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Old 03-04-2008, 01:21 PM   #556
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Personally, I think his past is none of America's business, but I would imagine the people at AI are very big on image.

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Look - who has a perfect (boring) past? He had a job, needed to make a living. Who are we to judge him for that. I don't think it should matter. Another contestant...
MORE SEXY PHOTOS FROM “IDOL” RAMIELE MALUBAY

CelebTV.com has unearthed more risque photographs of “American Idol” finalist Ramiele Malubay.

Last week CelebTV.com uncovered racy photos of Malubay, 20, goofing around with some girlfriends on a fan Facebook page.

Newly discovered photos show the singer is similar poses with what appears to be coworkers. Yahoo TV reports that Malubay was a hostess at a local sushi restaurant in her hometown of Miramar, Fla.


What are they gonna do, start booting everyone for being a teenager/20-something person growing up & doing wild things & having fun? No, I haven't seen the pictures, nor do I care to. It's a singing competition.

Everyone has a past, so frickin' what. It didn't stop GWB from being president, did it?

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Old 03-04-2008, 01:24 PM   #557
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Everyone has a past, so frickin' what. It didn't stop GWB from being president, did it?

Yeah, but look how well that turned out. I completely agree with yours and bonosgirl's sentiments though.
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Curiosity got the best of me and I went and looked for the "racy" pics of Ramiele.

Let me tell you there is nothing in those pictures that you won't find on ANY college girl's Facebook or Myspace. Hardly anything to get up in arms about, and Idol cetainly won't kick her off. Especially since they didn't kick off Antonella last year (whose pictures were actually far more risque than these of Ramiele)

I also don't think they will kick off David Hernandez. At least I don't think they should.

Anyway, the show is back on tonight!

120 hours without Idol...I've begun experiencing the first stages of serious withdrawal.
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:12 PM   #559
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Source: 'Idol' stripper to stay

By DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer

David Hernandez won't be stripped of his chance to compete on "American Idol."

A person close to the show, who is not authorized to comment publicly and asked not to be identified, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that there were no plans to remove Hernandez from the Fox singing competition — despite the semifinalist's past as a male stripper.

The 24-year-old from Glendale, Ariz., once worked as an adult entertainer at Dick's Cabaret in Phoenix, appearing fully nude and performing lap dances for the club's "mostly male" clientele, strip club manager Gordy Bryan told the AP on Monday.

In 2003, semifinalist Frenchie Davis was dismissed from "Idol" because of her appearance on an adult Web site, but Antonella Barba remained in the competition last year after racy photos of her surfaced on the Internet. The source who confirmed that Hernandez will remain said Davis' situation was different because of the site's age-themed content.
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I'm glad he's staying. He's a good singer. All this publicity can only help him in the competition.
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RANDY JACKSON = DUMBASS..
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I hated Luke's version of "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go". His voice is so thin and passionless. He's a boring performer too. I really hope he doesn't make it to the top 12

I loved David A. on "Another Day in Paradise". His vocals are brilliant, and I loved him on piano. It added to the intimacy and vulnerability of the song.

I loved Danny's take on "Tainted Love". His vocals are amazing as well, and he demonstrated how you can make a song current without making it crap. And I can't tell you how much I adore him. He's so feisty and adorable

David H. is the other guy who should go home tomorrow tonight. First he sang that awful Celine Dion song, and he managed to make it more boring than she does. His vocals are good but nothing special.

I LOVED, Michael's version of "Don't You Forget About Me". He sounded amazing, and he's a great performer. I almost hope he doesn't win the competition, so he can make that rock/soul album he mentioned.

David C. is not a favorite of mine, but his take on "Hello" was brilliant. I loved it way more than the original, which I just find, lame and cheesy. I don't know where Randy got an emo vibe from, though.

Jason C's take on "Hallelujah" was absolutely stunning. It was simple and gorgeous. Next to Jeff Buckley, who's version will never be touched, this might be my favorite cover of this beautiful song. I wished we could've heard him sing the whole thing.

Chickieze's version of "All The Woman I Need" was good, and his voice sounded great, but it was lacking the brilliance of his past 2 weeks. He definitely deserves to make it to the top 12.

Here's hoping Luke and David H. are gone Thursday.
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Wow! David C. really surprised me tonight! If i was going to vote, it would be for him. Great performance!

Luke is 100% leaving this week. That song choice was atrocious. It's too bad, cuz he's easy on the eyes. But he's dug his own grave.

Luke and Danny need to go home. The other 6 are all very deserving of the top 12. I'd hate to see Danny take the spot of either Chikezie or David H.
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David Hernandez is a nice surprise.
Peter Cook was really good.
David A. needs to juice it up a bit.
Danny go home.
Luke go home.
Chickeze and Jason will go home next week.

Michael Johns needs to get better to stay, love him anyway.
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RANDY JACKSON = DUMBASS..
I'm not sure if you're referring to this or not, but someone needs to tell Randy that INXS did not sing Don't You Forget About Me.

And was it just me, or did anyone else hear Simon saying something about "...a stripper" at the tail end of David H's song?

Ah, judges. Not immune from scuttlebutt.
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I'm not sure if you're referring to this or not, but someone needs to tell Randy that INXS did not sing Don't You Forget About Me.


