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4/23: Lil Rounds, Anoop Desai exit interviews, “Rat Pack” theme next week, Taylor Hicks on results

Lil Rounds, in her exit interview, was pleasant and bland.

I asked her if she expected to go last night. She did.

“I actually had a good feeling that it might have been the right time to get ready to go,” she said. I kind of started coping with the idea of leaving before the show.”

And did she ever felt she could make the music “her own”?

“I thought I did make ti my own vocally. I think they wanted me to change as far as the music. Whenever I would do a song, I always stayed true to the way the music went with the song. But I felt vocally I did do some changing. I wanted to it to fit me as an artist. That’s me being an R&B soulful singer. I wanted to make sure I get that vibe in there. As far as making it my own, I did do that.”

She also felt the judges’ comments were inconsistent and sometimes confusing. And her hubby got her a puppy she’s looking forward to seeing when she gets home.

Here’s the best of Anoop Desai, who threw out the standard cliches of how everyone got along and that he was going to work on a music career. (His style: pop/R&B with a Ne-Yo touch.)

I asked him what he’d love to sing on the summer Idol’s tour he didn’t get to sing on the show. His answer: anything by his idol, Stevie Wonder. He said he learned early on that he had to sing songs the audience liked, not necessarily what he enjoyed. He also said he would have loved to have done Rat Pack songs (though he didn’t specify what he had in mind.) I tried to do a followup to reference his Michael Jackson pick but the operator had moved on to another caller.

“It’s amazing how many people were sure they were going to go home last night. It was really a tossup,” Anoop said.

His philosophy on finishing in what order on “Idol” outside of No. 1: “I don’t think it changes anything. As we all know, the only real order that matters is who is No. 1 Everthing after that, you can do whatever you want with your career. So it didn’t bother me [getting eliminated in sixth.] In terms of the elimination, I actually told Ryan before the show, ‘Don’t mess around with me tonight.’ [he's been in the bottom three four times.] I was glad it was relatively quick.”

“If I had a choice, they’d mail me the results.”

-The theme next week will be “Rat Pack” songs. That’s Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, that martini lounge-like music. I’ll mull over picks tomorrow or Monday though this is definitely not a genre I’m deeply familiar with.

- Season four winner Taylor Hicks will perform his latest single next Wednesday on the results show.

-OK magazine had a salacious cover story packed with anonymous sources revealing tension between Kara DioGuardi and the original judges.

53 comments Add your comment

JTesla

April 23rd, 2009
2:26 pm

Thanks for the interviews Rodney. Next week should be interesting.

JTesla

April 23rd, 2009
3:12 pm

Well since everyone seems to be occupied with googling “Taylor Hicks” just to figure out who he is I’ll comment again. It will be interesting to see how the whole Kara thing works out. Like many behind the scenes Idol stuff it could amount to nothing, but looking at that article made me realize one important thing… Rodney doesn’t give us many pictures anymore. Rodney, what happened to the pictures?

One more Taylor Hicks related comment, the wife is going to see Grease tonight. I see his mug on the promotional posters since the auditorium where it is being played is near my work, but does he really still do that gig? I’ll be surprised if Grease gets as good of reviews from the wife as The Rat Pack did which she saw a few weeks ago, but we’ll see.

Mike S

April 23rd, 2009
3:14 pm

I am really looking forward to next week as the music they have to choose from is some of the best ever written as far as Melody and singability is concerned.

Also, I imagine I am probably one of only a handful on this blog that is looking forward to seeing Taylor perform next week. His new album is excellent and very Bluesy/jazzy.

I would love for him to do his Duet with Elliot Yamin, “Woman’s Gotta Have It”, but I guess we will be getting “the Distance” “nineteen” or “What’s Right is Right”

Mike S

April 23rd, 2009
3:15 pm

JT – Yes, Taylor is signed with Grease for its entire tour.

everett

April 23rd, 2009
3:25 pm

OH gosh, JTesla – did you read my post weeks ago when I ‘fessed up that the very best concerts I’ve ever seen were Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr? The “Chairman” was on stage for three solid hours – just Old Blue Eyes and his fabulous band with their big, lush sound. And what could I say about Sammy Davis? One of the absolute greatest showmen of all time. And Neg, no I wasn’t a bobbie-soxer. But that might have been fun, too.

