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American Idol Episode: "American Idol"

Season 6, Episode 35
Episode Synopsis: Bon Jovi perform, and two of the six remaining finalists are voted off.
Original Air Date: May 2, 2007
Guest Cast Bon Jovi

May 2, 2007: Double the Pleasure? Not. Season 6, Episode 35

Well I'll have a lot more for you later, but suffice it to say, I picked the two to go home this week in my last blog. And though I was right, I don't feel very good about it. Phil Stacey and Chris Richardson were voted off after a combined two-week total of 135 million votes - that's an insane number! You know how I feel about Chris, so it was really hard to see him go, and Phil had actually been performing a lot better over the last few weeks. There's no joy in being right tonight. As we get down to the wire it gets harder and harder to be happy about who's going home. Oh sure, back in the days when we were ready to jump off a bridge if America kept Sundance around for another week it was all fun and games, but that's all changed with this week. I trust you all watched in horror as Ryan and Simon had their weekly tiff - this time about puppets. If I had kids, I'm really not sure I would let them watch this show. It's very randy. (Not randy as in Jackson, randy as in racy.) Ryan took to the streets, or rather to the farmer's market next door to the Idol studio. He met up with the Blaker girls, a couple of twins who were hoping their namesake would make it all the way to the top spot. In the "get to know the Idols" fireside chat, we learned the following: - Blake mashes up his songs with new beats to find those crazy arrangements. He also just wants to have fun. - Jordin gave it all she had. - Phil was discouraged from listening to pop as a kid, but snuck some in anyhow. - LaKisha kissed and told us that Simon is a good kisser, and she'd do it again (so would he). (Ryan, back on the puppet joke from earlier, said, "He's got a girlfriend and it is very serious." Somehow this made Simon hysterical.) - Melinda said participating in IGB was "a huge blessing." Velvet teddy bear Ruben Studdard asked us to donate, as did Fantasia. And is that Taylor Hicks? Why, it is! I haven't seen hide nor hair of him since he won last season. What has he been up to these days? We did some reliving of "Idol Gives Back" - talk about filler! Then Robin Thicke - he's gotta be related to Alan [Editor's Note: Robin is Alan's son] - performed. He had a prep-school look with just the slightest suggestion of a mustache and a falsetto that reminded me of the Vienna Boys Choir in the old days when they used to, oh, you know what I mean. Then Robin began to sing the following words: "You touch yourself when you see me." So much for this being a family show. The Ford commercial brought us back from the other commercials with the kids dressed as circus freaks singing "Paint it Black," a very cool song indeed. I really liked how they made Blake be the barker. Results on the half hour with 135 million votes over two weeks: Melinda - you're safe Phil - leaves us tonight (see below) LaKisha - you are safe Phil had gotten better over the last few weeks, so I have no doubt he's got a career ahead of him. What an appropriate song to leave the show singing - "Going down in a blaze of glory" - and it sounded even better tonight than last night. I gotta say I was stricken with sadness when he sang. Almost as sad as when Gina sang "Smile" for the last time. Phil looked happy, though, and even his wife looked pretty darn thrilled because Phil's leaving Idol means he's coming home to help her take care of the kids! There was a big group hug with lots of tears, myself included (with the tears, not so much with the hugging). Ryan then asked Jordin to stand and then immediately asked her to sit down: "Jordin, I put you through enough. Sit down, you're safe." Hallelujah. Two guys left standing - Blake and Chris - and we all knew at this point what that outcome was going to be. Mr. Jon Bon Jovi and his band, Bon Jovi, sang one of their new tunes. It was pretty nice and he didn't mention anyone touching themselves while looking at him, so I was happy with the performance, though I thought he was going to rock out. Back to Blake and Chris, who tell America they are BFFs. Blake asked, "Why ya gotta do this? But it doesn't matter, we're going on tour together." Ryan asked to dim the lights and I thought it had to suck to be Chris at that moment - he knew it was over but managed to say it had been "worth it. Thanks to everyone for keeping me in this long!" Then he sang and sounded even better than Tuesday night. The girls were hysterical and a shot of Gina showed her all cleaned up after her shabby appearance the previous night. Did anyone catch what Chris said to the group when they were in the throes of the goodbye hug? Now there are only three (powerhouse) girls and one (beat-boxing) boy left. I won my YahooTV! office pool, but I'm not feeling very proud about that right now because I think both Phil and Chris were pretty good on Tuesday and have been consistently good for a few weeks prior. We're getting down to the wire. I'm sad and excited. Let's have a little poll: Who are your picks to win the whole shebang? While you're mulling that over, put on some Bee Gees and get ready to boogie with Barry Gibb next week. show less
Well I'll have a lot more for you later, but suffice it to say, I picked the two to go home this week in my last blog. And though I was right, I don't feel very good about it. Phil Stacey and Chris Richardson were voted off after a combined two-week total of 135 million votes — that's an insane number!You know how I feel about Chris, so it was really hard to see him go, and Phil had actually been performing a lot better over the last few weeks. There's no joy in being right tonight. As we get down to the wire it gets harder and harder to be happy about who’s going home. Oh sure, back in the days when we were ready to jump off a bridge if America kept Sundance around for another week it was all fun and games, but that’s all changed with this week. I trust you all watched in horror as Ryan and Simon had their weekly tiff — this time about puppets. If I had kids, I’m really not sure I would let them watch this show. It’s very randy. (Not randy as in Jackso... read more

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