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I’m back! ‘Idol’ contestant cut after father reveals his top 24 status, Larry Platt gets Vikings treatment

Deirdre just gave me the lowdown of last week. Sounds like I didn’t miss much. I need to 1) read her posts and 2) catch up on news overall. I was virtually completely out of touch last week while eating way too much at an all-inclusive resort in Tulum, Mexico. I was even glad Fox Mexico did not air “Idol” last Tuesday and Wednesday. (My hotel did get the Miami stations of ABC and NBC so I saw the final moments of Conan’s “Tonight Show”).

Daughtry’s tour includes a stop at Gwinnett Arena June 5.

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– An Idol contestant who made the top 24 has been cut because his dad broke the confidentiality agreement. This is the first time I have heard this happen to somebody who made it this far. Here’s a bit from People.com

Michael Lynche (a.k.a. Big Mike) was reportedly told to pack his bags after his father revealed to his local Florida paper, The St. Petersburg Times, that Michael had made the top 24 — a violation of Idol rules requiring the singers and their families to keep the Hollywood week results quiet until they’re broadcast.

- The Minnesota Vikings flew General “Pants on the Ground” Larry Platt to the NFC Championship game yesterday for good luck. It didn’t work. The New Orleans Saints ended up winning in O.T. From NBC Sports, a funny detail:

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre chanted the refrain ["Pants on the Ground"] in the locker room after Minnesota upended the Cowboys last Sunday.

 

Here’s a video of Platt cheering the Vikings on in the locker room:

Rumor mill on Simon replacement alert: Jamie Foxx?

73 comments Add your comment

JTesla

January 25th, 2010
10:27 am

Welcome back Rodney!

Rickster

January 25th, 2010
10:35 am

Ditto what JT said!

Welcome back. Was Dreams Tulum as fab and I told you it was? And, I believe I mentioned that the food there was delectable!

January 25th, 2010
11:02 am

Enter your comments here

cowo

January 25th, 2010
11:03 am

Oops! typed in the wrong place!

Rodney: welcome back. Was Dreams Tulum as fab as I told you it was? And, I believe I mentioned that the food there was delectable. Hope you give details on the trip!

Deirdre

January 25th, 2010
11:07 am

Welcome home Rodney…seriously! :-)

Harriett

January 25th, 2010
11:32 am

Yes, welcome home, Rodney. D was awesome in your absence!

AmyG

January 25th, 2010
11:47 am

Welcome back, Rodney! I hope you had a fabulous time! Deirdre did a wonderful job while you were gone – you should be proud, but fearful. :)

Rickster

January 25th, 2010
11:56 am

One question I have to ask.

While Rodney was out of town…. Did Deirdre get to wear the hat?? :-)

Mercedes S.

January 25th, 2010
11:57 am

AmyG – second that…

Nana

January 25th, 2010
11:57 am

Welcome back Rodney. Hope you and your lovely bride had a wonderful time.

Mercedes, I could have really gone off on her. She is not the only single mom and will not be the last. If she needs more income, she can try to find a part time job. I’m not sure what type of work she does, nor how much education she has, but I feel sure there is something else where she can earn more than $13,000 a year.

harrieth, Dad’s goal is to get behind a pulpit when he turns 100 and preach. The way he’s going, he may just make it.

Harriett

January 25th, 2010
12:14 pm

A wonderful goal, Nana! I am pulling for him and expect to be invited when it happens.

Mercedes S.

January 25th, 2010
1:02 pm

Repeat, Nana, I really would have enjoyed your upbraiding “Single Mom”. My mother was a single mom,and while she never fulfilled her personal dreams, she made sure her children did. Plus, she never complained about “the unfairness of it all”.

Good luck on your dad – he sounds like a wonderful man!

Rickster

January 25th, 2010
1:59 pm

Looking forward to tomorrow night’s show. After the last two nights (the dreadful Chicago and the less-than-stellar Orlando) I’m hoping that LA (and whatever other city they show) will give us some ‘wow’ moments.

No wonder that Randy gave Atlanta such praise for Atlanta.

It’s a good thing that Idol is back on. Currently, that’s about the only thing I’ll be watching. “Lie to Me” and “Flash Forward” are off at the moment. “Grey’s Anatomy” is a shadow of its former self (it seems to me that it’s really gone downhill ever since Shonda Rimes started splitting time between Grey’s and “Private Practice.”)

