American Idol

Erika's gone;life's unfair


So the new look didn't suffice for Erika Van Pelt; the terrific voice didn't either. She was sent home, reminding us that life is sometimes unfair in the "American Idol" world.

DeAndre Brackensick -- who should have been ousted -- finished in the bottom three. Heejun Han, whose whimsical performance this week deserved better, was in the bottom two. Then Erika was gone.

"Idol" singers conquer Billy Joel (eventually)


Let's make something clear right away: "Shameless" is not what Ryan Seacrest said -- "a Billy Joel hit that Skylar (Laine) is giving a country twist."

It is not, as Jimmy Iovine put it, "a big Billy Joel song" that she's giving some twang to. Joel did write it, but he never cut it as a single.

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.