I was going to write a nice little introduction about the show up to this point. But once I finished writing about tonight’s show I realized that I was really tired of thinking about Idol. Also, I want to write a post for tomorrow (maybe) titled, “Why American Idol Haters Can Kiss My Ass.” Look for that.
Let’s just get right into the show, mmkay?
So the Top 12 is now a Top 13.
Uh, what’s with the judges being introduced like that? An unusual entrance that Ryan says was Simon’s idea.
The contestants are on the big stage, the competition is really just beginning.
Paula was apparently attacked by an ostrich on the way in to the studio tonight.
Two contestants will be voted off tonight.
Michael Jackson is the theme tonight. God help us. There are some artists that you just can not touch. I don’t know why they would ever choose this catalog. It’s like setting people up to fail.
Lil Rounds is from Memphis, Tennessee and is already on my list for making the Top 3. Lil is performing “The Way You Make Me Feel.” This is in my top 5 MJ songs. There is absolutely no doubt that Lil can sing. I HATE what she is wearing. She looks like she wrapped herself up in an entire bin of $.99 loofas. Frankly, though I love her voice, I hated this arrangement. Randy loved her new bluesy vibe on the song. Kara said she hopes we get to hear her on the radio. Paula liked her outfit and said she was a force to be reckoned with. Simon thought it was “good, but a lazy song choice.” He also hated what she is wearing.
Scott MacIntyre from Scottsdale, Arizona is almost completely blind. I’m sure he’s creating quite a conundrum for the producers putting together. He’s at the piano performing, “Keep the Faith” from Dangerous. He’s got a very Michael W. Smith quality about his voice… a bit nasally and extremely pronounced consonants. He’s almost always perfectly on pitch. This was a really good performance from Scott, but not spectacular. Kara loved his song choice. Paula called it magical and pointed out the songwriter in the audience. Simon hated the song because no one knows it. Randy liked the song, but thought the performance was too safe.
Danny Gokey is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has received the most air time, as the grieving widower. He chose “PYT (Pretty Young Thing)” There was a bizarre introduction before it kicked into the song. I was making a face, but it got better. He added a nice bluesy growl to the song that I haven’t perfected myself in Total Eclipse, maybe because I sing it in the original key, and he dropped it at least by a third. He had Paula and Kara on their feet dancing. Paula absolutely loved the performance She suggested that Danny is on his way to the finals. I agree. Simon thought the vocals were brilliant. He said Danny reminded him of Michael McDonald, a white guy with soul. Randy loved it all. Kara said he had joy when he steps on stage.
Michael Sarver is the oil rigger from Jasper, Texas. I’m really not sure how he managed to squeak his way into the top 13. He took the place of one of my early favorites that I am still sore isn’t on the show, Ricky Braddy. He’s performing “You Are Not Alone.” He’s showing a much better range tonight than we’ve seen from him in earlier shows. He definitely seems to be on top of his game tonight. He’s a decent singer who is nice looking and has an interesting backstory. I suspect he’ll stick around a few more weeks. Simon says he made up for the fact that he’s not the best singer on the show by showing passion and heart. Randy says he’s one of the best of the night so far. Kara said he brought his game tonight. Copycat. Paula said he has extraordinary talent. She thought he picked the perfect song for himself this week.
Jasmine Murray is the first wildcard pick of the night. For me, she’s totally taking the place of that great red-headed girl that didn’t make it through last week. I’m not a big fan of this 17 year old. She’s a high-school student from Columbus, Mississippi. She’s picked “I’ll Be There.” How predictable is that? The problem with Jasmine is that she sounds like a 17 year old. She would be the best singer in a high school talent show, but on stage with 26 and 27 year olds, she’s just not special enough to stand out on Idol. Randy name dropped Mariah Carey. *snore* He thought she did a pretty good job on it. Kara thought the song was a touch too high for her and complemented her stage presence. Paula thought she had tremendous poise and composure. She thought her pitch was slightly under at times. Simon didn’t think he could add much. He thought it was a bit robotic. He said she sounded like a little girl trying to be a grown up. Again with the copycat remark.
Kris Allen is from Conway, Arkansas. He’s the cute church boy that has all the girls screaming. He’s married. He’s performing “Remember the Time” and playing his guitar. I think he should have gone a little more acoustic with the song than trying to copy the original R&B version. I could totally hear a Jason Mraz-ish feel and I’m disappointed that he’s not delivering it. He had some good moments in this song, but the big notes totally got away from him and were a bit shrieky. Kara thought the guitar helped his performance out. Paula thinks Kris knows Michael Jackson’s songs better than anyone. She called him “adorable sexy.” Simon said the song didn’t seem to fit the guitar performance. Randy called it an “interesting song choice” and said it reminded him of Jason Mraz. Fuck me! Apparently I need to be a judge on this show. You hear that Fox!?
