The popcorn is popped! The 40 lb box of Junior Mints, opened! Turn off your cell phones, make a donation to the Will Rogers Institute and shush the giggly teenager behind you, because Wednesday night was "Songs of the Cinema" on "American Idol X: No Girls Allowed!"
With Pia Toscano off gallivanting with Ellen DeGeneres and record labels (so says the rumor mill!), the top eight faced even more scrutiny than usual. From viewers, that is. We all know the
judges cheerleaders would give the contestants a standing ovation even if they just belched the alphabet. Unless that contestant's name rhymes with Paley Fineheart. (More on that later.)
But by the time the final note was shouted, the last "amazing" critique was uttered and the phone numbers were recapped, not one "Idol" stood out as being the next biggest thing in pop music. Nor jazz music, for that matter, regardless of the standing ovations from noted jazz critics Jennifer "Anaconda" Lopez, Randy "I Get Texts From R&B Relics" Jackson and Steven "Boca Blouse" Tyler. (More on that later, too.)
Before I go on a rant about how will.i.am should change his name to will.i.am.never.ever.leaving.this.show.can.you.blame.me.i.have.to.work.with.fergie, here's a quick programming note! My live, interactive "Idol" chat show, "Idol Party Live" is premiering at its new time, NOON EDT, right here in this very blog! Really!
My special guests this week are season six fave Melinda Doolittle and "Idol" blogger MJ Santilli of the encyclopedic MJsBigBlog.com. We'll be dishing all about Wednesday night's episode as well as predicting Thursday night's Bottom Three. Plus, Barbara Walters' Cardboard Cutout will be doing a striptease. Fun times!
And now ... to the performances! In keeping with the movie theme, all of my verdicts will be recent Oscar nominees.