Idolblogwatcher

April 23rd, 2009
3:25 pm

On a different subject – Rodney, is it true that Jennifer Hudson and her fiance’ are expecting?

JTesla

April 23rd, 2009
3:34 pm

everett: I’m envious. I may not be a fan of the music, but if I could pick one music type event to attend that has occurred in the last 100 years it would have been to see the original Rat Pack (or even a portion thereof).

And just so everyone knows that I am only joking when it comes to Hicks, I promise to squeal like a little girl if I see him on the street. I’ll then ask him why his face isn’t ever shown on the Idol promotional items on TV.

everett

April 23rd, 2009
3:49 pm

JT – interesting proposition. Guess if I could pick a music event in the past 100 years to attend it would be Janis Joplin (never got to see her live) or The Beatles when they first appeared in the US. Not that I’m a big fan of early Beatles’ music, but still…it would be a good story for the grand-kids (if I ever have any).

harriett

April 23rd, 2009
3:54 pm

Speaking of concerts, one of the best I ever saw was Cat Stevens at the Omni when it was pretty new. He was an amazing artist back then.

everett

April 23rd, 2009
3:56 pm

Oh no WAIT! How about John Lee Hooker or Ray Charles or Willie Nelson? Never got to see any of them, either, but a one can dream, can’t one?

everett

April 23rd, 2009
4:03 pm

Harriett, hi! I used to love Cat Stevens. Didn’t he change his name? What is it now?

JTesla

April 23rd, 2009
4:10 pm

everett: Yusuf Islam

Neggo my Eggo

April 23rd, 2009
4:11 pm

Best concert experience ever was when I saw Ed Asner and Abe Vagoda doing Britney Spears covers before a packed house in Miami about 2 years ago. The choreography was incredible, and the vocals just spot on. Crowd was nuts…

Deirdre

April 23rd, 2009
4:11 pm

JT…does your wife still have the program from The Rat Pack? That might have the songs on the list for next week.

Deirdre

April 23rd, 2009
4:12 pm

LOL, Neg…although that still doesn’t get you my forgiveness!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

April 23rd, 2009
4:15 pm

everett John Lee Hooker live is unforgettable!!!
but probably my most memorable concert as far as being wow’d by the music — Jethro Tull, i THINK it was the Stand Up Tour… or perhaps it was Pink Floyd’s “Money” tour… no wait, it could have been Jefferson Airplane…. or Humble Pie … or Beck-Bogart-Appice … or maybe it was Allman Bros live in Piedmont Park (free)…. o gawds, lawsy me, it’s like Lays…no WAY i can pick just one!!!

Neggo my Eggo

April 23rd, 2009
4:16 pm

D, are you holding an old fashioned grudge just like my granny always did?

everett

April 23rd, 2009
4:17 pm

Dear Neggo my Eggo, that is hilarious. Ed and Abe and Britney in the same sentence?

everett

April 23rd, 2009
4:23 pm

linny, I am absolutely green with envy. Not sure I agree with you about Jethro Tull, however. Have you ever seen the rare tape of The Rolling Stones Rock n Roll Circus? Jethro Tull and his magic flute (or whatever it was) is featured.

But, girl….you got to see John Lee Hooker live!

JTesla

April 23rd, 2009
4:27 pm

Deirdre, I’ll have to spend part of the weekend watching the youtube videos of OSF Rat Pack picks.

everett: Jethro Tull has a magic flute? That’s funny because I have one too. :)

Deirdre

April 23rd, 2009
4:33 pm

No Neg…my grudges involve a Ruger LCP…..not that I’m threatening you or anything! :-)

harriett

April 23rd, 2009
4:33 pm

Well, I am going to sign off for today. It has been a rather hectic one. I will be not be blogging tomorrow. Going to the beach. I called down there and spoke with some friends, and they say where I am going will be ok, as far as the forest fire is concerned. I hope so. North Myrtle Beach in a cloud of smoke doesn’t sound like fun. Talk to all of you on Monday, and Happy OSF to all!

Deirdre

April 23rd, 2009
4:34 pm

JT. We’ll try to print the lyrics for you and Mike so you know what we’re talking about.

Deirdre

April 23rd, 2009
4:36 pm

Enjoy the beach, harriett!

everett

April 23rd, 2009
4:44 pm

Oh JT, you crack me up.

