Final 2 Performance

Well, that was a bummer.   Tonight’s finale held no surprises–no “ahh” moments.    Instead, we get the  usual, plus a few eww moments that add up to an anti-climatic final. Out of 50, 000 plus submissions, the songwriter contest produced a turd. The two never-before-heard songs by Blake and Jordin were respectively lackluster and earsplitting.   And the judges comments, quite often, made me want to punch someone.

I think Jordin will win.   But that’s fine.    To be honest, I’ve been ambivalent about Blake continuing on in this competition past 4th or  3rd place.  When he signs with 19R, there’s no way he’s going to be able to make the kind of music he’s been writing and performing  back in Seattle.   Is it worse to come  in first or second?   After hearing that horrid  “winner’s song” I’m thinking Blake will be lucky to come in second so he never, ever,  ever has to sing that song again…

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Ryan opens the show,  “100, 000 down, 2 to go.   One guy, one girl, and one last chance to win your vote.  This is the night, this is the audience.  dramatic, lights come up. This is American Idol!”   Excitement!

There’s more, “Tonight is another  Battle of the Sexes. We’ve had Justin and Kelly, Bo and Carrie, Taylor and Kat and now Blake and Jordin. Two very different people, with two very different styles, chase one unforgettable dream. And you at home will make that dream come true.”  CHEESE! I love it.

Ryan introduces the judges. Randy is  dressed in a hideous  retro-80’s  jacket.   All he needs is that bizarre triangle hairdo from his days with Journey, and he’ll be all set.  Great make-up job covering the bruises on Paula Abdul’s face from her unfortunate encounter with her dog Tulip over the weekend.    She looks like she’s feeling no pain, if you know what I mean.

She explains to Ryan that she, “Tripped over her dog Tulip, ” and that, “The dog is fine.”  Ryan says, “So the bitch is ok. We got it.”  Har-dee-har.

Simon should really button up his shirt.

Next is a clip that can be summed up as a mea culpa to the city of  Seattle.   When the writers were setting the story line for the auditions–that Seattle was full of no-talents–they must have assumed that the winners would come from the South this year as they always do.  Ha ha.  Don’t they look stupid.  The clip takes us through Blake and Jordin’s audition experiences. We see Jordin standing in line in the rain. Hmm.  I smell a set up.   She  won Arizona Idol which entitled her to an audition with the producers, bypassing all that nasty waiting in line.  Yay for creative editing.

Next is a clip of Blake throwing the competition.   Oops, I mean, Wednesday’s coin toss.  Blake wins, but he gallantly (cough) allows Jordin to pick her spot.   She chooses to go last, of course.   She wants to win.    

Ryan explains How It Works–They have three songs, one is their favorite, one is something they haven’t sung on the show before, and one is the winner of the songwriter competition, “This is My Now.”

Blake Lewis – “You Give Love a Bad Name” by Bon Jovi – This was nearly as spectacular as his Top 4 performance.   Removing the element of surprise on repeat is the only thing that brings it down a notch.   Blake works the stage and his vocal sparring with the drummer is exhilarating.   For me, “You Give Love a Bad Name” is this year’s “Idol Moment.” Simon says the singing was flat in the middle, but I think he’s high.  The singing AND the performance are very, very good.   Randy gives Blake 10 out of 10 on the beatboxing, but he thinks the singing “was just a’ight.” (High)   Paula says, “I wish I could give you more than a 10!…a 10+10+10! (High, but you already knew that.) Simon  recites the refrain we’ll be hearing all night ad nauseum (That, and and endless references to  Jordin “What’s my Age Again?” Sparks)  You’re not the best singer in the competition, but you are  the best performer.   Simon says, “I thought the performance was great, the energy amazing, I thought the singing actually was a bit flat in the middle, I thought you were shouting…but I don’t think it matters because it was your best performance 3 or 4 weeks ago…”  

Jordin Sparks – “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera – It seems Jordin can’t sing an uptempo song live to save her life.  On the bridge, she loses her place in the song–she  can’t spit the lyrics out fast enough.   And of course, when in doubt and feeling you might be blowing it, begin SHREIKING the lyrics, which she does when she hits the chorus.  Oh, and make sure the shrieking is off-key, too. Check. This was NOT good, despite Randy’s raving that she was “stellar” and “amazing.”   Simon calls it correctly, “I thought the vocals were actually a bit shrieky in the middle.   I’m going to call round 1 to Blake.”

Blake Lewis – “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5 – Second round features video clips of the kids talking about their early years.     When  Blake first heard someone beatbox, he instinctively knew how to do it.   He was practicing in the garage, and his Dad thought it was a drum set.   Blake’s vocal  is good and mostly controlled  here.  It’s not a copy of the original–he adds a few really nice vocal flourishes including some really  sweet falsetto.   Randy likes his vocal.    Paula says he sounds  relaxed. Simon says, “It was good, it was safe, it wasn’t as good as the first performance, and I actually would not have chosen that  song in the final because I don’t think it makes that much of an impact…”   I have to agree with Simon here.   Finale is WOW time.  The song was well done, but it was not a head turner like last week’s Robin Thicke performance, which took my breath away.

Jordin Sparks – “Broken Wing” by Martina McBride –  In her clip, Jordin says she  always knew she wanted to sing.   She competed in her first singing competition when she was 12, and that’s when she really knew.   Jordin performs a song she killed on early in the competition.   Although not quite as good as the  first time, she turns out a compelling and emotional performance.   Round 2 will go to Jordin,  just because her song was more dramatic.   Randy begins his critique with the standard OMGyou’rethemosttalented17yearoldEVAH!!!111!!    He  then says,  “That was flawless, that was unbelievable, I think better than the original.” Paula says, “You are soaring, soaring.” (No, you  are,  Pauler)   Simon simply says,  “Now THAT was good.”

Ryan introduces the winners of the songwriters competition, Jeff Peabody and Scott Krippayne. And, as it turns out, they are hardly amateurs. The song is called, “This is My Now.”

Diva alert! Jennifer Hudson in the house!

Blake Lewis – “This is My Now” –  Gah.   What kind of turgid, senseless nonsense is this?  There was lots of talk about the songwriter contest fixing what  ailed the carpy coronation songs.  I didn’t believe the songs would be better.   But I didn’t think they’d be exponentially worse either.   Blake looks pained as he sings lyrics like, “There was a time, I packed my dreams away…living in a shell, hiding from myself…I am made of more than  my yesterdays.” Dancing with the Devil, indeed.  I’m missing “My Destiny” right about now.  Seriously. On the chorus, he tries to inject a little pep into the tuneless melody, but it’s useless.   The background vocals (no gospel choir this year) drown him out and he goes flat.   Probably matching how he’s feeling inside. His awkward dancing as he attempts to perform the song makes it obvious that  it’s so, so wrong for him. Look!  There goes his soul! It’s leaving his body!  Eep.

Randy says,  “This isn’t the kind of song that suits your voice…you did a pretty good job with it, it was alright, you don’t have to feel that bad about it.” A ringing endorsement.  Paula thinks he did a great job on the song.  The Happy Pills just kicked in.  Simon says, “I thought it was all a little odd…how do you feel? (Blake just shrugs, a little helplessly) I mean all that jumping around in the middle…you looked a bit frustrated.   It’s not a bad song, it’s just not the type of song you’d normally sing…I think we have to judge you tonight primarily on your first two performances.”  Ryan says, “You did the best you could.  That song was tough for you?”  “Yes, yes, ” Blake smiles and nods.   “He’s biting his tongue right now, ” says Ryan.   Oh, I’m sure he is.

Jordin Sparks – “This is my Now” –    Jordin, who’s young enough to still believe in fairy princesses and unicorns is able to sing this song, not only with a straight face  (which Blake could barely muster)  but  with complete and total conviction.    The camera pans the Top 10 in the audience and they look a little dumbstruck.  Maybe they  are thanking their individual Gods that they didn’t have to sing this crap.  For good measure, Jordin’s voice cracks with emotion on the last line of the song. I can see her right now performing this song tomorrow night  as the confetti rains down from the sky.  Blake, not so much.  Randy pulls out the “singing competition” card,  “…It is a singing competition bar none, it’s the greatest singing competition ever in the history of television, YOU were the best singer tonight, you deserve it all baby, that was fire right here…you are what it’s about” I hate when the judges remind us that it’s a singing competition, because it clearly isn’t.   They’d choose an entirely different Top 24 if it was.   Simon finishes up, “Jordin, I’m going to be honest with you, last week I didn’t think you were good enough to make the finals, and I want to say to you publically now, I was wrong, because this is, in case we forget sometimes, this is a singing competition, and you just wiped the floor with Blake on that song.”   Way to effing contradict yourself, there,  Simon.   First, make a big deal of Blake’s performance skills, but then turn around and say it doesn’t matter.  The judges are a bunch of lying liars.

There’s a few minutes to kill before  Ryan introduces Daughtry.   He asks the judges what they think.   Randy thinks Jordin won the night, because, you know, it’s a singing competition.   Paula refuses to commit   She chirps, “They’re all winners!” which sounds like typical rainbowsandpuppies Paula, until she says, “The next thing that you’re gonna see tells you the story why.”   Then you realize that Paula has a point.   Simon says, “I would say the best individual performance of the night was Blake on the first song,  but based on overall singing, Jordin.”

The night ends with Daughtry performing the boot song, “Home” in front of clips (I mean really in front of, I wanted them to get out of the way so I could see) of this year’s Idol “journey.”   Lots of crying and hugging.   Daughtry sounds great.  It shouldn’t be, but their performance is the highlight of the show.  

“Be careful what you wish for, ’cause you might just get it all, ” Chris sings.   Right about now,  I imagine he’s  glad he didn’t.

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212 Comments

  1. Ryan will get a lot of letters about his “the b i t c h is alright, we get it” comment!! ROTFLMAO!!!!!!

  2. First, they play “Take the Long Train Home”. Interesting. Why this song?
    Next. Blake. First time I’ve heard him. I never realized how mediocre this singer is. still haven’t heard Jordin.

  3. Why is this a contest? If I were moved to vote based on these 2 songs, I would vote for Jordin. No contest.

  4. I was hoping You Give Love A Bad Name would be sung last but it’s a grrreat way to start the show. Go Team Plaid!!

  5. I’m on the West Coast and not watching the show right now.

    Not thrilled with Blake’s choice of the Maroon 5 song — that one is pretty lackluster. I was hoping he’d take a risk and go for something big and interesting (also, he was a little too quick to take the advice of the judges and producers that Maroon 5 is the “perfect sound” for him).

    We’ll see.

    Go Team Plaid!

  6. Broken Wing was totally boring to me. Don’t know why but it was. I liked better the first time she did it.

  7. WOW…..THAT won the song writing competition?!?!?!?!

    I’m going to puke now……

  8. ok the dreadful song…Blake did his best with it *sigh*.

    thank you Simon for suggesting that people should vote for him based on the first 2 performances!

  9. American Idol, like Randy said, is about finding the next superstar. Simon, in Oprah, once said that Blake’s a popstar! I think we know who the best singer here, but the next superstar is definitely Blake!

  10. I’m not really a Blake fan but he got HOSED on the inaugural song, frankly. Poor Blake. And it SHOWED on his face.

  11. Next American Idol: Jordin Sparks.

    Count of mentioning that Jordin is only 17: 5(correct me if I’m wrong, it could have been more, I’m immune).

    Thought Blake’s “She will be loved” was fantastic.

    Thought it was the most boring finale EVER.

    Thought Jordin’s “Fighter” was god awful.

    The depimping of Blake by judges irked me, but was expected.

    Again, next American Idol: Jordin Sparks.

    Will now vote for Blake because he needs it.

  12. Jordan – Wow – I’m totally speechless………she was awesome.

    Blake tried really hard – but it just didn’t cut it.

    OMG – Chris Daughtry —- I’ve been missing him all year ! :jittery_tb:

  13. ParkAvenue – I was looking back at your post and had to look twice because I thought you said Blake’s a pornstar !!!! hahahaha I need to go to sleep.

  14. so let me get this straight…there are people commenting on the finale who have never watched the whole season.

    brilliant.

  15. St. Lucia

    It definitely had the total yawn factor. I thought it was just me.

    Because I truly couldn’t give a whit who wins, I’m voting Blake to make up for how abominably hosed he got with the inaugural song.

  16. Did anyone catch Melinda’s face while Jordin was singing that horrible song?? I could almost read her lips thanking GOD she didn’t have to sing that POS…LOL!!

  17. Just read on the Idol boards that “This is my now” was essentially written for Jordin. Apparently she used to tour with a singer (Michael W Smith?) whom the winning songwriter wrote material for all the time. Looks like there is a big connection there.

    Take with a grain of salt — I have no idea if this is true or not.

    Can’t they get decent coronation songs for the biggest singing contest in America? It cannot be that hard. If this is supposed to be the winner’s single, then there should be different songs tailored to each of the finalists.

  18. blake is going to get creamed. the whole thing was set against him and he stupidly let her go last.

  19. G’day folks!

    I have reserved my comments for season 6 to this night.
    I have watched this year’s Idol from a different perspective: having spent the last year helping one of last year’s Idols with their career after the show.

    Knowing what I know NOW, and what I’ve seen with these two eyeballs – the fix is in. The coronation song is meant for a miasmic singer.
    She’s the Fantasia replacement. Good for her. She’s been trying for this for YEARS, and her folks have spent boocoodles of bucks getting her to this point. Heck, Blake’s an insider too, as we’ve seen detailed here and on other sites with his 7 year connection to Maroon 5, etc.

    Bottom line: they both get contracts. Jordin gets the Ford money, and the appearances after the finale. Blake gets to work on his album & opens for some 311cakecoldplaymaroon5 band after the tour.

    Who cares who ‘wins’? The prize is given to half the top 10.
    And they all get to tour. They need to give the winner a REAL million buck prize – not the fake million that Arista/BMG supposedly will spend on their 3 album deal. At least Taylor got a new couch.

    For my money – I hope Blake wins. And he gets to stick it to TPTB.
    I hope ‘The Taylor Syndrome’ strikes again. Team Plaid looks a LOT like the Soul Patrol right now.

    Oh yeah – one last thing – Zabasearch.com predicts Blake will win.
    They’ve been right 11 out of 11 predictions this year, and 5 from last year. Who knows?

  20. Coronation song was totally PERFECT for Jordin…glory note and all.

    What was Blake going to do with it? I figured he was going to bomb that one because its totally NOT Blake, oh well, YAY for Jordin! I mean that, even if I am voting Blake.

    Bring on the finale! I don’t really care who wins, because obviously, winning isn’t everything…

    And as this season ends: Never had a contestant I was REALLY behind, nor did I have a performance that made me go “Wow”

  21. Chuckles — great post!

    I am hoping Blake wins. I like the guy — he’s fresh and different. I think it is good for AI to showcase a different type of singer each year — there is a real diversity in the winners so far. Jordin would just be more of the same, and i’m not into that sugary sweet pagaent stuff.

  22. I am voting for Blake because Jordin reminds me of princess Kat from last year way too much with her phoniness. I like Blake, I think he is interesting and a great guy.

    Oh and Randy’s comment that Jordin’s Broken Wing is better than the original, that is horse poop! Here is Martina’s version.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Heja3PC-kj4

    Go Team Plaid, Save the Beatboxer, Save the World!

    Nothing but busy signals for Blake so far!

  23. so let me get this straightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦there are people commenting on the finale who have never watched the whole season.

    brilliant.

    Speaking of that, I think it hurt Blake that he hadn’t seen any previous season finales and most likely didn’t realize the last song was supposed to be a big emotional meaningful weep fest.

  24. Just read on the Idol boards that à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“This is my nowà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  was essentially written for Jordin. Apparently she used to tour with a singer (Michael W Smith?) whom the winning songwriter wrote material for all the time. Looks like there is a big connection there.

    If this is the case, that’s unfair. This is why I don’t agree with having “one” craptastic coronation song because it will never apply to both. I loved Season 2 when both of them had separate songs to sing. “This is the night” and “Flying without wings” suited Clay and Ruben both, versus having one that is “supposed” to be speak for them both. I think it is unfair when one song is directed towards one contestant specifically, because obviously Jordin was meant for this song.

  25. The coronation song was way out of Blake’s comfort zone. I thought he did fine vocally, given the material, but he was at a disadvantage.

    And what a crappy song! People actually voted for that syrupy ish?

  26. Holy sh**, Dial Idol has Jordin way ahead of Blake. Not that DI has been at all accurate this year. And it is only the first 15 minutes on the east coast…

    Here’s hoping Blake will catch up.

  27. Wish I woulda thought beforehand to have a drinking game and down a shot every time they mentioned Jordin’s age.

    Then again, if I had, I wouldn’t be able to dial this here phone for Blake right now…..

  28. Wish I woulda thought beforehand to have a drinking game and down a shot every time they mentioned Jordinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s age.

    Me too longsong!!! Maybe THEN I would have been drunk and might have actually ENJOYED the finale. Damn. Should have thought of that.

  29. I am voting for Blake because Jordin reminds me of princess Kat from last year way too much with her phoniness. I like Blake, I think he is interesting and a great guy.

    Me too, Shar.

  30. The comparisons to Kat don’t end there. Privileged background, father who “knows the business” and will probably be involved in her career, plus previous experience as a competitor. Can’t recall specifics but she’s not a rookie.

  31. Poor Blake. Could he have been at any more of a disadvantage. I think he did better with the first and second rounds but that last song is what will unfortunately, be remembered. that song fit Jordin to a T. I was waiting for him to sing…this song is crapfantastic..icicicicik. whowhopdewhopdop….icicicicicici! The finalists should have been able to pick the song they wanted from the bunch of songs not the viewers.

  32. I missed the big brouhaha of the choir! Even with Jordin’s manufactured tears, there wasn’t a big can’t-stop-myself-from-clapping moment.

  33. On the subject of Jordin and her phoniness, it sorta rubbed me wrong twice this evening when Blake graciously offered her to go first and she was like “Ohmygod, NO” I mean she didn’t say that, but that’s how I took it. Then, I’m sorry, the crying during the coronation song just made me definitely vote Blake because it felt too Disney for me. I’m not doubting she may have actually FELT it, but it was just icky.

    Still, she’ll make the perfect American Idol. She’s perfect to mold.

  34. Someone wrote on the ‘scary boards’ that Jordin should have been made to beatbox. Now THAT would have been funny! :laugh_tb:

  35. My recap:
    I think Blake just won American Idol. Simon clearly wanted him to.
    Round 1
    1st: Blake à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“You Give Love a Bad Nameà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  by Bon Jovi

    Just as good as the first time. Showed his uniqueness. Flat on the vocals though. Randy pointed out that he was flat in some places. Simon loved it and later on he said it was the best performance of the night.

