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3/27: Michael Sarver exit interview, Jennifer Hudson sets wedding date

Michael Sarver provided not a lot of insight in his exit interview with the press b phone today but did say he really missed his family. Aww…

“I learned how much I love my family,” he said. “My number one priority is my family.” But he still plans to pursue a music career (of course).

He’d like to make an R&B pop soul album. “I’m not as country as some people thought. There’s a lot of soul in me.”

Otherwise, the most interesting thing he said was how he played basketball at the mansion with Danny and Anoop this week. He’s not good but Anoop actually has some skills.

He also knew Simon wasn’t going to save him but he was happy with his performance the second time around when he wasn’t as sick as he was on Wednesday. He also knew he was a goner as soon as he heard Matt Giraud was the other person in the bottom two.

He wasn’t necessarily insulted by Simon telling him he had no chance of winning (even if it was true.). “We didn’t get there by mistake,” he said. “We’re all talented. I believe in myself and what I have to offer to the music world. I’m proud of what I brought to the table.”

For the second week in a row, I couldn’t wrangle the eliminated contestant to say what he/she was going to sing next week if he had survived. Why so gunshy? Who knows.

-Ratings update. “Idol” pulled in about 22.4 million viewers in its early prelim numbers Thursday night. That is down from 25.74 million for the top 10 results show a year ago, which aired on a Wednesday night. Usually, the early numbers go up so I’d say the dropoff is about 10 to 11 percent year over year.

-Jennifer Hudson told Ryan Seacrest during the taping Wednesday for a future results episode that a wedding date is forthcoming with her beau, People reported.

52 comments Add your comment

Deirdre

March 27th, 2009
3:00 pm

Thanks, Rodney. Michael seems like a really nice guy. Nice guys aren’t very good interviews.

Deirdre

March 27th, 2009
3:20 pm

Rodney, the blog isn’t working very well today…lot’s of dropped and delayed posts…even more than usual. I know they claim to be working on it and assume the techies aren’t being offered a buyout but…it hasn’t been a very easy day on the ole blog!

And thanks again for the fast action on our little brat last night. The nerve of her claiming it was all in fun. I bet she wouldn’t think that was funny if somebody did it to her.

JTesla

March 27th, 2009
3:25 pm

Hmm waiting for one of mine to show up, very bad day. However, I have been curious over the last few weeks as to how AJC is holding up, especially when most papers seem to be having such a harsh time. Anyone have a link?

everett

March 27th, 2009
3:30 pm

Shout out to Deirdre and Rodney – sorry I missed all the intrigue last night; was busy getting supper on the table about that time.

Any more ideas about we’re going to hear on Idol next week? Hoping someone can give me one example, please.

Katy

March 27th, 2009
3:32 pm

JT…I was just having this conversation with my husband at lunch today about how the AJC is doing. I’m curious too. They no longer deliver to my area. :(

Sarah B

March 27th, 2009
3:32 pm

everett – I don’t blame the Seahawks for stealing my baby dayy out from me, I blame the Falcons for letting him walk. It was just rude! I still wear my Kerney jersy to games instead of buying a new one out of protest!

Deirdre

March 27th, 2009
3:33 pm

JT…the paper is offering a buyout to drop over 90 employees. Things are NOT going well.

Deirdre

March 27th, 2009
3:41 pm

JT…here’s the article that appeared in yesterday’s paper:

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution plans to cut its full-time news staff by about 90 people, or 29 percent, to lower costs as it works to regain profitability amid a severe revenue slump.

The company also said Wednesday it will eliminate distribution to seven more counties outside Atlanta, including the Macon and Athens areas, as of April 26. That will reduce print distribution to 20 metro Atlanta counties and pare circulation 2 percent.

The news staff will drop to about 230 full-time positions by May, from about 323 now.

Staff members with five or more years’ seniority are being offered buyouts, with layoffs to follow if the target isn’t met.

Most cuts “will be in production and management, allowing us to keep as many news reporters as possible,” AJC and ajc.com editor Julia Wallace said in a memo.

The company laid off 48 part-time news staffers Tuesday.

The distribution area cuts will eliminate another 107 full- and part-time circulation jobs.

“Like most metro newspapers, the AJC is experiencing unprecedented pressures on advertising revenue and given the overall economic crisis, we don’t anticipate much relief in 2009,” Publisher Doug Franklin, installed at the AJC’s helm in January, said in a memo. “We must reduce costs and become a smaller organization.”

Franklin said the AJC’s goal is to regain profitability in 2010. Other upcoming changes include a narrowing of page width, which will save $2 million annually, the launch of a print redesign April 28 and a new marketing push for the Sunday paper, which generates a large chunk of revenue.

Harm

March 27th, 2009
3:44 pm

Hey! I’ve been too busy to blog much this week, but I did get to babysit Asa twice this week, including this morning. He is spoiled already!

I pretty much was shocked that Matt was in the bottom three and so happy for Allison.

