Finally, American Idol, HOT HOT HOT! Last night’s show was terrific. For the first time this season, the majority of the contestants came prepared to fight for the crown. Big performances by Melinda, Jordin, Blake, Chris, and yes, Sanjaya, as these five separated themselves from the pack. At this point, it looks like Chris is rising and both Blake and LaKisha are beginning to fade. My top five in order right now are: Sanjaya, Melinda, Jordin, Blake and Chris.
That's right, America, Sanjaya is now the one to beat.
The kid continues to surprise with his offbeat and often endearing personality. It now appears that the evil Simon Cowell is beginning to “get it.” No less than the great Tony Bennett left it clear that even he is impressed by the kid's presence (are you listening, Joe Scarborough, Mo Rocca, and Larry King?). It seems that some are willing to accept what is, while others just can't stand the idea that this is a voting contest. For those with short memories, Diana DeGarmo made it into the final two. Need I say more?
So far I have correctly predicted who is going home for three straight weeks (the entire voting season). If last night is any indication, I should be able to get it right at least two more weeks. While it is Haley that should be going home tonight, my analysis tells me it is going to be Phil this week. Both Phil and Gina just continue to disappoint. I can't help but feel after last night's show that they want to go home so they can get out from under the pressure.
Next week, it will be the beautiful, wonderful-to-look-at Haley versus the more talented Gina to see who gets to get back to the daily humdrum of things. Come on Gina, let it fly. Get a Red Bull or something before the show.
To recap: Sanjaya is now the one to beat, Chris is rising, Lakisha and Blake are falling, and Phil is going home tonight.