    2nd Jordin: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Fighterà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  by Christina Aguielera
    Jordin chose a contemporary song and seemed nervous. I liked the beginning and end of it but parts in the middle were shrieky . Randy thought it was stellar and so did Paula. Simon felt it was shriek in the middle and said if people are voting based on votes Jordin will win and based on performance Blake will win.
    Round won goes to Blake according to Simon
    Round 2
    1st Blake: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“She Will Be Lovedà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  by Maroon 5.
    Blake did a nice job with this. He hit most of the high notes and it was relaxing and soothing. However it was not a finale song and did not show enough of his skills off. Randy and Paula liked it once again but Simon was disappointed he chose that and didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think it was his best.
    2nd Jordin: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Broken Wingà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  by Martina McBride
    A flawless performance. Beautiful. All three judges loved it and Randy called it better than the original. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ , Simon said. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Was goodà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ .
    Round 2 goes to: Well, since Simon is pimping Blake he did not even bring it up, but it clearly goes to Jordin.

    Round 3:
    Blake à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“This is My Nowà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  by two guys
    Blake did not do terrible, but clearly he was out of his comfort. However, in order to win American Idol you have to sing a ballad properly. Sorry, thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just a pre-rec. Randy said it was à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Aià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ghtà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ . Paula loves him. Simon said we canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t judge him on that because ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not his style. Whatever.
    Jordin à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“This is My Nowà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  by those same two guys.
    Wow. Emotional. The best vocal all year by her. She did not shriek, scream or anything like that at all. She even cried at the end and I was crying along with her and her parents at the end. Randy said this is what the competition is all about. Paula is irrelevant, but of course she loved it. Simon said last week he felt she did not deserve to be in the finals, but said now he is wrong. He said she blew Blake out of the water on that song.
    Round 3 goes to: Jordin
    Who Randy wants to win: Jordin
    Who Simon wants to win: He says Blake is the best performer, Jordin is the best singer. So clearly he wants Blake.
    Who Paula wants to win: Irrelevant.
    Who should win: JORDINWho will win (unfortunately): BlakeThink about it this way- The winner gets This Is My Now released as their single. So, whoà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s version do you want to hear? I say Jordin hands down. The only reason she wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t win is becauseà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ well letà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not go there this time. However, if you have ever struggled with your weight or dealt with racial oppression please vote for Jordin to right all these wrongs.

  36. I am not ashamed to admit that I cried during Jordin’s version of “This Is my Now”

  37. Jordin was amazing. Blake showed his weaknesses. I’m bored with him. I could never listen to any song of his more than once.

    In AI4 and AI5, I preferred the singer to the entertainer. Same thing is true again this year. I could buy a Jordin CD and listen to it again and again.

    I realize that this is the definite minority opinion here but there it is. I can understand what you all like in Blake. He is entertaining. He’s just not all that, for me.

  38. vote for jordin to right all the wrongs of racism and weight discrimination?

    are you on crack?

  39. I once had a stutter, so I’m voting for the beatboxer…. :tongue_wink_ee:

  40. and for the record jordin had plenty of bum notes during that final song.

  41. Jordin winning AI will right all the wrongs of racial oppression? wow!

    ETA: lol longsong

  42. i missed those two other black winners of AI. but maybe the third time is the charm for curing racism.

  43. pleeze, not the racial, blue state/red state thing again. Puhleeze.

  44. Did randy really compare a 17 year old to Martina McBride and said she was better? What is he smoking. His Jordin pimping was nauseating.

  45. Also, singing a note in tune should be in Blake’s comfort zone and if it isn’t he does not deserve to win. Even if he hated the song, it is not that hard to sing in tune, and he was flat the whole time.

  46. Well, I’m typing with one finger and dialing with the other, cause I’m getting busy signals on Blake’s 05 line.

    I didn’t care who won until they screwed Blake with that damn song. I mean, I WANTED him to win, but I didn’t care, because I know he’ll be fine whatever. But this is, like, bragging rights at this point. This is to stick it to them for basically being like, “thanks for playing Blake, but let’s face it – you’re way out of your league.”

    He’s not out of his league. I want him to win tomorrow. Let’s go Team Plaid…MOBILIZE!!

  47. Was that like THE worst coronation song ever? Gag,gag, a thousand gags, it is inhumane to make anybody record that piece of carp.

  48. yeah, I thought the fix was in for Carrie that year. She was a deserving winner, but Bo was as good or better.

  49. folk:
    Are you the same folkgirl from last year?
    We had a couple of conversations back then, if I’m not mistaken.
    You seem – if you are, indeed, YOU, so , well, kind of bitter now.

    Are you okay? Or am I just wrong-headed, as usual?

  50. I thought Jordin did great on the ballad because that’s her type of song. Melinda would have killed it, too. Blake didn’t stand a chance. I wish he could have ended with YGLABN instead of it.

    I would have liked Blake to do a different song for his 2nd one but he did it well. Jordin also did well on Broken Wing but thought she was a little screachy. I wish just once the judges would bring up her breathyness (?). I noticed it again on the coronation song.

    I think Jordin will win but a lot of that is because the finale was unfairly slanted to the big singers. Last season the songs were different and Kat was the one who had trouble with hers. Unfortunately for Blake, the thing was so setup for a Jordin win that even if he does win he’ll lose. :annoyed_tb:

  51. Why all the gripes about the coronation song? Wasn’t this a fan chosen song?

    I didn’t think it was awful. Not great, but not that bad.

  52. not bitter….annoyed yes….i like people who have knowledge and comment.

  53. Since my girl was voted out last week, I did not have a horse to vote for. I was watching only to catch a glimpse of Taylor. My thoughts…

    Jordin: Good voice and only 17 to boot, who woulda thunk it. For *me* she is too shrieky and hate hearing her take those breaths while singing. Several bum notes.

    Blake: Good performer, lacking in vocals tonight, but for once I did enjoy his first song. Singing to me was *stale*, flat. Don’t think he put his heart into the last song, makes ya want to go hmmmm eh?

    Would buy neither cd from either of these two. Show was lackluster, boring and there definitely was not a *wow* moment in the bunch.

    Chris, there he was in all his eyeliner glory.

    Taylor, was that you in the nose bleed section showing people to their seats?

    Winner? Jordin. If the singing did not do it for her tonight, then the tears at the end will.

  54. I forgot to mention that I loved seeing Chris Daughtry tonight. My tivo cut off early (pet peeve – why doesn’t Fox just book the extra 5 minutes instead of messing it up for people who record?. Maybe they’re being evil because they want us to watch it live, lol) but was able to go back and see it. At least I was happy about that. :clap_tb:

  55. This has been a really disappointing season so I should have expected tonight’s show to be a real downer. And Randy is the northern end of a horse going south. I cann’t believe that buffoon would compare Martina’s version of Broken Wing unfavorably with Jordin (and she’s only 17). And I agree that the coronation song was made for Jordin; it has been obvious that Lythgoe was a Jordin fan. How could anyone in his right mind assign this song to Blake. Surely out of all those songs, there was one that was suitable for him. Jordin may win the vote but I think Blake will emulate Chris Daughtry and come away with the real prize.

  56. I think Blake will emulate Chris Daughtry and come away with the real prize.

    Trying to imagine Blake in guyliner…. :ponder_tb:

  57. I wished they would have been able to choose 2 different songs ,like last year they did .

  58. Thanks longsong I am a long time lurker .This is a wonderful blog .

  59. I actually preferred Blake’s version! Jordin is just way to shrieky. Blake’s was more subtle. If he could’ve added just a bit more emotional *oomph* to it, it would have been better.

  60. You’re right, Folk. I should shut up because I have not listened to – though I could not help but follow – the whole season. I was just surprised at the singing on this final performance show.

  61. No need to shut up, Crazymomelon! It’s not you….

    You’re just providing a different take, is all!

  62. Trying to imagine Blake in guylinerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    DON’T DISTRACT ME, longsong!! I’m trying to DIAL here!! If I start imagining Blake AT ALL, my dialing’s going to pay for it!

  63. ….I actually think he would look pretty good…. :kiss_tb: Oops! Too much!

  64. The coronation song was indeed carp, and having them both sing it was completely unfair to Blake. To his credit, he did better on it than some (whose name will not be mentioned!) have done. Jordin’s emotional reaction was typical of a 17-year old (did you know she’s only 17?), though and will certainly get her mega votes from tweens and teens who will still be weeping as they vote.

    Highlight of the evening was Daughtry. Seeing him up there a year later, knowing how well he (and others from past seasons) have done makes me proud to be a fan of this “cheesey” show! Watching the season six kids in the audience as they watched the video and Daughtry made me cry. It was all right!

    I predict a Jordin win. Sorry Team Plaid.

  65. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.I actually think he would look pretty goodà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦. :kiss_tb:Oops! Too much!

    Guyliner is one thing…but the lips?! I don’t want to have to fight him for the gloss!!

    ….meanwhile…one finger dialing continues….

  66. I have watched every season of American Idol from night one, Season One, to this night, Season Six, so I think I à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“qualifyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  to comment.

    I will say, again, this has been my least favorite season. I found it mostly uninteresting, and this is partially due to the talent, partially due to following the best season ever, and probably a little burnout for me for this show.

    Tonight was, again, unexceptional, unless one counts the worst coronation song ever. Leave it to Idol to almost never getting this one right.

    I really like both of these final two kids — Blake and Jordin. They seem sweet, genuine, and talented. I will never buy any music of theirs, nor will I follow their careers as I have Idol contestants past. But I wish them success.

    It was sad to see the outlandish pimping of Jordin, but there you have it. They will NOT have another Taylor if they can possibly help it.

    Final comment. Could Chris Daughtry have worn, maybe, a bit MORE eye makeup? I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think he had enough. He approached à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“A Clockwork Orangeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  but didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t quite get there.

  67. Dang! Dialing away and STILL not making a dent in DialIdol! You’d think this redial button would make SOME impression!

