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2/18: American Idol recap – Alexis Grace, Michael Sarver, Danny Gokey in

As expected, Alexis Grace and Danny Gokey make it in. And Michael Sarver snuck in ahead of Anoop dawg. Tatiana looks like she’s about to collapse as Gokey sings “Hero” again. (I can’t help but laugh maniacally at her as she cries and cries and cries and cries…)

Next week: the show is Wednesday and Thursday instead of Tuesday/Wednesday. Pres. Obama has scheduled his first “State of the Union” address next Tuesday at 9 p.m., which would be a major conflict with a two-hour “Idol.” “Bones” will have a special 8 p.m. showing that day. 

The performers for the second round of semifinals: Megan Corkrey, Kris Allen. Mishayonna Henson, Matt Breitzke, Allison Iraheta, Matt Giraud, Jasmine Murray, Kai Kalama, Adam Lambert. Jeanine Vailes, Nick “Normund” Mitchell and Jesse Langseth. The favored kids are the two Matts, Jasmine and Adam, while Nick has had the most airtime. Kai, Megan and Jesse have had a little bit of time. Cannon fodder: Allison and Jeanine. 

The group sing left me with very little impression beyond Stevie Wright holding a high note and Alexis Grace looking a bit like an extra from a Janet Jackson video circa 1990.

Who’s out first? Casey “wink like Sarah Palin” Carlson. No shock. I bet she had the fewest votes period. Then Stephen “Shouldn’t have done Michael Jackson” Fowler is out next. I bet he probably got the fewest votes among the guys. I don’t expect either to be back for the wild card. 

First one in? Alexis Grace. She earned it. I know I wasn’t a huge fan but she was the best female and seems like a sweet gal. And here’s a switch. The winner gets to sing her song. (Her dad who resembles Meatloaf is crying!) And honestly, I did enjoy her the second time around.

Jackie Tohn and Ricky Braddy are up next. Both are goners. I’m sure Ricky will get a shot at the wild card. Jackie? Maybe based on her quirky personality.

Now it’s between Michael Sarver and Anoop Desai. Sarver is in. Dialidol fans rejoice! The site got it right. Don’t worry, Anoop fans. He will be back for the wild card show guaranteed.

Break time: former Buckhead denizens Carly Smithson & Michael Johns from last year are back! Carly gets to talk about losing her luggage (and weave). Michael gets to namedrop his new album out in May and single in a couple of weeks. Then they sing “The Letter.” Kind of random of a song to pick from the Box Tops. But the do it well.

Now they get rid of Ann Marie Boskovich, Stevie Wright and Brent Keith lickety split. They don’t even get to go to the center of the stage. Says a lot about their chances of making it to the wild card. Not.

The producers smartly pair off Danny Gokey with Tatiana Del Toro. As we all know (via dialidol.com), Danny is the man with the most votes. He is through, of course. But we know Tatiana will be back for the wild card. How could the producers resist one more day with her???

238 comments Add your comment

JTesla

February 18th, 2009
6:44 pm

It will be nice to see Michael Johns perform. That is one good thing that they will fit into the hour format. Keep me informed if there is any sort of group sing, otherwise I’ll be here for the spoilers.

Mike S

February 18th, 2009
7:03 pm

yeeha.. fun weather in Montgomery.. tornado warnings just west of us. lots of lightning and wind here at the moment. Reports of golf ball sized hail about 3 miles west of us.

Deirdre

February 18th, 2009
7:07 pm

Ok..we just had something come through…while I was running myself and the dogs down to the basement something loud took my outdoor umbrella and dropped baseball size hail. It was here and gone in 10 seconds…no damage but I still can’t find my umbrella.

This was about an hour ago but I didn’t know we had moved to another thread. Looking forward to Idol tonight…and Lost!

harriett

February 18th, 2009
7:48 pm

Wow, what weather! They say it won’t be here to Columbia, SC until way up in the morning around 3 AM. That always scares me, because you don’t have a chance to get to a safe spot if you are asleep! Anyway, I am glad all of you came through it ok. Idol and Lost! Can’t think of anything better!

