What's love got to do with it? Hopefully nothing, if you're Season 12's much-maligned contestant, Zoanette Johnson. Because following her painful performance of the Tina Turner hit Tuesday night, Zoanette seems all but poised to become simply a footnote in Season 12's history. (That is, if the tricky Vote for the Worst doesn't catapult her into the Top 10.)
10. Sanjaya Malakar, Season 6Zoanette's Season 6 spirit animal, Sanjaya, became just as reviled for his hairstyles and unfounded arrogance as his off-key renditions of songs he should never have been singing in the first place. (See his performance of No Doubt's "Bathwater" below.) There was no more just elimination than when Sanjaya was given the boot during Top 7 week, but his off-puttingly good performance of "Bésame Mucho" proved he's not quite worth the distinction of being Idol's worst finalist of all time.
9. Carmen Rasmusen, Season 2A precursor to YouTube's hit Usher goat, Carmen bleated her way into Season 2's Top 12, despite getting cut in Hollywood earlier in the season. (She was brought back for drama's sake during the season's wildcard rounds.) And her performance in the finals only proved that Carmen should indeed have walked out the door during Hollywood Week. When Corey Clark is outperforming you, you know no beat can turn your Idol success around.
8. Ashthon Jones, Season 10True, Jones' biggest offense is being forgettable, but, oh, how forgettable was she! Season 10's 13th place finisher might have impressed the judges who picked her as their wild card thanks to her clichéd reality TV attitude, but Ashthon proved to be television Ambien during her performances of "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" and "Love All Over Me." Consider yourself lucky FremantleMedia pulled all her performances off the Web for copyright's sake.
7. Ryan Starr, Season 1It's easier to tear up the Season 1 contestant than it was for her to tear up her own clothes — Ryan's on-stage demeanor was as obnoxious as her last name, and her singing as sharp as her looks. The singer's future as a tired reality star certainly didn't help matters (she appeared in series like The Surreal Life and Battle of the Network Reality Stars), but bonus points should be rewarded for the reported behind-the-scenes brawl with fellow Season 1 maligned singer Nikki McKibbin.
6. John Stevens, Season 3The ginger crooner's audition was a welcome change of pace among Idol's diva-friendly space, but no Sinatra-esque charm will ever forgive that ear-splitting performance of Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" during Top 9 week. (Even more unforgiveable was the fact that Stevens survived the week unscathed.) In fact, Stevens' tenure on the show — during which he mangled songs like "My Girl," "As Time Goes By," and "Music of My Heart" — was so painful, his audition is the only piece of it the Internet was willing to salvage.
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5. EJay Day, Season 1The contestant was dramatically brought back to Season 1 of Idol after Delano Cagnolatti was disqualified for lying about his age, and then fell flat during his first finalist performance. Even more offensive than a waste of TV drama was the fact that Day ever shared the stage with Idol behemoth Kelly Clarkson.
4. Haley Scarnato, Season 6Yes, there was someone worse on Season 6 than Sanjaya. Say what you will about the boy wonder, but at least he proved to be a conversation starter. Scarnato, on the other hand, was just as vocally spotty as her hated Season 6 cohort, with a personality as bland as her pageant song choices. There has been no Idol contestant more worthy of the fast-forward button. Nice legs, though.
3. Camile Velasco, Season 3On Idol, the Hawaiian-born Camile sold herself as Rasta (as evidenced by the red, yellow, and green wristband she wore throughout her tenure on the show), but came off as merely raspy. Not quite the cool chick we had hoped for, Velasco trotted out hackneyed and schmaltzy songs that didn't at all fit her vocal style, like "One Last Cry," "Son of a Preacher Man," and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" — to some, the worst performance in Idol history. A lethal combination of confusing and boring, viewers were ready to say "Aloha" to the singer after her disastrous Elton cover.
2. Paige Miles, Season 9Because there's nothing more ridiculous than claiming Michael Jackson's death was responsible for your unlistenable performance of Nat King Cole's "Smile." (And nothing more unforgiveable than being the 7th Idol to perform the groan-worthy "Against All Odds.")