  68. Man, that craptacular song was extra crappy and did favor Jordin. I’m sure even though people voted on the song TPTB still did what they wanted.

    Hmmmm, I wonder what Jordin would sound like singing All Mixed Up by 311?

  69. I am wondering why they didn’t do any home crowds ?You know where they show people back home cheering for their guy/gal?
    Loved seeing them last year (never saw a full season before then )

  70. I don’t understand the judges lavishing praise on Jordan. I hate hate hate the tone of her voice & it makes me cringe when she attempts the big notes. I have never heard Jordan sing one single solitary song where I thought “good job”. I really love Blake & would buy his music but probably not the crappy Idol CD that he would be forced to put out if he wins. While I want Blake to win because he is far superior to Jordan, I really want Blake to lose so his first CD will be one I want to buy. Go Team Plaid!!! or please lose Team Plaid!!! Braggin rights vs a good CD??? I am sooo torn :surrender_tb:

    & p.s… Blake did not do a bad job on the final song. He was done in by the background singers. Anybody notice when they came in they were in a whole different key?

  71. For some reason the producers decided not to do the home crowd thing this season. Wonder if it was maybe as lopsided this year as last year? Hmm….

    I have to admit, tonight’s show seemed a little ordinary. Maybe it was the lack of choir, maybe it was the lack of home crowd, maybe it was the lack of Melinda, I don’t know…

  72. Dang! Dialing away and STILL not making a dent in DialIdol! Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d think this redial button would make SOME impression!

    Maybe if you focused a little more on REDIALING faster and a little less on Blake’s Clinique collection…. :tongue3_tb:

  73. Putting the coronation song in context….

    For anyone who didn’t vote for the coronation song, you can still go to the Idol site and listen to what we had to choose from. We were able to rate all of the songs on a scale of 1 to 10. I remember rating “This is My Now” at around a 7 or 8 and thought it was a good but not great song. Many of the other songs got a 1 or 2 from me. So keep in mind that the winning song merely had a higher rating than the other songs we had to choose from and may have even “won” with a relatively low rating number. Also, when you hear the demo of the song by the male singer, you would think that Blake could still do a pretty good job with it.

  74. I have gotten in 160 votes for Blake but unless the West Coast comes on strong for him Jordan is running away with it.

  75. Hope so, winstonsgirl.

    And I agree, bamatt. The main quality of Jordin’s voice seems to be shrieking. I remember once I was in an antique mall, and I could hear this annoying music coming from a far away speaker. Turns out it was Linda Ronstadt. Ever since then, I don’t like that quality in a voice.

  76. I only heard one song of the 20 that would remotely favor Blake. There was also one I could hear Melinda doing, but the rest were sloppy, sodden messes.

  77. Right back at ya, longsong :tongue1_tb:

    PS – I’m sorry to report that the 05 line is wide open…

  78. Not sure what the song Rickey had on his myspace was but I liked that one .

  79. They have had them sing the same song 4 out of the 6 seasons. They only seasons they didn’t sing the same song was season 2 and season 5. Perhaps because they were afraid of head to head singing comparisons in those seasons?

    It’s nothing unusual that Idol picks the song to suit the winner they want. It happens every year. It just depends on what side of the fence you are on if you think it is fair or unfair.

    Best part of the night for me was Melinda’s bitchface during Jordin’s last song. Priceless.

  80. Wow…that was a disappointing final 2 night. I didn’t feel an overwhelming amount of pimping for Jordin until the carptastic coronation song. Put me on the list of people wondering why contestants are never allowed to choose their own song in the style they’re actually likely to produce. Since it is, you know, sort of important.

    If only Blake could have finished with one of his other two songs. I felt so sorry for him with the last one, it was just wrong wrong wrong. He may not have a perfect voice, but I love his musical taste and have enjoyed most of his full length mp3s far more than any of the others. Jordin, while talented, for me is just another glory note singer, and there are tons of them out there. I’ve never enjoyed the timbre of her voice nor her singing style, and it REALLY irked me when she started crying at the end of the coronation song. It was as if she were already singing it after winning on finale night.

    You haven’t won yet Jordin. I hope. Go Team Plaid! :)

    ETA – longsong – I think the home packages of crowds are only on the finale night? Maybe we’ll see them tomorrow…

  81. The original demo of “This is My Now” is so much better than both Blake’s and Jordin’s version.

    Were Constantine and Kathie Griffin the biggest celebs there? LMAO

    Is it just me or did I see Justin Chambers of Grey’s Anatomy and his kid holding a Jordin sign? And the Kodak was filled by ex-contestants! Sheesh!

  82. True, Jordin is from the southwest, but not with the population of Seattle, San Fran, and LA. I just have a feeling the left coast will favor Blake. Maybe I am delusional.

  83. Blake usually gets a push from the west coast, I think. *crosses fingers* He’s dropping further and further behind on DI.

  84. Not sure what the song Rickey had on his myspace was but I liked that one.

    If you mean Rickey.org and not myspace, he posted several songs. “This is my Now” was posted and he gave it a 6, his second highest score. Many of the posters commented on all the songs. :-)

    http://www.rickey.org/?p=3365

  85. Don’t know how to quote on here .It was at Rickey the one who spoils for AI and CI .Let me see if he still has it up or not .

  86. voting for blake for team plaid!

    JUST GOT HOME FROM DAUGHTER’S SCHOOL PROGRAM!!!

    Best of luck to Blake and Team Plaid!

  87. Seraphina, this is from MJ’s spoilers, I took it to mean that they wouldn’t do the homecoming thing, I could be wrong. I don’t remember if in past seasons it was on the Tuesday show or the Wednesday show. Anywho:

    There will be no hometown parties. The original plan was to have them, but the producers thought otherwise and cancelled them.

  88. For the record Carrie Underwood also started crying at the end of her last song during Season 4 final 3.

  89. Okay, could tonight’s show be anymore boring. And to add insult to injury, they bring back Chris to remind us of what a great season last season was. Chris had me sitting there realizing how good all the men were in their own way last year.

    This season just seemed real strange to me. Even the judges comments sound like they were trying to justify something. I don’t know, but tomorrow’s results will be interesting. I really feel Blake will win.

  90. DI only counts votes where subscribers are using their system to vote. I think somebody said that’s a small percentage of the overall voting population. I also heard that they had not been that accurate this year. I’m a west coaster and plan to vote for Blake but will be calling in, not text messaging and not using DI.

    I think the tweens and teens will vote for Jordin but Blake will capture the rest, plus he’ll pick up some Melinda fans. It’s definitely a horse race.

  91. Blake is a west-coast boy. I bet the gap narrows later.

    And Jordin is a west-coast girl. He has no chance but I kindasorta think he purposefully tanked it…esp. that last song.

    And yay! seeing Chris again although I wanted him to open his eyes b/c the eyeshadow thing was a bit…too much.

    Didn’t Blake have guyliner on for YGLABN? It looked that way to me…

  92. Elliott and then Chris both sang with their eyes closed .I wonder why ?Hoping that Taylor won’t on Wednesday .
    Noticed a lot of x-idols in the crowd also .

  93. he still has it up its called My Chance

    Ah I also liked that song when I heard it. But it never made the top 20 so it wasn’t one we could vote on.

  94. Didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Blake have guyliner on for YGLABN? It looked that way to meà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Excuse me while I regress to fangirly mode to say…

    ohhhhhhhh yeah he did. and it was HOT.

    *sigh*

    (back to dialing)

  95. Seraphina, this is from MJà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s spoilers,

    Ah, sorry longsong, I just read it. I stayed away from that thread so as not to be spoiled for tonight. What a strange decision not to have them. Wonder if it really is because there’s overall less excitement this year?

    To be honest I won’t miss them. The camera so often cuts away to the hometown reaction after the winner is announced, and we end up missing chunks of the live contestant’s reaction.

  96. Don’t blame the coronation song! It is always crappy and always a ballad.

    I’m sorry Team Plaid, but Blake doesn’t sing with any emotion. Everything sounds the same. He can beat box and be entertaining, but he can’t interpret a lyric.

    Jordan may not be pefect but she can definitely emote.

  97. I wished we could have voted for My Chance .I didn’t vote for any of the ones they left for us .Because I didn’t like them .

  98. The pimping of “17” tonight was sickening. Too bad we can’t get rid of the judges especially on finals night.
    As to Simons comment about it being a singing contest..bullpucky…the best singer went home last week.
    Blake was set up with that ear bleeding song , he’s toast.

  99. I planned on voting for Blake tonight.

    But after seeing the performances, I’m voting for Jordin. The judges are right.

  100. Kind of glad this season is over .I hope they learn for next year .
    Show back stories ,and lets have people who were cooks or cleaners and the like .

  101. Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t blame the coronation song! It is always crappy and always a ballad.

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sorry Team Plaid, but Blake doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t sing with any emotion. Everything sounds the same. He can beat box and be entertaining, but he canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t interpret a lyric.

    Jordan may not be pefect but she can definitely emote.

    I agree to a point, but I think it’s all in how your audience interprets it too. Like, for me? Jordin’s emoting is overly theatric. She’s GREAT at it, don’t get me wrong – but I feel like I’m watching a Broadway show every time she sings one of the belting ballads, which is her niche.

    For Blake? He gets into it with spunk when he’s doing something more uppity and fast, something he can groove with. THAT’s where his emotion shows up, where he gets into it. It’s not in the ballady type. I love him for that.

  102. Frogpond: Thanks for the link to “My Chance”! That would have been an EXCELLENT song for Blake. Curses!

  103. I listened to Jordin with my eyes closed on Broken Wing. She sounded great. I also thought the This Is Now song wasn’t that bad. Better than last year’s crap for sure. Seeing Chris was great (eyeliner and all).

