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By DEIRDRE

I guess it’s time to move on from the rather shoddy American Idol episodes that plagued us this week and talk about what’s new for our favorite show.

First:  Randy Jackson, who has been interviewed a lot lately(is he the new voice of Idol?)has stated that Idol Gives Back will return this season with its focus on Haiti.  This doesn’t come as a big surprise to anyone, I’m sure.  And good for Idol!  Millions of dollars are raised during Idol Gives Back and, as we all know, Haiti could use the help at the moment.

In another interview, Jackson tells us that there is no doubt in his mind that a girl will win Idol this year.  He claims he doesn’t have anyone in mind but I say, absolutely 2 billion% I think he’s right.

Keeping up with Larry “Pants on the Ground” Platt, this info comes from TMZ via mj:

“General” Larry Platt — the musical mastermind behind “Pants on the Ground” — hasn’t seen a dime since everyone and their mother started singing his tune … and now he’s lawyering up in the hopes of finally raking in some cash.
Platt tells TMZ he loves the countless parodies and remixes of his tune — but says since he’s the one who wrote the greatest song ever created about pants being on the ground … he’s the one who should be getting paid.
Problem is Platt never copyrighted the song … so he’s looking to hire an attorney to help him snag a slice of the “Pants” craze while he can.

And finally, thanks to mj again, this snippet about just how well Idol is doing in the ratings:

A one-hour edition of American Idol stood well above the competition, with 26.05 million viewers and a 9.9 rating/27 share among adults 18-49 at 8 p.m. Comparably, and completely unprecedented, was growth for Idol over the year-ago telecast (Viewers: 22.77 million; A18-49: 9.0/22 on Jan. 20, 2009) of 3.28 million viewers and 10 percent among adults 18-49. Never in the history of television has a veteran season nine series posted gains this large from the year-ago period.

Not bad, Idol….not bad at all!

49 comments Add your comment

JTesla

January 21st, 2010
2:46 pm

Randy does seem to be the new go-to guy for Idol. That’s not a good sign.

Idol gives back, meh.

Deirdre, thanks for the new topic and thanks for the numbers. Interesting to see growth, I think next week will be the true test after the episodes this week.

Harriett

January 21st, 2010
2:59 pm

Thanks, D, for the new thread. I saw another article where Randy talked about them missing Paula. He said they’d look down the table, expecting to see her.

Rickster

January 21st, 2010
3:00 pm

To me.. the real test will be how quickly ratings change (up or down) after the initial Hollywood Week episode. But then again, JT is His Snarkness, and I’m just the court jester.

JTesla

January 21st, 2010
3:02 pm

Nah I agree Rickster. However, this whole season I think we’ll be taking a closer look at the numbers. Will they drop next week? Will they peak during Hollywood Week? Or how will the performance shows match up to last years numbers?

Thankfully Rodney is a number guy and Deirdre is doing a great job matching him.

Deirdre

January 21st, 2010
3:03 pm

Harm…the girl with the purple in her hair is Kasi Bedford.

Harm

January 21st, 2010
3:15 pm

Thanks Deirdre! I didn’t mean to abandon all of you on the previous thread but I had to go next door and visit my little genious Asa.

Rickster

January 21st, 2010
3:15 pm

Of course, if it’s a choice between Randy, Kara and Ellen as the spokesperson for AI, Randy’s the better choice “for me.”

Deirdre

January 21st, 2010
3:21 pm

This from linny via email:

i cannot TELL you how much i miss you guys!!! please say hello to the “gang” for me…
has anyone been “blown away” by any talent yet? at least i still can WATCH the dang show, LOL…
seems this year we have a lot more “different/unique” kinds of singers — not counting the total wannabe group, i mean — lots of jazzy flavors, lots of old fashioned bluesy, smoky voices. i’m kinda liking the LACK of “pop diva” crap! feel free to share my comments, LOL!

She will be back after Feb 1st when she will be replacing her at home computer! Yay!

Harm

January 21st, 2010
3:24 pm

Good to hear from Linny, once again Thanks Deirdre.

Harriett

January 21st, 2010
3:38 pm

It is just not the same without the linny comments. Thanks for passing this on, D.

Rickster

January 21st, 2010
3:54 pm

How isLinny e-mailing if her computer at home is toast? Is she e-mailing from work?

Nana

January 21st, 2010
3:55 pm

No time today for blogging. Will read and catch up later this evening.

Hope everyone has a great evening. Stay dry and be safe on the wet and slippery roads.

JTesla

January 21st, 2010
4:27 pm

Linny is missed, I mean who is going to step up and watch my back when I get stupid? I do that quite often you know.

Harriett

January 21st, 2010
4:54 pm

It is time for me to head home. Even if the shows stunk it up this week, at least we had them to look forward to. I will miss everyone tonight. I have company stopping by :(

Rickster

January 21st, 2010
5:01 pm

Have a good evening folks. Let’s hope that LA brings out some wow power.

Mercedes S.

January 21st, 2010
5:04 pm

Thanks for Linny connection – she always has something fun or poignant to say. Sometimes both!

Mercedes S.

