American Idol Episodes

2002, TV Show

American Idol Episode: "American Idol"

Season 6, Episode 36
Episode Synopsis: The four remaining finalists perform.
Original Air Date: May 8, 2007

May 8, 2007: Bringing Back the High-waisted Pant Season 6, Episode 36

Those were the good old days. Probably long before most of you were born. But I remember them well. And I remember The Brothers Gibb, aka the Bee Gees, and Saturday Night Fever. Skinny guys in high-waisted white pants with matching jackets. It's time to bring them back! Barry Gibb, who has possibly the highest voice I have ever heard on a grown man, was happy to have the four remaining Idols sing not just four, but eight of his songs. Eight songs, you say? Whoa, boy. I'm lining them up two-by-two, praying for an early night. Melinda kicked off the show declaring, "Love You Inside and Out" and she reminded me of Gloria Gaynor (that's a huge compliment)! I've got no issue with Melinda's version of the song. You know how I love this gal. Randy said it was a "solid performance." Paula said, "It's hard to critique you," which isn't saying much. Simon said, "I expect incredible tonight," and it was "more of the backing vocal" performance, and not a "star song." What does he know? Oh, yeah, Il Divo. Need I say more? Melinda came back in the second half of the show and asked "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart." Barry was worried for her because of the difficult chords, but didn't anyone tell him she's the resident pro? Worry not for Melinda, Barry. We've got her back. I loved her dress. Randy said, "You got it." Paula said she reminded her of Stephanie Mills, though I disagreed. She also "didn't think it popped." Simon had something nice to say: "The second half of that song has put you into the semifinals." Haley "Legs" Scarnato was in the house. Wonder if she ever got that Nair commercial. Blake ordered "You Should Be Dancing" and chose not only to sing it, but to beatbox it to death. I must take a moment to note that everybody is singing so high tonight; and I don't mean like "I inhaled" high, I mean falsetto-y. Even Melinda did it a bit in her song. I am not a fan of Blake, but he is original, I'll give him that. And I liked what he was wearing for the first song. Randy felt he was at a "weird discotheque in a foreign country." Paula said Blake had "true musicianship [and it] showed why you are unique." Simon found it "absolutely terrible," but was silenced by the "you're done" music. He shouted through it, "I'm not finished!" I guess, sir, you are. Blake arrived a second time (in that awful argyle sweater from a few weeks back) with "This Is Where I Came In." Never heard of that song? Neither had anyone else, and it's often not a good idea to pick a song no one knows. I threw my hands up hollering, "Stop with the beatboxing, already!" But he didn't hear me. I was bored and ready to send the boy home. Randy was "still not jumping up and down - you don't have to beatbox on every song," and I for one am darn glad he said that. Paula titled him the "contemporary rebel in this competition," and said she "enjoyed you singing it," because he sang on key. Simon, my new hero, said it was "completely tuneless." I couldn't agree more. However, the young girls differ. The judges were mean tonight! LaKisha hoped she would be "Stayin' Alive" by singing a slower version of Mr. Gibb's song. He said he "liked what she's done with it." LaKisha was on fire! She never did actually go up on that last note like Barry suggested, but it was OK. Randy thought it was "weird for me. Baby, it wasn't working." Simon swore, "No kiss for you tonight," and added that Kiki's "performance was verging on scary." LaKisha's second chance was to "Run to Me" (not 'me' exactly). Barry thought she would rise to the challenge of two key changes - though I only heard one. She wore a beautiful and quite flattering green and black dress, which was better than the first outfit. Her voice was breaking, but key changes sell tickets. I admit, I got a chill or two. Randy wasn't thrilled, but Paula said she is "still a champ." Simon prophesized that she and Blake were "vulnerable." Jordin just wanted "To Love Somebody." Barry was having a hard time imagining a girl singing the song. (Did anyone else notice that he referred to the female contestants as "ladies" or "girls" throughout? Talk about old-school.) I thought if she does as well on stage as she did in rehearsal, we've got our winner... well, not so much. It didn't translate well. But she sounded good. Randy, Paula and Simon agreed it was the "best vocal so far." Jordin returned as a "Woman in Love" (as performed by Babs herself). Barry was all atwitter about Jordin, saying she "is going there. This is going to be one of our greatest female performing artists." Wow! That's something to say. I thought she looked gorgeous in that blue-green dress, but Simon said she looked "pageant-y" in it. This song had more melody than any of the others tonight, and Jordin did it fairly decent justice, though her voice was breaking as well. (What are these kids going to do when they are on tour and have to sing several songs a night?) Randy found it "pitchy" and offered "props to Barry Gibb" for his great songs. Unfortunately none of the contestants handled them extremely well (as a whole). Simon loved the song and hated the outfit. The best part of the show for me was when Judge Judy said she and Simon were twins separated at birth - now that's funny! So wow, LaKisha or Blake, Blake or LaKisha? This is a hard, hard decision. All right, not that hard: Blake is adored by the young gals, and they vote faster and more frequently than LaKiki's voters. So he's probably going to be safe. LaKisha, you'd better wear those gold lamé boots tomorrow because they're probably gonna do a little walkin'. Let's go to sleep tonight with the hope that the results show is only a half hour. Ah, to dream. For video of American Idol visit our Online Video Guide. show less
Those were the good old days. Probably long before most of you were born. But I remember them well. And I remember The Brothers Gibb, aka the Bee Gees, and Saturday Night Fever. Skinny guys in high-waisted white pants with matching jackets. It’s time to bring them back!Barry Gibb, who has possibly the highest voice I have ever heard on a grown man, was happy to have the four remaining Idols sing not just four, but eight of his songs. Eight songs, you say? Whoa, boy….I’m lining them up two-by-two, praying for an early night.Melinda kicked off the show declaring, “Love You Inside and Out” and she reminded me of Gloria Gaynor (that’s a huge compliment)! I’ve got no issue with Melinda’s version of the song. You know how I love this gal. Randy said it was a “solid performance.” Paula said, “It’s hard to critique you,” which isn’t saying much. Simon said, “I expect incredible tonight,” and it was “more of... read more

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