TV is starting to live down to its description as a ‘vast wasteland.’

Harriett

January 25th, 2010
2:02 pm

I saw a report that one of the contestants has been sent packing because his father revealed to his hometown newspaper that he’d made it to the top 24. Poor kid.

Rickster

January 25th, 2010
2:11 pm

If I’m the ‘kid’ – I’m suing dad! :-)

Rickster

January 25th, 2010
2:27 pm

Oh @#$%^ – the President’s “State of the Union” address isn’t going to pre-empt AI, is it?

Rickster

January 25th, 2010
2:31 pm

Okay… panic over. AI is on at 8:00 on Wednesday. SOTU is on at 9:00.

Whhheeeeewwwwwwwwwwww!

kelly&carriefan

January 25th, 2010
2:32 pm

Happy Monday afternoon, y’all!

Add me to the welcome wagon. Glad you’re back, Rodney. More importantly, glad you had a great time…and rest assured, D definitely kept the blog in check.

Heard about the Top 24. That sucks, and dad should’ve known better. Poor kid. You know, I think they should have a top 50 in a studio audience. The jusges choose the Top 24 prior to air and keep it secret. Then start drawing names out of a hat (Rodney’s hat?) LIVE FROM HOLLYWOOD! What do y’all think?

Heather MacDonald

January 25th, 2010
2:33 pm

Rickster, I guess that means I’ll only be watching TV for 1 hour of Wednesday night! Once Idol goes off, so does my TV! Why listen to more obfuscation?

kelly&carriefan

January 25th, 2010
2:35 pm

Not sure who “jusges” are, but I’m sure they can select contestants as well as the current judges.

Rickster! *phewwwwww* thank goodness! Crisis averted!

JTesla

January 25th, 2010
2:39 pm

You all should watch the State of the Union, it will be real brief. Let me summarize it for you:

“A Republican won Ted Kennedy’s seat. I’m moving to Canada.”

They just need to wait for the dog to pass through quarantine.

kelly&carriefan

January 25th, 2010
2:57 pm

Hmm, JT, don’t they have free healthcare in Canada? ;)

Rickster

January 25th, 2010
2:58 pm

If you guys kept blogging during the SOTU, I’d be willing to bet it’d hit three pages at least!

Most of the comments would be “WT?” “YGBKM” “OMG” and “LMAO”

Rickster

January 25th, 2010
3:00 pm

K&CF… I really like your idea.

Either that… or they can do it like AGT. Call two or three contestants out at a time, send some home – send some through.

Just go easy on

the

dramatic

pauses. :-)

kelly&carriefan

January 25th, 2010
3:20 pm

Thanks, Rickster. I like yours as well. Maybe amix of the two…

Of course, we’ll find out…..

…after the break!

Rickster

January 25th, 2010
3:36 pm

good one k&cf! Good one!

Rickster

January 25th, 2010
3:39 pm

I wonder how many of the Vikes were laughing because they thought Gen. Larry was hilarious v. how many were laughing nervously because Gen. Larry’s song hit too close to home.

Of course, it’ll be much worse in the NBA.

Nana

January 25th, 2010
3:45 pm

Nearly time for me to end my day at the office. Everybody have a great evening, be happy and be stay safe on the roads.

BTW: Weather update – Heard that the white stuff is heading our way Friday through Saturday with very cold artic temps.

Mercedes, it may have been a good thing I wasn’t here when single mom was ranting.

Rickster

January 25th, 2010
3:46 pm

Of course… Brett’s looking kinda stupid after throwing a game losing interception in the last 30 seconds of the game. (Don’t know if Pac Man will let this get by.)

“a$$ on the ground. a$$ on the ground. Looking all stupid with your a$$ on the ground.
Chased across the field, running sideways. Going for win. Throw it to the other team.”

“Looking all stupid with your a$$ on the ground! Give it up!”

Rickster

January 25th, 2010
3:50 pm

“For me” – Jamie Foxx was a horrible mentor and his performance stunk. He’d be just as horrible (if not worse) as a ‘tater. (My own little shout-out to Linny.)

kelly&carriefan

January 25th, 2010
4:02 pm

LOL, Rickster! You are in fine form today, bud!

Nana, 4-letter “s” word? Oh, boy. Will have to check the forecast. Or you know, listen to Glenn Burns have a field day with that! The man has toyed with my emotions for years…especially back when school closings applied to me.

