American Idol 2, February 26: Gotcha!by Sting7 -- 02/27/2003
The final group of eight performed for the judges and there were more misses than hits. Surprisingly, the judges seemed in good humor, where a week ago they seemed distressed by a better group of singers. Tonight, I smell something big, but more that later.
Ryan welcomes us to the show. He introduces the judges and explains what ďbling-blingĒ is and, sorry Paula, it is not your breasts.
Ryan now goes to the couch and chats a bit with the more controversial contestants of last night. He asks Juanita Barber if she got it all out. She says she loves Simon, but she didnít like his comments. Ryan reminds Patrick Lake that Simon basically called him a fake. Patrick says Simon is entitled to his opinion, itís wrong, but heís entitled. Ryan asks Chip if he found his personality. Chip doesnít really dignify it with an answer. Inexplicably, Nasheka gives Chip her cough drop. It was all very inside-y.
Now, Ryan announces that he will tell the contestants one by one if they were among the first three vote getters.
But, first, this is what I predicted after Tuesday nightís show:
Who I thought should advance:
1. Corey Clark
2. Joshua Gracin
Who I thought would advance:
1. Corey Clark
2. Joshua Gracin
I thought Patrick Lake would round out the top three, based on personality and the fact that he was put in a position to defend rock and roll. The rock-friendly crowd out there would vote for him.
But, that was yesterday (Patrick should have sung that!). Now, the results:
Nasheka - who shared her cough drop with Chip Days, did not make the Top 3.
Joshua Gracin - looks very nervous, but heís in Top 3!
Ashley Hartman - has a wry sort of smile on her face, did not make Top 3. She actually looks surprised.
Corey Clark - looks extremely nervous, cool party boy? Could he have grown up that quickly? Heís in the Top 3!
Sylia Chibiliti - looks like she knows a secret! Sheís not in the Top 3.
Juanita Barber - her ego had to wait backstage. Sheís not in Top 3. Sound and fury signifying nothing.
Patrick Lake and Chip Days have to wait for the commercial break to see if they are in the Top 3. Poor Patrick looks like he may faint! Heís hyperventilating and seems to be swooning! Back from commercial, Patrick Lake is in the Top 3!
And, I am three for three, baby! Are you surprised? Are the judges surprised? Who did they predict?
Randy predicted Joshua Gracin and Corey Clark
Paula predicted Corey Clark and Joshua Gracin
Simon predicted (he said ďI knowĒ) Joshua Gracin and Corey Clark
Three males sitting on the IKEA stools for the first time. Ryan says itís time to announce the highest vote getter. He is... Joshua Gracin!
Joshua sings "I'll Be" again and we go to commercial.
And weíre back! That was quick, huh?
Patrick and Corey shake hands as Ryan blathers. The second highest vote-getter, and the next with a guaranteed spot in the Top Ten is... Corey Clark!
So, thatís eight seats filled. Ryan reminds us next week is Wildcard week. Simon, how does this work? (What, explanation is needed?) Simon says that they have reviewed tapes, and they have complete autonomy to put anyone they want in the Wildcard round. Not necessarily from the Top 32! And, there is a twist! Paula and Randy donít even know what it is!
Ryan announces the contestants for next weekís Wildcard round! They are:
Aliceyn Cooney - was on one of the Good, Bad, and Ugly specials
Janine Falsone - she was prettier half of the boyfriend battling friends from the premeire
Olivia Mojica - never seen her
Carmen Rasmussen - never seen her
Kimberly Caldwell - slam dunk, I predicted her as the most likely in my ĒHandicapping the WildcardĒ article.
Trenyce - props to RNO staffer Phil Kural, who trumpeted for Trenyce!
Clay Aiken - also a given, I predicted him right behind Kimberly Caldwell.
Ryan asks if there is anyone else from this group who is going to the Wildcard round. The judges say yes! (Patrick?) Itís Chip Days! Wow!
But, wait! Thereís more! They couldnít take decide between two. Thereís one more from this group! Itís Nasheka! (Who found the one negative comment from Simon among like five positive ones to fight about!)
For those of you who email me and stomp that the contestants have a right to defend themselves, you see more proof why it doesnít pay. Juanita fought tooth and nail, and turned on Randy who was encouraging her to fight! She isnít advancing, is she? Nasheka gets one more shot, but that was not because of what she did before last night. America chose not to give her a guaranteed seat! Fighting only makes you look immature, and why would someone vote for that? Patrick may have made the Top Ten if he handled Simonís low-blow better.
It does not pay.
Corey Clark sings us through the credits and so ends the rounds of eight. The Wildcard round is next week. And it will be Aliceyn Cooney, Janine Falsone, Olivia Mojica, Carmen Rasmussen , Kimberly Caldwell, Trenyce, Clay Aiken, Chip Days, and Nasheka. Thatís nine. Thatís an odd number... and what is Simonís twist? Remember when he was in New York a couple of weeks ago, mysteriously? Right while the Frenchie Davis fire was brewing? I bet there will be a tenth entrant! And, it will be FRENCHIE! FRENCHIE IS COMING BACK! Iím as sure as there is a nose on my face!
I canít wait til next Tuesday!
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