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March 7, 2007: "Let's Get to a Warmer Place"

This was a completely different show than last night's, and aren’t we glad? With the numbers dwindling, the women understood that not only did they have to bring it, but they had to bring the “Yo Factor” as well. Four of the girls did that tonight. Stick around and I’ll tell you my picks at the end. We started off high energy when Jordin sang Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker.” I really like Jordin, but I’m gonna say here and now that she’s not vocally ready for this. She’s a strong singer and I think we’ll see more of her, but maybe not for much longer this season. Sabrina followed her, looking very hot in her bronze dress. But she was a little shrieky. I think she was singing a song by En Vogue, but frankly I found it hard to recognize. Sabrina is swimming around in the middle right now, but I’m sure she’ll be back next week. Ms. Barba informed us that she plays the violin, but hasn’t had the time to practice since go... read more

March 6, 2007: The Hair Is In!

Even though I am no longer on vacation and the Peanut Gallery is sitting some 3,500 miles away, she has somehow managed to put her two cents in. She even got to watch the show three hours earlier than I did. Peanut Gallery: One hour tonight, thank god! Will Sanjaya finally go home? (One can only hope.) Is Phil wearing a lampshade? Last week was the dedication show, this week we might be surprised to find out a little something about each contestant — or not, depending on your level of interest.PG: Blake loves holidays, especially Halloween. Who was that scary guy?Why, PG, that was Johnny Walker Blue. Blake’d better not leave his day job for a life on the road of comedy. PG: His song has a weird feel to it, until he gets into it. I didn't recognize it (neither did the judges). Ahh, the band is 311 (and I believe my husband actually has a CD of theirs — go figure)! I thought the skull T-shirt was odd — maybe it's a punk thing. But I loved his performance, it was... read more

March 1, 2007: "Sorry, Wrong Number."

This was a total upset. Nick and Alaina were two of our four to be sent home and America agreed. But they kept Sanjaya and Antonella, and I just don’t understand. Both of them add nothing. All I can say is they must come from rich families and have been paying people to vote for them; there is no other explanation. Leslie was also sent home. I get that, but AJ was one of the more talented voices we heard this whole competition. I am beside myself. The PG is beside herself as well. I think the judges were nearly as surprised as the rest of us.Some highlights: Ryan: We just got rid of Nick….PG: Gosh darn it.PSP: Was that sarcasm?The PG just rolled her eyes. Alaina is going home. High five!Sundance cries — OK, what’s that all about? The PG does not like Ryan’s outfit.PG: Did he steal his outfit from Fox Mulder?Kellie looks like Tammy Wynette with boobs! When Ryan asks her what she spent her money on, she replies, "shoes," but we know those "Ds" were a recent pu... read more

Simon Says: Lay Off Antonella! But as for Hef....

How's this for irony? American Idol judge Simon Cowell chose a party at the Playboy Mansion, of all places, to speak out about the Antonella Barba naughty-bits pics scandal. "I think it's disgraceful that so-called friends would sell these pictures," he told People. "I really, really have a problem with that. A big problem." What I have a problem with is America's decision to keep the Barba doll over any number of more talented would-be contestants. But I digress....At the same fete, Playboy icon Hugh Hefner told Access Hollywood there is a "very real possibility" that he will invite Barba to simply cut to the chase and properly pose for his lad mag, if (meaning when) she gets the hook from Idol. read more

February 28, 2007: "Utterly Flopless"

Tonight, the ladies and the Peanut Gallery return for an encore visit. Since Sundance finally brought his game back, the gals are really going to have to give it up tonight. Before we even start, here are my predictions: Someone is going to mangle X-tina, Lakisha is going to bring the house down and the "S" girls are going to wow us. Sabrina will hopefully sing something jazzy and Stephanie definitely will. OK, having now watched the show, the "S" girls did bring it, and the mangling was of Celine, thanks to Antonella. Now the "A" girls are in serious trouble… and on to the show. This week we are in the process of trimming the numbers from 20 to 16, and it can't be done quickly enough for me…. I'm already counting the top six.Gina started it off for us. Girl, red is definitely your color. Gina sang "Alone" by Heart. I liked her and it was a good choice of song, but not so much an American Idol performance. Simon thought she would never be able to out-sing some of the other... read more

February 27, 2007: "In It to Win It"

