keep repeating her full name? Because you have to. Try it now. Try thinking about Alicia Keys and then say just "Alicia." It sounds wrong, doesn't it? It has to be "Alicia Keys." Even "Ms. Keys" doesn't work; that sounds like an elementary music teacher's name. But I digress -- and I know how some of y'all just love that.) Simon and Paula made their way over to the Idols to say hello, and Jorge nearly crawled over Alexis so he could once again have Ms. Abdul clasp him to her bosom. Through it all, Cory began handing out specially designed Danny Gokey t-shirts, his delivery procedure consisting of his asking who in the audience were Danny Gokey fans and then throwing said t-shirts at whichever section of the audience was the most deafening and/or contained Danny's most ardently adorable moppet supporters. I began to realize precisely why my On the Scene recap colleague Whitney Pastorek brings earplugs to these things.

With 10 seconds to go, the judges were back in their seats, and we were into Danny Gokey's and Kris Allen's home town visits. (Was I the only one whose stomach hit the floor when Ryan called Danny's name first before realizing the results on Top 3 night always come at the very end?) There's not much behind-the-scenery that occurred during these video packages, since the audience sat at rapt attention and the judges refrained from making an egregious display of talking with each other. But I did pick up on one curious detail. After Danny's video package, he got a standing O, and eventually all the Idols joined the audience -- Anoop and Giraud the last among them. Kris also got a standing O after his video package, but all the Idols were immediately at their feet.

Once we were into the next ad break, Kris settled back into the benches with the preternatural calm I'd come to expect from him. Cory asked the audience who wanted Kris t-shirts, and the response was appreciably more ear-blistering than for Danny's shirts. As the PAs set the stage for Jordin, Kevin Bacon walked over to greet the Idols. Danny disappeared for a tick. Kevin Bacon chatted up Paula. Danny reappeared. Sarver left his seat and walks over to Kevin Bacon for a much more in-depth meet and greet (Michael, you were my favorite person to talk to at the Top 13 party, so please tell me you did not ask to be an honorary Bacon Brother). Kris and Danny made idle chitchat while staring into the middle distance.

Yet again, the judges did not reach their seats until Ryan mentioned Ryan Tedder was accompanying Jordin Sparks' new single with the curiously Pat Benetar-y lyrics about love and it's being a battlefield and the like. (Alexis and Megan Joy stood in the aisle so they could actually see Jordin toss around that fantabulous weave. Seriously, guy Idols, way to be chivalrous. Keep it up.) Kris Allen, meanwhile, was seat dancing with just enough exuberance that it threw off poor Ryan's concentration, forcing the host to involuntarily "move" to the music like a sleeping dog might while it dreams of chasing after a squirrel.

At the break, Simon, Paula and Randy left, Jordin dropped the diva pose and giddily waved to the crowd, Kara walked over to the Idols to say hello, and Cory brought out the third and final sack-o-shirts of the night. "This bag says 'Adam'" was all Cory had to intone to launch the audience into an Oprah's Favorite Things level meltdown. (I told you: Ears. EBS tone. TURNED TO ELEVEN.) Anoop even jokingly began crawling across the catwalk behind the judges' table to get to Cory's bag o'Lambertian goodies. At least, I think he was joking.

When it came time for Adam Lambert's trip back home, the native San Diegoian (San Diegan? San Diegorian? San Diegoer?) stood a good six feet at least from Ryan while watching his video package. More curious still, when the lights came back on, the presumptive Idol frontrunner did not receive the presumed standing O. No joke: I didn't see a single person, including any of the Idols, stand up...except for Kris Allen's family, who all made a point to stand in support. My guess is that Adam's cool-headed demeanor during his time home didn't jerk those tears the way that Kris and Danny's trips did, and therefore the audience felt no need for vertical encouragement, but, really, I'm still at a loss for what to make of it. It's not like Adam's hurting for love from the crowd; at the ad break, Cory worked through the leftover Danny, Kris and Adam shirts (all made, apparently, by fans via CafePress.com), and as the gaping hole where my eardrums should be demonstrates, the audience's desire for the Glambert swag quite handily won the day.

