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American Idol, Season 10: Finale – “And the winner is…”

At long last, the moment had arrived.  The finale of American Idol, season 10.  It was a long and enjoyable journey and last night provided the capstone on the entire affair.  Two hours of celebrity appearances, guest artists, retrospective clips, and ultimately the crowing of this year’s American Idol.

It was apparently a night of extremes.  On one hand it was the lowest rated American Idol finale show in history.  On the other hand, there were a record 122MM+ votes cast – so whoever WAS watching, voted and voted often.  The real question was – who did they vote for, Scotty or Lauren.  There’s really only one way to find out.  Let’s go to the big board and see…


American Idol, Season 10: Top 7 Performances – “Mad Max meets Stormtroopers on Melrose.”

It’s Wednesday night here in the Word Zombie household and we all know what that means.  Ritz Cracker chicken for dinner!  It also means time for American Idol.  This week found the top seven vying for their place in the top six.  This is quickly getting serious folks – the votes are going to get tougher and tougher each week from here on out (except for Hailey – can’t we all agree she needs to be the next to go?)  Who would rise to the occasion?  Who would kiss one of the judges?  Who would be accompanied by a marching drum line?  Who would make a surprise appearance to open the show?  All these questions just happened to be answered in a short 90-minute jaunt with American Idol.

The theme this week was “Songs from the 21st Century”.  A rather broad category but I’ll hand it to the producers; they have gone out of their way not to box the contestants into strange genres miles outside of their comfort zones (Anyone remember Andrew Lloyd Weber night?)  Instead they have allowed the contestants room to establish what sort of artist they want to be after the show.  They’ve allowed them to begin building a fan base that won’t be disappointed with the eventual albums they release.  I think it’s been a brilliant move.

Before we get to the performances, a few random observations:

  • It was nice to be wil.i.am-free tonight.  Strangely, I didn’t miss him for a second.
  • Jimmy Iovine seemed to be much more supportive of the contestants tonight.  Think he had to eat a little crow after the stellar performances last week?
  • I guess if you are the “most beautiful woman in the world” you can pull off wearing a gold lamay shorts-suit.
  • I liked having the longer, 3-minute performances this week.
  • For all the talent this year, I’ve yet to buy a single studio track from iTunes.

No that’s out of the way; let’s see how everyone did.


American Idol, Season 10: Top 12 Results – “The pitchy is if it’s underneath the actual tone, or above it.”

Time for the top 12 to become the top 11.  The show opened with a quick look at what the Idol wanted to be as kids, when they grew up.  (The theme this week was “songs from the year you were born”.  Get it?).  James wanted to be a professional wrestler, Scotty wanted to be an astronaut (“My brains weren’t astronaut material, though”), Jacob wanted to be a journalist, Naima wanted to be a veterinarian, Paul wanted to be a comedian (I can totally see that…), Thia, of course, wanted to be a singer – as did Pia.  Evidently Lauren, Stefano, Karen, Casey, and Hailey all wanted to be things too mind-numbingly boring to be shown on TV.

Ripley’s announcer guy ushered the judges and Ryan on to the stage to great applause.  Ryan thanked everyone for their support of the Red Cross last night, and gave out a number that when texted to, donated $10 to the Red Cross (the number – 90999).  And with that, the show kicked in to gear:


American Idol, Season 10: Top 12 Performances – “A cool dude in a loose mood.”

First and foremost, I have to give American Idol props for opening the show last night with an acknowledgment of the tragedy unfolding in Japan.  The American people are the most generous and giving people in the world.  I urge you to find a way to donate to the disaster relief efforts in Japan – whether you purchase one of the Idol songs from iTunes, or make a direct donation (you can click here to donate to the Salvation Army’s Japan relief efforts).

Now, on to the show.  The theme last night was “Songs from the year you were born”.  The good news was – it meant we got a good dose of songs from the ‘80s.  The bad news was – we also got songs from the ‘90s.  Man, I’m getting old…

Ripley’s guy introduced the judges and Jennifer came out sporting what might best be described as the “Ashthon Jones Memorial Hairdo” – that was some big hair.  As they took the table, my wife remarked that Jennifer and Steven appear to have the same hair; hers was just bigger (you’ll be hearing a lot from my wife today…)

Before I dive into the performances, I have a few observations.  First, it appears that the contestants were all wearing ear monitors last night.  I wonder if that is because of the issues last week with people not being able to hear?  Usually the ear monitors don’t show up until much later in the season.  Second, while Ryan chatted with Tamara Grey and Mary Murphy in the audience – he completely ignored season seven’s Carly Smithson, who was seated next to Mary.  Fail.

Now that’s out of the way, let’s see how the contestants did:


American Idol, Season 10: Top 13 Results – “Can you do the Dougie?”

Thursday night must mean its time to crush someone dreams on American Idol and send them home.  It’s another three weeks until you make the summer tour, so there was a lot on the line with the first elimination show for the top 13.  Over 30 million votes were cast – a pretty good number for this early in the competition.  Looks like the level of talent and new judges are working well for the public so far.

Unlike the last time they had a top 13 (season 8), only one person was in danger of going home, instead of two.  In danger, because the “Judge’s Save” was announced again for this year.  At some point between now and the top 4, the judges can save someone from elimination.  It makes for a great moment, but I’m not sure it will change the course of the show.  (You may recall that Michael Lynche was saved last year.  Last time I checked, he still didn’t win.)

With a helpful introduction from the Ripley’s announcer, the judges took to the stage and the show was off and running.  Is it just me, or did Steven look like he had a little bit of a hitch in his step coming out?  We got to see a little of the contestants in their house for the first time in many seasons (Ashthon decided to jump on the bed like a 4 year-old), and then the action started.  Who got eliminated?  Read on and see…


American Idol, Season 10: Top 13 Performances – “I overstand what they were saying…”

Before I start, let me say one thing to the contestants.  If you haven’t been following them this year, all of the top 13 contestants have official Twitter accounts.  Here are three observations for you after following them all for a week.

1.  Scotty McCreery is a very funny guy.

2.  Ashthon Jones feels the need to retweet far too many things written by her followers.

3.  Paul McDonald is the only contestant who seems to really understand how to use Twitter.  Maybe that’s why he has so many followers.

This week was the top 13 performances.  The show opened with the crowd doing the wave and the Ripley’s announcer (again) introducing the judges.  The contestants got to choose a song from their own personal Idols this week, and each worked with a producer to arrange and record the songs.  Enough of the chit chat – let’s dive right in to the performances.

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