The Boys are Back in Town! (Well, some of them at least.)Please welcome the Peanut Gallery, aka my sister Wendy, who will be adding commentary throughout this week's eps.Ryan gave props to Jennifer Hudson for her Oscar, which she won no thanks to American Idol who ix-nayed her mid-season the third year.The guys really had a lot to live up to tonight. This was the “Dedication Show” where all the boys dedicated their performances to their mothers, fathers, grandmothers, girlfriends, wives, favorite pets, old slippers…. Hope the illustrious panel of judges, and Ryan, are not going to fight like 2-year-olds again tonight. Oops, they did it again. Phil Stacey sang a boring song in a boring way. It was John Waite’s, “I Ain’t Missing You.” And, unfortunately, Phil added nothing. His voice sounded fine, but half the battle is the song you pick. “I’m not jumping out of my chair,” said Simon. Though Simon did acknowledge that Phil would be bac... read more

February 22, 2007: "So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Good Night"

As if this week can't get any worse, they make the contestants all sing together. I can’t watch them sow “The Seeds of Love.” I loved Tears for Fears, but like, in the '80s. This is like watching Up With People and not nearly as fun. Frankly, 90 percent of these kids should go on tour with them. And then they go straight to the first cut. (Thank God.)Highlights:— Sundance... What? — JT-alike! Go baby!!! He’s safe, he’s safe, he’s safe, he’s safe, he’s safe! — Nick stays the course. I don’t get it. — Blake, of course, is safe. He sang Keane, for pete’s sake. — Paul is going home. Although I am a little surprised, I think it was the barefoot thang. — Surprised as heck that Sanjaya didn’t get cut, but Rudy needed to go home, too. — Simon actually looked uncomfortable while Ryan gave the girls the news. — America let Antonella stay. — Amy, who was likened to a candle, was sent home.—... read more

February 21, 2007: The Ladies "Blew It Out the Box!"

Tonight we open on our knees praying for something better than last night. Although, there’s been a lot of trash talk about my boy JT-alike (Chris Richardson), and I’m just not hearing that! I love him. Randy opens with, “It doesn’t matter what you sing as long as you sing it.” And I am with him. Let’s do some damage tonight, ladies! Paula better not walk past anything magnetic, because she is going to go flying — lighten up on the jewelry, P-shizzle. Then the quibbling begins again. Let’s focus, folks.Stephanie Edwards, 19, Savannah, GAComes out and sets the tone. The song doesn’t do anything and if it’s a popular one, it’s unrecognizable. Oh, finally I realize it’s “How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore.” Stephanie’s got a fantastic voice, but she didn’t kick it until midway through. The judges say her performance is a “million times better than anything we saw last night.” When Melinda spo... read more

February 20, 2007: "Simon Was a Teletubby"

Guys Night. What ever happened to “Ladies First”? Not only has chivalry been completely eradicated but also we’ll have to muddle through five hours of Idol this week!!! I almost had a heart attack when Ryan said this. Like I have no other life. Like all I have time for is blogging and appearing on Idol Chat – speaking of which, I hope you all saw my television debut!! If you haven’t seen it, Idol Chat airs on the TV Guide Channel with repeats all week. Check your local listings for times! Justin, Rosanne and Kimberly were fantastically funny and friendly and I wish I could tell you more of the behind-the-scenes banter, but I can’t say those things here! Justin, you know what I’m talking about!However, getting the top 24 down to the top 12 is the part of the series I love. Just watching all the contestants grow or flail. And that’s what life is all about, growing and flailing.Let’s get to the performances. Rudy Cardenas, 28, North Hollywo... read more

February 14, 2007: "The One in Which Down Is Up and Left Is Right"

And they couldn’t have said it better. This is the show where the term “24” will take on a whole new meaning. In other words, there will be no Jack Bauer to save any of the final few. We’re going down to 24 tonight, and if any of you use the web like I do, you already know who they are. There are to be some disappointments, but there may also be some happy surprises. The full list can be found by reading the entirety of my blog, entering a special code-word, verifying you read every last word and then holding your breath for five minutes. You may be woozy, but it will be worth the wait. I was going to call this blog: “Oh, My God, It’s Late and I Haven’t Even Watched the Show Yet!” but thought better of it. It’s 1 am and I am finally ready to watch. I’m all atwitter. A lot of fuss is made about this being the toughest Hollywood week yet, and now we’re ready for the final judgment. So, if you were being judged, wouldn’t you w... read more

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