Everyone stay safe tomorrow when the bad weather gets here!

Deirdre

March 27th, 2009
3:45 pm

Joe’splace is referring to the theme next week as itune’s top 100.

JTesla

March 27th, 2009
3:45 pm

Thanks Deirdre. Posting again because I’m paranoid that a word that I am using is filtering the whole post:

Ugg not good. Things are bad all around in the print media. Rodney, let them know how much money you are bringing in with the hits on just one of your blogs! They should be giving you a raise.

Deirdre

March 27th, 2009
3:47 pm

VFTW is doing a little bragging today:

Megan Joy has now made it to the top 9, and this isn’t sitting well with Idol fans. But of course it’s sitting extremely well with VFTW, since she’s weird and we love it.

Harm

March 27th, 2009
3:48 pm

Deirdre, I saw the news report on the ajc and my first thought was- leave Rodney and this blog.

Harm

March 27th, 2009
3:50 pm

Should’ve said keep Rodney and this blog.

JTesla

March 27th, 2009
3:51 pm

VFTW is full of it yet again. They pick someone that has a fan base and then brag about keeping that person in the competition.

The word that has been included in every post of mine that has been filtered is an alternate word for prostitute, harlot, strumpet…

Let’s see if that works ;)

JTesla

March 27th, 2009
3:53 pm

Interesting. So I can’t call Jennifer Hudson’s fiancee a reality show wh0re? Reality show strumpet takes some fun out of it.

Deirdre

March 27th, 2009
3:55 pm

I just tried it, JT and that’s definitely the problem; let’s try it another way.

So apparently you can say ‘attention-harlot’ but you can’t say ‘attention-w***e’.

Deirdre

March 27th, 2009
3:56 pm

Once I put the asterisks in, it posted right away.

Harm

March 27th, 2009
4:00 pm

JTesla

March 27th, 2009
4:00 pm

With all the words in the english language that is one that I wish they wouldn’t filter. It just has so many uses. Hey AJC I have a few words for your filter (use your imagination): ***’* * ****** ****** *****, **** ***!

Hang in there Rodney.

Harm

March 27th, 2009
4:03 pm

I thought the asterick would work, I used the word once before that way.

KPH

March 27th, 2009
4:14 pm

If they try to get rid of Rodney and this blog all the locals on here will get to meet each other when we hold a protest outside the AJC building!

Negotistical

March 27th, 2009
4:20 pm

Neg says it’s all about the Neg. Happy weekend, and remember the Neg.

KPH

March 27th, 2009
4:22 pm

Just checking to see if this word in the lyrics of stay with me is the reason it wont post the song. :-) Jezabel

KPH

March 27th, 2009
4:23 pm

Nope that wasnt it. :-)

GAgirl

March 27th, 2009
4:37 pm

Michael sounds like a really classy guy….

everett

March 27th, 2009
4:39 pm

I, too, deeply regret the decline/demise of so many newspapers. Worked in that industry for years and I mourn that an important element of my life likely will disappear all too soon. Ever notice that people develop a lasting, intimate bond with their daily paper? Just not going to be the same when we’re sitting around with our morning coffee and a computer monitor.

Nana

March 27th, 2009
4:42 pm

KPH: I tried posting Stay with Me from home and it still didn’t work. For the life of me, I can’t understand why! :(

Nana

March 27th, 2009
4:43 pm

I wish Michael the very best in his life and hope he does well with his music career.

Nana

March 27th, 2009
4:49 pm

Sarah B – The mail truck is paying you a visit.

Sarah B

March 27th, 2009
4:57 pm

quitting time!!!!! :)

everett

March 27th, 2009
5:00 pm

I’ll miss Michael (and still wish Megan had gone away), but can he be consoled with the fact he gets to go on tour and earn some $$$ for his family? Guess I tuned into his “nice-guy” persona, so I really hope for the best for him.

everett

March 27th, 2009
5:08 pm

Rodney, may I please ask a newspaper question? Check with your Circulation Director…what’s going to happen to the Audit Bureau of Circulations if all the big metro papers go under? One can only hope that ABC will die a slow and painful death (if you say that to your Circ Director, trust me…he/she will understand).

To the rest of y’all – I apologize. I’m seriously veering off the path of Idol, music and OSF here. I’ll get back on track.

KPH

March 27th, 2009
5:09 pm

It’s just not going happen Nana. :-)

KPH

March 27th, 2009
5:13 pm

Lets try another Rod Stewart song.

