Amber Holcomb

Powerhouse voices crush male domination of "Idol"


This is the time when Fox seizes the TV spotlight. My previous blog looked at the network's fall plans, including news for fans of "24," TV comedies, "American Idol" and the "Fringe" producers. The one before that viewed Angie Miller, a strong talent who finished third on "Idol."

Now let's go to the big one -- the "Idol" finale on Wednesday and Thursday (May 15-16). Here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

The tears are gone; the shoes remain


On the day after her despondent
departure from “American Idol,” Amber Holcomb was cheery again.

The tears were gone and a suitcase
crisis had been solved. She heads into the world with an abundance of
optimism and shoes.

“I see myself in magazine, on
billboards, on television, all that good stuff,” she told reporters
today (Friday).

A cake walk with "American Idol"


Over the years, I've gone to various outdoor potlucks, the sort where a picnic table is covered by anythng from desserts to indefinable goulashes.

The weather has been usually good, occasionally not, but there's been one constant: I'm never seen people leave a cake out in the rain. If they did, they would simply bake another. Even before the Internet age, cake recipes never disappeared; they existed in little file-card cabinets and in recipes and in grandmas' minds.

"Idol" extremes: From the depths to the Candice heights


Talk about extremes, this was an "American Idol" of startling contrasts.

At the bottom was Lazaro Arbos. Even if he had hit all the notes -- a big "if" -- these were still flat, limp performances.

Near the top was everyone else. And at the very top was Candice Glover, with that amazing final song. Somehow, a 23-year-old kid from an island off South Carolina had transformed herself into the world's best jazz singer. I'm assuming magic was involved.

'Tis not the season to be Jolley


What did we learn from "American Idol" tonight?:

1) Lazaro Arbos will keep surviving, no matter what. He was clearly the worst singer Wednesday, but didn't even get plunked into the bottom three.

2) Our sympathy may be misdirected. Lazaro told viewers he had just received the song the night before ... making us think it was the night before the show. Alas, it was the night before a rehearsal -- four days before the show.

"Idol": A night of beyond-Nicki strangeness


What an odd night it was Wednesday on "American Idol."

-- Janelle Arthur, who should have sung Carrie Underwood, didn't. Devin Velez, who shouldn't have, did.

-- Curtis Finch, told not to go retro, showed up in a jacket someone probably abandoned in the Holiday Inn lounge in 1977. Lazaro Arbos showed up in one from Las Vegas' Rat Pack era.

-- And Nicki Minaj kept giving fashion appraisals, while wearing what appeared to be the sacrificial robe of a shamed monk.