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> Brandon's final performance Wednesday Night, review from Entertainment Weekly
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post Mar 16th 2007, 12:51 PM
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after reading this it is more sad that it was not aired as Brandon did great with his performance according to the writer after being voted off.



http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2007/03/on...scene_id_1.html



The big surprises of the night, though, came after Brandon was voted out of the show and took to the stage to sing his farewell. Anyone in the audience with an alert ear heard the logo music for 19 Entertainment play before he began, meaning, of course, the cameras were done for the night. Maybe Brandon heard it too, maybe not, but regardless, if the performance he subsequently gave of "Can't Hurry Love" would've been the one we'd seen Tuesday night, then Sanjaya would be flying home this weekend instead of Brandon, guaranteed. The guy probably wouldn't even have been in the bottom three. Not only was he on pitch and on point with all the lyrics, but — with the Top 11 all standing behind him on stage — the guy finally sang like he deserved to be the lead and not just backup. Even his shaky dancing was... er, less shaky. And, by the looks of Blake's and Chris R.'s more-than-just-teary eyes, Brandon'll be missed too. Blake even turned away to compose himself, he seemed so upset.

And this was well after the show was over, too, so there's no way Simon can say that these deep feelings were merely for show. As the weeks go by, Shirley and I will definitely be eagle-eyed about whether the same sentiment is doled out to the next few contestants to walk the Idol green mile. What else would you like us to look for?



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post Mar 16th 2007, 1:02 PM
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another article that mentions his Wednesday performance says he got a standing O from the audience . it is sad it was not shown .

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/...1&cset=true



What happens during their 'Idol' time?
Thur., Mar. 15

Watching Wednesday night's elimination show live in the Idoldome, one of the most instantly apparent things was the true camaraderie between the members of the extended "Idol" family. I've been to plenty of TV tapings in my time, and tons where the moment the camera stops rolling, the smiles vanish and the stars retreat to separate corners. That is not what happens here, at all. At breaks, the judges act like they are at recess, joshing around with each other and producer Nigel Lythgoe. They joke with their many friends who have come to see the show. Even Ryan Seacrest comes off the stage and lolls on the judging table, laughing with his sparring partner Simon. More touching perhaps is the seeming affection between the contestants (most of them), who during breaks, lean on each other, joke, whisper, wrap arms, dance together and generally behave like a college spirit team out on a weekend road trip. The bond between them is unmistakable. And then one of them must die.

It is a beautifully brutal and poignant process each week -- as this little family, each plucked from obscurity and cast together onto the world stage, draws naturally closer -- their shared experience taking them that much farther together. But at the price that each week, they must sacrifice one of their own. A fuller metaphor for the paradox of man's experience as a social but mortal creature I cannot think of.

In the studio, the extremes of the paradox seem, if anything, starker. Notable Wednesday was the awkward division suddenly carved onto the double-tiered couch, as by the end of the first segment all but Brandon, Phil, Sanjaya and Hayley knew they were safe. Some, in particular Chris Sligh and Stephanie Edwards, started the evening looking extrememly nervous and uncomfortable on stage; even during the breaks remaining very stiff. After they received their week's pass, they became giddy and playful once again, gigantic smiles lighting their faces.

During the Diana Ross segments and commercial breaks there was a heightened sense of playtime and horsing around among the survivors, combined with hugs and reassurances to those who hung in the balance. To an observer from 70 feet away, Melinda seems to play a big sister role, doing a lot of hugging and reassuring. Blake and Gina seem the most extroverted of the group -- constantly on their feet dancing and gabbing, a bigness of personality that may work for them or against them as the competition progresses. LaKisha, for her part, seemed to hold herself back ten degrees from the gang -- not quite aloof but clearly not one of the kids either. (Does this augur well or poorly for her in the long run? Rumor has it that being one of the gang has not always been a priority to some "Idol" finalists.)

However, perhaps the cruelest fate of all belonged to Haley Scarnato who had to sit in her upper corner of the couch, while for 15 minutes the others celebrated and worse still, right next to her, fellow torturee Sanjaya talked her ear off with a string of grinning banter that seemed to wear badly on her understandably decaying nerves. It was a telling moment when Hayley learned she was safe: She burst in emotion but forgot the requisite hug to Sanjaya, and he shuffled off to the bottom three.

We see the character of a person by how they handle moments like these, and it must be said, when my day comes I hope I can stand up with the dignity and aplomb of Brandon Rogers. Never for a moment, during the breaks or otherwise, did he let a shadow of bitterness or remorse darken his smile. The audience, thrilled to be present in the Idoldome, seemed shocked to witness his execution and the standing ovation they gave his goodbye song -- which, alas, didn’t make it to the air -- was long and sustained.

After the cameras shut down, the contestants embraced their lost comrade in a final hug -- although for those who had survived this first test this time there was more giddiness than tears. Then, surprising to see, the judges came to the stage and each wished Brandon well. In particular, Simon lingered and chatted with him for a respectable number of minutes. Death be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for, thou are not so… One singer may have fallen but there is still a champion waiting to rise.


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post Mar 17th 2007, 11:26 AM
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they showed it on idol extra....he did sound so good sad.gif


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post Mar 18th 2007, 8:29 PM
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crying.gif I really wanted to see his exit performance & I was pretty pissed that they cut off.


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