JTesla

February 18th, 2009
7:54 pm

Everyone stay safe down there. I would love to be in that type of weather, that’s the thing I miss from my college days in Wichita.

Hopefully tonight Idol will have a group sing and we’ll get to see Tatiana vamp, then Ryan will make her cry! I usually wait to get this hostile until the top 16, but we don’t have that this year.

Deirdre

February 18th, 2009
8:04 pm

JT!!! Group sing!!!!!!

Deirdre

February 18th, 2009
8:06 pm

It was really good! Only minimally cheesy!

War Eagle

February 18th, 2009
8:06 pm

A reggae group sing? Total crap!!

Deirdre

February 18th, 2009
8:07 pm

:-) Obviously WE and I have totally different takes on the group sing.

Deirdre

February 18th, 2009
8:08 pm

BTW…if anyone fines a dark green yard umbrella in their tree…that would be mine.

Deirdre

February 18th, 2009
8:09 pm

Finds…I know how it’s spelled…I just can’t type.

Deirdre

February 18th, 2009
8:21 pm

Alexis is IN!!!!!! Stephen and Casey are out.

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
8:24 pm

Mike S – Yeah! that weather is here now…

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
8:24 pm

Alexis Right On!!! People do have ears…

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
8:26 pm

Deidre – I to have a dark green umbrella, however mine is in place for now, though last spring I had to buy the green one to replace a tan one I found on the roof.

Deirdre

February 18th, 2009
8:32 pm

Michael is IN!!!!

War Eagle

February 18th, 2009
8:32 pm

Crap! Now I hear sirens going off.

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
8:33 pm

where are you WE?

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
8:33 pm

south of the city?

harriett

February 18th, 2009
8:34 pm

I guess dialidol had it right. I don’t agree that he was better than Anoop last night. Simon pimped him big time. He’s good, but I don’t Michael in the top five even, unless he brings something more.

tnecvolfan2001

February 18th, 2009
8:34 pm

oh, poor anoop-dog; maybe he’ll get another chance

War Eagle

February 18th, 2009
8:34 pm

I’m in LaGrange

harriett

February 18th, 2009
8:35 pm

WE you still hearing sirens?

Rodney Ho

February 18th, 2009
8:35 pm

Just thunder and lightning here in East Atlanta. Dialidol gets props for picking Michael Sarver correct. I got it wrong!

Racer

February 18th, 2009
8:36 pm

Wow no Ricky Braddy – this new system sucks! Michael made it – I didn’t see that one coming.

War Eagle

February 18th, 2009
8:36 pm

Just a tornado warning until 9:15 EST

Deirdre

February 18th, 2009
8:37 pm

Michael sang his song even worse than he did last night.

Rodney Ho

February 18th, 2009
8:37 pm

And yes, I’m sure Anoop and Ricky will be in the wild card show. I’d say Jackie Tohn, based on her personality, might get a shot, too. Casey and Stephen? Nope. I doubt Stevie will get a chance in the wild card either. Or Ann Marie.

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
8:37 pm

WE I guess more on the way to Dekalb then… my dogs hate this!

Deirdre

February 18th, 2009
8:37 pm

I hope Ricky Braddy is a wild card pick…he deserves it.

Rodney Ho

February 18th, 2009
8:39 pm

Don’t worry folks. Wild card means three more slots for folks like Ricky and Anoop. It’ll be interesting to see whether the producers will bring back Tatiana…

Deirdre

February 18th, 2009
8:39 pm

I’ve got a lot of thunder and lightning here with a severe thunderstorm warning.

Well…we all know who the third pick is.

IdolWatcher80

February 18th, 2009
8:39 pm

Between Michael and Anoop? Anoop!! How crazy!! And I’m afraid it’s going to be Danny at the last spot but I don’t agree. I actually think Tatiana should be there. She has talent, even if she is a little odd.

Andi

February 18th, 2009
8:40 pm

Hi All,
I’ve been lurking for a while and finally have time to jump in. This is a great group.

