Idol Headlines for 05/23/07

Today’s Idol headlines after the jump…

‘Idol’ Finalists Take Last Turn on Stage

The two “American Idol” finalists took their last turns on stage Tuesday night and crystallized the choice facing viewer voters: the most talented singer or the better entertainer.Blake Lewis, the stylist, and Jordin Sparks, the voice, each performed three songs in front of adoring legions of fans at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood…..

theanddd.com

Game, set, match: Jordin

Maybe it is a singing competition after all.Jordin Sparks will win this year’s “American Idol” crown on tonight’s two-hour finale in part because she simply outsang the competition when it counted….

mlive.com

American Idol: Some People Wait a Lifetime

Hey, were all winners! Paula says so, ergo it must be true!A few notes before the recap:

phillyBurbs blogs

Is the suspense killing you? Me, neither

…As for Tuesday night, I think it was pretty unfairly stacked against Blake. And there’s one reason: “This is My Now.” When it comes to drippy “American Idol” finale songs, that drivel ranks right up there. (My apologies to the overly earnest Seattle songwriters who won that nearly forgotten contest.)Neither one of the finalists could sell it. Blake because he’s about as anti-drivel as they come, and Jordin because she’s clearly never faced a second of the fears and shadows and doubts that pack that craptastic tune’s lyrics…

Kansas.com

American Idol: The ultimate anti-climax

Part one of the American Idol finale was hour long bore fest much like a pornographic film in which the male performer cant pop. Never has anti-climax been so insufferable. The blowfest kept up the season-long tradition of poor production. Half the time Paula Abdul mic wasnt on and the show was plagued by poor lighting, miscues and unbalanced vocal mixes. Youd think after six seasons theyd have this stuff worked out.

The judges clearly stopped giving two sh*ts about this season contestants long ago. Randy Jackson apparently thought it was Beatles night. Meanwhile Paula appeared to have had fresh collagen and botox injections. Simon Cowell seemed like he was dressed for a funeral, which turned out to be appropriate attire….

phillyBurbs.com

Jordin has true talent, not just a gimmick
Teenager has real chance to develop into next big pop star

One of the two “American Idol” finalists is capable of standing out for sheer vocal ability. The other relies on a musical gimmick most thought was mercifully put out to pasture a decade ago….

msnbc.com

Win for Blake would restore ‹Idol as hitmaker
Show needs a pop star, and the Seattle beatboxer can be that star

Who can start a performance of Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love A Bad Name” by channeling Michael Winslow? Who wears cool pants and hip, quasi-retro clothes? Who really is from Seattle and not a ringer flown in from Arizona to audition in the Northwest? …

msnbc.com

What a spark! Jordin has the edge on ‹Idol
Though Blake held his own on the first two songs, Jordin finished stronger

As Blake Lewis showed this week, chivalry is not dead. But it may well have killed his hopes of winning …American Idol…..

msnbc.com

The future of American Idol’s contestants

Regardless of who is named American Idol tonight ‘  Blake Lewis or Jordin Sparks ‘  both of their careers are set. But it is still fun to speculate (semi-seriously) about their futures. While were at it, why not speculate (not so seriously) about the futures of the rest of the Top 12 contestants?…

wacotrib.com

7 memorable moments from Season 6

On ‘AI, ‘ Seattle goes from worst to firstWhile this season’s installment of “American Idol” lacks the buzz, controversy and excitement of previous years, it did produce a handful of memorable moments. Heading into tonight’s big finale, here are some of the more interesting happenings from Season 6…

TwinCities.com

On ‘AI, ‘ Seattle goes from worst to first

Just a little more than four months ago, ‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell declared the show’s Seattle auditions the ‘worst we’ve ever seen.’ Little did he know then that hiding among the less-than-stellar ‘Idol’ wannabes would be season six’s final two contenders – Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks. Here’s how it all went down on Tuesday’s final showdown between the sweet teen and the smooth beat boxer….

TwinCities.com

Beyond ‘Idol’ with dreams intact
Two ex-contestants look past slings and arrows of TV in quest for fame

Antonella Barba says if she had to do it over again, she would not audition for “American Idol.” “I would never choose to go through it again or tell anyone to, ” Barba said in her first in-depth interview since being voted off the show in March. “But I don’t regret it. It’s a TV show. I was a TV contestant getting TV-criticized.” …

nj.com

‘Now’: That’s what I call music for ‘Idol’

“Breathe in the moment ¦”
Jeff Peabody is trying to take the advice of his song, This Is My Now, winner of the first American Idol Songwriter contest……….

USA TODAY

…American Idol: Jordin Sparks …wiped the floor with Blake Lewis

It would take a miracle ‘  or a heck of a lot of fans ‘  for Blake Lewis to win …American Idol tomorrow.Jordin Sparks did what she had to do. She stood there and sang her heart out….

Mercury News

American Idol: Who will it be? Fans on edge awaiting the finale

Another year, another Idol. One of the most oddball seasons in American Idol history comes to an end tonight, but for keen-eyed fans of the show, it may be a little more than an afterthought.

