Mariah Carey night. UGH. This could be tedious. Poor Syesha will get killed by the judges. Let me just say this up front: Vocal gymnastics a la Carey are about my least favorite form of music in the last 20 years. This could be ugly tonight.
Speaking of Mariah: Did she borrow the high-waisted pants from Ramiele? And where did she order up orange skin?
David Archuleta – “When You Believe” – Are those pants pleather?!? Ah, yes, the fine art of screaming around a song, of making every syllable take up ten notes. He did good for this kind of song. Very strong. I just hate these songs. It’s going to be a long night, you’ve been warned.
Carly Smithson – “Without You” – I’m very happy Mariah is naming these songs as they go along. Though I do like this one. And there’s room in this song for her to arrange it. I want Latoya London to sing this, though. That’s a HUGE song. She didn’t try to scream it at the start, which is a good thing. When she got to the second half, she powered right through it.
Paula liked her “restraint,” which I think is the perfect description of what I just spent four dozen words describing.
Syesha Mercado – “Vanishing” – Syesha can, as Randy might put it, blow. She’s amazing. She has a healthy set of lungs. It’s awful as a song, but she kicked the song’s butt. She can sing, and the judges will NEVER give her the credit for it. She made “whoa oh oh oh oh” sound good, technically.
Brooke White – “Hero” – She did the right thing in sticking with the piano and not bringing in the band. She truly made the song her own by NOT trying to ape Mariah at any point at all in the song. Even as she was visibly shaking and crying in the last half, she kept it up. I liked it.
Simon’s analogy about a hamburger without a slab of beef is all wrong.
Kristy Lee Cook – “Forever” – Wow, she sounds great tonight. She can hit those notes I never would have given her credit for. That was impressive, possibly the best song for her of the series so far. I didn’t think she’d go after the Mariah notes on that song, but she did.
Boy, the piano guy is keeping busy tonight.
David Cooke – “Always Be My Baby” – As Mariah said, it was “haunting” in the beginning part, and it could be a hit single for him easily. I liked it a lot. Not much more to say than that. This kid is goooooood.
Jason Castro – “I Don’t Want To Cry” – Poor sap has to follow David Cooke AND close out the show? This can’t possibly be good. Well, it’s not bad. But I’m not inspired. Eh. I’m done with him, honestly. Randy called it a “Weird beach luau” and I know exactly what he means. Must be the drums. Eh.
From best to worst for the night: David Cooke, Syesha Mercado, David Archuleta, Kristy Lee Cook, Carly Smithson tied with Brooke White, then Jason Castro.
Who will be the bottom three? Syesha, Brooke, and Jason. Dark Horse: Carly.
Syesha goes home. She doesn’t deserve it, though.
On the other hand, there’s no reason to play out the rest of the season. Give the crown to David Cooke today and let’s be done with it. He’s running away with the show this season. He’s the only one you can’t wait to see each week, just to see what he pulls out of his hat next. More often than not, it’s gold. The others have skill and personality, but Cooke has the musical power. Even if he doesn’t win, he’ll have a hit album on his hand.
De Blieck Out!