Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Gone too soon

Could he have won? Probably not, unless he put on about six performances in a row equivalent to his performance on the first Beatles night. But Chikezie went too soon. He's far more entertaining and talented than a number of singers still left (see Malubay, Ramiele as example number one). The whole bottom three was a little odd, to be honest--Syesha had her best performance yet, but I guess many people agree with me that she's lacking something in the charisma department. And Jason Castro is thought to be one of the most popular singers in the competition, but he sung early and wasn't as good as in past weeks. But they're still around, and Chikezie is gone. Oh, well.

What is concerning is Ramiele not even making the bottom three (assuming the bottom three is legit--I heard an interview with Chris Sligh from last season the other day, and he raised doubts about whether the producers stuck people in the bottom three who they thought needed more support.) Back in the auditions, she was compared to Jasmine Trias because of her Filipino roots, and hopefully we won't be comparing her to Jasmine Trias seven weeks from now when she makes the final three beacause, like Trias, she had some kind of powerful Filipino voting bloc.

As for the rest of the show, the medley was mercifully short, the call-in segment was tolerable, the Idol Gives Back segment was perhaps the most self-congratulatory segment I've ever seen on a television show, and Kimberly Locke looked good and sung fine. The most interesting part of the show was David Archuleta's defense of his song choice, in which he wondered why everyone else was surprised by his choice. Maybe, David, because no one had ever heard it before? Even Paula and Randy had no idea what it was. Does David Archuleta live in a world where John Farnham is a big star?

Actually, I'm wrong. The most interesting part of the results show continues to be the fact that they need more than 60 minutes to fit in the announcement of one name. My DVR came on at 9:00, went off at 10:00 and still missed the beginning of the show and the last notes of Chikezie's song. Would it kill Fox to keep the show within 60 minutes, or at least tell the DVR listings they'll be starting early and ending late?
You know, we are your customers. Why are you making us miss part of the show because we're not home to tune in at 8:58 and don't remember to set the DVR to come on early? OK, that's the end of my rant. Fingerhut out.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading your blog a lot..but could you post your posts after it has aired on the west coast? Since I subscribe to your blog on my google reader, it shows up on my reader's front page before the result show has aired... =.=

3/27/08, 4:23 AM  
Anonymous kson220 said...

Last night's bottom 3 reminded me of the Latoya London, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia debacle. Not in the talent aspect, but in other ways. Not surprised by America's choice of these three, just always hoping that some things will change. Hey, I am an optimist. I think that I will end my comments here before I say more than is PC in this day and age.

Talk at ya next week.

3/27/08, 3:18 PM  
Anonymous john said...

I don't think that the bottom three was racial..and I didn't think so back in london-hudson-fantasia bottom three. It didn't even occur to me last night that that was a component of Chikeze's departure. I think that the Chris Sligh allusion, that the bottom three aren't always the three grabbing the least votes, is very intriguing! Perhaps Fantasia was never in the bottom three at all?

The only person I would have voted for this week was Michael Johns. I've really liked Chikeze in the past but did think he was a little dull this week. I thought Castro was okay and Syesha was the best she'd ever been.

But as I'm joked about myself in the past, people vote for goofy reasons: are more teen girls voting for Archuleta because he's a cutie pie or because he sings really well? Is anyone voting for Kristy Lee because she could be the Breck Girl? Ramiele because she's Filipino? David Cook because he's a hair disaster? I don't know.

I do think that assuming that the voting is tied to race sells America short. And I'm not ready to do that.

3/27/08, 3:44 PM  
Anonymous kson220 said...

John, point well taken on why America votes the way it does. Atleast your view prompts me to question my presumptions. But, I still have my reservations. From personal experience, the cool people don't usually agree with this particular take on things because they are, in fact, the cool people. Not everyone is as cool as my esteemed peer group on The Fingerman, and I'm glad to blog with you guys!!!

3/27/08, 4:54 PM  
Anonymous john said...

Kson: I think that you are not alone in your reservations. I was even wondering last night if I'm just naive--I hope not.

Anyway, outside of the Fingerman's brilliance of course, I look forward to reading your comments most of all.

Take care and more later...John

3/28/08, 9:21 AM  
Blogger Eric Fingerhut said...

kson--

The race thing did go through my mind as well seeing Chikezie and Syesha in the bottom three. But I really think it was just a coincidence. When you consider that three of the six winning Idols were African-American, and last year three of the final four were, it's hard to make a case that race is really factoring into the voting that much.

3/28/08, 6:20 PM  
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