American Idol

"Idol" changes the rules (again)

The cool thing about having your own TV show is that you can keep changing the rules. "Survivor" does that a lot; now "American Idol" does it, too.

On Thursday, "Idol" said Candice Glover and Amber Holcomb were in the bottom two ... then announced that neither is leaving. Since the judges never used the "save," there's an extra week to account for; everyone moves on.

That's sort of good news, but also not: This week's votes carry over to next week, putting Glover and Holcomb behind before the new round begis.

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.

Golly, miss Dolly, Janelle came close

For Janelle Arthur, the Dolly Parton
connection is sort of eternal. “It's so full-circle that it's
crazy, really,” she said Friday.

One day earlier, she'd been ousted from
“American Idol.” Viewers had her fifth among the final five;
judges said they were split 2-2 on whether to save her. “Keith
(Urban) said it was he and Mariah (Carey)” who voted for the save,
Arthur said.

A good night (and, sort of, good riddance)

Some good things happened on "American Idol" Thursday:

1) Someone finally remembered that the phrase "Detroit music" covers more than Motown Records. I had grumbled about that (see previous blog); then "Idol" opened he show with a Bob Seger song.

That was Detroit (well, a little part of it)

Hey, Detroit is a very big place you know. And it's had a VERY big music scene ... even if you couldn't tell it tonight on "American Idol."

Unlike previous years, focusing strictly on Motown Records, tonight was open to songs from any Detroiter. The result? Of 11 songs, nine were from Motown Records. The only exceptions were Aretha Franklin (a friend and neighbor or the Motown folks) and Madonna (who was a dancer, not a singer, before leaving Michigan). There was no Seger or Nugent or Winan or White or Rock (Kid) or Pop (Iggy) or others.

'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" men move to the back of the line

It looks like the five-year male domination of "American Idol" is finally over. On Wednesday, Randy Jackson proclaimed that the women were thoroughly outdoing the men; then the voters agreed.

The result? On Thursday, three women -- Candice Glover, Angie Miller and Kree Harrison, not necessarily in that order -- were the top votegetters; four men -- Paul Jolley, Burnell Taylor, Devin Velez and Curtis Finch -- were the bottom.

"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.

"Idol": It's a little more country now

This is the last of three stories I sent to papers, previewing the "American Idol" season that starts Wednesday and Thursday, Jan.16-17. The previous blogs offer an overview and a box with details. Here's a story looking at "Idol" changes, especially the fresh interest in country music:


On the surface, the new “American
Idol” season looks suspiciously like the 11 previous ones.

Here's "Idol" in brief

The previous blog offera an overview of the upcoming "American Idol" season. A sidebar is coming, but first here's a box with the basics:


The new edition of “American Idol”
is ready to consume our TV time. Here's a summary:

– When: 8-10 p.m. Wednesdays and 8-9
p.m. Thursdays, Fox.

– Except for: Thursday episodes run
two-hours on Jan. 17, Feb. 21 and Feb. 28. Also, there's a Tuesday
episode on March 5.