A Dose of Reality: American Idol 6: Week 4 - Results
by Raul Burriel
Published: March 15, 2007
Anyone unfamiliar with American Idol who tuned in to last night's show would wonder what the fuss was all about. But it would take just one performance by Lakisha or Melinda to convince them. Still, it's hard to believe that after thousands of auditions, this is the best we can do. Seven or eight of these contestants shouldn't be here. It's going to be a long slog until we winnow this group down to its talented core, and I can't guarantee that some of the good singers won't get caught in the crossfire.
Tonight's half-hour elimination episode begins with the obligatory group musical number where the twelve finalists give us a medley of Diana Ross songs ("Baby, Baby, Where Did Our Love Go" and "Stop! In the Name of Love"). This is followed by the always awkward and difficult to watch Ford commercial featuring the contestants. Finally, we come to the contestants, seated in two rows. Host Ryan Seacrest begins calling their names, one at a time, and telling them if they're safe or not. First off is Lakisha Jones (let's get the obvious one out of the way first.) Lakisha is safe. Gina Glocksen is next. She's safe, too. Brandon Rogers is in the bottom three so he's called out to the middle of the stage. Jordin Sparks follows Brandon. Jordin is safe. She's worth watching for the rest of this round as she reacts to each person being called upon. Specifically, she reacts to the audience reaction. Chris Richardson is called to his feet by Ryan and told that he's safe (Jordin shows her appreciation.) Melinda Doolittle is called on by Ryan (the audience goes nuts and Jordin gives one of those "of course they're going nuts, Melinda is a great singer" kind of shrugs.) Melinda is safe. Phil Stacey is next (no audience reaction whatsoever.) Phil joins Brandon in the bottom three. Chris Sligh is safe. Stephanie Edwards is safe. Blake Lewis's name is call (Jordin listens... the crowd cheers... Jordin gives us a big smile.) Blake is safe. That leaves us with Haley Scarnato and Sanjaya Malakar. Hmmm... I wonder which one will join Phil and Brandon in the bottom three. We'll have to wait to find out.
After a commercial break, it's time for Diana Ross to show us how it's done. The treat here is being in the presence of a living legend. She's well past her prime, despite still wearing an outfit she surely had to be stitched into. She performs "More Today Than Yesterday".
Another commercial break, and we learn that Sanjaya will join Phil and Brandon on stage. Phil is immediately sent back to safety. Good. I'm very happy with these two bottom dwellers. Brandon had great potential and may be the best male vocalist on the show, but he never followed through. Sanjaya, on the other hand, has been needing to go home for a long, long time. It would be justice for Sanjaya to go home and the epitome of comedy for him to stick around another week. Viewers of American Idol tonight are watching the funniest TV show of the week as Brandon Rogers is eliminated and we learn that America will have to suffer through another Sanjaya performance - and hair style - next week. It's hard to believe that more people out there thought Sanjaya was better than Brandon. The mentally ill have been given access to telephones... and they're voting for Sanjaya!
Week 1: Men's Night | Week 1: Women's Night | Week 1: Results
Week 2: Men's Night | Week 2: Women's Night | Week 2: Results
Week 3: Men's Night | Week 3: Women's Night | Week 3: Results
Week 4: Diana Ross Theme