Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Not as Sligh as he thought he was

After last night's lackluster performance, no one could really be surprised at Chris Sligh's elimination tonight on Idol. Yes, Sanjaya survived--and wasn't even in the bottom three--which may mean this Vote for the Worst thing may be having a little more success than I thought it really did--but only a little. But let's not talk any more about Sanjaya--he and his hair have had enough publicity over the past 24 hours.

Let's instead talk briefly about Chris Sligh, whose name makes it sounds like he stars in karate movies. While he was certainly better than Sanjaya, it became clear in the last three weeks that he wasn't going to win the competition, so it's not that big a deal that he goes now. The fact is, his voice was nice but nothing special. People liked him because of his personality. Unfortunately, he wasn't nearly as funny as he thought he was (Fro Patro? Really? That's the best you got?) Even more problematic was that he told America when he made it to the final 24 that he would do well because he knew the secret to song choice. And yet he picked a song this week that he couldn't do a good job on. Arrogance, or just not really understanding as much about song choice as he thought he did? Who knows, but I guess it became his tragic flaw.

A couple more notes from tonight: Was Gwen Stefani lip syncing tonight? I'm not sure, but it didn't look, at the very least, like that performance was completely live. Please feel free to leave a comment with your opinion on this important matter.

Also, why exactly is Akon needed on this song? He does the same thing on the record as he did tonight, which is very little except some "whoo-hoos." I also read a lengthy article in the Washington Post a few weeks ago about how great and fresh-sounding and unique Akon's voice is, but I really couldn't tell what the big deal was tonight. (And the one song I've heard of his, "I Wanna Love You"--which before its radio edit actually has the quite direct title of "I Wanna F--- You" doesn't impress me all that much either.)

And are major corporations really e-mailing American Idol to say they want to join in with this charity event they're doing? It seems awfully small-time, but hey, it's American Idol--they often do things on the cheap.

Oh, and I think it's fair to say that Haley Scarnato, with another great outfit tonight, is rapidly taking her place as the best-dressed female Idol contestant in history.

Fingerhut out.



Anonymous kson220 said...

In order of your post, here we go...
1)Simon usually is right, and people have to start dealing with the truth.
2)You must be younger than I thought. I am 41, and am as down as the 20 somethings with over-inflated egos that I am surrounded by daily. Melinda is not old, she is mature. Not everyone is a simpering child.
3)In light of the fact that this was a standards show, Melinda did exactly what she should have. Why are you so down on her anyway? She is without a doubt the most talented, professional, and polished singer that we have had on Idol in a loooong time.
4)Get off of Jordin's back. She was good last week, she was good this week, she will be good next week. Get over it.
5)Gina...who cares? Not MY cup of tea, but she ain't horrible.
6)Sanjaya, Sanjaya, Sanjaya. As with last week, what more is there to say.
7)What is it with you and these girls? You rave about bad/so-so performers because they are cute like Haley and porn girl. But, you dis an outrageously talented singer like Melinda. You should stop equating talent with looks; maybe disconnect your libido when you write your blog. Pretty is nice, but who cares? Kind of my feeling about Haley. Who cares?
Who are the bottom 3? Haley, Phil and Sanjaya. Phil is out.

4/4/07, 2:32 PM  

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