American Idol, 2009 – Episode 17 (3/4/09)

Idol LogoResults show for group three, plus the wild cards!

Who Should Advance

  • Lil Rounds. Best performance of the night.
  • Ju’Not Joyner. Best male vocal of the evening.
  • Felicia Barton. The comeback kid. She looked great, she sounded great.

Who Will Advance

  • Lil Rounds. A golden vocal + golden last slot=easy call.
  • Scott MacIntyre. A mediocre performance, but the judges pretended to like it and the  producers have been pumping him up since the very beginning. It won’t last forever if he doesn’t improve, but audiences fall for it tonight.
  • Jorge Nuñez. Quite a nice performance, a good slot (second-to-last), and he appeals to different demographics than Lil and Scott. He wasn’t in my top three, but I’m not going to complain about this one too much, although I do feel bad for both Ju’Not Joyner and Felicia Barton, who were  just slightly better.

I’ll start posting results (meaning spoilers) below the fold at 7:00 CST.

Live (blogging)! This is American Idol!

Paula says (per usual) that our group is great. Then we get a some footage mixed with a dollop of sob story.  I wonder what percentage of this show’s running time per season is made up of montages?

Awful group number time! Hooray! This week it’s “Hot N Cold” by Katy Perry. The vocals aren’t as horrible as last week’s, but the performance is exceptionally cloying. The fact that I hate this song doesn’t help. The things I sit through for you people…

In order to get you to not fast-forward through the commercials with your DVR, they throw in useless audition footage of Kristin McNamara (I think) singing the them from “The Jeffersons” at the audition. If they want me to pay attention, they’re going to have to do better than that.

We’re back from the break with a montage of last night’s performances. It appears I was too kind to Arianna Afsar last night. And they pretend they said good things about Nathaniel Marshall last night when they didn’t! Integrity, people! Oh, what the hell am I saying. This is American Idol.

Nathaniel seems to have already accepted that he’s not going any further…he’s hinting that he wants another shot in the wild card round.

Are they trying to give Ju’Not Joyner his very own sob story with this stuff about his asthma? That’s a hint that he either goes through tonight, or, more likely, returns for the wild card.

Here we go!

Lil Rounds: Through! And, for the first time so far they got the obvious one out of the way early. About freaking time. This will keep the rest of this sometimes-painful hour a lot more interesting.

Arianna Afsar, Taylor Vaifanua, Alex Wagner-Trugman, Kendall Beard, and Scott MacIntyre: Ryan says one is through. Gee, I wonder who could it be? (Hint: SCOTT!)

Arianna: Gone!

Taylor: Gone!

Alex: Gone! Not that he ever had a chance, anyway.

Kendall and Scott: Scott is through. The producers and judges have succeeded in putting one over on the public. Bad public! Bad!

He’s got a great attitude, but that performance was sub-par. I like him, but better should have been required to advance. Hopefully he does better.

Randy says he’s going “to blow up the stage every time!” Yeah, because that’s how you blow up a stage–by singing Bruce Hornsby piano ballads.

Nathaniel Marshall and Kristin McNamara: I think it’s safe to guess that these two are toast. Kristin sighs when she stands up because she knows what this means.

Both gone. Good.

Felicia Barton and Von Smith: Looks like my girl Felicia is going to be gone. Damn.

Both gone.

Ju’Not Joyner and Jorge Nuñez: I figured that it would come down to this. Whoever doesn’t make it really ought to be back for the wild card and probably will be.

Jorge is through! Sucks for Ju’Not. He did a great job last night.

Update: I forgot to mention that my predictions were spot-on this week. (Not that it was rocket science or anything.) That makes me seven-for-nine overall, and I never checked Dial Idol before posting.

Wild card contestants coming up next!

First pick is Randy’s: Von Smith! Are you freaking kidding?

Kara’s pick: Jasmine Murray! No surprise there, even though she stunk it up in round one. Kara wants her to sing Rihanna. Never a bad idea.

Paula’s pick: Ricky Braddy! That was needed to rectify an injustice.

Simon’s pick: Megan Corkrey. You knew this was coming. It shouldn’t have come, but you knew it would.

Randy’s pick: Tatiana! Well, that should keep things interesting. Tatiana=ratings gold.

Kara’s pick: Matt Giraud. Oh, please.

Paula’s pick: Jesse Langseth! I like this pick. I wanted her to advance in the first place.

Simon’s pick: Anoop “Noop Dogg” Desai. No surprise. Glad to see it.

I’m OK with most of these, but lots of people were robbed so Megan Corkrey, Matt Giraud and Von Smith could get an undeserved shot. Boo. Give me Felicia Barton, Ju’Not Jones,  and Mishavonna instead, please. I guess not.

Full coverage of the wild card show tomorrow!

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