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Who was nixed next on ‘American Idol’?

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The tearful singer-songwriter type Didi Benami couldn’t get fans to dial in after the judges pilloried her “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” Tuesday night. She was nixed last night, landing in 10th place.

She reminded me a bit of Megan Joy Corkrey last year, who finished in ninth. A wee bit quirky and cutesy at the same time, she would twist words around and mess with the melodies of songs in a way that didn’t always sit well with listeners. Her best performance went back to Hollywood when she sang Kara’s “Terrified” with heart and passion. She never quite reached those heights again.

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Tim Urban, after a cheese-irific take on Anita Baker’s “Sweet Love” Tuesday night, escaped the knife yet again. The folks at Vote for the Worst are certainly rejoicing again because he’s been their candidate for many weeks now. And that site, for those not in the know, picks people who they think makes “Idol” look the stupidest. And Tim is doing a good job of that.

Katie Stevens, who embodies blandness, landed in the bottom three for the second week in a row but was the third-lowest vote getter again. She won’t be around much longer.

Funniest moment: After Ryan told Michael Lynche to come over to him, implying he was in the bottom three, he told him he was safe. Michael, a physical trainer, lifted Ryan up like he was a 50-pound rag doll.

Not-so-funny moment: Ryan teasing Simon and Simon getting supremely annoyed. In years’ past, the Ryan -Simon interplay was often teasing and playful. With Simon not playing along anymore and counting down the days until his “Idol” life is over, it now just seems annoying.

In other aspects of the results show:

The “Kung Fu Fighting” Ford ad: Cute, fun to watch. I give it a B-plus.

Ruben Studdard. The Velvet Teddy Bear is now on a Vegan diet and looks a bit thinner. He’s also going to tour with Clay Aiken this summer. Ahh…those were the days, eh? His song, “Don’t Make’em Like You Anymore” was pretty mediocre but he sang his heart out as always. We miss you, Ruben! B

Usher. Oh my gosh, what was that? His song “OMG” lacked a memorable hook, and his perfunctory dancing broke no new ground. The whole routine felt belabored. At least he sang it live as he danced. C-plus

Diddy. It’s hard to tell if Diddy was singing live but what did it matter? He was more talk-singing than actually singing. But “Hello Good Morning” had a fun beat and tons of energy, which made it more entertaining to watch than Usher. B-plus

Coveritlive polls:
Kung Fu Fighting Ford ad. Grade it! A- 27% B- 27% C- 18% D- 14% F – 14%
Ruben’s return: 35% loved him 47% said he was okay 18% didn’t miss him
A Ruben-Clay reunion tour: 19% I’m there! 56% Good idea 25% Bad idea
Simon and Ryan’s interplay: 11% Modern day Abbott and Costello 89% Tiresome beyond belief
Usher’s performance. Grade it! A-0% B-10% C-5% D-45% F-40%
Diddy’s performance. Grade it! A-13% B-38% C-6% D-19% F-25%
Of the bottom two, who will go home? Tim 46%, Didi 54%
Didi going home: 68% should have been Tim, 28% it was time, 4% should have been someone else besides her or Tim

62 comments Add your comment

ugaaccountant

March 31st, 2010
10:20 pm

shameful. This show has so jumped the shark

Baduku

March 31st, 2010
10:39 pm

So sad that Didi got eliminated, but I think she’s got lots of potential if she stick to her indie niche. Between Tim and Didi either was bound to go if not this week then probably next week. I guess Teflon Tim lives to sing another day. Show your support for your favorite idol at, the official AI9 opinion channel on Baduku(dot)com. http://www.baduku.com/americanidol9

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Bloggonia

March 31st, 2010
10:54 pm

More than any time before, watching Tim Urban’s reactions, I am convinced this guy is 100% genius. Everything happening around him, the songs he sings, the attitudes of the judges, his body language, indicate to me that there is some serious subtext at play. He is going to be around more than just a few weeks. It is creepy. But also kind of cool.