Interestingly, Yoko Ono and John Lennon also appear on the tape I mentioned before. John sings “Feel So Suicidal, Just like Dylan’s Mr Jones……” Yoko gets up to sing and John looks on lovingly with big smiles. The rest of the performers are grimacing and fighting back the laughter. Believe it or not, I actually knew all of Yoko’s lyrics before the song even began: “EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH” And then, of course, a reprise.

But even that sickly performance hasn’t turned me off music. Rawk on!

Gonna paraphrase Charles Dickens here…the 60’s were the best of times and the worst of times.

Guess it’s nap time for this old lady, but I gotta tell y’all that I sure do love chatting.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

April 23rd, 2009
5:00 pm

Oh, we did see JLH live — absolutely incredible. Ian Anderson is incredible, everett, when he stands on one leg, directing the band and/or orchestra with his foot, and playing that flute for all ANYone is worth, lol…. phenomenal. And hearing the PF Money show….the speakers are set all around the stands, many many various places…and the cash register starts going…. everywhere! and it gets better and better. Humble Pie doing Don’t Need No Doctor…

But

Neggo my Eggo

April 23rd, 2009
5:01 pm

D, don’t hold in all that anger…it causes liver spots.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

April 23rd, 2009
5:01 pm

oops…
\
but, gotta go now, see you guys later!

LOL!

Judy

April 23rd, 2009
5:02 pm

I am totally amazed no one reminded Rodney that Taylor won season 5; Carrie won season 4!!! You guys really surprised me on that one. IO read the OK article and wonder how truthful it was. Salacious it is if true, but we know these type magazines can stretch the truth a bit.

Neggo my Eggo

April 23rd, 2009
5:03 pm

Anyway, I wonder if Tony Bennett gets his music invited to this Rat Pack party. I know he wasn’t in that exact circle of friends, but he was that era and had the exact same music style.

JTesla

April 23rd, 2009
5:09 pm

Judy, I was so shocked that Idol would allow Taylor Hicks on the show that I missed that.

TXGal

April 23rd, 2009
5:14 pm

Ok, I’m going to have to break down and ask. What does OSF stand for?

Neggo my Eggo

April 23rd, 2009
5:28 pm

Neg may be more excited for Rat Pack week than any Idol week in memory. Neg loves the Rat Pack way: listens to the music, drinks the scotch, makes his own rules, and owns that charismatic smirk which says he’s got the world by the balls.

Neg could not be happier. Gonna pop in my Dean Martin collection of CD’s for the drive home.

Nana

April 23rd, 2009
5:48 pm

TXGal – OSF stande for Old School Friday. It’s a day where we post lyrics of songs from any era and we have just recently started posting the youtube links to them so anyone can hear the song. We have a really good time. Join us tomorrow and see how you like it. I think you will enjoy it and even participate.

Harm

April 23rd, 2009
7:22 pm

Mercedes S. Will you be my newest best friend on this blog? I already have several,more are always welcome.

I tried to post earlier today ,but Pacman wouldn’t let me. I was too angry last night to blog,no way Allison should’ve been in the bottom three. I was quite amused with Freda,Thelma and KC.

Nana

April 23rd, 2009
7:41 pm

A jump start for OSF.

Frank Sinatra : Cheek to Cheek

Heaven, I’m in heaven

And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak

And I seem to find the happiness I seek

When we’re out together dancing cheek to cheek

Heaven, I’m in heaven

And the cares that hung around me through the week

Seem to vanish like a gambler’s lucky streak

When we’re out together dancing (swinging) cheek to cheek

Oh I love to climb a mountain

And reach the highest peak

But it doesn’t thrill (boot) me half as much

As dancing cheek to cheek

Oh I love to go out fishing

In a river or a creek

But I don’t enjoy it half as much

As dancing cheek to cheek

(come on and) dance with me

I want my arm(s) about you

That (those) charm(s) about you

Will carry me through…

(right up) to heaven, I’m in heaven

And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak

And I seem to find the happiness I seek

When we’re out together dancing, out together dancing (swinging)

Out together dancing cheek to cheek

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSwrP86ja98

Enjoy!!!

ohno

April 23rd, 2009
7:56 pm

JTesla – why wouldn’t AI ‘allow’ Taylor on the show? Did he step on someone’s dog or something?

