What were you doing last Wednesday night, American Idol aficionados?
Whilst most fans were at home reeling from the latest quadruple elimination, Party Boy was attending Idol's annual Top 12 bash in West Hollywood, Calif. That's where the dozen remaining finalists were trotted out to celebrate their survival by schmoozing the press. Sadly, the warblers who were freshly cut that night were not invited — this soirée is for current contestants only. How's that for a Debbie Downer moment?
Oddly enough, AI host Ryan Seacrest was there mugging for the red carpet stalkerazzi, but none of the judges showed up. FYI, that's highly unusual. What gives? "Simon and Paula were ill," a Fox rep told Party Boy. "Randy had to catch a flight."
Mr. Cowell and Ms. Abdul were both sick? Hmm... One ailing judge, I could buy. Two is pushing credibility just a smidge.
Now let's get to who was there. Natch, my personal faves Nadia Turner and Mario Vazquez were absolutely swarmed all night long. That sweetheart Mario was particularly gracious about posing for photos with everybody's kids. (Nobody knew yet that the Bronx boy was gearing up to quit for mysterious "family reasons.")
Although Simon said Marc Anthony admirer Anthony Fedorov had "about as much Latin flair as a polar bear," the 19-year-old took that swipe in stride. "Latin music has sparked something in my soul," Fedorov enthused. "When I got into the Top 12, I looked at Simon, I gave him a wink and he looked back at me with a smile. He expects the best and he actually motivates me a lot. Hopefully, I'll have a chance to have a conversation with him and tell that to him personally."
The similarly sunny Carrie Underwood
didn't mind that the judges declared her country-fried take on "Because You Love Me" too safe. Safety, she claims, was her strategy all along. "Honestly, I kinda wanted
to play it safe just to make sure I got into the Top 12," Underwood said. "I do agree that I do need to step out of my comfort zone. I do want to take some risks. I just didn't want to hear, 'What were you thinking
Smart girl. Just like Las Vegas native Mikalah Gordon
, who may have bitten off more than she could chew with Barbra Streisand
's "Somewhere," though she won the hearts of Barbraholics everywhere by trying. Translation: This 16-year-old spitfire's earning herself a loyal gay following — and she knows it!
"Maybe I'll spread a little rainbow for ya [on the next show]," she laughed. "I just want to relate to everybody, whether you're black, you're white, you're purple, you're gay or not. Actually, my aunt's gay, so it's OK. I'm good with it. I accept everybody. Hopefully, they accept me, too."
Rock star wannabe Constantine Maroulis
didn't have to look too hard for acceptance at this bash. The ladies had this 6-foot-3 Greek surrounded for most of the evening — even though he was wearing that dorky Justin Guarini
T-shirt he'd performed in on the show. Mr. Too Cool for School denied he's a fan of Idol
's very first runner-up. "I don't even know how I ended up with this [shirt]," he shrugged, playing it coy. "I guess I just kind of rolled out of bed and got dressed in the dark."