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With only a handful of days left, the tribe was falling apart.  It seems like this season has been a season of injuries and quitters.  James had to go see medical after the last tribal council and they informed him that the infection is close to the bone.  If his finger doesn’t get better, he will have to go have surgery.  Back at camp, Alexis took a major fall and hurt her knee.  Only time will tell if this means two more people going home before their time or not. 

At reward challenge, Probst made a very happy announcement.  The winner of the challenge will get a day on Jellyfish island with their loved one, who promptly came out for each person and gave them a big hug.  Parvati’s Mom, Natalie’s Mom, James’s Dad, Amanda’s sister, Erik’s Brother, Cirie’s Husband, and Alexis’s brother.  The challenge was for everyone to fill out questionaires and then when Jeff quizzed them, they had to guess whose name was written down the most.  Each player had a little clay doll of themselves up on a post.  Three ropes were holding back a hammer and if you make the correct guess, you get to break a rope.  When all three ropes are gone, the hammer swings up violently to break the doll.  Aww. 

The cutest part of the family’s arrival was Erik.  As his brother came out, he hugged him and gleefully shouted, “Look man, it’s Jeff Probst.  He’s just standing right there!”  I think Jeff almost blushed.  Probably the best part of the entire challenge once it got under way was when Alexis knocked James out of the challenge by breaking his last rope, his father mumbled, “When we get home, we’re going to have a talk about her.”  Omg, I love his dad!!  I almost wish James had won just so we could see more time of him and his father hanging out!

In the end, I think Cirie had the most correct answers, and it was also her decision whether to knock out Alexis or Amanda.  She chose Alexis, curiously enough.  Of course, Alexis got to choose two people to go with her, and she chose Natalie and Cirie.  Can I just say that I love to watch Cirie and her husband are so cute together.  THey seem to really love each other.  Her other choice was who to send to exile island, and she sent Amanda, where she will get to look for the other hidden immunity idol. 

In the worst, most disappointing turn in the game, James was sent to have his finger looked at again.  The doctor, who I am honestly quite mad at right now, said that the infection was too deep and he had to leave the game.  What???  Over a finger cut??  I almost cried.  I was literally shouting “Nooooooooooooooo” at the TV screen.  I am not a doctor, but he only has what?  Four days left?  Come on!!  He got to say goodbye to his tribemates, but James was gone.  All the tears on Parvati’s face couldn’t save him.  Boohooo.  I hope he will still be able to be on the jury.

At the reward challenge, they got to swim in a lake filled with non-stinging jellyfish, which was awesome.  I was really proud of Cirie for swimming in there and facing her fears.  She said that the experience changed her a little bit, realizing that everything is not a threat.  We didn’t really get to see much of the family time, though, which is a bit disappointing.  Back at Exile Island, Amanda found all of the clues very easily, but in a twist, they buried the idol under the flag back at camp instead of on the island itself.  Amanda can be sneaky, but can she hide this from them all?  I wonder.

When everyone (except Amanda) returned to camp, they were all shocked that James was gone.  No one shed tears like Parvati, however.  Probably because one less person means one step closer to a million dollars.  In an interesting conversation around the fire, Parvati asked a hurt Alexis if she wanted to be voted out.  With fear in her eyes, Alexis hastily answered “That is not even an option.”  This could perhaps paint a huge target on Parvati’s back for trying to manipulate the game.  Nothing new there though.

The Immunity challenge this week is about a bunch of hanging colored sake bottles that the competitors needed to hit in order to win.  THis time, instead of knocking out other people, the goal is to hit your own.  First person to break all of their bottles wins.  Natalie and Erik and Parvati were quick to break a bottle, but Erik pulled ahead when he hit his second one.  Natalie connected again, but Erik easily broke his third bottle to win immunity.  I honestly don’t think Cirie got within a mile of her bottles, but she’ll probably be okay tonight anyway.  Erik saved his own life, as the last man standing he is fighting for his life.  If Survivor History repeats itself, he will probably survive to go on and win the whole damn thing.

Back at camp, Amanda emptied her entire bag to “prove” that she had not found the idol.  She pulled Parvati aside and said that she needs her help in figuring out who was going home at tribal.  She confessed to Parv that she knew where the idol was, which is smart to get Parvati on her side.  They discussed voting out either Natalie who seems to be a physical threat, or Alexis, who is the more social threat.  Neither of them trust Erik to vote with them, so Amanda went to work on Erik right away.  She tried to sweet talk him, but he confessed to her that he is going to vote her off at tribal. 

Continuing her campaign, Amanda talked to Cirie who said that it’s either a tie or she votes Amanda out and keeps numbers on her side.  At least everyone is being honest at this point.  Well, except Amanda.  Parvati distracted the rest of the crew while Amanda dug for the idol, but they did not show us whether she found it.  And at tribal, we get to see Eliza’s tonsils again as she realizes that James is not there.  Oh, but they brought James back to sit on the Jury!!!  He has an IV and is doing okay. 

Amanda confesses that she couldn’t find the idol at tribal, which makes her a great actress.  She looks completely resigned to going home.  She did, however, call Erik out, saying that he seems trustworthy when he needs you, but if you need him, he finds greener grasses.  Everyone basically says that Amanda is the only logical target because she is unbeatable when it comes to jury votes.  After the votes are cast, Jeff asks the infamous question “If anyone has the hidden immunity idol, blah blah blah.”  For a moment, I thought she didn’t have it, but then her finger went into the air and she sauntered over to Jeff twirling it in her hands.  “When I told you I didn’t have it, I didn’t lie.  I didn’t have it then.”  Finally we got to see the idol played!!  Hooray!  Good job Amanda!  All of the votes for Amanda do not count, so Alexis was sent home with a disgusted look on her face.  With a sexy over the shoulder look toward Ozzie, Amanda looked completely triumphant. 

Probst said it all when he said “You guys are perfecting the art of the blindside.”  This has to be one of the best and strangest seasons of survivor ever!  Who do you think is in the best position now for the win?  I think they better get rid of Erik fast or risk losing to him in the end.  I am actually kind of glad that Alexis went home and Amanda stayed.  There’s nothing better than a good twist when it comes to Survivor and this season has delivered surprise after surprise.  I can’t wait till next week.

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After last week’s Carly outsting, I nervously tuned in, not sure what to expect from the American Teenie voters dialing frantically last night.  I can only hope that this week they got it right and will send Brooke packing.  I am also secretly hoping for a David Archuleta bottom 2.  Just because.

After the recaps from last night, Ryan had a serious message about Paula, saying that terrible rumors all over the internet after her ramblings last night are NOT true.  “She is a part of our family at American Idol and we love her.”  A teary Paula looked very upset.  For a moment, I feel as though Ryan Seacrest has come into my living room and personally scolded me.  I am guessing he was referring to people accusing her of being on drugs or being drunk on stage.  I have to say that I feel for her because she looks like she’s been crying all night long.  To be honest, though, she was pretty spacey last night.  She can’t speak coherently most of the time, so what does she expect the watching public to say about her?  Most people who are public speakers or spokespeople can at least form complete sentences.  I have always been a fan of Paula Abdul, and I have loved her shining, always hopeful, spirit on the show.  On the other hand, she has gotten increasingly less adorable as the seasons have progressed. 

