April 12, 2006

"American Idol" -- the results.

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They drag out the results to a full hour tonight, and they lard it with video from the various home towns. But much of that crap is damned touching. The truth is, they all have families that love them. Some have a mom and dad. Lots just have a mom. And Kellie has a grampa and a tiny brother. The grampa prompts the brother to say "I love you," and it makes us all love Kellie, doesn't it?

The bottom three are Elliott, Ace, and Bucky. We completely expect Ace to leave. The shock would be if it was Elliott. Bucky, we know is going to leave soon enough, but we love him.

Oh, no! It's Bucky!

33 comments:

Brendan said...

That golf outing skit was brutal. And now I see Rod Stewart is on deck. Why the infatuation with well-past-their- prime fossils?

Gerry said...

First time all year I liked Bucky's performance, too.

Actually, I am just watching the performances for the first time on TiVo. I was expecting massive suckatude, but so far I have liked the first three. Not great, but entertaining.

Ann Althouse said...

I'm looking forward to the thing next week with Rod Stewart. It's not as if they're doing "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" and similar material. They are doing the old standards (the stuff he records now). Those are great, great songs -- like the old Big Band Week of first season. If Rod turns out to be a reasonably nice guy (like Barry Manilow), it will be terrific.

Gerry: I think what happened is that Bucky's fans didn't perceive the threat because he was kind of good.

jinnmabe said...

So who do the old classics favor the most? Can I get a Katherine-hater to admit that it seems right up her alley? Elliot seems obvious too, but I think Chris could hit a homerun with the right song. He could be really good.

WisJoe said...

The only problem with the "fossils" doing these old standards is (1) they don't really do them well - generally speaking the original versions are best (Exhibit A - Rod's cover of "Have I told you...");(2) it is the worst sort of suck-up to the fogey baby-boomers (especially coming from artists that used to carry some semblance of being anti-establishment); and (3) it is becoming a marketing gimmick to do so. (Exhibit B - Michael McDonald's (Doobie Brothers?) latest schlock)

Frankly, I've never watched AI (not meaning to come off as being snobbish), but I simply do not understand the popularity of watching karaoke by kids who are willing to be marketed in such a grotesque fashion. I guess I'm getting to be a crotchety old punker.

Gerry said...

I'm now up through Taylor, and his was the one I liked the least so far. I thought Chris was absolutely exception, and Elliot was really good too. I did not wretch like I usually do with either Ace or Bucky.

Katherine still has breasts. The song did less for me than they did.

Still awaiting Paris. Is that the last one? Not the train wreck I expected.

Gerry said...

exception...al. Exceptional.

Learn how to type, moron.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

So is that DialIdol Michael Barone accurate or Zogby accurate?

Sorry: couldn't get the tag right--Bucky played evil twin with Rocky--http://www.courttv.com/onair/shows/hollywood_heat/articles/060410buckycovington_feat.html

Brendan said...

I just find it odd that a competition dedicated to youth pop would trot out so many aging Boomers. Manilow, Rogers, Queen, Stewart, etc. Who's next? Tony Bennett? How many times has Simon panned or disqualified a contestant for being too "old-fashioned"? Even Taylor gets knocked for his gray hair. Granted, Abdul is a has-been too, but she at least looks the part.

Gerry said...

My bottom three would have been Ace, Taylor and Katherine. And I would have sent Ace packing.

Hecla Ma said...

I will never understand the appeal of Taylor Hicks, but he wasn't the worst last night.

Unfortunately, Elliott - who was the best - was in the bottom three again, making it clear that a great singer can't win America's heart if he's shortchanged in the looks department. That's a shame. He was great on the re-sing tonight, too.

The "group sing" was horrific, but I couldn't help noticing Chris belting out a few notes of PASSION....and thinking, "damn, why didn't he sing THAT last night - he'd have brought down the house!"

All I know is this: Taylor Hicks wins this thing, I'll never watch again. He's just NOT that good, and he still strikes me as phoney baloney as well.

jinnmabe said...

Katherine still has breasts. The song did less for me than they did.

No matter how well she sings, this will always be true.

joewxman said...

Oh GOD another week with that cheese ball ace. He's got to go!

Jim H said...

Bucky has consistently out-sucked Ace, so it shouldn't be a surprise. Still, Ace should get booted for the sleeveless tees alone.

And I agree with many of you about Taylor. He ought to be standing in the bottom three soon, but he won't.

Hecla Ma said...

JimH, but WHY? Can anyone explain to me WHY? WHAT is Taylor's appeal? I don't get it.

Megan said...

What's Taylor's appeal? For me, he's different, he has a great-sounding voice (though he's best doing that Ray Charles thing, not the pop thing -- by the way, what if he did some Van Morrison?), and he's FUN. He clearly loves what he's doing and for me, it's infectious. Sure, he's a huge geek, but he's so different, it's just refreshing. Amd did I mention his voice?

