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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.

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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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