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American Idol requires an hour and a half to sing 6 Carole King songs

by Ruth Anne Boulet Because of the extra-long episode, we start off with an especially long exploration of the career of Carole King. Then we get another on Babyface. Babyface is apparently taking the Will.i.am slot this week. I don’t care, American Idol. Jacob Lusk — Oh No Not My Baby Jimmy Iovine has decided to throw Jacob completely under the bus by telling him to riff as much as he wants. Oy. He’s already in the death slot. How much more can the kid take? I guess Jacob thinks a bright yellow dress shirt with a bright blue sweater […]

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American Idol makes another cut down to 6

by Ruth Anne Boulet We start this elimination extravaganza with a train wreck of a group number. Haley, Lauren, Stefano and Jacob “sing” “Hey Soul Sister.” Wow, bad. Why they didn’t have them lip synch for their lives to the Warblers singing it, I don’t know. It would’ve been more entertaining. Lauren is fully committed to wearing denim during every performance. Haley is dressed like a bag of Skittles — coral top, green skirt and yellow shoes. Yikes! After a Ford commercial we get “treated” to Casey, James and Scotty “singing” Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.” They’re a bit better than […]

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American Idol and songs of the 21st Century

by Ruth Anne Boulet Has it been that long that we need to “explore” the songs of the 21st Century? I didn’t think so, but apparently American Idol thinks I’m wrong, wrong, wrong. We’ve got an hour & a half for our Top 7 performances. You know what that means. Filler. Lots and lots of filler. Some of the filler is from people who’ve gotten kicked off. That means this season we get a girl-group rendition of Pink’s So What. At least it starts as a girl-group. Then Paul McDonald joins in. Oy. He sounds so uncomfortable. It’s safe to […]

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American Idol cuts down to 7 contestants

by Ruth Anne Boulet I’m not even going to address whatever Scotty and Lauren sang together at the top of the show. Something about America and honey. There was twanging. I was trying to block it out. Time to make the Ford commercial. Why didn’t they make Paul a zombie? He’s got the most zombie-like moves of anyone in the cast. Maybe they were trying to give Paul the chance to stretch artistically. Being a zombie makes Haley feel sexy. Um, ok. Zombies just want to have fun, people. Next Haley & Casey sing. Idol may have officially given up […]

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Dress like your favorite Idol: movie night edition

By Lori Acken It’s that time again, Idol fashionistas. The folks responsible for making American Idol‘s wannabe rock/pop/country stars look like movie stars have let us in on the duds and decorations they used for last night’s movie music extravaganza. Can’t wait for the weekly missives? You can follow the ladies’ stylist Soyon An on Twitter @soysfashion or visit her web site at soyonan.com, Keep up the guys’ guru Miles Siggins on Twitter @miles_siggins or via his web site and blog at milessiggins.com and milessiggins.blogspot.com. Here are the sartorial details for Wednesday’s performance show: Haley: Single dress Chinese Laundry boots […]

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American Idol tackles movie soundtracks

by Ruth Anne Boulet People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman in the World has decided to show off her figure with a dress featuring a poof in the front & a sheer mesh in the back. Did you listen to Gwen, Jen? That’s a bad idea. Paul McDonald — Old Time Rock & Roll by Bob Seeger What is Will.i.am doing there again? Is Jimmy Iovine lonely? Does he really need a sidekick for giving feedback? Looks like Paul is going to just sing & not play an instrument. Oy. He’s in another glittery rose suit. This one’s in black. Wow, […]

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“American Idol” judges not doing their jobs

By Tom Comi Viewers always gets blamed when a contestant on American Idol goes home prematurely, because it is they who ultimately cast the votes. But I am calling out the judges today for being accomplices to the crime that was committed last night. When it was announced that Pia was shockingly going home, the crowd booed, the judges were speechless and host Ryan Seacrest brazenly scolded the American public for not supporting a contestant that many considered one of the finest singers in the competition (see a recap of the show by my colleague Ruth Boulet here).

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American Idol eliminates number 9

by Ruth Anne Boulet The Idols greet us tonight with a group sing of Joan Jett’s I Love Rock & Roll. Oy, it’s bad. Casey then segues into My Baby Just Wrote Me a Letter. Many of the Idols don’t seem to be singing. Then bad karaoke reigns on Sweet Home Alabama. Are any of these contestants actually from Alabama? Oooh, a mashup! How Glee of them! It’s a screamy mess with everyone all over the stage. They even all have to run together like a ghostly border collie wants them to get together for a final “dance with ME! […]

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Dress like an idol: Rock ‘n Roll ‘n lambs edition

By Lori Acken Idol-istas, it’s that time again — to get out your pocketbooks and getting shoppin’ like the Idols do. This time around, the girls got themselves a Gwen Stefani-fication courtesy of the singer and outfits from her . Find the looks for yourself at l-a-m-b.com. PIA L.A.M.B Animal Print Jumpsuit L.A.M.B. Charon Sandal LAUREN L.A.M.B. Gingham shirt and bloomers L.A.M.B. Black Tuxedo Jacket L.A.M.B. Panya Boots HALEY L.A.M.B. Checkered linen tabard with wraparound waistband L.A.M.B. Black leather leggings L.A.M.B. Quest shoes

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American Idol explores the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

by Ruth Anne Boulet Jacob Lusk — Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye — Man In the Mirror by Michael Jackson Jacob just can’t sing about the nasty that bluntly, so he goes with the MJ tearjerker. If he’s in the bottom 3 it’s because everybody in America wasn’t ready to look at themselves in the mirror. Wow, really Jacob? So even if you completely harf the song, being in the bottom three won’t be your fault. Very interesting strategy. You see Jacob, your going home has a lot to do with how America PERCEIVES you. I’m perceiving you […]