May 10, 2006

"American Idol" -- the results.

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ORIGINAL POST: So, what do you think? It's got to be Chris or Kat going home, right? Not Taylor. He's popular. And not Elliott. He's my dear, sweet boy who was so good last night.

Rebecca Romijn is in the audience. She pretends as if she's all freaked out by the excitement, then claims to love all four contestants equally. That doesn't add up. If you like them all the same, what does it matter? She asks them to make Taylor Hicks sing "Jailhouse Rock" again, and that can't be just her idea. The phoniness is overwhelming.

But here's Taylor, bringing the party. He forgets the words. He forgets "If you can't find a partner, use a wooden chair." Come on. Who can forget that? That's one of the most amazing -- and disturbing! -- lines in all of rock history. Oh. On the second pass at the line, he gets it.

Ryan puts Taylor Hicks and Elliott Yamin on one side and Chris Daughtry and Katharine McPhee on the other. One side is the top 2, the other the bottom 2. And he does an "after the break" teaser. But you have to be incredibly out of it not to know which is which.

Ah, my boy, Elliott, is safe.

Ryan asks Simon who should go home based on last night's performance. He says Kat. Ryan then suddenly tells Chris he's going home. Aaagh! But it is deserved. He was my favorite, but I let him go last night. He just wasn't good enough. And there is a certain something that Kat brings to the show. You know, she was my favorite at the audition phase.

Aw, Chrissy.

56 comments:

joewxman said...

Pricilla Presley looked like a vampire last night...tonight's shot of her were more flattering.

btw i think Katharine goes tonight.

Rick Lee said...

My money's on Kat.

Tim Sisk said...

OMG Chrissy!!! That was abrupt!

Rick Lee said...

Wow... I'm shocked. For the last few weeks I've been saying that Chris would probably take it all. Kat sure did look shocked... as well she should.

Jennifer said...

Oh, I'm so bummed. Well, Ann, you called it this week.

This is the first time in 5 years that my favorite doesn't win. Boo.

tiggeril said...

Ouch.

My condolences, Ann.

Jennifer said...

How did the audience react?

Ann Althouse said...

Jennifer: I can't see how the audience reacts, but I think Chris looked really stunned and hurt -- like he believed he was going to win. It was Tamyra-esque.

Gerry said...

"nd there is a certain something that Kat brings to the show"

Two of 'em, actually!

Jenny D. said...

That's it. I don't care. Taylor Hicks is a cartoon. I like Elliott but... and Kat...ick.

They lost my vote and my interest. Bye Chris. start a real band and lose the losers.

Jennifer said...

Thanks, Ann. Poor guy.

Alright, Elliott, I'm all yours now.

Gerry said...

More seriously, I am ticked. I thought Chris was pretty good last night. Not up to his usual standards, but Kat's only redeeming quality last night was that she was looking quite nice.

My wife and I are both rooting for Elliot now. Actually, she was on his bandwagon from the start. But I fear that he has to be on his absolute best from now on or he's toast. Both Kat and Taylor have shown that they will get votes even when their performances are 'eh'.

tiggeril said...

I've been rooting for Kat all along (once Mandisa left) and will continue to do so. I can't stand Taylor and Elliot.

I think this is actually better for Chris. He'll be able to take that offer from Fuel without the albatross of the AI contract around his neck.

Jennifer said...

Is that true, tiggeril? I was wondering about that - how many of them get roped into the AI contract, I mean.

A silver lining!

Ann Althouse said...

Is Chris now free of the contract? But he's obliged to do the tour? We haven't seen the terms of the contract. Anyway, he belongs in a band, and he will get there. All is for the best. We still love you, Chris.

Renee said...

I can't believe what happen tonight, I tried to vote all night and I could never get though for Chris. I refuse to watch the show anymore. I could care less who wins now. Chris got a raw deal.....

SarahWeddington said...

it was interesting to see the reactions.

kat looked the whole show like she knew it was her.

the look on her face when it was chris was priceless.

simon looked fairly upset as well.

paula looked quite shaken.

does anyone know what next week's theme is?

they should have a paula abdul show

taylor doing straight up? now that's entertainment

tiggeril said...

I think I'm remembering correctly- the runners-up have a contract to do the tour, but their contract isn't nearly as restrictive as that of the eventual winner.

dick said...