I was definitely surprised that Michael got in over Anoop or Ricky. I guess the lack of airtime for Ricky and the poor song choice for Anoop did them in. For now anyway.

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
8:41 pm

Danny fo’ sho’

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
8:42 pm

Welcom Andi, TX is a big state I’m sure he got all the votes there…

harriett

February 18th, 2009
8:42 pm

I hope Ricky gets wild card too. Also, Annop. I don’t think they can pass him up, even though he wasn’t great last night.

Andi

February 18th, 2009
8:44 pm

I see Carly still has the black tights going.

Deirdre

February 18th, 2009
8:44 pm

Carly Smithson and Michael Johns are better than anyone we’ve heard so far.

War Eagle

February 18th, 2009
8:44 pm

They had to bring back Carley and Michael to remind us why they didn’t win last year.

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
8:45 pm

Storm seems to be movin south now…. good

IdolWatcher80

February 18th, 2009
8:45 pm

Oh yeah, Ricky..I forgot. He was like, the best guy yesterday. I can’t believe America sometimes…

Deirdre

February 18th, 2009
8:45 pm

Welcome Andi…what took you so long??? :-)

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
8:46 pm

LOL WE I was just thinking that, more about Carley than Michael, must have been the only ones available.

IdolWatcher80

February 18th, 2009
8:47 pm

Rodney, you probably know better than us–what will happen with the wild card show? Do they bring back the top vote getters or do all 27 castoffs sing again? It seems really weird this year.

War Eagle

February 18th, 2009
8:48 pm

Sarah, they save the better performers for later in the season.

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
8:50 pm

WE – they think they do…

Andi

February 18th, 2009
8:50 pm

Thank you Deidre and Sarah. I usually don’t get home from work until after the show. By the time I eat dinner and watch the DVR you guys are done for the night. And I have no internet access at work.

I’m recuping from surgery right now so I have lots of time to join in.

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
8:51 pm

better be Danny…

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
8:53 pm

Andi, whaat kind of surgurey? You OK?

Deirdre

February 18th, 2009
8:53 pm

Actually, Carly and Michael were part of the boot camp that was held during Hollywood week. Their scenes were cut to save time and they were invited to come sing tonight as a thank you.

harriett

February 18th, 2009
8:54 pm

Just me, maybe, but I hate the way Ryan goes on and on about what Simon said bad about a contestant that already is obviously not going through. They’ve already rehashed what Simon said earlier in the review. Just seems excessive to me. Tatiana looks like she’s going to pass out.

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
8:54 pm

Deirdre – to much time on your hands huh?

Rodney Ho

February 18th, 2009
8:54 pm

I expect the wild card will include 8 to 12 of the 27 who didn’t make it. They sing again and the judges pick the top 3 to insert into the top 12.

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
8:55 pm

Just joking…

Andi

February 18th, 2009
8:55 pm

I’m good, thanks. I had a torn tendon in my elbow. I can’t go back to work for a while cause I need to be able to lift (equipment and my patients) at work. No light duty allowed.

tnecvolfan2001

February 18th, 2009
8:57 pm

goodbye crazy tatiana

IdolWatcher80

February 18th, 2009
8:57 pm

Dang. Danny is NO David Cook. Sorry.

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
8:58 pm

Andi, physical theripist or Vet?

Deirdre

February 18th, 2009
8:58 pm

I’m off to watch Lost!

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
8:59 pm

Me too Deirdre but I let it cue up to skip commercials for about 20 minutes.

GAgirl

February 18th, 2009
9:01 pm

What the heck??? Michael over my guy Anoop? No way!!! I demand a recount!!! Lordy mercy, I’ve got to have another margarita…..

Andi

February 18th, 2009
9:02 pm

Actually I’m an O.R. nurse. Lots of intstrument pans, monitors, etc. and the patients who are asleep and need to be moved or wheeled down the hall.

