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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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American Idol: Let’s Get Ready to Rumble?

21 May

Seriously?  Did we really need to get the “Let’s Get Read to Rumble” guy to open the show?  Did we really have to dress the Davids in shiny boxing robes and gloves and give them stupid nicknames like “Sugarfoot” and “Babyface”?  Do we really need to know how much the Davids weigh?  How cheesy can we get?  Up until this point, I had been really looking forward to the David vs. David showdown.  After that weird stunt, now I’m not so sure.   I even kind of missed Ryan’s “This is American Idol” intro.

According to Ryan, “It’s all come down to this: two men with one name and one desire – to be crowned champion.  Their prize: a heavyweight title reserved only for superstars (a group of former AI greats that, according to the video montage, somehow includes Chris Daughtry even though he didn’t even make it to the top three …?).

This elaborate extended boxing metaphor makes me think that the producers have been working on this little gem for longer than a week.  I wonder what would have happened if David and David were not the top vote-getters this season … a rigged finale, perhaps?  Hey, they even thew in a coin toss to see who gets to sing last.

Round One

Clive’s Pick for David Cook, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” by U2:  Of course I liked it.  DC does kind of look like he’s a little over the whole competition thing.  I do think he meant it when he said that to him, it was no longer a competition, but just having fun.  Judging from the revelation last week that he didn’t even come to auditions to try out but to support his brother when a producer talked him into auditioning, I think it would be safe to say that DC probably has mixed feelings about being on the American Idol train.

Clive’s Pick for David Archuleta, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” by Elton John and Bernie Taupin: Well, it’s the second week of little Archuleta performing without input from his dad.  And he brought it with this song.  It was fabulous … but not as fabulous as Sir Elton, of course.  Loved it.  Simon gave round one to Archuleta, and I would have to agree … begrudgingly.

Round Two

DC’s Pick from the AI Songwriting Competition, “Dream Big”: This is a catchy song.  A little cheesy, but catchy.  I liked it for AI, what I could understand of it.  DC was a little inarticulate on this one.  Simon made the point that this is supposed to be a “winning song,” but it didn’t feel like a “winning moment.”  In this respect, little Archuleta has a leg up on DC because he sings the moving ballads, whereas DC is more of a rocker.  He’s not going to deliver that Kelly Clarkson “A Moment Like This” sap fest.  And I would not want him to.

Archuleta’s Pick from the AI Songwriting Competition, “In this Moment”: Now, this is the sap fest that the producers have been hoping for.  Random Question: How many AI finale songs include the word “moment” or something like that?  Aren’t all these songs the same?  Simon loved the “egotistical lyric.”  He goes on to say that Archuleta “definitely chose the better song there, much more in keeping with the night.”  He gave Round Two to David Archuleta as well.  And little David teared up, sincerely this time.

Round Three

DC’s Contestant’s Choice Pick, “The World I Know,” by Collective Soul: He chose a song that he’s never performed before.  LOVED IT, but not sure that it will stand up next to Archuleta’s beloved “Imagine” performance.  Simon disagreed with the song choice saying that he should have sung “Billie Jean,” but DC didn’t want to sing a song that he’d done before because this show has been a progression for him and he wants to show that.  Tears were shed by DC after this one.  I don’t think he ever thought he would be playing for millions of fans across America.  Regardless of what happens tomorrow night, DC has a wonderful, and hopefully long, career ahead of him.  This guy is the real deal, not a manufactured child star puppet.

Archuleta’s Contestant’s Choice Pick, “Imagine” again: He’s going with the song that  made him an early front runner.  Smart choice.  Throughout the competition, none of his performances have lived up to that early one.  Ironically, this one didn’t either.  The song was beautiful, but it didn’t capture the magic of the first time he sang it.  Randy says that he’s the best singer of Season 7 and exactly what the show is about.  Simon says that Archuleta  has delivered a knockout against DC.

It’s tough to say which David will be the next American Idol.  This one’s going to be close.  But judging on the finale, alone, I think little Archuleta may be the last one standing tomorrow night, but only by a small margin of victory.  It all came down to song choice tonight.  If we take into consideration the weeks leading up to tonight, David Cook would be the clear winner.   He is obviously the better performer, though Archuleta is an amazing technical singer.

I guess we’ll have to tune in tomorrow night and see.  Either way, I won’t be too disappointed with the outcome, unlike when Reuben beat Clay … or when Fantasia beat everyone else.  Both Davids are great.  This has been one of the most talented, albeit BORING, seasons of American Idol, yet.

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.

Syesha

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.

