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    The Idol Guy, Top 24: We waited ten episodes for this?

    Welcome to the first-ever Idol Guy. In it, we take a weekly look at the goings-on in the Idol world, both on screen and off. This is not a recap; for that you'll need to go this week's recaps written by MotherSister, Yardgnome, and Amanda.

    After much labor - four weeks of terrible auditions, one hurried Hollywood episode, one hour in an elevator – the behemoth that is the AI juggernaut produced... the fiasco that was guys' night. You know it's a bad night when one of the highlights involved Teletubbies. Fortunately for us, girls' night was good enough to wash away any memories of the Tuesday night calamity. We may get an Idol out of this bunch yet.

    What made guys' night so bad wasn't so much bad singing or song choices. It was because we didn't hear anything that was particularly distinctive. It wasn't good or bad, it was just mind-numbingly dull. There was very little that could make one say out loud “He sang that one well,” or “he was terrible beyond reason.” The reaction could be more accurately described as “who are these people?”

    There's something that the top 12 guys and all future Idol contestants should take away from this week. Viewers don't just want to hear an okay performance. They want to be wowed and entertained! It doesn't have to be technically perfect. The goal of an Idol contestant should be to make people at home sit up and take notice. More than a night of bad singing, it was dull and unentertaining. That's where Tuesday night went so badly wrong.

    In contrast, let's take a look at Wednesday night. It was a good night, but it wasn't technically perfect. Consider Stephanie Edwards, who opened the show. As Randy noted, there were some pitch issues. Does anyone actually remember that? No! What people remember is that it was an entertaining performance, whatever imperfections were there (and there were a few). The same could be said about most of the other performances on that night. At the end of two hours, we felt we had been entertained, not bored beyond belief.

    So long, farewell, auf Weidersehen, goodbye: "Bad Day" is out, replaced by "Home." Different background song, same ending: Paul Kim, Rudy Cardenas, Amy Krebs, and Nicole Tranquillo all went home.



    None of the four cuts are really surprising. Paul and Amy had disastrous outings. Rudy and Nicole weren't as bad as the two, but they still weren't all that impressive. It's true that there were worse singers out there (Antonella and Sundance come to mind), but let's be fair: none of the four were going to advance very far. It was just a matter of time. Let's use our litmus test: were we entertained? Answer: not really. Maybe they weren't the four worst singers, but we doubt they would have lasted into the top 12 at any rate.

    You have officially been pimped: longtime Idol viewers will note it was a little hard not to miss the blatant pimping that Lakisha Jones got on Wednesday night. We can't help but wonder if the powers that be have erred here. She was very good on the show, but her versatility is still an open question. The closest parallel may not be to Fantasia Barrino, but to Mandisa. That's not such a good thing - Mandisa bowed out 10th, after all. The real front-runner may not be Lakisha, but someone like Melinda Doolittle or Jordin Sparks.

    The Simon and Ryan Chronicles: while we don't have the distaste that others have for Ryan Seacrest, we have to admit this act of him and Simon liking or not liking each other is getting tired. We have no idea what the whole "sweetheart" exchange on Tuesday's show was about. If we didn't know any better, we'd say it was some kind of elaborate publicity stunt. But American Idol would never resort to that, wouldn't it?

    From the Overblown Stories Department: we've heard about the leaked photos of Antonella, the most (in)famous of which had her sitting on top of a toilet. Our reaction: what's the big deal? No doubt they're dumb, but to paraphrase Scott Adams: at one time or another, we're all idiots. AI contestants are no different.

    On the topic of boobies: Tyra Banks on Kat McPhee: “I squeezed her boobs and they are real! They're jiggly and soft!”

    According to Article 43, Section 19c, Subsection A: the rather dubious quality of the male half of the top 24 made us wonder about some of Idol's rules. Specifically, why are contestants who make the top 40 but not the top 24 not allowed to come back?

    When Idol had the original format from seasons 1 to 3, the rule was if you made it to the group stage you couldn't come back. The rule made sense – America had decided, and it would be unfair if people who made it that far could come back again.

    With the change in format to the 12 guy-12 girl format in season 4, however, the rule changed to something that made no sense. What was the merit in banning someone from coming back if America hadn't had its say? More often than not, it seems, good talent is left on the plate while mediocrity gets through. Where's the benefit of not letting people like Marissa Rose, Tommy Lewis, and even ex-Brokenote Cowboy Matthew Buckstein come back for one more try? They can't be worse than what we've been subjected to, right?

    Hate mail? Violent reactions? Email me at leo@fansofrealitytv.com if you've got any of those.
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    Excellent debut, Leo! What a entertaining read, and I'll look forward to more. I loved the picture and bullseye caption.

    You know it's a bad night when one of the highlights involved Teletubbies.

    You have officially been pimped

    If we didn't know any better, we'd say it was some kind of elaborate publicity stunt. But American Idol would never resort to that, wouldn't it? <---No Way!

    On the topic of boobies: Tyra Banks on Kat McPhee: “I squeezed her boobs and they are real! They're jiggly and soft!”

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    Great article, Leo!

    It was funny and spot on with your observations. Put me in the club of people tired with the Ryan/Simon love/hate relationship.

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    Great start Leo. I'll look forward to future editions. It's going to be interesting to see just how far & just how blatant the pimping goes.

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    Wonderful job, Leo! Yayyy!
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    Good run down on the goings on. I'm looking forward to more of these posts.

    More often than not, it seems, good talent is left on the plate while mediocrity gets through. Where's the benefit of not letting people like Marissa Rose, Tommy Lewis, and even ex-Brokenote Cowboy Matthew Buckstein come back for one more try? They can't be worse than what we've been subjected to, right?
    I've wondered about this one too. We now know they want an R&B woman to win, and chose not to let any other type of singer get in the way of that goal. So all the rockers, country singers, and basically any other type of singer (like a man) who might have gotten in the way of that goal, has been cut. Not because they were not good enough, but maybe because they were too good? Alas, we will never know.

    By the way the heavy pimping of Lakiska might work. There are already big raves about her. I'll grant that she can sing but her marketability in the real world is questionable. There is something matronly about her. Grandma. I can't see her on MTV, even VH1 might be a stretch.
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    Great job, Leo! Looking forward to more Idol Guy!
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    Leo, thanks! You hit many nails on the head. The Ryan/Simon whatever is sooooo dated!And, as much as I enjoyed Lakisha, there were other women just as good and entertaining!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo;2253559;

    After much labor - four weeks of terrible auditions, one hurried Hollywood episode, one hour in an elevator –

    What made guys' night so bad wasn't so much bad singing or song choices. It was because we didn't hear anything that was particularly distinctive. It wasn't good or bad, it was just mind-numbingly dull.

    It's true that there were worse singers out there (Antonella and Sundance come to mind), but let's be fair: none of the four were going to advance very far. It was just a matter of time. Let's use our litmus test: were we entertained? Answer: not really. Maybe they weren't the four worst singers, but we doubt they would have lasted into the top 12 at any rate.


    What was the merit in banning someone from coming back if America hadn't had its say?
    I really enjoyed your article, Leo and found myself nodding in agreement throughout.
    I look forward to reading your take on proceedings as the season progresses

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    Outstanding first article Leo! Can't wait to tune in next week.
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