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Wednesday, April 19, 2006


American Idol: Now With 50% Less Sucking

Surprise, surprise...last night's American Idol, featuring big-band standards coached by Rod Stewart, was pretty accomplished. Beginning with Chris Daughtry's toned-down take on "What a Wonderful World" and ending with a sparkling Katharine McPhee tenderly interpreting Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me", there were only a few missteps all night.

The biggest, in ModFab's opinion, was Kellie Pickler, who got nearly four entire beats ahead of the music, giving new meaning to the title of "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered." (She's a cunning young thing, though...she fessed up immediately to her error, apologized to America, and then made a joke at her own expense. While that folksy shtick irritates me to no end, it probably plays well to America.)

So since America seems to love Pickler, I'll guess tonight's victim will be Elliott Yamin, who should be heading home tonight if there's any justice. His stale, Harry Connick-lite "It Had To Be You" was as dull as Paula Abdul's new hairstyle.

P.S. -- Rod Stewart's plastic surgery is truly frightening. At the beginning of the show, he introduced his new wife (young enough to be his granddaughter) and his newborn baby. Thankfully, he did not eat the placenta on camera.


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