American Idol: Elliott & Elvis are BFF
It's always been a dream of mine to take a road trip to Tennessee to visit Graceland and Dollywood -- a white trash pilgrimage of sorts. I don't foresee that happening any time soon, so I'll make do with American Idol's homage to Elvis, and keep my fingers crossed for Dolly's night next season.
Everything about tonight was backwards -- the favorites sorta sucked, and Elliott finally found his moment to shine. My crappy internet connection keeps going out, so enough of the pleasantries...let's do this!
Elliott Yamin- Holy crap! Finally! Don't get me wrong, I've always hated Elliott and I still sorta do. But he really found the perfect moment to hit one out of the park. Every week, I wait for this kid to get eliminated and he keeps on keeping on. But tonight, he went for it. He had to have known that he was the underdog tonight and he threw everything he had into the ring. It was his John Cusack boombox-over-the-head moment and he nailed it.
He picked two Elvis songs that I've never even heard of, and made them both magical. In fact, the second song was absolutely amazing. But I'm thinking it's too little, too late. I can't imagine any McPheever Phans turning against their beloved big-bottom beauty in her hour of need, and switching to Elliott. Nope. Not gonna happen.
Chris Daughtry- Awwwww, Chris, you sucked tonight! Have you ever had a crush on someone and then you caught them picking their nose or like digging a wedgie out of their butt, and you become suddenly aware of their mortality? Yup, that's how I feel about Chris right now. Let me make no bones about it -- I want Chris to win! But, he did so bad tonight that I would feel guilty in defending him, so I'm not. He did suck. The first song, sucked and the second song sucked even more. It was just boring. He didn't start rocking out until the end of the second song and by then my eardrums were in full hibernation. And like Simon, I didn't enjoy his sunglasses at all. It made me realize that I don't like sunglasses on bald men.
Hey, speaking of bald men -- did anybody else catch a fuzzy-headed Michael Rosenbaum (aka Smallville's Lex Luthor) in the audience? I thought he looked pretty good. But, am I mistaken, or was he sitting next to LeVar Burton? I'm pretty sure I'm mistaken, but I'm going to go ahead and pretend that it was LeVar and they were discussing Michael's favorite episode of Reading Rainbow.
Taylor Hicks- He's pretty much safe. The first song was karaoke, but that's no big deal for Taylor. That's the sort of thing that we almost expect from him. His rendition of "In the Ghetto" was absolutely gorgeous. He's most def in the final three.
Katharine McPhee- Whew, not too good. Not good at all. And she knew it. She looked like she was going to cry during the final moments of the show. True, all the songs were written for a male, and this is like the millionth time we've had a male-centric theme night (more reason for Dolly night next year). So Katharine definitely had her work cut out for her. Her voice sounded alright, but she just looked distracted. And forgetting the lyrics during the first song?! That's a huge mistake this late in the game. But Katharine is pretty popular, and I think she's earned immunity from a bad night.
What I Think Is Going to Happen- Elliott is going to get eliminated. Taylor will be third and the finale will come down to Katharine and Chris.
What I Would LOVE to Happen- Elliott gets eliminated and Katharine is third. I would love, love, love for the finale to be between Taylor and Chris. That would be a finale this competition hasn't seen since the great Clay and Ruben face-off, and I would eat up every moment of it.
Random Queer Moment of the Show- Seacrest explaining boxer briefs to Chris by saying, "They're called hybrids. That's what we call them." Who do you think we is?