Fine Tuning - A weekly column highlighting the best of music offerings on television (April 19-24, 2005).
BYE BYE BYE: I'd actually not planned on writing anything in this space this week, as it's been decided to discontinue the "Fine Tuning" column on Billboard.com. But, since the wheels of technology are turning slowly, it will be the end of the week before it disappears forever, instead of the beginning, as was planned.
So, it's Wednesday as I write this, late for posting this weekly column about music stuff on television, and for that I'm sorry. But seeing as I watched the Tuesday night "American Idol" performance episode last night, I’m going to riff on that for a bit as this page heads off into the sunset.
Lemme just say, folks, you'd better not let Bo Bice fall into the bottom three anytime soon, OK? I don't know whether or not he'll win, but I think, hands down, he's been the most consistent and he's one of the most talented in the bunch.
Constantine looked a bit awkward in the white Travolta suit and his come hither stare may be great for the young girl sect (ie. most of the viewing audience), but I don't know that he's it. Granted, his "Bohemian Rhapsody" kicked ass a week ago, so I don't know what to think.
And then there's Carrie, who is sweet and charming and about as down home as you can get, plus she's got the voice of an angel. Don't count her out, even if disco songs about baking cakes made her sound a bit odd this week.
The rest of the lot will either be spoilers or will be gone soon enough. But the three above should take note of what happened to Nadia. Viewed by many -- including me -- early on as a sure thing, she was ousted with quite a ways to go to the finale. The moral of the story: anything can happen.
With that, here are my picks for the remainder of the week:
Wednesday: "Idol" results on Fox, of course.
Thursday: Tori Amos on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (NBC), of course
Friday: Ovation's "Later With Jools Holland" special, presenting Franz Ferdinand, Annie Lennox and a lot of great performances from his BBC show.
Saturday: Bruce Springsteen's "Storytellers" on VH1, of course.
Sunday: Dee Snider's "Matzoh and Metal: A Very Classic Passover" on VH1 Classic... just for giggles.
Good night. It's been fun.