1. Tim Urban, Season 9The contestant had the looks... and absolutely nothing else. Dull, unoriginal, and average, Tim was the poster boy for Season 9's sad crop of talent. The fact that we had to endure nine live performances from the six-pack-rocking teenage dream was bad enough (do you remember "Under My Thumb"? No? Good!), but the fact that he outlasted the unceremoniously booted Lilly Scott, Katelyn Epperly, and Alex Lambert was nothing but a nightmare. No one Idol contestant turned the long-running reality series into must-miss television as Tim.
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S2E7: The night started off with a Tweet sent my way from Voice contestants The Shields Brothers, saying the latest episode was “gonna be shocking!” It definitely started off that way with two great battles, one with the aforementioned Shields that absolutely was the craziest thing on TV since Gary Busey. The rest of the night cooled off a bit until the world witnesses the absolute strength of Erin Willett, who lost her father to cancer right after she wowed the world and made it to the live rounds. What a finish!
Neck Ties vs. Nerves
“Pip’s the guy ... he can do everything.” - Blake
Pip, our favorite bow-tie-and-suspenders-wearing sprite, was pitted against Nathan Parrett; both are such old souls. Apparently Nathan did not bring it in the blind auditions because Adam kept gushing over how he improved, leaving Pip a little jealous. Robin Thicke did all he could to help the ultra nervous Nathan break out of his shell, but Pip stepped out on the stage and immediately sounded like Michael Buble singing “You Know I’m No Good.” The battle was great and the two worked so well together; they're both stylish and their sounds blended so effortlessly. Adam chose the better performer - Pip - over the stronger voice in Nathan. Pip Wins!
Quiet vs. Riot “That was so weird, that was so weird, that was so weird.” - Adam Former model Erin Martin came next facing off against The Shields Brothers. It was rock and roll punching America in the face against a fluttery beauty with an upside. What a song choice by Cee Lo: “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” This has to be the most unique matchup The Voice has EVER seen. Erin, usually quiet, was showing her teeth early and became downright nasty at times. Ne-Yo wasn’t impressed with the beauty either. “I see you. Okay, you’re cute, what else you got?” Erin came out for battle dressed like the evil queen in Once Upon A Time or Snow White and the Huntsman and the Shields Brothers were their usual crazy selves in leather jackets and t-shirts. It was such an amazing, bizarre performance. It seemed like two different songs altogether. At times Erin sounded like a condor or a dinosaur but her unique style pushed Cee Lo to pick her. Don’t fret, the Shield Brothers already have a retaliation video. Erin Wins! Sexy vs. Seventeen “When I was singing to Christina, I did get lost a little bit. I just kept looking into those beautiful Blue eyes.” - Jonathas Jonathas got a little too lost. There was no way to live up to the Shields Brothers, but Jonathas and Ashley De La Rosa sure tried. The two sang “No Air” by Chris Brown and Jordin Sparks; it seemed a perfect match for the two. At times, Jonathas really sounded just like Usher with smooth sounds and sensual rhythms but other times he was just flat and reached his plateau. Ashley started off slow and scared but had some fleeting break out moments that showed her potential. In the end, Christina picked the 17 year-old, who just needs a little training to take her farther in this competition. Ashley Wins! Uptight vs. Unbelievable “Jermaine, you took this song and kicked its ass man!” - Adam Next came Jermaine Paul - Alicia Keys’ backup singer - against Alyx, who's probably the most prepackaged, cold teen singer on the show. The two had to sing Billy Ocean’s “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” but it was never a contest. Blake tried to get the both to cut lose, which Jermaine took to heart. As for Alyx, even her cutting lose looked fake and pre-planned. Blake’s wife Miranda Lambert said she doubted that the young Alyx has ever let loose or had pure fun. Jermaine was the complete opposite, impressing Kelly Clarkson so much, she offered to bring him on tour with her. We can skip the battle because it was more like a massacre. Alyx gave a lame attempt at the end to cut lose and screamed “What the hell,” but