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AI - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
I will restrain myself and say only two things:




I mean, I can't complain too much, as I wasn't home and didn't watch or vote this week, but what a weird freaking result. Was everyone not a Taylor fan out having a beer with a friend?

Oh, well. Sorry, man--shouldn't have publicly admitted that I thought you'd finally proved you could sing outside your box. My bad.
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buongiornodaisy From: buongiornodaisy Date: May 11th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
They were all singing Elvis! I don't blame the fans from running away. I didn't watch, so I didn't vote, but then I haven't voted...at all, this season.
jadeddiva From: jadeddiva Date: May 11th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh my god - that was the first week I watched American Idol and holy shit...the result is disappointing as I thought he'd take it all. Damnit, people suck at life.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 11th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, last week you missed them voting off one of the most talented singers I've ever seen. Middle of last season, it was a terrific all-around performer.

Very, very weird, the voting public.

At this point in the competition, it's no longer about discovering someone cool, but defending your early pick by constant voting, so I think it doesn't matter what they actually do on the stage anymore. It's about whether or not you can prod your own horse across the finish line. Paris was my horse, and now that she's gone, I'm watching in a kind of detached way, except for really, really wanting Taylor Hicks off. Go Kat/Elliott showdown. (Last year, after Constantine left, I was mostly all about getting rid of Scott Savol.)
jadeddiva From: jadeddiva Date: May 11th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Taylor is a one-trick pony and Elliott has no talent. American Idol symbolizes all the things I despise about what we consider "popular" music but this is a rant for another time.

(do you think paula is doped up? because my friends and i do)
arclevel From: arclevel Date: May 12th, 2006 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Either she's doped up or she really is *that* stupid. Or, my vote, both.
buongiornodaisy From: buongiornodaisy Date: May 11th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
See--I think you're expecting the American public to vote like professional critics. Whenever you hand the public the vote on an artistic medium, they're going to vote for their favorites. They won't vote based on artistic merit. Yes, there are a lot of people who do vote for artistic merit, but they aren't in the majority. Look at how the results for publically voted awards go: do they go to the films/shows/performances that are artistically good, or do they go for their favorites? Why expect anything different from American Idol?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 11th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I don't expect anything else. That was more a statement of "the way things are" than a judgment of it. The early part of the competition is when they have to "wow" the audience, to gain their followings. That's when you show the artistic virtuosity and the cool personalities and so forth. The end of the competition is where those followings are just having a pissing contest with each other.

And it's fair, to some extent. The ability to get a fanbase is a skill of a sort. I don't get the charisma-appeal of Taylor any more than I think he's the most talented person there. He just annoys me and I dislike him on a totally visceral level, and I can't believe there are so many people who are enamored of his nervous-tic style of performance, while I think Chris is much more saleable in the real world. Paris is adorable, talented, and saleable. Taylor just... confuses me.
buongiornodaisy From: buongiornodaisy Date: May 11th, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. The winning of a fanbase is important in the show because it's important in the market--if you don't have any sort of fanbase, you won't sell records. There goes your career.

And, yeah, that happens with anyone, really. *shrugs* I'm just kind of apathetic at this stage of the game because I doubt Taylor will have any sort of substantial career outside American Idol unless he really really becomes a performer rather than a concept.
prettyveela From: prettyveela Date: May 11th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude I have no words. I like Katherine but she forgot the words to her song! They're saying it's the worst upset in AI history.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 11th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd still go with Constantine for that (I think he was more saleable than Chris), but it's pretty big.
buongiornodaisy From: buongiornodaisy Date: May 11th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Latoya London, anyone?
ani_bester From: ani_bester Date: May 11th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I shoulda stopped watching when she left, really.

This doens't make me quesiton the voting public so much as the honesty of the results.