  104. Longsong you are welcome I know it would have been a great song for him .Oh well TPTB get their wish

    My Chance the name is better than This is my now which to be honest sounds corny .

  105. Cricket: A few minutes into the show, I was thinking a drinking game would be good for anytime the judges alluded to anything having to do with Jordin’s age. Turns out a drink for the number “17” would have been plenty adequate. :flush_tb:

  106. Kylene: To me Jordinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s tears seem manufactured. Fake, fake, FAKE.

    Well, again…I smell another Broadway Idol. Which isn’t a bad gig for her, really. She’s suited for it. Except – ugh – I don’t want to watch her cry all night tomorrow. I’d rather watch Blake’s dad.

    DARN IT!! Why didn’t he think of that earlier!! He should’ve pulled the crying pops card WEEKS AGO!

    Saving grace? Pointy poses tomorrow night. We darn well deserve them after this. If Blake has to go solo with the schmaltz tonight, the rest of them better endure it for us tomorrow.

  107. I’m a little mystified why the guy (Blake)with the most original song arrangements overall this season was so stumped by the coronation song. To me, he was flat and emotionless. That hasn’t been the case with other ballads he sung this season. Personally, I think he pulled a “Bo Bice” and doesn’t really want to win. Bo stated after the Season 4 finale that he was relieved not to win. Of course, since he made the top two, Blake’s gonna be stuck with whatever 19E dishes out.

    By the way, did y’all know Jordin’s only 17! :jittery_tb:
    (I couldn’t resist.)

  108. oh carp…now my boy Joey just placed runner up on DWTS.

    Man, two boys, two losers. I sure know how to pick ’em!!! :wallbash_tb:

    (Just kidding, Blake…you’re totally a winner!!)

  109. Kylene, your absolutely right. I’m a Broadway addict (as well as an AI addict)and that is probably why I like Jordan so much. I also agree that Blake is great when he’s doing something upbeat, what I call Blake-style. But, if thought all along that he would have trouble with the coronation song because ballads just aren’t his thing.

    In a way, it a really bad pairing for the final. They are so diametrically different that, IMO, it’s hard to say that one is better than the other.

    I’m sure that Jordan will go on to a big broadway career, and Blake will be equally successful in pop.

    BTW, I don’t think that Blake was really in it to win it tonight. If he was, he would have let Jordan sing first. Probably a good decision on his part. She is better suited to be manipulated by the producers than he is.

  110. Maybe Jordan’s tears were fake but isn’t that what performing is all about.

  111. Yeah, but dawgbees, it seems Bo has completely disappeared! Not that I think winning this thing would be GOOD for Blake, necessarily, but…

  112. Xo, you were totally wrong about the pimpage. :)

    Blake’s performance of the coronation song was so tongue in cheek in a subtle way. I’m voting for him harder for it.

  113. Update – 05 lines are getting busy again…did voting just open for a new time zone?

  114. Jordan may not be pefect but she can definitely emote.

    Yes Jordan can definitely emote one hec of a shriek. Ear splitting in fact. I will give her that.

  115. I think they were fairly close on the first round, and then Jordin pretty much slaughtered Blake on the second and third.

  116. Blakes vocals were so flat on the coronation song. And I really like Blake, but Jordin out sang him tonight by a mile.
    I really wanted him to change up YGLABN but he didn’t and that kinda dissapointed me.
    DAUGHTRY! needed more close ups of Joey Barnes.

  117. Jordin’s phone lines haven’t been this busy since Country Night. It’s gotten much busier in the past 15 minutes or so. Hardly getting through now at all.

    What happened on DWTS?

  118. Re: the cornation song being written for Jordin —

    You could say that last years cornation song was written for Kat, cheesy ballad – probably was, but she didn’t win.

    Just another perspective.

    In my best Rod Stewart impersonation: ‘will that be allowed?’

  119. As far as the coronation song being unfair to Blake, it isn’t exactly like they sprung this on them as a new thing this season. “This year you guys for the first time ever are going to have to sing a sappy maudlin song to celebrate your Kodak (theatre) moment”. You knew the job was dangerous when you took it Blake. You try to win Idol, you are going to have to wallow in some cheese, no matter how cool you may be.

  120. On the fly:

    Blake
    First off, what the hell? You win the coin toss and blithely give the pimp spot to Jordin? Maybe you have figured out that not winning is the better deal. You get a contract and have way more time to craft your album. And have way more FUN.

    You Give Love a Bad Name – A bit off key at the beginning; smoothed out and rocked it out. Very good performance. Crowd loved it as did the judges. NB, I still think there are weird things going on with the audio this year.

    She Will Be Loved – Good song choice; nice job baby; he could be invited into Maroon 5 on this one. Crowd loved it. But at this moment I am not seeingt the fire in the belly like last week. But he is a cool cat, so we shall see how it goes with the 3rd song.

    This Is My Now – Nice resonance at start. Singing lower than usual. He must have read MCL’s critique saying he should take advantage of that part of his voice. Good GOD – the backup singers suck. Blake was emoting, but that song just wasn’t very good.

    Jordin

    Fighter – She’s rocking it, but screeching a bit through. She looks troubled? Crowd likes it. Her singing was better than her performance though.

    A Broken Wing – A bit shaky on start. She is doing a tender treatment. I like it. Yelling now, ruining the mood for me. Crowd loved it and so did the judges.

    This Is My Now – Hmm. Going back to Kelly / Justin singing the same song in the final. Shaky start – screeching, but hit some strong notes. Having more trouble with the more subtle parts. Crying at the end. May have shredded her voice. All the judges think she wins.

    Interesting that the judges didn’t take note of the coin toss nor did they ask Blake why he was so “safe”.

    Did anyone else think the show was rushed?

  121. Okay, I figure I got in about 500 votes for Blake and now I must bid you all adieu. Best of luck to Blake, DI’s been wrong before!

    I predict that in 4 to six months Weird Al Yankovich will come up with a parody of the AI Season 6 coronation song and entitle it, “This is My Cow”. Any takers?

    G’night!

  122. Actually, I think Blake outsung Jordin in terms of pitch. He had less bad notes. She was sharp and flat.

  123. Man, this show bummed me out. I hate seeing someone as innovative and talented as Blake basically get ripped on for not being cheesy and conforming. He’s going to be the biggest fan favorite on tour and sell a shitload of CDs, I’m sure of it. I thought the judges were a bit out of line tonight. Randy wants Jordin to win so badly its sickening. I have nothing against the girl, I love her, I just wish it were fair.

  124. kylene,
    I’m not getting thru very much on the 05 line. It depends on your location. I’ve probably only gotten in maybe 20-25 votes. the rest of the time, his lines are busy.
    Texas must be voting for Blake;)

  125. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s going to be the biggest fan favorite on tour and sell a shitload of CDs, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sure of it.

    You just made me happy. Whether he wins or not, I’ll still be seeing him from the front row. And it’s not really gonna matter, is it?

    *still dialing*

    ETA: Thanks for the update, Scooter. I knew I liked Texas. ;)

  126. I don’t give a hoot who wins tonight, but Jordin just blew Blake out of the water vocally. No contest. Period.

  127. Actually, I think Blake outsung Jordin in terms of pitch. He had less bad notes. She was sharp and flat.

    Blakes whole last song was flat basically. His first performance was shakey in the middle as well.
    My family was cracking up at DAUGHTRY! and their rock poses while singing a soft ballad.

  128. Lol that made me laugh that Ryan said that Jordin has been consistent with her song :thumbdown_tb:.
    she did have some off weeks.

    I think that Blake did well on YGLABN and She Will Be Loved.
    Jordin did good at Broken Wing.
    The winner song :sick_ee: neither did good at it what a sappy disgusting song.
    I threw some votes for Blake,hope he wins :clap_tb:

    {quote}Randyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s outfit tonight reminded me of Michael Jackson.{quote}lol I said that also.

  129. Jordin was absolutely outstanding tonight! I’m not wild about her first song, but she was flawless on the next two.

    Know there is lots and lots of time left for voting, so anything can happen.

    I actually liked Blake’s second song better than his first. And I think that he has a really, really nice personality – laidback and just all-around nice. I prefer it when he just sings straight, but it’s also the way I prefer last year’s winner to sing – you know – what’s-his-name, Tyler Hicks. :)

  130. Well the Jordin pimp was certainly evident tonight. That coronation song sucks big time, not quite as bad as Inside Your Heaven, but no wonder its gonna be download only. The coronation song is always a chick song, always cheesy. Jordin did a pretty good job with it, hated Fighter, ok on Broken Wing. Loved the first 2 of blakes, felt sorry for him on the last one. This year for some reason, Randy has gotten more distasteful to me then Simon. I guess his duds were to showcase his “tv show” coming up about hip hop dancers. Do we get to see him dance on it? If so, I might watch it to get a laugh.

    The reason so many ex idols were in the audience is the TV Guide channel did a 2 hr preshow special and a lot of them were on it, plus several of this years group.

    Jared Cotter from top 24 this year got his own tv show on the Fuse channel at 6pm evenings. I havent watched it but looked it up in the satellite guide, and it seems to focus on a musical group each time. Pretty good job for someone who didnt make top 12 even.

    Kellie P dad is in jail again for stealing old cars to junk.

    Daughtry looked tired and over made up.

    I watched DWTS, and Clay Aiken did a comedy bit with Jimmy Kimmel.