no one was buying. Jermaine Wins! Underdog vs. Uncomfortable “As much as I love Angel’s voice, I think Katrina just flat out won this battle.” - Blake Angel Taylor battled Katrina Parker next to “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis and from the start, this song was better suited for Angel, who is on the show after dealing with an abusive father, but that didn’t seem to matter in the end when Hurricane Katrina brought it! Both of the coaches, Thicke and Alanis, wanted the two contestants to be vulnerable and feel the song. Adam even said to take those nerves and use them, even if you forget the words. When it was over, Christina compared Katrina to Adele - that's some big praise! Adam was hiding in his sweater when it was decision time, probably because he knew he had to go with the underdog who stole the show while Angel was kind of timid. Katrina Wins! Country vs. Catastrophe “I hope he knows I’m doing this for him.” - Erin He knows! No jokes here, what Erin Willett did next was nothing short of amazing. She faced off against her friend and country singer Gwen Sebastian singing “We Belong” but right before it was time to go on, she found out her father Chuck’s cancer had taken a turn for the worse and he had 24 hours left to live. Before this Erin was concerned that she didn’t want to overuse her powerful voice during the battle. That was all thrown out the window and the entire crowd, coaching panel and world was rooting for Erin. Even Gwen was smiling at Erin, rooting for her while they were actually battling. It was a finish to the show that had everyone a little teary eyed. Blake went with the powerful Erin, who sang her heart out for dad. Erin Wins! This battle round was the epitome of a classic bookend show, where the beginning and the end really made it a great episode. After watching Erin’s struggle, you forget about a flat performance or two and just get caught up in all the drama. Next week, we welcome the last battle round and prepare for the live shows. Every time you get comfortable, this show changes on you. Are you ready? What did you think of Erin’s performance? What did you think of The Shields Brothers? Do you think the right people were chosen? Let us know in the comments section below.
"What Lies Beneath" opened better than X-pected to a spirited $30 million, easily evicting "X-Men" from first place.
The R-rated supernatural thriller, co-financed by DreamWorks (which is releasing it domestically) and 20th Century Fox (which is distributing it internationally) arrived to a lively ESTIMATED $30.1 million at 2,813 theaters ($10,700 per theater). Its per-theater average was the highest for any film playing in wide release this weekend.
"Beneath" had appeared likely to materialize in second place based on tracking scores late last week.
"The tracking earlier in the week had us (opening) in the mid-$20 millions," DreamWorks distribution head Jim Tharp said Sunday morning. "So, obviously, we're very pleased with it. I think it's due, primarily, to the popularity of the cast of Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer and (director) Bob Zemeckis, of course."
Tharp also pointed to the effectiveness of the film's marketing campaign: "I think the trailer was very intriguing. The awareness that was created by the trailer was a very high number. Over a period of time, we received some criticism from people saying we gave away too much. But, obviously, this worked well."
"Beneath" should rank as Zemeckis' best opening: "I think it's Bob's biggest opening. He and I talked last night, going over (his past openings like) 'Back to the Future 2,' which was $27.8 million. 'Forrest Gump' was in the mid-$20 millions. 'Contact' was around $20 million and got to $100 million."
The blockbuster opening for "Beneath" is the latest of many successes this year for DreamWorks. "It's been a fun year for DreamWorks, starting with 'Galaxy Quest' (last holiday season), which did $70 million," Tharp observed. "'American Beauty,' which we brought in for the (Oscar) nominations and awards run, did another $50 million this year. We did $51 million on 'The Road to El Dorado.' We were really pleased with Woody Allen's 'Small Time Crooks.' We're going to get to $17 million on that. 'Road Trip' is close to $70 million. And 'Gladiator' should end up with a little over $180 million. 'Chicken Run' is at $86.2 million after this week, so it should get to a little over $100 million, as well."
