Two weeks of Idol elimninations, two surprises.
Kris Allen’s inclusion in the final 12 was a major shocker, but it probably was not as a big of one as the week before when Michael Sarver got the pass. Still, did anyone see this one coming?
Allen’s forgettable “Man in the Mirror” performance Wednesday failed to register even a ripple in water cooler discussions the following morning, at least not in any of the discussions I was a part of or the various Web site comments I checked.
If nothing else, it should assure all conspiracy theorists the show is not fixed. If that were the case, Nick Mitchell/Norman Gentle (or Tatiana Del Toro from the previous week) would have somehow made it through.
Who knows, maybe we have the start of a great Idol storyline developing, I don’t see that happening, but rumor has it I have been wrong before.
A few comments on the other two, Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert, who advanced:
Allison Iraheta: The girl “blew it out the box” again with her encore performance of “Alone.” If not for the shock factor of Kris Allen advancing, Iraheta could have been the headliner for a second straight night.
Adam Lambert: OK, I liked his version of “Satisfaction” a little more than I did the night before, but I still wouldn’t buy the record.
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These were the participants sent packing:
Mishovanna Henson, Matt Breitzke, Kai Kalama, Jeanine Vailes, Jasmine Murray, Jesse Langseth, Matt Giraud, Megan Corkrey and Nick Mitchell/Norman Gentle.
Biggest surprise: Corkrey. I thought she was a lock after Wednesday night.
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Corkrey. She’s a judges’ favorite, and she’s talented, too. And in case you are wondering, I think we have seen the last of Nick/Norman. (I’ll miss him, though.)
RANKING THE TOP 6
If the finals started today, here’s how I would seed the six who have qualified so far:
1. Danny Gokey: As of this writing, I’d gladly settle for a Gokey-Iraheta finals.
2. Allison Iraheta: I cannot wait to see her sing again in the finals. Remember last year when a guy named Cook came out of nowhere? There seems to be one of those every year, and Big Red could be that one of 2009. But she definitely needs to work on her mic skills.
3. Alexis Grace: In the past two weeks, I’ve probably heard more buzz about Alexis than any other contestant.
4. Adam Lambert: Judging by some of the comments on the previous blog, apparently I am not alone when it comes to this fellow. For me, the jury is still out on whether he will touch enough of Middle America to be a true championship threat.
5. Kris Allen: This is one of the biggest surprises in recent years.
6. Michael Sarver: Someone will eventually have to finish 12th, and right now I’d say Michael has the inside track.
Nice to see Brooke White back on the show, especially sitting in front of the piano where she was at her best a year ago. She performed her first single, “Hold Up My Heart.” She sounded great and I loved the big, gold hoop earrings.
Amazing. 25 million people voted this week, up from the first week’s 24 million.
Paula looked a bit more awake Wednesday night.
There is still no reason for the results show to be more than 30 minutes, except of course to sell more commercials.
Glad to see Jeanine Vailes decided to wear those shorts again for the group number.
Those “Hell’s Kitchen” commercials are really getting annoying.
I’m going to have to see “Slumdog Millionaire.”
A bit of a feud between Simon and Kara?
NEXT WEEK’S SEMIFINAL ROUND OF 12 PARTICIPANTS
The final semifinal session actually has the makings of the strongest of the three. Lil Rounds, the much-heralded Felicia Barton (according to the cyber universe), Jorge Nunez, Scott MacIntyre and Taylor Vaifanua look like a quality corps of frontrunners.