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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.

Carly Smithson, Superstar

23 Apr

Well, Carly left us on American Idol tonight. I can’t say that I’m all that surprised. I knew she shouldn’t have picked that song, even though she sang it well … and did it even better tonight. I was surprised that the two worst singers from last night (Brooke and Jason) both avoided the bottom two. Randy said that he guesses last night’s vote was more of a popularity contest than a singing competition. Does he not know that every night’s voting is a popularity contest and not a singing competition. That was definitely evidenced by all the little girls screaming for Jason (Do they not care that he’s a “himbo“?) when he was standing next to Carly waiting for Ryan to reveal their fates. Come on, Randy; you don’t have to state the obvious.

Carly, you are a superstar. Well, at least in the Idol world you are. In the rest of the world, you’re still a star, though.

On another note, I hope beyond all hope that next week’s group song is “Sweet Caroline” (ba ba daaaa). Good times never seem so good (so good, so good, so good). Oh yeah, there totally has to be audience participation. I cannot wait!

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American Idol, the Musical

22 Apr

Today is Earth Day, and American Idol is commemorating it by doing its part for the environment and using green power … four weeks from now at the AI Finale, a plan that Ryan Seacrest apparently “just learned.” It makes me wonder if the producers were too caught up in finding even more ways to promote American Idol (like having Paula Abdul visit the set of Dancing with the Stars last night) that they didn’t realize what day it was. I’m guessing they watched Oprah or some other “Let’s all go green” show and thought to themselves, “Oh no, it’s Earth Day and everybody else has gone green. What are we going to do?” and then had a brainstorming meeting to try and come up with something at the last minute, something that didn’t take attention away from the upcoming Finale, of course.

Tonight’s theme is the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. If only Danny Noriega and that kid that looks like Ellen were still around for this week. I have a feeling that tonight would have been their night to shine. Sigh. I love musicals. Andrew Lloyd Webber is an icon. Randy predicts that tonight “is going to be the toughest night of the season.”

Syesha, “One Rock and Roll Too Many”: I think Syesha may have found her niche – musical theater. It combines her two admitted talents, acting and singing. This was her best performance ever, and she looked like she was having fun. LOVED IT! She should say goodbye to American Idol (they are too hard on her) and hello to Broadway. And she should wear that dress all the time.

Jason Castro, “Memory”: How could Mr. Castro not know that this song is from Cats? Kids these days are not exposed to enough culture. It was sweet, sensitive, a little odd, typical Jason Castro, except not. I love what Simon said about the performance: “It came over as a young guy being forced by your mum and dad to sing a song at a wedding you didn’t want to sing.” Yeah, JC does come across as someone who would rather be sitting on a beach with a little reefer and a ukulele than singing a Broadway classic that is traditionally sung by a feline.

Brooke White, “You Must Love Me”: Once again, Brooke has to start the song over. What is up with her and starting over? Doesn’t she know that this is a live show? If this really was Broadway, she’d just have to suck it up and keep singing. The show must go on, kid. I didn’t like the faces she was making during the song. It seemed odd and contrived for Sunny Brooke to try to be act all sad and stuff. I usually like Brooke, but I didn’t like this one. Paula’s advice: “You must never start and stop … You’re strong enough as an artist to pick up the pieces.” Simon’s rebuttal: “I would have done exactly what she did. You know, if she’s forgotten the words … I thought it was actually a very brave thing to do. It’s your opportunity, why not?” I don’t know who I agree with on this issue. They both make valid points. What do you think?

David Archuleta, “Think of Me”: Little Archuleta should definitely take Lloyd Webber’s two pieces of advice: “Open you eyes,” and “Open your eyes.” Do you think he should have also thrown in “enough with the lip licking thing already”? I love that Lloyd Webber called him “Little David,” as I have an affinity for calling him “little Archuleta.” And it looks like Little David is taking a cue from Big David (aka David Cook) and doing his own little arrangement of a song. It worked for him, even though he did have a little noticeable trouble keeping those eyes open. And like he’s been saying all season, Randy says once again, “This boy’s the one to beat!” Paula says that it was “absolutely perfect.” Simon thought it was one of his weakest performances. For me, it was good, but the same old, same old David Archuleta.

Carly Smithson, “Jesus Christ Superstar”: I think she may come to regret taking Lloyd Webber’s advice on choosing this song. Some people still have objections to the rock opera. Others couldn’t care less. Either way, she sang it pretty well. Not my favorite from her, but it was big and powerful. On another note I love the “SIMON LOVES ME (this week)” shirt. And it appears as if Simon likes it too.