And now on to the real topic of the show tonight… eliminations.  Jason Castro comes onto stage, a bit worried it seems.  Last night was not his most shining moment, but America still voted for him and he is sent to safety on the coaches of ugliness.  David Arculeta is next up.  Paula, in an effort to prove that she can speak clearly, proceeds to tell David that he’s… what?  I don’t know what she just said.  I think she said that he’s good.  Even Little David looked a bit confused and could only respond with a timid, I’ll try harder, type response.  No shockers here, Little David is safe. 

Ah, and here is the winning cup of the “Design the Coca Cola Cup” competition.  It’s actually a really nice cup.  I kind of want one now.  It’s red (of course) with white stars and black silouhettes of performers and the crowd at the show.  Nice job to the winner.  Where can I get one?

David Cook is up next.  We are closer now to the all-David finale that we all feel is inevitable as Ryan announces that he is safe.  So, Booke and Syesha are the bottom 2 are the bottom 2 this week, which is both a relief and a quiet disappointment.  I think Brooke is a goner, but I fear for Syesha.  Even though I have been shouting for her removal for weeks and weeks, I think Syesha is one of the few on this show who has truly grown in her scope and talent.  She has blossomed into a really great performer, and when she manages to stay in tune, she has some really amazing moments.  She has shown of late that she is capable of both the intimate and soulful moments as well as the big, showy take-control stage performer moments of a true diva.  While I do not think that she should have outlast Carly’s big beautiful talent, I think that Syesha is better than Brooke.  Of course, Ryan isn’t going to let us know the winner at only half past 9.  We will have to sit through another 25 minutes of pointless, excrutiating nail-biting moments before we know the final four.

Oh god, here’s the worst part of the show.  I might as well go get a drink.  Listeners call in time. 

  1. Why is Paula the only one who gives contestants a break?  “What the contestants do is hard, and someone has to give them a break.”
  2. When is the next time Paula and Randy are going to do a video together?  “We’ll be dancing like there’s no tomorrow”
  3. Simon, which of these two performances is the most memorable??  Your first kiss with Paula?  Or your first kiss with me in the garden when you were 9 years old??  Omg, an actually great question!!!  Tara Miller, his real first kiss!!  Wow, this is unreal.  Simon is blushing!!  Ryan jumped in an asked if Simon is a good kisser.  Her answer?  “Um…”  Haha.  Then he asked if she still looks cute.  Awww.  This is awesome!!  Ryan is going to exchange numbers for them.  Wouldn’t that be great if they ended up hooking up again!  I am totally shocked that there was actually a great listener question.  Bravo!!!

 Ford Commercial time.  Pretty mellow tonight, eh.  Ooo, but Neil DIamond time.  With a black leather jacket and a really beautiful acoustic guitar (and a swaying half band behind him, hmmm) he was singing pretty tame.  I would guess the song is called “Amazing Grace” or something like that.  Now, after the amazing and dynamic performances I have seen him do in the past, this is a bit boring honestly.  I guess I forgot to mention that Natasha Bedingfield already performed, but there wasn’t much to note there either.  Overall tonight, this is not their best guest artist night of the year.  Aww, but there is his Mom, wearing a white American Idol jacket.  She’s so cute!  Wow, she must be 80 years old.  That is super sweet.

Neil Diamond’s advice for longevity in the arena of performing artists?  Stick with it, work hard, don’t listen to what Simon says.  Don’t ever stop if you love it.  Good advice, honestly.  Hoorah.  Okay, now tell us who is going home.

The two ladies are called down to the stage and Brooke is already crying.  “The contestant leaving us tonight is… Brooke.”  I think she already knew it, honestly.  I think this is absolutely the right choice this week.  She looks absolutely crushed, which is always the saddest part to watch.  A seal clap from Paula and a pat on the back from probable future winner David Cook can’t even cheer her up, but she did make it through the performance.  At the end, she was completely overcome with tears as she retreated to the back of the stage.  So with a tearful departure from Brooke, we are down to the final four on American Idol 7. 

 

 

 

We are down to the Top 5 contestants and that means two songs each all packed into one hour. Without Carly to look forward to, I’m not sure who I’m most rooting for this week. It seems as though an all David finale is inevitable, so I am not sure whether to pick my favorite David and ride him all the way to the end or to hope for an underdog victory. Maybe tonight someone will step forward and really wow me.

Tonight’s mentor is Neil Diamond, which will prove very different from last week’s Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway week. The judges, Ryan tells us, are not going to say anything about the contestants until they are done with both of their songs, which makes me very happy. Most of what they say is just the same crap every week anyway at this point.

Jason Castro  – 

  1. “Forever in Blue Jeans” – I love to watch Jason play his guitar in that easy sexy style of his.  He did a good job, but I think at this point he’s getting too boring to be in the American Idol finale.  It was a good song and he sang it well, but that’s all I have to say about it really.
  2. “September Morn’ ”  _  A ballad on the second choice, sitting on a stool without a guitar, just holding the microphone was a good choice for him.  I think, though, that for the first time all season he was a little bit off pitch.  He was really missing some of his magical connection, which I chalk up to song choice.  He said that he had something in his throat right before he started singing, but there’s just no good excuse at this stage in the competition.  The judges felt the same way, and said that he was just not himself this week.

David Cook  – 

  1. “I’m Alive” – FIrst off, let me just ask one question.  What is up with the AC/DC jacket on Neil DIamond night?  I didn’t get it honestly.  Maybe he’s trying to do some DC for David Cook thing, but it just doesn’t really go with the theme of the evening if you ask me.  And I did not like the V neck red shirt under it either.  But as for his performance, it was really good.  He isn’t doing anything revolutionary with his rock star turn around at this point, but at least he’s consistent with his style and his vocals. 
  2. “All I really Need is You” –   His second choice of song was what I had been looking for all night far.  Someone finally showing that they care if they win or lose this competition.  He went with an electric guitar on the first song tonight and then switched to acoustic for the second.  His performance felt so much more intimate and passionate, and the way he sang with all of his heart from the bridge on gave me chills.  The judges loved his performance with Paula even saying that she thinks she is already looking at the American Idol.  Simon thought his first song was okay, but the second one was brilliant.  It was current and was a fresh arrangement. 

Brooke White  –

  1. “I’m A Believer” – Why Brooke why?  This was just NOT the song for her.  She looks so tense and uncomfortable on the stage, which is unusual when she’s playing her guitar.  Maybe she is just freaked out that she messed up so badly last week and she knows that messing up again would be suicide… I don’t know.  She doesn’t look great with that weird ruffled shirt and she just doesn’t sound good on this song. 
  2. “I Am ” – On the piano for her second song, she did a much better job.  She had some lyrics written on her hand, though, which is just terrible.  She just is cracking under the pressure and she is probably the one who deserves to go home most this week.  Her voice is all crackly and I don’t get why Randy and the other judges are always so quick  to praise her for her FLAWS.  Surely we aren’t looking for someone with so many flaws??  If I want flaws I can go out to any bar here in Raleigh and find something equally poorly done.  Simon said he hated the first song but that she was better on the second.  Overall I am not impressed with her these last few weeks and I think it is her week to go home.