While Cory goaded the audience's central nervous systems to collapse with promise of free stuff, the PAs began setting up for Katy Perry's performance, a task that wasn't nearly finished by the time we were coming back from the break. As roadies frantically tended to one of the guitarist's foot pedals, Debbie the Stage Manager's stand-in gave Ryan that ole reliable showbiz standby, the "streeeetch it out!" taffy-pull hand gesture. Which is why Ryan punted it over to Danny to talk about how the Gokester was having a hard time dealing with what's essentially an elaborate, hour-long "steeeeetch it out!" taffy-pull of a results show. I'm not sure, meanwhile, if Adam Lambert could tell that the roadies had finally finished when he blurted out "I want to see Katy Perry!" But judging from how far he rocked back onto the Idol Thunderbenches with his hands firmly clutched to his face when he first saw her, Glambert definitely did not know that Ms. Perry had embroidered her Elvis cape with his name. Halfway through the performance, Adam slapped his hand on top of his head and turned to his friends in the audience, with a look that I can only describe thusly: "OMG YOU GUYS! O! M! G!!!" I was disappointed when after the set, neither Ms. Perry nor Mr. Lambert made an effort to greet each other on stage, although I suspect the two will pencil in some time to grab some coffee and/or buy spandex onesies together quite soon, if they haven't already. Instead, at the ad break, Adam simply gushingly mimed his excitement to his friends in the audience, who happily mimed back.

The Top 3 were then moved center stage, at which point my extremities began tingling in a most peculiar fashion. Danny, Kris and Adam all shared a quick good luck back-slap-hug, we were back from the break, Kris was in the finals, and his fellow Idols in the audience could not have been more thrilled: Anoop, Lil, Allison, everyone. Then it was Adam's turn to be ushered into his Nokia Theater moment. The audience lost its collective caca once again, the Idols quite less so, because, really, they'd all been beaten down with Adam's inevitability since the word go, so why get worked up about it now? But you know who was pretty much just as thrilled about Adam as they were about Kris? That's right: The Allen's. (In the interest of fair play, I should note that when Danny Gokey hit his climatic note in his farewell performance, Michael Sarver stood on his seat while emphatically clapping for a good three seconds.)

Simon nattered on about a big ding dong, the 19 Entertainment logo popped and chimed, and Kara was, as per usual, first on the stage to pass along her words of wisdom to the newest Idol non-winner. The audience stuck around for the finale coin toss, and I'm sure the vigilant Idol fanatics among you already know Kris won, and he chose Adam to go first. (What was that again about Kris not having a killer instinct?) The producers, however, weren't happy with the shot of Ryan revealing the side of the coin with Kris' face on it, and so they had to shoot the toss again. Only it came up Adam this time. So they shot it again. And it came up Adam again. And again. And again. Finally, Kris came up heads, but the camera wasn't on. The sixth time was finally the charm, and we were all sent home. On my way up the stairs, I looked over to my right, and caught Kris' parents locked in a long, lingering hug. Yes, Ma and Pa Allen, your son really did it.

So, PopWatchers, are you happy with the results? Were you surprised to learn Adam was a Katy Perry fan, or that the feeling was apparently mutual? Do you think there's any significance to the narrow one million vote margin between Kris and Adam, or was that a one-time, anyone-but-Danny phenomenon? How did you feel about the show's sudden embrace of Danny's late wife after so many weeks of completely ignoring she existed at all? Do you think Paula, Kara, et. al. did Danny any favors by pimping him so early in the show? What the heck is a "big ding dong" anyway? And what odds do you want to give me that Norman Gentle and Tatiana Del Toro sing a duet during Wednesday's two hour finale show?
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PostSubject: Re: American Idol   Thu May 14, 2009 11:29 am

Ok, I got this from Vote for the Worst....interesting and if true, I hate Kara that much more!

Kara DioGuardi Refuses to Work With Kris Allen


One of the AI backup singers explained why Simon criticized Kara for slamming Kris's performance last night. In a Twitter feed:

"In short, the backstory to what Simon said to Kara. I was told that all the judges were given the opp to work w/ each kid…
…they were told the time slot for each kid’s rhrsl. They could come & advise the contestant on how 2 get the most of their song.
But on rhrsl day, only one judge actually showed up and did that… guess which one."



Yep, only Simon actually showed up. Paula was drunk, so she has an excuse. And Randy's opinion means nothing. But Kara not showing up shows how irrelevant she actually is.


If this is true...freaking love Simon for calling her out. Why didnt they at least give Danny, Randy as his weeks mentor instead of the drunken pill popping bimbo?? I think its sad when only one of the judges showed up to support the final 3. Shocking that Simon got the chosen one.



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