American Idol Tries to Rock and Roll All Night … or for at least 40 minutes, not including commercial interruptions

6 May

Like last week, the contestants each had two songs to sing (and two phone numbers for viewers to call). They have to fill the whole hour, you know. Fun for us, they chose songs from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This should be interesting. I wonder whom the producers had in mind when they picked the theme for this week … hmm, could it be David Cook?

At the beginning of the show, I felt bad for Syesha when Ryan said that three of the contestants have already been number one in the votes. I know it’s possible that she has been number one, but not likely since she’s been in the bottom three more than the rest of them. Poor Syesha. She looked like she knew Ryan wasn’t talking about her.

Round One

David Cook, “Hungry Like the Wolf”: Duran Duran? Okay. I’ll go with it. At this point in the game, it must be hard for DC to sing on the AI stage. Like Chris Daughtry before him, DC has already surpassed American Idol on the cool points scale. And this is further evidenced by Miss Abdul’s pre-scripted off the cuff “your hungry like a wolf has left me with a big appetite” comment. I did notice that Paula (and the other two judges) had no notes in front of her. That means she must have memorized all her lines. Impressive, especially considering she didn’t forget the punch line to the one about being the only girl in the “questionable” boys club.

Syesha, “Proud Mary”: She’s looking gorgeous again. I love her hair like this … so sophisticated. I think the new look is really doing a lot for her. Love the dress and the attitude, too. Girl totally rocked those “Tina” moves. She is a completely different person than she was at the beginning of the season. And I love the new Syesha (except for her incessant use of the word “fun”).

Jason Castro, “I Shot the Sherriff”: Bob Marley? In the words of Jason Castro himself, “go figure.” Put this kid on stage in front of a bunch of potheads, and he’ll make a lot of money … from concession sales. I didn’t like it. And I love that song. Randy and Simon HATED it. I thought they were going to start a riot. Let’s hope JC doesn’t try to take on Bob Marley again, or they just might.

David Archuleta, “Stand by Me”: I love that Ryan has taken to calling him little David, as well. That’s too cute. Of course little David would pick an “easy listening” rock song. Other than the obtrusively loud breathing, I really liked this one from him. His voice just isn’t quite strong enough to totally carry it, though.  Then he just broke out into “Beautiful Girls” toward the end of the song.  Seriously? Okay, I liked it until he threw in Sean Kingston. And I think he may have redeemed himself at the very end, but I can’t be for sure because my DVR skipped a little during that part. Compared to JC’s performance, though, little Archuleta was like a little angel sent from the Celestial kingdom.

Round Two

David Cook, “Baba O’Riley”: FANTATSTIC!!! Best of the night so far, for sure. I like it when he just sings instead of trying to “perform” for the judges. Oh, and I forgot to mention how much I love the jacket. (On a side note, why is Ryan having so much trouble reading the prompter tonight?)

Syesha, “A Change Is Gonna Come”: Did she really just compare the Civil Rights movement to American Idol? Hmm. Wow! Love the dress. And the hair. And the song. Syesha is bringing it tonight! Where did this girl come from? I barely even noticed her at the beginning of the season. She’s really stepped it up. And Paula really had something profound to say to her: “Singing the song, ‘A Change Is Gonna Come,’ you have changed. You are magnificent. And you have come. Welcome to your dream, Syesha. This is it for you.” (Omg, Ryan tried to wipe Syesha’s nose, too!)

Jason Castro, “Mr. Tambourine Man”: Did he really forget the lyrics? Why didn’t he just start over? Brooke did it a million times. I actually kind of felt bad for him when he did it. He seems like a sensitive soul. But a sensitive soul does not a pop star make, quite the opposite, really. Tonight was a train wreck for him. I don’t think his baby face is going to save him this time. Maybe he can get a gig opening for Willie Nelson … or Jimmy Buffett.

David Archuleta, “Love Me Tender”: How does Little Archuleta not know Elvis? Is Elvis still considered the devil’s music or something? He really played to the camera on this one. Smart choice. He’s going to get ALL the tween girl votes. I LOVED this one from him. But I don’t agree with the judges and their “crushing the competition” comment. He may be the one that is best suited for American Idol, but there was no crushing involved. David Cook and Syesha also brought it this week.

Conspiracy Theories: Do you think they placed Big David in the death spot and Little David in the coveted final spot (especially right after train wreck Castro) so he could steal all Big David’s vote? Do you think someone paid Jason Castro to take a fall so that Little David would look better? Then there was that comment at the end of the show: “Remember, this is the same week that we lost Tamyra Gray and Daughtry because perhaps some people thought they were safe.” Is he leading us to make the obvious connections to Syesha and David Cook and vote for them? Interesting … very, very interesting.

Who’s Going Home: Jason Castro, even if the producers have to “fake” the vote.

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3 Responses to “American Idol Tries to Rock and Roll All Night … or for at least 40 minutes, not including commercial interruptions”

  1. Lori Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at 9:08 am #

    I couldn’t wait to see what you had to say about AI last night! I agreed with everything. I was really embarrassed for Jason (Curtis’ fave). Curt was voting it up after the first song and then stopped when he forgot the lyrics to “Tambourine Man.” Not acceptable in Curtis’ book.

  2. George Carter Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at 9:36 pm #

    Syesha!

  3. laura Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at 10:11 pm #

    Lori, I’m glad Curtis stopped voting for Jason Castro. I don’t think he wanted to be there anymore, anyway.

    @ George: Your girl is in the top 3.

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