David Archuleta  –

  1. “Sweet Caroline” – Wow, Neil DIamond called David a prodigy, imagine that.  He hit the nail on the head though when he said that David needs to listen to his advice and learn a few more things.  That’s what separates the two Davids at this point, honestly.  Their independence and ability to exist on their own.  Little D did an okay job on this song, but I think he had a hard time finding the pitch at the beginning.
  2. “America” – Let all the over 50 crowd get to their feet, David A is in the house!  He’s so easy-listening and predictable.  Even the embellishments he puts on the music is old fashioned and so overdone.  Out of all of the contestants he has the sweetest sounding voice and probably the most pure vocal talent, but he might as well be 50 years old for all the lack of freshness he chose.  The judges liked him as always and Simon thought it was a brilliant song choice (referencing KLC’s Lee Greenwood week here maybe?).  I mean, who wouldn’t vote for the wonder boy singing a song about America?? I won’t, for one.  I personally think he’s a bit too old fashioned, but you don’t hear them getting onto him about it.  No, they called Syesha’s first song old fashioned, which is just bullshit, honestly.  Ugh.  I think they have already picked this kid out to win on the production staff, so heaven forbid anyone criticize him.

Syesha Mercado  –

  1. “Hello” – This is one of my all time favorite ND songs, and I have to give Syesha a virtual high five for nailing it tonight on this one.  She looks so soft and beautiful with her hair long and in loose curls.  Her decision to start out sitting on the edge of the stairs on the stage with her bare feet made the beginning so sweet and personal.  Of the first round of performances, I think this was my favorite.
  2. “Thank the Lord for the Nighttime”  –  She might not always be on pitch and lord knows I’ve torn her apart for it in the past, but let me just say that she’s the only performer tonight who took control of the stage and really performed for the audience.  She was smiling and having a good time, she looked great, and she really was in it to win it.  Once again, however, Randy had to make a comment about she belongs on Broadway.  Then, Paula basically said the same thing.  It’s almost as if they are trying to push her off the stage and onto the streets of New York.  Simon thinks she is a good actress/singer but that she is going to be in trouble because there are only five left and she is the next to go.  DId he not hear Brooke’s performance??   /sigh.

Tonight I was really missing Carly and her amazing onstage energy.  After all is said and done with tonight’s performance, I think it is extremely clear who the producers want to see in the final two and they will probably get their way.  Tonight, however, the only two that were even good enough to mention in detail were David Cook and Syesha Mercado.  Yes, I am actually saying that Syesha did a great job, and she basically was told by the judges that she belongs on Broadway and not on the pop stage.  Maybe they are right and I think she will have a brilliant career on the stage somewhere, but I think they gave too many compliments to Brooke and little David, and not nearly enough to Syesha.  THe judges have almost become more of a voter manipulation tool than anything else at this point.  What do you think?  Who will be in trouble tomorrow night?  Do you think anyone can nudge the two David’s out of the finale at this point?

Oh, and before I go, I have to mention that in between songs one and two, what was up with Paula Abdul?  Did she get hit with the stupid stick on her way into the studio tonight or what?  She has never sounded more clueless, and that’s truly saying a lot.  She was discussing Jason’s second song and he hadn’t even sang it yet!!  Simon basically interrupted her and wouldn’t let her continue on, which was honestly doing her a favor before she said anything else that was completely humiliating.  What did you think of Paula’s stupid comments tonight? 

Day 28 of Survivor Micronesia and the talk at camp is all about Ozzy’s ousting at the last tribal council. Amanda, of course, is pissed off at Parvati and Cirie for betraying them, but she seems to realize that the others are just playing the game, so she better get into it. I mean, let’s face it, she’s been riding Ozzy’s coat-tails the entire game so far, so his getting voted out might be the perfect opportunity for her to step up her own game. Since she didn’t betray Ozzy, she’s sure to get his vote over anyone else if she can make it to the top. Just a thought. Whereas Parvati and Cirie just pissed off a great many people that will now probably never vote for them if they make it to the final 2.

Cirie noticed a nasty cut on James’ finger that he’s been nursing and putting coconut oil on for a while. I’m not sure if that will matter later, but since they put it in, so will I. Speaking of James, Parvati knows that she needs to make peace with James about her vote. In an interesting conversation with her, James compares her to Eve when he says “You just have to go after the apple.” He says that she was selfish in her choice and when he asked her what her final 3 plan was, she admitted that she was planning to take girls to the finals with her. I think she really made an enemy in James at this point.

Parv also headed over to Amanda to say she was sorry, but that she wants it to be a final 5 of all women. Amanda decides to play it safe and combine forces with the girls and not act too upset about the vote, which is super smart. She is wary, however, of whether they are telling her the truth.

Reward challenge this week ends up being the infamous Survivor auction! Jeff Probst tells them all that there will be no sharing of money or items this year. Each person was given $500 and has to bid in increments of $20. Cirie won a meal of hot dogs, french fries and all the fixin’s for $120. The second item was sold to Erik for $80 and he was given the choice to keep it or trade it for another unknown item. His original one was octopus, but he traded it for a huge tray of nachos. Nice. Next Natalie bought a covered tray of fruit bat soup for $240 which she stupidly would not even touch, so James got for free. A peanut butter jelly sandwich with milk went to Amanda for $280, damn.

Natalie’s next covered item that she bought for $240 turned out to be a good one. She got to choose one person to go to Exile Island and then she could keep the money they had left. One important announcement from Jeff is that a new immunity idol was placed on the island since Ozzy never played his. Natalie chose to send Jason, which he was upset about even though he should have been stoked. I mean, who cares about an extra meal or something when you could possibly have immunity, which is basically another shot at the million?? Natalie took his $500 and he had to go immediately.

The next bid of a covered item was sold to Natalie again for $380. Wow, it was a HUGE chocolate cake. In a twist, though, Jeff handed her a note saying she could share the cake with three other trabe mates and they have 60 seconds to eat it. SHe chose Parvati, Cirie, and Alexis, calling out her new alliance interestingly enough, which should clue in Amanda that she is not a part of it. In a disgusting turn, Erik paid Cirie $40 to lick her chocolatey fingers. And with that, Jeff banged his gavel announcing the auction is over. You would think that after past seasons, people like James would know that you should just spend your money when you have a chance because the auction can be over at any minute. Too bad they didn’t give any rewards like time with family or letters or anything like they have in the past. Those are always the best rewards.

When they got back to camp, Natalie did nothing but complain about Jason getting another chance at the idol. Um… wasn’t she the one who sent him there?? She is crazy!! If she was smart, she would have sent someone from her own alliance, but I think that was a big mistake if he ends up finding it.

Meanwhile on Exile, Jason was making the most of his chance to find the idol. He also was talking about how he would consider sharing his vicotry in finding the idol with Natalie. And… there he goes. Jason found the hidden immunity idol in a flash with no problems and he considers himself part of a successful alliance with Natalie and the other girls.

Back at camp, the girls were discussing strategies such as convincing Jason that someone else needs to win the immunity challenge. They are hoping to make him feel comfortable and blindside him. Natalie knows that he trusts her and she is going to play him. Now, for a girl that has barely spoken at all the entire season, she is really stepping up her game. Of course, by stepping up her game, she is going to piss off yet another member of the jury, which isn’t very smart, but what do I know?