Andi

February 18th, 2009
9:04 pm

What an odd group mix next week. We get to see whether Nick or Norman shows up. Someone suggested that when they had the singoffs in Hollywood week, they should have had Nick and Norman sing against each other.

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
9:11 pm

Good one Andi – and that is one messed up group for next week I don’t remember any of them being particularly good.

Justin

February 18th, 2009
9:13 pm

OK guys.

The group song was ok. I really like that song, but as a group, eh not so much.
Alexis is the first into the top 12. Check. You know, I get so lucky somtimes. She is one of my favorites in this group of 36 and I didn’t think she was as popular as the others in her group, enough so to get her to the top 12, so I was kinda bummed. Same thing with last year. Syesha was my favorite of all of them and after being at the bottom of the votes so many times, she still pulled through to a fantastic top 3! That is definitely something to be proud of. She probably never thought she would go that far and she did so she should be proud. Now hopefully Alexis can continue this streak rather than many who do well then falter right after. Michael gets through eh that’s ok. He’s a chill guy.

Ok so I think they realize they are pimping Danny too much so they try to fool us in that Michael got the highest of the guys but yo idol we ain’t that dumb- can’t fool us. I do wonder why they save danny for so long. That makes the rest of the results so predictable. or maybe they just want him to singout the show again. what a surprise. That’s annoying; I do like danny but i dont like when they force people down our throats. It makes me grow sick of them. It happened with Archie last year. But hopefully it will stop b/c I like Danny alot.

Is it just me or does Michael Johns look mad skinny. My dad has horrible memory by the way- he and I’ve been watching since S3 and he didn’t even know who carly was til he really though about it- oh yeah the girl w/ tattoos. Then he asked if she made top 12. He remembered Michael though because he was his fav. to win.

The other day my sister was talking about Kat McPhee and he said he has never heard of her. Hm funny since last season when she guest sang he said he liked her during her season lol.

K. I wonder what people would have done if Tat made it over Danny. That would be not only the incorrect choice but people would be beyond outraged. Anyway, Dan The Man made it through. Check.

My posts are gettign way too long… that I can’t even feel comfortable typing anymore. But hey I think they are interesting posts so read ‘em!

GAgirl

February 18th, 2009
9:14 pm

Sarah B…from next weeks group Matt Giraud was pretty good in auditions.

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
9:15 pm

Hang on Harriet the weather is coming your way now.

Anne

February 18th, 2009
9:15 pm

I am so glad Tatiana isn’t automatically in the Top 12!!! She does have a good voice, but everything else is so over the top! If I had to watch weeks & weeks of her, I’d scream!!! Alexis is great – has so much soul in that little body. Michael….well, maybe there is potential, but….and Danny, he is great! Joe’s already picking Alexis as The Winner – we’ll see. He did pick David C last year – not this early, but about 1/2 way thru. It was great to see Michael and Carly again – those 2 just rock together.
Tucker didn’t get too much of the bad stuff tonite – lots of quick pouring rain and some wind, but we were in a pocket that just didn’t get much. Definitely enuff to flood our yard a bit, but we kinda needed that.
Hope everybody has a great nite!

Sandy PR

February 18th, 2009
9:16 pm

It really blew me off how Micheal Sarver won over Anoop Desai. I just hope 2 see him and Tatiana win the Wild Card!

Justin

February 18th, 2009
9:17 pm

I wanted to post this last bit in a separate one to not get too lengthy. First off, I wonder why they didn’t mention wildcard to anyone tonight. Let them know they’ve got one more shot (possibly)

Now, next week’s group of 12 is… well, amazing! Another one of my fav’s from there, Jasmine Murray, is competing against all girls who IMO are unmemorable. I like Megan Corkrey, but we haven’t seen her since the auditions so I can’t see her going through. Anyway, so that makes it a good shot that Jasmine will go to the top 12. I hope so. The guys will probably rule out again since they got a weird group of girls this round. Adam Lambert and…. oh crap I forgot the other male I spotted that will probably go through. W/e just know that next week again 2 guys and a one girl will probably go through. Meh. Oh and let’s hope for MUCH better song choices.

harriett

February 18th, 2009
9:18 pm

On a commercial break from Lost. I will be back–that is, if the weather doesn’t get me!

