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American Idol Episode: "American Idol"

Season 6, Episode 21
Episode Synopsis: Diana Ross performs, and one of the 12 finalists is eliminated after receiving the fewest viewer votes.
Original Air Date: Mar 14, 2007
Guest Cast Diana Ross

March 27, 2007: High on the Hills with the Lonely Goatherd Season 6, Episode 21

No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani, who traded ska for yodeling, graced the Idols with her presence this week. She is one pretty girl. It's hard to believe this is the same pleasantly plump high school student from the O.C. who started singing in a band as a teenager and is now married to Gavin Rossdale. Gwen has been performing to sold-out crowds for 20 years, but I don't know that I would run to her first as a singing coach. But her divine presence meant it was "pop" week! (Not to be confused with "contemporary pop" week.) Yippee! LaKisha opened the show with Donna Summer's "Last Dance" and it was pretty darn good. Not much else to say. She looked good and everyone loved her boots. Chris Sligh sang The Police's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" after joking that he knits and crochets in his spare time backstage. Gwen told him in rehearsal that his tempo was off and the judges agreed with her. In fact, we all did. It was a bland performance from Chris. He has been slipping for the last few weeks. I wonder if he is the male "diva" we've heard about. Simon thought, "It was a mess." And when he continued telling Sligh that he "didn't think the song suited" him, he was shut down by the "wrap-up" music. "I haven't finished yet - it's not the Oscars." Gina was looking hot. She sang The Pretenders' "I'll Stand by You." Nice look, Gina! Randy complimented her "fly pair of boots," and thought it was one of her best performances. Simon said, "It wasn't one of your best performances," to the nasty boos of the audience, but he saved it by adding, "It was your bestperformance." Sanjaya chose a No Doubt song that Gwen thought was a little too much for him. When he came out with the faux-hawk (Simon commented, "I presume there was no mirror in your dressing room") and then forgot the words, I naturally thought he was going to be going home. (If the hair doesn't send him home, the forgotten words should.) However, Simon said it best when he said, it "doesn't matter anymore what we say. And if people like you, good luck." The proud Sanjaya voters have managed to keep him in the competition that just cheapens it for the rest of them. Haley was simply boring and off-key. She literally ruined "True Colors" for me. Cyndi Lauper is spinning in her old age. Simon said it was "sweet, but forgettable. Nothing to remember, really. Too safe." But I think she learned something last week when she wore those short shorts: America couldn't care less about her voice, Haley's got the legs to stay. Phil sang "Every Breath You Take," our second song by The Police, and Gwen said when he stuck "to the melody it sounded really, really good." He sounded good tonight. A good choice for him but he's trying to sound like what's-his-knuckle - Sting. Simon "felt he was taking it seriously and trying to do well in the competition." I think Phil can stick around another week. Melinda came out with "Heaven Knows," a song Donna Summer sang that I love! Paula said that Melinda is "so joyful when she's singing." And Simon agreed that it was "vocally outstanding." But being Simon, it couldn't be all cake and ice cream: "I hate the outfit." And well, I did too, but to quote Simon, "this is a singing competition" and not a fashion show. Blake sang The Cure's "Lovesong," another song I love like crazy. It was a bit boring for me but the judges really liked it. I thought it was too slow and not a good interpretation, but I'm a Cure purist. Simon did say he thought Blake's performance was "the best of the guys," and I can live with that. Jordin - that outfit has to go, honey. She also took on one of Gwen's tunes - "Hey Baby" - which has virtually no melody. But being Jordin, she made it sound pretty good. And she's so beautiful and has such a fantastic voice; I barely noticed she was wearing a tablecloth. (Tsk, tsk - singing competition, not catwalk!) Chris R. was our headliner. My boyfriend rocks!!! Chris sang No Doubt's "Don't Speak," and both Randy and myself "liked his twist on it." Randy continued with, "Just believe, baby, that was good." Simon agreed it was a "much better choice of song" than last week's but then back-handed Chris with that compliment by saying his vocals were not strong enough. Has he no sense of how great Chris is going to be? I mean, really. Anyhow, I love an hour-long show! Well, one hour and seven minutes to be exact. I look forward to seeing whether or not I will even place in the Ultimate AI Office Pool this week. So far I am zero for two. I am sending Sligh home this week, though in my heart I know it should be Sanjaya and in my head it should be Haley. On Wednesday, Gwen will sing with Akon and I can't wait. I wonder, will she yodel? show less
No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani, who traded ska for yodeling, graced the Idols with her presence this week. She is one pretty girl. It’s hard to believe this is the same pleasantly plump high school student from the O.C. who started singing in a band as a teenager and is now married to Gavin Rossdale. Gwen has been performing to sold-out crowds for 20 years, but I don’t know that I would run to her first as a singing coach. But her divine presence meant it was "pop" week! (Not to be confused with "contemporary pop" week.) Yippee! LaKisha opened the show with Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” and it was pretty darn good. Not much else to say. She looked good and everyone loved her boots. Chris Sligh sang The Police's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" after joking that he knits and crochets in his spare time backstage. Gwen told him in rehearsal that his tempo was off and the judges agreed with her. In fact, we all did. It was a bland performance from Chris. He ha... read more

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