“American Idol” Hops Off The Oil Rig

noah | March 27, 2009 10:30 am

Last night, Michael Sarver—the oil rigger whose vocal prowess proved to fall apart when he was forced to sing a song that was any faster than a treacly ballad—was dispatched from American Idol, in a move that, let’s be honest, wasn’t all that surprising, and was probably about two weeks overdue. What was sorta odd to me, however, was that the Bottom Three this week was all guys—and that one of those guys put on one of the better performances Wednesday night.

No, really. What was Matt Giraud—who gave a performance that was at least somewhat exciting without diving into the family-karaoke pit during the performance show, which automatically put him in the upper half of performers for this reporter—doing at the lower reaches of the poll? Especially when Megan Joy Corkrey, whose performance of “For Once In My Life” was an embarrassment on the level of “Eight Days A Week,” remained on the Couches Of Safety. Not that this would be the first time someone called shenanigans on the producers this week, but there is something very fishy about this—particularly when you look at the gender balance of the show, which has a two-to-one male-to-female ratio going into Top Nine Week. Hmm. Hmmm.

Speaking of Top Nine Week, the dirt-digging Idol blog Top Idol is claiming that next week’s theme will be “Top iTunes Downloads,” presumably as a way to pump more cross-promotional cash into 19 Entertainment’s coffers. I’m already imagining what Adam Lambert’s will do to “Just Dance,” never mind how Megan Joy Corkrey will finally reach her full-body-twitch peak with a crazy version of “Right Round.”

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