JTesla

March 31st, 2010
10:54 pm

Too bad for Didi, but if you don’t do well you will be eliminated… except if your name is Tim or Katie or Kim Jong-il.

ugaaccountant: calls that the show has jumped the shark started two years ago (I even used that term quite a bit last year) but the numbers are still there. As long as people keep watching, the show is not jumping… just circling around on skis while wearing a leather jacket.

Next please

March 31st, 2010
11:08 pm

Idol has become more entertaining than anything to be taken seriously. There’s not a star in the group in my opinion. Even the former idols coming back to sing are boring at best. Time for idol to end with Simon. It’s definitely run its course.

paul

March 31st, 2010
11:12 pm

ugaaccountant: give it a rest. You thought Didi was da bomb and ranked Katie 4th with Crystal dead last. dude, you have no idea.

JTesla

March 31st, 2010
11:15 pm

Why do I have the song Dream Weaver stuck in my head…

Ooh dream weaver
I believe you can get me through the night
Ooh dream weaver
I believe we can reach the morning light

RxDawg

March 31st, 2010
11:29 pm

America got it right guys. Didi wasn’t good in all aspects. Don’t worry all you Tim and Aaron haters, it won’t be much longer. Bottom line for me is; who would I least want to see/hear sing again next week? That answer is Didi.

sue

March 31st, 2010
11:45 pm

Idol is becoming a joke. Ryan is acting like an idiot and the show is more about him then the contestants…Might very well be my last year.

LydiasDad

April 1st, 2010
12:53 am

I don’t get why anyone watches elimination night. The entertainment always sucks and the anticipation is predictable. Just wait until the next day to hear who was kicked off. Don’t be a sheep.

Negativo

April 1st, 2010
12:54 am

Just goes to show you how fast a rising star can fade on AI. A couple weeks ago we were talking about her going top 5, and “ZAP”, one mediocre lounge performance and she’s toast. To be honest, I think when she went sexy it killed her with the ladies (they hate that), and since guys just don’t vote in big enough or loyal enough numbers to carry the way, it was bye-bye Didi.

I absolutely love the way Tim is flipping off the judges with his “blow me” grin when they tell him he’s “on key” and then rip him for everything from high unemployment to 9/11. Hope he keeps it going for a few more weeks.

JTesla

April 1st, 2010
12:59 am

LydiasDad I’ve found that the phrase “Don’t be a sheep.” is only uttered by sheep.

John

April 1st, 2010
1:28 am

30++ years old with Princeton education writing about American Idol for a newspaper that doesn’t seem to know that it’s no longer relevant. And I used to think USA Today was useless. I was wrong. They were ahead of their time.

Heather MacDonald

April 1st, 2010
7:25 am

Baaaaaaaaaa. That is all.

Highlander

April 1st, 2010
7:28 am

Morning, all!

Wasn’t very surprised about Didi going home, although we have lost the best looking contestant now!

I like Usher, no, really, I do. But He and Diddy both were perfect examples last night of why the contestants can’t use a lot of the newer R&B. ‘Cause it’s a SINGING competition!! And singing requires a melody, not just a beat and an auto-tuner!

Sorry, just my opinion. :lol:

Highlander

April 1st, 2010
7:33 am

LydiasDad, ewe may be right! :D :roll:

Nutmeg?

April 1st, 2010
7:39 am

Neg, that’s an interesting perspective. I didn’t hate Didi, but I wasn’t all that into her, either. I did like some of her performances and bought them on iTunes. My husband, on the other hand, was jumping up and down in front of the TV yelling “SAVE HER! SAVE HER!” Pretty funny, actually.

All told, I don’t think that it’s because she went sexy. I think it’s because she went off-key, and while some guys were perfectly fine with that because she’s hot, her hot-factor didn’t do nearly as much for me. So I would argue that while “going sexy” might’ve convinced some men to try to keep her, it wasn’t enough to overcome her (pardon the pun) negatives.

Snoopy

April 1st, 2010
7:49 am

So right about Tim! He handles those judges well.

