All over America tonight, children were looking accusingly at their parents and asking: "You listened to THAT?!? Why?"
The medley on "American Idol" seemed determined to assure that disco, already dead, would stay that way.
I'm not talking about the opening bit, with the seven finalists dancing to Paula Abdul's choreography. That was goofy fun.
Instead, I'm talking about the decision to bring back three old disco-era singers. Two were bad; Harry Casey was much worse. Here was a man known for his group (KC and the Sunshine Band) singing "(Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty" in 1976, the post-Vietnam, post-Watergate, Bicentennial year when moods were high and standards were low. It appeared that his booty had not been (shake shake shake) shaken or stirred since.
Then came the ouster of Lil Rounds and Anoop Desai. Here are a few of my comments; please add yours:
1) Lil Rounds sang powerfully, as usual. We were soon reminded how much better she sings disco than most disco people did.
2) Lil Rounds finishing seventh? There hasn't been anything that absurd since ... well, since Jennifer Hudson finished seventh. Maybe Lil will get an Oscar too.
3) When Hudson finished seventh, people were stunned. Elton John -- who had been impressed when she sang his "Circle of Life" -- even suggested racism by the voters. And that was a year in which the final five included three blacks and a Polynesian. Tonight, by comparison, Lil and Anoop were swept away. The only person in the final five who is even faintly ethnic is Allison Iraheta -- and she was alongside them in the bottom three.
4) It was fun to see Matt Giraud pull through again, though. I had pegged him as the first one to go tonight (with Lil, unfortunately, second and Anoop scraping through). I'm kind of happy to be wrong; he's a fresh, soulful guy.
5) Anoop had pretty much been in the bottom three every week, except when he sang ballads. His time was coming.
6) Besides, Anoop already got to see North Carolina win the basketball championship, which is his prime obsession. You can't get everything the same year.
7) I can't help liking David Archuleta. He's a good singer, a likable guy and, I'm told, kind of cute. When he sang "Touch My Hand," I'm sure that wasn't everyone's first goal.
8) Cute only gets you to second place, however, as David Archuleta, Justin Guarini and Diana DeGarmo all learned. Someone cute -- Kris Allen or Allison Iraheta -- might make it to second this year.
9) First, of course, is reserved for Adam Lambert. Talent prevails and he has mountains of it.
10) Whatever happened to Diana DeGarmo, anyway? Do you realize she finished five places ahead of Jennifer Hudson? Maybe Lil Rounds shouldn't feel bad at all.