American Idol 6 (Audience 2)

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#176 Post by JJ » 12 Apr 2006, 21:43

MSNBC Commentary wrote:‘American Idol’ is down to seven
But Bucky Covington made it much further than many thought

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By Craig Berman
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Updated: 12:37 a.m. ET April 13, 2006

Ryan Seacrest has done everything he can all season long to encourage everyone with access to a telephone to vote for their favorite “American Idol” hopeful. Apparently, the usual threats and promises haven’t been paying off, because this week the producers broke out the big guns: the guilt trip.

The first hour-long results show of the “American Idol” finals was family night, with each of the eight remaining hopefuls watching video clips of their loved ones telling them how great they were and how much everyone was voting and praying nonstop in order to help them win. Now that there’s a smaller group of contenders to focus on, the producers are doing their best to make sure all the compelling human interest angles shine through. That way, the theory goes, people will be more likely to pick up the phone and vote even after subpar performances.

Unfortunately for Bucky Covington, who became the fifth of the original 12 finalists voted off the show, any effects from the heartstring tugs of family night won’t be felt until next week — one week too late for him.

The 28-year-old from North Carolina fit no known “Idol” audience demographic and was hard to understand on stage even on his best night, but managed to make it through week after week while early favorites like Mandisa and Lisa Tucker fell by the wayside. His success was inexplicable; he was never among the best vocalists, never the most compelling personality, never the top stage presence, never the best looking, never really anything that ordinarily spells “Idol” success. Still, he stuck around.

That was a tribute to the people of Rockingham, N.C., Covington’s hometown, who clearly mobilized the people at the local telephone switchboard to program in thousands of votes a second. They certainly had the motivation.

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As the viewers found out on Wednesday’s show, it’s been a brutal couple of years for the city. NASCAR took its signature race away from its legendary North Carolina Speedway and shipped it off to California. Covington’s father said since the loss of that event, nothing has brought the area together like his son’s success on “American Idol.” With the auto racing industry gone all that the city has going for it is Covington .

Uh, make that “had.”

Ace Young and Elliott Yamin joined Covington among the bottom three, and are locks to quickly follow him out the door barring a major upset.

Young toys with the camera every week like its some girl at the local bar, but he’s also flirting with disaster and disaster’s getting more jealous by the minute. He sticks around because he’s a pretty face, but at some point all the soulful looks in the world won’t be able to help him.

Yamin is so earnest and likeable that it’s hard to root against him. But if he’s among the also-rans after a night where his vocals may have been the best of anyone’s, what are the odds he sticks around after an off-night? The judges and producers have done all they can to make him appeal to the voting public, but they can’t physically force viewers pick up the phone to keep him alive.

For the rest of the contestants, the best part of the show — besides finding out that Rod Stewart, in his effort to stay forever young, will appear next week — was the chance to get their family and friends some airtime.

Each of the finalists got to see a brief clip of their loved ones saying nice things about them, then were given a whole three seconds to compose themselves before Ryan Seacrest told them if they were in the bottom three or not.

While it’s not like this is “Survivor” — many of those featured in the clips have made it to Hollywood to watch the performances, and at any rate the telephone and Internet mean that nobody’s out of touch for long. Still, it had to be a joy for the contestants to get TV footage of judges that were far less likely to be mean (or realistic) than the likes of Simon of Randy.

Voting for Chris Daughtry would help him to become a role model, according to his mom. Of course, not a lot of mothers dream of their sons growing up to be just like the members of bands like Creed and Fuel, so that strategy may backfire. Elliott Yamin’s mother said her son has suffered through hearing loss, diabetes, and severe allergies; anyone who doesn’t vote for him must have a heart made of stone! Paris Bennett was ready to quit singing entirely if she didn’t advance in the show’s auditions. Taylor Hicks has two pet fish. And so on.

One thing's for sure. If the "Idol" producers are going to insist on hour-long results shows, they'll need a lot more gimmicks like Family Night. Tune in next week stories of how "Idol" finalists could cure cancer, bring peace to the Middle East and feed all the world's hungry for just 17 cents a day, if only they get enough votes.

Craig Berman is a writer in Washington, D.C.
Wow, is that guy out of touch. Bucky wasn't good, but clearly appealed to a southern rock/country demographic. And there's a lot of that in this country. And I've heard that the voting is capped by region (so that you can't sway it from any large area; correspondingly, little areas don't get drowned out -- see also: US Senate). It surprises me not at all that Bucky made it this far. (Carrie Underwood is not especially talented, but clearly has a country appeal -- do they not see that?)

Has the writer never been to a red state?
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#177 Post by Steel Frog » 13 Apr 2006, 08:19

Saw 10 minutes of Idol last night. First time in over a month. After watching two cheesy stories, the second involving Kellie Pickler's psycho/sycophantic granpa and nonplussed brother, I decided that giving up Idol was a very good idea.