Looking at the studio's exit polls for "Beneath," Tharp noted, "We skewed heavily with women - 61% of the audience was female. 64% was over 25. For that primary demographic of women, the excellent and very good (score) ran about 90%. The overall Top Two Boxes was 79% and the overall definite recommend was around 70%."
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, 'What Lies' stars Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer.
20th Century Fox's "X-Men" took an X-tra big second week drop, falling one slot to second place with a still sizable ESTIMATED $23.7 million (-56%) at 3,101 theaters (+76 theaters; $7,643 per theater). Its cume is approximately $99.5 million.
"It fell 65% on Friday night, but don't forget it opened up to over $20 million (last Friday)," Tom Sherak, 20th Domestic Film Group chairman and senior executive vice president of Fox Filmed Entertainment, said Sunday morning.
"It went up 31% last night from Friday night, which is really good. So we're going to wait until the third weekend before we decide whether it gets to $140 million or $175 million.
"Figure $100 million now, coming off (about) $24 million in box office (this weekend). You figure you can do at least $135-140 million. There's another $35 million left in the movie. If it holds next week, which we think it will, it gets to $160-170 million."
Directed by Bryan Singer and produced by Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter, "X-Men'" extensive cast is headed by Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman and Ian McKellen.
Warner Bros.' opening of its G-rated Japanese animated feature "Pokemon The Movie 2000" was a surprisingly strong power player in third place with a winning ESTIMATED $21.52 million at 2,752 theaters ($7,818 per theater).
The original "Pokemon: The First Movie" opened via Warner Bros. to $31.04 million the weekend of Nov. 12-14, 1999, at 3,043 theaters ($10,199 per theater). Its cume for five days was $50.8 million. At that point, Pokemon fever was running very high.
Insiders note that Warners was smart to get the new "Pokemon" feature into theaters quickly since there seems to be diminishing interest by kids in the Pokemon craze. Sales of Pokemon-related merchandise and toys are said to be down from where they were last fall.
"I think there's no question that 'Pokemon' is not as strong an entity (in terms of toy sales) as it was. But this (opening) gives you an indication that there's still a lot of young Pokemon fans in the marketplace," Warner Bros. Distribution president Dan Fellman said Sunday morning.
"To come in right at the heels of 'X-Men' indicates that there's a lot of things going on out there considering that these are child admissions. Our business really is matinee driven. We have almost no evening business whatsoever. The first one was released in the fall. In the first week, our non-holiday Monday and Tuesday, when the kids were in school, was $1.2 million a day. Now we have the summer, so it will be interesting to see what these next few days do (with kids out of school)."
Dimension Films' R-rated gross-out comedy horror film spoof "Scary Movie" continued to show good legs, falling two rungs in its third week to fourth place with an ESTIMATED $14.9 million (-43%) at 3,301 theaters (+149 theaters; $4,513 per theater). Its cume is approximately $116.3 million.
"It's another great weekend," Miramax senior vice president, marketing David Kaminow said Sunday morning. "We're looking at about $140 million."
If "Scary" breaks $138 million, it will overtake "Good Will Hunting" as the biggest grossing film ever for Miramax or Dimension.
Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, it stars Carmen Electra and Shannon Elizabeth.
Warner Bros.' PG-13-rated adventure drama blockbuster "The Perfect Storm" sailed down two ports to fifth place in its fourth week, still making waves with an ESTIMATED $9.5 million (-45%) at 3,203 theaters (-204 theaters; $2,966 per theater). Its cume is approximately $145.2 million, heading for $180 million-plus.
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen, "Storm" stars George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg.
Buena Vista/Disney's PG-rated comedy "Disney's The Kid" dropped one notch to sixth place in its third week with an okay ESTIMATED $7.0 million (-33%) at 2,343 theaters (+23 theaters; $2,989 per theater). Its cume is approximately $42.6 million.
Directed by Jon Turtletaub, it stars Bruce Willis.
