March 9, 2006

"American Idol" -- week 8 results.

Great! We get rid of four of these clowns. Melissa is wearing a watermelon-patterned top that makes her breasts look like... watermelons. After a quick recap of the performances this week, they bring out Bo Bice to do his single, "The Real Thing." It's not the song I associate with that phrase, but some new song. He sweats a lot and I mostly ignore him.

There's a promo for the new show "Unanimous." They lock a bunch of people in a vault until they decide unanimously which one of them should receive $1 million. It seems kind of like a jury, needing to reach unanimity. I wonder what the rules are, because it seems too obvious that one person would get himself chosen by promising to divide the money equally among all of them.

Kinnik Skye is told very straightforwardly that she has the least votes among the women. That's a new twist! She gets to redo her losing song, and I get to use the TiVo remote.

They switch over to the guys and tell Will Makar that he's got the least votes of the men. He's a sweet young guy -- only 17 -- but he's got to go. He sings his song a lot better than last night.

Now, they switch to a positive process, identifying the contestants who make the final 12. For a second, it seems that the odd one out is going to be Melissa, but, no, it's Ayla, and so my two picks to leave -- in the female category -- are in fact leaving. Ayla fights not to completely burst out crying. Oh, don't feel sorry for her. She's beautiful, tall, a basketball player, and a straight-A student. She'll be fine.

I only picked one guy to go, Ace, but he makes it. It comes down to Bucky and Gedeon. And Gedeon is eliminated! I'm surprised. He was one of my favorites. Too bad! We see Paris Bennett crying, and Ace is comforting her. Why did "America" do that?

22 comments:

me said...

The demographics don't favor black people when there are this many people left. Kevin should have gone. He is horrible.

Ann Althouse said...

But he was the only black male left. Half of the women who made it are black.

Jennifer said...

The demographics don't favor black people when there are this many people left.

That seems like an odd statement when 50% of the winners so far have been black. Doesn't seem like the demographics figure in.

Gedeon made a really bad impression with his talk of showing the country what God has done. Presumably the pinnacle being the creation of Gedeon.

I couldn't stand him. And I voted for Fantasia and Ruben for the entirety of both those seasons.

Not everything breaks down to race relations.

Dave said...

Breasts that look like watermelons?

Wow, I have to start watching AI.

Ann Althouse said...

Dave, these would be those smaller, specialty watermelons one sees at Whole Foods, not those traditional oblong things.

Dave said...

Specialty watermelons at Whole Foods?

Wow, I have to go shopping there.

Jim MacGregor said...

We had a chance this season for some Sam Cooke and Motown, at least for a while. Instead we are left with treacly high school talent show crap and puppy dog mugging for the camera. I am disgusted and my AI viewing is over for this year.

On the other hand, my relationship with Whole Foods is just starting.

Dave said...

This should be the Whole Foods blog!

Tristram said...

Did I hear correctly that next week was going to be all Stevie (presuably, Wonder)?

Ah, Bucky is toast. Chris may have to work to find a good song.

Early prediction: Elliot will have the best performance. Kevin the worst, but Bucky will be sent home.

Tristram said...

Did I hear correctly that next week was going to be all Stevie (presuably, Wonder)?

Ah, Bucky is toast. Chris may have to work to find a good song.

Early prediction: Elliot will have the best performance. Kevin the worst, but Bucky will be sent home.

Doug said...

"We had a chance this season for some Sam Cooke and Motown, at least for a while. Instead we are left with treacly high school talent show crap and puppy dog mugging for the camera."

And Bucky. Roadkill-eatin' (sorry - allegedy) Bucky.

Think hard on Bucky and Kevin as "Stevie Wonder week" draws near. Think upon it and shudder.

Drew said...

Gideon was obnoxious. He had decent pitch but his voice was nothing special.

I'm a bit surprised about Will. The "11 year old girls unite" bit in Japanese was quite funny.

Drew said...

And Bucky. Roadkill-eatin' (sorry - allegedy) Bucky.

Aren't we bein' a bit racist towards country folk.

Doug said...

"Aren't we bein' a bit racist towards country folk."

Oh, good Lord. "Country folk" is now a "race" toward whom we're now supposed to police ourselves in regard to insensitive remarks?

More than half of American Idol is about product (i.e. contestant) positioning on the part of the producers. Bucky is being intentionally positioned by those same producers as the biggest bumpkin to come out of the hills since Jethro Bodine. People who can't have fun with that kind of thing worry me.

Neil said...

I also think Gedeon's elimination had less to do with race than he just seemed to come from another time and place. I'm not sure black voters could relate to him any more than white ones could -- with his God-speak and big smile. I'll miss him.

Moanique said...

Gedeon had this weird way of talking ... very precise ... almost scripted in a way. And the smile was odd too as Simon noted a few weeks ago. Maybe he was just hard to warm up to.

Maybe he should have been the one who strapped on a guitar and played some Hendrix...

He could sing though and I hope he goes for it. I was very surprised that he was voted out.

And to add on to my comment in the last AI post about Will's song from last night, it was the James Taylor version that was on the radio during my impressionable years. For whatever reason, I had completely forgotten that Marvin Gaye had done it originally. Found out that Junior Walker and the All Stars did it a year after Marvin. That's quite a history for a song.

Ann, you're right...Long, long distance between Will and Marvin. I still hated the arrangement though.

David Boyd said...

Chris must sing Higher Ground next week.

SteveR said...

I will miss the lovely Ayla though I knew the end was near.

I wouldn't mind "Stevie week" if they would ban his songs the rest of the time. Just about every Idol-Stevie performance diminishes both the contestant and Stevie Wonder.

word verification: cdpkg

Those damnable things you can't open.

me said...

My comment was not that voters are racist. Rather, there is a demographic for votes, and when there are large number of contestants left, one contestant might fit the same demographic as another, and so a decent contestant can get kicked off prematurely. This is what happened in I think season two, when there were a few very talented female black singers and one of them was voted off prematurely.

Gedeon is much better than Kevin. But Kevin plays to a different demographic. Do the top 12 go on tour, or just the top 10? If it is the top 12, it unfortunate that the no-talent Kevin, beat out the very talented Gedeon.

In any event, I think Gedeon's exposure will get him some kind of record deal.

Jennifer said...

me - I think most of the comments in response to yours have argued that his personality and image shape his demographic more than his race.

Drew said...

And Bucky. Roadkill-eatin' (sorry - allegedy) Bucky.

Aren't we bein' a bit racist towards country folk.


sarcasm doesn't blog very well.

PatCA said...

I also think Ayla is adorable, like her voice, like her song choices. I think her reaction at losing will give her heart along with all that perky hard workingess.

Gedeon is also strange but possibly because he is so young, as are many of the contestants. I find that refreshing, because some shows in the past seemed like a bunch of semipro lounge lizards.