This is going to be long. I just wrote while I watched. I’m not going to edit it. Here it is, with all the verb tense screw-ups that made sense at the time:
Ta-Tynisa Wilson chose a bad Idol song. This is an auto-tuned song that she’s trying to sing straight. She got lucky that the new band is addicted to awful sounding synth effects, so she almost made it work. But no. Steven Tyler and J-Lo, as always, love everyone too much. I’m glad Randy is so comfortable in the Bad Guy role. He’s the only sane one on that panel now. Crazy world, eh?
Wait a second, was she always “Ta-Tynisa?” That names sounds different to me, and Idol does have a history of people changing their names before hitting this round… GOOGLE!
Yup, that’s always been her name. Maybe she added the dash, but that’s it. Ah, well…
Naima Adedapo went with “Summertime.” Get ready for the Fantasia comparisons. And she’s dancing to the opening music. But she’s not going for the lower sultrier Fantasia version. This one is more jazzy. It’s OK. She stays on pitch and it’s good to hear a different version of it, but I’m not ready to crown her just yet.
And there’s Randy with the comparison. Yup.
Two contestants in and my spellchecker is having a stroke…
Kendra Chantelle is showing great control and is hitting her notes. The band is mixed a little too high, and the song itself never gets out of second gear, but her vocal is clear. I like that. And I think all the hand gesturing this season is going to bother me this year for some reason. I remember Debra Byrd once picking on a contestant for doing all the obvious hand gestures (finger running down the cheek on a lyric for cry”). I hope they start reminding contestants of that in the future…
Rachel Zevita is a nut, isn’t she? That makes her interesting, and a little bit, er, gothy? Crazy? Oh dear god, she’s a bit too melodramatic/theatrical. Did she almost forget the words in the beginning there? I just don’t buy her as a sex kitten. And her voice died somewhere near the judges’ table. This is going badly. She tried too hard and it didn’t work. Ouch. And the judges let her have it. Is she going to cry?
Oh, boy. “I was having a good time.” Words of death on this show. The ultimate bad defense. Crash and burn?
Karen Rodriquez went down the Mariah well. Uh oh. And then switches to Spanish, and I’m out. Oh, boy, she’s really stuck in the middle of this song. Even when she belts out a note, it still sounds like it’s in the middle of her range. And the hand gestures are so literal it’s painful.
That “Love You, Mom” will get her a few votes. The Spanish will carry Southern California, Texas, and Florida in the voting. They are powerhouses.
Someone needs to explain to J-Lo that “Romance Language” refers to Rome and not “romance,” though. UGH.
Or maybe I’m cranky tonight. I’m not liking anyone too much, really.
More crankiness after the break, and two Idol Moments?
Lauren Turner has always reminded me of that friend living in the apartment next to yours in the city, not a pop star. She’s the shoulder everyone cries on. She’s the best friend you bitch about all your friends to. Pop star? Not so sure.
Me, fair? Why start now?
In any case, it’s an odd song, but she sang it well. I like the deeper part of her voice, which most of these girls don’t have. And she held control of her voice, in and out of the power part.
And now J Lo is complaining she’s not acting enough. A minute ago, they complained that a contestant was too Broadway. Lauren, they complain, needed to get in the camera’s face and really act. The judges are confusing us early this season.
Ashthon Jones really showed up in the group round, so I’m looking forward to this one. Wait, her leggings have zippers? Weird. The song seems to fit her style, and she’s staying with it, acting without overacting. Not my style, but she’s good at what she does.
J Lo is calling her a diva — in other words, just what Idol wants this season.
Julie Zorilla goes Kelly Clarkson. She chose to sing in her prom dress. Or maybe her ballerina Halloween costume? Oh, dear god, someone pin her arms to her sides. They’re annoying. The band is overplaying and drowning her out. The judges are not amused. Ooh, this is bad. It’s a power song that she doesn’t have the power for. She’s drowning. And she couldn’t hold the falsetto at the end.
Crash. And. Burn. That was probably worse than Rachel.
Haley Reinhart goes to Alicia Keys. Oh, bot, that rarely works. This is karaoke, like a little girl trying to play rock star or something. Plus, I feel vaguely uncomfortable when she tries to play sexy. What is she, 17?
But, she has diva potential, so Idol wants her.
Randy called her karaoke, so at least we’re on the same wavelength.
“If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.” Steven Tyler wins comment of the night.
The problem, though, is that she’s a Miss America contestant, trying to solve the world’s problems through song and sharing her gift with blah blah blah.
Thia Megia goes a capella at the start. And she’s not oversinging it. The opening is soft and quiet and impressive. Everything else is controlled, vibrant, and shows some range. I like her. Will it be enough to get votes? I don’t know, but for the first time, the band isn’t overpowering a singer. Just her and the piano, and it works. It works big. I like it. She didn’t do all the runs, which every other singer on that stage tonight would have done. Thank goodness for that.
If she cries now, she wins.
Dammit, that song might be our first Idol Moment of the season.
Probably the Judges’ Choice, if need be.
Lauren Alaina has had lots of air time this season, so she’s an early favorite for the Top 10. This song is not showing off her voice, though. She has a much better voice than the range this songs gives her. Plus, the band is all over her.
She needs to choke up on that microphone a bit, too.
Not a bad performance at all, but it doesn’t do everything for her than it could.
Randy’s description of Lauren as a mix of Kelly and Carrie makes sense.
Pia Toscano to close means she’s going to be good, which isn’t a shock, given how strong she came on in Hollywood.
SHe’s the ultimate Idol diva. Holy crap. Can hold a note. Can do power. Can do something soft. Can belt it out. Best performance of the night by far. IDOL MOMENT.
You know the thing that puts that song over the top? She hit three classic Idol long notes in a row to end the song — WITHOUT making any of them into runs.
Did Tyler just say “After Monday and Tuesday, even a week says ‘WTF'”? I never realized that before. I’m so slow.
Watching the recap now is a string of disappointments next to Pia. She’s the woman who made girls out of the rest of them.
She and Thia steal the night for me, and will likely both go through. Who else? It’s more of a toss-up on that one for me. I know Rachel and Julie won’t. Ta-Tynisa is likely out. Naimi might fall because she went so early people forgot her. The rest is up in the air.