American Idol

The guys rule "Idol"


In years past, "American Idol" judges would proclaim a "guys' year" or a "girls' year" or such. This time, alas, there's no discussion; the guys rule, big-time.

Yes, the women did pretty well tonight, especially Pia Toscano (as usual) and Lauren Alaina (with an instant comeback). But none would or could do anything to match four transcendent guys.

In Ashton Jones' busy life, leaving "Idol" is kinda minor


Now it's time to start meeting the "American Idol" contestants -- talented ones, mostly -- as they depart.

The previous two blogs have my predictions -- thoroughly incorrect -- for the bottom three and my reaction when Ashton Jones was sent home. There's one more step, though: On most Fridays, I'll catch the departing person in a conference call and then send a quick-turnaround story to papers. Here's the one about Ashton:

By MIKE HUGHES

Ashton Jones: Right talent, wrong song


"I'm going to start following up on Diana Ross," Ashton Jones told one interviewer recently, "because I'm told that I look like her."

Hey, it's lucky she doesn't look like Tiny Tim; she might have sung "Tiptoe Through the Tulips."

Jones -- the first person in this year's "American Idol" to be ousted by viewers -- succumbed to a common fate: Raised on Southern church singing, she instead on Wednesday sang a bland pop song (Ross' "When You Tell Me That You Love Me").

"Idol": OK, now let's get serious


"American Idol" has finally reached the good part, trimming someone each week. That means it has my full attention; a few comments about Wednesday's show and then a prediction:

Simon's new show -- five million real dollars


I have to step out in a minute to start taking singing lessons. Also, charisma lessons. Also ...

Anyway, today Simon Cowell announced that he'll give a $5 million prize to the winner of "The X Factor," a show he'll produce and star in this fall. Cowell talked with reporters this afternoon; here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

J Lo: Didn't you read the job description?


So there was Jennifer Lopez, saying she'd watched "American Idol" for nine years. Now she was looking forward to being a judge.

Then she found she had to say no to people. "Why did I sign up for this?" she asked. "I wanna go home."

Hey, J-Lo, during those nine years you probably should have noticed that judges reject people. I'm pretty sure it's in the job description.

On "Idol," Hooters and Michael Feinstein


A few random comments, from my temporary Hollywood outpost:

1) During a Los Angeles bus ride this week, I saw a Hooters restaurant and was confused. Why, in Los Angeles, would anyone need to go to a Hooters?

"American Idol" -- mostly, questions


If I had my way, "America Idol" would trim back to three judges next season, possibly Randy Jackson, Bret Michaels and Shania Twain.



"Idol" champion: Life soars after a slow start


The best thing about this "American Idol" season is the way two everyday people -- each 24, from Northern roots -- soared.

Earlier (see previous blog) I sent papers a story on Crystal Bowersox, the runner-up. Here's my story on Lee DeWyze, the winner:



Crystal: Life-changing moments


Everything in Crystal Bowersox's life seems to be changing at a blurring pace. Here's the story I just aent to papers. I'll be back in an hour with a separate one on Lee DeWyze:



By MIKE HUGHES