It’s IDOL GIVES BACK week. ::yawn::
It’s “Inspirational Song” week. ::sigh::
Michael Johns – “Dream On” – Not a good song choice, I think. It’s tough to impersonate Aerosmith like this. I didn’t like it. Crowd disagrees. Feh. The “dreams can come true” speech is obnoxious. I’m glad Randy put him in his place.
Syesha Mercado – “I Believe” – Doing an Idol song on Idol? Scary. Snake, meet tail. Afer the judges lambasted her for doing a Whitney Houston song last week, she’s taking on Fantasia, who the three judges idolize so much? Nutty. She sounds good. She can sing. She’s got the chops. But this won’t go well with the judges. Good performance. Amazing voice. Bad choice.
My wife thought I was crazy as I was voicing all of those opinions above during the song. Then, the judges opened their mouths and hit every note I had just said. It’s good to be right sometimes. My wife also thinks that Fantasia is overrated and nowhere near Whitney Houston’s level. I’m so happy to be married to her at times like these.
Jason Castro – “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” – I can’t take these inspirational interviews anymore. Good song choice for him, though. He looks silly with the ukelele. Technically sound, but ultimately boring. I’ve never seen the crowd sit so resolutely on its hands. And Randy liked it?!? WHAT?!? All three judges loved it. Hunh. I’ve heard him do this with a half dozen songs in as many weeks. There’s nothing new here. I’m bored.
Kristy Lee Cooke – “Anyway” – A country song? No way! She sounds great, but she’s completely unconvincing in her performance. Her eyes are just dead, when they’re open. There’s nothing in there that draws me in or makes me want to root for her. It’s like she’s trying to remember the lyrics more than give a performance. Shame. She could be a great recording artist, though.
David Cook – “Innocent” – What is that voice he started with? Is this karaoke, or maybe an imitation? That was nonsensical. Worst Cook Week Ever. Bad bad bad song choice.
“Pompous,” Simon called it. So did I, just three minutes ago. Hunh.
And I think Cook knows it, almost like he regretted the song choice shortly after he locked it in.
Carly Smithson – “The Show Must Go On” – Lotsa people do very very well with Queen. Let’s see how she dresses this week. Did she just compare IDOL GIVES BACK to LIVE AID? Yeah, that does make sense in the wrong ways.
Did she end sooner than she wanted to? I kinda agree with Randy – it was disconnected. She has a great voice, but there was something in that performance that didn’t sell it completely.
Simon approves of her fashion sense this week.
David Archuleta – “Angels” – Good song choice. Sounds good on power notes, but the lower end is very shaky to me. I think he should have walked away from the piano halfway through when the choir came in. He should have gotten up on his feet to sell the song. As it is, some of those power notes sounded more shouty. I’m sure the judges will love it, though. Sure enough, Randy thinks it’s his best.
Brooke White – “You’ve Got A Friend” – Not the TOY STORY song. Bad song choice. The song doesn’t age well. It seems anti-climactic for a show finale. Maybe she would have been more comfortable sitting behind the piano for it. She sounded good, but there’s not much that she COULD do with the song. She should have pushed it in a couple of place more, just to vary it up.
A couple of after-the-fact thoughts: Back in the days when I listened to FM radio, I favored an adult contemporary station that catered to suburban housewives, basically. Their ratings stunk, but their demo was strong, so they survived. “Angels” and “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” were in the daily rotation there. I got sick of them fast enough. Simon was amazed the former was never a bigger hit, and had only heard the latter off the internet once. I heard them both every morning for a year. I suppose we’re all a product of our influences.
So, in the end, not a great IDOL week. No Moments. No standout performances. No crashes and burns. Sometimes, I guess you just have to get through it. Expect a shocking dismissal this week.
Brook, Syesha, and Carly will be the bottom three. Who would be the most unexpected exit of those three? Carly? OK, I’ll pick her to go home this week. I just smell the upset this week.
(Dark Horse of the week: Michael Johns.)