I have so far (this season) abstained from talking about my serious addiction to American Idol. It’s not because I’m not watching religiously, but because until tonight there really hasn’t been anything to say.
There were a couple of performances last week that didn’t completely and utterly suck, but it was only a couple. The boys were especially dismal. In fact last week I was finding it hard to find any guy worthy of my vote. Blake (the beatboxer) was good, and Chris Richardson was ok. Brandon is gorgeous and has a nice voice but has so far bored me. The girls were better, by far. Lakisha, Stephanie, and my front runner favorite so far, Melinda was especially good.
What a difference one week makes. The boys came out swinging tonight and actually made it seem like a competition for the first time this season.
Here are my picks for the boys this week.
- Blake Lewis – His take on Virtual Insanity was killer. I realized about halfway through that I was unable to sit still and I kept thinking, ‘ok… this is hot!’
- Chris Richardson – I told UMB last week that I wanted to hear Chris sing a Jason Mraz song. Funny that he did it this week. Funnier still that the one he chose, “Geek in the Pink,” is one of my LEAST favorite Mraz songs. That being said, he was spectacular tonight. Now I’d like to hear him do a Maroon 5 song. (You hear that Chris?)
- AJ Tabaldo – He’s been consistently good. I loved his version of “Feeling Good.” Anyone else get the gay vibe from him? I’m not looking to out anyone, I’ll leave that sort of sleazy tactic to Perez Hilton, but I definitely get a blip on gaydar.
- Brandon Rogers – He’s got a great voice and definitely deserves to come back. “Time After Time” could have been much better than he performed it tonight. He’ll skate by on his dedication to his grandmother and the fact that he did seem to feel the song, which IS extremely important, thank you very much Simon.
- Chris Sligh – I liked his version of “Trouble.” But honestly, I don’t think he’s that special… he’s got a strange sense of rhythm and really needs to learn how to annunciate when he sings. I can’t understand half his words.
- Phil Stacey – Nice voice, gets the soldier vote. Nothing spectacular. He has managed to perform two songs that I love, “I Could Not Ask for More” last week and “Missing You” last night.
- Sanjaya Malakar – Look, you’re pretty. You have a nice voice, and you have been consistently in tune. However, the performance last night of “Stepping Out” was awkward, weird and generally made me quite uncomfortable. At first when I thought you might be performing the Joe Jackson song I was intrigued. When it ended up being the jazz standard made famous by Tony Bennett I was quite confused. I’m sorry to say, you’re just too young. You should be performing in local talent shows and discovering who you are as an artist.
- Nicholas Pedro – I like you. I really do. Unfortunately, you pick shitty songs. “Fever?” Really? Here’s my unsolicited advice (as though you’re going to ever read this): Stop looking at Sinatra as an influence and look squarely in the direction of Harry Connick Jr and Jamie Cullum. They do a similar old style while still exuding an incredible amount of youth and fun and excitement. That’s what you’re lacking.
- Jared Cotter – Last night was a really bad Marvin Gaye impression. If you’re going to sing “Let’s Get It On” you either have to do something completely different with it, or you have to absolutely nail it. You failed. You may skate by this week because of the sexy faces you were making, but you’re gonna have to do MUCH better than that to make the top 12.
- Sundance Head – Dude. Go home to your kid. I liked your audition, but every performance since then has been absolutely terrible. You didn’t deserve to make the top 24 and you know it. And pulling out “Mustang Sally” last night? What the hell? It was like a really bad wedding band (and I know something about bad wedding bands) performance. I have NO idea what the judges were listening to since they seemed to like it. I think they were just still giddy following Chris Richardson’s performance.
So what do you think? Am I off the mark? Who’s going home? Who do you love?