Day 30. Erik’s birthday. They get a tree mail with a puzzle on it to get prepared for tribal council. In a merciful speech to the camera, Natalie confesses that as evil as women can be, they do not want to send Erik home on his birthday so they will try to get Jason or James out at tribal. I personally think it’s awesome that the women are trying to make it all girl final 5, but as in so many seasons before (Vanuatu specifically comes to mind), the women rarely have the chops the stick to their female alliances all the way through.

At the immunity challenge, Natalie pulled Jason over to the side and told him to let anyone but James win. Wasn’t she supposed to tell him not to win and to let her win? She really screwed that up because now Jason is trying to not let James win. I’m trying to figure out if she is stupid or what. The challenge is one of the typical survivor challenges where four people move on, then the next two, etc. James and Erik moved on to the finals of the competition, both fighting with all of their hearts and minds and bodies. The last part was a challenge we’ve seen before where they get two planks and have to make their way across a rope bridge. Erik was slow but steady while James tried something that didn’t work and fell off. Erik barely beat James out though and won immunity on his birthday. You know he has to feel great after that, but James probably is getting pretty worried at this point.

After falling all over Erik for winning on his birthday, all the girls jumped for joy once the guys were out of ear shot because now their plan to blindside Jason was falling into place. Parvati cleverly dubbed themselves the “Black Widow Brigade” which I think is hilarious. So now, Jason thinks that they are all voting for James. In a very stupid move though, Natalie ransacks Jason’s backpack right in front of James and uncovers the immunity idol. What are they thinking in uncovering their entire plan right in front of one of the guys? Jason came right out and told Natalie later on that he has the idol, so her going through his bag was just stupid and risky. Poor Jason, I kind of feel sorry for him because he’s buying every bit of bullshit that she’s shoveling out at him. It makes me wonder if Natalie’s really a Survivor fan or not because she is just making enemies here, which is dangerous this close to the end. But she admits in a private video that she is being more herself now, which is “stonecold bitch”.

Amanda pulled James over to the side to tell him that Jason was probably going home as long as he doesn’t play his idol. Just to make sure that James’ name isn’t the only other name written down, he said he will write down Parvati’s name. Amanda is really being the smartest player in the game right now and if she can make it to the end, she is sitting pretty because she hasn’t lied to anyone or pissed anyone off, but is sort of sitting back and letting the other people ruin their own chances.

At tribal council, Probst points out that the women are no longer needing male providers and that James is probably the next one on the chopping block. James smartly calls Parvati out in tribal saying that she orchestrated Ozzy’s demise. That isn’t exactly true, though. If I remember correctly, it was Cirie that went to everyone and said “Hey, Ozzy needs to go tonight.” No one seems to realize that though, which is good news for Cirie. Wow, Ozzy really still looked pissed sitting over there on the benches next to Eliza. I feel no real pity for him though, because he did have the idol and it was his choice not to play it.

Once again, the girls convinced another guy NOT to play his idol, so I was certain it was Jason going home. In a very strange twist though, the votes were down to 1 vote Parvati, 3 votes James, 3 votes Jason… one vote left. My heart was racing. Who the hell voted for James besides Jason?? Erik maybe, but who else??? In the end though, it was Jason who was blindsided and went home without playing his idol. I had to rewind the very end a couple of times to get a look at the votes. It looks like Jason, Alexis and Natalie all voted for James. I realize now that they did that just in case Jason were to play his idol, the person with the next highest amount of votes would be going home. They were smart to even it out like that since James cast his vote for Parvati.

Probst told James to have his finger looked at by medical on his way out and it looks like it will only get worse on the next episode. What is it this season with injuries?? Maybe since it is only a few days until the end, they will let him stay anyway. It also looks like next week will be family visits as well, which is always fun.

I am honestly starting to lose my faith in the American public.  I know this is a free country and people can vote for whoever they want to, but this is ridiculous.  In what strange universe is it okay for someone to screw up their words to the point where they have to start over and then can barely continue on, but delivering the best performance of the night and being full of energy and amazing singing sends you home?  I am so mad right now!!

The show tonight started out just like any other elimination show… basically 50 minutes of fluff and unnecesary torture followed by 10 minutes of complete shock.  I just don’t understand what America is thinking.  I demand a recount!  Are the producers secretly blocking numbers or something?  This just isn’t right, honestly. 

Let’s revisit last night’s performances.  Brooke completely screwed up.  She started the song, forgot the words, and had to start over.  Then what she did sing ended up being tense and awkward.  David Archuleta sang an “easy listening” version of a popular female belter song and also forgot the words, but did the judges even mention it?  No, instead they glossed over it, saying he’s the one to beat, and he sailed through without a problem.  Jason Castro, while charming and endearing as usual, picked a song that was just odd for him and there were no chill bump kind of moments there.  On the other hand, Syesha delivered the performance of her AI career (albeit a tiny bit off pitch) and Carly sang her heart out (completely on pitch and full of energy).  I will admit that Carly sang the wrong words, but she delivered them with confidence and conviction, not shouting for a “do-over” or singing blah blah blah to cover it up. 

How is it possible that Syesha and Carly got put in the bottom 2 tonight??  I can understand Syesha more than Carly because let’s face it, Syesha has been searching for the right pitch since day one and has yet to completely find it.  On the other hand, there is something soulful about her, and her performance last night was one of the best by far.  And Carly… sweet Irish barmaid Carly.  THe girl has a voice that can move mountains.  I don’t get why the judges have been so hard on her this year.  In my opinion, she has the best voice in the competition as far as pure raw vocal talent goes.  She might get a bit “shouty” sure, but what the hell does Celine DIon do onstage everyday of her life?  She shouts, for god’s sake, and people pay hundreds and thousands of dollars to hear her shout.  Carly does not deserve to be going home! 

Tonight’s show almost feels pointless to recap.  I do find it worth noting that they showed a video clip of Tamyra Gray from season 1 tonight.  I can very vividly remember being upset when she was eliminated because she had really performed amazing the night before.  I am happy to see that she has found happiness on Broadway, but that was just the very first time on American Idol that the best vocalist didn’t go through.  I guess no one ever said American Idol was about fairness… it most certainly is about popularity.  The thing I just don’t understand is why the hell Brooke is more popular than Carly?  SImon said she was sitting up there on the “safe” couches simply because she showed that she was human.  Well, I can be human too!  I can get up there on stage and mess up just as well as she can!  It’s easy to mess up.  Getting up there with heart and spirit and energy and singing an octave range song at the top of your lungs however is not easy.  And we aren’t supposed to be voting for the American Human… it’s supposed to be about finding a superstar.

But Carly is gone and there’s nothing to be done about it now.  After Michael Johns getting voted off a few weeks ago and now this… I am not even sure who I am rooting for anymore.  It seems predictable now that the two Davids will be the final men standing once we get to the Kodiak theater in four weeks.  This totally sucks.  Carly was really super talented and did not deserve to go home.  Her only consolation is that at least KLC went first. 

Next week is Neil Diamond week and I guess I will have to see if I’m even up for watching anymore Idol this season.  It will take me at least a week to get over this. 

