American Idol Recap: Homeward Bound

The show opens with a huge crane shot of the audience in the Idoldome, and I’m immediately struck by the preponderance of signs for Ryan. Here’s how you can tell that your top three isn’t making much of an emotional impact: Most of the people who have taken the time to make a sign have done so for Ryan Seacrest. Tonight, the top three will be singing three songs each: one chosen by the judges, one by themselves, and one by Jimmy Iovine. And here’s how you can tell that you’re stretching a show: The act of getting the judges to their seats, getting the top three to center stage, and conveying the above show information takes up the entire first act. I am holding up a homemade sign that says "OH KNOCK IT OFF." Read More...


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