David Cook, “Music of the Night”: Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. DC showed a new side of himself tonight, and I LOVED it. Hands down, the best of the night. There is no question about it. I even listened to it twice. He proved that not only is he a rocker, he is also a true vocalist. Simon disagrees with me. He says, “This is not the side of you I like. I much prefer the grittier, more raw …” Simon is obviously not a woman. Don’t we all like the “bad boy with a sensitive side” type? I for one (and I think a lot women out there would agree with me) like all sides of David Cook. He is my American Idol (this season anyway).

Best of the night: David Cook

Distant second: Syesha

Worst of the Night: Brooke White

Close second: Jason Castro

Who’s probably going home: Brooke, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it were any of them other than the two Davids, of course.

Notes on American Idol Results: One (Bitter)Sweet Day for Kristy Lee Cook

16 Apr

About the group song, “One Sweet Day”: That’s about the only Mariah song I can picture being sung as a group. I think I would have rather heard “Dreamlover.” The good thing about the group song is that it gets better the more people they kick out. it just me, or did it seem like David Cook and Syesha got less of the spotlight than the other singers? To me, the two that stood out were Jason Castro and Kristy Lee Cook. She does get better and better every time she sings. And she reminds me more and more of LeAnn Rimes every time she sings. This girl just doesn’t quit.

On David Cook: I’m curious as to whether the AI producers have asked him not to talk about his brother so as not to pull attention away from the other contestants. Or maybe he just doesn’t want to come across as trying to play the sympathy card to get votes. Either way, the situation with his brother really hasn’t been mentioned on Idol. Maybe he just wants to keep his private life private. I, for one, think that’s a wise decision. The sudden spotlight must be hard for these kids to deal with.

On Kristy Lee Cook: Even though he performances have been getting better, she still really annoys me, especially on Results night.

On Michael Johns: I miss him, and I wish Ryan would quit reminding me about his “shocking” elimination. It’s sad.

On Ryan calling KLC and DC “the Cooks”: That was stupid.

On Elliott Yamin: I didn’t really like him that much when he was an Idol contestant, but I like him now. “Wait for You” is a good song. Maybe he’s just better on the radio than he is live.

On the American Idol call-in show: Whoever came up with this idea is brilliant because it’s an excellent way to waste time. Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up” was also one of the first albums I ever bought, along with Janet Jackson’s (or Miss Jackson if you’re nasty) “Rhythm Nation.” I really was ten, I think. Moving along, I didn’t know you could have an entire conversation using only the names of Paula Abdul songs. That was impressive.

On adjectives Simon uses: It would be boring if he said the same thing over and over. Using a lot of adjectives is a good thing. It keeps it interesting. Different adjectives that mean the same thing are called synonyms. Using synonyms will keep you from sounding repetitive and boring. To the lady who called in complaining about adjectives, I think you should get a thesaurus. That’s the book that lists all the synonyms. It’s never too late to improve your vocabulary.

On David Cook being single: Wait, I better not comment on that one.

On Mariah Carey’s performance: I would have rather heard “Touch My Body.” And throwing in the nerd from the video would have been a nice added touch. Speaking of Mariah Carey’s body, she looked hot tonight. I wonder if I could afford her personal trainer. Probably not.

On the whole two groups, which one is the top 3 and which one is the bottom 3 thing: I hate the night when they do this. I always feel bad for the contestant who has to pick between the two. They should all be like Melinda Doolittle and just sit down in the middle of the stage and refuse. Poor little Archuleta is the one who has to pick this time. I’m proud of him for not picking a group, even though it was a horrible awkward moment for him. Why do they always make the nicest contestant do this? It’s so cruel.

On Carly not sitting down on the stage with the other contestants: Thanks for not pulling a Britney Spears and flashing America. Most of us appreciate that. It’s a family show, after all.

On the bottom three (Brooke, KLC, Syesha): I’m not surprised. Props to Brooke for handling it so well and being supportive of KLC.

On Kristy Lee going home: It should have happened a long time ago, but she managed to stick around. She was working on borrowed Idol time, even though she did get better every week. It’s hard to make up an Idol vote deficit. People pick their favorites in the beginning and usually stick with them no matter how poorly they do or how well someone else does.

