Last night’s episode of American Idol was another filler-filled elimination episode; Lakisha Jones went home, and the Idol producers announced a new show in which they’d be looking for the best band in the country. Wait, doesn’t that title belong to Rock Star Supernova?
WHO’S OUT: It’s time to say goodbye to Lakisha–and really, it’s about two weeks late in coming, even if her performance of “Stayin’ Alive” was unfairly maligned by the judges (her swan song version of it was one of the strongest send-off performances we’ve heard this season). Although Blake should have had extra votes deducted for wearing a tuxedo t-shirt, we weren’t surprised that he was spared, if only because there are still a lot of teenage girls in the audience who’d keep their heartthrob afloat, yowly falsetto or not.
“CRUISE SHIP” “KARAOKE”?: The medley of Bee Gees songs that the four contestants went through started off badly, with Melinda’s microphone not working, and got even worse from there–once again, we felt ourselves wishing that Simon Cowell judged Wednesday night’s shows, too, as the performance was pretty much worth every “this is cheesy” epithet that the surly Brit has hurled at the aspiring Idols, ever.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: Last night featured ads for two Idol-related enterprises that kick off after the finale: The national tour of the top 10 finalists, which kicks off in July and hits our hometown at the end of August, and The Search For The American Band, an Idol for bands that will supposedly welcome “anyone” (washboards and fiddles figured in the promo reel for the show) and put the top 10 bands through different stylistic paces every week. (Anybody know what Flickerstick is up to these days?) This show is going to be pretty big for Fox, which is counting on it to prop up its fall ratings much the way Idol does from January to May. Whether it’ll work is another story–and the “play a different genre each week!” setup sounds like an ending in which America will crown its greatest wedding band.
WENDY O. PINK: She didn’t sing her “go pull it” hit “U & Ur Hand,” but the dress that Pink wore during her performance of “Who Knew” was as duct-tape-over-the-breasts as Idol would probably allow. Somewhere, Gina Glocksen was taking wardrobe notes.
PAULA ABDUL OUT-OF-IT SCALE: 5/10–she was relatively on point, although her out-of-control eye makeup is starting to freak us out more than a little bit.