From CNN.com Special Projects producer -- and "American Idol" fan -- Steve Almasy:
Thank you for your many respectful comments
on yesterday's "American Idol" blog post. You kindly asked, so I watched and listened to Blake again, and I'll agree with you who liked it on one thing. If you DO like that kinda stuff, it was genius. Especially given the circumstances -- short window to work on the song, ability to reinvent it, flawless vocals.
BUT (cue the boos) -- it's still not my cup of tea. (Watch Steve and Rodney argue it out.
) I'm much more likely to buy Melinda's first album than Blake's, but I think he'll do well as a singer/producer in his genre. I AM glad that he's still in the contest because it'll be fun to see him on "boogie night" next week and whatever the theme is the week after that. And I think we now get two songs per contestant.
We bid adieu to Chris and Phil last night
, and if I may brag –- to the people who think I'm a moron –- that's five weeks in a row (not including last week's freebie) I've picked who was going home
. I wish Phil was staying because his singing was improving each week and he was getting better at working the stage. I thought it especially showed in his classy exit performance.
Chris I won't miss so much. I never thought of him as a frontman, but on his bio it says he plays a few instruments so maybe he can make a career in a band.
Got any song suggestions for next week?-- Steve Almasy