While beat-boxing finalist Blake Lewis makes for a colorful sideshow act, victory seems all but certain for his opponent, cookie-cutter teen queen Jordin Sparks….

The Monitor

WILL ‘IDOL’ CROWN YOUNGEST WINNER EVER?

I’ve beaten the drum for Blake Lewis before, but after Tuesday’s show, it’s hard to imagine anyone but Jordin Sparks walking away with the next “American Idol” crown. Try to remember being 17, if that age is in your rearview mirror. Now try to imagine a talent or skill that you had in which you could go up again adults with more than a decade of experience. Imagine standing toe-to-toe with them, as well as with professionals in that field, week after week with millions watching you, grading your performance, your looks, even your nervousness….

msnbc.com

Crown may be Jordin’s for a song

American Idol’s producers may not have intended it, but the online contest to choose the season’s trophy song may have decided the singing competition as well.
One of the goals of the songwriting contest was to find a fresher song than the tired, clichà ©-ridden power ballads that professional songwriters had foisted on past Idol winners. The winning song, by pastor Jeff Peabody and a member of his congregation, Scott Krippayne, turned out to be a tired, clichà ©-ridden power ballad called This Is My Now that sounded much like all the songs from back then.
And it was a disaster for Blake Lewis….

USA TODAY

2 local men team up, win “Idol” songwriting contest

Even if Blake Lewis isn’t crowned “American Idol” Wednesday night, the Puget Sound area will already have staked a claim to fame on the show, thanks to a Federal Way pastor and a singer-songwriter from Tacoma.Jeff Peabody and Scott Krippayne teamed up to write “This Is My Now, ” the inspirational ballad selected from 25, 000 entries in the show’s first open songwriting competition….

The Seattle Times

American Idol: Almost Over and We Really Don’t Care Who Wins

…So America, your next Idol will be revealed tomorrow. You want our guess? Well since Jordin is obviously the better singer of the two, we have to give the title to: Blake Lewis. (Yeah voters, we know how you operate.)

LAist.com

After final sing-off, Jordin ‘Idol’ fave

Before the third and last song of the night, the “American Idol” judges were of a mind that the title still was up for grabs’ and then Jordin Sparks, all of 17, blew everyone away.
Simon Cowell and Co.’ who have no vote in deciding whether Sparks or rival Blake Lewis, 25, ends up the winner’ couldn’t contain themselves.
“You were the best singer tonight. You deserve it all, baby!” Randy Jackson gushed Tuesday……

The Denver Post

American Idol: Season 6 Finals’ The Final Two

This proud Seattleite must first take an admittedly selfish moment to stick her tongue out at Randy, Simon and Paula. For all the nasty comments they made about our city (even when many of the auditioners werent even from here)’ knowing that both finalists came from the Seattle lot is worth bragging about. So there! Thank you for letting me vent…

TV ENVY

American Idol Songwriter Isnt That Undiscovered After All

Back when the American Idol songwriting competition was first announced, producers hyped it as a search for great undiscovered songwriting talent. In fact, American Idol producer Simon Fuller was quoted in a press release as saying …Having an untapped songwriter create the winner’s single seemed like a natural next step for our show. Not only do the fans pick their American Idol, but also his or her first single. This show has always been, and will continue to be, all about fulfilling dreams.”…..

Reality TV Magazine

Showcase Showdown
”American Idol” music guru Michael Orland hints at a spectacular season finale this Wednesday night, after acknowledging he was puzzled by the judges’ song choices last week

Last week Michael Orland, Idol’s musical guru, predicted he would not be out of a job working closely with Jordin Sparks until the end of the season. But after her less-than-stellar song options last week, we were wondering if Michael spoke a little too soon. He called us today between rehearsals with Jordin to talk about the top two and what we can look forward to for the final showdown…

ew.com

Songwriters strike ‘Idol’ gold
Jordin and Blake will sing ‘This Is My Now’ by a Seattle pastor and a contemporary Christian music artist.

Whoever wins the “American Idol” crown tonight will owe a shout-out to a greater idol.“This Is My Now, ” the original song performed by “American Idol” finalists Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis in their showdown Tuesday at the Kodak Theatre, was written by a Seattle duo: a pastor and a contemporary Christian music artist. The song, which beat more than 25, 000 entries in this season’s online songwriting competition, will be released as the winner’s first single….

calendarlive.com

Cowell quitting Idol

Music mogul Simon Cowell has stunned American Idol fans by revealing he’s quitting the show in three years time.The show’s Mr. Nasty insists he won’t be signing up for more episodes of the talent show after completing the 10th season of the TV phenomenon….

Irish Examiner

Banal ballad may hand Jordin crown

God helps our football teams win (ask any sports fan). And, apparently, He wants Jordin Sparks to win American Idol.How else to explain the genesis of This Is My Now, the original song performed by American Idol finalists Jordin, 17, and Blake Lewis, 25, in their showdown Tuesday night on the final performance show of Idol’s sixth season?…

Miami Herald

American Idol: Why Blake Lewis doesn’t want to win

Blake Lewis does not want to win American Idol and American Idol does not want Blake Lewis to win American Idol. Are we clear?…

Buddy Tv

Tuesday Night’s Idol: Jordin Looks (and Sounds!) Like a WinnerPEOPLE critic Tom Gliatto thinks the last song was the determining factor.

