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American Idol: Idols Give Back

jsparks.jpgJudging by the title, theme and everything else associated with tonight's episode, it was obvious that it would be oozing with cheese. Not to disappoint, even in the first minute of the program, Seacrest declared how everyone's vote would be "saving lives."

This is "American Idol" -- and why I love it like some people love to look at car accidents during their morning commute.

Despite what everyone thought (or at least what I thought), we did have a mentor tonight -- a mega-mentor -- Bono. However, after viewing the episode, I am not sure how Bono was the mentor. Did they all look at his picture during practice or something?

After tearing out our heartstrings with a Sally Struthers-style infomercial about the perils in Africa, we got down to the business of singing. Tonight's theme, in conjunction with the cheese, was inspirational songs.

First up was Chris Richardson. I have tried to like him -- really I have. In fact, I have no idea why I have. Instead of "Change the World," I wish he had changed his style. Randy liked it, but I think he really liked the guy playing the guitar. Simon was playing nice, which I can only assume is to make up for his antics last week. It's just that Chris' nasaly tone is starting to get to me. However, it's always nice to have a little whine with my cheese.

Back to the sadness -- this time in the U.S. I think it's great that they are bringing this stuff to light, but it was really bumming me out. I was almost wishing Sanjaya was around just for comedy relief.

Melinda Doolittle chose Faith Hill. Of course, she was better than Faith ever was, even in her super-hot days.

Wow wee -- Blake Lewis has some serious balls to pick "Imagine." I can't figure out which pop star he looked most like tonight, but it was someone very '80s. Randy said it was OK for him, and I have to agree. He definitely has guts that I didn't realize he had -- the kind of guts you want to see in an American Idol. He also did a lot better than I thought he would, even if it was a little boring.

Seacrest went back to Africa. It was heartbreaking to see the kids. Even more heartbreaking was that I saw someone wearing a Wal-Mart T-shirt. They don't have anything, but they have Wal-Mart?

Back to the show, LaKisha Jones decided to pull another former Idol out of her bag of vocal tricks, performing Fantasia's "I Believe." Up until this point, it was probably my favorite performance, just because she really belt it out and woke me up a little.

After last week's positive feedback from the judges, Phil Stacey hit the country roads once again with Garth Brooks' "The Change." Phil is likeable and he did a nice job, but wow -- he needs more personality. Maybe the VFTW notoriety might actually make him think he is a triple-treat, a la Sanjaya.

Jordin Sparks closed the show with "You Never Walk Alone." Wow wee. I think we may have a winner, folks. I think I actually felt myself getting a little verklempt.

According to, Chris is in serious danger. However, I feared a bit for Blake. See you tomorrow. -- Rachel Cericola

Posted by Rachel Cericola on April 24, 2007 10:56 PM
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Jordin was hot last night....I think the top three are going to be Blake, Melinda, and Jordin

-- 1. Posted by: Bryan at April 25, 2007 10:19 AM

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