For what it's worth, I'm a 30-something woman and I hate Ace (HATE!) and love Chris. I also enjoy Elliot and Paris. But Taylor's got my heart.

Hecla Ma said...

Thanks, Megan, for explaining. I'm just going to have to live throught it, I guess! :-)

Uncle Mikey said...

Maybe my problem is that I live in Austin and can see any number of Taylor-class acts every week here, and usually somebody really good passing through. He is fun, and he does sing very well, but I don't find him particularly exceptional. And some of the dancing/spazzing (to borrow a word from Tiger Woods) is offputting.

I too am disgusted at Chris for not doing Under Pressure. What a waste. Even Bucky sounded great doing it.

Jennifer said...

Awwww I was really starting to dig Bucky! Ace, go home!

Jennifer said...

Ruth Anne: DialIdol claims to be 81% accurate. But anecdotally, that seems like a stretch. They've been right on the money a few times.

But, this week, for example, they have Bucky, Ace and Chris in the bottom three. Katharine is lower than Elliott. So, they were two for three this week - and wrong about who would leave.

Ann Althouse said...

I think they knew the group sing was horrific, which is why they did a split screen thing with the performance down in the corner and a distracting clip show, displayed prominently.

Much as I admire the old standards of my parents' day, I don't want to hear Rod do them, simply because he's not very good at it. Why buy those records when you can listen to Frank Sinatra and others who are brilliant? But I'll always love Rod for his early work: "Gasoline Alley" and "Every Picture Tells a Story." "Reason to Believe" -- that was good!

paulfrommpls said...

"Gasoline Alley" may be the single most hummable tune I know. I basically have it in my head all the time and that's okay.

Ann Althouse said...

I'm giving my highest rating to the whole albums "Gasoline Alley" and "Every Picture Tells a Story." The songs with those titles are also good.

SteveR said...

Ann: I agree about Rod Stewart, even his "Do You Think I'm Sexy" era pales in comparison to the early stuff. Reason to Believe was always underrated being on the same album side with Maggie May, but I think its a great song.

paulfrommpls said...

Yeah, I know. Shoulda added (the song) to my comment.

Also agree on Sinatra. I still remember the day in 1985 when I was driving around flipping through stations and I heard "Nevertheless." It was really the first moment I'd paid attention to the guy.

Dawn said...

Didn't get to watch this last night, was on clinicals, and none of the patients had it on. But please....Bucky getting the boot, and not that annoying Ace?

I agree, what's with this 'bring out your dead' bit with Manilow and Rod Stewart? It's really nothing more than cheap exposure for their latest release. Too bad they won't be performin old Faces tunes - I could see Chris ripping it up to "Stay With Me".

I'm a 40-something woman who thinks Taylor is a kick - he's having fun up there and he's just such a loveable dork. But that Chris *sighs*

tcd said...

Yes, the old standards will be right up Katherine's alley but I think she will overkill a song and make me hate her even more (breasts, fake smile, etc). More Jane Monheit less Stacey Kent, unfortunately.
Elliot on the other hand will have the subtlety to pull off a good standard. He's been my favorite every week.

Gerry said...

"I could see Chris ripping it up to "Stay With Me"."

I think that would be perfect for him, too. Are you sure Small Faces tunes are off limits?

Although, I have to admit that lyrics like "I don't mean to sound degrading, but with a face like that you've got nothing to laugh about" are not your typical AI fare.

paulfrommpls said...

I hate to say it but Ace may find a good one. I can imagine him doing "One More For My Baby and One More for the Road" okay, which would be received as great by some. Some soft song, since he doesn't have much heft to his voice.

paulfrommpls said...

Although I hasten to add that heft is what enables Sinatra and a few others to be transcendent on softer songs.

LarryK said...

My two biggest take-aways from last night - first, Ann was proven right about Ace. He's not so much a phony as simply terrified, and now we know why - he's spent a lifetime getting the shit kicked out of him by his four older brothers. His "home video" really stood out from the rest - it wasn't warm and fuzzy, it was kind of sadistic, and Ace was noticeably shaken by it. The last words spoken by one of the brothers were "well, whatever doesn't kill you...", but the experience doesn't seem to have made Ace stronger. For the first time, I actually have some sympathy for the guy, although I still hope he gets the boot because he's just not that good.

Second, Ryan Seacrest really is the master of his domain. It's not easy to handle a show like last night's, but he moved effortlessly from humor to pathos to the cold reality of cutting somebody loose. I think he's one of the unspoken secrets to the show's success. The unspoken weakness: the judges, all of whom have fallen in a rut they show no signs of getting out of.

Dawn said...

Gerry - hearing Chris sing that line on "AI" would be awesome.

The only thing better would be hearing Kellie sing "Red lips, toes and fingernails, I hear you're a mean old Jezebel". Tha'd wake up the neighbors...

Gerry said...

True, but it will not be. Apparently I missed where they said that all the songs will be off of one of Rod's "Great American Songbook" albums.