Deirdre

April 1st, 2010
7:49 am

Morning!

Ah the naysayers are abundant this year. Maybe Idol SHOULD end it’s run when Simon leaves but It is not about Simon. It’s not about the contestants either. It’s about ratings. And as long as those ratings hold, Idol will continue. When the ratings drop below a significant number of other shows, Idol will leave.

So we have 6 guys and 3 girls left. Who would have thought that. And Katie will very likely be the one leaving next week.

It’s time for the adults to start voting. Cuz contrary to Neg’s opinion that we women won’t vote for sexy young girls(which is almost laughable)I think we have mostly teen girls voting at the moment.

Deirdre

April 1st, 2010
7:56 am

Next week’s theme is Songs from the Lennon/McCartney Songbook.

I think there will be a moment next Tuesday when I actually want to kill Tim.

eagle

April 1st, 2010
8:10 am

LOL. Deirdre, I wish I was a “young” girl voting for Tim but I’m the “older” mother voting for Tim. But Negativo does have a point. Tim has become their whipping boy and, at the rate they pick on him, he’ll probably be blamed for the entire demise of Idol.

Tim was awesome when he performed “Hallelujah” during Top 24. That was definitely his moment because he connected to the song. I believe he probably has strong christian values and beliefs. Next week, I would love to hear Tim perform Let It Be or Hey Jude. Then you won’t have to kill him Deirdre. :-)

Deirdre

April 1st, 2010
8:30 am

Yes, I will, eagle because despite your respect for him, I find him(as a singer) flat, unemotional, robotic and uninspiring. He gives NOTHING to a song other than it’s notes. Hallelujah is what saved his cute little behind but he hasn’t come anywhere near that performance since then. I wish he would put just one little ounce of his personality into his singing but he doesn’t.

I can far better tolerate Lee, who hits a sour note every now and then but feels the song and projects that feeling to the listener than Tim, who clearly doesn’t seem to have a clue. That grin of his is starting to make him look a little like the village idiot.

Call it like it is

April 1st, 2010
8:32 am

Katie has the best voice. Strong, clear, always on key. I like hearing her. I can’t understand why she isn’t ranked higher.

kelly&carriefan

April 1st, 2010
8:32 am

Hey y’all…

I have a little secret for y’all. If I choose someone to be my fave, they will inevitably lose. The only two I ever got right were Kelly and Carrie…and I mean, come on, duh. Not that Didi was my absolute fave, but she was there with Crystal and Lee.

SOOOO….this is why I have decided that my NEW fave will be Tim. Come on, those sexy dead eyes? How can I not make him my fave? GO TURBAN!

:roll: :frown:

Harriett

April 1st, 2010
8:35 am

Good morning. The show is bogging down with endless filler and chatter. What’s with the long coversations after the performances, engaging the judges with deconstructing their critiques? It really, really got on my nerves last night, the milking air time for every last second of ad dollars. Grrrr!

I am with those who say Didi deserved to go home, but imo not before Tim. Tim is Sanjaya–the girls are voting him back no matter how badly or how well he sings. Simon is right–why bother with a critique? It won’t matter.

kelly&carriefan

April 1st, 2010
8:37 am

PS. Is it too early to say, “You know, kids…back when I watched Idol, the contestants could hit the high notes…and sound good.” :lol:

Oh, and btw, why, oh, why, must they insist on butchering the Lennon/McCartney songbook? If Tim does a reggae version of “Hey Jude” or “Help!”

eagle

April 1st, 2010
8:37 am

I love his toothy grin. :-) Just read an article in MSNBC entertainment…the all-time top 10 Idols in terms of number of albums sold:

10. David Archuleta – 962,000
9/8. Tie – Jordin Sparks, Kellie Picker – 1.2 mil
7. David Cook – 1.3 mil
6. Fantasia – 2.3 mil
5. Rubin – 2.5 mil
4. Clay Aikin – 4.9 mil
3. Daughtry – 5.3 mil
2. Kelly Clarkson – 10.4 mil
1. Carrie Underwood – 10.5

Harriett

April 1st, 2010
8:38 am

Or “Yesterday!”