Maggie May

Wake up Maggie
I think I got something to say to you;
it’s late September and I really should be back at school.
I know I keep you amused
but I feel I’m being used

oh
Maggie
I couldn’t have tried anymore.
You lured me away from home
just to save you from being alone.
You stole my heart and that’s what really hurts.
The morning sun
when it’s in your face
really shows your age

but that don’t worry me none
in my eyes you’re ev’rything.
I laughed at all of your jokes
my love you didn’t need to coax

oh
Maggie
I couldn’t have tried anymore.
You lured me away from home
just to save you from being alone.
You stole my soul
that’s a pain I can do without.
All I needed was a friend to lend a guiding hand

but you turned into a lover
and
Mother
what a lover !
You wore me out.
All you did was wreck my bed
and in the morning kick me in the head

oh
Maggie
I couldn’t have tried anymore.
You lured me away from home
’cause you didn’t want to be alone.
You stole my heart
I couldn’t leave you if I tried.
I suppose I could collect my books and get back to school.
Or steal my daddy’s cue and make a living out of playing pool.
Or find myselfe a rock and roll band that needs a helpin’ hand.
Oh
Maggie
I wish I’d never seen your face.
You lured me away from home
just to save you from being alone.
You stole my heart and that’s what really hurts.
The morning sun
when it’s in your face
really shows your age

but that don’t worry me none
in my eyes you’re ev’rything.
I laughed at all of your jokes
my love you didn’t need to coax

oh
Maggie
I couldn’t have tried any face

you made a first-class fool out of me

but I’m as blind as a fool can be

you stole my heart but I love you anyway.
Maggie
I wish I’d never seen your face.
I’ll get on back home one of these days.

Deirdre

March 27th, 2009
5:21 pm

I call my dog Maggie May!!!! :-)

everett

March 27th, 2009
5:22 pm

Thanks, KPH – that’s one of my five hundred Top Ten songs! :)

KPH

March 27th, 2009
5:32 pm

Yea I finally got a Rod Stewart song on today! LOL @ everett. 500 top ten songs? :-) Deirdre do you sing the song to her? :-)

KPH

March 27th, 2009
5:49 pm

Heading home now everyone have a great weekend.

JTesla

March 27th, 2009
5:51 pm

I wonder if tarot is the word that is causing the fuss with the Rod Stewart song.

JTesla

March 27th, 2009
5:52 pm

Not that one either.

Deirdre

March 27th, 2009
7:50 pm

Deirdre do you sing the song to her? :-)

I would KPH but I don’t want to hurt her ears!

everett

March 27th, 2009
9:47 pm

Oh Deirdre, I realize you’re talking about singing to a dog with probably very sensitive ears…but it brings back a memory for me. When my kids were babies, I used to try to sing to them to calm them down. Only thing it accomplished was to make them cry harder.

Can’t even sing “Happy Birthday” at a party without people screaming and running from the room.

Deirdre

March 29th, 2009
12:54 pm

If y’all haven’t watched the latest Idolatry video(find the link to your right under “other related or semi-related sites”) give it a try. It involves the Japanese trying to create a newer and better Kristie Lee Cook and compares(hilariously) Scott to the Greatest American Hero.

JTesla

March 29th, 2009
2:48 pm

Their take on the judges was priceless!

Deirdre

March 29th, 2009
4:01 pm

Agree JT…since when was this show ever about the judges! It sure feels that way this year.

anne24

March 29th, 2009
9:27 pm

Hey Megan fans. You know that site you all hate. Well VFTW is the reason why Sleeve wasn’t bottom three despite her shower singing ability. She has been VFTW’s selection the last two weeks! So all of you who say you feel so sorry for me for being so critical of Sleeve, keep in mind it is a site you all bemoan that is advancing her. She is not getting through on her own merit. And you know why VFTW supports her? Because they VOTE FOR THE WORST! I rest my case! Megan couldn’t win a karaoke contest! She stinks!

JTesla

March 29th, 2009
10:33 pm

Anne24, what Megan fans? I think you have the wrong site. Oh wait, I think there was a single Megan fan here so I guess that makes us her freaking fan club!

However, as I have said for several years, VFTW does NOT vote for the worst. They vote for people who have a fan base and who are a little different from the norm. Hence, they selected Kelly Pickler when many people really liked her and then after that picked one of the people that many considered to be one of the front runners – Taylor Hicks. By picking people who are already favorites they make themselves look more important than they actually are. VFTW is impotent and only attracts people of your ilk.

With all that said, I might start voting for Megan, just to piss you off.

JTesla

March 29th, 2009
10:35 pm

Hey I have a question for everyone. First let me channel some of the negative energy from our Florida friend… ok

Say, whatever happened to that David Archuleta kid? Remember how people were professing their undying love for him? Where are they now? I still hear about David Cook, but Archie has gone AWOL, did Disney kidnap him in an evil plot to try and clone him?

Green Neggs and Harm

March 29th, 2009
10:49 pm

I have sensed a disturbance in the force…. someone channeling the Neg, wishing to go to the dark side…never underestimate the power of the Neg.

flbravesgirl

March 29th, 2009
11:21 pm

How ’bout some positive energy from this Florida friend? :-) And cookies for everyone.

I hope Archie is given time to grow up some & figure who he wants to be as a singer. Certainly he has talent, he just needs to choose a direction.

Green Neggs and Harm

March 29th, 2009
11:30 pm

Someday, if he plays his cards right, Arch may someday become a big boy.