 

We are down to just 6 in the quest for the next American Idol, and we all know that we have reached a point where we are getting attached to our favorites.  I dare say that there are a lot of people out there who loved Michael Johns so much they either quit watching all together, or else have been searching aimlessly for another idol to pin their dreams on.  But most people have their favorite safely tucked into the top 6 and are ready to dial like crazy to keep them there.  It’s at this point in the competition where we all are willing to sort of look past the mistakes our favorite makes and are all too quick to point out the misgivings and mistakes of the ones we don’t like so much.  I am no different, so don’t expect this recap to be completely unbiased. 

Having an Andrew Lloyd Webber evening confuses me a bit.  Hasn’t Simon always put people down when they sound too “Broadway”?  I mean, where was Broadway night when Clay Aiken needed it?  I suppose they are trying to bring on big named stars like Webber and to also push the contestants to see who can shine no matter what the assignment.  Tonight should certainly show us who has the vocal chops and who doesn’t.  It’s times like this that I miss Michael Johns… he would have done awesome this week I think.  Oh well, we miss you Michael!

Syesha Mercado – “One Rock and Roll Too Many” – In her video with ALW, I think she kind of talked back to him a bit, which was so off-putting.  I mean, this man is a legend in his art, you just don’t say things like “Well, this is American Idol, not musical theater.”  Ouch.  And, can I just say… what musical is this song even from?  I’ve never heard it and I love musical theater.  Out of all of the amazing songs she could have picked… /sigh.  She looked fantastic though with her tight red dress and her hair in a fancy updoo.  Too bad she couldn’t hit the right notes.  It’s as if she begins to push so that she can belt it out, and she loses the pitch.  Here’s what the judges had to say:  Randy said it was her best performance and she could be a huge broadway star.  Paula says she was in her “happy place”.  Simon said it was sexy.  He thinks it was her strongest performance and that she showed masses of personality.  They all think she is more comfortable in Broadway music.  In my opinion though, she would not get a job on broadway because she can’t sing consistently on pitch. Am I the only that hears that??  Come on people!

Jason Castro – “Memory”  from Cats – In his stage time with Ryan he admitted that he was nervous at this week.  The video was hilarious because ALW said “I never thought I would have heard a man singing Memory with dreadlocks.”  It’s almost perfect that Jason has no idea what the musical is about and has never seen it.  In his performance he sort of lost me on the lower parts, where his voice disappeared a bit.  BUt there is something really sexy and sweet and beautiful about his voice on the higher parts.  I could swoon when I hear it.  I don’t think the judges were swooning though.  Randy thought it was a trainwreck.  “It’s just not your thing dude.”  Paula thought it was interesting because people are used to hearing a power female singing it, and it gave him a chance to show his personality.  Simon thought it came off as a young guy being forced to sing at a wedding.  Haha.  I definitely did not think it was his best night, but did anyone really expect broadway night to be his best? 

Brooke White – “You Must Love Me”  from Evita – Is anyone else tired of the way Brooke purses her lips and furrows her brow and looks so serious and puppy dog?  After this great vid where ALW said she was a natural actress and Brooke was saying that she thinks it is her most powerful moment on the show… she gets up on stage on her stool… and she FORGETS THE WORDS.  How many times has Brooke messed up the beginning of her songs?  All it does is make me nervous for her.  How can someone be a national performing artist when they keep forgetting their words?  You could tell over the rest of the song that she was trying her best to get it together and force us all to feel what she was trying to make us feel.  It just didn’t work though, and it came off too boring.  Randy thought there were parts that were good, and that she connected with her music, but vocally it was tough.  Paula said “You must never stop and start.” It was a moment where I felt like Paula was seriously disappointed in her.  It was like a mother telling her child what not to do.  Simon said that her mess-up at the opening distracted her the rest of the song and made it uncomfortable.  For the first time during judging, Brooke was actually speechless until Ryan asked her why she stopped and started.  She said “I forgot the lyric.  ANd it’s the first time it’s happened on this show.”  Okay, so maybe the first time she forgot the words, but she stopped and restarted a few weeks ago on “Every breath you take.”  I thought I would want Syesha gone this week, but now I’m convinced that Brooke should be the next to go.

David Archuleta – “Think Of Me” from Phantom of the Opera – ALW’s advice to young David… “Open your eyes. and Open your eyes”.  He also called him Little David, hahaha.  He certainly took some risks with this song this week and stepped out of his box for the first time, making taking cues from the big David for once.  He sang this very quintessential broadway female belter song and added an acoustic guitar and some pop elements. Everything was going along great until there was a moment in the middle… did he forget his words too?  You can’t be serious?  He covered well, but I am sure that he did.  Let’s see if the judges caught that or if I’m just insane.  Randy thinks Little David is what this show’s all about and that he’s the one to beat.  Paula thought it was absolutely perfect.  As for Simon, he thought it was a weak performance for him, forgettable, but pleasant and enough to get him through to next week.  No one said anything about him missing the words, but it sure sounded like he was babbling until his mind caught back up with his tongue.  /shrug.

Carly Smithson – “Jesus Christ Superstar” – She had picked out a ballad from Phantom, but ALW told her to that a girl with a tattoo on her arm needed to do a belting song.  He definitely did her a favor there, because she came alive on stage.  She had a great 70’s type dress, she looked amazing, and she was smiling and seemed so happy.  How can Randy say that wasn’t the best performance??  IS he HIGH??  He’s off if he thinks David’s performance was the one to beat?  I am so tired of them being hard on here.  Paula thought it was surprising and fantastic.  SImon said it was a bit shouty, but one of the best performances of the night.  In a very cute stage moment, Ricky Minor handed Carly a shirt that said “SImon Loves Me (This Week)”.  I love Carly’s energy and happiness on stage this week.  She did a great job, and I was so relieved to finally hear something with some great energy to it. 

David Cook – “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera – Wow, so you’re telling me a man is singing a song that man is actually supposed to sing?  Haha.  ALW said it is the most sensual and sexy song he’s ever written.  I will never get the image of him telling David to imagine that he’s a sexy chorus girl out of my head, but moving on… I think it was brilliant for David to just let his voice shine this week.  He didn’t try to do what everyone was expecting and turn it into a pop ballad.  He really let it be a broadway song, and I loved it.  He proved that he has the voice to really pull it off, and that is not an easy song to sing.  He has an amazing vocal range.  Okay, so it might have been a bit sappy, but it was solid and one of the best of the night.  Randy said it was amazing, a “molten hot lava bomb.”  Paula thinks it proved he is well-rounded with a beautiful instrument.  Simon said it isn’t the side of him he likes, but he made the most of the song. 

Overall, I think Carly did the best job this week, followed by David and David.  The bottom 3 should be Syesha, Brooke, and Jason.  I think it’s Brooke’s turn to go this time.  Let me just say that if I had the opportunity to sing Andrew Lloyd Webber on stage, I would pick the song “As if We Never Said Goodbye” from Sunset Boulevard.  If anyone had done that song tonight, they could have really pulled the house down.  I wish someone had done that.  No one really brought the house down tonight, but if anyone came close it was Carly.  I can’t wait to see how America votes this week. 

If you go to MTV’s website, you can watch daily updates of what is going on in the house while we are waiting for next week’s new episode. There are also videos and confessionals that were included in the premiere, like the foursome confessional that Greg overheard just before he called his mom to vent about his roommates. So, what’s the update?

