Joshua - nice splits! But James Brown you are not… You have fallen down and you can't get up...
Let the "So You Think You Can Dance" advertising begin, with the dance breaks in this singing competition… And Mary Murphy in the audience…
Ryan announces a "new world record" for votes. World record? That seems a bit strong. Still, it was a lot.
Phillip and Jessica got to skip that opening number, which was good for them.
John Fogerty begins the throng of "surprise" guests, and sings "Have You Even Seen the Rain" - with Phillip. I wish I found CCR's music more interesting, but beyond Fortunate Son and the original Proud Mary, I just have a hard time getting into it.
Okay, I like "Bad Moon Rising." - I also like that they just let Phillip do the segue himself. It's like I'm at a Phillip Phillips concert!
Why isn't Steven Tyler clapping at John Fogerty? Is there some bad blood between CCR and Aerosmith that I'm not aware of? Some Boston-San Francisco feud?
Video Montage #1: These clips from the first wave of auditions seem like they were a million years ago. Boring.
Joshua is now singing "Take Me To The Pilot." Another great pick for him that he takes and turns into a gospel song. And here comes Fantasia Barrino straight from her failed Catwoman audition. She looks like she is wanting to clap her hands but that the skin-suit simply won't allow her that kind of mobility. Freak. Show.
Okay, screaming aside, they brought her on WAY too early. I wanted more of him before she came in and "did her thang." And the commercial break forces its hand and leaves the song before it can finish. And I don't think it had any intention of finishing. I imagine that they were not even allowed to end - that someone grabbed the drumsticks and just yelled "cut!"
Outtakes of Jimmy Iovine were pretty fantastic. Particularly the part where he suggested that they should string them together.
New song - who is that short haired blonde? Seriously, I know she was on before, but I can't remember her name. Elaine? Eloise? Joshica? This appears to be a medley of songs that you almost know, but don't. Oh wait. Now I know it. Chaka Khan medley. I'm sure she's waiting backstage, hopefully she isn't trying to get into Fantasia's catwoman outfit…. [she enters]
Well, it's pretty close. What the heck is the theme here - the American Idolvengers?
I'll tell you one thing. Chaka at 59 years old pulled it off ten times more effectively than Fantasia did. Not saying a whole lot, but it's plenty. Now I have to go scrub out my eyeballs.
Erika! Thanks Ford! I like the idea of giving someone else a Ford. Of course, they have to pay the taxes on them. So there's that, but hey. I got a new Escape this year, and I had to pay the taxes too.
Rihanna is on now. I will likely have to fast forward this performance, since she appears to be in some kind of nuclear green Tesseract. Oh she tricked us. It's a prism! Still gonna need to fast forward soon. I likes her music so much better when we reworked it and sang it on Easter. She has stepped off of the nuclear prism now. And cue the fast forward when the "dance break" starts.
Skylar Lane sings "Turn on the Radio" - Ladies and Gentlemen, Reba! And her fake face! Skylar, please learn the lesson and don't even do that. This so far is the most connected star turn of the night. I mean, I guess John Fogerty is just a tad more available these days then Dave Matthews. Plus if Dave Matthews and Phillip Phillips actually appeared on the stage together, it would be nuclear. Looks like the LMFAO guy got a hold of a fiddle after all.
Now we get to visit Steven's "lair." let the hilarity begin. Where's my sloth? No. Stop. This whole skit is a nightmare. Boo.
Jessica sings "I Will Always Love You." Ladies and Gentlemen, Whitney -- oh wait. (too soon?) How about Jennifer Hudson? Nope, it's just a solo. Why was Steven singing along with her? I'm saying that was supposed to be with Jennifer Hudson and then she canceled at the last minute.
Colton and the boys start off a Neil Diamond medley. Did they really have Heejung sings lead on the word "free" over and over again? Ladies and gentlemen, hurry up and bring out the real guy, I can't take much more of these boys… wait. He's not gonna be wearing a catsuit, is he?
There he is. Everybody join in, "Bahm, Bahm, Bahm!"
Well, that's the first hour. I'll post this, and then continue on blogging for a second post. Fun!