Either I’m getting better at this, or this season has just been too predictable so far. Not, mind you, that my Beginning Of The Season predictions are all coming true, but my weekly ones are right where it counts.
Chris Richardson was safe this week, but I got two of the three contestants in the bottom three right.
I had a very weird feeling before watching the show. We’ve seen it happen before where a Not Great singer has a great week and then gets voted out. I worried about Gina for a moment. Thankfully, it wasn’t to be.
In case you missed it, Haley, Phil, and Chris Sligh were in the bottom three. Phil was saved first, and then Chris went home. He knew it all along, I think. He was the last to join the bottom three. Sitting next to Gina at the end, you could almost see him rolling his eyes, knowing he was about to be brought down.
It’s a funny thing with Chris Sligh. You had to love him. He is, as Ryan pointed out, clever. He has a wicked sense of humor. He’s studied music. He’s written music. He has a good voice. But he just couldn’t pull it off on the big stage when he needed to from week to week. He had one decent performance out of three, one that was a complete mess, and one that wasn’t all that impressive. It’s a stunning fall from grace for a guy Simon picked earlier on as being someone to watch out for.I thought he’d go much further in the competition, but it wasn’t meant to be for him.
As for the remaining contestants: If I’m Phil Stacey, I have to be very worried. He’s made the bottom three two weeks in a row now, and the second time after a performance the judges liked. He doesn’t have a big enough fan base baked in right now to support him too much further in this competition. Unless he pulls an amazing rabbit out of his hat with an Idol Moment, he’s not going to hang around to the midway part of this series. Really, what’s his personality like? Why do we want to vote for him? Who is Phil Stacey? He doesn’t have a story to go along with his talent, and that doesn’t help the fanbase at all. He’s just another singer on stage each week. He hasn’t even played up the military aspect of it all. That might get him a few extra voters. He needs those right now.
Haley’s days are marked, too. Her good looks won’t save her forever. (Though, I do admit, I want to vote for her every time I see her. ::ahem::) She’s just not a strong enough singer in a very strong year for the girls.
And we’re all waiting for the week when Lakisha is forgotten by the viewers and falls to the bottom three, sparking judge outcries about how this is a singing competition, like they haven’t been through this five times already and haven’t learned their lesson.
For now, though, let’s just pity poor Chris Sligh, whose golden opportunity slipped through his fingers. His spirit was crushed and his body slashed open, for all the world to pour salt into because they made him sing that Police song again. That was the worst part of the show last night. He knew he blew the song, but he had to sing it again. And he blew it again.
Here’s a quick lesson for future Idol contestants: Don’t ever sing a Police song. Both people who did last night wound up in the bottom three.
That won’t be a problem next week, as it’s Tony Bennett week! Maybe they’ll have a special performance in the results show by John Stevens, too. I’m sure Chris (I no longer have to differentiate the two people with the same name) will find some way to do some insane “vocal Olympics” over a Bennett song. We might even hear Sanjaya sing decently, next week. If he actually tries, he might be able to pull something off. Or, he could continue down his path of being the Running Gag of Idol and show up in a suit and tie, dye his hair gray, and smile a lot through that damned San Francisco song. . . De Blieck Out!
P.S. Question for the day: Would Sanjaya have been better off this week singing “Spider Web?” I mean, could it have been any worse?