CARVE MY NAME INTO HIS LEATHER SEATS: And that's why I was so excited about having four episodes of Hollywood Week on Idol this year -- a full hour of being introduced to the talented singers we're going to start voting on next week. Sure, there's never quite enough singing in these tightly-edited shows (hey, why not put all 72 auditions on YouTube?), but we've been introduced to plenty more people this time than last -- take a look at Dan Fienberg's rundown of last year's top 12 men and see how many had descriptions like "Because he's visually memorable -- check out the Muppet-esque dreads -- I kept seeing him in the background, but he was never heard."
You knew you were safe tonight if you were in Dead Wife Guy's room. Tomorrow, we'll see who makes the Wacky Dancing Montage, and then it's on.
e.t.a. Fienberg on The Dance of the Four Rooms.
e.t.a.2: The LA Times' Ann Powers: "This year's sad stories are pushing the inspirational envelope, with genuine mawkishness just a Dan Fogelberg cover away. A twentysomething widower, blind guy, and tornado victim all in one Top 36? What is this, an episode of ER?"