It's interesting that it's not the most talented person that wins, but the most talented person of the group that's most marketable -_-

Though if I recall that expose on reality shows, I think AI owns all the contestans souls and careers for a time period.
Honestly, I were Taylor, and already had a band, I'm not sure AI is a good ticket unless you think your fame will outlast the AI contract . . which as only happened to Kelly so far, I think.
prettyveela From: prettyveela Date: May 11th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Latoya getting voted off was upsettting but she didn't get the outcry Tamara Gray did first season though.
riah_chan From: riah_chan Date: May 12th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought she was a good singer but she also didn't seem very warm or personable.
lady_sarai From: lady_sarai Date: May 11th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's an upset every year, but I thought this year's upset was Paris! She and Chris should NOT be gone.

The thing about AI that I dislike is that it becomes a popularity contest; if a contestant does HORRIDLY (like Katharine this week), fans panic and vote like crazy. And if a contestant is Very Good all the time (like Paris and Chris), fans don't worry about them and think "eh, I don't need to vote" or "Contestant X needs my vote more!"

It annoys me.
charmling From: charmling Date: May 11th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I only watch Idol casually (I usually just catch the last bit while wating for House to come on) but I thought Chris was the best by far. Argh.
shallanelprin From: shallanelprin Date: May 11th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's no one left who's album I'd actually buy. I don't think I'll watch the next show. I'll final results show because everyone should be on, but I've lost interest other wise. *sigh* I was really hoping Chris would make it.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 11th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I actually wasn't surprised at all. I love Chris, but he really shot himself in the foot on Tuesday. I for one, and I think a large portion of his fan base, fell in love with him at his first audition, because he seemed like such a cool, upstanding guy. With the wife, and her two kids, and she's OLDER than him, and he married her, and he sang Walk the Line to her! Awwww...

Anyway, Tuesday was the first time he ever seemed really arrogant. I mean, LISTING his FAN CLUBS? Chrisaholics? Boxer-briefs? If that was my husband up there, I would be more than a little annoyed. It was like he wanted to lose the nice-guy image, and I think he succeeded. Unfortunately, that's why people liked him.

dreagoddess From: dreagoddess Date: May 12th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
You nailed it, absolutely.
riah_chan From: riah_chan Date: May 12th, 2006 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Word. It was just TMI.
gloryforever From: gloryforever Date: May 11th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really don't know what to say. All season long people left that I felt shouldn't have while people who IMO didn't deserve to be there just sailed through round after round *coughKelliecough*. I'm just glad Chris left after proving that he could do more than people gave him credit for and not a second earlier.
merlinssister12 From: merlinssister12 Date: May 11th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had the exact same reaction as you Fern to this weeks results. I wasn't as surprised at last weeks results because I just kept imagining Paris' speaking voice during interviews and had to feel somewhat relieved that now I wouldn't have to endure that but this week, I just wasn't expecting it. I didn't think Chris would really go all the way, I can't actually picture any of them as the next American Idol, but I did think he would be one of the last two.
arclevel From: arclevel Date: May 12th, 2006 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)
That was pretty much my response. I was actually hoping Elliott would be gone this week -- not because I dislike him, but because he bores me week after week. He's got a perfectly decent voice, but he sings songs I don't know and doesn't sing them in any way that makes me remember them. I didn't care one way or another about Taylor's first, but I really did like his second -- that was a song that I didn't know, but I *did* remember, and based on his performance, immediately went and downloaded the song. Katharine was clearly the worst performer this week; usually I really like her. Chris was the best by a large margin. Additionally, I thought this was one of the best weeks for Chris; he picked two great songs and really made them both shine. I was really, really stunned to see him go -- I had predicted several weeks ago he was going to win it all, and had stuck with that. Not because he's my favorite (I don't have one, though I do like him), but because it seemed like he would be a lot of people's favorites from across generations and musical preferences.

I know you love Paris, and I really liked her at first, but after a few weeks she started grating on my nerves and it got worse and worse. I hated several of the songs she picked, for one thing. Also, I think I was maybe expecting her *not* to act like a teenager, since she seemed so incredibly mature at her original audition. But then in all her interviews and her song choices (and the constantly changing hair -- wtf?), she clearly was, and I probably held that against her more than was necessarily fair. (Not to mention her speaking voice.)
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