Rickster

January 25th, 2010
4:13 pm

Thanks, K&CF. You’re on a roll yourself !

Deirdre

January 25th, 2010
4:17 pm

Jaime Foxx? Um…….NO!

Snow? Double NO!

Rodney Ho

January 25th, 2010
4:17 pm

Cowo-you were right. Not a bad meal in the bunch! Tried all seven restaurants, probably gained five pounds. Loved the place…

Rickster

January 25th, 2010
4:22 pm

Heck… it’s the weekend… “Let it Snow. Let it Snow. Let it Snow!” :-)

I want to try out the snow disc we bought on our last trip up to KY.

Harriett

January 25th, 2010
4:22 pm

Another vote against Jamie Foxx. Ugh. Ryan Seacrest on his radio show awile ago said “Larry King said he’d like to do it,” referring to replacing Simon. What??

Harriett

January 25th, 2010
4:23 pm

Deirdre

January 25th, 2010
4:23 pm

I have lived in both Buffalo, New York and Caribou, Maine. I have seen more snow than I ever want to see again. Yuck!

Larry King????? I think I’d take ANYBODY over Larry King!

Rickster

January 25th, 2010
4:30 pm

Simon Cowell replacement auditions: Andy Rooney.

“Why is it called ‘hip hop?’ It has nothing to do with your hip – of course… mine is arthritic. And I never see anybody hop. Though the girls in the videos certainly bounce around a lot. I just don’t get it.”

Harriett

January 25th, 2010
4:48 pm

LOL @ D and Rickster! Caused me to laugh out loud :) ! Gotta go for today. Talk tomorrow. Glad to have you back, Rodney.

Rickster

January 25th, 2010
5:04 pm

Simon Cowell replacement auditions: Sarah Palin

You know… if you become the American Idol… you’ll move into a tax bracket that punishes – rather than rewards – accomplishment.

That just proves that our president – along with his accomplices Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi – is trying to destroy our capitalistic society.

I should know. You should see how much my tax bill went up as a result of my #1 best seller ‘Going Rogue’ not to mention my becoming a analyst on Fox News!

But it sure was fun getting to visit with Oprah!

Rickster

January 25th, 2010
5:04 pm

Have a good one folks! Hope the section of 78 that was closed this morning is open this afternoon – or it could be a long commute home.

JTesla

January 25th, 2010
6:37 pm

Well I didn’t think that Jamie Foxx was that bad of a mentor, but that doesn’t mean he should be the main judge. Yes I said “main judge” because no matter how hard he tries Randy will never be half the judge that Simon is. Randy, let me translate some of that for you: never be half = less than 50%.

Larry King, is he still alive?

KJ

January 25th, 2010
7:20 pm

Seems a little odd that they would DQ someone for that, given that the top 24 is easily accessible on the internet.

Tigeradman

January 25th, 2010
8:01 pm

After the job the Saints D-line did on Brett Farve, what the General should have been singing was “Farve’s on the ground. Farve’s on the ground. Looking like a fool with your Farve on the ground!”

Tigeradman

January 25th, 2010
8:05 pm

After the job the Saints D-line did on Brett Favre, what the General should have been singing was “Favre’s on the ground. Favre’s on the ground. Looking like a fool with your Favre on the ground!”

Judy

January 25th, 2010
8:35 pm

Haved we even seen this guy make it to Hollywood? truly sad, but hopefully something good came come from this. He can try again next year if all else fails.

Judy

January 25th, 2010
8:36 pm

oops “Have”

Not Going To Use My Usual Name

January 25th, 2010
8:55 pm

Rickster, your Palin post had too many Gs. Should be “tryin” instead of “trying” and “gettin” instead of “getting.” XD

Shane

January 25th, 2010
9:15 pm

Rodney,
Did you stay at Dreams Tulum? I honeymooned there back in May 2008. It was incredible. Hope you had a good time.

Kenbud

January 25th, 2010
9:22 pm

That is so unfortunate. The kid should not be blamed for his dad’s stupidity. ….. seriously, that’s just wrong.

Mercedes S.

January 25th, 2010
9:23 pm

Re the Bad Karma-plagued girl making it to Hollywood a third time – what about poor Nancy Kerrigan?

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Nana

January 26th, 2010
6:10 am

Good Morning Everybody!

Today’s Quote: “Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness and insight.”

