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American Idol Episode: "American Idol"

Season 6, Episode 38
Episode Synopsis: The three remaining finalists perform.
Original Air Date: May 15, 2007

May 15, 2007: "Do or Die for the Final Three" Season 6, Episode 38

As we wind down to the last few shows of Season 6, excitement is in the air. Each of the three final contestants has a shot at stardom, and will have a decent career whether they win this thing or not. This week, the final three each sang three songs - songs picked by the judges, the producers and the contestants themselves, and running the musical gamut from the old to the new. (By the by, I love Paula's hair!) The Jordin Show Simon chose "Wishing on a Star" by Rose Royce, and Jordin did a fine job. The judges thought she "sang it brilliantly," but Simon didn't like the "weird jazz arrangement." The producers chose "She Works Hard for the Money" by Donna Summer. Jordin sounded great - but there was no "wow" factor for me. "You [are] working it out up there!" shouted Randy. Paula thought Jordin "worked hard for the money," and Simon found it a "very good performance." Jordin chose "I (Who Have Nothing)" by Shirley Bassey. It was phenomenal the first time she did it, so I would say probably a good choice to kick her through to the finale. This is her song. Chills. Randy thought it was her "best performance of the night." Simon "hated the fact she was singing a 60-year-old song." And once again told this hip young thing she sounded "old fashioned." Overall rating: pretty darn good. The finale? Please, come through. The Blake Show Paula chose "Roxanne" by The Police. What was up with his dorky sweater vest? This song deserves more than that sweater. He rushed the song and the tempo was too fast. I was thinking, "Please go home, already." Randy thought it was "hot." Paula thought he was "fantastic and fresh." Simon thought it was a good choice of song and emphasized, "It was good, it wasn't great." The producers chose Maroon 5's "This Love." (They're on the show tomorrow.) It was a pretty good showcase for Blake's particular style. Randy advised that when Blake makes his record, he should cover that song, or at least songs of that ilk. Paula told Blake he was "totally in [his] element." Simon actually liked it! Blake chose "When I Get You Alone" by Robin Thicke (the guy who just a few short weeks ago was rubbing himself inappropriately on this family show). For me, it was just OK, though I can appreciate that he is entertaining. However, as this is a singing competition - and I'm not letting anyone down here - Blake is not the best singer. I think he would be better suited to make records his own way and not be hampered by the directives of the American Idol conglomerate. Randy and Paula blew some smoke, and Simon really liked it and respected Blake because he didn't "play it safe," and took risks and had fun. Prediction: In the words of Peter Gabriel, "My heart going boom, boom boom. Pack your things, I've come to take you home." Drum roll, please, Ms. Melinda's in the house. Randy chose "I Believe in You and Me" (and everyone we know) by Whitney Houston - nothing like a really difficult song for our star contestant. Did anyone else hear her call Randy "Randy Johnson." That was funny. Then I got chills on the first note, and on each successive one. Melinda is a consummate pro, probably the best this show has ever seen. Randy wanted to challenge her with Whitney, "You blew it out the box - very well done." Gushed Paula: "You were fantastic, amazing and [it was] one of your best performances this season." Simon thought it was her "best [performance] in the last four weeks. Round one goes to Melinda!" The producers chose Ike and Tina Turner's "Nutbush City Limits" - great choice!! Much better outfit! Loved it!!! "Stellar performance," gushed Randy. Paula brought, "We love you, we love you and we love you." Simon said he loved to see that side of her, adding, "another brilliant performance." Melinda chose "I'm a Woman." (What happened with the words in the second line?) It was a perfect song for her - she's so sassy! Randy loved "seeing the range of Melinda; you could sing the phone book." Paula admired her "stepping out into the spotlight." Simon, ever the dirty old man, leered: "Melinda, loved the striptease." Prayers for Melinda? Hopefully Simon sealed her fate when he said, "If I'm going to award a place in the finals [for someone] who's consistently delivered week after week, it's you." It is going to be a very close call. If it were up to me, Melinda and Jordin would be the two in the finale. That said, I'm keeping the ladies and kickin' Blake, (and his sweater vests) to the curb. While you're waiting for the results show, check out these cool Idol vids on our Online Video Guide! show less
As we wind down to the last few shows of Season 6, excitement is in the air. Each of the three final contestants has a shot at stardom, and will have a decent career whether they win this thing or not. This week, the final three each sang three songs — songs picked by the judges, the producers and the contestants themselves, and running the musical gamut from the old to the new. (By the by, I love Paula’s hair!)The Jordin ShowSimon chose “Wishing on a Star” by Rose Royce, and Jordin did a fine job. The judges thought she “sang it brilliantly,” but Simon didn’t like the “weird jazz arrangement.”The producers chose “She Works Hard for the Money” by Donna Summer. Jordin sounded great — but there was no "wow" factor for me. “You [are] working it out up there!” shouted Randy. Paula thought Jordin “worked hard for the money,” and Simon found it a “very good performance.”Jordin chose “I (Who Have... read more

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