by pat howard

IDOL VIRGIN | Top 12 guys perform; first results show

In Idol Virgin on February 26, 2010 at 11:32 am

I was out of the TV-watching office Wednesday, which meant I had to turn off Twitter to avoid spoilers and watch three back-to-back hours of Idol last night.

Thus, you will be spared my person-by-person analysis of the boys this week, since it went on to be informed by the voting results. Suffice it to say, the guys night looked like karaoke in someone’s basement. There were a few standouts: obvious frontrunner Casey James, underconfident teen Aaron Kelley, and — I thought — Joe Munoz. I was surprised by Lee Dewyze and his arrangement of “Chasing Cars.” But the good performances weren’t overwhelming, and I don’t know what to do with that. There’s a lot of back-and-forth in bloggytown this week: “wow these contestants are terrible” vs. “they’re unpolished and supposed to sound awful at this point.” I would tend to allow for a slow start, since this is their first week of live shows, and it’s a lot harder for the production team to make them look good on the fly instead of in gauzy, stylized taped pieces.

And on last night’s results show, we had our first Idol overrun of the season. Time to pad that DVR series recording, I guess. Idol alums Allison Iraheta and Kris Allen dropped by to perform in between elimination segments. And the four sent packing were Janell Wheeler, Ashley Rodriguez, Joe Munoz (snif!), and Tyler Grady. We hardly knew ye…except for Tyler, whose ’70s schtick and extraneous bathrobe segment grew tired. It was pretty awesome when he ripped on the judges though, who kind of seem extraneous themselves at these results shows.

Watching last night demonstrated for me how ripped off from Idol NBC’s a capella Sing Off was. And my guess is that the show is designed to go over its timeslot. Seacrest has ten jobs, the rest of which require him to stick to the clock (or suffer being edited down). Aside from the protracted results drama and guest performances, we could tighten up some of the taped segments or drop the “Kara and Casey” business altogether. But that’s only if Fox didn’t want that extra minute of ratings crack. I won’t overthink last night’s show because the three hours I watched ran together in my head. Also, it was late and I was tired.

Next week, same deal. Top 10 girls Tuesday, top 10 guys Wednesday, live results Thursday. On top of which, the wretched Olympics will be over and regular TV will be back in force. Change your remote batteries and rest up your DVR, because March is the new February.

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