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And Your Next American Idol Is … David

22 May

COOK!!!!

I’m so glad my prediction on this one was wrong. I love David Cook! And he was such a humble winner. I love that his audition was happenstance, and not something that he sought out. It’s so perfect. I just hope that the AI machine doesn’t stifle his creativity on his first album. That would be awful. At least the AI finale song wasn’t that bad this year. That’s a plus for him. Way to go, David. I hope it all works out for you. And I hope you bring your little brother along with you. He is the reason you are where you are.

As for David Archuleta, he’s a nice, cute kid. I had kind of wanted him to win just so his dad wouldn’t disown him or something. I hope things work out for him too and that he does find some independence. He’ll be 18 soon, right? However, I don’t think we’ve heard the last of Jeff Archuleta. You just wait.

On tonight’s finale:

I quite enjoyed that they brought back the So You Think You Can Dance dancers tonight. I LOVE that show. I also quite enjoyed that we finally got to hear the two Davids sing together, side by side. During the performance of “Hero,” it is obvious that DC is the better singer. Next to him, Archuleta sounds a bit boring, a little generic, and somewhat immature.

I was quite annoyed with the Love Guru trailer/commercial/”comedy” skit. They took this one a little too far. However, despite it’s annoying-ness, parts of it were a little funny. Little Archuleta looked so uncomfortable during the whole skit.

I love that they bring back all the contestants in the finale. I like to see if any of them get better after the pressure is off. Jason Castro was much better. “Hallelujah” reminded me of why I liked this kid in the first place. I also very much loved Syesha and Seal. Don’t we all sometimes wish we were Heidi Klum? He outshone her by a mile, of course, but she looked AMAZING. Carly shined during the girls group performance (loved the red dresses, even Paula wore hers).

Random Notes:

  • Ryan asking if Archuleta had his driver’s license after giving the Davids new Ford hybrids = classic.
  • Micheal Johns + Carly Smithson = Hot!
  • I want a red dress. I love red.
  • The Cowell comment montage was too great.
  • Chikeze rocked “Summer of ’69.”
  • David Hernandez’s tight black shirt outfit seemed more appropriate for his former job than the AI finale.
  • An American Idol theme park attraction – WTF!? Will you go?
  • David Cook rocking out with ZZ Top = awesome.
  • I don’t quite get Jonas mania. But I’m sure my mom didn’t get NKOTB mania, either.
  • Let My People Gooooooo!
  • “I am your brother. Your best friend forever. Singing the songs, the music that you love. We’re brothers ’til the end of time. Together or not, you’re always in my heart.” I would be willing to bet that this guy ends up actually making money off of this song. Remember William Hung?
  • Wow! Simon admitted that he was wrong and even apologized to Mr. Cook. Wow!

My predictions for the future:

  • Carly Smithson will get another record deal. She may or may not make something out of it.
  • Amanda Overmyer will perform on the bar circuit and may be coming to a college bar near you.
  • David Hernandez has Royal Caribbean Cruises in his future.
  • Syesha – Broadway, of course.
  • Brooke will have a bunch of little kids of her own, but she won’t hire a nanny. She will sing them to sleep with cutesy folk songs.
  • Ramiele will star in her own Disney show alongside Danny Noriega. I could also see her playing Mulan at Disney World.
  • Chikezie will end up in gospel music.
  • Micheal Johns will be the Bryan Adams of this generation.
  • Kristy Lee Cook will unfortunately turn AI fame into a country music career.
  • Jason Castro will be singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” at a reggae festival near you.
  • David Archuleta: He will finally (hopefully) get out from under his father’s thumb after being offered a record deal by the American Idol people. They are not going to let this kid slip through their greedy little fingers that easily. Let’s just hope we don’t see a reprise of From Justin to Kelly, renamed as David Squared. For his sake, let’s hope that Daddy Jeff doesn’t take this loss too badly and take it out on poor little Archuleta. That would be tragic.

