AMERICAN IDOL Season 8 — Finalists from Group 2

Let’s get right to the point. The 3 who made the top 12 from this bunch were Allison Iraheta, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert. Save for the choice of Iraheta, who has an incredibly powerful voice and kinda looks like early Kelly Clarkson, I’m hugely disappointed by the results. I thought we’d get 2 girls and 1 guy since the girls were so much better last night. But no, we got 2 guys—1 white bread, 1 cheesy. Together, they couldn’t even make a sandwich because there’s no meat in their performances.

Iraheta was the first one to claim one of those coveted stools after Ryan asked her, Jesse Langseth and Matt Breitzke to come center stage and then the latter two were sent packing. I was hoping against hope that red-hot Jesse would get in but I’m absolutely okay with Iraheta. Iraheta’s got a great voice; she just comes across so unformed and awkward whereas Langseth seems to be the more ready-for-prime-time performer. I hope she comes back for the wild card round.

Next up were Kris Allen, Megan Corkrey, Matt Giraud (looking more like Justin Timberlake every day) and Jeanine Vailes, in short shorts again. That girl ain’t stupid; she knows what her best assets are. But this is American Idol, not Miss America, and her shapely gams couldn’t save her from being eliminated. She’s going home and should stay there. Matt is also gone, but we might see him again, hopefully in front of a piano.

At this point, Kris Allen and Megan Corkrey were left standing together and told that one of them was a finalist. I was thinking, “Oh, no contest. Megan’s got this in the bag.” When Ryan announced it was Kris, I thought he was on crack or maybe April Fool’s came early. To me, this was the night’s most shocking result. Kris seems like a perfectly nice kid but he’s so vanilla and nowhere near as dynamic and compelling as Megan on stage. She’s definitely coming back; I’d put money on that. They need someone unique like her in the finals so that we don’t have a bunch of cookie-cutter contestants.

At this point, there were still about 30 minutes of show left so you knew they weren’t going to reveal the third finalist any time soon. Instead, we got a performance from season 7’s top-five finalist, Brooke White, who looked gorgeous (she was my fave last year). She sang her brand new single, “Hold Up My Heart,” (available on iTunes) which had a nice, ’70s feel to it. It’s not the best song ever but the chorus was pretty catchy. I love her raspy vocals and how she still plays the piano with one bare foot to work the pedals.

OK, back to judgment time. Mishavonna Henson, Jasmine Murray, Kai Kalama, Nick/Norman and Adam Lambert were brought down. There wasn’t one ounce of surprise when Henson, Murray and Kalama were told America just didn’t give them enough love. Which left Nick/Norman and Lambert still standing. This was so gross; I wanted them both gone. But again, after no suspense whatsoever, Lambert was declared the victor and we had to experience his hideous rendition of “Satisfaction” all over again. I might need therapy after being repeatedly subjected to such heavy trauma.

Next week, group 3 will perform: Nathaniel Marshall, Kendall Beard, Taylor Vaifanua, Kristen McNamara, Von Smith, Alex Wagner-Trugman, Felicia Barton, Lil Rounds, Arianna Afsar, Scott MacIntyre, Ju’Not Joyner, and Jorge Nunez. Are you excited about any of these people? I’m not.

Did you agree with the results tonight or were you disgusted like I was? Post me some comments!



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    February 27, 2009 at 3:04 am

    Urgh…I know! How two guys got through tonight is beyond me. They all sucked in my book. And Kris? For the love of God…why?? My mail lady has more charisma than that dude…yikes! Megan was robbed!!

    I too would die a happy man if I never have to hear Lambert sing that cheesy-ass version of “Satisfaction”. The worst thing for me was how into it everyone got when he sang it again…I just kept thinking: “Lord, do not make this his signature song.” But I fear it’s too late to stop it now…and THAT is why I’ve never been to one of the concert tours. I’d bet money he sings that shit on tour if he makes it that far…gross!!

    But yeah for Allison Iraheta. She killed “Alone” in my book, even if she does have kind of a vaguely Diana DeGarmo-ish pig face. I know, I know…not a nice thing to say, but those Idol make-up folks are magicians. She’ll be looking like Kelly Clarkson in no time…

    I mean, hell, look what they did to Elliot Yamin! Dude was a mess before…all crooked teeth and shit. Now, he’s golden, baby. 🙂

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    February 27, 2009 at 3:07 am

    OMG, just reread what I wrote and I said “in my book” twice…what a goober…

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    February 27, 2009 at 10:35 am

    “Urgh” is right, you Goober! (JK!)

    No question, Iraheta needs a makeover, but that girl can sing.

    Jesse Langseth and Megan Corkrey were FREAKING ROBBED!!!!

    Everyone else should have gone home. The same people who voted for Adam Lambert probably have all the Olsen twins movies.

    Love Brooke White. If she had been around in the ’70s she would have been a HUGE STAR.

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    February 27, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Will someone please start a campaign to bring Jesse Langseth back? I have been having dreams…..

    Anyway, Yay for Iraheta, but you are right, Bizman5, she certainly needs a stylist…or a mirror.

    Adam Lambert has ruined (twice now) a great song.

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    February 27, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Woo-hoo for Mr. Lambert!

    All you haters can sleep with Iraheta, I will be hanging a poster of Adam above my bed.

    I have to admit Kris Allen was a really dumb choice.

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    February 27, 2009 at 10:48 am

    oooo-kay, Mr. FFBuff, please come off your meds and actually take a listen to Adam Lambert. It is a singing competition, you know.

    I wish Jesse and Megan had made it, but I’m okay with Iraheta’s potential.

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    February 27, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Iraheta, yes, but Kris Allen? Adam Lambert?

    Have you looked closely at this guy? I don’t think you need an HD TV to see it’s a 40-year-old in a wig. If he could actually sing maybe I could get past it.

    Bummer on Megan and Jesse, but I was kinda hoping for Kai Kalama. I really liked his voice, not his song choice.

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    February 27, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Okay, so I admit I watch this show now and Grey’s Anatomy (please don’t judge). All I could think of was that Jesse Langseth’s hips could do to McSteamy what Lexie did to his, um, goods, 2 episodes ago. Dang!

    Iraheta earned a chair, but so did Megan. Enjoy your vanilla Allen-mode. And Adam Lambert? Please. The scandal this year will be when it is revealed that Lambert is really Alec Baldwin dressed up as a Jonas Brother like he did in a recent installment of SNL. Sorry to burst your bubble, FFBuff.

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    Don Curts
    March 6, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Im definitely going for Megan!

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