American Idol: The Final Three Perform

14 May

Well folks, we’re down to the final three. Tonight had better be good.

David Archuleta

Paula’s Pick: “And So It Goes” by Billy Joel – I found it ironic that Paula used the word “exploit” in her reasoning for picking this song for little Archuleta. I wonder if she’s trying to send a subliminal message? Tonight’s the first night that he’s performing without input from his stage dad (The producers banned Daddy Jeff from backstage, FYI). Seems like Paula made a good decision for little David. It was pure and beautiful.

David’s Pick: “With You” by Chris Brown – Wow, this is quite a departure for him. I wonder if his father being banned had anything to do with this. If that’s the case, I hope the rocks it. I do find him saying “boo” a bit awkward. He sounds like he’s struggling rhythmically. And he flubbed the lyrics. This was not a good song for him. I’m glad he stepped out of his comfort zone, but little Archuleta cannot pull off hip-hop.

Producers’ Pick: “Longer” by Dan Fogelberg – Seriously? I thought they wanted to prove that he could sing contemporary songs. Guess not. Once again, pure and beautiful. Other than the Chris Brown mishap, I’ve really liked little Archuleta tonight. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that his dad wasn’t breathing down his neck. I just don’t see him as a contemporary artist. Plus, everything he sings kind of sounds the same. He only has one style that he is good at.


Randy’s Pick: “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keyes – LOVE the gold dress. She is beautiful. Alicia Keyes is a tall order, but Syesha held up pretty well. Better on the chorus than on the verses. Good job overall. Glad she finally got over her nerves from the beginning of the season.

Syesha’s Pick: “Fever” by Peggy Lee – She’s using a chair as a prop, oh my. Welcome to the Great White Way, Syesha. This performance makes me think that Syesha has given up on being a pop star and is trying to appeal to Broadway casting directors. The judges criticized her for this song choice, but she honestly might be more interested in pursuing a Tony rather than a Grammy. There’s nothing wrong with that; just ask Kristin Chenoweth.

Producers’ Pick: Hit Me Up” by Gia Farrell for Happy Feet Why is Justin Guarini in the audience? Why did Ryan make a gay joke about Syesha’s dad? Why did the producer’s pick this song for her? Why did they dress her like a penguin? Are they trying to sabotage her? Eh, it wasn’t that great. Syesha didn’t like the song, either. I think everyone, including Syesha, knows she’s probably not going to make it to the finale.

David Cook

Simon’s Pick: “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack – I was really excited about this song choice when Simon picked it. While this was not my favorite DC performance of the season, I could see him have a hit single with this song. DC could sing anything, even Andrew Lloyd Webber as he showed us a few weeks ago. I like the way he made it modern. A studio version of this song would be better than this live one.

David’s Pick: “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot – I think it’s funny that DC is singing a song by a Christian group since people seem to be landing on my blog by using the search terms, “Is David Cook a Christian.” I don’t know if his song choice answers that question, but it gives people something to talk about and speculate about. He seemed a little nervous while singing this one. It was just okay for me. Apparently, DC agrees that it wasn’t his best.

Producers’ Pick: I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith – This song choice and DC’s spot as the final performer leads me to believe that DC is the producers’ pick to be your next American Idol. David doesn’t seem to be his usual brilliant self tonight (maybe it’s the time crunch of having to prepare 3 songs in less than a week), but he’s my favorite of the three. In the producers’ favor, he’s definitely the most marketable.

My Prediction for the Finale

Battle of the Davids. You know you wouldn’t want it any other way. Don’t try to lie.


3 Responses to “American Idol: The Final Three Perform”

  1. George Carter Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 2:20 am #

    Syesha had a nice run and should be proud of herself for outlasting all the other girls, but we all know what’s about to happen. And I think the Davids deserve to have their long-anticipated showdown. David Archuleta was really good tonight, and I don’t even like him. And of course David Cook was great again…at least on the first song. At least Syesha will get one more moment on the stage, and then we’ll have the closest thing we’ve ever had to a repeat of Ruben vs. Clay. Here’s why this year’s finale should be, on paper, the best one since Season 2:

    Season 3: Fantasia vs. Diana DeGarmo

    Diana was good, but this was the most predictable result in Idol history.

    Season 4: Carrie vs. Bo

    Carrie was never in trouble all season long, and no one really thought Bo would actually beat her.

    Season 5: Taylor Hicks vs. Katharine McPhee

    This one was close, but after Chris Daughtry left, lots of fans really didn’t think the best person was still in it anymore.

    Season 6: Jordan Sparks vs. Blake Lewis

    Similar to the previous season in that it was close but Melinda Doolittle was surprisingly booted the week before.

    This season, we have two contestants who have been at the top for a long time now, and this is the showdown we have all been expecting. It should be really good!

  2. laura Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 8:41 am #

    That is so true. Although this has been a pretty boring (or maybe even the most boring) season all in all, the finale should be great. It has to be. Reuben and Clay were great (though I still think Clay should have won). And as for Season 3, Jennifer Hudson vs. Fantasia would have been the best match-up. Bo never stood a chance. For season five, Elliott vs. Daughtry would have been the best match, as they have done the best out of that season (and the one after it). I was a Mandisa fan myself until that Shania Twain disaster during country week. And we ALL know Melinda should have won last year. She’s my girl. I was also a LaKisha fan last season.

  3. weezzy Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 5:20 pm #

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