    Will watch the finale, but buy no music from this years singers, or follow their career like I have done every year in the past. Bet my house will be a lot cleaner lol

  131. Did Ryan state that the coronation song would be download only? Guess i missed that if that’s the case.

  132. WVIdolfan,
    I watched bits and pieces of DWTS cause House wasn’t on tonight! Can’t stand the judges. I saw a smidge of the clip with Jimmie Kimmel-was that Clay in the outfit?

  133. Blakes whole last song was flat basically. His first performance was shakey in the middle as well.

    Relisten Jordin’s three performances.

    He had less bad notes if you count all three songs.

  134. Ok, I’ve done all I can. I’m giving it up to the West Coast Team Plaid now, I’ve gotta go to sleep.

    This is our now, Team Plaid.

    *vomits a little at the cheeziness of that statement*

    Good luck everyone!

  135. I am actually happy that Blake won’t be winning this whole thing.
    I don’t think he was really into it like last week.

    Last week he had the fire in his eyes to do well, tonight he had more like a whatever attitude. He didn’t care. I don’t blame him.

    Good thing now he won’t have to promote that crappy single. Yaay.
    He will be more free to do his own music.
    I can’t wait for his album to hit the stores. I am sure he will do really really well. Go Blake!

  136. Well, it’s probably all been said but here are my random thoughts:

    Jordin consistant? Not so much
    Jordin crying on cue at the end? Totally expected it. Didn’t like it any more than I liked her phoney crying the last time.
    Jordin was way behind the beat on that Christina song – she cannot do up tempo.
    Blake’s first song was good again. The second I thought he sang well, but it wasn’t the best choice for a night when you’ve really got to hit it out of the park.

    That coronation song? Who’s version was crappier? Who cares. That is a shitty song.

    I voted a lot for Blake, but it was probably fruitless. I don’t think Frank Sinatra himself could have beaten Jordin’s expertly timed pageant tears.

  137. General:

    1. Did they cut off the begining? We didn’t get to see Ryan do his usual schtick where he pretends that there is nobody there and then they turn up the house lights and the audience explodes.

    2. Oh, I can’t believe that Ryan went with the b*tch joke. Gah!

    3. I thought Jordin got to bypass the line-up because she won a contest. Why are they implying that she stood in the rain?

    4. Blake’s hair has improved ten-fold since those auditions.

    5. Poor Paula looks terrible. You go girl.

    6. Wow! They are really framing this as the performer vs. the singer. Have they ever done that before?

    7. How old is Jordin, anyway?

    8. I can’t believe they made them sing the coronation songs back-to-back. That’s kind of boring for us.

    9. What? Where is the AI choir? It doesn’t feel like a final 2 performance without the choir. First no Clive. Now no choir. Let them out of their box Nigel!

    10. Did they silence the crowd during the death real? Last year they cheered when they saw their favourites. Maybe the crowd couldn’t see the screen either behind those freakin’ grandstanding guitarists. I like it better when they focus on the contestants.

    Performances:

    1. Blake – “You Give Love a Bad Name” – I think that the vocals were better than the last time, but it wasn’t as exciting. I wish he would have mixed it up a bit. He even did exactly the same thing with the mic stand as he had done before. The crowd goes WILD. It is an energetic performance to start off the show. The drummer could have dressed up a bit. It looked weird with Blake dressed up and the other guy in a hoodie.

    2. Jordin – “Fighter” – This is one wordy song. I think Jordin does a great job with the emotion and the glory notes are fantastic. She lost control of the song a bit during the wordy parts, but owned it at the end. The crowd goes WILD. Simon does not appear to like Jordin.

    3. Blake – “She Will be Loved” – This is totally in the wrong key. It is giving him nothing but trouble. That was a whole lot of out of tune notes (flat). I think he knows it too. The crowd goes wild. The judges heard something different than I did. When was the last time we had a finals where somebody didn’t start a song while sitting on the floor?

    4. Jordin – “A Broken Wing” – Another song from the floor? Fantastic/lovely begining, but got a bit shouty in the middle. Then she brings it home again for the ending. She is a strong closer. The crowd goes wild.

    5. Blake – “This is My Now”- Starting the song from the monitor frame. That’s a new one. Reverb is in full force. He does not know what to do with himself during glory notes (bopping around…LOL). It started off well enough, but was a complete hot mess at the end. This has got to be the longest 2 and half minutes in his life. Blake’s “My Destiny” redux. The crowd does not go wild. Simon gifts him by saying that this wasn’t his type of song, so the voters should judge him on his first two songs.

    6. Jordin – “This is My Now” – This is how you belt a coronation song. The crowd goes wild. I hope she gets to sing this on the tour…because Blake shouldn’t. Randy doesn’t normally declare a winner, IIRC.

    Round 1: Blake
    Round 2: Jordin
    Round 3: Jordin (by a freakin’ mile)

    Best 2 Performances: Jordin (ABW), Blake (YGLABN)
    Worst 2 Performances: Blake (TIMN), Jordin (F)

    Who Should Win: Jordin (based on performance tonight)
    Who will win: Blake (based on overal originality throughout the competition)

  138. scooter May 22nd, 2007 at 11:54 pm

    WVIdolfan,
    I watched bits and pieces of DWTS cause House wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t on tonight! Canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t stand the judges. I saw a smidge of the clip with Jimmie Kimmel-was that Clay in the outfit?

    Let me see now. 6’1″, pale skinny guy in a blue buttondown shirt and jeans vs 5’3″ semi naked fat 45 year old latino. Nope. I can’t tell the difference either.

    I still say that Jordin is destined to win.

  139. folk
    May 22nd, 2007 at 9:30 pm
    vote for jordin to right all the wrongs of racism and weight discrimination?

    are you on crack?

    **crying**

    OK, I know I’m like 5 pages behind on reading, but I’m trying to entertain myself during my last 36 minutes of voting. Thanks folk! That is the funniest thing I’ve read all day, and pretty much sums up my thoughts on that too.

  140. I was anxious to see the finalists during the boot song, “Home,” but, they showed very few of them. Was that poor editing, or just the fact that they wanted to highlight little d? They did a much better job last year with Daniel Powter, when they showed the contestants in the background. I was so disappointed with that.

  141. Oh, and, that coronation song is horrible, horrible, horrible. One of the worst I’ve heard.

  142. It was disappointing, especially where they placed the guitarist. I believe all the finalists were shown to the audience, but not to us.

    I just cannot believe Randy said that Jordin’s version of ‘A Broken Wing’ was better than the original! I saw Martina McBride in concert and she could wipe the floor with Jordin and her version. Randy lied.

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“This is My Nowà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  wasn’t any better than most of the songs previously presented as the coronation song. Very disappointing Final 2.

  143. Blake is not going to win this.
    He did not have the right songs tonight to do it. and he chose to go first too, i really think he doesn’t care anymore. He already won in my eyes. He will have a great career.

    Last week he was amazing, he had the fire in his eyes. I think tonight he felt in peace with himself and realized he was not going to win any ways. He didn’t had the attitude to win it, i really think he prefers it that way.

    I think he will go on to do better things coming in second. He will be able to do his own music and will be very successful.
    Look how well he did last week with the right songs? The coromation song just did not suit him. He will be OK>
    GO Blake! I will biy your CD! I can’t wait.

  144. undecided-
    I only saw a second of the Kimmel thing-there could have been other people in the clip-I don’t know, I didn’t see it-at all. Have no idea if they danced, etc because I didn’t see it.. Was just asking if that was Clay standing beside him or did he come in later???? I wasn’t paying attention so thought I’d ask if it was him or did he come in after that second I saw? Rereading my question, it did sound dumb if you didn’t realize that i didn’t really see it and wasn’t really paying attention. Was actually painting at the time. My bad!

  145. Wow! They are really framing this as the performer vs. the singer. Have they ever done that before?

    Did you not hear what Randy said in the end? Or maybe he just said it because Jordin outsang Blake..Was Blake the sacrificial lamb for last year?? Hmmm….lol

  146. Grammie Kari
    May 23rd, 2007 at 12:44 am
    I just cannot believe Randy said that Jordinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s version of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹A Broken Wingà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ was better than the original! I saw Martina McBride in concert and she could wipe the floor with Jordin and her version. Randy lied.

    Yeah, Randy was a whole new level of stupid tonight. He made Paula seem coherent.

  147. Yeah, Randy was a whole new level of stupid tonight. He made Paula seem coherent.

    Must have been that jacket he was wearing. Actually, Blake was not getting to much love tonight. The judges seem like they were trying to help him a lot tonight.

  148. think randy was having metal poisoining tonight from all the garb on his top. He wasn’t my favorite this year. He wasn’t his normal self at all. Much moodier and more negative than ever.

  149. scooter May 23rd, 2007 at 12:52 am

    undecided-
    I only saw a second of the Kimmel thing-there could have been other people in the clip-I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know, I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see it-at all. Have no idea if they danced, etc because I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see it.. Was just asking if that was Clay standing beside him or did he come in later???? I wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t paying attention so thought Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d ask if it was him or did he come in after that second I saw? Rereading my question, it did sound dumb if you didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t realize that i didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t really see it and wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t really paying attention. Was actually painting at the time. My bad!

    Sorry, scooter. I think I misunderstood too. He doesn’t dance or wear any kind of costume. It was really funny. You can watch the clip. It’s up on rickey.org

    http://www.rickey.org/?p=3652

  150. Very disappointed.

    Blake should have beatboxed the coronation song. That was his only chance. But he played it straight.
    I couldn’t believe it.

    I guess, he’ll never have to sing THAT song again.

  151. Was watching our local fox news here in Tulsa, and they had short interviews of several of the peeps from this season.