The hour-long performance finale with Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks ended with what I first thought was an incredibly dumb idea: They both were made to perform a soggy new inspirational ballad called “This Is My Now, ” the winning entry in the show’s songwriting contest. But it became the defining moment of the night and maybe the season, showing how an unfamiliar, not terribly distinguished piece of music can be completely transformed from one voice to the next…

People.com

‘Idol”s Final Showdown

…Spotted in the star-studded audience were DENISE RICHARDS, RICKY SCHRODER, “Grey’s Anatomy”‘s JUSTIN CHAMBERS, KATHY GRIFFIN and former “Idol” contestant and soon-to-be soap star CONSTANTINE MAROULIS, who will be joining the cast of “The Bold and the Beautiful” this summer…

ETonline

‘Idol’ duo stir critics’ passions

The entertainer vs. the singer. That’s how the American Idol judges framed last night’s showdown between Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks.
Both were doing a pretty good job of playing to their strengths until Blake ran into a brick wall titled “This Is My Now, ” the treacly ballad that has been ordained as the eventual winner’s first single.
Of course, Blake’s appeal had little to do with his singing. So in the end we’re left with a toss-up…

Philly.com

A Familiar Final Night for ‹Idol

Once again the final night of …American Idol competition pits a goofy, likable guy with a crowd-pleasing schtick and not so much of a voice against a pretty young woman with a big, gorgeous voice but not so much entertainment value….….During the break, local news reports that this year big …get for tonight finale will be Britney Spears. Oh goody: lip-syncing and no panties? …

CantonRep.com

Hell to the ”Now”!
In the last performance show of season 6 of ”American Idol, ” Jordin may have clinched her victory over Blake with her version of a cheesy custom-made song, ”This Is My Now”

By Michael Slezak

…I mean, if the goal here is to produce a viable hit single, then why not let Blake release ”Time of the Season” and Jordin go with ”I (Who Have Nothing).” Because no radio station I know (or want to know, anyway) is going to play a record with a chorus that goes, ”My fears behind me/Gone are the shadows and doubt/That was then/This is my now, ” especially when it’s paired with a melody that tastes like a fondue made of melted Smarties, Skittles, and Jujyfruits.Why not just drop the last ”w” in the song title and call it ”This Is My No”?

Ugh!…

ew.com

Could Blake win bigger by losing tonight?

…Would Lewis, a hip, beat-boxing, decidedly independent musician, actually be better off losing?“Idol” winners are locked into a contract that’s been characterized by industry experts as “onerous” and “restrictive.”

Up until now, the consensus in Lewis’ peer group — part of Seattle’s notoriously anti-mainstream music scene — has been that it just might be better to lose than to win….

Seattle Times

‘Idol’ Finale
Jordin and Blake break down their final ‘Idol’ performances

Fox News

Passing the Torch
American Idol Taylor Hicks on ending his year-long reign

Fox News

Tuesday’s Idol: What You Didn’t See

…When it was time to introduce the judges, band leader Ricky Minor had a little surprise up his sleeve: When Simon Cowell came out wearing, rather than his signature tight tee, a discoed-out black suit with a white shirt unbuttoned down to his “cleavage” (as Ryan Seacrest would later joke), Minor and band played “You Should Be Dancing” by the Bee Gees, replacing the lyrics with “It’s Simon Cowell, yeah.” …

People.com

American Idol: Showdown

…At the Idoldome, one could often say, without stretching the truth too far that the air overflowed with tension. In the 4000 seat Kodak theater, packed to the rafters ‘ where I sat with Idol fans — the air overflowed to the point of near riot. The scene was a strange one as Hollywood execs in power suits squeezed in through crowds of contest winners in sequined ‘We Love Jordin’ t-shirts. While the Idoldome tapings are dominated by children, this very much seemed an adult affair.

The crowd shriek was honed to perfection as the show began ‘ bringing us full circle to the irony that the worst audition in Idol history ‘ this year Seattle day ‘ produced both the finalists and the winners of the songwriting competition…

latimes blogs

Idol rehash: Why Blake Lewis will and won’t win American Idol, plus a prediction on who will win

Another season of American Idol comes to a close tonight. I’m sure every devoted Idol fan in Seattle is pulling for Blake Lewis, including yours truly. After watching the performances I’ve made my prediction for the winner, and it’s not who you think it is. But first, here are some reasons what Blake will and won’t win American Idol…..

Seattlepi.com blogs

A walk and talk with Blake Lewis

LOS ANGELES – A new car for mom. Maybe a Mac or acoustic guitar for himself. And he’s not yet quite sure what he’ll buy dad.

Win or lose tonight Blake Lewis should be signing a recording contract any minute now. So Tuesday evening, after singing for millions on “American Idol, ” he told The Seattle Times some of the things that might be on his initial shopping list post-significant first paycheck.

He spoke as he was escorted from one hotel press interview room into an elevator and into the Kodak Theater next door, “American Idol” entourage firmly in tow….

