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American Idol: First 4 Shown the Door

rcardenas.jpgTonight, four people said goodbye to Hollywood -- as well as the possibility of being famous outside of their own hometowns. Correct me if I am wrong, but I don't think anyone eliminated at this stage has gone on to make an album.

We also got our first group song tonight. Does anyone like those? It never seems to showcase anyone as a great singer, and seems kind of pointless since none of these people are trying out for a barbershop quartet. The synchronized snapping and Brady Bunch-styled grooving on stage was just embarrassing -- and we're not even near the finale.

The show jumped right into elminations, maybe to make room for commercials or Fantasia's performance.

Ryan whipped through the first six guys and elminated Paul Kim right off the bat. And just in case you feared that they voted off the wrong guy, they had him sing the exact same song -- and he was just as all over the place as he was last night. Granted, he was sad this time, but it still was a horrible selection for Paul.

The first six ladies took the stage next. You would think the last two in the row would be wetting their pants. However, all six of those girls were safe. Instead, Ryan called Amy up from the front row and gave her the boot. It was weird and awkward. Did someone switch seats at the last minute?

Fantasia came out, got a few minutes to talk about her album, her upcoming Broadway role in "The Color Purple," and a standing-O from Quincy Jones. She then performed a song from the musical. She was good, but I just couldn't take my eyes off those fingernails.

Back to our regularly scheduled programming... the ladies were back on the chopping block. Nicole's wild performance got her bags packed. I'm sure if Nicole had picked a different song, she could have hung on for another week. However, the follow-up performance proved that the audience got it right this time.

The last cut of the night belonged to Rudy. I have to give him props for trying to perk up the crowd, but it was just a little too goofy, and it's not surprising that he got sent home.

Finally, we got a laundry list of the stars expected to appear this season. Stay tuned for advice, performances, and plugs from Diana Ross, Jon Bon Jovi, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Tony Bennett, Martina McBride, Lulu, Peter Noone and Barry Gibb. -- Rachel Cericola

Posted by Rachel Cericola on February 22, 2007 10:45 PM
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Too Bad Rudy got kicked off. And yes, he already has several albums out - He's part of the group M-Pact (, and does much better singing Acapella than with music.

-- 1. Posted by: Richard at February 22, 2007 11:44 PM

Richard, I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but I couldn't help but laugh at "much better singing Acapella than with music." Just struck me as funny.

Anywho ... Paul Kim deserved to go home because traipsing around without shoes is gross.

And Rach, I agree re: the "dance number." Apparently, the producers enjoy putting these poor souls through the most excruciating and embarrassing situations they can muster (and we're not even at the ungodly in-show Ford ads yet).

-- 2. Posted by: mac at February 24, 2007 12:48 AM

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