Jean

April 1st, 2010
8:38 am

The title of Ruben’s new single is NOT “Don’t Make ‘Em Like You Anymore” (boooooooooring song)- which would be almost correct grammar-but the title is actually: ‘Don’t Make ‘Em Like You NO more” which is ’street talk’. Too bad for Ruben. His 2nd, or was it his 3rd, album was riddled with bad grammar titles and lyrics. Ruben is NOT a hip-hop/rapper singer. Ruben is best doing ballads and such. I saw him in person 3 weeks ago, in Raleigh, when he was a guest at Clay’s taping of Clay’s PBS special (to be aired this spring) when Ruben sang the slow version of ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’–he was very good. Full of voice and smooooooth. Ruben may think his fans wouldn’t want him to sing ballads, but he is not selling the hip hop/rap crap either! I am looking forward to seeing Clay and Ruben’s tour-if it comes to my area. Should be a lot of fun!

eagle

April 1st, 2010
8:44 am

oh yes Harriet. Definitely. I forgot about “Yesterday”. A Clay-Rubin concert would be awesome. Two very different styles but two solid performers. We can still say “the good old days”. Talent was better and Paula was still there.

Tone Deaf

April 1st, 2010
8:49 am

Gosh, this is only a hint of the show it once was. Ellen is so miscast…just awful as a judge and I am tired of her dressing in male drag week after week- get a stylist for Gods sake, you have tons of money. Kara is irrelevant; Simon looks and acts bored to tears and Randy well, bless his heart, I like him so much- he is such a likable guy but he can’t carry the show alone. I have never missed one episode since the show started but after the Diddy number last night, I can’t watch this show again. No wonder DWTS is beating AI in the ratings and will continue to do so. The judges are simply trying to save their jobs and their enormous slaries by telling the audience that there’s talent on that stage. One girl has talent and if she has any common sense, she’ll bail out as fast as she can. Run Crystal run………faster…faster

Rickster

April 1st, 2010
8:50 am

Didi gone? “I’m not surprised.”

But I am going to miss those eyes!

Nana

April 1st, 2010
8:57 am

Good Morning Everybody…. :)

Today’s Quote: “The grand essentials to happiness in life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.”

Earlier in the season, Randy Jackson stated that this was a ladies’s year to win. At the rate they are being eliminated, I’m beginning to have my doubts about that statement. IMHO, I feel that there aren’t ANY in the remaining top 10 that is worthy of the title “American Idol.” Right now, there isn’t one that I would call and vote for. Maybe, that will change in the next few weeks, but I would have to see a hugh improvement in each and everyone. Granted Crystal is good, but I just can’t see her becoming the next Idol, nor can I see Michael winning. The rest, who knows.

Did I miss Ellen saying anything last night? I can almost swear she didn’t, or if she did, I missed it.

And another thing that gripes me, is the fact the judges are in a pow wow when the contestant is singing for the save. That would make ANYONE nervous enough to sound bad and miss notes. As you are singing, the thoughts going throught your mind would be, “Am I going to be saved or am I’m going home,” and NOT on the song. That is just plain ludicrous and would give anyone an ulcer. Have the four “tators” go backstage during one of the many commericals after the song has been sung. That way the contestant can’t see the discussion while performing.

Before I go on a full rampage here, I better go get another cup of coffee.

Oh, Deirdre thanks for telling me who was sent home on DWTS. Appreciate it.

Harriett

April 1st, 2010
8:59 am

jean, many of the points you are making this morning are ones I made last night during Ruben’s performance. He does not seem able to pick a song that equals his talent, and the one last night is so far from what he should be doing it is not even funny. He’s hugely talented and deserves better. People like me would buy his albums if they were not all an attempt to be a souped-up Luther wannabe. I loved Luther and bought his albums–not all, but some–but Ruben is not Luther, nor is he Diddy. He just needs to be Ruben.