The Seattle Times

The Beatbox vs. the Tears

Kathy,

The first disappointment of the evening was Paula Abdul’s nose. I’d read the press accounts of her Chihuahua mishap and tuned-in expecting to find her half-hidden behind a protective face mask, like Richard Hamilton or Jason. But Paula looked just fine; the only hint of the surreal at the judges table was Randy Jackson’s garish marching-band conductor’s jacket, from which we may infer that he is angling for a bass gig on Michael Jackson’s comeback tour. For me, the whole show was plodding and pedestrian’ it didn’t have, as Simon would put it, that wow factor. The audience was subdued. No one made David Hasselhoff cry. And, by the way: Where were the celebs? If the best you can do is Kathy Griffin, it’s probably wise to skip the audience reaction shots altogether. Simon Fuller may want to send a bus over to Promises to collect some A-listers for tonight’s “results show spectacular.”…

Slate

WIGGING OUT

Sanjaya Malakar takes on the UCLA cheerleading squad while filming a pilot for a new reality show (which is being produced by the creators of American Idol) in Venice Beach on Friday.

People.com

On the Scene: The ‘Idol’ final performance show

…Ad break #2: Idol semi-finalist Lesley Hunt comes over to powwow with Sanjaya, Gina, Haley, and Chris Sligh. Garrett, during Blake’s performance: The band is too loud; you can’t hear Blake. While the different acoustics between the live show and the one TV has been an issue all season, I gotta agree, the band really did muffle some of Blake’s softer notes…

Popwatch

‘Idol’: No bad note for Fox
Despite a slight dip in ratings for the Tuesday night shows, media buyers say ‘American Idol’ is still a huge money maker for the News Corp.-owned Fox network.

…Another media buyer said one possible factor for the ratings slip in the Tuesday night shows is simply that this year’s contestants were not as compelling as those in seasons past, save for Sanjaya Malakar, whose woefully out of tune performances and hair styles generated the most buzz this season.

So “American Idol” may have, to paraphrase the Daniel Powter song that “Idol” helped make popular last season, had a bad day…or year…

CNN Money.com

“Idol” Contestants Snub Blake

“A.I.” castoffs Antonella Barba, Haley Scarnato and Gina Glocksen are pretty clear as to who their pick to win “Idol” is… and it’s not Blake Lewis…

TMZ

88 Comments

  1. Good morning, Lisa. :)

    A thousand articles on Jordin and Blake, and what do I read first? The one on Antonella Barba. Heh.

  2. How sad am I watching Fox and Friends on tv here and I haven’t even seen the show yet.

    Peter Noone was interviewed earlier on, he states that he told Nigel to do British Invasion two years ago and now AI have done it it’s become Nigel’s idea.

    He thinks Jordin will win and Blake will become a superstar.

  3. …he told Nigel to do British Invasion two years ago and now AI have done it ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s become Nigelà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s idea.

    But of course. What else did he expect?

    He thinks Jordin will win and Blake will become a superstar.

    I can live with that. ;-)

  4. Three different folks have called into my local radio station WZID 97.5 Manchester NH, alleging that the phone numbers they called last night had the wrong “Thank you for voting for Blake/Jordin” messages…

    any other reports?

  5. This seems to happen every year, I think it’s more likely a combination of fanbases covering themselves and miss dialling.

  6. There are those reports every year Margaux. They are prepping for complaints just in case their favorite doesn’t win. (cynical much?) Or heres a thought, maybe they mis-dialed! (LOL)
    ETA: great minds

  7. We’re watching the same show, Lisa. They should have lots of idol news this morning, it is fox, afterall.
    LMAO at that first phillyburbs article above. Especially at “the tiny purple unicorn living inside Paula’s head”. :lol_tb:

  8. “The producers don’t even know who’s turning up for the finale.”

    Yeah right!

  9. RE: American Idol Taylor Hicks on ending his year-long reign

    Stephan Colbert last night, said he was voting for Taylor as a write-in for this years idol. He said he knows Taylor won last year but he doesn’t believe in term limits.

  10. I woke up looking for all the after final hype of AI on my News this morning. No one is really talking about it. Not even Fox News is making a big deal. Where is all the AI hype. I look forward to it every year.

    My apologies to the overly earnest Seattle songwriters who won that nearly forgotten contest.)

    So, Seattle had the worst audition, according to AI. How do they remedy that problem, choose this year’s coronation song from there.

  11. jersey: Especially at à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“the tiny purple unicorn living inside Paulaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s headà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ .

    Lisa B: I suspect that unicorn has a fun life.

    I suspect there will be “purpleunicorn” in my chat future. LOL

  12. Why am I not surprised Purps. :smile1_tb:

    Speculation on Fox for star guests tonight, Paul McCartney, Madonna. In other words they have no idea.

    (This presenter who agrees with the gossipers being sacked, does she not realise that’s what she does everyday on this god damn awful show?)

  13. I shudder everytime I think of the newest disaster of a song called “This Is My Now”. Blake was in obvious distress while churning out that cornola. Didn’t someone say last night that one of these guys who wrote this had written stuff for Jordin before. Obviously, this too was written for Jordin and was a slick way to discredit Blake. Jordin will win the votes but I think in the final analysis that Blake will come out the big winner.

