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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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American Idol: Songs from the Year You Were Born

25 Mar

Tonight, the contestants sang songs from the year they were born.  I’m so glad the producers went with this theme instead of jumping on the trilogy bandwagon and producing American Idol Butchers the Beatles III.

Ramiele Malubay, “Alone”:  It was my favorite from her, but not the best of the competition.  I like her, and I want her to do well.  Maybe she’ll stick around longer and surprise us with something fabulous.

Jason Castro, “Fragile”: He should not talk.  He should just sing and look pretty, oh and play the guitar.  When I watch him sing, he reminds me of those people who sit on the sidewalk barefoot and sing folk songs with a guitar case open in front of him.  (I totally typed that before Simon said it on the show.  That’s weird.  I’m beginning to think like Simon.  Oh no!)  I’d throw money in his guitar case if I saw him playing in the subway, though.     

Sayesha Mercado, “If I Were Your Woman”: Enough with the baby cry.  It’s annoying.  She brought it with the song, though.  She gets better every time.  I agree with Randy: “It was blazing hot.”  On a sidenote, is it just me, or does Paula pick a new “dark horse” every week?  First it was Alaina, and we all know what happened there.  I hope it’s not bad luck for Sayesha.

Chikezie, “If Only for One Night”: I was just starting to like Chikezie, but I didn’t really like this one.  Don’t talk back to the judges, Chikezie.  It only works for people like Danny Noriega.  Otherwise, it’s just annoying.  

Brooke White, “Every Breath You Take”:  Her parents are just way too pretty.  I am usually creeped out by this song, but I liked her performance of it.  It was almost good enough to make me forget about the fact that she started out on the wrong key and then had to start over.  She handled it well, though.  Chikezie, take note of how Brooke handles the judges’ criticism.  The only thing annoying about her is that she is almost too perfect.    

Michael Johns, “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions”: He’s 29.  I’m glad they raised the age limit for this show.  I could have done without “We Will Rock You.”  It was a little cheesy.  I did enjoy “We are the Champions.”  That song reminds me of teen 80s/early 90s movies, and Michael Johns reminds me of an 80s/early 90s teen movie star.  He had all the girls screaming.  Simon saw “star potential,” and I agree.  Hmm, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and now “We Are the Champions” … maybe MJ should stick to only singing Queen.  And lets just hope, for the sake of all the women in the world, that he’s not gay.  

Carly Smithson, “Total Eclipse of the Heart”: Carly used to look like little orphan Annie, imagine that.  She did a total 180 on that one.  Oh joy, she’s singing “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” another song that creeps me out.  Watch Urban Legend, and it will creep you out, too.  I don’t like this song, but I still love Carly Smithson.  Kudos for not talking back to the judges, but a little TMI for primetime on the bathroom thing.

David Archuleta, “You’re the Voice”: Finally, he talked about something other than singing in the taped piece.  It’s funny though, I really thought the other David would be the one to talk about his dancing experience in the interview segment.  Guess not.  This was not my favorite David Archuleta performance.  The boy can sing, but sometimes it’s a little weird for me … like tonight.  Simon said, “I’d be amazed if you chose the song yourself because it’s not you.”  Could this possibly be a nod to David Archuleta’s overbearing stage dad?

Kristy Lee Cook, “God Bless the USA”:  I think this has been her best performance yet (it was actually good), but I still think she might go home based on previous history.  At least with this song choice tonight, if it is her last one, she probably just scored herself a USO tour.  My aunt has done one or two of those.  (She sings better than Krisy Lee, imo.)  I agree with Simon when he says, “That was the most clever song choice I have heard in years.”  He called it a brilliant song, even though he’s a sour old Brit.  Kudos for song choice, Kristy Lee (Greenwood).

David Cook, “Billie Jean”: He did have a big head when he was a baby.  Poor kid.  At least he grew into his head.  He sang “Billie Jean,” not the Michael Jackson version, of course.  LOVED IT!  My favorite of the night.  I agree with Randy, he could win it all if he keeps this up. 

My top three: David Lee Cook, Michael Johns, Sayesha Mercado

My bottom three (based on tonight only): Jason Castro, Chikezie, David Archuleta (yeah, he can sing, but that performance was weird)

Who’s probably going home: I think Kristy Lee may have saved herself with “God Bless the USA,” that is unless America really does hold grudges.  It’s going to be interesting to see who does go home tomorrow.  I think it may be Chikezie.

