Wednesday, April 11, 2007

APRIL 11, 2007

This is how American Idol works… Some themes are just built for the kids, and some aren’t. This week, the song choices available fell into the latter category.

Even the mighty struggled… Melinda Doolittle, Lakisha Jones, and Jordin Sparks all had off-nights, although it was probably Jordan who did best of the three “frontrunners”. Haley Scarnato and Phil Stacey put in the same type of performances we’ve been accustomed to the past few weeks, and they are probably threats to go home during tonight’s elimination. More on that later...

A few contestants, however, did their thing. Blake Lewis did an outstanding job on Marc Anthony’s “I Need To Know”, a bold choice considering the artist/coach this week was his wife, Jennifer “Don’t Call Me J-Lo” Lopez. I also liked Chris Richardson’s “Smooth”, although I agreed with Jennifer, he should have raised it a key. But the biggest surprise was that Sanjaya Malakar was actually pretty good… a flash from his audition. Even Simon gave him praise.

So, here’s the official prediction... This week’s Bottom 3 will look a lot like last week’s Bottom 3. Haley Scarnato and Phil Stacey will find themselves in danger, along with (and I called it last week) Lakisha Jones. Yes, I know she was in the Top 3 last week, but you heard it hear first, she will be near the bottom this week. She will, however, be safe, and Phil Stacey will go home.

JD Roberto from American Idol Extra joins us tomorrow at 7:20 with all the backstage dirt! Don’t miss it!

Leeza Gibbons, who has consistently dodged elimination during Dancing With the Stars, could not hold on any longer and was eliminated from the competition during last night's results show. She and partner Tony Dovolani, who partnered with country star Sara Evans last season, received a score of 16 for their paso doble narrowly inching out former N-B-A star Clyde Drexler, who scored a 15. Season Two winner Drew Lachey made a guest appearance during the show to dance to Big and Rich's "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" with the regular professionals.

The remaining couples will dance either the samba or the rumba during next Monday night's Dancing With the Stars.

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