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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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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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