As of this past semi-final segment there are five contestants left: Carrie Underwood, Bo Bice, Scott Savol, Anthony Fedorov and Vonzell Solomon. To Paula Abdul’s tears, Constantine Maroulis was eliminated in this round.
The touch of scandal comes from hints of an ABC expose of the show which will, as has been hinted, feature claims of manipulation by sore losers and a whisper that Paula Abdul has somehow been involved in a romantic fashion with some of the contestants.
I don’t know how much is true but as Fox proudly claims, an ABC expose will give their hit show even more publicity. Myself would watch to see who Paula’s been romancing.
From Matt Drudge:
ABC has been warned in writing it could face legal fallout for airing its scathing behind-the-scenes look at FOX’s AMERICAN IDOL, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
FOX owner Rupert Murdoch has informed executives that it appears ABC is attempting to maliciously “destroy” the nation’s most-watched series as it heads into the final weeks.
FOX believes ABC has interviewed a half a dozen losing contestants — contestants who will claim AMERICAN IDOL producers and judges somehow manipulate the show’s outcome!
Some other tidbits about the competition include an allegation that favored Bo Bice had been in trouble with the law over cocaine and marijuana possession with intent to distribute. Supposedly Bice was upfront with the contest organizers and there’s no intent to defraud.
Another tidbit-I heard Steve Doocey on Fox and Friends say that Constantine’s Aunt was his daughter’s teacher. I suppose she’s a bit disappointed this week.
Pictures of all contestants plus posts since the beginning of the contest are on my Blog Pat Fish Blog
Now on to some thoughts about this past week’s segment. Which theme was “songs of the new millennium”, or songs created AFTER 2000.
This pretty much leaves this Grandma Blogger in the dark as I work with a belief that there were no decent songs composed after 1969. Yet even in my ignorance I have an opinion. Understanding that I was unfamiliar with every song sung during this past week’s competition.
Carrie Underwood is still my favorite to win this thing. She looked much nicer this week with a typical country shirt and comfortable jeans. She stuck to her venue-country and western. I thought she sounded good but alas, the judges were not impressed. I have a blurb in my notes that Carrie has a nice butt. I don’t know why I wrote this but consider it so noted.
Even with a more modern theme, Bo Bice wore some kind of 60’s shirt and in general looked like the hippies of mine own younger days. Which bothers me not a whit as I myself wore buckskin fringes and granny dresses of the era. It just seems odd for a competitor in this contest not to have a more updated look. The song he sang was odd, including a segment of “talking”. Wow. You’d think singers in a SINGING competition would avoid such a thing. If those whispers of past drug issues don’t kill his chances I still look for Bo to be one of the top two.
Vonzell Solomon looked great with a gorgeous outfit and great hair. I thought the song she sang was okay. Randy loved her and said it was an especially difficult song. In total I thought Vonzell gave the best performance during this segment of the contest.
Anthony Federov wore a handsome suit. He also added some drama by sitting down and singing part of his song. A nice touch. The judges were approving except, of course, for Simon Cowell. By me Anthony is just not up to Carrie, Bo or Vonzell and I expect him to be eliminated soon.
It seems that Constantine took my advice and washed his hair. He’s a talented fellow and definitely deserved to stay over Scott Savol. At least as I see it. Maroulis does have a bit of a ham in him, loving the camera and acting out a little too theatrically by my taste. Alas Constantine is no more.
As for Scott Savol, I thought he did an awful job and so did all of the judges. Simon’s only comment to Scott was to “pack your bags”. The big fellow hangs in for another week but I’m not convinced he’ll be around much longer.
Picks for top three: