Erin: Oh Brooke, you did pretty well, kid. You made it this far and you still managed to hold on to your innocence, which is something to be said for a reality show. (“Flavor of Love” and “Rock of Love” ladies take note: it is possible to go on TV without bring shame upon your entire family. Really.)
Kathy: I was probably more invested in Brooke for a longer time than any other contestant this season, except for Asia’h. So this one was a little sad for me. Brooke was like a bright light for a few weeks, until the show started to take an emotional toll on her. Don’t worry Brooke, I’m sure your sister will forgive you for missing her wedding. I think Brooke can carve out a niche for herself and probably won’t have to go back to being a nanny. If Jasmine could manage to turn her “Idol” stint into a decent career, Brooke certainly should be able to.
Erin: Here are my highlights from last night’s long haul:
- Neil Diamond tried to shill his new album by refusing to play “Cherry Cherry.”
- Natasha Bedingfield proved that even established females over the age of 13 can also succumb to the charms of David A.
- Simon finds out his first kiss has been stalking him for the better part of four decades.
- Paula does not have a problem.
Kathy: I enjoyed contrite, humbled Paula quite a bit, but there were two highlights for me last night.
- When the Natasha asked if she could “go say hi to David,” David Cook immediate leapt to his feet with open arms to await her embrace, only to see the lovely Brit songbird plop herself down right next to Little David. She even asked David A. to take her to the prom!
- When Constantine and Gina Glocksen were shilling whatever their “Idol” related show is, Gina said — with a gleam in her eye — “We get the first interview with the elminated contestant. And sometimes there’s lots to tears!!”
Erin: We also explored the concept of “the zone.” This is apparently a happy place where contestants go and can do no wrong. Judges keep bringing it up like it’s the Holy Land. In “the zone,” for one fleeting moment, you are the best. Until America votes and brings you back to reality, knocking you off your game like a Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robot.
Jason and the Davids were safe and found a spot on the couch, while the ladies were banished to the bottom two. Syesha guided Brooke to her usual barstool at the corner of the stage where the audience members sequestered to that area welcomed her back with open arms (“Norm!”). Seriously, this is the sixth time that Syesha has been in the bottom. In the real world, nobody would get by after this many bad performance reviews. If this was the Gap, she would have been fired by now.
Brooke gave her teary farewell, ending the night with her back toward the audience like the final scene in the “Blair Witch Project.” And with that, we bid adieu to Brooke. But don’t worry, we’ll see her in the audience soon enough. Apparently, life after “Idol” doesn’t only include a spot on the traveling tour, but a lifetime supply of free tickets to the shows. Right, Constantine?
Kathy: After another large ratings drop last night, I’m sure Nigel and the crew are brainstorming on ways to tweak the show. Here are my suggestions.
Replace one of the judges. Maybe two of them.
Tell us who got the highest vote total and have them sing us out on elimination night instead of forcing a crying, exiting contestant to sing a song that nobody liked the night before.