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Alas, Anwar Gets Kicked to the Curb on 'Idol'

By Lisa de Moraes
Thursday, April 21, 2005; Page C07

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How do you explain a world in which the very talented, extremely charming and exceptionally well-dressed Anwar Robinson is voted out of "American Idol" while zeroes like Anthony Fedorov, Scott Savol and Carrie Underwood survive to compete another week?

Anwar Robinson's performance was cut short in favor of drivel about Ryan Seacrest. (Fox)

Then again, how do you explain a world in which Pamela Anderson plays the smartest person working in a bookstore called Stacked?

And, while we're at it, how do you explain a world in which a dweeb like Ryan Seacrest gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?

All beyond comprehension. And yet all of these things happened last night on Fox.

Full disclosure: Seacrest got his star earlier. But a good chunk of last night's "Idol" live results show was devoted to celebrating the Star of Seacrest -- so much time, in fact, that the producers had to cut off Anwar's last opportunity to perform.

No, we didn't get to watch most of Anwar's performance. On the other hand, we did get to see "Idol" outtakes of Seacrest being attacked by a pink flamingo, Seacrest flubbing his lines, "Idol" producers facetiously praising Seacrest, Seacrest chasing barnyard animals, more "Idol" producers facetiously praising Seacrest, more Seacrest flubbing lines.

Because, as Seacrest said at the start of last night's show, it's the contestants who are the real stars of "American Idol."


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