I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed. I thought I misheard.
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Paula's drug of choice tonight: quaaludes. Excellent. My drug of choice? Jameson’s, and therefore this will be long and rambling. Sorry.

Luke - It's kind of amazing how such a silly, happy song can so clearly spell demise for an Idol singer. He actually sounded fine and George Michael is a good fit for his voice, but my god. The cheese here turned me lactose intolerant. I doubt “Father Figure” was on the list of available songs (I hear they only get 50 to choose from, which is bullshit), but if it was he probably could have pulled an Ace Young and saved himself for another week. So cute. So doomed.

David A. - This kid is going to win this whole fucking thing, isn’t he?

Okay, I give. Yeah, he's too young. Yeah, his ridiculously vague "this song is for people who don't have anything and calls attention to that" was pure Miss America -- and he was actually sincere when he said that! Wow. My black, cynical heart cannot comprehend that. But I have a confession here: I freaking love Phil Collins. I grew up on cheesy 80s music, and Phil-fronted Genesis and his solo stuff is exactly the kind of thing I listened to in elementary school. And I didn't know David played piano, so good on him for that. Uncle, Idol. You win. I can't dislike this kid. It'd be like getting angry at a cute fuzzy bunny. He’s like Josh Groban: amazing voice, over-the-top-sincerity, and kinda robot-like. The favored contestant for the grandmothers of the world.

Danny - Oh, Danny. You forever earned my love and respect for mocking Simon's moose-antlers hand gesture from last week. I think you're fabulous. I want to hang out with you and go shopping and gossip and eat Ben & Jerry’s out of the carton and paint each other’s toenails while we watch Project Runway together. So why, why do you insist on singing songs a full step lower than you need to? Your lower register is ass. I know this and America knows this. I don't think you know this, which is weird because otherwise you‘re pretty self-aware, which is the only reason I don‘t hate you. You started the song so low that the big "money" notes were right in the middle of your range, which isn't impressing anybody. Sing. In. A. Higher. Key. Arrgg. So frustrating, especially since I think the arrangement was awesome.

David H. - A guy singing a Celine Dion song is gayer than Danny Noriega, and not in a good way, because the way in which Danny is gay is fucking awesome. Vocally, it was probably the strongest of the night. Isn’t the original version of this song 12 minutes long or something? It feels that way, even when it’s condensed into a minute and a half. I dunno here; it was a strange mix of “really good” and “competent, but who gives a shit?” Not sure what to think of this one.

Michael - Finally, something decent from him! Great song, but I think Randy is confusing Simple Minds with INXS, because I still don’t buy the Michael Hutchence comparison, which is only slightly less blasphemous than it was in previous weeks. Unlike most of the guys, Michael’s solid with his lower register, so this worked, and it was smart to add the key change at the end, because we know how Idol loves its loud glory notes.

David C. - My first “holy shit!” moment of the night when I realized what song he was singing. I loves me some Lionel Ritchie, be it in his badass-afro-wearing-with-the-Commodores phase or his greasy-jeri-curl-solo-artist phase. My second “holy shit!” came when I realized this was really, really good. Luke took a cheesy song and did nothing with it; David Cook took a cheesy song and actually made it interesting. His voice is better than what I had originally thought; nice falsetto. Smart. Very, very smart.

Jason - My third “holy shit!” of the night. Jeff Buckley? Wow. (And yeah, I know it’s a Leonard Cohen song, but Mr. Buckley owns this one and we all know it.)

I sometimes worry about Jason, because as I mentioned earlier, Idol is all about loud singers and big glory notes. Jason is not about either of these things. He’s got a really cool tone to his voice that I love, and (as Paula pointed out in her one moment of clarity) he’s really clever with his phrasing. Everything I like about him is subtle, and Idol just doesn’t do subtle -- which is why I was shocked when Simon praised this, because he’s usually spot-on but he has that same glory-note blind spot that the rest of the show has. Luckily for Jason, he’s incredibly good-looking in an interesting and memorable way, which kind of offsets the fact that he’s not a belter. This was almost perfect, save for that one falsetto note at the end. That note killed me, because without it, it might have been one of my favorite performances on the show, ever -- a beautiful, classic song that wasn’t oversung (*coughDavidImaginecough*). Some songs need to be reinterpreted (“Hello“), and some just don’t need to be fucked with (“Hallelujah,” “Imagine”). Well played, Jason.

Chikezie - A really excellent vocal on a very hard song to sing, but he had the misfortune to perform after David Cook and Jason. I’m in the same place with Chikezie as I am with David Hernandez: really great voice, interesting song choice, and would never in a million years buy an album or a concert ticket. They’re like the two greatest cruise ship singers in the world. And hey, that’s not an insult to either of them. The world needs cruise ship singers too, and most people couldn’t pull that shit off if they tried. So: very good, but not a chance in hell of winning this competition, so why bother?

Best of the night: David C. and Jason.
Honorable mention: Michael.
Going home: definitely Luke, and probably Danny (dammit), though I could see a surprise elimination in the form of David H. or Chikezie.
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David A. - This kid is going to win this whole fucking thing, isn’t he?
I really hope not.

What I do hope? Is that the more Simon keeps saying shit about him winning, or being top two, the more the viewing/voting public will say "No, I don't think so" and then it'll all blow up in Simon's face and he'll get all bitter about it for the rest of the season.

Good times.
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