American Idol: Random Thoughts on Tonight’s Results Show

7 May
  • When Ryan said that there lots of surprises tonight, it kind of made me scared.
  • Why did no one high-five little Archuleta at the beginning of the group song?
  • What was the point of them crisscrossing around the stage during the group song? It was rather annoying.
  • Aww, poor Jason Castro. They just had to replay the part where he screwed up the lyrics in the recap, didn’t they? But he didn’t seem to care.
  • Oh, the Ford commercial. If AI wants America to take the show seriously, they should stop dressing the contestants up in ridiculous costumes. This is not Dancing with the Stars. Come to think of it, I would love to see some former American Idol contestants on Dancing with the Stars. How about David Hernandez? Or Justin Guarini?
  • I love that Castro actually admitted to being brain-dead. That explains a lot.
  • I also love that Adam Levine admitted that all famous musicians eventually become jaded. And I think he threw that “be prepared to work hard” comment in especially for Jason Castro.
  • I hate Bo Bice’s hair.
  • Ace Young on Bones? As an aspiring singer? I love it. Hey, that’s one step up from a soap opera, Constantine.
  • I love that Jason Castro can laugh at himself about singing “most of ‘Mr. Tambourine Man.'” Even more, I love that he thought it was pretty funny when someone told him that he shot the tambourine man. Simon thought it was funny, too.
  • Jason has already packed his bags. I don’t think he wants to be a part of AI anymore.
  • I’m so happy for Syesha. She looked like she was genuinely surprised and excited about making it to the top three.

On Jason Leaving: He didn’t look too sad to be leaving; he looked relieved. I will admit that I loved Castro at the beginning of the season, but he just lost it toward the end. American Idol is definitely not his vehicle. It’s too fast paced for a kid like him. I don’t think he’s the type that gets into competition too much. His goodbye song was great, what they showed of it, anyway. He does better without all that pressure, man.

Your Top Three: Syesha, David Archuleta, David Cook (and we all know that the two Davids will be the two finalists)

American Idol: Brooke Sang, Brooke Left

30 Apr

Tonight’s group performance was unbearable – the singing, the dance moves, the nonexistent harmony, the awkward interactions. David Cook was the only redeeming factor. And I love how Ryan is promoting American Idol Extra, with Gina Glocksen and Constantine Maroulis, now that the competition is almost over even though I’m pretty sure AI Extra has been going on since the top 12 were announced.

Now, we all know what happened with Paula Abdul and her rambling last night. And AI has a tendency to just ignore anything controversial or buzz worthy (David Hernandez’s stripping, David Cook’s brother, David Archuleta’s dad), but Ryan did address the Paula controversy. “Last night,” he says as Paula is beginning to cry, “the judges were thrown a curveball on the air, which is just part of a live show. But it sparked a lot of gossip about Paula. And I read some of this online this morning, and just for the record, the rumors … they’re not true. She’s part of our family, and we love her.” What I want to know is which rumors Ryan is addressing. Is it the one about her being on drugs? The one about her Coke cup containing vodka? The one about the show being scripted and fixed? I could go on, but the point remains that Ryan didn’t exactly clear up any of the controversy.

Now, from Paula Abdul’s “craziness” to David Archuleta’s bad acting. As little Archuleta walks onto the stage, we all know that he is not going to be the one to go home. So, why is it that when Ryan says that he’s safe, he makes a big show of looking relieved/surprised/confused? I’m not buying it. Everyone, including him, knows his spot in the finale is a sure thing.

And as for the two girls being in the bottom two, we all knew that would happen. Is it just me, or does Syesha look like that girl from Fresh Prince tonight? She’s so pretty. And I’m glad Brooke is acting like her old self instead of the simultaneously whiny and obnoxiously perky robot she’s been for the past few weeks.

On to the American Idol Call-In Show … Did Nigel set up that call with Simon’s first kiss, Tara? It seems too good to be true. I loved his surprised reaction. But what surprised me is that he remembers the girl (even her last name) so many years later. Wow! She must have left an impression!

Finally, after what seems like a lifetime (but not quite so as long last night’s performance round), Ryan announces that the contestant leaving us tonight is Brooke. (Guess my votes for Syesha paid off.) I quite enjoyed the camera pan to Brooke’s husband during that uncomfortably long embrace between Ryan and Brooke. I wonder what he was thinking. I also wonder who the idiot was that decided to use that song from the guy who stole the American Idol title from Clay Aiken a few years ago. It is just so annoying.

Well, so long Brooke. At least Ryan is there to comfort you. You guys did see Ryan consoling her again after she stammered through her goodbye song, didn’t you? Hmmm …


American Idol: Good Times Never Felt So Good … or American Idol Never Felt So Long and Boring

29 Apr

This week, the contestants are each singing two Neil Diamond songs. This should be interesting. Not only will Ryan and the judges have to rush through the show, but this also gives the contestants twice the opportunity to forget the lyrics, twice the opportunity to mess up and have to start over, and twice the opportunity to sing two different songs the exact same way and bore us to death.