Sandy PR

February 18th, 2009
9:19 pm

Oh by the way WILD CARD would be great for RICKY, ANOOP & of course we all need some drama TATIANA.

Nana

February 18th, 2009
9:22 pm

Gosh dang it. lost the satellite dish the last five minutes. I didn’t see who made it, but from reading the posts, Danny did. What was Tatiana’s reaction? Looks like most of us had it right on the top 3. Boy, are we good or what?

Carley and Michael was a delight to see again. I noticed she had her tats covered. As far as the group song, nah, didn’t like it.

We are still having alot of rain, thunder, lightening, and hail. The hail hitting the house sounds like a herd of wild horses. My puppy is beside herself. Still no TV.

I want to welcome Andi to our elite blog. Hope you stay a while and blog while you’re home recovering from your surgery. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope all goes well.

Sarah B: How are you feeling tonight? Better I hope.

WE: I spoke with my dad in LaGrange a few minutes ago, and while I was talking to him I heard the sirens. Has it all passed over yet?

Justin

February 18th, 2009
9:23 pm

It’d make sense for wildcard for them to pick 4 from each group who got cut. Well.. maybe not.

Something I forgot to mention… I love Kara as a judge. She is so much more a smooth talker than Paula. Paula had all summer and fall to work on her phrasing and speak more clearly and she still can’t do it. I still like Paula don’t get me wrong (I know some people hate her), but she needs to just speak. Kara knows what she’s talking about for the most part and gives great feedback

Andi

February 18th, 2009
9:32 pm

Sorry if someone said this already, don’t mean to be repetetive. But when they pick the wild cards are they supposed to be making the genders even out? Especially since the #3 from each group is up in the air.

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
9:32 pm

Nana much better today although I did forgo bowling tonight – didn’t want to be out in that, I guess it’s back to work tomorrow.

Pushkin

February 18th, 2009
9:33 pm

Once again this is not a singing competition everybody. Otherwise, Rick Braddy would win hands out and so would David Archuleta, of course. BTW, who was that hamburger cook last season anywho?

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
9:35 pm

David Gaychuletta didn’t stand a chance against Cookie

Nana

February 18th, 2009
9:36 pm

From this group, I think the wildcard pick will be Anoop or Tatiana. The only others that I think would qualify would be Ricky, Brent and maybe Jackie.

Nana

February 18th, 2009
9:38 pm

You got that right Sarah. Cookie was tops all the way.

Nana

February 18th, 2009
9:40 pm

Andi from what I’ve heard, the genders this season won’t be even. Just the top vote getters no matter the gender.

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
9:42 pm

Oh, also I have no issues with Gays, just thought that was funny – he acts like no one knows!

Nana

February 18th, 2009
9:43 pm

Okay, i think the storm has passed over, so I’m off to the shower, then to bed with a good book.

Have a great night and I see ya tomorrow.

Sarah B

February 18th, 2009
9:44 pm

Night Nana, Night all…

Andi

February 18th, 2009
9:49 pm

Thanks Nana. I’m glad they’re doing that. Meanwhile, next week should be interesting. More so because I can’t remember who almost half of that group is. I remember Adam, Jasmine, Megan, Nick/Norman, and Matt the welder dude. The rest, ???

Anne24

February 18th, 2009
9:56 pm

Well the first 50 minutes were enjoyable then I watched Danny sing with the mute button on just to watch Paula act like she wants to go down on him again. This is one sexually frustrated women and she will drewl over him like an Elvis fan every time he sings. Did you see them lock eyes during the applause? I see another “Paula banged a contestant” scandal on the horizon.

Thoroughly enjoyed watching Michael take down the Dawg!
Did you see how shocked Randy was? I loved it!
I know Noop gets a free pass from Randy which is great because I get to see Randy’s defeated look again when his Dawg gets voted out the final 12.