You can watch Joey working out. Man, he is seriously ripped. It makes you wonder if he’s on some kind of steroid or if that is totally natural and from hard work. Anyway, you can watch a short video of him lifting weights, making strange faces and breathing very heavily.

Check out Greg’s first taste of Sushi at Ashton Kutcher’s restaurant, the Geisha House. He actually said that he likes it, which is him showing a positive attitude and seeming to get along with everyone for the first time. He also has a confessional video, but it’s not that interesting. Mostly him talking about the Sushi again and about how he is ready to get out and meet some women. Oh, and he says that he and Joey made up but that he doesn’t ever plan on getting too close with any of the girls in the house.

There is a video of Kimberly and Dave snuggling in bed, laughing and talking about the funny things that happened on Sarah’s 21st birthday. Then, of course, you can watch the roommates celebrating Sarah’s birthday. And let me just say, Holy Bottled Water Batman! There are like 4 cases of bottled water on the counter. I guess they are really into water. :p

Former cheerleader Dave is shown in the backyard teaching Greg how to do a stunt where he runs up a wall and does a flip. I am surprised that Greg was willing to try it, because it looked a little bit scary. He did a good job though, check it out. Dave also lifts Kimberly into the air. It all reeks to me of gradeschool playground time when we used to do gymnastics and fool around. They look like they are having fun together which is good, though. Kimberly is all about Dave, isn’t she?

Speaking of Dave, his confessional online is actually pretty interesting. He thinks that Greg’s approach to being on the show is all wrong, and he is scared that they guys are splitting into Dave and Joey / Will and Greg as far as friendships. He also said to the camera, “I wanna get laid just as much as anybody else.” He says he’s tired of Greg constantly talking about how he wants to get laid and meet women, acting like he’s never been with a woman before.

Another mention of hooking up occurs when Brianna and Will get together and dish about Brianna’s little crush on Joey and how Will wants to hook up with Sarah. Will says that he can only go about a week without getting physical with a woman, so he is already trying to enlist Bri’s help in getting Sarah all to himself. Interesting but not surprising.

I will post more updates as the videos become available. Nothing terribly interesting just yet, but I have a feeling that things will start to heat up pretty soon.

Oh. My. God. My heart is racing. Did that just really happen? In one of the most shocking Survivor blindsides ever, front runner favorite Ozzy is betrayed by some of the people he trusted most. It seems that Ozzy fell prey to one of the oldest stories in the book: complacency. He got a bit too cocky and comfortable about his position as the solid leader of the tribe and did not play his immunity idol. I can’t believe it! I was almost getting bored with the season thinking that Ozzy was just going to sail through individual immunity and play the idol anytime he didn’t win. But, in an episode that proves Survivor is one of the best reality tv shows ever, the game was changed in an instant.

The episode began with talk at the newly merged Dabu tribe of Eliza playing the fake idol. Cirie makes the comment that “Maybe it wouldn’t have been such a bad thing if the idol had been real and Ozzy had gone home.” That was just foreshadowing for the end of the episode. I have to wonder, did it really take them this long to realize that it would be a good idea to get Ozzy voted off before he rode the individual immunity all the way to victory? Jason seemed cocky himself though, saying that “Ozzy is not the only god-like character on Survivor.” He believes that after winning immunity once, he just might have a shot.

This week’s reward challenge was a puzzle challenge where competitors had to swim out to a puzzle, memorize it, then swim back and try to recreate it exactly. With 9 people, Probst told them to make a schoolyard pick, leaving one person who would be forced to go to Exile Island and would not be elligible for the reward. The first captain, Natalie, chose James, Parvati, and Alexis for her team. Jason was the second captain, and he chose Ozzy, Amanda and Erik. It’s no surprise that when Ozzy swam out for his team, he came back and put up a ton of puzzle pieces. He’s been doing that sort of thing a lot this season, which to me just reeks of his belief that he is so much better than everyone else that he has to take the entire challenge into his own hands. And, of course, in the end, Natalie’s team was wrong and Ozzy’s team was right, winning reward. Did you notice how Amanda snuggled up to Ozzy, so pleased that Alexis wasn’t going with them.

The reward was a plane ride to Yap, a secluded Island country. The Survivors walked through an amazingly lush jungle, up stone stairways covered in moss, to a pavilion that looked ancient and authentic. The trible people there were beautiful with their grass skirts and flowered leis. Best quote of the night goes to Erik when he confessed, “That’s the most boobs I’ve probably ever seen in my whole life.” Basically, the reward was just one long soliloquy of Erik expressing how much he loved being there and how in awe he was. It was also shots of Erik with the locals, chewing Betel nuts and drinking beer… oh, and throwing up. “I partied a little bit too hard Micronesian style.” Ozzy, true to his leader personality, said he took joy in watching young Erik experience life away from his home for the first time.

In a cut scene to Exile island, we saw poor Cirie getting drenched. I know it would suck to be on Exile when you know for sure there is no idol left out there and when you can’t keep a fire going to save your life. James was also frustrated about the fire back at their camp. He apparently stayed up all night making sure the fire was going through the rain while they were in the cave. Meanwhile, the other three girls (Parvati, Natalie and Alexis) slept like little babies. When he started sharpening the machete and making noise, Parvati had the nerve to sit up and tell him he was being obnoxious because they were trying to sleep. I think it is safe to say that was the beginning of the end for the romance of James and Parvati.

When the others came back to camp, Ozzy was just bragging and going on and on about the food at the reward, which just pissed the others off… not that they would tell him to his face of course. This was a bit more foreshadowing so I guess I should have known what they were building me up to. Then again, Survivor always builds you up thinking there will be an upset, but then doesn’t follow through, so you never know.

At the immunity challenge, Jason said he knew that he would either win or go home. The challenge was purely and endurance challenge and the Survivors were standing on a bucket with their hand tethered to a rope above their head that was in turn, tied to a bucket of colored water above them. One move of their hand or a little moment of lost balance and the water would fall, eliminating them from the challenge. After a short time, Probst offered a huge bowl of candy, which Cirie and Erik decided to split as they left the challenge together. When Jeff brought out another bowl, hidden behind his back, Alexis got excited and stepped off of her bucket. In a moment of pure cold-heartedness, Jeff told her that she would not get the reward because he hadn’t even offered it yet. She looked pissed, but he just told her “You can pout all you want.” Ouch. Natalie lost her balance too right after that, to which James said, “Man that would suck”… promptly followed by James also losing his balance and finding out just how much it does suck. A little while later, in what was really a surprise to me, Ozzy opted out for a plate of chocolate doughnuts. I wonder if he was trying to make himself seem like he wasn’t a threat with that little stunt. I mean, hadn’t he just eaten a huge meal at reward? Anyway, 5 hours into the challenge, Jason, Amanda and Parvati were still standing. Amanda said “I have to pee, I think I’m done.” and dumped her bucket onto her head.

Now, here’s where Jason does something that was really dumb. Jeff came out with a tray full of cookies, milk, doughnuts, candy, beer and pizza. He told the two remaining competitors that if one of the stepped off, the whole tribe would enjoy the feast. Then, everyone proceeded to guarantee Jason that if he steps down, they will not vote for him at tribal council. He actually decided to trust them and he stepped down after 6 and a half hours of standing up there, handing the immunity to Parvati. Back at camp, Ozzy said that was the dumbest thing ever in Survivor history and that Jason would be going home.