                   

American Idol aka the 2-Hour Long iTunes Commercial

19 Mar

The theme for the night was The Beatles, and to milk it for all it’s worth, Ryan spent the first 20 minutes of the program telling us about how awesome The Beatles were/are. This was especially helpful since the at least half of the contestants had never heard of them before.  Since last week’s theme was also The Beatles, for all practical purposes, I’m guessing AI spent a lot of money on that Lennon/McCartney songbook and wanted to get what they paid for. They should have limited the Beatles theme to only one night … last week’s performances were much better than those from last night.

Amanda Overmyer kicked off the night with a Southern Rock version of “Back in the USSR” … predictable, but pretty good. I agree with Paula, I’d like to see a ballad from her, just to see if she has it in her. I do like that she is here for the music and not just to become famous. She’d be happy playing in bars, or so she says. She probably won’t last much longer.

Kristy Lee Cook sang, a country version of “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.” It was her best performance yet, but probably not good enough to keep her around for much longer. She may be the one going home this week. Simon called her “musical wallpaper — you notice it’s there, but you don’t really remember it.” And to make it worse, the judges and Ryan had to take something that poor, sweet, innocent girl said and make it dirty. Shame on you Randy, Simon, and Ryan (Paula, of course, was in her own little world and didn’t get it).

David Archuleta redeemed himself from last week’s debacle when he sang “The Long and Winding Road.” It was one of the best of the night, though it still didn’t live up to “Imagine.” Paula shared her words of wisdom with him and with America after his performance: “The fact that you can rise above adversity and come back strong — that challenge doesn’t build character. It reveals character.” Way to go, Paula, for actually making sense. As for David, is there any way we can get him to tell us about something other than singing in his pre-performance interviews?

After David’s performance, we took a commercial break and then came back from commercial break for an iPhone/AT&T/American Idol on iTunes “commercial” starring Ryan Seacrest. This was followed by wonderful Coca-Cola product placement courtesy of the AI judges. Nice. Still trying to pay for that Lennon/McCartney songbook, I see. It must have set you back a lot.

Michael Johns sang “A Day in the Life.” It was decent, but it was no “Bohemian Rhapsody.” However, I still like MJ, but then again, I am female.

Brooke White cheesed it up in a yellow dress singing “Here Comes the Sun.” It was really weird and so not like her. She even admitted that she was uncomfortable with her performance. I really like her; she has a good voice. She just needs to bring back the old Brooke White, and stay far away from the crazy, cheesy version. Of course, her performance was followed by another iTunes/American Idol/Please download Reuben Studdard’s goodbye song because he’s making us look bad by not selling any records commercial.

David Cook sang “Day Tripper.” I loved it. Simon hated it. And we learned that Randy can rhyme: “Another solid look from David Cook.” David Cook will be sticking around for a while. After David’s performance, Ryan let us know that Randy has worked with Mariah Carey and that she called Ryan’s show recently. What does that have to do with anything? Are we shamelessly self-promoting Ryan’s radio show now, along with Paula’s single and all of Randy’s celebrity connections?

Carly Smithson sang “Blackbird.” She was probably my fave of the night. I love her. Simon, however, did not like the song choice, of course.

Jason Castro sang a French/English version of “Michelle.” I could have done without that one.

Sayesha Mercado finally shined when she sang “Yesterday.” It was a really good vocal for her.

Chikezie sang “I’ve Just Seen a Face.” It started off pretty good, but then it all fell apart when he pulled out the harmonica. What was he thinking? It was not good. Not good at all.

Ramiele Malubay sang “I Should Have Known Better.” She’s so cute, and the song wasn’t bad, but let’s face it, she’s not the best in the group. I give her a couple more weeks, unless she just pulls out something really amazing.

My top three: Carly Smithson, David Archuleta, David Cook

My bottom three: Kristy Lee Cook, Chikezie, Jason Castro (I know, he’s too cute, but I had to put him in there.)

Who’s probably going home: Kristy Lee Cook, although she did better this week. It was probably not enough to make up for all the other bad performances. Sorry Kristy, I’m sure you’re nice and all, but someone has to go home.

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