Allison Iraheta is the 16 year old from Los Angeles, originally from El Salvador. She sings at a Latin Grocery store. She’s wanted to audition since she was nine. *sigh* She’s picked “Give In to Me.” She’s taking style tips from Joan Jett I think. She’s definitely got a Kelly Clarkson feel about her. That’s a good thing. She also makes me think of Pink, vocally, not just because of the hair. I wasn’t a fan of Allison at first, but I’m becoming a fan now. Paula called her a rock star. Simon thought it was a good performance and we know who she is as a performer. Randy said she’s “got it” and she can sing anything. Kara called it ridiculous good.
Anoop Desai is the next wild card performer up. This was a wildcard choice I totally agreed with. He’s from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. An Indian guy with a southern accent just cracks me the hell up. I really wish he’d fix his damn eyebrows. They are so bushy! He’s picked “Beat It.” He’s got a really good voice, but this song does absolutely nothing to show it off. It was really karaoke. And I think he dropped some lyrics in the second part of the verse. Paula didn’t think he picked the right song. She called it karaoke. Simon called it “horrible” and light weight. And karaoke. Randy said it was the wrong choice. Karaoke. Again. Kara said the biggest problem was it didn’t show his range. I swear I pause the show before the judges talk and discuss the performances with UMB while I’m writing my thoughts out. Then they repeat everything I just said. It’s getting annoying.
Jorge Nunez is from Cidra, Puerto Rico, and the comparisons to Ricky Martin are inevitable. He is no where near as hot as Ricky, but he’s got that same effeminate appeal. He picked “Never Can Say Goodbye.” He’s got a nice voice, and he’s definitely in his element singing emotional songs that allow him to throw a smoldering Latin lover look right at the camera. I think this was a fantastic song choice for him that plays to his strengths. As long as he keeps picking the right song, he’s going to go far. Randy didn’t like the song choice. Kara didn’t seem to feel the emotional connection. Paula didn’t think it was the right song either. Simon thought it was corny and that he was out of his depth. I think the judges are really being way too harsh on him.
Megan Joy Corkrey annoys the ever-lovin shit out of me. Just sayin. She’s another wildcard choice. And again, I think she’s taking the place of a better singer. She’s from Sandy, Utah. She’s a divorced mom. She picked “Rockin’ Robin.” What the hell is this shit? Am I watching the Osmond’s variety show? This is a more ridiculous performance than anything we saw out of Nick/Norman Gentle. Corny, and UMB thinks she looks just like a kindergarten teacher teaching her class how to sing and dance. Fucking outrageously stupid and banal. She ended her “performance” with a “caw – caw!” Kara called it “so Megan,” full of personality. Paula called it quirky and unique. Simon called it a “stupid song choice” and the dancing was ridiculous. “Clumsy and awkward.” Randy called the song choice bad.
Adam Lambert is from Hollywood, California. I’m worried about his chances since those pictures of him in drag kissing his boyfriend surfaced last week. He’s picked “Black or White.” If the world were judging based solely on ability to work a stage and hit notes pitch perfectly, Adam would win hands down. He’s a great performer, who might be better suited for leading a rock band than being a solo performer. I compare those high note screams to Rob Halford from Judas Priest. UMB compares him to Ethel Merman, and that’s a bad thing. Paula says he is the most comfortable seasoned performer that has ever been on the American Idol stage. She says he has the whole package, fashion and music. She predicts he will be in the finals. Simon said that was in a totally different league from everyone else. He performed it over the top just like it needed to be. Randy calls him the most “right now” artist on the show. Kara said he hit notes she didn’t know existed.
Matt Giraud is from Kalamazoo, Michigan. He’s playing the piano and picked “Human Nature.” He’s one of my early favorites and made it back as a wild card pick. He’s got a definite Marc Broussard feel for me, maybe not so much on this song. His falsetto on this song was A.MAZ.ING. Spectacular. Randy compared him to Justin Timberlake. Kara loved it. Paula called him sexy, talented, and amazing. Simon called it very good and solid. Song of the night for UMB and I.
Alexis Grace is the final performer tonight. She’s also from Memphis, Tennessee. And a mom. She picked “Dirty Diana.” A great choice for a bluesy singer. She’s choking off the end of her phrases which is a bit weird for me. She’s got great control and dynamic sense. Kara called her a “naughty girl.” Paula said to watch the oversinging. Simon called it “over the top” and not as good as Alexis thought it was. Randy called it good.
The wrap up:
The show ended up being much better than I suspected it would be. A couple of singers I expected to hate put in good performances. My early favorites did not disappoint.
This season I have decided that instead of categorizing the performances, I will instead rank them in order of best to worst.
Performance of the night: Matt Giraud
2. Danny Gokey
3. Lil Rounds
4. Adam Lambert
5. Allison Iraheta
6. Scott MacIntyre
7. Michael Sarver
8. Kris Allen
9. Alexis Grace
10. Jorge Nunez
11. Anoop Desai
12. Jasmine Murray
Please God Make It Stop: Megan Joy Corkery
Since this is the first post about the new season, tell me who your favorites are… who do think will win?