duets 'Duets' recap: Favorite standardsOkay, I admit that I’m just subbing in this week and this is the
first time I’ve seen this show, but I can already tell it’s the least
faithful film-to-TV series adaptation ever.

The proceedings begin with Robin and Jennifer
(who has either flat-ironed her hair or simply laminated it) performing
a brass-laden version of “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” clearly
having misunderstood what the musical director meant by “horny.” There’s
a whole Lawrence Welk Orchestra there on the stage with them, but
somehow they don’t let that cut into their slinking around and acting
all sexy and just generally trying too hard. “Not a bad way to kick off
the show, right?” Quddus hollers over the crowd noise as he takes the
stage. Which looks like the set of Stargate, if you ask me.

Quddus introduces the judges and says the results from last week are
in, so one of the remaining five is going home. Quddus calls them up
there and starts getting his Seacrest-Lite
on, starting with Jason and telling him he’s safe. He returns to
Kelly’s welcoming arms. When it’s Olivia’s turn, Quddus takes a longer
pause to tell her she’s in the bottom two. J. Rome, however, is safe, so
he gets to go back and sit behind Jennifer. That leaves John and
Bridget, and after several minutes of dead air, we find out that the
other person in the bottom two is Bridget.
Jennifer doesn’t seem as welcoming to John for some reason. Now there’s
the faux-suspenseful music cue, which Quddus waits almost all the way
through before announcing that the person leaving tonight is Olivia.
Bridget gets to sit back down while Robin comes up to make some vaguely
supportive comments leading into Olivia’s farewell montage. Kim will be
sorry she missed this.

After the ads, Quddus says it’s time for the final four to perform
“standards,” which might be too narrow a category. In John Legend and
Bridget’s rehearsal clip, she admits that she could have been better
last week. Well, there’s always this week, as she just found out moments
ago. This week they’re doing “Unforgettable,” which happens to be the
song John sang at his first talent contest ever.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."