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American Idol: The Chosen 12

kinnik.jpgTonight, Ryan Seacrest was wearing all black. Maybe he was in mourning -- maybe for Bo Bice.

Somewhere out there, Bo has lost his rocker persona. Maybe the producers made him leave it behind after the end of last season. His live performance of "The Real Thing" did not sway my dislike for his single, although I do hear it get a lot of radio airplay. Also, I don't like how his hair is now more coiffed than Carrie Underwood's.

After a quick commercial break, they jumped right into the first girl's elimination. I love it when they don't waste my time. However, I really hate how they kick people off. It's the equivalent of getting punched in the face and then being asked to sing.

Seacrest whipped through the bottom row, giving girls false hope that they weren't getting the axe this week, and then kicked off poor Kinnick. She was so classy and graceful about it too. She may not be the "American Idol," but she could certainly make it as Miss America.

After the next commercial, they mixed things up by bringing out the guys. Ace had another beanie, which I guess will be a permanent fixture and possibly a reason to vote him off soon.

With the guys, Seacrest went through the entire top row -- then kicked off Will Makar. So far, I am two for two, so it was no surprise. He does have a voice, but it's just a bit too high school play-ish for me.

Back to the girls, the next one to get kicked off not only was given false hope that they didn't get the lowest number of votes during the first half of the show, but they also had to witness all of the other girls parade down to the chosen seats. It was sort of like being picked last (or not at all) for softball.

Ayla Brown, who probably has never experienced being picked last for any team, was kicked off. I was surprised, but actually kind of relieved that I will no longer have to put up with Boston radio stations proclaiming her the winner, or TV reports stating that one of her parents was putting their political career on hold to see what happens with "AI." Get back to work, ya lazy bastard! She cried, which was sad, because it sort of killed her last performance. At least she is honest. I can never understand how people can perform right after having their dreams ripped out from under them.

I can't feel too sorry for Ayla though. She is going back to a full basketball scholarship. Most of the other contestants would be lucky to go back to a waitressing gig.

As Elliot got his good news, the cameras flashed to the Brittenum twins in the audience. Surprisingly, they didn't have shackles on.

The next axe to fall hit Gedeon straight between the eyes, and he seemed like quite the deer in the headlights about it. I was surprised too, because he could actually sing. I really thought Kevin was going. A lot of grannies out there must have killer speed-dial phones. Gedeon took it well though and performed great in his last song. I was just glad he didn't get to make a speech.

I got two out of four, which makes me glad I wasn't stupid enough to bet money. Now the boys and girls will now have to learn to play together. Let the top 12 countdown begin! -- Rachel Cericola

Mac's Rambling Thoughts from this Episode

Bo Bice's newfound riches have translated into a surplus of hair conditioner. I don't remember him having that Hypro Glow last season.

• Bo should have whipped out another acapella version of "In a Dream." That was, by far, the greatest moment of last season.

• Do you think Ryan dreams up cruel ways to deliver the bad news? "Ayla ... you ... may or may not ... have the lowest number of votes ... but maybe you don't! ... and we'll find out, AFTER THE BREAK! BWAHAHAHAHA!"

• Has Paula ever not been sad to see someone go?

• I'm surprised Will Makar got booted. I really thought he'd have support from the youth of America. Apparently not.

• I hope the Brittenum twins cleared their trip to Hollywood with their parole officer.

• Losing contestants should be able to sing whatever song they want. It's absurd that they return to the scenes of their vocal crimes.

• Ladies and gentlemen, your Top 12:

  • Paris Bennett
  • Katharine McPhee
  • Kellie Pickler
  • Mandisa
  • Lisa Tucker
  • Melissa McGhee (making it by the skin of her teeth)
  • Taylor Hicks (can you imagine what he'd do if he won the whole thing?)
  • Ace Young
  • Chris Daughtry
  • Kevin Covais (Chicken Little strikes back!)
  • Elliott Yamin
  • Bucky Covington (or is it Rocky?)
• There were two Top 12 surprises: Melissa and Bucky. It went down to the wire between Melissa and Ayla and somehow, Melissa staged the upset. Bucky went toe-to-toe with Gedeon and America, perhaps distressed by Gedeon's quirkiness, gave the nod to Bucky. What's odd is that both losing contestants were better singers. -- Mac Slocum


Posted by Rachel Cericola on March 9, 2006 8:19 PM
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Bucky and Kevin will get the heave next and Ayla and Gedeon would have gone home soon enough. This whole thing is really just between Chris D (my boyfriend) Taylor, and Katherine at this point.
I would like to add Paris to the top four but, despite my love for her, she has been diappointing in the performances (CONGA! are you SERIOUS?)Plus, these are the top four according to talent, BUT I can see Kellie "flat affect" Pickler going much further than she should. same with Ace because people think he's a hottie, and he can sing but between him and the others PUHLEASE.

-- 1. Posted by: jlou at March 10, 2006 4:36 PM

I thought Bo looked great (after having all his health problems last year) Healthy, sexy and the hair was awesome - thank God for conditioner.
His performances are so powerful - he always gives 100%. His video was #1 on TRL last week and seems to be taking off. I can't wait to see him live this summer!

-- 2. Posted by: Girly Girl at March 11, 2006 9:47 AM

I LOVE Bucky, I enjoyed seeing Bo, and really thought Kevin would be leaving instead of Gedeon. I am honest enough that I'm pretty sure Icky Pickler will go farther than I think she should. I thought Jessica Simpson was bad---SHEESH! My prediction for a winner at this early date would probably be Chris.

-- 3. Posted by: DanaP at March 11, 2006 10:32 PM

I see the compition between chris and (clubs, dimonds,hearts) ACE!!!! Chris has the talent but not enough charisma. Ace has the sex appeal to all ages and just enough talent that he would sound good in a recording studio.So, who's going to win, the one with the voice and no charisma, or the one with the looks and some talent. Vote ace

-- 4. Posted by: ace luvr at March 12, 2006 11:56 AM

I think Chris is the one with charisma. He definitely has showmanship and a great backstory. I just see Ace as a pretty face -- which he is messing up with that stupid beanie!

-- 5. Posted by: Rachel at March 12, 2006 12:22 PM

i think that taylor should win, he's so sexy mmmm mmmmm

-- 6. Posted by: stewart winifred daynes at March 13, 2006 6:22 PM

Nobody likes any of the ladies?

-- 7. Posted by: jlou at March 13, 2006 10:00 PM

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