The good thing for KLC is that if Bucky Covington got a country music record deal out of Idol, she should have no problem with it. I like that she sang her goodbye song to Simon. That was cute. And she sounded good doing it. He, however, looked a little creeped out by it at first. Props to Kristy for going out on a good note.

To the guy who bought KLC’s horse: Let her buy it back. You won’t lose anything by it. Besides, you don’t want American to hate you, now do you?

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AI = MC Squared

15 Apr

Mariah Carey is the American Idol mentor tonight. First off, I just want to say that I LOVE Mariah Carey. I thought she was cute when she introduced herself to the American Idol contestants like this: “I feel weird about about the whole, like ‘judging’ people in general, so just look at me like whatever, that’s my friend that I met who sings for a living and writes songs occasionally.” Who knows if she meant that; she does have a diva reputation.

Before the contestants take the stage to sing, Ryan does bring up a good point about tonight’s song selection. “It’s interesting tonight,” he says to Randy,”because the judges, you often caution the performers when they sing superstar songs like Whitney songs and Mariah songs because you don’t want to be compared to them when you’re the singer. How do you judge tonight, Mr. Jackson?” I will be interested to see how they do judge the contestants. One thing I do know is that tonight is going to be TOUGH. Here’s a little recap.

David Archuleta, “When You Believe”: Of course little Archuleta would choose an inspirational ballad. At least it wasn’t “Hero.” That would have been too cliche. Simon says that he “would have bet a million dollars on [David] choosing that song in advance.” It was typical Archuleta. The judges loved it, the little girls in the audience loved it, and of course, America will love it. There’s not much more to say about him that hasn’t already been said.

Carly Smithson, “Without You”: Carly is sad that MJ left the show last week, and so am I. Mariah is a Carly fan, and so am I. Carly thinks Mariah is “a big sunshine ray,” and I’m not so sure about that one. I liked Carly tonight. She wasn’t as good as Mariah, but what American Idol is as good as Mariah? Taking on Mariah is tough. Simon thinks she is capable of pulling off Mariah, but that she didn’t do it tonight. Oh well, maybe she’ll get another chance.

Syesha, “Vanishing”: LOVE the gold dress. She did well, but Syesha doesn’t really stand out in the group to me. Maybe it’s a personality thing. I don’t know. She looked great, though. Look at me being all Paula Abdul.

Brooke White, “Hero”: Why did her sister plan her wedding during American Idol? She’s known for many, many months that Brooke would be doing Idol. Why couldn’t Idol just give her ONE day off so she could go to her sister’s wedding? It’s just one day. It’s no fun to have a sibling absent from you wedding. My littlest brother was in Iraq when I got married. It still makes me sad, and that was almost three years ago. Okay, back to the show. Brooke is taking on one of the worst, imo. MC songs to sing because it’s probably the most well-known and the one that is sung in every high school talent show and every karaoke contest. At least she added the piano to it. I have to give her props for trying to do something a little different with it. There’s not doubt that Brooke has talent, but I didn’t really like this one from her. It was a little boring, and that song is SO overplayed. It’s hard to do Mariah, especially for a singer like Brooke. It’s also hard to carry out a hamburger analogy for 20 minutes, but the judges and Ryan somehow managed to do that when trying to critique Brooke. It left me a little confused. I think Brooke is confused, too.

Kristy Lee Cook, “Forever”: I can’t believe that KLC gave Mariah Carey goosebumps, either. Putting the country spin on “Forever” really worked for her. She may have been the best girl of the night. On another note, is it just me, or does KLC look kind of like (and maybe even sound a little like) LeAnn Rimes tonight? Paula thinks KLC is smart and has everything all worked out in her plans. Let’s just hope KLC’s plans aren’t as diabolical as Simon is. That could be dangerous. I will say that KLC is getting better every week. I actually don’t dislike her anymore.

David Cook, “Always Be My Baby”: Aww, little Rami is in the audience. I still love her. And I was as confused as Mariah when I heard DC’s song choice. But I really liked his version. What can you do as a guy singing Mariah? And there will be no question about whether or not he “stole” this arrangement. It’s all his, and I love it. This proves that DC is a true artist, not just a karaoke competitor. As Simon said, “That was like coming out of karaoke hell into a breath of fresh air.” Major props to DC. The risk payed off, baby. And he was in tears after his performance. I’m so glad his brother was there to see him, and that he was able to see his brother.

