Saturday, April 4, 2009

Hispanic viewers watch Idol, Mentalist

Hispanic Viewers Keen on The Mentalist, Idol
Suzanne April 3, 2009

For the week of March 23-29, Hispanic Viewers continued their allegiance to the unstoppable American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, and Manana para Siempre. However, 20/20, Heroes, and Private Practice all managed to squeak onto the top 10, tying at number nine on the English-language list.

Number one on the list was, of course, American Idol. The week had contestants singing Motown hits, while Joss Stone and Smokey Robinson performed an awkward duet and AI Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard promoted his new single "Together." With a record 36 million votes and singer/songwriter icons gracing the stage--Stevie Wonder was there too--it seems that fans and celebrities alike cannot get enough of the FOX series.

Even though AI hasn't lost any of its steam, viewers likely want something different and something more out of each contestant for every performance. Which probably explains while the judges adulated Adam Lambert for switching it up. The usually upbeat Lambert found a great diversity in singing "Tracks of my Tears," which came off very emo, but in an extraordinarily talented way. Despite favorite Matt Giraud's solid Tuesday performance of "Let's Get it On," where he played the piano and got a little bluesy, he fell in the bottom three along with Michael Sarver and Scott MacIntyre. Sarver was eventually announced the loser but he sang "Ain't to Proud to Beg" as his encore and as an attempt to get the judges to use their one time save. Unfortunately for Sarver, begging did him no good and he was sent home with an emotional montage of the time he'd spent on the show. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

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