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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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Carly Smithson, Superstar

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Carly Smithson, Superstar

23 Apr

Well, Carly left us on American Idol tonight. I can’t say that I’m all that surprised. I knew she shouldn’t have picked that song, even though she sang it well … and did it even better tonight. I was surprised that the two worst singers from last night (Brooke and Jason) both avoided the bottom two. Randy said that he guesses last night’s vote was more of a popularity contest than a singing competition. Does he not know that every night’s voting is a popularity contest and not a singing competition. That was definitely evidenced by all the little girls screaming for Jason (Do they not care that he’s a “himbo“?) when he was standing next to Carly waiting for Ryan to reveal their fates. Come on, Randy; you don’t have to state the obvious.

Carly, you are a superstar. Well, at least in the Idol world you are. In the rest of the world, you’re still a star, though.

On another note, I hope beyond all hope that next week’s group song is “Sweet Caroline” (ba ba daaaa). Good times never seem so good (so good, so good, so good). Oh yeah, there totally has to be audience participation. I cannot wait!

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