Congratulations to Fantasia Barrino for winning the whole thing. I’m sure she’ll sell lots of albums. You could see Simon grinning at the very thought of it.
Lots of discombobulated thoughts about the show tonight. I know I’m going to forget lots of stuff, but that’s what the comments thread is for. Feel free to add on in there.
They did a great job with the “pre-game show,” limiting it to about 35 minutes and not making it just a clips package. That said, Christina Christian and Jennifer Love Hewitt were awful. I understand the loud crowd made it difficult at times, but they couldn’t vamp enough to make it look anything near decent.
Too bad they wasted Clay in his home state. I would have loved to hear him back on stage, but I understand the decision to limit it to the winners.
LaToya was as great as ever. George was a lot of fun, singing a great song for his style. Jasmine was not so great. And I’m being charitable there. I felt badly for her.
I know Jennifer Love Hewitt is a ballerina and all, but have you ever seen someone so sickly looking? Pale and skinny. Horrible. And what happened to the huge breasts she used to have on movie posters? They’re all gone. Weird.
Christina Christian’s hair was horrible.
Moving onto the show, itself, now:
Tamyra Gray is obviously the new Golden Child of AMERICAN IDOL. They can’t get enough of her, can they? She did a stunning a capella job with the National Anthem, so long as you ignore the ending. I thought she crossed up a lyric in the middle of the song, but it was probably me not paying attention for a second and losing my place in the lyrics.
Putting together Kelly, Fantasia, and Diana worked really well, though. They had great harmony together. You remember harmony, don’t you? That’s when two or more singers work together to create a single memorable sound. It’s not when two people attempt to out-warble each other and steal the spotlight and “make a song their own.”
I still can’t believe Clay lost to Ruben. Ruben was awful on the group singalong. And in his own song? Well… It’s not my thing, but it just sounds funny to hear The Velvet Teddy Bear talking about his “crib.”
Still, it raises the ages-old AI question: “Should the perfect AI contestant be diverse enough to handle a variety of musical styles? Or is it just good enough to be great in one particular genre, and we’ll forgive him or her in the rest?”
The group singalong was a lot of fun and somewhat revealing. Camile Velasco danced like the only one on stage and still needs a lot of work with her voice. Half the time she was busy doing her own thing, it looked like. John Stevens faked it well enough to not make an arse out of himself. I think the lack of pressure and the general fun feeling of the night helped him relax enough to dance. He also stole the show for ten brief seconds. They gave him two lines to sing from his wheelhouse. He snapped his fingers, he looked confident, and he even got Simon to smile.
Jennifer Hudson sounded great. Amy Adams is the overlooked Idol of the season, I think. She got robbed just as much as Jennifer Hudson, but there was no great “racism” tag to apply to her case, so everyone shrugged and moved on. She certainly deserved better.
JPL was tolerable tonight. I would have liked to have heard more from Matt Rogers, but there’s only so much time.
65 million votes. Boy, that’ll anger a lot of people. They should have opened up the extra phone lines weeks ago, plus given the extra couple of hours. They almost tripled their normal vote totals in double the time with triple the lines. I bet there were a lot less busy signals. Always a good thing. Hopefully, the producers learned something from this. While it could get awkward to give out two different phone numbers to six different contestants for the Round of 6, I think it might be worth the effort next season.
Kelly stunk tonight. She had no lower register on her own song, from her own horribly overproduced album. And why is she trying so hard to sing like Christina Aguilera, anyway? Enough with the friggin’ warbling.
Diana nailed the Idol song again. Amazing. Kelly cried. Smart girl.
I believed Fantasia’s emotions during the Idol song this time around, even as her accessories fell apart.
They both looked exhausted by the end. In the closeups on both of them, you could see the bags forming under their eyes. AI is a grueling 3 months of work, and making it to the end like that has to be killer. Hopefully, they’ll be able to get some sleep soon between morning show appearances.
Did you catch the list of cities IDOL is visiting next year? They’re really looking for something new. While prospective contestants have been known to fly all over the country for a chance in front of the judges, it sounds like they’re really trying to find new people from different corners. More stops in Middle America this time, plus one in Alaska. Be careful to note: None in Hawaii.
That’s a wrap for Season Three. Thanks to everyone for visiting here week after week to join in the discussion. This isn’t over yet, believe it or not. I still haven’t seen Sunday night’s special, which I plan on reviewing here. And there’s always more AI news in the days after the finale to talk about and discuss. So please stick around. VariousAndSundry.com ain’t going anywhere.