I would be interested in just how the voting calls really work. I see that one of your commenters tried to get through to vote for Chris all evening. I remember when it was Clay and Ruben that there were a lot of complaints that Clay fans couldn't get through to vote. I wonder if there is some mechanism to allow one vote per hour or some other limit set. Otherwise it would end up being a test of speed dialing and not talent or fandom at all.

Given the wholesale support Chris has had all along everywhere something does not seem kosher here.

alexmitchell said...

I believe last years winner (Carrie) is tied to 19E for seven years (!) and I'm assuming it's the same or longer for this years winner. Which is a long time giving up half your profits to Simon Fuller.

The runnner-up is tied to idol for two years.

The other finalists are obliged to tour (although they make pretty good money- about $2,000 a show, and there are about 40 shows- one previous contestant said she made enough to put her kid through college when he was old enough). They also can't release an album until after the winner, and I think they're also restricted in public performances in the next 6 months or year.

Christopher Althouse said...

Did you notice how shocked Katharine was? Her jaw completely dropped. You can read her face throughout--she thought from the beginning that Chris was safe, and when she found out they were the bottom two, she felt certain that she would go home.

I thought he was by far the best last night, by the way. People must have just assumed he was safe and voted for the others to help them.

Dawn said...

AI will totally lose me if Elliot gets the boot next week. I'm tired of the Soul Patrol schtick and Kat's Celine Dion imitation every week.

As tigerril posted, at least now Chris can take that deal with Fuel, and not get stuck making craptacular straight-to-video wonders like "To Kelly From Justin".

I.Am.So.Bummed.

knoxgirl said...

Yay Yamin!

Hecla Ma said...

Me bummed too. As Simon said, it was Kat's turn to be voted off...but I kinda the feeling Chris would go tonight - I think Simon's mean assessment of Kat got her fans voting.

It's not bad for Chris - he'll get a recording contract and he'll have a career, I think. I also think this does not bode well for Taylor Hicks - most Chris fans I know cannot abide Hicks or Kat, and they'll go to Elliott, assuming they don't dump the show. If Elliot picks up the Paris/Chris (and eventual Kat fans) then Taylor's "soul patrol" won't be able to save his vegas-lounge-act rear-end.

Was anyone else as disgusted as I that we didn't get to see Chris' last song because we had to watch Taylor spaz out, yet again?

My best friend called up and predicted a backlash next week against Katharine - she'll be the next to go because she so clearly should have gone this week. (Shrug). Whatever. At this point, only Elliott has the chops...unlike Taylor and Kat, he manages to REMEMBER his lyrics; he can take on difficult music, and he actually sings.

Tara said...

I was blown away by Chris from the beginning, but... next to Taylor and Elliot and Katherine, he does seem kind of like a one trick pony. A great one trick, but... For me I was turned off when I realized that as much as I've enjoyed some of his performances, if he were performing the kind of music he seems to really love and would choose to perform, I just wouldn't be that interested.

crafty49er said...

I usually vote the last 20-30 minutes and always get through. I just think that some people did not vote for Chris because they were sure he would get through with no problem. I did look at the site I saw on here last night 'dialidol.com' and they were right on.

crafty49er said...

I usually wait until about 20-30 min. before the end and get through all the time. I just think that voters thought Chris did not have a problem and did not vote like they should. I checked the 'dialidol.com' early this morning and saw that Chris had the fewest votes.

SteveR said...

Dial Idol had it pegged and it begs the question of whether they will work on a way to defeat the software.

Chris' appeal was established early and I don't think he ever grew, at least not enough, to attract new voters. He'll be fine.

maud said...

I wasn't a great fan of Chris, but for his elimination to be so late and abrupt, while Taylor got to fill time with that "spontaneous" reprise of Jailhouse Rock, was just grossly unfair.

I don't think there was any phone line irregularity at work. More likely, his fans may not have thought he was in great danger, while Kat's fans rallied madly after her disaster. DialIdol had them damn near tied for last place.

I think Clay probably had more attempted votes that Ruben in the season 2 finale, given that the producers have said that he was the leader in every other week and given the substantial difference in their single and first CD sales. The high volume of attempted calls for both men tied up phone lines and created a near tie that could have gone to either. AI has more phone lines now, so I doubt that kind of thing will happen again.

Simon said...

And there is a certain something that Kat brings to the show.

Yes: men. 49% of the population at last count.

Alcibiades said...

I'm thrilled about Elliot getting through, myself. He's clearly the best singer. And he's really developed through the show.