  14. angelia
    May 23rd, 2007 at 8:30 am
    I shudder everytime I think of the newest disaster of a song called à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“This Is My Nowà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ . Blake was in obvious distress while churning out that cornola. Didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t someone say last night that one of these guys who wrote this had written stuff for Jordin before. Obviously, this too was written for Jordin and was a slick way to discredit Blake. Jordin will win the votes but I think in the final analysis that Blake will come out the big winner.

    I agree – was Blake not able to put his own spin on this ala “Shot Thru The Heart”? I wonder if the producers made him sing it “straight up”?

  15. The coronation song was always going to be a power ballad.

    Don’t think for one moment it was to discredit Blake, remember the fans voted for it. Also Blake fans were saying yesterday when it was leaked that they thought he’d do ok with it.

  16. From Irish Examiner

    Music mogul Simon Cowell has stunned American Idol fans by revealing he’s quitting the show in three years time.

    Who could possibly replace Simon? By that time, the show may be irrelevant anyway.

    I fell asleep last night and missed the show (bad Idol fan), but after reading the boards and news reviews, it doesn’t sound good for Blake, though the MSNBC writer seems to get him. In my view, he’s already a winner and I am happy that he’s given a boost to the Seattle music scene.

    The fact that the coronation song written was written by Christian artists seems a little, for lack of a better word….weird.

    My biggest regret in not seeing the show was missing Daughtry. But it’s just as well, as I would’ve preferred him doing “What I Want” or “There and Back Again”. :biggrin_wp: Was the band with him?

  17. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“The producers donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t even know whoà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s turning up for the finale.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    It used to be when they lied, they at least tried to make up a good story. Of course, if they don’t know who’s turning up, that would explain a lot of things about this season. Are they hoping for a horde of superstars to show up at their backdoor and they’ll just let in the first 12 to let them perform?

    I woke up looking for all the after final hype of AI on my News this morning. No one is really talking about it. Not even Fox News is making a big deal. Where is all the AI hype. I look forward to it every year.

    I tuned in to ET last night(blah) just to see if they had any AI spoilers, and they never even mentioned AI. They did mention DTWS, Britney’s toes (blech) and something about Anna Nicole Smith (double-blech). I remember back in Season 2, ET used to be all-AI television.

    AI is still the number one TV show in the nation, so I don’t understand this.

    Didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t someone say last night that one of these guys who wrote this had written stuff for Jordin before. Obviously, this too was written for Jordin and was a slick way to discredit Blake.

    How could this be a conspiracy? The song was chosen by the voters. If you paid any attention to the song contest, you would have heard that “This is My Now” was one of the few songs that generated any buzz at all. It seemed the most popular amongst Blake fans (though, of course, opinions differed). Jordin fans seemed to want the even more treacly “One Night”.

  18. The fact Blake did sing ‘This Is My Now’ straight up, sealed his doom.

  19. At least Blake won’t ever have to sing that coronation song again, which, I think, is a gift for him. Heard Taylor interviewed this AM on the radio – he’s singing “Heaven Knows” and will be participating in a Sgt. Pepper medley w/ the Idols.

  20. Was the band with him?

    Yes, and they blocked the screen so we had to peer around them to see the death reel. I LOVE those retrospective death reels in all their cheesastic greatness, so I was pretty grumpy about that. For some reason (comatose, couldn’t see, silenced) the audience didn’t even cheer for anybody on the death reel.

    Once again, this season was all about featuring people who had an album out and not about the contestants. They should have just had Daughtry on and then played the death reel in all it’s glory on the Finale so we could watch it.

  21. So Randy must have got his outfits mixed up, he was supposed to wear that jacket tonight. :lol_tb:

  22. Rock ‘n Roll, thanks Lisa B! I remember that Dingo loves “Home”. I hope she enjoyed it.

    “Nobody knows what the both of us have been through,” Barba said, fidgeting in her flip-flops so much she tore one. “I learned about unconditional love and the people who care about you even though you make mistakes — those who say, ‘Who cares what people think?’ I’m moving for ward.”

    Sounds like Antonella B. has come to grips with the situation, good for her. Too bad it was exposed for all the world to see. The internet can be a damned nasty place.

  23. Quote from the Mercury News article

    Jordin Sparks did what she had to do. She stood there and sang her heart outà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    shoulda read “She stood there and CRIED her eyes out”

    wtg Jordin, you won….grrrrrrr

  24. I have mixed feelings this morning.

    I wanted Blake to win because I don’t really want to see Jordin win (I don’t think she deserves the title of best singer, if that’s the way the judges want to make it; I would have wanted to see Melinda win), I wanted to prove all the journalist predictions wrong, and it would have been nice to finally back a winner.

    BUT…if it means I’ll have to listen to him sing that song again, I can settle for a loss. Even if the articles are annoying. That will change if he puts out a good album.

    The problem with Blake is this show is sometimes cheesy and for me (just me), he is not cheesy. This finally came to a head in the coronation song. Ah well, I hope he didn’t lose in a blow out. But DI suggests he did.