Nana

April 23rd, 2009
8:05 pm

Here’s another one from the Rat Pack:

Sammy Davis Jr. : Mr. Bojangles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5voM2HExV_Q

I knew a man, Bojangles, and he’d dance for you
In worn out shoes
With the silver hair, a ragged shirt and baggy pants
He would do the old soft shoe
He can jump so high, jump so high
And then he lightly touched down

I met him in a cell in New Orleans, I was
Well, I was down and out
He looked at me to be the very eyes of age
As he spoke right out
Talked of life, Lord, that man talked of life, and laughed
Slapped his leg a step

He said his name was Bojangles, then he danced a lick
Right across the cell
He grabbed his pants, took a better stance, jumped up high
That’s when he clicked his heels
Then he let go a laugh, Lord, he let go a laugh
Shook back his clothes all around

That was Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles, Lord, he could dance

He told me of the times he worked with minstrel shows
Traveling around the South
He spoke with tears of 15 years how his dog and he
They used to travel about
But his dog up and died, dog up and died
And after 20 years he still grieved

He said, I dance now at every chance at honky tonks
For my drinks and tips
But most the time I spend behind these county bars
You see son, I drinks a bit
Then he shook his head, Lord when he shook his head
I could swear, I heard someone say please, please, please

Mr. Bojangles, ah Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles, come back and dance, dance, please dance
Come on and dance now

Oh, Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles, dance
Come back and dance, Mr. Bojangles

Nana

April 23rd, 2009
8:58 pm

One more than I’m done for the night, but will continue tomorrow:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVh8uqqexP4

Dean Martin

You’re Nobody ’till Somebody Loves You
You’re Nobody Til Somebody Loves You
Dean Martin

You’re nobody til somebody loves you
You’re nobody til somebody cares
You may be king, you may possess the world and it’s gold
But gold won’t bring you happiness when you’re growing old
[ Dean Martin Lyrics are found on http://www.songlyrics.com ]
The world still is the same, you never change it
As sure as the stars shine above
You’re nobody til somebody loves you
So find yourself somebody to love

The world still is the same, you never change it
As sure as the stars shine above
Well, you’re nobody til somebody loves you
So find yourself somebody to love

JTesla

April 23rd, 2009
9:23 pm

ohno: I’m not sure, the theory is that he didn’t fit their mold. If you pay attention through the season you do not see him pictured in much of their promotional stuff. For instance he’s on the backdrop that they use during auditions, but you only see his face on that once or twice during the whole audition process.

JTesla

April 23rd, 2009
9:26 pm

I like this song because I like candy. Of course I need to post videos of the two great versions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgEcHA3PTGk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRf1Ad_Txsg

Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew
Cover it with choc’late and a miracle or two
The Candy Man, oh the Candy Man can
The Candy Man can ’cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good

Who can take a rainbow, wrap it in a sigh
Soak it in the sun and make a groovy lemon pie
The Candy Man, the Candy Man can
The Candy Man can ’cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good

The Candy Man makes everything he bakes satisfying and delicious
Now you talk about your childhood wishes, you can even eat the dishes

Oh, who can take tomorrow, dip it in a dream
Separate the sorrow and collect up all the cream
The Candy Man, oh the Candy Man can
The Candy Man can ’cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good

The Candy Man makes everything he bakes satisfying and delicious
Talk about your childhood wishes, you can even eat the dishes

Yeah, yeah, yeah
Who can take tomorrow, dip it in a dream
Separate the sorrow and collect up all the cream
The Candy Man, the Candy Man can
The Candy Man can ’cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good
Yes, the Candy Man can ’cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good
a-Candy Man, a-Candy Man, a-Candy Man
Candy Man, a-Candy Man, a-Candy Man
Candy Man, a-Candy Man, a-Candy Man

JTesla

April 23rd, 2009
9:27 pm

I like this song because I like candy. Videos to follow to see if I can get out of “moderation:”

Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew
Cover it with choc’late and a miracle or two
The Candy Man, oh the Candy Man can
The Candy Man can ’cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good

Who can take a rainbow, wrap it in a sigh
Soak it in the sun and make a groovy lemon pie
The Candy Man, the Candy Man can
The Candy Man can ’cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good

The Candy Man makes everything he bakes satisfying and delicious
Now you talk about your childhood wishes, you can even eat the dishes

