Here's the link to the post-show podcast with Amy Carlson Gustafson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press:
And here are my post-show notes:
Well, Bucky is gone at last and that's no disappointment here. It wasn't that he was horrible, it was that he was dull and forgettable. As I said in last night's post, Kellie's outrageous ''Bohemian Rhapsody'' probably erased viewers' memory of Bucky and Ace, who had gone before her -- and there were both in the bottom three, along with Elliott. I thought Elliott was OK last night.
Beyond that, I'm thinking ahead to next week and already feeling the disappointment that Rod Stewart's going to be the latest Old Celebrity Guest Who Appears Familiar With Cosmetic Surgery. Not that it's Rod, mind you. I made a list of songs from vintage Stewart/Faces performances that might be interesting for ''Idol'' contestants -- ''Maggie Mae,'' ''Every Picture Tells a Story,'' ''Sailing,'' ''Stay With Me,'' ''Gasoline Alley,'' ''I'm Losing You,'' ''This Old Heart of Mine'' (the ''Atlantic Crossing'' version). Maybe ''Tonight's the Night.'' And I'm sure someone would risk ''Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?'' (A side note: The greatest version of that ever was Bob & Ray's.)
But it appears that we're not getting that Rod. We're getting the Rod of recent vintage, with those albums of standards that could be done by just about anyone. That's probably good news for Ace and Elliott, but I don't know how good it will be for us viewers.
Good notes from tonight: The reminder, via Paula, that the judges don't hear the performances very well during the show and that they have been known to watch the TV replays -- sometimes with different reactions. Of course, that means that anything they say during the performance show is of no value, but ''Idol'' doesn't care about that. If it did, the judges would be in another room on Tuesday nights, watching a good audio feed of the show. Also liked Ryan's admitting that the sing-the-song-that-got-voted-you-off was not the nicest thing. And that was sure the case tonight, when -- in the interest of show padding -- everyone in the bottom three had to sing before the final result was announced. And both Elliott and Ace were better tonight than on Tuesday, although I still didn't think Ace was very good. And Bucky was, well, still a guy who deserved to be voted off.
I feel as if I should say something about Kellie and the ''community snot rag.'' But I'm going to let it go because I finally had a (small) reason to like her tonight: her love of fried okra.