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‘Idol’ fans: talk amongst yourselves

AMERICAN IDOL: Elise Testone (L) is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL airing Thursday, April 26, (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  Also Pictured: Ryan Seacrest. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

AMERICAN IDOL: Elise Testone (L) is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL airing Thursday, April 26, (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Also Pictured: Ryan Seacrest. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

I’m off Monday and Tuesday. Feel free to use this space to talk about “Idol” stuff until I’m back Tuesday evening from the West Coast.

Deirdre will surely be your guide and your confidante on breaking news.

Although I completely botched my prediction last week, I did have Elise Testone on the bottom of my Power 6 last week. The week before, I had Colton Dixon at the top.

At this point, we know each singer’s strengths and weaknesses. Will someone do something as gutsy as Bo Bice did during the top 3 show and sing a capella on a song hardly anybody knew? Will someone screech their way out like Danny Gokey on that Aerosmith song?

My power 5

1. Phillip Phillips. Although he was just okay last week and picked a Dave Matthews Band song that only big Dave Matthews Band fans would have embraced, he remains the only contestant who has never been in the top three. Colton’s absence appears to have helped him. These two factors should help him get to the finals and a possible victory the way things are going. (last week – 1)

2. Jessica Sanchez. Despite her low vote count, now three weeks in the past, she has remained safe the past two weeks. Her fan base will likely not be so complacent again. I’m just not clear if Hollie leaves next, will that help Jessica? (last week 2)

3. Joshua Ledet. Last year, Jacob Lusk finished fifth. I did a poll on the live blog and the fans were split between him and Jacob. I generally prefer Joshua though his full throttle style doesn’t always move me. Still, he has only been in the bottom three once and he is beloved by the judges. (last week 4)

4. Skylar Laine. I am a big fan of hers but the fact she landed a second time in the bottom three last week indicates some weakness in support despite a good week. I’m a big country music fan and I appreciate her Reba-esque style. (last week 3)

5. Hollie Cavanagh. I think she also had a very good week last week and being in the pimp spot, I think, saved her. I’m not sure what she can do to get past the other four at this stage, since she’s been in the bottom three four times now. She has improved over the weeks and is singing with more emotion but she seems to have gotten as far as she could. (last week 5)

- Before I left, I did see Ryan Seacrest signed a deal with NBC which will. Though he will still host red carpet events, he will no host E! News daily, and stopped doing it when “Idol” started in January anyway. Besides doing work at the Olympics, as previously announced, he will be a special correspondent for the “Today” show and provide content for prime-time, too, though the network wasn’t too specific. Interestingly, this means he will now be active on Fox (”American Idol”), ABC (”Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve”) and NBC.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

192 comments Add your comment

Rickster

April 30th, 2012
12:05 pm

Boy… even Rodney’s on the anti-Hollie bandwagon. She’s the only one that didn’t get her name in bold font.

:-)

Josh Fan

April 30th, 2012
12:06 pm

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Josh Fan

April 30th, 2012
12:07 pm

He will win it all…. And all the HATERS, (you know who you are) will be so mad. haha and hahaha

JTesla

April 30th, 2012
12:11 pm

I agree with Rodney’s rankings, although Joshua and Skylar could be interchanged. I personally like Hollie better than Joshua and Skylar, but she needs to really step it up to get out of the dawg house.

Ryan Seacrest is a Sith Lord. Slowly consolidating power, until it is too late. I wouldn’t be surprised if he has an army of clones built up somewhere.

Rickster

April 30th, 2012
12:16 pm

Pac Man – for reason known only to it – just ate my Top 5 rankings.

JTesla

April 30th, 2012
12:18 pm

Pac Man wants you to reconsider your rankings Rickster.

Deirdre

April 30th, 2012
12:31 pm

Yes, Rodney is over on JT’s coast. I tried to get him to help my son and d-i-l move into their new house this weekend but he said no! Some friend he is! ;-)

Rickster

April 30th, 2012
12:31 pm

Pac Man’s never right, JT.. you know that. :-)

Rickster

April 30th, 2012
12:34 pm

1. Skylar
2. Jessica
3. Hollie
4. Phillip
5. Joshua

Deirdre

April 30th, 2012
12:34 pm

I think a Joshua/Jessica finale is the most possible at the moment. Next to Skylar, I would bet that Joshua is getting the most votes from the south.

I think Phil will go either in 3rd or 4th place. He is too polarizing to win, as is Skylar.

JTesla

April 30th, 2012
12:44 pm

I wish it would be that way Deirdre, I want anyone but Phillip. It’s not because I don’t like him it’s just because I’m tired of the WGWG. However, my hopes are not realistic, he is virtually bulletproof right now. The polarization is hindering the others, therefore it isn’t as much a drain against him.

Sam-A

April 30th, 2012
12:57 pm

I hope Hollie or Phillipx2 wins. 3rd to Jessica. The booby-prize twins, don’t care a thing about. Just want them Gone!

