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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.
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Bring Back Chikezie

28 Mar

This week on American Idol, Chikezie was the one sent home, and I wasn’t really too concerned about it.  He wasn’t one of my favorites, anyway.  Now, however, I want him to come back.  Next week is Dolly Parton week, and rumor has it that he was set to sing “9 to 5.”  I am so disappointed.  I love Dolly Parton, and I LOVE that song.  And I would have loved to have seen that performance.  I bet he would have rocked it, and if not, it would have at least been major interesting.  Let’s just hope that someone else will sing that song … and that, that someone is not Kristy Lee.

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Chikezie Goes Home

Chikezie Goes Home

26 Mar

Chikezie was voted off tonight.  I called it, though I still wished it would have been Kristy Lee Cook.  Although Chikezie is not the worst singer in the competition this year, I had a feeling he would be the one to go home tonight.  Something was just off with him last night.  I knew “God Bless the USA” would save Kristy, even though she is probably the weakest of the group.  Even though my friend George thinks it’s cheesy, America loves that song.  It is a fact that cannot be denied.  I did not, however, think that America loved that song enough to keep Kristy out of the bottom three.  I was surprised to see Sayesha there instead of her.  Oh well, that’s just the way it goes sometimes.

Things that bugged me about the results show tonight:

  • Carly Smithson compromising her vocal performance by wearing Spanx to make herself look a little thinner.  Carly, you are not fat.  Throw away the Spanx and just sing.
  • Kimberly Locke’s interview video being all about how American Idol is the best thing in world.  Can this show be any more self-indulgent?  Oh, yeah, it can.
  • The “behind the scenes” segment where all the contestants talked about how they couldn’t do this competition without iTunes.  Didn’t they do the first season of American Idol without iTunes?  Kelly Clarkson managed just fine. 

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American Idol: Songs from the Year You Were Born

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 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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