So last night on American Idol Adam Lambert turned a popular Johnny Cash song into a faux Middle Eastern new wave snake-charming chantey, and then the internet exploded. With hatred for Adam Lambert. Which then caused me to explode with hatred for the internet, because Adam Lambert is the best thing that's ever happened to American Idol, and I'll tell you why.
The four wild card singers have been chosen, and I hopped onto a media call to hear Anoop Desai, Jasmine Murray, Megan Corkrey and Matt Giraud do their best to avoid dishing Idol dirt and bashing the other contestants, when you know they're simply dying to do both. I know we've marveled at this here before, but my god, they turn these kids into media-trained monkeys so fast I wonder if there's some mindwipe technology secretly going on here. Thank god for Anoop, or I'd have died of boredom by the end of this weekly exercise in futility. I've done my best to scour the other people's answers for the most interesting quotes, but Anoop is at the end and that's probably the only part worth reading, as the mindwipe technology doesn't seem to be taking in his case for some reason.
Because of the judges' first-ever use of the "Judges' Save" rule last week (on Matt Giraud), this week American Idol had two eliminations, and both of them had been foretold for a while now, based on how negative the judges had been about them overall. Anoop Desai, who was constantly getting put down by Simon, and was even called a "mistake" at one point, went home after rocking a Sonny Crockett look, complete with stubble (this wasn't '80s week, Anoop), and Lil went home after delivering yet another "karaoke" performance. We caught up with both of them on the official AI conference call.