American Idol aka the 2-Hour Long iTunes Commercial

19 Mar

The theme for the night was The Beatles, and to milk it for all it’s worth, Ryan spent the first 20 minutes of the program telling us about how awesome The Beatles were/are. This was especially helpful since the at least half of the contestants had never heard of them before.  Since last week’s theme was also The Beatles, for all practical purposes, I’m guessing AI spent a lot of money on that Lennon/McCartney songbook and wanted to get what they paid for. They should have limited the Beatles theme to only one night … last week’s performances were much better than those from last night.

Amanda Overmyer kicked off the night with a Southern Rock version of “Back in the USSR” … predictable, but pretty good. I agree with Paula, I’d like to see a ballad from her, just to see if she has it in her. I do like that she is here for the music and not just to become famous. She’d be happy playing in bars, or so she says. She probably won’t last much longer.

Kristy Lee Cook sang, a country version of “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.” It was her best performance yet, but probably not good enough to keep her around for much longer. She may be the one going home this week. Simon called her “musical wallpaper — you notice it’s there, but you don’t really remember it.” And to make it worse, the judges and Ryan had to take something that poor, sweet, innocent girl said and make it dirty. Shame on you Randy, Simon, and Ryan (Paula, of course, was in her own little world and didn’t get it).

David Archuleta redeemed himself from last week’s debacle when he sang “The Long and Winding Road.” It was one of the best of the night, though it still didn’t live up to “Imagine.” Paula shared her words of wisdom with him and with America after his performance: “The fact that you can rise above adversity and come back strong — that challenge doesn’t build character. It reveals character.” Way to go, Paula, for actually making sense. As for David, is there any way we can get him to tell us about something other than singing in his pre-performance interviews?

After David’s performance, we took a commercial break and then came back from commercial break for an iPhone/AT&T/American Idol on iTunes “commercial” starring Ryan Seacrest. This was followed by wonderful Coca-Cola product placement courtesy of the AI judges. Nice. Still trying to pay for that Lennon/McCartney songbook, I see. It must have set you back a lot.

Michael Johns sang “A Day in the Life.” It was decent, but it was no “Bohemian Rhapsody.” However, I still like MJ, but then again, I am female.

Brooke White cheesed it up in a yellow dress singing “Here Comes the Sun.” It was really weird and so not like her. She even admitted that she was uncomfortable with her performance. I really like her; she has a good voice. She just needs to bring back the old Brooke White, and stay far away from the crazy, cheesy version. Of course, her performance was followed by another iTunes/American Idol/Please download Reuben Studdard’s goodbye song because he’s making us look bad by not selling any records commercial.

David Cook sang “Day Tripper.” I loved it. Simon hated it. And we learned that Randy can rhyme: “Another solid look from David Cook.” David Cook will be sticking around for a while. After David’s performance, Ryan let us know that Randy has worked with Mariah Carey and that she called Ryan’s show recently. What does that have to do with anything? Are we shamelessly self-promoting Ryan’s radio show now, along with Paula’s single and all of Randy’s celebrity connections?

Carly Smithson sang “Blackbird.” She was probably my fave of the night. I love her. Simon, however, did not like the song choice, of course.

Jason Castro sang a French/English version of “Michelle.” I could have done without that one.

Sayesha Mercado finally shined when she sang “Yesterday.” It was a really good vocal for her.

Chikezie sang “I’ve Just Seen a Face.” It started off pretty good, but then it all fell apart when he pulled out the harmonica. What was he thinking? It was not good. Not good at all.

Ramiele Malubay sang “I Should Have Known Better.” She’s so cute, and the song wasn’t bad, but let’s face it, she’s not the best in the group. I give her a couple more weeks, unless she just pulls out something really amazing.

My top three: Carly Smithson, David Archuleta, David Cook

My bottom three: Kristy Lee Cook, Chikezie, Jason Castro (I know, he’s too cute, but I had to put him in there.)

Who’s probably going home: Kristy Lee Cook, although she did better this week. It was probably not enough to make up for all the other bad performances. Sorry Kristy, I’m sure you’re nice and all, but someone has to go home.

Related:
American Idol: What’s the Irish Girl’s Name Again?

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8 Responses to “American Idol aka the 2-Hour Long iTunes Commercial”

  1. George Carter Friday, March 21, 2008 at 2:07 am #

    My favorites from this week were Syesha, Chikezie, and Ramiele.

    I know you didn’t like Chikezie this week, but I can’t get enough of him right now. I LOVED IT!

    And yes, David Archuleta was great again. They should probably just go ahead and give him the trophy.

  2. laura Friday, March 21, 2008 at 10:11 am #

    I liked Chikezie’s vocals, but hated the harmonica. Hello, Taylor Hicks flashback.

  3. createmo Sunday, November 2, 2008 at 5:19 am #

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