I was never a big Chris fan, myself.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

I thought the ending for Chris was abrupt. And I wonder if he secretly wished to be done. He never compromised, sure, but he didn't grow. He is finally free of the AI albatross that he would've had to drag around like a mike stand.

Elliot, on the other hand, is like that stalwart great friend who is reliable and sweet. And he takes you to prom when your doofus boyfriend spazzes out and gets a DUI. And on that date, you notice his skin has cleared up, he's got a tan and he's been pumping iron and has got some guns. Hmmm...

Elliot all the way.

AJ Lynch said...

If I knew Romjin was going to be on- I would have watched. She is a hottie! Who could forget her in X-men in her blue skintight suit? Or was that Halle Berry? whatever it was skintight.

Medopine said...

Poor Chris. Seacrest really acted like a dick eliminating him that way.

As much as I don't like Kat, I'd rather a Kat/Elliot final than one with Taylor in it. Ewww.

PatCA said...

Wow, that's a shocker. Kat will be next--she might as well let it rip with Vissi D'Arte or something that she truly loves.

Elliot was great, but he reminds me of that wood sprite from Narnia...cute, but not an idol maybe.

Dan Karipides said...

> If I knew Romjin was going to be on-
> I would have watched. She is a
> hottie! Who could forget her in
> X-men in her blue skintight suit?
> Or was that Halle Berry? whatever
> it was skintight.

Off-topic, but the reason that "suit" looked skintight was becuase it was her birthday suit. :) Nothing be a some small cover-ups and blue paint.

Conservative_D said...

I was shocked. Kat should have gone. I loved Chris' performances last night (esp "A Little Less Conversation" it was spot on perfect, even better when I watched it again).

Elliott bores me to death. Yes he can sing, so can Celine Dion. I hope he's gone next week.

Kat can stick around (for those 2 reasons Gerry mentioned), she can sing, but chooses horrible songs for her.

I'm rooting for Taylor to win. I don't know why, but I like the guy.

Wickedpinto said...

Elliot should have gone, that guy is just boring the hell out of me, and in fact, with chris gone, the only reason I'm watching is Kat, who is the only other person with a real chance at a successful record.

Chris is gone, but he will be the one with the platinum records sold. I hope he was able to get his band a piece of the pie when he starts recording.

Also did you see simon's face when he was asked who should leave? You could see on his face that he didn't want either, I think he was disappointed with the choice tonight.

But it's american idol, it's not really about music, at least music other than pop.

though I have to admit, I like taylor, not cuz I like his performances, he's as monochromatic as elliot and he bores me, but there is no doubt NO DOUBT! that taylor just loves music. He doesn't care if he's an 80 year old wedding singer he will love the music and he will love performing, thats why I like taylor.

I'm gonna finish my mourning of the loss of Chris.

Moanique said...

Oddly enough, even though I have loved Chris all through this year's competition, I was actually hoping that he would be out tonight for all the reasons talked about in this thread concerning restrictive contracts, etc. He doesn't need to win. Of all of them, he's the one that would be hurt the most by winning.

Chris will be FINE. He'll do the AI tour, think about the band he either puts together or joins afterwards. He's the most ready of all of them to jump up to the big leagues.

My two cents.

Michael Farris said...

Without video, but judging from the mp3's and descriptions of her reactions, is Katharine _trying_ to get dumped?
I try to imagine what I would do if I were on the show and were glad to have gotten my name out there but didn't want the big restrictive booby prize contract ... and it's pretty close to what she's been doing. Choose unsuitable material, try some vocal gimmicks that don't quite work, flub some lyrics. Kat, want off? Cover up, find songs about how important it is to be pure and save yourself.

Now, my official hopes. I hope Elliot leaves next. I think he survived this time by former Paris supporters switching to him (logical choice of one's remaining). But he's not going to get Chris votes, he's not macho enough for Chris's guy constituency or sexy enough for his feminine following.
Also, he's my favorite and I don't want him tied to Simon's hip forever. Third is much higher than anyone ever predicted for him and hopefully his talent can be matched to a tough disciplined producer who can keep some of his excesses in check.

Then Katharine, I'm not a fan, but I don't wish winning this thing on her at all.

I officially hope Taylor wins. I can't stand him and you couldn't pay to listen to him for the sake of listening to him (as opposed to see what dumb thing he's trying now and which more deserving contestant he's outlasting). But, apparently Simon is absolutely mortified by the possibility and I think it's the perfect match, pre-fab shallow pop show with the most pre-fab shallow winner imaginable, not only that a shallow guy who gets by on how 'real' he is. That would be perfect, I think, but then I'm perverse that way.

