I’m looking forward to tonight’s show. I hate Gwen Stefani’s solo stuff, but there’s no question she’s a pop icon. I can’t wait to see what she’s got lined up for the top ten. They’re picking songs that inspired No Doubt.
Lakisha Jones is up first with a Donna Summer song, “Last Dance.” It’s great to see her show some personality and actually own the stage a bit. She looks great. I can’t say the vocal was the best I’ve heard from her, but she’s definitely deserving of her spot in the top ten. I still want her to pick something a bit out of her comfort zone. The judges were quite happy.
Chris Sligh wants more sleep. Gwen picked up on the fact that he has no sense of timing. He’s performing “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” by the Police. It’s one of my favorite Police songs. I’m not Chris’s biggest fan. I don’t care for his style or his lisp. He was definitely out of sync with the band. His vocal sounded good… the timing could be fixed using Pro Tools in the studio, but that’s not helpful during a live performance, right?
Gina Glocksen is up with another of my favorite songs, “I’ll Stand By You” by The Pretenders. This is the perfect for Gina. She really connected to this one. I think it’s the best performance she’s had so far. This was amazing. I’m so excited for her. Simon even raved about her, and he’s not really into her.
My excitement suddenly gave way to a fit of hysterical laughter. The camera panned over to a shot of Sanjaya and the creation he has made out of his hair. From the shot that I paused on with my Tivo, it appears to be a ponytail on the top of his head. UMB thinks he has it pinned up into a mohawk. I’m not sure what it is yet, but it’s the most ridiculous thing I have seen in ages.
Sanjaya Malakar is doing a No Doubt song, “Bathwater.” UMB and I were both right… it’s a series of ponytails on the top of his head making a mohawk. The vocals were ATROCIOUS. Awful. Terrible. There is not a word in my vocabulary that is strong enough to describe my distaste, so I’m going to make one up… how about… “malakar.” That song was malakar.
Haley Scarnato is tackling Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.” She is a beautiful girl. Her voice is pleasant tonight, but there is no spark for me at all. She’s not special. Simon said it well, it was pretty, but forgettable. And there are a million other girls who can sing just like her.
Phil Stacey has picked the second Police song of the night, “Every Breath You Take.” He’s doing a nice job with this song. It’s in a good part of his vocal range and he’s connecting with the audience. It was solid. Funny, Randy just said “solid” too. He looks much better tonight with the hat on. He needs hair. He needs a bit less eyebrow sculpting.
Melinda Doolittle is up next with Donna Summer’s “Heaven Knows.” She is just a joy to watch. The big smiles, the attitude that comes across when she is performing. She was born to be on that stage. Her vocals are again impeccable. Fantastic! I want her to win. I want her to win so badly. Simon hates her outfit. I think she looks great.
Blake Lewis is taking the stage singing “Love Song” by The Cure. A great song! He just looks the part of a pop star, the hair, the clothes, his whole vibe. I love him. LOVE him. I’d buy his album right now. Paula thinks he’ll make the finale. I hope so. Simon told him he is the front-runner guy. Definitely.
Jordin Sparks picked “Hey Baby” by No Doubt. I’m loving this shade of music on her. It’s playful, young, with a lot of attitude. Talk about coming out of her shell… Randy said it was a risky song but she pulled it off. Simon called her the “most improved.” I am not sure I agree with that. That award would have to go to Phil or Gina for me.
Chris Richardson picked another No Doubt song, “Don’t Speak.” I really like Chris’s style, yes his voice has a tendency to get a bit nasally, but I think that’s a matter of practice and training to clear that up. I liked his performance of this song. He didn’t deserve to be in the bottom two last week, and he doesn’t deserve it tonight, either.
So for the wrap-up:
- Gina Glocksen
- Melinda Doolittle
- Blake Lewis
- Jordin Sparks
- LaKisha Jones
- Phil Stacey
- Chris Richardson
- Haley Scarnato
- Chris Sligh
- Sanjaya Malakar