I’ m not usually feeling like this at this point, but I just want Idol to go away now for a few months. The dreckers have lasted way too long, and I’m actually sick and tired of watching this stuff for awhile.

JTesla

April 30th, 2012
1:03 pm

Good news Sam-A, they have a new invention that is all the rage these days: it’s an “Off” button. You can press it on your television or remote and then you don’t have to watch. ;)

I usually hit a point where I’m tired of Idol, but when I reach that point I start fast forwarding and skipping more and more.

Mercedes S.

April 30th, 2012
1:12 pm

Too bad RoHo is not here; I’d like to know what he means when writes of Philip “He remains the only contestant who has never been in the top three”.

Remember the week when Hollie, Phil, and Colton were in group (THE WINNING one) and Jessica, Elise and Joshua in another? Skylar was asked to “huff” and refused.

Hollie and Phil were among the Top Four that week, and may even have been among the Top Three. Secretive “Idol” likes to hide important numbers.

Jenny

April 30th, 2012
1:12 pm

I would be fine with a Joshua/Jessica finale. That would actually be an interesting show! Please, please, please don’t let it be the snoozefest of Phil/Skylar….

Highlander, on your Saturday evening post, as usual I agree with you completely. And I love the names you gave the guys. :-)

Sam-A, I love Maggie May so I don’t know about Phil doing it… I’m still traumatized from when Paul MacDonald “sang” it last year. (And I use “sang” loosely.) If Phil were to ruin it Movin’ Out style, that might be really upsetting.

JT, what’s the sacred cow from the end of the last blog?

G

April 30th, 2012
1:13 pm

Would really like to see Idol have a strong vocalist win, just like the good ole days of Kelly, Ruben, and Carrie.

Speaking of which Carrie was on the Elvis Duran Morning Show today. Things that got my attention: She’s a Victoria Secret girl, considers herself country (not pop country), and she’s absolutely hates auto-tune. Sorry T-Pain & Kanye, there will be no collabs with Carrie for you. LOL!!!!

Jenny

April 30th, 2012
1:19 pm

Quote:

Sam-A
April 30th, 2012
12:57 pm

I like how you put that. I would only amend it a very little for me personally, but will keep your most excellent wording.

I hope Hollie or Jessica wins. 3rd to Joshua. The booby-prize twins (PP and Twangler), don’t care a thing about. Just want them Gone! (And gone NOW!!)

And as far as the dreckers lasting way too long, and making you tired of the show… yup. I was right there with you last week. For some reason I’m feeling a little better this week, but if Phillip and Skylar both stay AGAIN, I’ll probably lose hope again.

Jenny

April 30th, 2012
1:20 pm

G

April 30th, 2012
1:13 pm

AMEN.

And I wish we could change the font size and color cause that AMEN would be in 100 point and a bright neon color. :-)

JTesla

April 30th, 2012
1:21 pm

Mercedes, I assume he meant bottom 3, Phillip is the only one who has never been there.

Jenny, no comment ;)

Jenny

April 30th, 2012
1:24 pm

JT, yes, sadly that “off” button will be put to good use if it’s a Phil/Skylar final. As will the “Delete” button on the DVR.

At least I could watch Survivor live.

Or, wait… what else is on Wednesday nights? Maybe I’ll watch whichever show is FOX’s biggest competition. :mrgreen:

Jenny

April 30th, 2012
1:25 pm

And ;-) right back atcha.

G

April 30th, 2012
1:35 pm

I forgot to make a point of clarification of what I meant by “strong vocalist like the good ole days”. Some people on this board make think PP is in my list of a strong vocalist. He’s not. PP is one of the many things wrong with Idol nowadays.

Yeah Jenny, I would absolutely love to see a Jess and Josh finale. The duets alone would be awsome! It’s possible to see, but highly unlikely. Unfortunately, the WGWG trend is just too strong. If PP wins, it will be sound proof that you can stick any old WGWG in the mix and he will win. Not a good sign.

Deirdre

April 30th, 2012
1:36 pm

I am as positive as I can be without reading his mind that Rodney meant that Philx2 is the only one who has never been in the bottom 3. Rodney is cranking out this stuff as fast as he can so he can continue his mini-vacation.

Jenny

April 30th, 2012
1:37 pm

G, once again AMEN.

Rodney, can we get some 100 point neon fonts for situations like this? ;-)

Deirdre

April 30th, 2012
1:37 pm

G..seriously? NOBODY on this board believes for one second that you think Phil is a “strong vocalist”. Not to worry!

Jenny

April 30th, 2012
1:39 pm

I thought Mercedes knew what Rodney meant and was just teasing him!

Jenny

April 30th, 2012
1:42 pm

G – and to continue your train of thought: PP is one of the many things wrong with Idol nowadays, I can probably name some of those many things… Lee, Kris, and Scotty? :mrgreen: ;-)

JTesla

April 30th, 2012
1:54 pm

Or is it Randy, Jennifer Lopez, Steven, and the mentality that they ARE the show?