Oh, who can take tomorrow, dip it in a dream
Separate the sorrow and collect up all the cream
The Candy Man, oh the Candy Man can
The Candy Man can ’cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good

The Candy Man makes everything he bakes satisfying and delicious
Talk about your childhood wishes, you can even eat the dishes

Yeah, yeah, yeah
Who can take tomorrow, dip it in a dream
Separate the sorrow and collect up all the cream
The Candy Man, the Candy Man can
The Candy Man can ’cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good
Yes, the Candy Man can ’cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good
a-Candy Man, a-Candy Man, a-Candy Man
Candy Man, a-Candy Man, a-Candy Man
Candy Man, a-Candy Man, a-Candy Man

JTesla

April 23rd, 2009
9:30 pm

JTesla

April 23rd, 2009
9:30 pm

Grrr blog no like videos, ok I’ll post the serious one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRf1Ad_Txsg

Sorry Rodney for filling the “moderation” bin.

JTesla

April 23rd, 2009
9:33 pm

Let me try to sneak in the “other” version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgEcHA3PTGk

Deirdre

April 23rd, 2009
9:42 pm

If downloads count for anything, this list of the top charted downloads tells us that we’ll be having a three-man finale:

1. “Mad World” – Adam Lambert – Top 8
2. “Born to Be Wild” – Adam Lambert – Top 7a
3. “Falling Slowly” – Kris Allen – Top 7a
4. “The Tracks of My Tears” – Adam Lambert – Top 10
5. “Ring of Fire” – Adam Lambert – Top 11
6. “Play that Funky Music” – Adam Lambert – Top 9
7. “Black or White” – Adam Lambert – Top 13
8. “Ain’t No Sunshine” – Kris Allen – Top 9
9. “Endless Love” – Danny Gokey – Top 8
10. “To Make You Feel My Love” by Kris Allen – Top 11

JTesla

April 23rd, 2009
9:47 pm

With that I find it even easier to say that Adam will be safe. I’m starting to think that he will end up like a Taylor or a Blake though.

everett

April 24th, 2009
2:35 am

Good morning, y’all. Of course, it’s still Thursday night out here, but I’m already looking forward to OSF. Just hopin’ no one brings up any of “Nearly Normal” Gentle’s performances earlier this season. No stellar moments there. :-)

Nana

April 24th, 2009
6:56 am

Good Morning. We made it to Friday and almost through another week.

Today’s Quote: ” It’s better to have known love and loose it than to have never known it at all.”

Since I started OSF last night, I will restrain myself (hope ya’ll watch the videso) from doing another now and will wait until I get to work. Since I have my last employee meeting today at 6:00. I will be going in late.

Have a good day and I will be back later this morning. Need to do some house cleaning before I leave.

Cody

April 24th, 2009
10:59 am

I saw that other people already wrote this but I am going to say it too. I’m surprised many people didn’t notice it said “Season 4″ at the end. It was season 5!!! Anyways, I can’t wait to see him perform. Hopefully he shows off his range and why he was “crowned” American Idol in the first place. He is a great performer. He will be performing “Seven Mile Breakdown”. It is an awesome song!

everett

April 25th, 2009
3:36 am

What is up? I cannot get to page 2 of this blog and it’s after 12:30 in the morning here! Usually at this time, access is easier. Rodney, Help!

Highlander

April 26th, 2009
2:14 am

Cody, I agree 100%. Taylor’s new album is sharp and ‘Seven Mile Breakdown’ is a good old-fashioned southern rock/R&B tune.
I think it’s obvious that AI producers didn’t quite know how to market Taylor since he didn’t fit their mainstream pop mold. And I think you can say the same thing about their handling of Ruben and Fantasia. Perhaps they sometimes forget that it’s AMERICAN Idol, not ‘Pop” Idol.
But now that Carrie Underwood has proven that an AI winner can excel in their own genre AND crossover into mainstream, maybe they’ll be a bit more open minded.

Oh, and Nana, my favorite one is:
“If you love something, set it free.
If it comes back to you, it’s yours forever.
And if it doesn’t, …
hunt it down and kill it!” ;o)

Dina

May 8th, 2009
12:21 am

Waiting to buy Anop’s Cd
He is very humble and know what he wants to do further.