I knew it was coming. Robin Antin and I clearly have different taste. Perhaps it makes more sense now that I never took the group seriously. At this point, I might not even watch the finale, although I feel fairly confident the remaining Melissa will win. Here are some collected thoughts on this episode and the season in general.
I do, however, adore Mikey Minden. I do believe in the last episode he dethroned Laurie Ann "boom cat" Gibson as my favorite reality tv choreographer.
Melissa Smith, my favorite, and the winner of the only challenge that involved the audience voting, has been out to prove herself all season. She has the cynicism of coming so close to "making the band", and this time around she won't relax. She has the uber-focus all the teams on The Amazing Race:All-Stars have this season. On All-Stars, it's not as fun to watch, but Melissa was a joy to watch. She dominates the frame. She has that Margot Fontaine-you-can't-take-your-eyes-off-of-her quality when she's on stage. Alas, Robin Antin wins, and Melissa loses. I can only hope she finds something better than Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls. There has to be a venue out there to support her talent.
Chelsea belongs on American Idol. She would win. She's cute and she can sing. She's not a dancer, and she doesn't need to be too much of a performer when she can sing so beautifully and strong. She has zero chance of actually making the Pussycat Dolls.
A continued amusement of the show this season is Mark McGrath's ever-evolving description of Lil' Kim. First it was one of the most successful female rappers of all time. Given. Next it was one of the most successful female recording artists of all time. Maybe. Then it came one of the most successful female singers of all time. Hardly; she raps. Finally, Lil' Kim has been named one of the most successful female entertainers of all time. I absolutely love Kim as a judge, but, please. She's judging the search for the next Pussycat Doll. How much credibility does that require?
Robin chooses the songs and assigns the songs. I think the entire practice is shady. Robin wants the illusion of a contest. She has been orchestrating Melissa R. to win from day one.
The last four finalists are all quite small, yet when we see the PCDs, they all seem quite tall. Perhaps it's all an illusion.
One final observation: Is it Asia or Top Model's Jaslene who looks more like a drag queen?