TOP 12 IDOL RECAP:
First of all, NAILED IT. Bottom three, ejectee, whole shebang. Thanks, now to the details.
In her farewell tape montage, Karen revealed why I was glad to see her go. Well, in addition to her meager talent, that is. Her quote was: “America needs a Latin American Idol.” Well, honey, guess what? No, we don’t. We need the best person to win. If that person happens to be a Latina, or a black guy or a Lithuanian or an Eskimo, that’s great. But this is the kind of identity politics that needs to fall out of favor from the halls of power to the corridors of reality TV.
Pretty weak show. The Lee DeWyze performance was dull, the new Black Eyed Peas record was just weird, and Fergie looked like someone slipped her a roofie. Any time the cheesy contestants’ number is the musical highlight, it’s a problem.
And tonight it was. Someone wrote a pretty nifty mashup of “Born to Be Wild” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” and the contestants handled it well. And I suppose they don’t lip-sync that number after all, since at least three of the mikes were not up when the time came.
NEXT WEEK’S STORYLINES:
Can Naima and Haley hang on with knockout performances? Can Paul get a song that plays to his strengths? Can Pia get out of annoying diva mode? Can Thia show some versatility? What kind of wacky thing will Casey pull?