    Lakisha and Melinda were really cute. Lakisha talked about how from the start everyone thought the season would come down to her and Melinda, and instead they came out 3rd and 4th. Lakisha then said *America, you may get it wrong, I don’t know*. hehehe
    Melinda seemed extremely happy with how far she got. Gave shoutouts to her friends in Tulsa etc.
    Brandon and Phil gave a short interview.
    Ace called out to Taylor as he was walking by. Taylor had a blonde with him who was wearing a red tshirt while he had on a grey suit, maybe she is a handler? Taylor and Ace hugged and were really glad to see each other. Forgive me for this fangirly moment, but Taylor looked sooooooooooo HOT. LOL

    Brandon said all of the top 12 were very close.

    Jordin talked to her about the pressure of this week.

    The reporter said she is hearing rumors that it is *Whitney Houston* tomorrow night or *Depeche Mode* (sp? is that the groups name? lol).

    The video should be up later for anyone who wants to see it

    http://www.fox23.com

  152. scooter May 23rd, 2007 at 1:08 am

    think randy was having metal poisoining tonight from all the garb on his top. He wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t my favorite this year. He wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t his normal self at all. Much moodier and more negative than ever.

    I think Randy is working on his hip hop image now. He’s getting ready for the dance contest thingy he’ll be judging.

  153. or *Depeche Mode* (sp? is that the groups name? lol)

    Yup, that’s their name. And if it’s true, that’d be wicked awesome.

  154. Re. clay and the jimmy kimmel bit. Clay was the one with the fake mustache, like he was doing a commercial. Kimmel and some short dude were standing together in their part, clay’s part was solo.

    I watched the tv guide 2 hr preshow with a lot of ex idols but taylor wasnt on it.

    If you think Idol has a patent on filler on their result night shows, you should’ve seen DWTS tonight. 2 hrs to tell who, of 3 couples won. More film then the local theater on a saturday night lol.

    I too think Randy has been different this year. Less used to give some pretty good critiques, now its all schmaltzy stuff. He likes attention and does whatever. I can tolerate simon better and thats saying something.

  155. Thank you Laurel & PJ. I probably would remember their music if I heard it. The reporter said those are just the *rumors* circulating right now (after the show) as to who is going to be the *Prince* suprise this year. Take it with a grain of salt, you know how AI likes to fool everyone.

  156. Nearly everyone here is voting for Blake — I don’t see why this should be a guaranteed win for Jordin. Even Simon thought it was a draw at the end of the day (Simon seemed like he was pulling for a Blake win).

    I’m just not able to picture who is voting their fingers off for Jordin, and Blake has such a huge fanbase.

  157. undecided,
    thanks for posting the link. that was hysterical. loved it:) yep, that was clay. Loved the ‘stache. So Randy will be a judge on the You Think you can dance show? He should get his hair done back like it was when he played with Journey-well, maybe a wig. LOL. And where in the heck was the dawg pound this year. Randy was out of sorts this year and I didn’t like the new Randy. I actually liked Simon better this year. I watched some of last season a few nights ago and Pauler was actually coherent (as coherent as pauler can be) this year.

  158. Some random thoughts…

    I thought when Randy said Broken Wing was better than the original he meant better than the first time Jordin performed it. I was trying to give him the benefit of the doubt.

    I wish the Daughtry guys would have moved out of the way. I wanted to see the video screen.

    I actually liked the cheesy coronation song although I thought the demo was better than either of the versions done tonight. I wonder if Blake had the option to change it up and redo the arrangement to fit his style better. If so, why didn’t he do that? Jordin had a few rough notes in the first part of the song but it was pure gold when she hit the money notes.

    Blake’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” was one of the best performances of the season. But overall, he was no match for Jordin vocally.

    After Jordin’s last song, Ryan told her congratulations. I didn’t go back to check if he told Blake the same thing. :ponder_tb:

    I ended up picking up the phone and voting for Jordin tonight. First time all season I decided to vote.

  159. “This Is My Now” makes “Do I Make You Proud?” seem like an aria by Mozart.

    Criminy.

    Grammi Karl, Lisa, you said it gals.

    Sure, Blake will get a big contract, make recordings, have a career. So might Melinda, though God knows Clive Davis wouldn’t have a clue what to do with her.

    But “AI” is symbolic of something really icky. What I want to know is: a) if one believes Jordin really did get all the votes, all along the way to win this, and b) if that horrible song was also actually voted in by viewers — what does this say about who watched American Idol this season?

    Where were all the people who voted for Taylor? Did they split their votes between other folks? Turn on the show for the first few dismal weeks, then bag out? Not have the manual dexterity to make 100 text calls in five minutes?

    Was last year a complete anomaly? Or is the taste of the cross-generational American public so mediocre, that a bubbly kid with no particular musical identity who can be molded into the next teenybop sensation is really what the majority of pop music fans in this country want?

    I gotta remember a lot of people who play and love music (including Blake, before this season) don’t even tune into the show on principle. And I wish I could just look at is idiotic fun.

    Here’s the deal: I say we really do need what I proposed earlier, which is a genuine, bona fide, fair, high-calibre singing competition, in which talented people can perform their own original songs tailormade to their vocal talents, and not be penalized for versatility, musicianship and maturity (that is, being the decrepit age of 27 or 29 rather than 19).

    Thank god for the Internet, alt radio, and the U.K., and for other sources of good music which actually prize true diversity, showmanship and individuality….

    And Randy! Dawg, will you clean out your ears and your mind, and really listen to “what’s going down” on your show? At least Simon isn’t frothing at the mouth about a kid who’s spent her entire young life in a frantic star search….

  160. Looks like it will be a Landslide victory for Jordin. The Real Questions is, Does Blake Lewis even care. Giving up the chance to go last, and his laid back have no care attitude. Picking a Ballad as 2nd song choice when he knew he had to sing a Ballad for the Song writers contest winner song .He might actually be pissed off if he wins and has to make an IDOL Producers record.

    Does Blake want to win Idol?

  161. Why enter a competition if you don’t want to win it? There is no glory in 2nd place on AI — he will be married to AI producers either way.

    Randy has annoyed me all season. He used to be my favorite judge but he has been totally full of himself this year.

  162. scooter May 23rd, 2007 at 2:31 am

    undecided,
    So Randy will be a judge on the You Think you can dance show? He should get his hair done back like it was when he played with Journey-well, maybe a wig. LOL. And where in the heck was the dawg pound this year. Randy was out of sorts this year and I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t like the new Randy.

    Randy will be judging a hip hop urban style dance reality show. It isn’t “So You Think You Can Dance” but I forget the name of it.

  163. After watching last night my take on this is that Blake wanted to come in 2nd. For whatever reason only he knows but I think he is perfectly happy with 2nd and knows he will get a better deal in the long run than the winner. And he doesn’t have to sing that stupid coronation song again. Once he heard that song he probably said, okay Jordinn go first, I can go flat on songs and not have to sing that song on Wednesday night. Who really wins? Blake for not having to sing that stupid song again.

  164. Where were all the people who voted for Taylor? Did they split their votes between other folks? Turn on the show for the first few dismal weeks, then bag out? Not have the manual dexterity to make 100 text calls in five minutes?

    Can’t speak for other Taylor fans, but I power-voted for Melinda last week. Last night I voted a little for Blake because he looked so defeated, even though I can’t imagine him promoting “This is My Now” as the winner is obligated to do. I just feel like the whole season was a sodden lump of “meh-ness” and don’t really care who wins at this point.

    I think Blake will do better without the winner’s contract. If Clive wants to make money, he’ll let Blake do Maroon 5ish stuff instead of stuffing him in a pop-rock box and everyone will live happily ever after, and I predict Jordin will be off to college in a few years leaving her days as a recording artist behind.

  165. Randy looked, to me, as if he was dressed like a Confederate soldier, which confused me on so many levels.

    This finale was disappointing. I’m hoping tonight’s show is better.

    I’m also really tired of AI running over time. I switched to DWTS and missed Daughtry’s performance. AI should just schedule the show for the amount of time they’re going to use and TELL people!

  166. Randy Jackson to produce hip hop dance reality show

    As reported in our Upfronts coverage, NBC announced that American Idol judge Randy Jackson’s World Moves will be on their 2007-2008 primetime schedule. World Moves is a reality competition series (what else?) which pits hip hop dance teams from around the world against one another. The winning team will be awarded an international touring contract.

  167. Why enter a competition if you donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t want to win it?

    For the minutes/hours/months of TV exposure. Everyone who tries out for AI wants a career in showbiz. The top 10 get a great deal of airtime giving them a tremendous opportunity to jump start their career. Through the years we’ve seen the contestants that can run with it and those who fizzle out.

  168. I don’t think Blake tried to lose but didn’t try to play the game. I think he did the show and remained in it because he kept his own style throughout which worked during the show but not so much in the finale. The order they followed which ended up with them doing that song back to back at the end was his undoing and I’m sure he knew it at the dress rehearsals if not sooner. The show was clearly setup for Jordin to be the winner and they’ll get it. I was annoyed at Simon last night when he said they should judge Blake by only the first 2 songs and then said that Jordin wiped the floor with him on the last song. :annoyed_tb:

    I’m still looking forward to tonight and seeing all of the top 12. It should be fun if they don’t fill it with boring celebrity singers that we don’t care about (can you hear me, Britney?). I also think it will be good for Blake and the others to be able to perform without the judging.

  169. When I sat down to watch last night, I realized that I preferred Blake to win it, altho I called Jordin as TCO back in Top 24. Blake NAILED the first song. Better than he did it the first time, which is not easy to do. When he sang the coronation song, I couldn’t believe they found something that bad. They might as well have handed him “My Destiny.” Then, Jordin sang it, and she was actually able to make it sound like a passable song. Then I realized that I did not want Blake to have to sing that song on every talk show for the next 2 weeks and 50x on tour. It sounded much better sung by Jordin.

