American Idol
…Love, Rupert Murdoch, Part I

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...Love, Rupert Murdoch, Part I
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Ryan's wearing dirty black jeans and an elaborate velvet tuxedo coat; Will is already bouncing around. Ryan tells us that last Thursday was "the biggest night in television for an entire decade," given that Survivor was up to something, Dancing With Idiots was having its finale, and it wasn't simply the Olympics, but Ladies Figure Skating, Ryan's total favorite, and yet AI still was "on top by two to one." I don't know what that means exactly, but it's exciting nonetheless. A spooky girl in the audience looks on as Ryan bows to the judges in his little outfit; Simon grins at Ryan because of the fake-ass banter in which they're all about to engage. Ryan mentions how all last week, they were all on different pages, judging-wise, like apparently that's a new idea, and Simon asks him to redefine it as Simon being on the "correct page." He says that after "watching it back," he gives himself ten "marks out of ten," using both of my favorite weird Simon phrases in one sentence, while Randy and Paula were averaging about six and a quarter. Paula laughs, and Ryan mentions that Simon might want to try some of that humble pie they were talking about with Brenna last week. "It's just about being right, Ryan." He says the other judges are wrong about 60% of the time, blah blah, he's playing to type, this show is a dumb cartoon and they all know it. Which producer's brilliant idea was it that this aspect of the show simply must be over the top and constantly hit: "Simon! He's mean! He thinks he's right all the time! Doesn't that make you feel emotions?" Ryan and Paula laugh and joke fakely about how they're just a small part of the show, that it's all about Simon, whatever, Ryan gets down on his knees and screams over and over, "Thank you Simon!" and it's weird and a little creepy. Even Simon is bored by this stupid charade parody of actual worthwhile show content. I wonder if even Simon could explain why this shit is 90 minutes long.

There's a background video for Katharine, who's up first. The theme this week is the highlight of their AI experience. For Katharine, this amounts to wrestling with Kellie Pickler in bed as often as possible. "We're just like silly and dumb together," she says. I wonder if, as a child star with a stage mom from hell, Katharine's ever met another girl before. If you don't know what actual fun is like, I bet hanging out with Pickler is totally fun. They hug and snort and grunt on the bed like Emily Rose, and then have so very much fun that they fall on the floor. It's clearly not rehearsed in any way -- because if it was, that would be like the creepiest niche porn ever; ergo, the cameras must have just accidentally caught them in a moment of exuberance. Can you imagine what this shoot was like? "Arm higher, McPhee...Kellie, grab a pillow and hit her across the face with it? Good, that's you're wrestling, scrabbling...we'll add the maniacal giggles in fall off the bed! Fall off the bed! Yes!" And then Pickler's wearing roller skates and they're both doing massive amounts of blow and McPhee's all, "I've always thought of you as a daughter."

Onstage, Katharine's still thinking in terms of motherhood, because she's wearing a knee-length empire-waist...thing...that makes her look like she's pregnant with the entire population of Liechtenstein. From the neck up, she looks incredibly beautiful -- the hair and makeup department really outdid themselves this week, everybody looks wonderful, even Heather Cox and Melissa McGhee look pretty -- and I think she's strikingly gorgeous anyway, but she looks even more...wait, are those bike shorts? What the fuck is going on here? She looks like a million bucks. Pregnant ones. My mind keeps wandering because Katharine is singing one of the most boring songs I think I've heard in my entire life. I might have heard it before, but I wouldn't remember it. "All In Love Is Fair," by Stevie Wonder, who I love and cannot believe that he performed this song so lifelessly. I wonder what the actual song sounds like. Because It doesn't even suck, that implies that it does something, anything, but all it does is lie there like tapioca. Why? Why this song, Katharine? You're my favorite! Her voice is of course mostly lovely, but she sucks it up on a particularly tricksy part, then goes nasal and crappy in the middle. Mostly it's boring. Her ass looks great, at the expense of the rest of her. Her parents, in the audience, are very scary. I don't know what to say right now. Her voice is pretty off tonight, and this is boring, and I picked her to go home in the TWoP betting pool with Joe and Sars. That's quite a loss of faith.

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