A Dose of Reality: American Idol 6: Week 1 Results
by Raul Burriel
Published: February 23, 2007
After a disastrous night for the men and a stellar night for the women, it's time for the results. Two men and two women will be eliminated tonight. Ryan Seacrest teases the contestants by telling them who will be the guests on the show this season. They include Diana Ross, Jon Bon Jovi, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Tony Bennett, Martina McBride, and Barry Gibb.
We are then exposed to (subjected to!) a 24-singer version of Tears for Fears' "Sowing the Seeds of Love." It's an hour-long show, but this is tantamount to torture! I understand that American Idol is a ratings juggernaut but I've got a better idea. Run the results in a ticker during another show... a show that needs the ratings. It's win (for American Idol) win (for the struggling show) win (for suffering Americans!)
The king of all filler shows (last night, we waited 18 minutes before the first performer started singing) goes to a commercial break before we know the first victim. After the commercial break, Ryan calls half the men to the stage. One by one, he sends them back to safety... except for Paul Kim. His karaoke cover of "Careless Whisper" with a hip-hop flare just didn't cut it.
Another commercial break, and it's time for half the women to learn their fates. The first batch of women, surprisingly, are all safe. Then Ryan calls Amy Krebs up to the stage and without hesitation announces that she's been eliminated.
After the third commercial break of the night, we're only half way through the show. We get a plug for the "American Idol Challenge", a text message trivia game where you can win $10,000 and then it's time to bring out tonight's guest, past Idol winner Fantasia Barrino. Fantasia tells us that she'll be joining the cast of "The Color Purple" on Broadway starting April 10 (Broadway is the last refuge for the failed Idol contestant.) She then regales us with "I'm Here", a song from the Broadway show. While I know that Fantasia is not here to compete so I shouldn't judge - and for all I know, she's singing this song "in character" - but there's a clear lisp in her singing. It's very odd, and very distracting.
When we return from another commercial break, the last five women are on stage. This group includes Lakisha Jones who should get a free pass to the finale right now. She's safe, of course. Finally we're down to Alaina Alexander and Nicole Tranquillo. Alaina's safe... Nicole goes home. There were worse singers than Nicole last night, but better singers, too. She wouldn't have won this competition, so no point prolonging this girl's suffering.
Finally (after a last commercial break), we come to the last six men. Four get sent back to their seats, leaving us with Rudy Cardenas and Sanjaya Malakar. Ryan tells us that one was in the top 4 men this week, and one is going home. I'm sure Sanjaya is going home (until someone attacks this kid with a set of clippers, I'm not going to like him), but I - and probably a good portion of America - is shocked to learn that Rudy is going home instead (Rudy's rendition of "Free Ride" was not nearly the worst of the night, but being the first performer of the night meant that by the end of the two hour block, most voters had already moved on to other favorites.) Even more shocking is the realization that Sanjaya is in the top 4 men this week.
Week 1: Men's Night | Week 1: Women's Night