As long as Simon is not replaced by John Rich (Nashville Star), I will be okay. That man couldn’t judge a leaf falling contest if there were only one falling.

Condolences to the family of Pernall Roberts (Bonanza and Trapper John, MD) on his passing earlier this morning.

Heather MacDonald

January 26th, 2010
7:14 am

Taking a page from Nana’s book to say this:
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

I have a friend starting chemo for breast cancer this morning. Please keep her in your prayers.

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
7:16 am

Morning!

Heather, your friend is in my thoughts and prayers.

Now ALL the Cartwrights are gone. How sad.

tonight hubby and I are going to a restaurant to taste a sample menu for the rehearsal dinner. I’ve told them I need to be home by 8pm.

Nana

January 26th, 2010
7:53 am

Heather, you know we will say prayers for your friend. As we all know, prayers are very powerful.

When a tragedy hits, it will make you a stronger person and you wonder how you ever survived. But when it hits again, you can overcome it a second time. The key is not giving in and to stay strong.

Rickster

January 26th, 2010
8:32 am

NGTUMUN…. Your analysis of my Palin post is duly noted! :-)

Rickster

January 26th, 2010
8:38 am

Simon Cowell Replacement Auditions: Bill O’Reilly

Watch out folks… the spin stops here. That was neither bold nor fresh. I should know. Don’t be a pinhead. I hope the other judges keep their comments ‘pithy.’ Can I plug my ‘Factor’ gear on the show?

Nana

January 26th, 2010
8:43 am

Came across this on ew.com:

The 10 Favorite “Bad” Auditions on AL;

10. Renald Lapuz – Season 7 – “We’re Brothers Forever” Dressed in a silver cape and feathered pimp hat

9. James Lewis – Season 7 – “Go Down Moses” let my people go

8. Keith Beukalaer – Season 2 – Madonna’s “Like a Virgin”

7. Martik “Eccentric” Manoukian – Season 6 – “Sweetest Princess”

6. Brandon Groves – Season 5 – “I Shot the Sheriff”

5. Tashawn Moore – Season 6 – “Kiss” by Prince

4. LeRoy Wells – Season 4 – “Got your money/can you dig it”

3. Jacqueline Roman – Season 3 – “Route 66″

2. Nick “Norman” Mitchell – Season 8 – “And I am telling you I’m going ”

And the number one spot goes to:

Gen. Larry Platt – Season 9 – “Pants on the Ground”

Rickster

January 26th, 2010
8:47 am

I can’t believe William Hung’s “She Bang” didn’t make the list!

Rickster

January 26th, 2010
9:02 am

Simon Cowell Replacement Auditions: Ozzy Osbourne:

sleep fibber blob gloop bib nibble huh flip flop wank. Where the #$%^ is Sharon?

Lara

January 26th, 2010
9:07 am

Rodney, welcome back. Deidre did a wonderful job in your absence, but you were missed. I am glad you had a wonderful trip!
Man, I feel sorry for that kid! I would be so mad at my dad!!!

JTesla

January 26th, 2010
9:27 am

I can’t believe they would rank “Pants on the ground” as bad. It wasn’t the best, but also not the worst. I guess they needed to jump on the “Pants on the ground” bandwagon.

Rickster

January 26th, 2010
9:36 am

NGTUMUN – I just can’t type like Palin talks.

Nana

January 26th, 2010
10:02 am

Rickster, I would have thought that William Hung would have been on the list as well. IMO, he has got to the the second, if not the first, worse audition of all.

All those listed can be seen on youtube.

Rodney Ho

January 26th, 2010
11:06 am

new blog entry up! I still feel like I’m a week behind!

blkshepherd

January 26th, 2010
1:14 pm

Jtesla
Move to Canada. You wont be missed, but I doubt your there a week before they run your ass out of their country. Maybe Osama could use you in housekeeping in those caves he’s hiding in, long as you dont run your mouth.

JTesla

January 26th, 2010
5:31 pm

LOL is that the best you got? I was hoping for something more. Sad.

Joe

January 26th, 2010
9:43 pm

Gene Simmons should replace Simon.. only one good enough

blkshepherd

January 27th, 2010
8:25 am

JTesla
Yes, You are sad arent you? Fret not. I have so much more my little sand eater.

JTesla

January 27th, 2010
9:31 am

OM NOM NOM NOM

blkshepherd

January 27th, 2010
3:19 pm

Jtesla is that some sort of mating call? oh never mind.