Poor Ricky Braddy. The best male singer in the group taken down by the Hollywood Week diss. I wonder how many of the 24 million would have voted for Ricky if he was the one Paula, Kara and Randy spent a month climaxing over instead of Danny.

Matt Giraud is my favorite for next week but the question is can he make an impression without his piano? He blew the room away when he performed with it. And since Michael made it through, Matt Breitze should have a chance too. Adam Lambert could be great or tank. He’s shown the potential to do both. Jasmine Murray would have to sing a Taylor Swift song to not beat the girls.

GAgirl

February 18th, 2009
9:58 pm

Hopefully Anoop will make a wildcard

Deirdre

February 18th, 2009
10:10 pm

I see both Anoop and Ricky in the wild card group. However, I have a sneaking suspicion that the judges will use their 3 wild card picks to even out the gender gap.

Mike S

February 18th, 2009
10:11 pm

If I had to bet .. I would say Anoop, Ricky, jackie and tatiana will all get another chance in the Wildcard show.

It was pretty clear that Danny and Alexis were going to be in. Apparently Michael and Anoop were 2nd and 3rd or 3rd and 4th in the voting. Ryan said after he announced Michael in that he was only 20,000 votes ahead of Anoop. When you figure 24 Million votes, that is less than 1%.

I was very impressed with Carly tonight, I thought she sounded great. I liked her much more tonight than I did at all last season. Michael sounded great too, but that was expected.

Group sing was cheesy, but not horrible.

Next week is another tough one – Matt Giraud, matt brietzke, Adam Lambert and Kia Kalama. Gonna be close between the 4 of them, although i give the edge to Matt G and Adam. I think the girls will come down to a battle between Jasmine and Megan with jasmine having the edge right now. I am pretty confident it will be 2 guys and 1 girl again next week.

harriett

February 18th, 2009
10:12 pm

GAgirl, I dont’ think we have to worry about Anoop. He will definitely make the wild card. Then, hopefully, he will be more careful about his song choice. I have been a Danny fan from the first time I heard him sing, but I have to admit to growing a bit weary of the pimping going on and his seeming “can’t lose” aura.

Just got through watching Lost, and all I can say is Lost!!!!

harriett

February 18th, 2009
10:19 pm

Gone for tonight. JT and everette, et al on the west coast, talk to y’all tomorrow. GAgirl, you’ve been with us. Not leaving you out!

tnecvolfan2001

February 18th, 2009
10:26 pm

anyone else noticed how each of the three embarrassing ‘a$$-clowns’ (tatiana, norman and that other hideous drama queen) are each placed in the three separate groups? tatiana down, two more to go!

JTesla

February 18th, 2009
10:28 pm

I think someone on the blog tonight is a little sexually obsessed, and for once it is not me.

Hope the storms have died down for all of you.

Deirdre

February 18th, 2009
10:29 pm

G’night everyone and hello west coasters…enjoy! I think the storms are finally leaving. Lost got interrupted 3 times by the emergency alert system. Fortunately, my kid, who lives where the storms had already left, filled me in on the bits I missed.

War Eagle

February 18th, 2009
10:29 pm

ve to give Anne24 an big LOL on the “I watched Danny sing with the mute button on just to watch Paula act like she wants to go down on him again” comment.

I would have gotten at least a warning for that.

Deirdre

February 18th, 2009
10:31 pm

I DID notice that, JT but was trying to ignore it. You remember how much trouble I can get myself in.

Deirdre

February 18th, 2009
10:33 pm

WE…I think Rodney skips over the long winded posts. You need to learn to say more! :-)

Anne24

February 18th, 2009
10:33 pm

Justin wrote: I love Kara as a judge. I still like Paula don’t get me wrong (I know some people hate her), but she needs to just speak.
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That’s the tranquilizers or whatever she’s popping doing the talking.
Kara is a breath of fresh air. I don’t know how I endured the Three Stooges before she arrived.

War Eagle

February 18th, 2009
10:37 pm

Am I the new jackass on this blog since flats got kicked off?