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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Another American Idol Surprise

Was Carly Smithson your pick to win "American Idol?" I figured she would at least be in the Top 2 for the finals... until I watched last night's results show. Were you surprised too? I was, as I was last year when Melinda Doolittle didn't make the finals.

After Brooke White stopped and started again Tuesday night -- the first time that's happened on "American Idol" -- I thought she was history. Not so.

What's the lesson here? That most of the voters are probably teen-age girls, which means that the two Davids -- Archuleta and Cook -- will be the final two? What was not to like about Carly, except that tattoo? Or that she's from Ireland? (After all, it's American Idol).

By the way, Archuleta is leading our poll, followed by Cook. Last is Syesha Mercado, and next to last is Jason Castro. (Why is he still on the show?)

You can vote, and see results at


at 4/24/2008 11:57 AM Blogger bmurdock said...

Actually Brooke stumbled once before but it was her own piano playing that caused her to restart a song not forgetting lyrics.

Maybe now someone will buy copies of Carly's failed MCA record from a couple of years ago?

at 4/24/2008 12:42 PM Blogger a girl on the westside said...

Haven't you heard about the website It's an anti-Idol site and they encourage voters to call in for the worst singer. They picked Brooke this week so I wasn't surprised she was safe.

at 4/24/2008 1:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm not a teenage girl, but I think Cook and Archuleta are the best two left in the competition.

I agree with you completely though, Jason Castro NEEDS to go.

at 4/24/2008 2:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason has been coasting through o his dreds and eyelashes since week-1. You're right about the 15-year old girls driving this bus.

at 4/24/2008 3:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

kiese do sweeps start today or next thursday?

at 4/24/2008 4:47 PM Blogger bmurdock said...

David A. would have been a better choice for VFTW. Brook isn't the worst, she just had a bad night.

Early on VFTW posted spoilers about a few possible ringers being in the Top 50 - Carly being one of them. Not sorry to see her go...

at 4/24/2008 6:38 PM Blogger Brian said...

The way to even the score is for every parent to confiscate every cell phone from every girl in between the ages of 12-17 in America between 8PM - 12 Midnight next Tuesday.

Time for vote limiting software!

at 4/24/2008 8:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a valid reason why TV critics all over the country think it necessary to comment, critique and crawl all over themselves over the results of the reality contests?
With the amount of distinctive and noteworthy television offerings a small percentage of what they were a decade ago, why not spend more time pointing out the shows worth watching instead of the droppings that are changing prime time into a shallow, stagnant wading pool.
Lots of people watched Ted Mack's and Arthur Godfrey's talent shows, too, but I don't remember the Mary Woods and Luke Fecks of the country spending so much time dissecting those fleas.
Critics, it seems, should try to help direct the pack--not join it wherever it stumbles.
Or is journalism's mantra today "Whatever the Masses Want, We Approve--if they may someday buy a paper"?

at 4/25/2008 9:23 AM Blogger House of Cards said...

Geez, Anon 8:34, are you the guy who narrated the cartoon "The Dot and the Line" or something??? What an arrogant snot you are.....

As for your question Kiese, I don't care who wins AI. I think the show is stupid. But I realize many don't, hence the reason you write about it.

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