Wickedpinto said...

I think those contracts are restrictive for at least 2 years for anyone who gets to the top 12. Thats why you see ex-idols doing campy TVguidTV shows rather than singing.

And that final contract, however restrictive in terms of who produces and publishes, they are QUITE lucrative.

Clay Aiken was thought to be the most successful idol, and while he might top out in money, Kelly actually lived up to the title, noone else yet, has released a second album, and while I don't like her KIND of music, I think Kelly did a good job with her first and her second. Kelly was the most savvy.

Icepick said...

Chris was boring. All he ever did was the earnest rocker shtick, and I thought that went out years ago. (I hope it did, anyway. You know, for the kids.) Even when he was singing "A Little Less Conversation" he had that hang dog "But-I-really-love-you-why-are-you-breaking-up-with-me?" look. Yuck.

Watching Chris's performances actually made me appreciate Constantine's smarminess. At least Constantine knew how to have fun.

jult52 said...

wickedpinto: 100% agreed. Chris, Paris and McPhee were clearly the top 3 singers out of the top 12. I shudder to think of a Taylor/Elliott finale. It would be the worst final duo in the show's history -- and this is after culling from a field that I thought was by far the most talented of any so far.

Simon said...

If I knew Romjin was going to be on- I would have watched. She is a hottie! Who could forget her in X-men in her blue skintight suit?

Perhaps that will be McPhee's custume next week. I disagree about Romjin, though.

Catherine Wilkinson said...

Well, this sets up a more interesting finale. Chris voters will most likely go with Elliott, with the boob patrol going with Katherine. If Chris had stayed, it would have come down to he and Taylor....but now I think Elliott has a chance at knocking Taylor out...the Chris voters hate Taylor and they'll go with Elliott.

Percy Walker said...

Chris was always in a tough spot because the people who like his music aren't the type who can abide most of AI. If not for a fluke that caused me to see Chris perform early on, I wouldn't have followed AI at all. I'm not sure I'll ever watch again. However, as a few posters have alluded, Chris fans can't abide Taylor. I admit to fitting into that category. Taylor is such a doofus mediocrity that I may want to stick around to support Elliot, who, in my opinion is the best remaining candidate.

jeff said...

As far as I was concerned, Suspicious Minds was the best performance Tuesday night.

Dawn said...

Chris was on our local Fox affiliate this morning (as are the previous contestants who were booted off), and he stated that he expected Ryan to tell him he was 'headed home on a jet', since next week we'll get to see a piece on the remaining three and their hometowns; "Looks like I'll be in coach instead".

He did say that he's got a few things cooking, and he couldn't discuss them yet, but outside of the Idols Tour, I expect him to get signed by somebody (Mottola?) and do quite well.

Go Elliot!

Squiggler said...

According to the news a few minutes ago, the number given out for Chris was actually the number for Kat. AI has not responded to requests for a statement ... yet.

LarryK said...

I think Kat is desperate and will do anything to get into the finals - expect another strategically placed "wardrobe malfunction" next week. If I had TiVo I would be setting it right now.

Mandala125 said...

It just goes to show that the American Idol show is not about who has the better voice, who has the right talent, who has the power to win that audience over. It was proven to us last night when they AXED Chris, leaving Elliot, The Grey-haired weirdo Taylor(he may have a lot of heart, but it takes more than that to win on a show like this.),
and the stick figure Katherine(she's only there because she's got a pretty face, nothing more.)

Medopine said...

Squiggler, where'd you get that info from?

dick said...

It was on the Yahoo comments with a quote from a couple of radio stations about there being technical problems on the Chris #2 voting line for hours and people not being able to get through. There was also a problem with a DirectTv giving out the wrong number in some locations.

SteveR said...

"It was on the Yahoo comments with a quote from a couple of radio stations"

Next thing you know it'll be on 60 Minutes II

Jennifer said...

Well, it's starting. Let's just hope he has some contractual wiggle room.

The band Fuel has offered him a spot as their frontman...."He's perfect for Fuel. He has the right voice, the right look. It would be perfect," the band's manager, Paul Geary, told PEOPLE on Thursday.

virginia42 said...

you people are way of even bob seger thinks taylor is good he's a natualand i hope he goes all the way go taylor go