Columbia and Centropolis Entertainment's "The Patriot," which was fourth last weekend, tied for seventh place in its fourth week with a quieter ESTIMATED $6.1 million (-43%) at 2,751 theaters (-310 theaters; $2,217 per theater). Its cume is approximately $93.3 million, heading for $115-120 million.
Directed by Roland Emmerich, "Patriot" stars Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger.
Columbia's PG-13-rated youth appeal comedy "Loser" was a box office loser, opening in a tie for seventh place to an ESTIMATED $6.1 million at 2,016 theaters ($3,026 per theater).
Written and directed by Amy Heckerling, it stars Jason Biggs, Mena Suvari and Greg Kinnear.
DreamWorks' G-rated animated feature "Chicken Run" was ninth, down three slots in its fifth week with a less tasty ESTIMATED $4.8 million (-39%) at 2,577 theaters (-376 theaters; $1,863 per theater). Its cume is approximately $86.2 million, heading for $100 million in domestic theaters.
Directed by Peter Lord & Nick Park, "Chicken" features such voices as Mel Gibson and Miranda Richardson.
Rounding out the Top Ten was 20th Century Fox's R-rated Jim Carrey comedy "Me, Myself & Irene," down three rungs in its fifth week with a slow ESTIMATED $3.1 million (-46%) at 2,450 theaters (-400 theaters; $1,265 per theater). Its cume is approximately $83.1 million.
Directed by Peter & Bobby Farrelly ("There's Something About Mary"), "Irene" stars Jim Carrey and Renee Zellweger.
OTHER OPENINGS This weekend also saw the arrival of Warner Bros. and Morgan Creek's PG-13-rated psychological thriller "The In Crowd," which should be in and out of theaters quickly, opening in 12th place to an estimated $1.47 million at 1,357 theaters ($1,083 per theater). Its cume after 5 days is approximately $2.7 million.
Directed by Mary Lambert, it stars Susan Ward, Lori Heuring, Matthew Settle and Nathan Bexton.
USA Films' French drama "Alice Et Martin" opened in New York, placing 25th with an encouraging estimated $22,000 at one theater.
Directed by Andre Techine, it stars Juliette Binoche.
Lions Gate Films' PG-13-rated "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," a documentary about the life of Tammy Faye Baker, opened in New York, placing 26th with a calm estimated $15,000 at 2 theaters ($7,500 per theater).
"We open San Francisco and L.A. this coming week and then it will be a slow roll out through August," Lions Gate co-president Tom Ortenberg said Sunday morning.
SNEAK PREVIEWS There were no national sneak previews this weekend.
EXPANSIONS On the expansion front this weekend, USA Films' director's cut reissue of the R-rated 1984 thriller "Blood Simple" went wider in its third week, placing 18th with an okay estimated $0.17 million (-5 percent) at 56 theaters (+24 theaters; $3,095 per theater). Its cume is approximately $0.5 million.
Directed by Joel Coen and written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, it stars John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, Samm-Art Williams and M. Emmet Walsh.
Artisan Entertainment's R-rated dark comedy "Chuck and Buck" expanded in its second week, placing 21st with a calm estimated $0.13 million at 25 theaters (+18 theaters; $5,220 per theater). Its cume is approximately $0.2 million.
Directed by Miguel Arteta, it stars Mike white and Chris Weitz.
Lions Gate Films' R-rated sex comedy "But I'm A Cheerleader" expanded in its third week, placing 22nd with a quiet estimated $0.12 million at 29 theaters (+17 theaters; $3,966 per theater). Its cume is approximately $0.3 million.
Directed by Jamie Babbit, it stars Natasha Lyonne, Clea Duvall, RuPaul Charles and Cathy Moriarity.
Fine Line Features' R-rated comedy drama "The Five Senses" added theaters in its second week, placing 24th with an okay estimated $42,000 at 6 theaters (+4 theaters; $7,000 per theater). Its cume is approximately $79,000.
Written and directed by Jeremy Podeswa, it stars Mary-Louise Parker and Brendan Fletcher.