Round One

Jason Castro, “Forever in Blue Jeans”: This song does fit his personality. And while I think Jason is cute and somewhat endearing, I’m getting a little bored with him.

David Cook, “I’m Alive”: He gave Neil Diamond Goosebumps. Not my favorite from DC. He does look like a rock star, though. Plus, is it just me, or are the songs extremely short tonight?

Brooke White, “I’m a Believer”: Train wreck, right down to the glitter pants.

David Archuleta, “Sweet Caroline”: Even though before the commercial break, Ryan went on and on about how they are short on time tonight, he, of course, dragged out the live iTunes commercial for as long as possible right before Little Archuleta’s performance. And he managed to get an Archuleta plug in there while he was doing it. And, of course, Little Archuleta was flustered when he met Neil Diamond. I’m sure Neil is his idol, aside from Donny Osmond, of course. Oh, wow! Neil called Little David a prodigy.

I actually liked this one, despite the fact that there was absolutely NO audience participation (that you could hear, anyway). I guess 14-year-old girls don’t frequent too many piano bars … or Neil Diamond concerts … or games at Fenway Park. If I remember correctly, this is the first time that Little Archuleta has pulled off an up-tempo song.

Syesha, “Hello Again”: Hello, I love her hair like this. It looks like Syesha is pulling a Kristy Lee and has decided to just get better every week. The song was a little weak in the beginning, but she worked it out (I sound like Randy, don’t I?). I really liked this one from her tonight.

Judge’s Comments: Randy said Jason was okay; DC was in the zone; Brooke was better than last week, but still karaoke; Little Archuleta was brilliant; and Syesha was strong. Paula said she loved hearing Jason’s lower register and then babbled on about his second song, which he hadn’t even sung yet before Randy corrected her, at which point she admitted that she thought he sang twice (was she not paying attention?); she said DC was fantastic; there was a lot of confusion, and then they cut her off. Simon said Jason was forgettable; DC was just above average; Brook was a nightmare (at which point, Paula started arguing with him); Little Archuleta was amateurish; and Syesha was old fashioned. So much for trying to rush things along. I love Paula Abdul, straight up, but someone needs to have a mute button or something for her when she starts rambling.

Round Two

Jason Castro, “September Morn”: Does he ever stand up and sing, or does he always have to sit on a stool? This was better than his first song. There’s just not much variety to any of his performances. Randy called it right: “It was just another okay, whatever performance for me.”

David, Cook, “All I Really Need Is You”: I love DC. This was not my favorite from him, but it was definitely the best of the night. The kid is good. He knows what he’s doing. I also like the transformation he has made. Remember at the beginning of the season when Simon called him boring? Not boring anymore. Paula said, “I feel like I’m already looking at the American Idol.” I hope that doesn’t jinx him. They did the same thing to my girl Melinda Doolittle.

Brooke White, “I Am, I Said”: Brooke’s bubbliness is starting to get on my nerves. Let’s hope she doesn’t forget the lyrics this time, after she went through all the trouble of writing them on her palm. But how is she going to read the words while she’s playing the piano? Okay, I know that Mr. Diamond suggested she change the “New York” lyric to “Arizona” to fit her life, but doing that made the “lost between two shores” verse not make any sense. This bothered me a great deal. This was better than her first song, even though she started doing that annoying head-bobbing thing again. She did a good job, but for me, Brooke is starting to lose her charm. Like Simon said, “It wasn’t incredible, but it was a million times better than the first song.” I concur.

David Archuleta, “America”: Of course, Little Archuleta would pick this song. I really like this kid, and part of me wants him to win so that maybe he will be able to get out from under his domineering father. This is Little Archuleta’s best night since “Imagine.” He even managed to sing two up-tempo songs without the horrible awkwardness. He’s too cute for his own good.

Syesha, “Thank the Lord for the Nighttime”: She really had fun with this one. She’s finally starting to stand out, but I think it may be too little too late. And it seems as if the judges are still pushing her to Broadway. I think she would be great on Broadway. Go for it, girl! It’s worked for other former Idols. P.S. I voted for Syesha.

Best of the Night: David Cook, would you expect me to say someone else?

Worst of the Night: It’s a tie between Jason and Brooke. The charm is wearing off for both of them. It can only get you so far.

Who’s Probably Going Home: Syesha, even though I voted for her. I just don’t think she has the fan base that the others have.

Related:

Paula Abdul Ruins American Idol by Reading “Pre-Written” Judge Comments

American Idol, Top 5: Neil Diamond Night

American Idol: It’s Over for Overmyer

Carly Smithson, Superstar

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?

Related:

AI = MC Squared

Some David Cook Love from Perez Hilton

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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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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