Thursday, March 24, 2011

American Idol, Top 11

Or “The One Where I Almost Liked Everybody”. I adore Motown week. I adore Motown music, probably because it is prominently featured in my all-time favorite movie: The Big Chill. I would be a happy camper if all the contestants would pick songs from The Big Chill soundtrack. Or maybe AI should just do a “songs from The Big Chill” night! Never mind that most likely, most of these contestants are too young to have even heard of The Big Chill. How many more times can I mention The Big Chill in this post?

Casey Abrams - “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” - I just love him. This was a great rendition, especially the end. He is so stinkin’ talented. I just can’t wait to hear what he’s going to do next. And, by the way, this song was in The Big Chill.

Thia Megia - “Heat Wave” – She just seems way older than 15. I don’t think that’s necessarily a good thing. She sang it beautifully until she forgot the words at the end…maybe if she had sang it while wearing a brightly colored sweater with numbers all over it, she would have seemed a bit more like a teen. Again, and unfortunately for her, it was just not a very memorable performance.

Jacob Lusk - “You’re All I Need to Get By” – By far, my favorite performance of his to date. It was controlled. And not over-sung. And awesome. Of course, this should have been his night to shine. And shine he did. LOVED it.

Lauren Alaina - “You Keep Me Hanging On” - First of all, she looked awesome. I loved the zebra print dress, and the stylist got a hold of her eye make-up. She looks SO MUCH BETTER with the toned down make-up. She sang it well, although it was not my favorite performance of hers. Overall, I thought her look was better than her song this week.

Stefano Langone - “Hello” – Oh, how I love this song. I didn’t really care for his rendition. Perhaps, it was because he doesn’t have the Lionel Richie hair. Or perhaps, it was like Jennifer said that he wasn’t feeling the song. Or perhaps, it was because he wasn’t singing it to a blind girl who sculpted a bust of him while he was singing. I just don’t know.

Come to think of it, if he had sung it to a blind girl who sculpted a bust of him on-stage while he was singing, I would become a Stefano fan for life. Oh, the missed opportunities.

Haley Reinhart - “You’ve Really Got A Hold on Me” – Kudos to her for navigating the stairs in those stilettos. I didn’t understand the 80’s Designing Women suit jacket with the big shoulder pads. Nor do I understand why she must growl through every song. I’m not really sure that performance was enough to keep her out of the bottom three.

Scott McCreery – “For Once in My Life” - This frightened me just a bit. And for good reason. Not every song should be “country-fied”. In my opinion, few songs should be country-fied, even those that are actually country. But that’s just me. I don’t think this version will be racing up the charts. And did Steven Tyler really compare him to Glen Campbell and think that was a compliment?

Pia Toscano - “All in Love is Fair” – I think, hands down, she is the best female in the competition. I just wish she would do something a little different. She looked awesome and she sounded awesome, just like she does every week. But at some point, she’s going to have to throw a curve ball to keep everyone on their toes.

Paul McDonald - “Tracks of My Tears” – I love this song! Also on The Big Chill soundtrack, I might add. I love that he did his own thing with it. I love that he played the guitar. I loved that he was rocking the bolo tie again. I just love him. I realize he is my controversial pick of the season, but I don’t care. I would buy his album. I would pay money to see him perform. It’s the whole singer-songwriter vibe he’s got going on, I think.

Naima Adedapo - “Dancing in the Street” – I just don’t know what to say about that. I don’t get her. Although, I’m sure many don’t get Paul, so I’ll try not to harp on it. I’ll leave it with she needs to stop with the dancing. Or flailing wildly, as the case may be.

James Durbin - “Living for the City” – Another great song... This guy’s range is just ridiculous, almost as ridiculous as Jacob’s. I did catch a glimpse of something tonight in his performance that reminded me of Dee Snider’s son in the little known (and watched by even fewer) VH1 reality show Rock the Cradle.

I think it might be his whole on-stage persona. Anyway, I’m going to try to ignore that. It wasn’t quite the big show-stopping performance that it could’ve been, but good nonetheless.

It’s a little hard to pick my bottom three because I really did think everyone did so much better this week than the downer that was last week. And keep in mind, this is my bottom three, not necessarily a prediction of who America will pick. Although America and I have been on the same page as of late, that can’t last for long.

My bottom three would be Thia Megia, Haley Rienhart, and Naima Adedapo. Incidentally, these three will perpetually be in my bottom until they go home because I think they are the weakest three. And I think Haley should be heading to the house this week.

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