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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

American Idol Eye Roll? YOU MAKE THE CALL!

posted by on April 18 at 11:58 AM

So last night on American Idol, that Justin Timberlake wanna-be CHRIS RICHARDSON sang a fairly awful—and extremely NASALLY—rendition of the hayseed hit “Mayburry.” After a little back and forth between him and SIMON COWELL, Chris abruptly flipped the script and gave a shout-out to his friends at Virginia Tech, and the victims of this week’s shooting. The camera then cuts to Simon WHO ROLLS HIS EYES? Producer Nigel Lythgoe claims Simon was not responding to Chris and was simply turning to talk to Paula—but I’m not so sure. Check out the tape and YOU MAKE THE CALL!

CYNICAL BONUS QUESTION: Was Chris using the shout-out as a strategy to stay in for another week?

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Obviously an eyeroll.

Posted by Hernandez | April 18, 2007 12:05 PM

Of course he was, at this point in the life of the show there is never a movement or expression that is not calculated to achieve maximum voting potential. Can you blame him? Can you blame Simon for rolling his eyes? Hell-2-the-no!

Posted by A*ROCK | April 18, 2007 12:09 PM

I think the eye roll was a response to the guy abruptly changing the subject away from his awfulness, and not in response to the subject of the shooting. Though I also think that the shout-out was partially a ploy for sympathy.

Posted by Aislinn | April 18, 2007 12:10 PM

it's so obvious... simon was, rightly, rolling his eyes because chris abruptly changed the subject while the criticism was being given. and i dont doubt he means well or does have friends there, but it totally seemed like a goodwill strategy to stay another week, especially considering how none of the judges liked the performance.

Posted by mirror | April 18, 2007 12:12 PM

chris is hot...

but he can't sing...

it was both heartfelt...and calculated...

Posted by michael strangeways | April 18, 2007 12:17 PM

Chris Richardson is shamelessly using the deaths of 33 people to further his chances in a game show. I think that's worth an eyeroll or two.

Posted by Fnarf | April 18, 2007 12:17 PM

I don't really know for sure what Chris' motives were but if I had to guess I'd say it was both genuine and calculated. I'm also guessing that Simon's eye roll was a sign that he just thought it was calculated.

Regardless, it was rude of Simon to roll his eyes over it.

Posted by monkey | April 18, 2007 12:21 PM

it's clearly an eye-roll. i think that's why simon paused later on to say his own little thing regarding the VT shootings. perhaps one of the producers informed him that they caught him rolling his eyes at chris' statement, and he echoed chris' statement to cover his ass? that was my interpretation.

Posted by jake | April 18, 2007 12:26 PM

Agreed with others. But I'm willing to give Chris benefit of the doubt seeing as how he is actually, you know, originally from Virginia. The producers probably discussed the eye roll with Simon seeing as how he expressed sympathy later in the program as well.

Posted by Ryno | April 18, 2007 12:27 PM

I roll my eyes at that entire show and everyone involved.

And yes, it was.

Posted by Gomez | April 18, 2007 12:33 PM

I think Chris was justified in saying what he said, but I only say that because he is from Virginia, so I don't doubt that this tragedy struck him a little close to home.

Did Simon roll his eyes? Absolutely! Did I roll my eyes when I heard it also? Absolutely!

There was something in the atmosphere yesterday, I swear, everyone I know was being snippy. Then to see Ryan and Simon go at it like schoolgirls... that just clinched it. It's universal!

Posted by Mikey | April 18, 2007 1:01 PM

Yes and yes. And yet life goes on.

Posted by H0RATI0SANZSERIF | April 18, 2007 1:30 PM

I think it was heartfelt but he said it at the wrong time. I agreed that it did seem a little calculated and probably would have rolled my eyes too. Here's a question tho. When would have been an appropiate time to say it? Before he sang, or would that have seemed calculated, too?.....

Posted by Scottie | April 18, 2007 1:38 PM

Remember the IMUS! Oh, wait. New breaking story-everybody switch gears and dedicate millions of news hours to the latest fear based occurence.

Posted by brad | April 18, 2007 1:38 PM

I go to university in Virginia, and I rolled my eyes at both Ryan and Chris last night. Sympathy cannot seem sincere if it is followed by a pause and "this is American Idol" or "vote for me".

Posted by megan w | April 18, 2007 1:44 PM

Chris is from Virginia, and is college aged. He says he has friends at Tech, and I believe him. How could he NOT give a shout out to them? I know I would have, if I were in his shoes.

Re: the eyeroll: Clear as day. Pure, vintage Simon.

Posted by phil | April 18, 2007 2:41 PM

Simon should have pumped hi fist up and down for the international signal for "jerk off." First the guy was claiming his bad sining was on purpose then he quickly changed the subject to Virginia Tech.

I think Simon is a dick, but I believed him when he said he didn't hear the guy say anything about VT because by then Simon had stopped listening.

Posted by elswinger | April 18, 2007 4:10 PM

Very eye roll.

I think it's cause they know Sanjaya's going to win.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 18, 2007 4:48 PM

They just showed the full video on Simon from last night to prove that he was not rolling his eyes at Chris's comment, but he definitely looked up at Chris first.

Posted by megan w | April 18, 2007 6:08 PM

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