Although the results of Wednesday's elimination episode weren't surprising — the 135 million votes between the two weeks sent Phil and Chris packing — there were nevertheless some other shocking occurrences.
Ryan and Simon's tenuous-at-best relationship, for example, danced into new territory. It all started when Ryan seemed to make a dig at Simon's girlfriend, Terri Seymour, prompting Simon to demand an apology — and Ryan not to deliver it.
Then, later in the show, Ryan facetiously mentioned that Simon and his girlfriend were "very serious," and Simon laughed so hard that he looked like he might spontaneously combust.
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What it all meant is beyond me, but I would have to say that it topped the list of bizarre interactions between these two.
Then there was the moment where we learned that Blake has been using a computer program — Ableton Live — to come up with his funky beat boxing beats.
Don't get me wrong. I still love the guy (even though you will never catch me running around L.A.'s Farmer's Market calling myself a "Blaker's Girl"). It's just that when you consider the fact that you can get kicked off of "Project Runway" for having design books, it seems the slightest bit unfair that you are allowed to use a program to write music that has had everyone heralding you an original on "Idol."
Some other discoveries of the night: Melinda likes the word "huge" (she used it four times in answering one question Ryan asked her about how it felt to participate in "Idol Gives Back,") Ruben Studdard likes to point (he did so uncountable times in a taped message asking people to donate to "Idol Aid") and Phil's dad is a pastor.
Actually, that final fact is about as boring as Phil's head is shiny, but he delivered the news in such a way that it was obvious he thought people were going to burst into applause or at least just be very interested.
There were also some reminders of things we may forgotten about or simply repressed — like the fact that Chris barely made it through the first audition and Phil claimed back then that his baby was more important than making it to Hollywood, despite the fact that he skipped said baby's birth in order to audition.
And then there was a moment that was as unsurprising as the elimination results: namely, a strong indication that those who had been keeping Chris around were teenage girls.
In the words of a Chris super fan whom Ryan interviewed at the Farmer's Market, "He's like awesome and hot and he looks like Justin Timberlake, which is super cool."
Truer words were never spoken. And there are worse legacies to have than being the "awesome, hot" guy who sort of but doesn't quite look like JT.
Anna David is a freelance writer. Her first novel, "Party Girl," is coming out in June 2007 from HarperCollins.
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