As for the grammatical errors, popular music has always done that. “You Ain’t Nothin’ But a Hound Dog,” is a case in point. “You are not nothing but a hound dog?”

Ted

April 1st, 2010
9:00 am

How many people voted in the Coveritlive polls?

kelly&carriefan

April 1st, 2010
9:06 am

On the judges’ save: what’s the point, really? I mean, they have until reaching the Top 5, but I don’t see them using it at all, until there’s a Top 7 or 6. Since they can only use it once, why would they have used it on say, Didi, when maybe Big Mike tanks and gets eliminated next week… ???

Woodpappy

April 1st, 2010
9:11 am

Didi just didn’t have it and it was time for her to go home. Tim on the other hand, should have gone with her so we could have had a two-fer. Can’t wait for next week’s Lennon /McCartney songs. Should be good.
Oh…another thing. On my satellite dish service last night, I clicked to see if AI was one hour or just 30 minutes. The caption on the info section said: “American Idol, singing competition starring Ellen Degeneress and some other people”. I LMAO…..

The End of American Idol

April 1st, 2010
9:12 am

If this year isn’t the last for American Idol, next year will be. The chemistry is gone. It’s been so commercialized that the focus isn’t on talent anymore. We have “mentors” coming in that are not as talented as the contestants. I’m for a 30 minute elimination show rather than this hour long crapfest we are being fed this year.

kelly&carriefan

April 1st, 2010
9:29 am

Woodpappy, “American Idol, singing competition starring Ellen Degeneress and some other people” (Sounds about right these days, LOL!)

American Mother

April 1st, 2010
9:33 am

Hey Sue- Last year was my last year to watch American Idol – It’s not even an effort NOT to watch it anymore, I totally forget about it until I see Rodney’s topic. Seems I am not missing much!

Oh well, I still like to jump in the blog every now & then.
Happy Easter and/or Spring Break to all!!! Peace AM

Deirdre

April 1st, 2010
9:42 am

The same to you American Mother!

ugaaccountant

April 1st, 2010
9:45 am

I don’t even watch the results show. Complete 60 minutes of filler. I flip over at the end to see who’s singing her goodbye.

The “save” isn’t really working in my opinion. Last year it should have went to that one girl who they really liked and were telling to “dirty it up”. But instead they let her go and the male presence dominated the show. Here was their chance to maintain some level of fairness for the females by counteracting the 12 year old girls voting for Tim, and they didn’t do it.

Next year, I propose the Judges axe. 1 time between 10 and 5 they can axe someone in the bottom 3. would put more pressure on you to do well and avoid the bottom 3 altogether. Clearly would have been used on Tim yesterday, Megan Joy maybe, Sanjaya his year, etc.

Rosita

April 1st, 2010
9:48 am

Harriett, if we are going to be perfectly grammatical, I believe the Bowdlerized Elvis hit would be, “You are not ANYTHING but a hound dog.”
:-)

William

April 1st, 2010
9:49 am

Anyone else think that Casey James sounds like, should sing songs from Bog Seger’s song list?

William

April 1st, 2010
9:51 am

Make that Bob Seger (and the Silver Bullet Band).

Harriett

April 1st, 2010
9:55 am

But, Rosita! They love the grammatically incorrect double negative! :roll:

Harriett

April 1st, 2010
9:56 am

Casey cannot carry Bob Seger’s suitcase, imo. Seger has such grit in his voice, and Casey cannot manage the gravitas. Just me.

Deirdre

April 1st, 2010
9:58 am

Casey and Old Time Rock and Roll. Yeah, that works for me!

Rodney Ho

April 1st, 2010
10:03 am

I would have liked to have seen Didi last longer and yes, I predicted her finishing 5th. Anyway, new blog entry up.

JTesla

April 1st, 2010
10:05 am

Casey and Tiny Tim maybe, it would be perfect with that goofy smirk he always has.