January 21st, 2010
5:27 pm

Dang, wrote a lengthy bit about Haiti and the blog gremlin didn’t care for it. JT, sometimes people just don’t want to listen, no matter how hard you try to explain. Also, the average lifespan on Haiti is 44 years. It’s the tenth most corrupt country in the world.

Highlander

January 21st, 2010
5:30 pm

I had forgotten that Linny’s PC blew up. Thanks for the update and the email, D.

Regarding the auditions so far, once again this year, when Hollywood week rolls around, we’ll be seeing a lot of ‘new’ singers and thinking, “Where did he/she come from?,” since we never saw their auditions.

And that’s too bad. I’d rather see more of the gold ticket winners than the freaks that show up in costumes (like ‘butterfly guy” last night). I’m convinced that the majority of them know damn well they can’t sing but have figured out that if they show up in some stupid outfit, one of the producers will allow them through to get TV time! …It all has a certain Jerry Springer-esque quality to it!

Highlander

January 21st, 2010
5:32 pm

Oops! Should the terms ‘Jerry Springer’ and ‘quality’ be used in the same sentence or is that an oxymoron? ;-)

JTesla

January 21st, 2010
5:47 pm

Audition show antics: someone bloggging on CNN (just a regular blogger like us little people – so it is 100% unverified) commented that the split pants guy did the same thing during his initial audition. Was the pants rip an act? These days it’s hard to tell.

Thanks Mercedes for the correction… I’m kind of a jerk when it comes to the whole Haiti earthquake thing. I’m just saddened that nobody seemed to care about them before the quake, they get a quake and poof we rush to their aid. What happens 6 months from now, is it ok to die from other causes, but not from a quake? I plan on changing my charitable habits, hopefully others will as well.

And that has nothing to do with Idol Gives Back, because I still haven’t gotten over that thing they did to Jordin. Charity TV is only good TV if the whole reason for the show is dedicated to that purpose (I’m talking about the up coming special, Jerry Lewis, etc)

Rodney Ho

January 21st, 2010
5:47 pm

Ive been off the grid for five days – a record. At an Internet cafe in Valladolid, Mexico, partway through my honeymoon. Just wanted to say hey and hope Deirdre is holding the fort well. Im sure she is. Fox Mexico does not air Idol at the same time as the US. One of the eps is airing tonight. Might see it. Might not! Am loving the break… incredibly relaxing here! Just hung out at a cenote. Amazing!

JTesla

January 21st, 2010
6:36 pm

Glad you are having a good time Rodney.

It’s too bad we can’t tell him that he missed more on the blog then he did on the show. And by “more” I mean not a whole lot, that tells you how the shows were, and I even liked the Orlando one.

Perhaps Fox Mexico did him a favor.

CC

January 21st, 2010
6:49 pm

I read in the most recent edition of Rolling Stone that Adam Lambert was one of 2009’s “misses” — his single topped out at 61 on billboard. Does anyone know how his album sold?

Highlander

January 21st, 2010
7:48 pm

CC, Adam’s CD has recorded something like 226,000 sales. But with virtually no airplay (his single releases have kinda tanked), I’d be surprised if a second CD would do as well.

So far, he hasn’t lived up to all the hype and he kinda shot himself in the foot with his AMA awards show performance.

JTesla

January 21st, 2010
7:48 pm

CC, his sold better than that other guy! If you scroll back a few weeks or so Rodney had album sales numbers which included Adam and Kris. Adam sold well yet his singles were just big duds, which doesn’t bode well for his future. I should say his future outside of music theater.

JTesla

January 21st, 2010
7:51 pm

Nice post Highlander ;)

Highlander

January 21st, 2010
7:55 pm

I agree, JT. …And maybe we’re now seeing why he wasn’t ‘discovered’ before AI!

Outta here for the night. Everyone have a good one!

Highlander

January 21st, 2010
7:55 pm

JT, I was agreeing to your 7:48 post, not the 7:51 one.

(I’m not that egotistical. …No matter what some might say!) :-)

Mercedes S.

January 22nd, 2010
6:43 am

Just wanted to be first to say good morning!

Deirdre

January 22nd, 2010
7:55 am

Morning!

Hubby and I went to see Up In the Air yesterday. I liked it a lot although, with all the praise and nominations, I was expecting to love it. The performances are excellent. George at his most charming self, Vera Famiga delightfully free spirited, and Anna Kendrick, the hard as nails newcomer who learns to feel, all were perfectly cast. A good movie, not a great movie.

Today is my last official day as blog host. I’ll be writing one more piece to get us through the weekend. It should post later this afternoon.

Harriett

January 22nd, 2010
9:09 am

Dierdre, you have done a superb job! I am liking the fac that Friday came so quickly this week. Things have slowed down here, now that the kiddies are where they are supposed to be for awhile.

Harriett

January 22nd, 2010
9:09 am

Sorry. Good morning, D and Mercedes and all.

Rickster

January 22nd, 2010
9:23 am

I’m liking the fact that Friday is coming so quickly too. But when your work week starts on Tuesday (thanks to the holiday) it does tend to come a bit faster.

