It's over. It's all really over. So we locked ourselves in the Grantland podcasting studio to discuss American Idol's Two-Part Finale Not-So-Spectacular, reflect on the Emotional Journey we've been on since late January, and muse about where the show might be headed in the future. (Short version: If they don't fire some judges and figure out a way to restrict the 132 million votes cast by females under the age of 17, we'll probably be in for another rough season next year.) We also apologize to Phillip Phillips for some of the things we said about him. We're sure he's about to take over the world with his chill vibes.
In today's special all-American Idol edition of the Hollywood Prospectus podcast, Grantland experts Jay Caspian Kang and Mark Lisanti discuss Jermaine Jones's abrupt on-air dismissal from the competition, how old it makes them feel that Shannon Magrane was born the same year No Doubt's "Don't Speak" was released, and attempt to project Hollie Cavanagh's eventual career path. There is also a discussion about how Joshua Ledet can fully exorcise the musical demons that so clearly possess him onstage, as well as a rumination on Will.I.Am's mostly useless, but amusingly Brian Fellowsian, guest mentorship. And: Jay gets weirdly hung up on some performers' recent tendency to pronounce their words like Adele, while Mark does a truly horrifying imitation of Ryan Seacrest. Plus: The names Teddy Pendergrass and Al Jarreau are mentioned. See you after the results show!