Rodney Ho

April 1st, 2010
10:05 am

Not sure why, but I compared traffic on this blog this year vs. last at this point and for the first time since season five, my traffic has gone up. For several years, my traffic falloff was reflective of the dropoff in popularity of the show. Thanks guys!

timthebrave

April 1st, 2010
10:26 am

Didi wasn’t going to make top 5 anyway. I’m glad I got Tivo. Watched american idol in about 10 minutes. Usher song stunk but at least he sung live. I can’t believe you gave P Diddy a B grade. He lip synched that garbage.

Next please

April 1st, 2010
10:56 am

Didi’s voice was intriguing at first but sounded flat and droning on most songs. That type of voice has all the makings for a one hit wonder career. It’s not very versatile across the music spectrum. I could see her pocketing some $ if she could land that one catchy tune.

Alex Trebeck

April 1st, 2010
10:59 am

Why can’t we vote the judges off? My “first to go” would be Kara. That way the three remaining guys could duke it out for the prize.

RxDawg

April 1st, 2010
11:19 am

Good morning. I don’t understand the Tim hate. I don’t love him, but I don’t hate him. He’s middle of the pack for me. Tell ya what, next time Time sings, close your eyes. You might think differntly because the guy is not a bad singer, and usually is just as much in key as Crystal is.

RxDawg

April 1st, 2010
11:25 am

That’s hillarious Woodpappy

G

April 1st, 2010
11:26 am

Agree with “Highlander’s” point about why contestants can’t use most of the commercial modern R&B material. There’s simply no singing between the auto-tune and heavy beats. Usher and Diddy helped proved that point with their performances last night.

Idol should adopt the voting concept from Randy Jackson’s ABDC. Contestants like Tim and Didi would’ve been gone weeks ago. Vote for the worst would have more of a challenge to make a difference.

Sue

April 1st, 2010
12:45 pm

I’m not sorry that Didi went home. She had no hopes of winning this, so now was as good a time as any. Tim may not have all that much talent, but he does have charisma and charm. His smile makes my night! Usher was mediocre at best, too bad too after his great mentoring stint. Ruben? Meh. Whatever. And the interplay between Simon and Ryan is painful to watch since Simon is such a sourpuss this year. I think he’s trying to make us not miss him when he’s gone and it’s beginning to work.

blkshepherd

April 1st, 2010
1:21 pm

I DEMAND A RECOUNT! DIDI was Robbed! I cant stop crying! Although I knew from the first notes of What becomes of the broken hearted she was a goner.Really suprised she lasted this long. Some how another she got losted along the way her voice wasnt markeable, wouldnt have bought anything by her..or from any of this Group(one of the worst)
(still liked her better than Paige, Tim, that 16yr old annoying boy.)

I can not believe after all of those states and major cities it narrowed down to this bunch.

Usher, why do I feel like I am looking at one of Michael Jacksons back up dancers? He can dance, the voice..good thing he wasnt competing singing. He would have been joining DiDi and Tim in the bottom destined to go home.

Diddy what the hell was that?

OMG, What the hell was that? He hoped around like the Easter bunny all dressed in white. I did not understand the song. the dancing was very tired and animated. performance grade D
Usher grade C
Entire show -D

Ruben, nor Usher, nor Diddy kept my attention so I contiuned to talk on the phone during most of their performances. so very boring..AI is fixing to die the same death as Star Search. fade away. When Star Seach ended I didnt even know. I believe Arsenio Hall hosted it for a min. He couldnt even save it with his corny jokes. Well atleast the judges pockets along with Ryan got much fatter because of AI. none of them will have to REALLY work ..for a minute atleast.

blkshepherd

April 1st, 2010
1:25 pm

Correction: for the no life spell police on the blog : should read at least not atleast (rolling my eyes..)

Matt the Brave

April 2nd, 2010
1:22 am

Of course Tim is Sanjiah. He’s already beaten the VFTW record for most weeks for them. You know, he seems to be a good kid who has a mediocre voice and a lot of charisma. If he can play this little game that the judges are trying to do this year, then more power to him. It’s all a game this year, there’s not a lot of talent, might as well enjoy seeing someone go and wreck everything. :D