American Idol: Live Results Show #8
Besides, don't they know all we really want is the RESULTS. Enough with the tease. Let us have it! How many of you skipped the festivities, TiVo'd the thing, and then fast forwarded to the very end?
Me, I watched the whole thing. Of course, I had to. It's my job. But whether you watched it all, or zipped to the end, the results were the same. Someone went home tonight -- and it wasn't Sanjaya.
As many expected, Phil, Haley, and Chris were in the bottom three. There was no major upset. LaKisha was not in the bottom, as I predicted she might be. And Chris did not go home, meaning the AOL poll didn't get it right this week. In fact, Chris was sent back to safety by Ryan.
HALEY vs PHIL. Beauty and the Beast. Over 35 million votes were cast, and America chose the bald one over the hot one. It's the end of the road for Haley Scarnato, and the best damn legs on American Idol.
Was I shocked? No. It was bound to happen sooner or later. From what I can tell, Haley just wasn't as popular with the ladies as she was with the guys (hmm, I wonder why).
Phil was all smiles even before he heard the results. He was feeling just so darned "blessed" to be here. I think he was mentally preparing himself to go. And although I'm not a Philly-fan, I like his attitude. He knows he's not going to win, and he knows he's probably going soon. So every week he stays is just a gift. Good for him.
Did America get it right? Well, one by one they all have to go sooner or later. Until we get to the Top 4, does it really make a difference whether Haley goes home before Chris or Phil?
By the way, I really think Haley doesn't deserve any of the nasty names she's been called in our comments. Just because a girl shows some leg, it doesn't make her a wh*re. Why the nastiness, people? Now that she's gone, can we send her off kindly?
Other highlights (for those of you who skipped to the end and missed it):
- Ryan asked the judges their thoughts on Latin night. Randy thought the songs were really tough, but the kids did pretty good. Paula giggled. Simon admitted that he gave Sanjaya a compliment last night.
- The Final 8 performed together, singing "Bailamos" by Enrique Inglesias. I have to say that the worst pairing was that of Haley and Sanjaya. I thought Jordin's vocals stood out in the crowd. As usual, Chris looked and sounded like he was in pain.
- Because we have a lot more time tonight, we got to see some behind-the-scenes with J.Lo and the contestants. Jennifer told the contestants, "If you can make people feel something when you sing, that's the most important thing."
- Jennifer Lopez performed the song "Que Hiciste" completely in Spanish. When she first started singing, I had a flashback to Charo singing on the Love Boat. Hoochie Koochie. I have no idea what Jenn was singing, but she looked really pissed off. See, she knows how to get into a song, and feel the passion. She also looked muy caliente. She is, after all, a movie star with charisma coming out the wazoo. Surprisingly, the ex-Fly Girl didn't do too much dancing.
- After her performance, Ryan chatted with J.Lo in a cloud of smoke left behind by the pyrotechnics. J.Lo said she understands the pressure the contestants are under to "come up here and do what they do each week." She also said that she didn't agree with all the judges' feedback. She apparently comes from the "Paula school of criticism." Jenny-from-the-block believes in accentuating the positive. "Not that we don't need our Simon," she chirped. "Just in doses" Ryan chimed in.
- Hey, just so you know, J.Lo's new CD is in stores now. Doesn't anyone do the show just for the heck of it, and not to promote a CD? Yeah, I didn't think so.
- Eva Longoria and Sharon Osbourne were in audience.
- Idol Challenge: Which American Idol finalist performed with Meatloaf during last year's finale? Yamin, McPhee, or Taylor Hacks?
- Ryan was taped at the Farmer's Market getting feedback on last night's show. Blah blah blah. Wow, this was an obvious time filler. Ryan's actually pretty good at interacting with people, but the segment truly wasn't necessary, unless you're trying to kill time.
- Akon was back for a performance without Gwen Stefani. He sang "Don't Matter." Apparently, he's big with the kids. Okay, I admit it, I like him too. I still can't get the "Woo Hoos/Wee Hoos" out of my head since he performed with Gwen. I bet he'll be selling a lot of digital downloads tomorrow. And ain't that what this show is about? Exposure, Exposure, Exposure.
- The Ford music video featured the song, "Happy Together" and a morphing concept that was cutting edge in 1991 when Michael Jackson used it in his Black or White video, but now is just dated. And do we really want to see Sanjaya morph into Doolittle? Creepy.
- Idol Gives Back: The money keeps rolling in. News Corporation (the very generic-sounding parent company of FOX) pledged $5 million. Ryan tells us the event will have comedy, insight into Simon's heart, and Celine Dion (sounds like a neat idea for a sitcom on FOX).
- In video of Simon in Africa, one of the kids hands Simon a drawing. It's rather odd, because the kid drew Simon with boobies. "Even in Africa, they think you need a bra," Ryan says, causing Simon to turn red. Did Ryan just mock Simon's man-boobs in front of 28 million people? Oh, snap!
- The Idol editors spliced together some footage from the auditions, so that it appears as if Tony Bennett is trying out for Idol. The cranky Simon tells him, "You are probably the worst we've had today." Tony was sporting his bright yellow Realtor jacket in the segment. It was a cute clip, but hard to explain here.
Next Week: Martina McBride and Country Music -- Sanjaya in a cowboy hat! I can't wait.
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