'American Idol' Results: Sadness, Michael Johns is sent away
By April MacIntyre Apr 11, 2008, 4:05 GMT
03/06/2008 - Michael Johns - 2008 American Idol Top 12 Party - Arrivals - Astra West, Pacific Design Center - West Hollywood, CA, USA © Tina Gill / PR Photos
"Idol Gives Back" week has come to an end, and Idol took one more contestant away Thursday, after 31 million votes.
Host Ryan Seacrest said that this week's fund-raiser has taken in more than $60 million so far, versus a total of more than $75 million last year.
Also gracing the stage for Thursday night's show was the reigning "Idol" Jordin Sparks singing a duet with Chris Brown. She is lovely, and like David Archuleta she is still just a baby herself.
The medley of "Shout to the Lord" is keeping with the theme of Idol Gives Back. To quote Bill Maher, "Religulous."
Zack and Cody, my secret boyfriend Vinnie Jones, Eddie Izzard, George Lopez, Rob Schneider and Selma Blair are slumming in the same montage as the DListed Kardashians and a whole bunch of unrecognizable women. Camryn Manheim gropes herself during the "I'm a Believer" song.
Brooke White would make a great host; she thinks on her feet; the audience loves her; she is made for the medium. She is also safe.
David Cook looks green at the gills. He muses that all the possible words that mean "pompous" have been exhausted by Simon and his trusty Thesaurus. He's safe too.
David Archuleta has a halo of arc angels circling him, as rose petals are strewn at his feet; you know he's safe.
Forest Whitaker brings perspective to the hoopla, as we go inside the mud floors of a humble abode in Angola where kids fend for themselves and are abused and essentially left to raise themselves.
Today, I spoke to MOJO's "Three Sheets" host Zane Lamprey, and he mentioned that we (Americans) are the luckiest people in the world, after noting that after all his travels for the show and the delightful people he encountered, most of us have no idea how good we all have it here. Whitaker's footage made it clear.
Jason Castro is also safe.
Kristy Lee Cook is in the couch zone too, not going home yet.
The bottom three are Syesha Mercado, Michael Johns and Carly Smithson.
Jim Carrey urges us to give more money. Bono promotes his own charity, One, that dovetails with the Idol charities. Bono's comments bothered me a bit. As if Americans weren't generous of spirit or heart before the "new Americans" Bono says he "is a fan of." Like he's selling us on how to raise our Q Scores with the rest of the world.
Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain get airtime. McCain comes off surprisingly good, totally at ease and cracks a joke about immigration. Obama sounds terrific too. Hillary seemed forced.
Syesha and Carly are safe. Michael Johns is done.
Simon Cowell didn't think it was the right song for him, but paid tribute to the Australian native. "I'm going to miss you. You're a very, very good singer and a very, very nice guy," Cowell said.
"If there's a song to go out on that's not a bad one," said Johns.
"Keep on rockin', dude," said judge Randy Jackson.
Personally I hate the fact he is leaving. I felt his performance was solid.
Sadness. See you next week.