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American Idol Episode: "American Idol"

Season 6, Episode 32
Episode Synopsis: The six remaining finalists perform songs of compassion and hope in connection with “Idol Gives Back.” Sponsors will donate money to benefit young people living in extreme poverty in America and Africa for every vote cast.
Original Air Date: Apr 24, 2007

April 24, 2007: Idol Gives Back... Take One Season 6, Episode 32

Tonight we learned about giving until it hurts. It started out all well and good and then ventured into some "aren't we fabulous" territory and into a puddle of... I am getting ahead of myself. Ryan looked dapper in another skinny tie from the '80s and, what is that? Is that facial hair? I do believe it is. Well, Ryan, who knew you had it in you? Before announcing what show it was we were watching, Ryan was nice enough to mention that as we vote tonight, not only are we "saving our favorite contestants, we are also saving lives!" And there you have it. Watching American Idol will make you a lifesaver. Me, I'm butter rum. For the first of several sections devoted to showing off the great team in the disastrous world in which we live, Coldplay made caring about extreme poverty, malaria, malnutrition and hunger seem hip and cool. I noticed while watching most of the segments that they never really said anything about what was going on so much as showed the judges and Ryan walking around a lot or kneeling in the dirt, though Simon was genuinely affected by the devastation in Africa. They "hope that tomorrow will be a better day." Only six singers left this week, and I feel blessed. There's only so much a person can take. We started off with Chris, who chose to sing Eric Clapton's "Change the World." Dressed sharply in what Randy referred to as a "fly jacket" and one of Ryan's ties, Chris sounded pretty good and looked even better. After hearing about the starving kids in Africa I wondered whether the judges would really be able to say anything negative about these well fed kids in Hollywood. A shot of Brandon Davies in the audience made me hope that tonight these kids would really strive for greatness, since making people want to vote for them also meant Idol would be giving a little something back. There was much love passed between the judges and Chris, even Simon saying he showed "soul" and was "sexy." On the way back from commercial, Ryan plugged MySpace, another one of Mr. Murdoch's castles in his grand kingdom that is News Corp. We also heard that his megalithic kingdom would donate 10 cents for each vote up to 50 million votes, in other words $5 million. With two lines open for each contestant, I prayed people would go that extra mile to dial, knowing it meant there'd be more money for the cause. Ryan also led us through several cities in America, each with their own tale of need and neglect. Randy visited New Orleans to see the damage from the hurricane. They also went to Kentucky, where illiteracy is a growing problem; Arizona, where kids are going hungry; and Atlanta, where homelessness is a never-ending concern. So your votes are helping kids in Africa as well as people right here at home. Melinda came out looking and sounding fantastic. She sang "There Will Come a Day" by Faith Hill and interspersed it with her own amazing interpretation. You know when this woman wins her first, second and third Grammys she will be thanking the good Lord. Her devotion to each song is inspirational and the judges agreed, "You have arrived" and "you're magical," which made her sound a little like Tinkerbell. Simon said Melinda's rendition of the song made him "believe you had recorded it originally - a vocal Master Class." Could there be any more love in the room for this gal? I don't think so. Electricity was "in the air" when Blake took the stage to sing John Lennon's "Imagine" (a song few should ever attempt). But he managed to hit the off switch. It was boring except for a few notes that sounded OK. Blake pronounced the word "people" as "bee bowl." Simon said it best when he said, "It didn't go anywhere." The judges swooned over him, and I just do not understand why. They found him sensitive and sincere, but I found him lacking. LaKisha foolishly took on Fantasia, though she dressed better than Fantasia. She looked elegant in the long, black gown. She sang "I Believe" and, though it was an emotional performance, it was a bit screechy. Simon agreed with me and was booed. "Will you shut up?" he begged the audience, and then the music started and drowned him out. Phil looked particularly creepy; I think it was the extra pencil in the brow. He told Ryan he misses his babies when he is stuck in Hollywood becoming a household name. Sticking with the country theme, he sang Garth Brooks' "The Change" (which sounds like an anthem for menopausal women). Interestingly, the piano player had a ponytail in his beard. Once again, Phil gave a half-decent performance, and though I liked last week's better, he sounded pretty good. The judges all liked him, too. Have they taken happy pills? We closed out the show with probably the next American Idol, Jordin. Not only did she look fabulous, but she sounded rather fantastic, too. She chose an old standard, "You'll Never Walk Alone," and really sang it. It was an emotional performance. Randy gushed that it may have been the best performance on an Idol show ever. (Hi, can you say "over the top"?) Trying to be funny, Simon said, "Unlike Randy, I thought you were fantastic." Then Ryan gave her his tie. Is that like giving a girl your pin? Or your varsity sweater? If I have to send only one person home it would be Blake, but I think America may choose LaKisha. She is skating on thin ice and the judges love Blake, for whatever reason. Jordin will probably take the whole thing, but we've got a few weeks to go to find out. Anyway, we have two more star-studded hours to get through this week, so see you back here tomorrow so we can get our "Bono" on. show less
Tonight we learned about giving until it hurts. It started out all well and good and then ventured into some “aren’t we fabulous” territory and into a puddle of... I am getting ahead of myself. Ryan looked dapper in another skinny tie from the '80s and, what is that? Is that facial hair? I do believe it is. Well, Ryan, who knew you had it in you? Before announcing what show it was we were watching, Ryan was nice enough to mention that as we vote tonight, not only are we “saving our favorite contestants, we are also saving lives!” And there you have it. Watching American Idol will make you a lifesaver. Me, I’m butter rum. For the first of several sections devoted to showing off the great team in the disastrous world in which we live, Coldplay made caring about extreme poverty, malaria, malnutrition and hunger seem hip and cool. I noticed while watching most of the segments that they never really said anything about what was going on so much as showed the... read more

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