  25. Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Finale
    Jordin and Blake break down their final à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ performances

    Fox News

    Heh, love the tact that the reporter used when he said to Blake — “You can still be proud of yourself coming in at #2” And then Jordin sticks her big fat head in the picture.

    At what point during the year do you think they told Blake it was his job to prop up Jordin?

    I am hoping and praying that TPTB don’t Guarini Blake, but all I can think is ruh-roh.

  26. This is a long quote from the EW review, but Michael is on-fire dissing the coronation song:

    I mean, if the goal here is to produce a viable hit single, then why not let Blake release ”Time of the Season” and Jordin go with ”I (Who Have Nothing).” Because no radio station I know (or want to know, anyway) is going to play a record with a chorus that goes, ”My fears behind me/Gone are the shadows and doubt/That was then/This is my now,” especially when it’s paired with a melody that tastes like a fondue made of melted Smarties, Skittles, and Jujyfruits.

    Why not just drop the last ”w” in the song title and call it ”This Is My No”?

    Ugh!

    As far as I’m concerned, it would be prudent to toss both Blake and Jordin’s renditions of this so-called song directly into the same musical landfill where Katharine McPhee’s ”My Destiny,” Bo Bice’s ”Long Long Road,” and Clay Aiken’s ”This Is the Night” are quietly decomposing.

    Maybe it’s time to retire the coronation song.

  27. Good morning everyone.. Lisa, thank you for the articles..

    I didn’t see last night’s show, but from what I’ve read maybe that was a good thing..

    Did they really make the Entertainer vs Spectacular Singer comment?
    I agree that Blake is quite an entertainer, but Jordin IMO is NOT a spectacular singer…
    Now, more than ever, I’m inclined to believe that Melinda was sent packing due to the fact that she would have stepped up to the plate and delivered that carp-tacular song and would have proven who the Spectacular singer really was this season..
    That would have been competion for Jordin and since they have wanted her to win all along, they couldn’t chance Melinda being there..

  28. Local FOX station said that Sabrina Sloan and Sundance will be getting together to make an album together. Interesting combo. :wink1_tb:
    Good Luck to all this evening for another great year of cheese.

  29. That entertainer v. singer thing was bullshit because only Blake qualified for his supposed label. Jordin may have sung better than Blake, but even I must admit that’s no big thing. She’s so inconsistent and was so OFF on Fighter. Give that song to Lakisha or Melinda or even Phil, the true singers this season.

    I hate that they brought out the singing card all of a sudden – where was it when these good singers were falling to the side?

  30. Did they really make the Entertainer vs Spectacular Singer comment?

    Almost as frequently as they mentioned that Jordin was just 17.

  31. meme – I heard Sabrina say the same think on Idol Tonight yesterday on the tv guide channel. She will be recording with Suckdance (TM Hezz?).

  32. Thank you for the news, Lisa.

    Kirsten, last night you mentioned something that I thought also. Why make it seem that Jordin stood in line in the rain, when she had a special showing with the producers? I thought she didn’t stand in line, so why the farce?

    The people article lumps Brandon into the group going on tour, which he is not, right? Is he like the Paris Hilton of the idols? Job function is to party hop?

  33. I love how the articles are saying that Blake is set to become the next big pop star, yeah i’m sure thats what he wants to be.

  34. I love the writer at PhillyBurbs…

    “Apparently Randy D. Jackson is joining the Rhythm Nation 1814.”

    LMAO!! Thank You, Lisa…I have lots of reading to do this morning. :smile1_tb:

  35. “star-studded audience were DENISE RICHARDS, RICKY SCHRODER, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Greyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Anatomyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s JUSTIN CHAMBERS, KATHY GRIFFIN and former à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  contestant and soon-to-be soap star CONSTANTINE MAROULIS, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦”

    Is the “star-studded” comment ironic or for real? Whoever has been doing the idol coverage for the LA Times should be fired or hosed down. Completely OTT.

  36. So Randy must have got his outfits mixed up, he was supposed to wear that jacket tonight.

    LOL Lisa – I can’t wait to see what he has on tonight.

    I totally hate the Entertainer vs. Singer crap. First of all, for me, Blake has a good voice and is more than just some generic entertainer. And Second, both Lakisha and Melinda run circles around Jordin in the fantastic singer department.

    So I call bullshit on that little analogy. And just because it can’t be said enough: I want to punch Randy Jacka$$ in the face.

  37. Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think for one moment it was to discredit Blake, remember the fans voted for it. Also Blake fans were saying yesterday when it was leaked that they thought heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d do ok with it.

    Yep, even the Fox News anchorwoman said that Blake did well with his song. I guess he can use the “my vocal cords were bruised” excuse. i’m sure he will get a lot of sympathy..LOL

    I love how the articles are saying that Blake is set to become the next big pop star, yeah ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sure thats what he wants to be.

    Well, he did look the part last night. What!! With him sitting on the monitor looking all “JT cool” and everything. Couldn’t tell my boy anything until he opened his mouth.. I’m sure he’s happy to wake up this morning and listen to all the excuses being made for his performance last night.