    There has been so much discussion over the year in general about whether it is better to win or come in a little lower & maybe having more freedom w/ your CD, like w/ Elliott and Daughtry. Maybe that is the route Blake is taking. I think he got out of Idol what he wanted, and I think Jordin wants the win.

    Just looking forward to seeing Taylor sing Heaven Knows tonight & doing a Sgt. Pepper medley.

  170. I agree calimari. Now I am praying that Blake doesn’t win this.
    I think its a sure bet. I hope.
    I really don’t want him on all TV shows singing that crappy ballad.

    I want him to make a great record, and stay true to himself. He will be much more successful that way.

  171. Maybe Blake will be like Katherine last year – My Destiny was never heard again and SOTR became her signature sound. He may be able to fall back on one of his previous performances if he’s in second but based on past winners,
    they all had to promote the coronation song. No matter how icky.

    I had really thought he would change it up somehow to put his mark on it. Very flat and boring. I don’t think he should have just given up. I would rather he have tried some of his trademark originality, that’s what his fans have been so crazy about all year. I feel like he let them down.

  172. The most annoying part of last night’s show was Randy Jackson. He provided more than enough motivation for on the fence viewers to throw their support to Blake. It’s pretty strange when even Simon is more gracious than Randy.

  173. I have no dog in this fight but i couldnt help but feel bad for Blake last night. He was sabatoged by a song that was so gawd awful that it made DIMYP sound Grammy worthy.

    In the end it will be the best thing to ever happen to Blake. Coming in 2nd isnt bad but coming in first, that can be the kiss of death for an innovative and creative performer like Blake.
    So, to sum it up. Im glad the season is over. I have it tied with Season 3 for the worst and most boring. The coronation song is by far the worst I ever heard and that includes My Destiny and Inside Your heaven. (‘scuse me while I gag just remembering them). Jordin is IMHO gorgeous and ridiculously talented but Blake sure is different and innovative and interesting. Melinda was the hands down winner and possibly the best singer I have ever heard for pure vocals.

    Daughtry’s “Home” is a great song and I love it (yes I have gone to confession for that sin), I will watch Idol as long as its on though probably not with the fanatic frenzy I had always watched prior to this season. DWTS is now my favorite show along with Nashville Star.

    Randy is a jerk for so many reasons this season and if not for Simon, I probably would watch even less than I do. Ryan’s gratuitous use of the word bitch in the opening last night was stupid and juvenile. I hope Blake loses for his sake. It will be a death knell for him if he has to sing that crappy song night after freaking night and in closing…..I believe Blake “threw” the “fight” last night. he went first when he had the opportunity to go in the pimp spot and he sang that dreadful song with about as much emotion as a corpse. Who could blame him. I was about as uncomfortable watching him trying to get through it as I have ever been watching any contestant ever. It was painful. I hope Jordin wins. Its more of a curse than a blessing.

    So I will throw the damp confetti in the air, free the doves and release the balloons about as lethargically as I can and pray for this horrific season to end mercifully.

  174. Wouldn’t it have been better for Blake to come in 3rd instead of 2nd, if he didn’t want the constraints of a winner? Why try so hard to get into the final and then throw it? It seems they would have been aware of the coronation songs from earlier in the season and known what to expect. He had the opportunity to do something very innovative that would have proved his artistry. What a bummer that he didn’t at least try.

  175. Blake was quoted the other day as saying he’d never beatbox to a ballad which makes perfect sense and I doubt they’d have let him mess around with the coronation song since it was a songwriting contest winner.

  176. Smiley, I dont think he knew how bad the coronation song was going to be. He says he had never watched idol before so maybe he didnt have a clue that a song could even BE that bad.

    I think that song through his whole game plan off. He couldnt even pretend to like it. It was just that bad especially for a creative kid like him. Thats JMHO about it all.

    How could they have known about the coronation songs earlier in the season? I thought they recently were chosen and besides, Im not sure he made a clear, coherent choice to “throw” it but it was clear to me that it was maybe the most uncomfortable he had ever been as a performer and I completely understood why. What they did to him was a crime and what they do to all these kids is terrible cause that freaking song stays with them for a long long time.

  177. I found both totally lackluster last night. Nobody had a “shining moment” and nobody stood out as this year’s “It” Factor. For shame, what a waste of a season. I mean really now – America chooses the top two contestants and these two were the best they could come up with? Either America’s seriously lacking talent or the American viewers are just tone deaf. Melinda definitely got robbed – I so missed her last night. And Lakisha. I much rather would have prefered a Melinda/Lakisha final two. Now THAT would have been a vocal battle to watch. Oh well. Bring on next season!

  178. Peeps, I felt that the final song did Blake in.

    What could he have done with the material he had to work with ? but this song was all sap and no beat… there was nothing Blake could possibly have done to save it.

    No wonder he looked like he had a tag worn around his neck that screamed “I hate this song” while he was performing it.

    As for his performance, it was fine. We don’t need a reminder Blake doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have the best singing voice out of the final 4 (or 5 or 6 for that matter), and this was a song meant to highlight vocals, not your ability to entertain. “This is My Now” … SHEEESH, what dreck. Blake was royally screwed by the producers with this song.

    Peeps, there were thousands of songs submitted, why did they choose ONLY ONE SONG out of the thousands to make BOTH Blake and Jordin sing ? Couldn’t they have picked a song SUITABLE to Blake’s style ? This is like forcing Justin Timberlake to sing Nessun Dorma or Pavarotti to song Sexyback.

    At least last season — Kat had a different song and Taylor had a different song. Why couldn’t Blake have been given one better suited to his style ?

    Boooo Producers. They have made sure that Jordin won the night. I’d like to call it rigged but I don’t have no smoking gun proof.

  179. Agreed: Blake is better off being #2 with less pressure. Let us Melinda/LaKisha fans also remember that Mindy said: now I can sing what I love, the way I want, without people voting about it.

    I love contests, but in the end is music one? This has been a bag of apples, grapefruits and mangoes this year, some of them tasty and others meh. Though that “supernova” rock dream show was not my cup of tea, at least everyone was singing the same kind of music to try out for the same band.

    I’m not saying don’t ask folks to sing different kinds of songs. But what Idol is becoming is: do you prefer soul? hip-hop-pop? country? shlock balladry? Whoever can fake it all best wins — providing (post-Fantasia) that they all have lots of TV sex appeal. I mean, none of these people are going to be singing every genre under the sun when they make it back to the real world.

    It’s just silly, when you come down to it, for Blake to have to croon a song he’d never even consider singing in any other context. It was as tailored for Jordin’s over-the top, achy-breaky, breathy high alto as her costume was.

    One little point though: I wonder if Blake had done “I Need to Know” or “Time of the Season” (his two best performances on AI IMO), whether that would have made up for the horrible capper….

    So Simon is quitting after three more years? I imagine that could be accelerated if next year is anything like this one….

  180. Everybody keeps saying YAY!! it will be better for Blake to lose so he can make a better CD but sorry Blake will still be forced to do a crappy Idol inspired CD because he came in 2nd. Remember Bo Bice’s awful CD. It was 100% Idol awful & 0% Bo. I now wish Blake had gone out earlier so his 1st CD would be good. But oh well.

  181. I’m glad for both of them.. Jordin will get her much wanted competition “win” tonite and Blake got the exposure he wanted or needed to further his career.

    btw – Saw ELLIOTT last nite and must recommend, whoever has NOT seen him in concert, they are missing a great time. He sounded even better in person than on record if that is even possible. LOVE HIM!!!

  182. Blake never watched the show before, which I believe. I know his friends who run the Blaker Girls are huge AI fans and have done a great job promoting him. I think he just goes out and does his thing. I don’t think never expecting to make it as far as he did translates into not wanting to win, but I don’t know him. We can all speculate on that, but my theory is he will be happy no matter what the outcome. I hope he can make the record he wants. That remains to be seen.

    And yes, the song was chosen by the fans, but I have to believe there were better songs than the 20 TPTB selected for the fans choose between… they all sucked and suited a belter.

  183. Great recap Mj I hardly need to watch it now.

    No I will, but will know when to cringe so it won’t be as bad.

  184. I didnt get a chance to check in last night. Cecilia got in 130 votes for Blake, and because I love my baby girl and she wanted Blake to win..I spent the 2 hours she didnt get to vote dialing for her.

    I think Jordin will take the title. As every year, I wish all the finalists the best of luck in their careers.

    Hope you all are doing well :)I have missed you this week in chat :)

  185. The winner song was alright. I don’t think it’s as bad as you guys are making it out to be. Also, I thought they both did good last night.

  186. this is, in case we forget sometimes, this is a singing competition, and you just wiped the floor with Blake on that song.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Way to effing contradict yourself, there, Simon. First, make a big deal of Blakeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s performance skills, but then turn around and say it doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t matter. The judges are a bunch of lying liars.

    I’m glad to see you mention this because it really bugged me, MJ.

    I went back and watched Blake’s 1st 2 songs again and they were actually pretty good. I agree about thinking he should have picked a different song. Too bad he didn’t save the Robin Thicke song for last night. Oh well, 2nd place isn’t so bad.

  187. Glad I’m not the only one who felt Blake didn’t want the win. He’s been pimping Jordan for days… saying he’s been pulling for her since the beginning. I am disappointed that Blake didn’t consider his fans when he chose to lose. I’ve spent hours voting for him over the course of this season, and feel like I’ve been duped. Blake is an original. I loved watching him perform. I bought all his AI videos and mp3s. Now, I can’t bear to watch or listen to them.

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