Thursday, May 24, 2007

Jordin wins, Carrie shines in AI6 finale...

It was almost a foregone conclusion that Jordin Sparks was going to win American Idol 6 last night... from the time the field was pared down to 24, it was clear that the women were much more talented this year than the men. Sure enough, when the field got down to four, only one man remained - Blake Lewis. While many of us are still wondering how Blake managed to get to the finals over the much more talented Melinda Doolittle and LaKisha Jones, at least the best singer of the final two competitors won. At only 17 years of age though, Jordin has a lot to learn about the music business. Yes, she has talent, but the music industry is a tough one. Hopefully Clive Davis and everyone at 19 Entertainment will get some good people around her to show her the ropes and give her some much needed experience. Someone like Melinda or LaKisha wouldn't have had to face the things Jordin will as they're veteran performers and they've been through a lot of things in singing for so long. My hope through all of this, Jordin will be able to keep her feet on the ground and a good perspective on everything.

As for the show itself, it had many highlights and one HUGE lowlight... For me, the biggest highlights were seeing Carrie Underwood perform her cover of the Pretenders' "I'll Stand By You," and then later being presented her 6x Platinum plaque by Clive Davis for her U.S. sales of her "Some Hearts" CD. And to think, just a short two years ago, Carrie was on that stage, defeating Bo Bice. Did any of us see her amazing success coming? I knew she would be good, but she's exceeded even my wildest expectations! The lowlight???... well, it happened to be right after Carrie accepted that award - a big huge production featuring Sanjaya Malakar. Season One winner Kelly Clarkson also made an appearance, singing on stage with Joe Perry. It was Clarkson's first time on the show since winning five years ago. The ending was also VERY memorable as there was a medley of Beatles tunes highlighted by the aforementioned Carrie, Ruben Studdard, Taylor Hicks and this year's top 12 finalists...


With all of my favorite TV shows done for another six months or so, it's time to put our efforts fully on baseball! Oliver Perez continued to display his 2004 form, pitching seven innings of shutout ball, and Billy Wagner picked up his 11th save as the New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-0. Red Sox' ace Curt Schilling just did not have his good stuff yesterday (bad news for my fantasy teams), yielding five runs and 12 hits as the Yankees won 8-3 behind Andy Pettite's strong seven inning performance. Pettitte only gave up one run despite giving up nine hits as the Yankees took two out of three games in the series. The resurgent Washington Nationals won their second straight as Ryan Church blasted two homers and drove in six in a 12-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Ryan Zimmerman appears to have gotten back on track as well, homering for the fourth time in the past seven games.

As for my hometown teams, the Angels' Bartolo Colon got torched for six earned runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings as the Detroit Tigers held on for an 8-7 victory. Look for another loss today for the Halos as Ervin Santana is pitching. Ervin is great at home, awful on the road... will he ever get the road figured out??? The resurgent Brad Penny pitched a strong seven innings of shutout ball, while the Dodgers got to Brewer starter Chris Capuano for four runs and eight hits in four innings of work in a 5-1 victory for the Blue Crew.


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