    Spens, you know you’re my girl but I see we’re opposite sides of this fence this year…LOL Actually, I didn’t really have a forvite this year. But I will say, I’m giving the edge to Jordin. Even though I feel Blake will win..

    ETA: Where was the choir last night? You mean not even they wanted to show up this year…I’m sure they will be in full attendance tonight..LOL AI is not cheesey enough without that choir.

  38. Why make it seem that Jordin stood in line in the rain, when she had a special showing with the producers? I thought she didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t stand in line, so why the farce?

    _____________________________

    As long as they can rely on the majority of their viewers not knowing the truth, they can continue the farce.

  39. I’m glad I’m not the only one disgusted by the fact that they’re using the “singing competition” carp again. She may have an ability to belt out notes, but I’d rather listen to Blake. And, as others have brought up, Jordin was NEVER the best singer in this competition, except for arguably this week. Melinda was always there. And Lakisha and Phil before her. And who knows how many were left in the audition rounds or Hollywood week.

    Here’s an idea: maybe it SHOULDN’T be a singing competition! Maybe you should start billing it as the search for the next superstar!!

    Oh wait – yeah, that’s right. That’s what American Idol DID start as….

  40. Why make it seem that Jordin stood in line in the rain, when she had a special showing with the producers? I thought she didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t stand in line, so why the farce?

    _____________________________

    As long as they can rely on the majority of their viewers not knowing the truth, they can continue the farce.

    Wait wait wait – rewind…WHAT?

    Can someone brief me on the Cliff’s notes version? I’ve watched all season and been here the whole time, but I didn’t know THAT…

    Details, please?

  41. I just find a great article on Blake.
    He is the only one with potential to become a star in the long run.
    Look at this:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18809969/

    Win for Blake would restore à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ as hitmaker
    Show needs a pop star, and the Seattle beatboxer can be that star

    Couldn’t agree more. Go Blake! Thank god you are not winning, you will not have to sing that crappy single.
    Can’t wait for your record.

  42. Jordin, herself, stated that she won a competion and the prize or one of the prizes was an audition for AI..
    Now, if she won a contest to audition, why would she be standing in line in the rain waiting to sing…
    Perhaps they are confused, we all know they would never NOT tell the truth…Bet her audition song was Singing In The Rain, and they have confused that with Standing In The Rain…to audition..

  43. Thanks, emeralgem…it’s coming back to me a little now. She won, like, Arizona Idol or something, I think? Something like that.

  44. RE: Game, Set, Match Jordin

    What did you expect with the coronation song they forced on Blake ? It was a song tailor made for a belter like Jordin, not Blake.

    Peeps, I felt that this 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 beatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ 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 à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I hate this songà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  while he was performing it.

    As for his performance, it was fine. We donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢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. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“This is My Nowà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ 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 ? Couldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t they have picked a song SUITABLE to Blakeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s style ? This is like forcing Justin Timberlake to sing Nessun Dorma or Pavarotti to song Sexyback.

    At least last season à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  Kat had a different song and Taylor had a different song. Why couldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Blake have been given one better suited to his style ?

    Boooo Producers. They have made sure that Jordin won the night. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d like to call it rigged but I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have no smoking gun proof.

  45. I remember listening to a radio interview last summer with the winner of Maine (or perhaps Portland) Idol.. she did win a trip to an audition somewhere, and if memory serves right, got to skip the first screening.

  46. Win for Blake would restore à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ as hitmaker
    Show needs a pop star, and the Seattle beatboxer can be that star

    There’s no way Blake could have won after the final coronation song last night.

    DialIdol might be wrong when there are many contestants left… but it can’t be wrong when all indicators show Jordin by a landslide.

    But it doesn’t matter… Blake still gets his recording contract and Blake will be the next incarnation of Maroon 5 ( call him the one man Maroon ).

  47. All I can say is that at 10 p.m. EST tonight, this farce of a season will be over. All my best to whoever wins, as if we didn’t know already. I think it’s a crime that they are only allowing the top 3 to sing duets this year. This show has jumped the shark!

  48. Kirsten: …they blocked the screen so we had to peer around them to see the death reel. I LOVE those retrospective death reels in all their cheesastic greatness, so I was pretty grumpy about that. For some reason (comatose, couldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see, silenced) the audience didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t even cheer for anybody on the death reel.

    I just saw the show in the local channel and I was (still am) grumpy, too, about that. I was thinking how so much better the set-up was when Daniel Powter was singing last year. Great cheestastic reel against a great background of a cheestastic song being performed cheestastically well.

    Also, I like Chris, and the guyliner was fine, but he was wearing more eyeshadow than I have ever worn in my life! Me no likey much.

    I did get a glimpse of Sabrina (though I had to fumble for her name at first) and Sundance, and I realized I have missed them. Heh.

  49. Chris seems to have another take on this yearà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s contestà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    So much for the reports of him being sick, can’t be that bad if he can go out clubbing.

    I took it tongue in cheek.