Jason Castro, “I Don’t Want to Cry”: LOVED it! This was the second best performance of the night (right behind David Cook, of course). It was different, and SO Jason Castro. And I agree with Simon: “The guys completely won the night.”

Top Two: David Cook and Jason Castro

Bottom Two: All the girls. I know that’s more than two, but they are all on equal par tonight.

Who’s probably going home: That’s a tough one to call. It will be one of the girls. Not sure which one, though. Maybe Carly. She seems to be in the bottom three a lot.

American Idol: A Pleasant Walk in the Park

8 Apr

Tonight’s theme was “a night of inspiration,” where the contestants sang songs that inspired them. The funny thing is that I didn’t find the night all that inspiring. It was the AI producers way to set the stage for “Idol Gives Back,” which will be on for 5 or so hours tomorrow night in place of the usual Results show. You can’t kick someone off on “Idol Gives Back.” That would kind of dampen the mood, now wouldn’t it? And the Results show will be moved to Thursday night, giving us 3 nights of Idol because 2 is not enough.

Michael Johns, “Dream On” (Aerosmith): It was okay, not his best performance. I hate that he talked back to the judges after it, though. Stop doing that, people!

Syesha Mercado, “I Believe” (Fantasia): I like her better than Fantasia. I was never a Fantasia fan. Fantasia sounds just like Macy Grey, and all the judges ever talked about was how unique her voice was. I didn’t get it. I knew the judges would hate on Syesha for doing a Fantasia song since they are such Fantasia fanatics. I, however, am not going to hate on her. I liked her performance tonight.

Jason Castro, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”: LOVED IT!!!!! He even played the ukulele (I’m pretty sure that’s what it was). Hands down, my favorite of the night. He’s so cute, and he finally started to not sound so dumb in his pre-performance interview.

Kristy Lee Cook, “Anyway” (Martina McBride): I’ll give her one thing, she has been picking the right songs lately. I’ll admit that I really wanted her to do poorly after her antics on last week’s Results show. However, it was her best performance yet, and I think she’ll be sticking around for another week. Boo, hiss, boo. Kristy Lee, why did you have to do so well tonight (and look so great, too)?

David Cook, “Innocent” (Our Lady Peace): This was a little weird for me. It just didn’t seem like him. I didn’t really like it. He’s still my boy, though. I appreciated the “Give Back” sentiment. He seems to be the only one who really took that to heart in his performance. Props for being humble and NOT talking back to the judges.

Carly Smithson, “Show Must Go On” (Queen): Another weird one for me. The Idols have been loving Queen this season, but I really didn’t like Carly’s performance. I still lover her, though. I was glad that Simon said she looked good after going all Stacy and Clinton on her wardrobe last week. I hope she isn’t the one to go home. It is quite possible that she will be leaving this week, though. Oh, and Carly, don’t look at Simon when you’re singing. It’s a bad, bad idea.

David Archuleta, “Angels”: Going into this, I thought that this would be his week with the inspirational song theme. And it definitely was. He went back to the piano, and I loved it. So did all the little girls in the audience. I think Archuleta is at his best when he’s at the piano. That’s the only time when he really seems comfortable and in his element.

Brooke White, “You’ve Got a Friend”: She sang the song well, but it was a little boring. And I think she should go back to the curly hair. Curly is a better look for her. I agreed with Randy on this one: “I wasn’t jumping up and down, but I wasn’t mad at you either.” I also like what Simon said about her performance: “It was like a pleasant walk in the park.” That it was. I like Brooke, she’s nice … and pleasant … like a walk in the park.

Top Two: Jason Castro and David Archuleta

Bottom Two: Carly Smithson and Michael Johns (two of my usual favorites)

Who’s probably going home: I think it may be Carly. She’s kind of the American Idol “bad girl,” and I don’t think most of the AI voters really go for that. Plus, she really hurt herself with tonight’s performance. I think she tried a little to hard and that the song kind of overpowered her.

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Amercan Idol and the Backwoods Barbie

1 Apr

I knew FOX was getting kind of low on creative ways to plug themselves, but Ryan Seacrest’s April Fool’s joke has reached a new low tonight when he says that tonight’s episode of AI has been preempted and that in its place will be a special celebrity edition of The Moment of Truth starring Simon Cowell. At first, I think, well that might actually be interesting. Then, I realize that Simon Cowell says what is on his mind without much of filter, so his “moment of truth” wouldn’t be all that shocking. But I’m sure FOX would tout it as “the most shocking Moment of Truth yet,” anyway.

