Coming into the program I was a bit surprised by the results of the MSNBC poll about which men should go home. Chikezie Eze and Danny Noriega were neck and neck at 25% and 23% to be the ones to go. My picks Garrett Haley (17%) and Luke Menard (15%) were a distant third and fourth. These are the only ones in double digits. The next closest is Jason Yeager at 7.2%. It would be a major upset if anyone but these four are sent home.
The women's poll agrees with my choices. Amy Davis is the 'favorite" to be sent packing at 27%. Joanne Borgella has a slight lead over Kristy Lee Cook at 16% to 11%. Amanda Overmyer and Kady Malloy are 15 votes (out of 15261) apart for 4th most likely to ride into the sunset.
This will be updated as the program proceeds. I am confident that the process will be ponderously and artificially prolonged needlessly. I would rather see more commercials that the usual crap the producers come up with.
We start with the greatest enigma for this show. Why the awful group performances? This is NOT the "American Choir" competition. or the "American Ensemble" competition. The "Nashville Star" program had a much better method of elimination. They would let the ones that made it sing until they were down to two. One was then quickly told they were going home while the other went to prepare to sing in the competition. The dance competition shows give each judge 10 points to award. They do this at the end of the performance. The audience then gets to call in the other half of the voting. I think these two changes would revitalize "Idol" and it would show Paula to be what she is - all talk and no action, she is a performer but not a judge.
They did eliminate the useless contrived prolonged synthetic drama- somewhat. Garrett Haley was told quickly then he sang his goodbye song which confirmed the wisdom of the choice. "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" - not in this case.
Amy Davis was told after Kristy Lee Cook was given a scare. We were tortured with "Where The Boys Are". I know where they were, hiding.
We were then tortured with Paula's new video. She had way too much makeup on for the close ups in this new era of HDTV. It was a song about dancing which there was a dearth of. The format may have been a problem to limiting the scope, it was mostly her moving 4 feet left then 4 feet right. A third to a half was her singing with red fabric flapping - no dancing here. The song itself had a very limited range of pitch. Maybe they are trying to give her an acceptable reason to be replaced. It reminded me of the old films we could play on the jukeboxes when I was in college. It was something to give you a reason to drink more. If you drank enough, they actually seemed to be good.
We get Amanda Overmyer and Joanne Borgella on the hot spot. Joanne got to sing her swan song. She was better tonight than last night.
Chikezie and Colton are called to center stage. Colton is told then we get a montage of all the ones leaving. The show closes with his final performance. He did better with the pressure off.
For some reason the dress code was black and white tonight. The men were all in black jackets and pants with white shirts and string ties. The only bit of color was a couple of colored ties.
The results held for the women's poll on MSNBC. Amy Davis and Joanne Borgella were sent home. Garrett Haley held in the voting but Colton Berry was a dark horse. That makes me 3 for 4 in predictions so far. I may claim 1/2 on Colton I did nominate him as a possible.