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16 May 2007 @ 10:18 pm
AI results -- the Final Two  
American Idol results. I actually wasn't surprised. Go figure.

I spent most of the day thinking for some reason that Jordin was going to go home because as much as I love her and as much as I don't love Blake (he really does NOTHING for me as a performer), I can understand WHY he's top 3 and why people do love him. However, while I love Jordin, I was shocked when I went online for the first time after the top five and saw that Jordin is THE polarizing performer of this season. Some people positively HATE her and those that don't, don't seem to speak up all that much (at least on TWoP and ohnotheydidn't). So, I was kinda thinking she might be going home. Then when Jordin was announced safe (yay!), I thought, oh, okay so Jordin vs. Melinda: Cool.

Now, I admit that yesterday I had briefly thought of the possibility of it being Jordin vs. Blake because as wonderful as Melinda is, she's just so not marketable in this industry today, but it was just a brief thought because as much as I love Jordin, dude, Melinda is soooooooo the best singer left. So when Melinda stepped up, even right until Ryan said that she was done, I still thought, okay, Jordin vs. Melinda. Still, as soon as he said that it was the end of the road for her, instead of being shocked, I immediately though, yup, not surprised. Which is the only thing that did surprise me because I had just accepted that it would be Melinda vs. someone else in the final two from about the semi-finals on. I really thought she was going to go through, but when she didn't, the SECOND it was announced, I was completely unsurprised. Simply because she is so unmarketable in this market today, as I've said earlier. So it wasn't a surprise.

In a way, this is better for her though. AI sucks and sucks the talent and originality out of their winners (and S2 on) runners-up. I have no doubt that Melinda WILL get a deal and that I will buy the album and that it will be damn good. And the difference in her getting/recording this album as not the winner or runner-up is that it is much more likely to be on HER terms, based on HER skills and HER talent, and not on what is "marketable" according to 19Entertainment.

As for the actual final two: I'm happy about Jordin and I hope she wins. If Blake does, I won't be horribly surprised, but I'm rooting for Jordin. I just hope that Kelly performs with Jordin and not Blake because, well, I don't like Blake as a performer and I know that in addition to singing her single (which, sadly, I'm still meh on) Kelly's supposed to perform with one of the finalists. I HOPE it's Jordin, after all, Kelly's flat-out said that Jordin is her favorite this year. But I'm not holding my breath either. I could just easily see them pair Kelly with Blake and Taylor (ugh) with Jordin. Sigh.
 
 
 
sourisvhosourisvho on May 17th, 2007 04:06 am (UTC)
It should so totallly have been Jordin vs. Melinda, but I agree with Melinda not being as marketable (though IMO she's the most talented). I also thought that Jordin would be going home tonight, even though she's my favorite.

I actually think all three of them are talented, in their own ways, so it's certainly much better than last season in that regard! (I cared so little about last year's final, I didn't even watch.) I'm not gaga over Blake at all, but I can also see why he's popular and think he can have a fine career.

I hope Melinda stands up for herself in her career choices. Jordin, too -- I worry a bit since she's so young. I think it's obvious that Blake will stand up for himself.

I hadn't heard that Kelly was performing during the final! I expect they'll pair them up male/female, because that's the typical way to do it.

I'm glad to say that "Never Again" has grown on me. I found the chorus sticking in my head the other day.
Arabian: David Duchovnyarabian on May 17th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, the song has been stuck in my head; I don't deny it's catchy for a moment, but I don't like the lyrics much ("repent yourself away?" Seriously?) and she sounds like she's straining while singing it even on the recorded version and I've heard her sing it live about four times now and she's been off all four times, screeching at parts, flats on other, voice hoarse and straining. Sigh, it's not been pretty, but the song is catchy.

Obviously, agreeing on the current AI stuff.
boundaid on May 18th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
I would be so happy if Kelly and Jordin did 'DOES HE LOVE YOU' or something like that.

As you always seem to call, the ones with less market or money backing them seems to cripple their chances of success. I mean, Melinda doesn't care about the pop world at the moment. She is through and through, most likely going to record a Gospel album. Or something with plenty of religion themed songs.

And I really am buying into this CLIVE DAVIS RUNS THE WORLD mentality. After you scared me with that story of him crushing Justin's career, you were right. Kelly is so big now that he can't do it quietly.
Arabian: Kelly_Stararabian on May 18th, 2007 04:08 am (UTC)
I'm just really trying to convince myself I'm going to have to deal with Kelly and Blake because it's what I don't want and if I think differently, I'll be so disappointed. Sigh.

Well, I hope Melinda doesn't record a Gospel album, because I like God and all, but I'm not really a Gospel fan and so I won't buy it.

Yes, Clive Davis wields tremendous power in the industry and Kelly's interviews of late aren't easing my fears any. She's just being too outspoken and I could see every new interview making Clive see more and more red. And the thing is, Kelly all but dared him in her EW interview, saying 'one bad album in a career is no big deal, it's one album.' It just makes me fear that Davis will show her the truth of that. With all of this press, it would be EXTREMELY easy for Clive/RCA to quietly pull support from Kelly and have this album fail and it will be ALL ON HER! If he does do this, I don't think it means he's going to destroy her career like he did Justin, but more like to prove to her that she DOES need to listen to him, you know?

Of course, I swear that girl was born under a lucky star because she's come near the edge a few times and always pulled out, so it may happen again this time. Hopefully, her proven bottom-line will be enough to keep Clive at bay.