Okay, back to American Idol. For starters, Dolly is tonight’s mentor, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Dolly Parton. She is a true icon and the sweetest and cutest person ever.

Brooke White, “Jolene”: This is one of my Dolly favorites. Brooke sang this well, but I think she could have put more emotion into it. She also smiled a little too much for me during that particular song. Paula shares her words of wisdom with us again tonight when she says to Brooke, “You are Brooke White.” Wow. That is so deep. Then all that deepness is followed by shallow commentary on everyone’s hair. I do agree with Simon when he says that what was lacking in the song was any emotion. It wasn’t her best performance, but it wasn’t exactly bad by AI standards.

David Cook, “Little Sparrow”: I love how during Ryan’s pre-performance interview with David, AI seamlessly squeaks in a credit to Doxology for the “Eleanor Rigby” arrangement that he sang a few weeks back. David Cook has never claimed to have arranged any of the songs he has sung himself, so now will all the DC haters finally shut up? In fact, if you listen to Ryan’s intro to all the songs (including the ones he slipped credit in for tonight), he does usually tell you what arrangement the contestants are singing. There are a few exceptions, like the “Eleanor Rigby” one above and Kristy Lee Cook singing Lorrie Morgan’s version of “Eight Days a Week” without crediting her. No one complained about that one, now did they?

Okay, now back to the performance. Tonight, DC is singing his own arrangement of “Little Sparrow.” Dolly is smitten with him during their rehearsal time together. She gives him her famous Dolly squeal and tells him that his voice is “absolutely beautiful.” And he delivers with his performance. He could be the one to beat. Of course, Paula’s first comment is that she likes his haircut. What’s the deal with hair tonight? And Simon continues on with his “bird hating” from Beatles week two (Carly’s “Blackbird”: “If you can make a song about sparrows good … then congratulations.” Aww, was poor Simon attacked by a pigeon when he was a wee lad? Is that where all this bird aggression comes from? If you want to impress Simon, kids, try not to sing about birds. He apparently doesn’t like them.

Ramiele Malubay, “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind”: This performance was a little weak. Ramiele has talent, but there just seems to be some kind of wall that she needs to break through. I hope she breaks through it before she gets kicked off the show. She’s just so shy and reserved and unsure of herself when she sings. I hope she finds her confidence.

Jason Castro, “Travelin’ Through”: Apparently, Jason Castro has a stalker. Cute. He showed a little different side of himself with this song. It was pretty good, not my favorite, but pretty good.

Carly Smithson, “Here You Come Again”: Wow. That’s all I have to say. I really like her. And Simon is not very tactful when he makes wardrobe critiques. I think he almost made Carly cry when he told her that she needed to have a talk with her wardrobe person.

David Archuleta, “Smoky Mountain Memories”: Dolly loves him. He made her cry because he’s just so sweet. It was a good song for him. His voice is so innocent and pure. I love the kid. He’s been faltering the past few weeks, but tonight, he was back on top. He didn’t make me cry, but I’m sure he has his share of Sanjaya crying girl fans out there. Paula says that he has a wonderful aura about him.

Kristy Lee Cook, “Coat of Many Colors”: I wonder if Dolly has a hard time listening to someone else sing this song since it is so personal for her. I don’t think Kristy Lee did the song justice. It’s such an emotional and personal song, and I don’t think Kristy Lee put enough emotion into it. I’m going to be Paula here for a moment and say that she looked really good.

Sayesha Mercado, “I Will Always Love You”: I just knew she would pick this one. I’m glad she didn’t go full on Whitney Houston with it. I don’t think she would have been able to pull that off. She almost went a little to far with it. The first part when she sang softly was a lot better than the last part when she tried to channel Whitney. She did a good job, though.

Michael Johns, “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right”: Well, little Archuleta made Dolly cry, but I think Dolly made MJ cry. And you know I love it. Dolly hopes he becomes a star because she thinks she could write some good songs for him. I hope he becomes a star too. I love MJ, and I loved this performance. I like him more and more every week.

Top Two: David Cook, Michael Johns

Bottom Two: Ramiele Malubay, Kristy Lee Cook

Who’s hopefully probably going home: Kristy Lee Cook

Dolly Parton songs I wish I had heard tonight: “9 to 5,” “D.I.V.O.R.C.E.,” “Romeo,” “Why’d You Come in Here Looking Like That”

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American Idol: Songs from the Year You Were Born

25 Mar

Tonight, the contestants sang songs from the year they were born.  I’m so glad the producers went with this theme instead of jumping on the trilogy bandwagon and producing American Idol Butchers the Beatles III.

