Now, as for our musings on the show tonight, here are a few points:
1) The group numbers absolutely suck, but they're not going anywhere. Fortunately, they make DVRs and mute buttons for such things.
2) Those devices also exist for performances like Lee DeWyze's. One year later and the guy still can't sing in key. My 12-year-old daughter was watching with me and said that his song was boring. Is it any wonder that Lee has sold less than 120,000 copies of his CD?
3) The Black Eyed Peas have sold infinitely more, and will undoubtedly continue to do so. But that's not because they're infinitely better. Boring? No. Interesting? Yes. Quality? Absolutely ... not. Every Peas performance is marked by an overabundance of slurred words, a gross overuse of autotune and the complete absence of intelligent lyrics. They're fun, but they shouldn't be a model of what any of these Idols aspires to be.
4) Is it just me, or does will.i.am's hair get more ridiculous every time he goes out in public. Tonight's black-and-orange plastic hair helmet was almost like a missing piece of a Halloween costume.
5) Kudos to Idol for continuing to promote donations to the Red Cross. For the record, you can text REDCROSS to 90999 and a $10 donation will be made on your behalf to the relief effort in Japan. The amount will appear on your next cell phone bill.
Tune in again next week to watch your favorite Idols. There is no word as to the theme, but the word from Idol brass is that many of the theme weeks we've known in the past won't be repeated. Interscope exec Jimmy Iovine (who has been ever-present so far this season) told the Hollywood Reporter, "We're not going to ask a country singer to sing an R&B song, or an R&B singer to do Led Zeppelin ... If the theme is '80s or Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, every song will be customized to that contestant." With these contestants playing to their personal strengths each week, American Idol 10 should be both interesting and competitive!