Here's some TV Guide trivia for you: Popstars grad Rosanna Tavarez used to do On-Air with Ryan Seacrest on the same Hollywood set that's now used by TV Guide Channel for her own series, Idol Chat. The weekly talk show (Thursdays, 8 pm/ET) features her and American Idol alumna Kimberly Caldwell dishing this season's singers. This week, the buzz was all about Anwar Robinson.
Clearly, many Idol
fans decided it's about time Zen-like (read: kinda boring) crooner hit the road. "It wouldn't necessarily say that it was about time
," Tavarez disagrees, "because the other two contestants in the bottom three could very well also have left. It think it would have been a more interesting competition had they [voted off] Scott Savol
or Anthony Fedorov
. If you look at those three, Anwar was the strongest singer. It wasn't necessarily about time for him, although I don't think he would've been the winner [in the end]."
What does Ms. Tavarez think of Anwar's warbling? Does the man have skills? "He always had that money note at the end, which is one of the most astute observations Randy
made," she says. "He wasn't always the most consistent performer, but you always looked forward to seeing how he would save himself. He's more comfortable with high notes at the end of a song. That's something he can improve on. I'm sure he'll do well in his singing career."
So which of the other boys ought to have gotten the boot? "I felt like Scott should go next based on vocal ability," Tavarez says. "If you compare Scott and Anwar, Scott's not as good of a singer technically. I love his song choice, 'Everlasting Love' — my parents dedicated that song to each other! But I feel like Scott has a monotone way of singing. He's not dynamic enough for me. His voice stays in the same level of energy; it doesn't go different places."
Some are surprised that Scott's scary past
hasn't get him booted. To what does Tavarez attribute his staying power? "There are many artists who do something negative in their real life and it doesn't really affect their careers. You know as well as I do who those people are," she chuckles. "I feel like the public is forgiving and they want to see you do better. It doesn't surprise me that he got another chance."