The Fox empire is standing by its AMERICAN IDOL flagship. And it's time for them to deflect any talk that race and/or perceived sexual desirability plays a role in deciding which female contestants are punished for past topless encounters with cameras and websites.
Antonella Barba (think Sofia Coppola with Hillary Swank's teeth) was eliminated from "The Top 12" last night. I have my suspicions that America's vote might have been altered by Fox to provide a sort-of-graceful exit enabling the show to resume the usual formula stuff.
Next week, Diana Ross will be the guest star/mentor. Curious if that means the Ford ad with IDOL stars will consist of them using a Ford automobile to run over a DVD screener copy of DREAMGIRLS and then cutting to a shot of Miss Ross beaming in approval?
Also, the show will attempt to slightly reduce poverty in Africa and America, mixing in a telethon late next month and trumpeting corporate contributions by its regular sponsors. Bono's supposed to drop by (likely by satellite) for the telethon--obviously no rude questions about why the RED campaign (buy red shirts from THE GAP and get red AMEX cards) cost so much and has made so little money for the people it was designed to help.
And finally, the "throw them to the lions" carnival known as HANNITY AND COLMES showcased a VIEW clip of Rosie O'Donnell complaining about IDOL in order that Sean Hannity and a female guest could indulge in more Rosie-bashing.
As if Hannity isn't enough of a contemptible sexist to women who speak their minds (I remember a promo for Hannity's non-Colmes FoxNews show which had the title SEAN VS. CINDY, alerting us to the likelihood of Cindy Sheehan doing her best to talk about her son's death in Iraq and subequent activism while warding off Sean's WWE Smackdown talk.).
Take care and have a good weekend. Remember to manually set your computer clocks Saturday night for Daylight Savings Time--The Expanded Edition.