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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)