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#178 Post by McT » 13 Apr 2006, 08:21

Steel Frog wrote:Saw 10 minutes of Idol last night. First time in over a month. After watching two cheesy stories, the second involving Kellie Pickler's psycho/sycophantic granpa and nonplussed brother, I decided that giving up Idol was a very good idea.
Through the miracle of TiVo, I watched the whole show in 10 minutes.
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#179 Post by Steel Frog » 13 Apr 2006, 09:09

McT wrote:
Steel Frog wrote:Saw 10 minutes of Idol last night. First time in over a month. After watching two cheesy stories, the second involving Kellie Pickler's psycho/sycophantic granpa and nonplussed brother, I decided that giving up Idol was a very good idea.
Through the miracle of TiVo, I watched the whole show in 10 minutes.
Was it worth it?

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#180 Post by JJ » 13 Apr 2006, 09:12

Steel Frog wrote:
McT wrote:
Steel Frog wrote:Saw 10 minutes of Idol last night. First time in over a month. After watching two cheesy stories, the second involving Kellie Pickler's psycho/sycophantic granpa and nonplussed brother, I decided that giving up Idol was a very good idea.
Through the miracle of TiVo, I watched the whole show in 10 minutes.
Was it worth it?
Imagine if Gosford Park had only wasted 10 minutes of your life instead of 4 hours.

(Frankly, that's genius. All Altman films shown in theatres should come with TiVo.)

And where's our damn :tivo: emoticon, anyway?
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#181 Post by Steel Frog » 13 Apr 2006, 10:59

JJ wrote:
Steel Frog wrote:
McT wrote:
Steel Frog wrote:Saw 10 minutes of Idol last night. First time in over a month. After watching two cheesy stories, the second involving Kellie Pickler's psycho/sycophantic granpa and nonplussed brother, I decided that giving up Idol was a very good idea.
Through the miracle of TiVo, I watched the whole show in 10 minutes.
Was it worth it?
Imagine if Gosford Park had only wasted 10 minutes of your life instead of 4 hours.

(Frankly, that's genius. All Altman films shown in theatres should come with TiVo.)

And where's our damn :tivo: emoticon, anyway?
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#182 Post by JJ » 13 Apr 2006, 11:57

Steel Frog wrote:
JJ wrote:
Steel Frog wrote:
McT wrote:
Steel Frog wrote:Saw 10 minutes of Idol last night. First time in over a month. After watching two cheesy stories, the second involving Kellie Pickler's psycho/sycophantic granpa and nonplussed brother, I decided that giving up Idol was a very good idea.
Through the miracle of TiVo, I watched the whole show in 10 minutes.
Was it worth it?
Imagine if Gosford Park had only wasted 10 minutes of your life instead of 4 hours.

(Frankly, that's genius. All Altman films shown in theatres should come with TiVo.)

And where's our damn :tivo: emoticon, anyway?
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#183 Post by alan smithee » 13 Apr 2006, 11:58

JJ wrote:
Steel Frog wrote:
JJ wrote:
Steel Frog wrote:
McT wrote:
Steel Frog wrote:Saw 10 minutes of Idol last night. First time in over a month. After watching two cheesy stories, the second involving Kellie Pickler's psycho/sycophantic granpa and nonplussed brother, I decided that giving up Idol was a very good idea.
Through the miracle of TiVo, I watched the whole show in 10 minutes.
Was it worth it?
Imagine if Gosford Park had only wasted 10 minutes of your life instead of 4 hours.

(Frankly, that's genius. All Altman films shown in theatres should come with TiVo.)

And where's our damn :tivo: emoticon, anyway?
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#184 Post by JJ » 15 Apr 2006, 21:47

Finally watched back the vote-off show. I think Ace did a version of We Will Rock You (if Frank Sinatra says it's ok).
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#185 Post by Batman » 16 Apr 2006, 01:48

Ace Decade wrote:Almost forgot. Pickler was terrible again. She's good-looking and charming, but the judges overrated her again.
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#186 Post by Batman » 16 Apr 2006, 01:51

A2 wrote:I don't blame Brian May for being pretentious after hearing what Ace was planning on doing to his song.
Concur. Too bad you couldn't see thought bubbles above their skulls when he recommended changing the drum intro.
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#187 Post by London Redsox » 16 Apr 2006, 11:43

Batman wrote:
A2 wrote:I don't blame Brian May for being pretentious after hearing what Ace was planning on doing to his song.
Concur. Too bad you couldn't see thought bubbles above their skulls when he recommended changing the drum intro.
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Again, most performances were sucky - but Ace was the worst. Still think that Katharine is the class of the remaining contestants. Simon was right, Chris needs to stop picking such indulgent songs.
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#188 Post by Batman » 17 Apr 2006, 07:33

Apparently, I may have been misled by AI producers.

