I should have mentioned this a couple weeks ago, but American Idol Rewind is covering Season 4 currently, and they've actually managed to find a good balance between covering one week at a time (and dragging on) and speeding through seasons at a blur (like they did with Season 3). So now one hour covers two weeks.
Anyway, Season 4 was when I started following the show for real, so this Rewind is reminding me of some things. Four most prominently: 1) Carrie Underwood was totally awesome, even in the days before she figured out how to move onstage; 2) Constantine still makes me want to shower, barf, and chug some penicillin; 3) I still go "Aw!" whenever I see Anthony Fedorov; and 4) Nadia Turner was the greatest thing on this whole season and she got totally and continually dicked over and nobody talks about it anymore.
Where was Nadia's name when Ryan Seacrest, in introducing this season's Judges' Save, listed all the former Idols who were eliminated before their time? Not that Ryan's whole spiel that night wasn't 90% lies anyway (the Judges' Save wouldn't have kept Daughtry or Tamyra around, and Michael Johns's exit was actually a few weeks too LATE). But nobody talks about how she went up every week, blew the competition away, and then got yelled at by the judges for picking obscure songs. I wonder how Nadia's weirdo interpretation of "Time After Time" would have fared in the post-Blake, post-David Cook, Adam Lambert era where fucking with songs for sport is considered a good thing. There's an interesting conversation to be had there, only no one will have it, because no one remembers her.
Well, I do. And Idol Rewind is bringing her back ... or they were. This week's episode covered her ouster. Damn it, Nadia! Even your Crystal Gayle waterloo was awesome!