There was the usual glitz and glamor at Wal-Mart's annual shareholder meeting in Arkansas yesterday (June 1). "This is like going to the Wal-Mart Oscars," event host Sinbad quipped to applause. And the funny thing is, the comedian wasn't joking.
The high-class meeting had moments that rivaled the star-studded Academy Awards. Aside from financial matters and forecasts, Jennifer Lopez and the latest American Idol product, Jordin Sparks, entertained the nearly 15,000 strong crowd of stockholders and store employees.
In a star-studded two-hour event, the human beatbox (aka 25year-old Blake Lewis) was conquered by 17year-old Jordin Sparks. With a record 74 million votes cast, this American Idol finale was the biggest to date.
The contest came down to the stronger singer, Sparks, versus the better entertainer, Lewis. While Lewis was showboating and wooing the crowd, Sparks belted out her selections with simplicity and powerful vocals. In the end it was that vocal performance that garnered the majority of those 74 million votes.
As yet another season of American Idol winds down, there are only two potential winners remaining. And while it may appear that Sparks is the safe bet for winner, don’t forget Lewis’ propensity for pulling a rabbit out of his hat at the last minute. This one’s gonna be close, folks.
Jordin Sparks, 17, is used to celebrity, being that her father is an ex-NFL football star. Her voice is hauntingly good, and almost begs a spot on a Disney Channel series. The Arizona native will be tough competition for her opponent.
Tony Bennett is one of the most recognizable voices in American popular music history. He has always been a gentleman, always well spoken and proper. So it’s no wonder that he lit up the night at Fox’s American Idol set last night with positive input and that trademark smile of his.
Last night was round two of eliminations for the Fox Network’s American Idol. The contestants were subject to a British Invasion theme, which came out quite nicely. The show wasn’t lacking in the painful vocal moments, though!
Overall, the two best performers seem to be Jordin Sparks and Melinda Doolittle. Sparks brought the pain, as she always does, with something new. Doolittle will have to start varying her songs/performance or risk becoming boring, though.
Brandon Rogers has been eliminated from the American Idol roster. Rogers, 28, hails from Los Angeles and is the first finalist to be voted off the talent show. The “boring and unoriginal” performance by Rogers only got worse when he forgot the words to “You can’t hurry love” by Diana Ross. Ross, who served as a mentor on Tuesday night's performance episode while Idol 6's Top 12 celebrated her songbook, also performed "I Love You More Today Than Yesterday" during the results show.