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American Idol Recap – Top 11 Perform…Again

I’m usually one to brush off any talk about Idol conspiracies and whatnot, but last week smelled fishier than the dumpster outside of a Long John Silver’s.  He may not have had a great performance, but I’m not believing that Casey Abrams received the least amount of votes, especially with the likes of Haley Reinhart and Naima Adedapo hanging around.  And with the judges cutting Casey off just seconds into his “save-me” performance, it just seemed all too perfectly dramatic.

With ratings the lowest they’ve been in years, and Steven Tyler all of a sudden becoming Ellen Degeneres 2.0, Idol needed to do something dramatic and drastic, and it’s worked, as the focus of all their advertising this week has been about last week’s shocker.  And now this week, all 11 will be back (and all 11 are going on tour) and I fully expect Naima or Haley to be at least one of the two, if not both, to be eliminated this week.  But there’s no way Casey is voted off two straight weeks.

Anyway,  here’s how I have the Top 11 ranked again going into this week…

MY OVERALL TOP 11
1. Lauren Alaina (1)
2. Pia Toscano (2)
3. Casey Abrams (3)
4. Thia Megia (4)
5. James Durbin (8)
6. Stefano Langone (5)
7. Scott McCreery (7)
8. Paul McDonald (6)
9. Jacob Lusk (10)
10. Naima Adedapo (9)
11. Haley Reinhart (11)

Tonight’s theme, songs of Elton John.  Another recycled theme, but last used in season 3 if I’m not mistaken, so I’m ok with that (anyone remember John Stevens trying to do “Crocodile Rock”? – well I do, check it out here – it’s the second video on the page, it’s worth the trip down memory lane)

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American Idol Recap – Top 11 Perform

My apologies for missing last week’s Idol recap…actually I’m not sorry, I watched it a few days ago and it was pretty atrocious.  Not sure anyone stood out (maybe Stefano), but plenty of them would have gotten a D+ or worse (I’m talking to you Haley, Naima, Jacob, Casey and the recently departed Karen Rodriguez).  Let this be a lessen to you Idol hopefuls…if you dress like Snooki, you’re going to get voted off the show.

Tonight starts off as the screen is black and white with Seacrest (aka Peaches) telling us to not adjust our TV sets, because it’s MOTOWN night on Idol (again for the 10th straight season…let’s get some original theme nights already).  So if this is true Motown night, will Jacob and Naima sing tomorrow instead of tonight in a special episode just for them?  Too soon?

Anyway, with no prejudice, here’s how I have the Top 11 ranked going into this week…

MY OVERALL TOP 13
1. Lauren Alaina (1)
2. Pia Toscano (3)
3. Casey Abrams (2)
4. Thia Megia (5)
5. Stefano Langone (6)
6. Paul McDonald (4)
7. Scott McCreery (7)
8. James Durbin (9)
9. Naima Adedapo (8)
10. Jacob Lusk (10)
11. Haley Reinhart (12)

My only prediction for tonight…Scotty, who’s completely out of his element tonight, sings “My Girl” as that’s suited for his voice.  Jennifer Lopez says there are so many great songs of Motown, that you can’t go wrong.  Too bad we can’t say the same thing about her makeup artist.  It looks like she’s got lime green jello for eyelids.  Oooh, Liv Tyler’s in the audience tonight, where’s Alicia Silverstone?

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Fischer’s Friday Five

So apparently the Oscars were a couple of weekends ago and from what I saw it was fairly unimpressive. James Franco might have made David Letterman look like a great choice for host and Anne Hathaway was trying way too hard. By the way, is it just me or has she lost about 90% of her hotness over the past five years? I’m not even she did anything wrong except aged awkwardly. I’m probably in the minority there but just thought I’d see if anyone agrees.

One thing I was happy to see was Natalie Portman win the Best Actress award for several reasons. First, she’s from my home town of Syosset, Long Island (represent) and second, while her main competition Annette Benning was good in The Kids Are All Right, I didn’t think the performance was Oscar worthy, especially since she was on the screen as much as, if not less then Julianne Moore. But Portman gave it her all in Black Swan and it was so good she decided to get knocked up by one of her dancers in the movie. So for that we celebrate her.

I’m Jarrett, It’s Friday, and here’s my five…

TOP FIVE NATALIE PORTMAN PERFORMANCES

Quick note, I did finally see The King’s Speech last week and while Colin Firth absolutely deserved the Oscar, I can’t come up with five movies that he was in that I like, in fact the only good one he did was Love Actually (the best chick flick ever, totally acceptable for guys to watch). Also this is a list of her best performances and not necessarily the best overall movie.

Honorable Mention: The Professional – that’s about it

Dishonorable Mention: just about everything else she’s done (Anywhere But Here, Mars Attacks, Star Wars I thru III, V For Vendetta, etc.)

Heat

Not that large of a role here playing Al Pacino’s daughter but considering all the crappy roles she’s had and how awesome this movie is (yes that goes against my criteria for the list), it sneaks into the Top 5.

Garden State

Her first real non-Star Wars role as an adult, and she was a standout in this little indy flick written and directed by Zach Braff (white Scrubs).  A bit of a depressing film (in fact, most of her good films are based on depressing roles), but combined with a killer soundtrack this is one worth checking out.  Plus, there’s a great scene of shooting an arrow directly in the air and dodging it on the way down.  Or as we call it in the Fischer household – Sunday afternoons.

Closer

Quite possibly the most disturbing movie I have ever seen that involves love, sex and relationship (good and bad).  If you haven’t seen it and you’re not depressed, check it out.  Clive Owen, Jude Law, Julia Roberts and Portman as on-again, off-again lovers and fighters.  I’m not even entirely certain what the purpose of this movie was excite to drub up bad memories for most probably, but Portman was outstanding and sexy here, and her scenes with Clive were the highlights of the movies (both won Golden Globes for this and were nominated for Oscars).

Black Swan

So good, that she might actually win an Oscar for this role…oh wait, nevermind.  Considering the scenes with Mila Kunis, I’m not sure why I don’t have this ranked as her best performance ever.

Beautiful Girls

Obviously not a better movie than Black Swan, but there was just something so mesmorizing about this performance of hers, that you couldn’t help but notice her and think that she had a future in Hollywood.  It’s next to impossible to make a movie that also stars Rosie O’Donnell and Michael Rappaport watchable, but kudos to Natalie for pulling it off.