Clay Aiken on “Celebrity Apprentice” is clearly “in it to win it,” as Randy might say.
After four episodes, he’s shown to be catty at times but bright, cunning and hard working, all good attributes to succeed on this show. Last week, he felt George Takei wasn’t leading very well and implied this to one of Donald Trump’s sons without actually saying so by giggling a bit when asked the question. He also didn’t follow a gay stereotype by knowing a lot about fashion, the topic of last week’s challenge.
This week, Clay didn’t do much to draw attention. With the men’s team losing for the second week in a row, the spotlight was squarely on Michael Andretti (ousted for not helming a car-related project), Adam Carolla (who took the second bullet as project manager) and Lou Ferrigno (who survived despite the fact his teammates find him useless.)
Clay has made a few sly references to “Idol.” Last night, he said at one point to Trump that the boardroom is far rougher than any “Idol” elimination.
- So who moved up and down in the expectations chart after last week? Clearly, Elise and Shannon lost a bit of momentum. I thought Heejun and Joshua also lost a step. Erika, Phillip, Skylar and Colton held their own. Jermaine showed his weaknesses, which means expectations did not change. Hollie was probably the person who benefited most last week with her powerhouse performance. Jessica also rose in many people’s eyes, though she was already considered a favorite. Deandre did fine, relatively speaking, though I’m not sure if the haters necessarily changed their minds.
So here’s my version of the Power 12:
1: Phillip Phillips. Still convinced he has the star power, even if he doesn’t have the vocal power. He will have to scale back the growling at some point. (holding)
2. Jessica Sanchez. Aping Whitney Houston note for note is a worthy accomplishment, even if it doesn’t get her any originality points. (up from 3)
3. Skylar Laine. Whitney was not her alley but she pulled it off. I’m still a fan. (down from 2)
4. Colton Dixon. I still don’t get this guy but he didn’t hurt himself last week and clearly has a fan base (up from 5)
5. Hollie Cavanagh. She’s very young but surprisingly interpreted Whitney far better than most of her peers. (up from 8 )
6. Heejun Han. He was a bit boring this week on stage, though continues to be a goof off stage. (down from 4)
7. Joshua Ledet. He showed some of his vocal limitations last week. Still hoping he can get us all excited again this week. (down from 6)
8. Erika Van Pelt. I know I am more optimistic about her chances than others but I do find her engaging. (up from 9)
9. Deandre Brackensack. I’m not loving the guy but even more so than Colton, I can see why he’s appealing (up from 10)
10. Elise Testone. She has an interesting voice, a blank persona. Hated her performance last week. (down from 7)
11. Jermaine Jones. Showed his nerves last week when placed outside his comfort zone. (holding)
12. Shannon Magrane. I didn’t dislike her as much as others but she is clearly not ready for prime time. (holding)
- Theme this week is songs from the year you were born. Scary that most of these contestants are now babies from the 1990s! Vote For the Worst provided some facetious song suggestions. The funniest one is for Elise, stating her birth year as 1957 and recommending “The Banana Boat Song.” If I have time later, I’ll post my own suggestions in a more serious fashion.
- Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” is now No. 1 on the Mediabase 24/7 top 40 charts, supplanting Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain.” She’s also No. 1 on the Hot AC charts.
- Jason Castro, Ruben Studdard, Mandisa and Danny Gokey will all be in Atlanta next month to perform on the Dove Awards at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. That is enough to get me there! I’m also trying to get an interview with Ruben about his upcoming album but the publicist has not set me a date.
- And yes, I missed the Adam Lambert concert for Star 94 at the Buckhead Theatre last week. He also stopped by the Voice, Ryan Seacrest’s studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston but didn’t request any media. I also heard he did a concert Thursday night for Jezebel magazine but was not invited. Here’s video I found on YouTube:
His album was supposed to come out March 20 but it has been postponed.
- Casey James, from season 9, will have his debut album out March 20. His first single “Let’s Don’t Call It a Night” landed in the top 30 on the country charts.
- In less than three weeks, Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl” is already up to No. 16 on the country chart.