From here:

QUEEN GUITARIST ACCUSES IDOL PRODUCERS OF DECEPTION

A member of the veteran rock group Queen has implied that he may have been used by the producers of American Idol to undermine the chances of one of the contestants. Guitarist Brian May said on his personal blog Thursday that an encounter between him and contestant Ace Young shown on Tuesday night's show did not occur as represented. He said that after his conversation with May was taped, "it was edited in such a way that it looked as if I was purely negative." May said that, as aired, it seemed that he was commenting on May's altered arrangement of "We Will Rock You" "after we had played together, which was not the way it happened, making me look like I was against the whole thing." He said that the conversation actually took place when May played him a demo of what he had in mind. "We then discussed how we could improve his ideas and ... came up with a kind of mixture of his thoughts and ours, which was the basis for the arrangement that you saw the house band play on the night! It was actually pretty damn good, I thought."
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#189 Post by » 17 Apr 2006, 11:31

May thought it was "pretty damn good"?!?

Freddy hasn't been dead long enough for Brian to have forgotten what the songs are supposed to sound like. Maybe May has gone deaf or Paul Rogers is so bad that he has vastly lowered his expectations of how songs should be performed.
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#190 Post by Ace Decade » 17 Apr 2006, 13:01

Ok, Brian went a bit too far on the damage control. Ace was a train wreck. He didn't have to say Ace was a train wreck, but "pretty damn good?" Wow. No way.

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#191 Post by Ace Decade » 19 Apr 2006, 08:02

Everyone but Kellie had at least a decent night I thought. The judges were too hard on Elliott. I thought he was the best of the guys.

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#192 Post by JJ » 19 Apr 2006, 09:28

Ace Decade wrote:Everyone but Kellie had at least a decent night I thought. The judges were too hard on Elliott. I thought he was the best of the guys.
:red: I barely made it through his first note. Simon was wrong about him having a lack of personality last night, though. He had one, and it exuded cheese.

BTW, Simon (of course) is always the best judge, but seems to have one contestant every year that he can't fairly assess because he has the hotts for her. This explains Kat's glowing praise for yawning performances.
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#193 Post by Ace Decade » 19 Apr 2006, 09:36

JJ wrote:
Ace Decade wrote:Everyone but Kellie had at least a decent night I thought. The judges were too hard on Elliott. I thought he was the best of the guys.


BTW, Simon (of course) is always the best judge, but seems to have one contestant every year that he can't fairly assess because he has the hotts for her. This explains Kat's glowing praise for yawning performances.
Actually, it's been Kellie he's been fawning over more this season. Last night was the most praise he's given to Kat all season.

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#194 Post by JJ » 19 Apr 2006, 09:53

Ace Decade wrote:
JJ wrote:
Ace Decade wrote:Everyone but Kellie had at least a decent night I thought. The judges were too hard on Elliott. I thought he was the best of the guys.


BTW, Simon (of course) is always the best judge, but seems to have one contestant every year that he can't fairly assess because he has the hotts for her. This explains Kat's glowing praise for yawning performances.
Actually, it's been Kellie he's been fawning over more this season. Last night was the most praise he's given to Kat all season.
He liked Kellie for a while. He's finally been broken by her inability to outsmart a box of hammers.

He's always had a Kat thing, though.
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#195 Post by VoteforPedro » 19 Apr 2006, 11:28

My mom and I were watching off and on. When I asked what the theme was she said "Rod Stewart songs." I told her she was a moron. It was in the middle of Chris Daughtry's Wonderful World. Ugh. Anyways, what was the theme?
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#196 Post by JJ » 19 Apr 2006, 11:52

VoteforPedro wrote:My mom and I were watching off and on. When I asked what the theme was she said "Rod Stewart songs." I told her she was a moron. It was in the middle of Chris Daughtry's Wonderful World. Ugh. Anyways, what was the theme?
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#197 Post by VoteforPedro » 19 Apr 2006, 18:59

JJ wrote:
VoteforPedro wrote:My mom and I were watching off and on. When I asked what the theme was she said "Rod Stewart songs." I told her she was a moron. It was in the middle of Chris Daughtry's Wonderful World. Ugh. Anyways, what was the theme?
Rod Stewart songs.
Ha. Ha. But seriously, she is a moron. She thought they were original Rod Stewart songs.

Anywho--I'm sad Ace is gone cause he was kinda nice to look at, but he also kinda sucked.
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#198 Post by London Redsox » 21 Apr 2006, 13:32

After the dross of the last few weeks - this week featured top performances pretty much all-round. Was surprised to see Chris in the bottom three, especially after he showed a bit of variety.

What concerned me was that Kellie could get in the top 4 with by far the worst performance of the night. She did the right thing in saying she knew she blew it, probably swayed a few to make sure and vote for her.

Taylor and Kat were great.
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#199 Post by kinggrl » 22 Apr 2006, 06:58

London Redsox wrote:Taylor [was] great.
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#200 Post by » 24 Apr 2006, 08:24

The craziest thing with Taylor is that he's the one getting all the attention on the non-idol shows. SNL, Showbiz Show with Spade and several other shows have taken shots at him. Dude has gotten enough attention now that he should be ok, career-wise, regardless of how the voting turns out.
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