Ramiele Malubay, “Alone”:  It was my favorite from her, but not the best of the competition.  I like her, and I want her to do well.  Maybe she’ll stick around longer and surprise us with something fabulous.

Jason Castro, “Fragile”: He should not talk.  He should just sing and look pretty, oh and play the guitar.  When I watch him sing, he reminds me of those people who sit on the sidewalk barefoot and sing folk songs with a guitar case open in front of him.  (I totally typed that before Simon said it on the show.  That’s weird.  I’m beginning to think like Simon.  Oh no!)  I’d throw money in his guitar case if I saw him playing in the subway, though.     

Sayesha Mercado, “If I Were Your Woman”: Enough with the baby cry.  It’s annoying.  She brought it with the song, though.  She gets better every time.  I agree with Randy: “It was blazing hot.”  On a sidenote, is it just me, or does Paula pick a new “dark horse” every week?  First it was Alaina, and we all know what happened there.  I hope it’s not bad luck for Sayesha.

Chikezie, “If Only for One Night”: I was just starting to like Chikezie, but I didn’t really like this one.  Don’t talk back to the judges, Chikezie.  It only works for people like Danny Noriega.  Otherwise, it’s just annoying.  

Brooke White, “Every Breath You Take”:  Her parents are just way too pretty.  I am usually creeped out by this song, but I liked her performance of it.  It was almost good enough to make me forget about the fact that she started out on the wrong key and then had to start over.  She handled it well, though.  Chikezie, take note of how Brooke handles the judges’ criticism.  The only thing annoying about her is that she is almost too perfect.    

Michael Johns, “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions”: He’s 29.  I’m glad they raised the age limit for this show.  I could have done without “We Will Rock You.”  It was a little cheesy.  I did enjoy “We are the Champions.”  That song reminds me of teen 80s/early 90s movies, and Michael Johns reminds me of an 80s/early 90s teen movie star.  He had all the girls screaming.  Simon saw “star potential,” and I agree.  Hmm, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and now “We Are the Champions” … maybe MJ should stick to only singing Queen.  And lets just hope, for the sake of all the women in the world, that he’s not gay.  

Carly Smithson, “Total Eclipse of the Heart”: Carly used to look like little orphan Annie, imagine that.  She did a total 180 on that one.  Oh joy, she’s singing “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” another song that creeps me out.  Watch Urban Legend, and it will creep you out, too.  I don’t like this song, but I still love Carly Smithson.  Kudos for not talking back to the judges, but a little TMI for primetime on the bathroom thing.

David Archuleta, “You’re the Voice”: Finally, he talked about something other than singing in the taped piece.  It’s funny though, I really thought the other David would be the one to talk about his dancing experience in the interview segment.  Guess not.  This was not my favorite David Archuleta performance.  The boy can sing, but sometimes it’s a little weird for me … like tonight.  Simon said, “I’d be amazed if you chose the song yourself because it’s not you.”  Could this possibly be a nod to David Archuleta’s overbearing stage dad?

Kristy Lee Cook, “God Bless the USA”:  I think this has been her best performance yet (it was actually good), but I still think she might go home based on previous history.  At least with this song choice tonight, if it is her last one, she probably just scored herself a USO tour.  My aunt has done one or two of those.  (She sings better than Krisy Lee, imo.)  I agree with Simon when he says, “That was the most clever song choice I have heard in years.”  He called it a brilliant song, even though he’s a sour old Brit.  Kudos for song choice, Kristy Lee (Greenwood).

David Cook, “Billie Jean”: He did have a big head when he was a baby.  Poor kid.  At least he grew into his head.  He sang “Billie Jean,” not the Michael Jackson version, of course.  LOVED IT!  My favorite of the night.  I agree with Randy, he could win it all if he keeps this up. 

My top three: David Lee Cook, Michael Johns, Sayesha Mercado

My bottom three (based on tonight only): Jason Castro, Chikezie, David Archuleta (yeah, he can sing, but that performance was weird)

Who’s probably going home: I think Kristy Lee may have saved herself with “God Bless the USA,” that is unless America really does hold grudges.  It’s going to be interesting to see who does go home tomorrow.  I think it may be Chikezie.

                   

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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