Candice Glover

How to politely lose on "American Idol"

This may have taken Southern manners to
an extreme:

Twice lately, an “American Idol”
finalist handed a big advantage to a competitor. In 2011, Scotty
McCreery survived the gesture; this year, Kree Harrison didn't.

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:


Angie Miller: Family permanence is tattooed

We've heard that the family that prays
together stays together, but here's one step further:

Angie Miller, just departed from
“American Idol,” has a praying family that tattooed together. “My
whole family surprised me and they all got tattooed …. It's so
permanent,” Miller said.

That involved the slogan (“Dream
Big”) that she'd already had as her own tattoo.

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.

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.

"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.