American Idol

Idol:The little girls went too far this time


We all knew that little girls are dangerous to "American Idol." They know how to text, know how to phone, have endless of time to vote.

Often, they behave themselves; the cutest guy rarely wins. But tonight, they went way too far.

Clearly, the worst prformances Wednesday were by DeAndre Brackensick and Heejun Han. But DeAndre is cute and Heejun has humor and offbeat charm; both escaped the bottom.

Idol: Some dizzying highs and lows


This was a dizzying night of "American Idol," with wild highs and lows. A few comments and then a prediction:

1) A high: Randy Jackson used to tell people not to sing Whitney Houston, Celine Dion or Mariah Carey. Now Hollie Cavanagh has conquered two of them on consecutive weeks -- first Houston (she had no choice) and now Dion.

2) Higher: Still, in raw difficulty, nothing matches "When a Man Loves a Woman." Joshua Ledet conquered it beautifully.

It turns out, they really can sing Whitney


All these years, Randy Jackson has been warning the "American Idol" contestants: Don't even try to do the big three -- Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey or Celine Dion. You'll pale in comparison.

And tonight, we learned he was wrong -- or two-thirds wrong, anyway. The six "Idol" women were ordered to each do a Whitney song; four of them nailed it.

Globes are gone; "Idol" is next


Some quick comments on many things and then a story about the new "American Idol" season:

1) I really did not like Sunday's second football game. REALLY. However, let's remember that the Packers finished with the year's best record, 15-2.

2) Ricky Gervais had some great moments in the opening monolog of the Golden Globes ceremony, then sort of faded away. He'll be back next month, with a hilarious HBO show.

The X Factor: Haven't we been here before?


What did I think of the "X Factor" debut? I sort of  liked it; of course, I also liked it when it was called "American Idol."

If there were anti-cloning laws in Hollywood, this show would face capital punishment. It's mostly "Idol" with a few "America's Got Talent" touches added for, well, originality.

The X Factor: Haven't we been here before?


What did I think of the "X Factor" debut? I sort of  liked it; of course, I also liked it when it was called "American Idol."

If there were anti-cloning laws in Hollywood, this show would face capital punishment. It's mostly "Idol" with a few "America's Got Talent" touches added for, well, originality.

"Idol": Lauren is thinner and cheery, but NOT a dumb blonde


This is the ideal ending for "American Idol": The right person wins, a nice-and-cheerful person finishes second,  both have big things ahead. My previous blog is the interview with Scotty McCreery, the winner; here's the story I sent to papers on Lauren Alaina, the runner-up:

By MIKE HUGHES

In her five months on “American
Idol,” Lauren Alaina has grown musically and shrunk physically.

Scotty McCreery; pure country, with a Puerto Rican twist


Scotty McCreery fits cozily into his new "American Idol" fame. He's a classic country guy ... albeit with a slight Puerto Rican twist. Here's the story I sent to papers:

 By MIKE HUGHES

Scotty McCreery isn't your typical,
cookie-cutter “American Idol” winner.

He sings deep, he seems casual, he
talks country. And he's one-quarter Puerto Rican.

Good news, bad news: Scotty wins, Oprah flubs


So there are happy endings, after all. Tonight -- four hours after Oprah Winfrey disappointed us with a so-so farewell -- "American Idol" got it right. Scotty McCreery, who already has the sound and the feel of a country star, was named the winner.

Yes, I worried about it (see previous blog) after Lauren Alaina got all the breaks in Tuesday's performance finale. For two straight years, my favorite -- Adam Lambert and Crystal Bowersox -- had lost.

Scotty might not win? Blame him ... and George Strait ... and moms


Going into tonight, I was somewhere between 95 and 107 percent sure that Scotty McCreery would win "American Idol." Now that's shrunk to 43 percent, tops.

What happened? A best-case scenario for Lauren Alaina, with:

1) An emotional tug for her at the beginning, with a small fuss about her voice being blown out during rehearsals.

2) A big tug for her at the end. She got to sing about her mom ... while hugging her actual, weeping mom.