Little did Ozzy know, behind his back, Cirie was meeting with Natalie, Alexis, Jason and Parvati, saying that now would be the perfect opportunity to get Ozzy out and to also get rid of the hidden idol. I have to be honest… I didn’t think Parvati would follow through. Sure, it was the right thing to do, but how many times this season have we seen people gear for Ozzy and then not have the balls to follow through?

At tribal council, Eliza came in as the only member of the jury, looking very good in a teal tank top. Basically, the talk at tribal was focused around Jason’s decision to step off the bucket. When the voting got underway, James made me laugh with his comment “And I thought I was the dumbest Survivor ever,” as he cast his vote for Jason. As Jeff came back with the bucket of votes, all eyes turned to Ozzy to see if he would play his idol. I don’t know why he didn’t see it coming, because it was the perfect time to vote him out with it being uneven numbers.. but he didn’t play the idol. He got too cocky and he trusted people too much. As Jeff read the votes, he said one Jason, one Ozzy… and then read off three more Jason’s, making it Ozzy 1, Jason 4. I thought for sure that Parvati had chickened out and Jason would go home. But wait… Ozzy. Ozzy. Ozzy. Tied. 4. 4. The person voted out of Survivor Fans vs. Favorites… OZZY!!! I had to rewind the recording three times after the show just to watch everyone’s faces as the results came out. Amanda looked like a scared puppy dog. James hung his head, laughing at how Ozzy was about to get blindsided while holding the idol… a situation quite familiar to James who was voted out while holding back not one, but TWO idols in China. Eliza was on the sideline with her hand on her heart and her mouth wide open in shock. Jason and Cirie were trying to hold back their smiles and Ozzy was just looking shocked. When Probst doused his tribal flame, he took one last lingering look at the tribe, no doubt trying to figure out who looked shocked and more importantly, who didn’t.

In his good-bye video at the end, Ozzy admitted that he was foolish to believe that he was secure and to not play his idol. He closed by saying, “And to those of you in my alliance who betrayed me, I pretty much hate you. Screw you… basically.” Wow. What an amazing episode! It will be interesting to see how this all plays out for Parvati after screwing over Amanda and James. It’s really anyone’s game at this point. My prediction from Day One of this season was that Cirie would sneak in under the radar to win it all. And she just might do it.

Last night’s Season 20 premiere of The Real World Hollywood was a good start to what looks like a very dramatic season.  Three girls and Three guys were chosen the normal way… through casting.  There’s Joey, the body builder turned actor from Chicago.  Dave, the 22 year old cooky actor who seems to be a lot of fun in the house so far, and Will, the 23 year old sexy black music producer who is more than charming.  On the girl’s side there is Brianna, a 20 year old exotic dancer who wants to be a singer.  Sarah, the sweet intellectual brunette who has dreams of becoming a broadcast journalist.  And finally Kimberly, the 24 year old token blond southern girl with a silly side.  Then… there’s the 7th house-mate… Greg.  Greg, aka “PretyBoy” was chosen by viewers online as the final roommate, and I can only imagine that people picked him based on his ass-hole potential factor.

As the Real World cast arrived at their new “green” home in Hollywood, the first six to arrive seemed to hit it off great and to be very excited and nervous about meeting their new roommates.  Greg was the last to arrive, and it seemed he had a plan.  He wanted to appear laid back and… what?  Snobby?  Better?  I don’t know.  Maybe he got a peanut stuck up his butt on the flight in, but he was definitely uptight from the start.  Hard to believe that he is the youngest guy in the house, but then again I think that behind his tough and detached exterior, he is very immature and unsure of who he is.  Right from the start, Sarah wasn’t feelin’ him, even though she couldn’t put her finger on what it was that turned her off. 

The question I always have at the start of a new Real World is:  Who is going to hook up?  From the looks of it last night, the six producer-picked cast-mates are aleady picking out who they want to be closest to.  Dave and Kimberly seemed to hit it off right from the start and their personalities mesh perfectly.  Both of them are a little bit silly and have a wild side.  In one hilarious scene, Dave came up to her with this giant toothbrush (and I’m talking surfboard huge here) and pretended to brush her teeth.  Rather than push him away, Kimberly got right into it and started moving her head back and forth like she was brushing.  They seem like a couple of kids, but at least there are some fun people in the house.  I do believe that Dave already took his pants off for the ladies as well, which is probably record time for a guy to show-all. 

Another coupling of sorts was Sarah and Will.  Sarah does have a boyfriend back home, but she was not trying to push Will away when he was getting close.  It was funny to watch them flirting when they had been drinking.  It was actually Sarah that made he first move when they were all standing in the kitchen and she said to Will quietly, “I don’t like this gum, here take it” and stuck it out between her lips.  He took it all right… and they technically had a little kiss.  She’s dangerous with her flirting, let me tell you, and I don’t think she’s as innocent as she seemed at first.  When the house-mates were heading out to go dancing, Sarah “accidentally forgot” her wallet and had to go back.  Of course, Will volunteered to go in with her and he confessed that he has a “Kindergarten crush” on her.  I have a feeling this is a line he has used on approximately 100 women, and apparently, it works.

Of course, something worth noting is that Will was more interested in Brianna at first.  He was definitely checking her out and loving her style and her sexy body.  But then he found out that she is a stripper, and he immediately lost all respect.  I think he actually gave a good reason though.  He didn’t call her a whore or anything like you might expect him to.  Instead, his reasoning is that she knows how to work a guy with her conversation and is used to lying and making guys feel good as a career.  He thinks it is impossible to have a real relationship and to ever know the true feelings of a stripper, because they are so good at playing the part of a sexy girl who likes you.  He has a point.  Later on, though, he admitted to her face that it bothers him that she is a stripper, but that he is willing to try to see past that and be her friend.  Then, he promptly asked her to give him a lapdance for his birthday. 

Brianna and Joey seemed to hit it off as well, having a real heart to heart out by the pool in their PJ’s.  What were they talking about?  Well, Brianna apparently has an ex-boyfriend who was really mean to her and used to talk down to her and get very jealous.  One night a few weeks ago, they got in a huge argument and he had her pinned down so she punched him in the face.  Her ex pressed charges against her and now she has found out that she has 30 days to appear before a judge and be arraigned on charges or else go to jail.  She called the guy to try to ask him to drop charges but his first question to her on the phone was, “so you got laid yet?”  This set Bri off and she started screaming and yelling, showing how quickly she loses her temper.  In a sweet gesture, the other girls came in to hug her and to put a note on the wall that says “Don’t Call Bobby.” to remind Brianna that she doesn’t need to be talking to him.  Joey later sat down with her to say that she doesn’t have to put up with someone treating her that way. 

Greg is definitely the odd man out in this group, but mostly, it seems, by choice.  When everyone else was getting in line for the club “Basque”, he just said he hates waiting in lines and he took off on his own.  We don’t know where he went, but I’m guessing he just went back to the house and watched tv or something.  Lame.  Later that night, when Joey and some of the others were in the hot tub, they invited Greg to join them.  When he came back in his swimsuit, he also had a tank top on, just like Joey’s.  He started making fun of Joey, saying “Who wears a t-shirt in the hot-tub?  You’re a weirdo.”  The more he kept on, the more enraged Joey became, yelling at Greg and then going inside.  Joey said he grew up in a house where he got the crap beat out of him from the time he was little and they should not mistake him for just a “pretty white boy.”  I think Joey is going to have a major temper problem. 

