Tonight America has voted and sent another American Idol hopeful into “reject hell.” Brandon Rogers 28, who gave a weak rendition of Diana Ross’s hit, ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ was booted tonight on a half hour show. Rogers stood on the stage with 29 year old Phil Stacy who had sacrificed the chance to be at the birth of his child for ‘Idol’ auditions and curly topped,17 year old youngster, Sanjaya Malakar. Phil Stacy was told to take a seat and that he was safe for another week. The seating of Stacy faced off Rogers and Malakar. The quiet, smiling Malakar was seated to his relief and everyone else’s astonishment and the nervous Rogers was left standing with Ryan Seacrest in front of thousands of fans.
“I am not surprised. said Rogers, smiling a bit. I forgot the words and that is a cardinal sin. I expected this.” Next week the process will continue until there is only one hopeful who will become the American Idol.
Super Star, Dianna Ross made a guest appearance and heated up the stage with her presence and great orange dress. Miss Ross sang a song from her new album.
Voters have been a fickle lot through-out the this season and especially surprising everyone last season with the results of the voting. Surprising everyone last year Taylor Hicks beat out Katharyn McPhee and Cris Daughtry. Daughtry has gone on to record a number one selling album in the United States called, ‘Daughtry.’ Katharine McFee also has a new release as does winning Idol, Taylor Hicks. There has been some grumbling about so called “fixed voting” and also some conflict with possible racial discrimination.
Guesses have been made as to who will win the title this season. My guesses have been wrong thus far. I had predicted that Antonella Barba would depart from the get-go, beginning auditions. She outlasted some of the better talent. Last week Barba was finally voted off.
Fox Broadcasting drew an estimated 24.4 million viewers last week with the scheduled two hour, two night and third- one hour night, special’s last week.
The singers who are left are favorite front-runner, Lakisha Jones 27. If Jones wins she will be the first Broadway style singer to belt out the winning spot. Haley Scarnato 24, had her eyes fill last night when told that her she had forgotten words to her song and lacked projection. Melinda Doolittle 29, one of my personal favs. used her embarrased, shy, ‘I don’t believe it,’ routine when complimented on her professional style. Maybe she still doesn’t know that she can sing?
28 Year old Chris Sligh came back tonight with his dark rimmed eye-glasses after being told last night by, Simon Cowell that his glasses were ‘who he is’
Hip-Hop, Rapper-Regee style singer Blake Lewis, 25 was also selected to come back. I think that he represents a too small, diverse slice of the audience’s taste to win. I do however really like his hair.
Young Stephanie Edwards 19, is also a singer to beat. The petite African-American has a great bluesy quality to her voice and also a winning hair style. Goth-rocker, Gina Glockson who sang ‘Love Child,’ kept fans awake during last night’s competition charming folks with her winning smile and her burgandy and black hair do. I just plain like, Gina Glockson. Chris Richardson 22, is the cooner of the bunch with his Justin Timberlake, want to be style. He has that cute little warble to his voice, but will he be able to sing like a bird?
Have I lost count yet? Ok, how about 17 year old sparkler, Jordin Sparks. What a doll. She also has a great set of pipes and poise beyond her years. No one of this tender age has been close to winning as of yet. I also love Miss Sparks, style in clothes. What can I say about Sanjaya Malakar except to say that he has made it for another week though I really am not sure how or why. He does have a sweet, clean smile but I thought this was a singing contest?