Your highness… you’ve done a wonderful job keeping things (including the comments) going in Rodney’s absence. Who knows? maybe he’ll take a few more vacations without his laptop!

Harriett

January 22nd, 2010
9:28 am

D, your review of “Up in the Air confirms for me that I will wait for the Netflix version. I hate to spend that much money on just an “ok” film. I know this is heresy among most of my female friends, but George Clooney is just not “all that” to me.

Harriett

January 22nd, 2010
9:39 am

By the way, I dvr’d Oprah on Tuesday, I believe it was, because Adam Lambert and Susan Boyle were both on. It was a good show, and Adam was very good. He’s lost weight, and I think he’s out to try and repair his damage from the AMA appearance. He performed his song “What Do You Want From Me” and sounded good. He also answered questions about Simon leaving and how much Paula had meant to the contestants.

Rickster

January 22nd, 2010
10:06 am

Me either, Harriett! ;-)

Harriett

January 22nd, 2010
10:28 am

Deirdre

January 22nd, 2010
11:14 am

Don’t get me wrong…the movie was good…it just didn’t live up to my expectations. Hubby is fully aware that George Clooney is in “my five”.

Mercedes S.

January 22nd, 2010
11:25 am

Thanks for Oprah update, Harriett; dang, didn ‘t know abt Adam/Boyle combo!!! Would have loved to see it. I’m with Deirdre on “Up in the Air” – it’s a guys’ movie, with interests and values that mostly appeal to men. Ironically, the Clooney hero falls for a woman, the lovely Vera Farmiga, who shares his “love ‘em and leave ‘em” attitude to relationships… and discovers it’s not all that fun when you don’t want to leave.

There’s only one place in Atlanta that shows “That Evening Sun”, but it’s worth seeking out. Hal Holbrook is an ornery old man, tucked away in a rural Southern nursing home by his busy, big-city , lawyer son. Holbrook’s Abner runs away to the family homestead he once farmed and discovers the son has leased it to people ole Abner considers poor white trash. Inevitable clash ensues, and escalates. Excellent performances from everbody involved, especially Hal Holbrook and antagonist Ray McKinnon as loser Lonzo. What I liked about “That Evening Sun” is that it doesn’t take sides, and THERE ARE NO SOUTHERN CLICHES.
Also in movie: Barry Corbin, best known as Brenda’s dad in “The Closer”.

Asfor “The Tooth Fairy”, the least said, the better. Dwayne (formerly The Rock) Johnson belongs to the school of rolling eyes acting (on second thought, the words “The Rock” and”acting” shouldn’t be in the same sentence), and it’s just sad, sad, sad to see the still lovely, but badly made-up pJulie Andrews as the top tooth fairy.

Deirdre

January 22nd, 2010
11:31 am

To me, Barry Corbin will always be Maurice in Northern Exposure.

Deirdre

January 22nd, 2010
11:34 am

And isn’t Ashley Judd in The Tooth Fairy? Whatever happened to her? I thought she was great in Double Jeopardy and the Morgan Freeman movie…was it Kiss the Girls or Along Came a Spider?

JTesla

January 22nd, 2010
11:40 am

You know it’s funny Deirdre, but I think Clooney is in “my five” as well. How did that happen?

Tooth Fairy, really? How did these people look at that concept and say “this is a good idea!” Sad, really really sad. I can’t even watch the commercials it is just embarrassing.

JTesla

January 22nd, 2010
11:46 am

Speaking of “my five” did anyone see pictures of Christina Hendricks at the Golden Globes? Google images “Christina Hendricks and golden globes” somehow she catapulted to near the top of the list. She’s competing with Kim Kardashian, and by competing I mean wrestling in Jello to win my affection.

Crackerjacks

January 22nd, 2010
11:51 am

Some real, real stupid shows on TV are as bad as Tooth Fairy. AI has become one of them. This year is beyond boring so far. I’m afraid it could be cancelled after next year even tho there are several years they signed up for. Especially after Simon’s X Factor. At least it will be refreshing to see people over 28 get to compete.

Deirdre

January 22nd, 2010
11:51 am

I’m pretty sure that I heard The Tooth Fairy was originally slated to be an AHnold movie about 5 to 10 years ago. He never made it for scheduling reasons and maybe because he was running for governator. I guess Dwayne Johnson saw some kind of opportunity and grabbed it.

Deirdre

January 22nd, 2010
11:54 am

JT…it is very encouraging that Kim and Christina are not skinny, under-nourished, Hollywood waifs. Those of us with hips salute you!

Deirdre

January 22nd, 2010
11:55 am

Crackerjacks, even with Simon gone, I can’t see Idol plummeting so fast in the ratings that Fox would give it up after one year. They will try their best to find a Simon clone and, if after 2 years, it still isn’t working, then they might call it a day.

Negativo

January 22nd, 2010
1:00 pm

Glad the ratings are up, but for some reason I can’t get myself excited at all for this season. Maybe it will change come Hollywood week.

Harriett

January 22nd, 2010
1:11 pm

Can you guys see the post I made with the Adam links in it? It says it is awaiting moderation. D, what does that mean?