Film and TV

Hell to the No! Gokey Safe in 'Idol' Eliminations

So I'll be the first one to cop to my American Idol obsession, but in the past I've always prided myself on being pretty level-headed about the show. I'd be by happy when somebody I liked made it through to the next round and the appropriate amount of pissed when somebody undeserving made it through.

But after last night's Idol elimination episode, I went all sorts of Incredible Hulk, my rage over Allison going home instead of Gokey causing me to wreak havoc throughout downtown Phoenix. OK, maybe it wasn't all that bad, but don't think I wasn't tempted to go turn over some tables at Cibo.

Seriously: WTF?? After Gokey's much-maligned Tuesday night performance of "Dream On," he should have been a goner for sure. But, as several readers have pointed out, Gokey (for some reason unbeknownst to me) has a rabid fan base that would probably vote their asses off if he got up on stage and did a yodeling version of Air Supply's "All Out of Love."

Ugh. The whole thing made me feel so dirty. I don't think I'll be able to look at a pair of designer glasses frames again without feeling some bile rise in my throat.

Less annoying (but also still annoying) was that Allison also went home before Kris. The guy is likable, but his vocals don't hold a candle to Allison's.

Some other stuff happened on last night's episode: Paula danced and valiantly lip-synched her way through her latest single; there was a lame group number; Season 5 runner-up Chris Daughtry provided me with a good two minutes to catch up on my sleep and compare his facial hair the Genie from Disney's Alladin; and we got to see a highlight reel of top 3 also-rans from seasons past visiting their home towns.

But the part of the show that really mattered (i.e. the part of the show that could have been boiled down to about a minute worth of air time) was Allison's departure in light of Danny's crap-ile of a performance last night.

All I can look forward to now is the prospect of Gokey getting a vocal beatdown during the inevitable Gokey-Lambert finals. Oy.

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Yvonne Zusel
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