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Archive: March, 2008

POSTED: Thursday, March 27, 2008, 1:50 PM

Shouldn't last night's results show have been labeled "paid programming"? It was one long series of informercials.

First for I-Tunes, then for Idol Gives Back and finally for a steakhouse owened by Kimberley Locke. I'm guessing by the name it's located in northern Westchester County in New York so I don't see how national exposure will help it. But what do I know about advertising steakhouses? The menu is composed apparently entirely of things Kimberley can't eat.

Oh, and at the very end of the show, they announced it was curtains for Chikezie. Not a big surprise although his vocals the evening before had been outstanding. But singing was never Chikezie's problem. It was his image.

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 9:57 PM

Jason Castro makes the bottom three, which seems entirely fair. I mean, the guy seems barely awake most of the time.

Yet he claims to have seen it coming. In any case, he only has about 30 seconds to process whatever shock it is before Ryan sends him to safety.

When the really bad news comes, it's for Chikezie.

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 9:39 PM

Syesha joins Chikezie in the bottom three, which hardly seems fair.

Just think: If she'd been born three years earlier, she could've sung "God Bless the USA" and guaranteed herself a seat on what Ryan's calling "the sofa of safety" -- as well as an opportunity to meet Dolly Parton next week.

We won't, of course, know for sure how that worked for Kristy Lee Cook until we wade through the callers from home, all of whom seem to be 16 this week, and a visit from "Idol" alum Kimberley Locke, who's opened a restaurant since last we saw her, as well as losing 40 pounds.

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 9:23 PM

Chikezie's in the bottom three to no one's surprise, least of all Chikezie's.

Then Carly Smithson breaks  the news that she's not pregnant -- whatever you may have heard to the contrary -- but that she was wearing Spanx last night in an attempt to look a little thinner and that it made singing difficult.

She's safe, but not likely to be hired as a spokeswoman for Spanx anytime soon.

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 9:09 PM

E! Entertainment reports that Season 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee has been named the new face of Neutrogena.

So I guess all those years of vocal training have paid off.

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 10:37 AM

Pretty awful night all around, wouldn't you say, kids? But the low point had to be poor lil Davey Archuleta's choice of "You're the Voice". Perhaps the worst song selection in the history of the Idol competition.

For those of you playing at home, it was a hit Down Under for Aussie singer John Farnham. Still not ringing any bells? Come on, you remember Franham's big hit - "Sadie, the Cleaning Lady". I'm not making this up.  

Loved Simon's comment, that it was "reminiscent of a theme park performance."

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 25, 2008, 9:29 PM

David Cook, born in 1982, has the best baby pictures of all the "Idol" wannabes, thanks to his family's habit of dressing him up with funny masks and outfits.

He also has the best performance of the night, with a take on Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" that makes it sound like a whole new song.

As Simon says, "That was brave...It could have been insane or amazing, and I have to tell you, that was amazing."

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 25, 2008, 9:21 PM

Kristy Lee Cook was born in 1984, but she doesn't remember much about that.

She does remember that she's been very nearly sent home week after week.

"God Bless the USA"? She's daring you to send her home this week.

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