American Idol: It’s Over for Overmyer

19 Mar

American Idol started out tonight’s results show by revealing this season’s mentors: Dolly Parton (hope she has her back problems straightened out), Mariah Carey (by the way, she’s a good friend of Randy’s), Andrew Lloyd Webber (Danny Noriega would have been perfect for Sir Andrew week. Why did he have to leave so soon?), and Neil (Sweet Caroline, ba, ba, daaa) Diamond. That’s only four mentors. Aren’t there at least nine shows left? Maybe my math skills need a little sharpening, but that doesn’t seem to add up.

This mentor revelation was followed, of course, by the American Idol showchoir, some shameless promotions and plugs, and then finally the bottom three: Carly Smithson (how’d she get in there? maybe she shouldn’t have talked back to the judges.), Kristy Lee Cook (that one’s a shocker …), and Amanda Overmyer (guess America finally got tired of her one trick pony act, and she talked back to the judges).

After a “Red High Heels” performance by the adorable Kellie Pickler, who according to Ryan “has grown in so many ways since leaving us” (he couldn’t possibly be talking about her larger breasts, could he? isn’t this a family show?) and as much time-wasting as one can fit into an hour, Ryan revealed that Amanda Overmyer is the one leaving us tonight. I’m not surprised that she was voted off. She’s fun and spunky, but she’s not a great singer. What I am surprised by is how Kristy Lee Cook manages to land in the bottom three every week and then somehow escape the final elimination. Maybe America felt sorry for her this week for being the subject of Ryan, Randy, and Simon’s dirty joke. For a family show, American Idol sure is full of a lot of sexual innuendo.

There is a lesson to be learned here, kids: Don’t talk back to the judges; America doesn’t like it. All three contestants in the bottom three spouted off to the judges last night. Unless you’re Danny Noriega, it’s not cute. I hope you’re enjoying your Rosie cruise, Danny.

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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.

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American Idol: The Girls, Mutts, and Colors

5 Mar

Tonight, the American Idol girls stepped it up, but they are still not as good as the guys. I agree with Simon on that point.

My favorites of the night were Amanda Overmyer (vast improvement over last week), Carly Smithson (the girl who can do no wrong), and Brooke White (she’s growing on me a lot). Amanda toned down her look (which I think is borderline ridiculous) and finally found her groove. Carly sang one of the most annoying songs ever, “I Drove All Night” (especially Celine Dion’s version), but you can’t argue with the fact that the girl has talent. Brooke sang a subdued, unplugged version of “Love is a Battlefield,” and she did a good job on it. She’s the standout of all the blonds.

Asia’h Epperson had to sing first, and she was cute and fun, but she sang a Whitney Houston song, and she does not have a Whitney Houston voice. Ramiele Malubay did a pretty good job with Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now).” It wasn’t the best performance of the night, but it wasn’t the worst. She came off a little shy. During her performance, Danny Noriega was wearing her glasses. The are so BFF, it’s TMTH. They are Disney channel cute, these two.

Sayesha Mercado ended the night with another Whitney song, “Saving All My Love for You.” Hers was the better one. The only thing the judges had to say was “good.” Each of them said that one word, and only that one word, as their critique. I think they ran out of time with all the incoherent rambling about mutts and colors and the like. Sayesha got the shaft a little bit because she received neither praise nor constructive criticism for her performance. Ryan needs to tighten up the reins.

Who’s probably going home: Kady Malloy and Kristy Lee Cook (or possibly Asia’h). Kady had a much better vocal this week than last week, but she lost all her personality, which was the only thing that saved her last week. She nailed the big notes, but I don’t think it was enough. Kristy Lee Cook is not a bad singer. She’s just a little boring (same thing that happened to Alaina last week). I didn’t really like the country route she took with the song. It wasn’t really all that country.

There you have it, folks!

P.S. – We were supposed to “stay tuned after the show for the most shocking Moment of Truth yet.” Isn’t every Moment of Truth the most shocking yet? Why would anyone ever go on that show? It’s like a train wreck on so many levels. You don’t want to watch, but it’s hard to turn away.