“Expect a shocking dismissal this week.” -Me, yesterday
Well. I very nearly got it right. Two of my three Bottom Three picks landed there. My dark horse candidate rounded things out and was the one to eventually go home.
Shocking. And not shocking.
Simply put, the three best singers in the competition were in the bottom three this week: Syesha, Carly, and Michael. (Shades of that Fantasia/Latoya/Jennifer week, so many years ago, but minus Elton John’s “racist America” component that I harp on so frequently.)
Please note that I didn’t call them the best Idol contestants. I think, though, that those three have the best vocal abilities. They just have other problems that prevent them from being effective contestants. All three picked bad songs this week. Syesha keeps falling into the trap of picking songs by divas that she WILL be compared to, unfavorably. (Wanna bet she goes with a Mariah song next week?) Carly picks songs that don’t help to define who she is as a singer. She’s a very good singer, but does she have a style? A niche? Anything? And Michael picked a song that he couldn’t possibly do anything with, aside from a decent karaoke performance/imitation of Steven Tyler.
All three picked the worst week possible to trip up — this was a week in which nobody shined and nobody faltered in a major way. Even David Cooke’s disaster wasn’t a crash and burn. It was a very poor song selection. And while IDOL still had a season high voter turnout, I bet it was fairly widespread. No single contestant likely brought out their voters, either to save them from themselves or to boost them for a job very very well done. (Kristy likely benefitted from extremely good song selection.)
When that situation happens, it’s all up for grabs. Anyone could go home. And someone out of left field did. (::ahem:: As I predicted.) Unless Michael defined himself more clearly, he was never going to win this competition. David Cooke outsings him more consistently from week to week in a defined rocker way. Michael could do that well, but he also veered off into other styles that prevented easy encapsulation.
One last thing: I’m glad Brooke was safe. She’s adorable.