  50. This is not a headline but some silly gossip. Supposedly, there is a clip out of Sanjaya/impersonater saying that he really just created the Sanjaya “character” and that he is really a college student. I heard the tail end of it on the Kidd Kraddick radio show as I was driving to the library. They were having quite the debate over it. *needs to check tmz* lol

  51. Playing catch-up

    Yes, and they blocked the screen so we had to peer around them to see the death reel. I LOVE those retrospective death reels in all their cheesastic greatness, so I was pretty grumpy about that.

    Sounds like the the man calling the shots (forgot his name from last year) should’ve realized this, and the fact that one could not get a good view of the band reeked. Some splicing would’ve sufficed.

    TMZ spotted the last season’s resident guy-linered rocker outside Hyde with his band, aptly named Daughtry, last night, where he told cameras “I think we could win this year.” Sadly, we don’t remember hearing Seacrest read off the 866 number to vote for him after his performance in the finale.

    What of it? He’s bound to be enjoying being on top of the game right now. I give him kudos for putting out a CD that has excellent ballads, for those who don’t prefer the screaming, as well as the power rock songs that I love. I know he is influeced heavily by Nickelback and Live, but I hear Chris’ own style on his CD.

    Btw, I’m a proponent of guyliner :wub_tb:

  52. I read with interest at Mr. D the reaction to Daughtry’s performance of “Home” last night. Seems there is concern about the quality of his vocals last nite. Well, he has been singing his heart out for a few months now, so…

    Lisa B, did glam rock ever die? lol. Thank you T-Rex and Bowie :)

  53. I know a lot of people are saying that the coronation song was tailor-made or whatever for Jordin, but listening to the lyrics I couldn’t help feeling that they really suit Melinda more.

    There was a time I packed my dreams away.
    Living in a shell, hiding from myself.

    There was a time when I was so afraid.
    I thought Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d reached the end,
    Baby that was then
    I am made of more than my yesterdays.

    This is my now, and I am breathing in the moment.
    As I look around
    I canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t believe the love I see.
    My fears behind me, gone are the shadows and doubts
    That was then, this is my now.

    And I have the courage like never before, yeah.
    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve settled for less but Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m ready for more,
    Ready for more.
    This is my now.

    Jordin did a great job with it but I wish we’d had the chance to hear Melinda sing it.

  54. I know a lot of people are saying that the coronation song was tailor-made or whatever for Jordin, but listening to the lyrics I couldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t help feeling that they really suit Melinda more.

    I completely, totally, agree. In fact, that’s exactly what I came on here to post. I think those songwriters wrote the song with Melinda in mind. So much so that, in fact, I had been enjoying the finale until that moment. As soon as I listened to the words Blake was singing, I though of Melinda and I got sad that she wasn’t up there.
    :down_tb:

  55. lisab, what a cozy little place you have here!
    Thanks for all the news —

    I think if Blake really wanted to win he would have pulled a ‘you know who’ and said he wouldn’t sing that crappy song.

    What could they do but give him another. Regardless of the AI spin, they know their :flush_tb: ratings are headed toward the tiolet.

  56. I know a lot of people are saying that the coronation song was tailor-made or whatever for Jordin, but listening to the lyrics I couldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t help feeling that they really suit Melinda more.
    ______________________

    I agree the lyrics are more suited to Melinda and her journey.
    Well, that kinda blows my theory that they wanted Melinda gone, but then again, maybe not..The viewing audience would have connected Melinda to that song..No doubt she would have KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK.. She would have won. How would they have marketed her?

  57. Wait! Did LisaB post the link to the TMZ video, or did this just become another Snark On Daughtry Daily Thread?

    No, I posted the link from TMZ. Considering others have posted links, I didn’t know that Lisa was the only one allowed to post links to articles. I just thought it was a funny little blurb.

  58. You’re welcome to post links, just check they haven’t already been posted.

    I’ll try to update the links throughout the day so it worth checking for new ones.

  59. I did check, Lisa. Did I miss that one? I apologize if I did. I rarely post a link, but when I do, I try very hard to not duplicate your efforts.

  60. carolina, ewww! I like guyliner, but if I were a photographer, would need to down a 5th before a session with Marilyn. (even though his song Dope Show is rock worthy)

  61. Absolutely NO BITCHING ABOUT THE BLOG in this thread. I’ll be deleting those posts.

  62. Is this news? Or is this just sad? Well, it’s more news than a spoiler, so here goes.

    The Pop-Tart Webisodes are BACK!!!11!!ELEVENTY-ONE

    Woo!!!! Cheese at it’s finest. Start buying those packages of pop-tarts now (you can even get an Idol T-Shirt!!!!!111!)

    Here is a link to the Pop-Tart 2007 site:

    http://www.poptarts.com/americanidolslivetour/index.shtml#home

    Video 1 features Chris R, Chris S, and Sanjaya working out.

    Video 2 features Blake, Jordin and Melinda wearing hats while Blake tries to teach them how to beat-box

    Video 3 features Haley, Gina and Lakisha talking about what they will bring on tour. Lakisha has a picture of her daughter while Gina has retrieved Pickle from wherever she chucked him when she got eliminated.

  63. Awww, geez. Be still my heart – Sanjaya working out !!! Rubberband man!

    Homemade Poptarts:

    1 jar strawberry preserves
    1 old shoe box

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