G

April 30th, 2012
1:57 pm

LMAO @ Deirdre!!! Gotta cover myself around here. If/When PP loses, I need everyone to know that I’m responsible for it. LOL!

@ Jenny….The voting system, ST, JLO, show format,………:-)

Jenny

April 30th, 2012
2:01 pm

And Lee, Kris & Scotty. ;-)

Deirdre

April 30th, 2012
2:09 pm

Kris did an unannounced concert on the Santa Monica Pier a couple of days ago and the crowds were so big and unruly that they had to shut down the concert

JTesla

April 30th, 2012
2:15 pm

If it was “unannounced” were the crowds there to see him, or would they have been just as big and unruly with someone else?

Sam-A

April 30th, 2012
2:17 pm

The worst things about Idol this year are, in order, Joshua, ST, JLo, & Skyler. Put ‘em all in a barrel and push them over Niagara Falls/ They’d be in close enough proximity that JL and ST could kiss the butts of the two “singers” for the whole ride.

True, JT, there is that “off” button, but still hoping for some miracle that will rid the show of the Jesus screamer and the floor stomping whiner, and have some people either good singers(H & Je) or different/interesting (PP) in the finals.

Jenny

April 30th, 2012
2:17 pm

It’s not Kris that’s specifically bad… he’s a fine, pleasant singer. I own some of his music.

It’s what he represented on the show… a lesser talent who won a popularity contest over a much greater talent.

Jenny

April 30th, 2012
2:21 pm

True, JT! They could have just been attracted by “hey… a free concert!” ;-)

Deirdre

April 30th, 2012
2:22 pm

Have no idea JT. don’t know whether his fans were told ahead of time or not. Maybe unscheduled was the word I needed.

Deirdre

April 30th, 2012
2:23 pm

In your opinion, right, Jenny? ;-)

Deirdre

April 30th, 2012
2:24 pm

Re Kris and Adam, I mean

Jenny

April 30th, 2012
2:28 pm

The worst things about Idol from my perspective:

**The WGWG love.

**Last year’s “all-country” finale (it’s not Country Idol!)

**The slopping praise and standing ovations for lesser singers no matter how bad they are.

**Even when a theme is great, like the 80’s… the tendency to choose the BIG HITS that are soooo boring and overplayed.

JTesla

April 30th, 2012
2:28 pm

I’ve got the song that Joshua needs to sing for Brit Week: Shakespears Sister’s “Stay”. He could sing both parts of course, especially that high part by the American half of the duo (still a British group).

Deirdre

April 30th, 2012
2:30 pm

This is how the word got out about Kris’ concert according to mj:

“How bout the peir in Santa Monica? 8 pm” tweeted Kris to his fans, “You…me…couple tunes…ocean breeze…birds pooping on us. It’s gonna be great.”

No permit and a large crowd annoyed the security people on the pier.

Sam-A

April 30th, 2012
2:32 pm

D: It’s always “your opinion”, but thankfully for most of us, there are also many others posting here whose feelings are similar to our own, hate or love a contestant.

JTesla

April 30th, 2012
2:35 pm

Thank you for the clarification Deirdre, nice to see that he still has a few fans. Either that or a bunch of people showed up who wanted to see birds pooping on Kris.

I’d show up for that.

Watching birds pooping on a Kris and a crowd.

That would be kind of funny.

Just my opinion.

Woodpappy

April 30th, 2012
2:36 pm

Phillip2 is gonna win it all…..

Jenny

April 30th, 2012
2:37 pm

Yes, in my opinion. Adam had his adoring fans and Kris had equally adoring fans. :-) I know.

Though I will always maintain that some singers truly are held in higher regard by the industry as having more potential than others. Everybody’s not completely equal all the time. :mrgreen:

Jenny

April 30th, 2012
2:39 pm

And Sam-A, all we have to do is swap Josh for P2 and you are my dear identical twin. :-D :-D

Sam-A

April 30th, 2012
2:45 pm

Did that come out right? By “your…” I meant all of us

Deirdre

April 30th, 2012
2:46 pm

Again from mj, a video of elise singing…beautifully singing…on Live with whatsherface. This, imo, was the best voice in the competition:

http://www.mjsbigblog.com/elise-testone-one-and-only-live-with-kelly-video.htm

Jenny

April 30th, 2012
2:47 pm

Well, except that you like PP better than I like Josh…. Josh is mostly just “meh” to me, and can rise to “OK” on a good night. But if the final can’t be Jessica and Hollie, he’s better than the 2 other options. So, third by default…. not good, just less bad. ;-)

Rickster

April 30th, 2012
2:47 pm

For me”.. the name “American Idol” itself belies the fact that they’re not looking for the best voice in the country. They’re looking for someone who can attract and be adored (idolized) by the largest number of people possible.

If they were looking for the best voice… maybe they should name the show… oh… wait. Forget this last part.

But the first part is still valid.