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American Idol: What’s the Irish Girl’s Name Again?

12 Mar

So, I didn’t get to watch American Idol until today because I did not get home until late last night. It was the first performance of the top 12, and of course, Idol went all out. First off, they opened the Lennon/McCartney songbook, which was the theme for the night. They are on the big stage with lots of crazy lights (Ryan took half the show demonstrating all this), and now not only can we download the songs on iTunes but we can also download the video performances. These people sure know how to milk a glorified karaoke contest for every penny it’s worth.

Last night’s top 3 performances, in my opinion:

  1. Carly Smithson, “Come Together”: She’s a born performer. Loved the song. Loved her.
  2. David Cook, “Eleanor Rigby”: Granted, he sounds a lot like so many other pop/rockers (i.e., Chris Daughtry), but I like that sound, and I like David Cook. He just edged out Michael Johns last night for me. And that whole pop/rock thing is really hot right now. All David needs is a little attitude to go along with his talent, and he’ll do alright.
  3. Brooke White, “Let It Be”: Loved the piano, loved the song, loved her. (Is it odd that my top 3 all performed one right after the other?) Sidenote: I would never hire her as a nanny. She’s way too pretty.

My bottom 3:

  1. Kristy Lee Cook, “Eight Days a Week”: First off, her country version of the song was not some big, new, never-done-before thing. Lorri Morgan covered the song in 1987. Kristy basically sang a bad cover of an okay cover of a really good Beatles song. Simon said she sounded like Dolly Parton on helium. That was funny.
  2. David Hernandez, “I Saw Her Standing There”: It was a little much for me, a little over the top. Bring back “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” That was a lot better. Sidenote: I thought it was funny that when they were talking about the jobs that they had before coming to American Idol, he talked about working at pizza bistro and getting fired. He did not mention Dick’s Cabaret at all. And we all know about that. It was a little awkward. Ryan did mention that David had been having a stressful week. Wonder if Dick’s had anything to do with that?
  3. Ramiele Malubay, “In My Life”: Come on, Ramiele, you can do better. The song was pretty, but also pretty boring. She is a good singer, and I hope she sticks around another week. I’m pretty sure she will. She dedicated it to her close friends who have left the show already. We all know she was talking about my boy Danny. Aw, I miss him, but he’s probably singing his heart out on Rosie O’Donnell’s friends and family cruise. She loves him too.

Noteworthy moments:

  1. Chikezie breaking out the bluegrass. Loved it. It even made Ryan Seacrest run around on stage like a crazy person, which was fun to watch.
  2. The whole banter between Ryan and Simon about staying out of students’ rooms. Could Simon possibly be referring to Ryan’s rumored relationship with one of the Olly girls from Sunset Tan?
  3. Micheal Johns is a tennis instructor. I’ve been thinking about taking tennis lessons for some time now …
  4. David Archuleta, the golden boy, let us down. He forgot the lyrics to “We Can Work It Out.” He also proved that he’s a little awkward on stage when he’s not singing a ballad, at least he was last night.
  5. The Moment of Truth commercial that advertised “Watch as this family man crushes his loved ones.” Seriously? Is this what America calls entertainment these days, watching a real family, with real people, devastated on national television? Wow!

Who’s probably going home tonight: Kristy Lee Cook

As a sidenote, I heard Chris Sligh, from last season’s American Idol, on Christian radio the other day. I loved the song. He was one of my favorites last year. In my opinion, he left way too early. However, I’m glad he’s doing Christian music instead of American Idol now. You should check him out.

Related:
Danny on Ellen
David Archuleta’s Stage Dad

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American Idol: The Girls, Mutts, and Colors

5 Mar

Tonight, the American Idol girls stepped it up, but they are still not as good as the guys. I agree with Simon on that point.

My favorites of the night were Amanda Overmyer (vast improvement over last week), Carly Smithson (the girl who can do no wrong), and Brooke White (she’s growing on me a lot). Amanda toned down her look (which I think is borderline ridiculous) and finally found her groove. Carly sang one of the most annoying songs ever, “I Drove All Night” (especially Celine Dion’s version), but you can’t argue with the fact that the girl has talent. Brooke sang a subdued, unplugged version of “Love is a Battlefield,” and she did a good job on it. She’s the standout of all the blonds.

Asia’h Epperson had to sing first, and she was cute and fun, but she sang a Whitney Houston song, and she does not have a Whitney Houston voice. Ramiele Malubay did a pretty good job with Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now).” It wasn’t the best performance of the night, but it wasn’t the worst. She came off a little shy. During her performance, Danny Noriega was wearing her glasses. The are so BFF, it’s TMTH. They are Disney channel cute, these two.

Sayesha Mercado ended the night with another Whitney song, “Saving All My Love for You.” Hers was the better one. The only thing the judges had to say was “good.” Each of them said that one word, and only that one word, as their critique. I think they ran out of time with all the incoherent rambling about mutts and colors and the like. Sayesha got the shaft a little bit because she received neither praise nor constructive criticism for her performance. Ryan needs to tighten up the reins.

Who’s probably going home: Kady Malloy and Kristy Lee Cook (or possibly Asia’h). Kady had a much better vocal this week than last week, but she lost all her personality, which was the only thing that saved her last week. She nailed the big notes, but I don’t think it was enough. Kristy Lee Cook is not a bad singer. She’s just a little boring (same thing that happened to Alaina last week). I didn’t really like the country route she took with the song. It wasn’t really all that country.

There you have it, folks!

P.S. – We were supposed to “stay tuned after the show for the most shocking Moment of Truth yet.” Isn’t every Moment of Truth the most shocking yet? Why would anyone ever go on that show? It’s like a train wreck on so many levels. You don’t want to watch, but it’s hard to turn away.