WEEKEND COMPARISONS Key films -- those grossing more than $500,000 for the weekend -- took in approximately $135.24 million, up about 4.24 percent from the comparable weekend last year when key films grossed $129.73 million.
This weekend's key film gross was down about 7.62 percent from this year's previous weekend when key films grossed $146.43 million.
Last year, DreamWorks' opening week of "The Haunting" was first with $33.43 million at 2,808 theaters ($11,907 per theater); and Buena Vista's opening week of "Inspector Gadget" was second with $21.89 million at 2,814 theaters ($7,779 per theater). The top two films one year ago grossed $55.3 million. This year, the top two films grossed an estimated $53.8 million.
STUDIO MARKET SHARES Based on business by key films (those grossing $500,000 or more), last weekend's top six distributors were:
DreamWorks was first with three films("What Lies Beneath," "Chicken Run" and "Gladiator"), grossing an estimated $36.0 million or 26.6 percent of the market.
Warner Bros. was second with three films ("Pokemon The Movie 2000," "The Perfect Storm" and "The In Crowd"), grossing an estimated $32.49 million or 24.0 percent of the market.
20th Century Fox was third with three films ("X-Men," "Me, Myself & Irene" and "Big Momma's House"), grossing an estimated $28.5 million or 21.1 percent of the market.
Miramax (Miramax and Dimension) was fourth with one film ("Scary Movie"), grossing an estimated $14.9 million or 11.0 percent of the market.
Sony Pictures Releasing (Columbia and TriStar) was fifth with two films ("The Patriot" and "Loser"), grossing an estimated $12.2 million or 9.0 percent of the market.
Buena Vista (Disney and Touchstone) was sixth with two films("Gone in 60 Seconds" and "Disney's The Kid"), grossing an estimated $8.1 million or 6.0 percent of the market.
ADDITIONAL ESTIMATES (11)Big Momma's House/Fox: Theaters: 1,202 (-441) Gross: $1.7 million (-40 percent) Average per theater: $1,414 Cume: $111.3 million
(12)THE IN CROWD/Warner Bros./Morgan Creek: (See OTHER OPENINGS above)
(13) Mission: Impossible 2/Paramount: Theaters: 1,025 (-684) Gross: $1.3 million (-43 percent) Average per theater: $1,290 Cume: $210.0 million
(14)Shaft/Paramount: Theaters: 1,225 (-522) Gross: $1.1 million (-53 percent) (tie) Average per theater: $915 Cume: $68.0 million
(14)Gone In 60 Seconds/BV: Theaters: 1,042 (-660) Gross: $1.1 million (-55 percent) (tie) Average per theater: $1,083 Cume: $93.5 million
(16)Gladiator/DreamWorks: Theaters: 747 (-287) Gross: $1.06 million (-33 percent) Average per theater: $1,420 Cume: $178.5 million
(17)Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle/Universal: Theaters: 1,202 (-1,126) Gross: $0.65 million (-72 percent) Average per theater: $540 Cume: $22.4 million
(18) Blood Simple/USA Films: (See EXPANSIONS above)
(19)The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas/Universal: Theaters: 303 (-47) Gross: $0.15 million (-23 percent) Average per theater: $495 Cume: $34.7 million
(20)U-571/Universal: Theaters: 332 (+21) Gross: $0.14 million (-29 percent) Average per theater: $425 Cume: $76.3 million
(21)Chuck & Buck/Artisan: (See EXPANSIONS above)
(22)But I'm A Cheerleader/Lions Gate: (See EXPANSIONS above)
(23)Erin Brockovich/Universal: Theaters: 173 (-29) Gross: $0.1 million (-28 percent) Average per theater: $550 Cume: $125.3 million
(24)The Five Senses/Fine Line: (See EXPANSIONS above)
(25)ALICE AND MARTIN/USA Films: (See OTHER OPENINGS above)
(26)THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE/Lions Gate: (See OTHER OPENINGS above)