AI5 – Round 1 Results

Just to be safe, I’ll hide the names of the contestants who are out of the competition now under the break.

I sometimes forget from year to year how the voting patterns go. At this point in the season, it’s fairly predictable. I got so caught up in overthinking things and believing in upsets and wondering where the backwards votes would be, that it never occured to me that the more obvious choices were also the most realistic.

I don’t have much to say about the show. It’s a fairly standard tug at the heart strings, plus a group singalong that went all right.

In the end, two girls and two boys had to go. I’m going to miss two of them. . .

Next week’s show will not be as entertaining without Bobby. Say what you will about his “Copa” last night, but it was chuckleworthy.

It will also be a bit uglier without Becky. Ooooh, Becky. We’ll always have Maxim, at least.

Stevie also left, in what has to be the most obvious elimination of the decade. And, sadly, Patrick didn’t make it. He had a bad song choice and he went first and he didn’t have a good personal story to pull at the voters’ heart strings. He was toast.

All four booted contestants resang their songs after the votes were announced, and all of them sounded better without the extra nerves behind them. I know that’s not a surprise, but it was nice to hear.


3 Responses to “AI5 – Round 1 Results”

  1. bluuzman
    24. February 2006 at 13:49

    Man, do I hate it when a good contestant gives a mediocre performance, gets kicked off, and THEN gives a hot performance of the same song. That’s what happened with Patrick last night. If he had given last night’s performance on Wednesday, no way he would have been booted.

    The other three deserved to go, if not this week then next.

  2. Bill
    24. February 2006 at 15:20

    Augie, how much of a factor do you think lack of exposure played? Of the four who were booted, only Becky had any major airtime or build-up, and even that was focused on her looks.

    I’m trying to figure out which of the others really lacked a lot of screentime during the “road to Hollywood” or “Hollywood” episodes. I suspect that those will be the next to go.

  3. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    27. February 2006 at 14:54

    Bill – I think that lack of exposure definitely hurts in the first couple of weeks, but especially in week one. It can be erased with an AMAZING performance, but anything shy of that and you’re toast. We saw this last season, too, as I recall, because this question came up on a couple of AI spots then, too.