Greg called his mom to vent his frustrations about not being liked, saying that he wasn’t going to be upset by these “peasants”.  Does he really think he’s that much better than everyone else?  Oh, and he also calls women “associates”, which he explained in detail.  He says that at 20 he is not interested in relationships, only in associating with women, which I’m taking to mean sex.  Sarah said in confessional that she’s not sure exactly what he means, but that she’s pretty sure it’s offensive.  In my view, he’s basically reducing his relationships with women to prostitute status… a business “associate”.  Greg is really an annoying guy, and I’m wondering how he will survive this season as a loner. 

Yay!  Kristy Lee Cook is finally going home!  I honestly feel like I have been waiting for this moment for weeks.  She stayed a lot longer than I ever expected her to, but I am glad she is gone.  Honestly, she should have gone before Michael Johns, but what can you do?  Here is what I wrote as I was watching the show tonight:

I am going to just write as I go tonight instead of writing my post afterwards.  I am so nervous to find out who is going home tonight.  After last week’s shocking elimination of Michael Johns, one of the most talented (and good looking) contestants, I am dying to see how America voted this week.  I can only imagine that after losing a favorite last week, people dialed their little fingers off to make sure their favorite doesn’t go home tonight. 

The obligatory Idol sing-a-long song tonight is “One Sweet Day”.  I think everyone did a good job, but Brooke’s part was really low.  I don’t like that.  Everything else is good though.  Highlights from last night just remind me how much I want Syesha or Kristy to go home.  Wow, Brooke was really kind of bad last night too, wasn’t she? 

Okay, here we go with the eliminations:  Hmm… Ryan told Jason to start a group to the left and then sent David Cook to the right.  What does that mean?  Okay, so here is Carly.  She says that she thinks Simon has been a bit tough on her all season.  Simon says that he’s tough on her because he thinks she has so much potential and he wants to push her to get better and better. Ryan sends Carly to the left with Jason.  Kristy Lee comes out and also makes a comment about Simon, although she is slightly less elegant in her description.  Instead of saying he’s been tough on her, she says Simon has been a bit of a “butt”.  When she said that I could just feel Simon’s eyes rolling back in his head.  Haha, notice that he didn’t interject a comment about being tough on her because he thinks she’s got so much potential.  Ryan sends her over to the right with David Cook.  At this point, I have no idea which side is safe and which side is in the bottom 3.  I would find it hard to believe that David Cook got into the bottom 3, but then again, Jason Castro surely isn’t in the bottom either??  We’ll have to wait until after the commercial break.  THey are really trying to build up the suspense this week.

Um… the Ford Commercial this week is kind of interesting.  All of the idols are office puppets with strings, singing “I want to break free.”  Then, they cut off the strings and run from the office to get into their red Ford vehicles.  The girls all have their hair up in curls.  It looks good on Kristy but odd on the rest of them.

Elliott Yamin makes an appearance singing his new song.  I didn’t catch the name, but is saying “Free” a lot, so I’m guessing that is in the title somewhere.  It always amazes me to see past Idol contestants come back and sound great and look so polished.  It just goes to show you that a lot of people on the show really do have the potential to be stars.  Aww, at the end he did the same thing like David Cook did last week with the “GIve Back” written on his hand.. but instead Elliott’s hand says “We Miss You Mom.”  Oh my god, his mother died this week??  I can’t believe he was able to perform.  He said it is the first time his mother has not been in the audience when he performed.  Poor Elliott.

Syesha is out on stage and Ryan sends her over to stand with Jason and Carly.  Brooke is the next one out, and I think she looks great tonight!  She is wearing white jeans and a gray shirt with a sparkly silver tank top over it.  She looks good.  Ryan sends her over to stand with David and Kristy.  So now we know that wherever he sends David Archuleta is the safe group.  I guess we know that David A. is safe because there are already two groups of three, so wherever he goes makes the four safe ones. 

And now it is time for the live call-ins.  The first question is asking Kristy Lee whether or not she bought her horse back.  She said the guy she sold it to doesn’t want to sell it back.  Ha!  The next question is asking the judges what the first album they bought.  The only answer of note is Simon jokingly saying “I remember that I was 10 years old and it was “straight up” by Paula Abdul”.  Haha, as if he is really older than her.  The next question was asking Paula which song of hers best describes her relationship with Simon.  She said “Straight up I’ll tell you that I”ll never be Forever Your Girl.”  Lame.  The last question of the night is asking David Cook if he is single.  He blushed and said yes, which was followed by a multitude of screams from the audience.  I think the call-in portion of the show is kind of lame in general.  I guess it’s thrilling if you’re the one who gets to call in, but other than that, it’s boring.

Very not boring though is Mariah Carey singing a song from her new album “E=MC2”.  She looks so incredibly sexy wearing a slinky and very short black backless dress.  I wonder if the people in the mosh pit can see her underwear, haha.  Dang, she’s brave to wear something so short considering she is up above those people.  Does she have her own personal fan blowing her hair in the wind?  It looks like it.  It’s hard to believe she is 38 years old.  She looks like she’s in her 20’s.  She sounds so good too, and I love that sparkly microphone she is using.  Now, the way she sings when she’s getting into it with the vocal runs and her range.. that’s the way Syesha tries (but fails) to sing.  Along with a shameless plug of her new album (in stores today) she says that she loves herself some Randy.  Her final advice for the contestants is to “Do You, and everything is gonna be alright.”  What is it with people using lyrics from their songs in their regular speech tonight?  Anyway, great job Mariah, this was a good week of songs.

David A. comes out onto the stage.  Ryan tells him he is safe.  Okay, so tell us something we didn’t know.  Oh my god, he’s switching the groups out.  He tells David to swap with Syesha.  He’s killing me.  Then he tells David to join the group that he thinks is safe.  Wow, what a way to put him on the spot!!  David just decided to sit down on the stage, because he doesn’t want to pick, so Ryan just tells us:

Safe:  Carly (YEAH!), David Cook, Jason Castro, and David Archuleta.

Bottom 3:  Syesha, Kristy Lee, and Brooke. 

I am so happy right now!  The only thing that will make me happier is if Kristy Lee goes home, but Syesha can go too for all I care.  Back from commercial break, KLC looks really scared.  Ryan sends Syesha to safety, which is a bit disappointing.  Please let it be KLC going home!  If it’s Brooke, she has every right to scream and throw a fit.  Simon says that he thinks Brooke will be safe.  And the verdict is:  Kristy Lee Cook is Eliminated!!!!   This is probably the first elimination I have actually been Happy about!!!  She is crying but she should really be grateful that she made it as far as she did.  America finally got it right!!  This is a huge wake-up call for Brooke though, so she better step it up next week.  Next week is Andrew Lloyd Webber songs which should be amazing.  I am so glad to see Kristy Lee Cook go home this week, so thank you America!!  I am sure that she will show up on a country album, but at least they’ll be able to fix her pitch problems in the studio with digital technology these days.