Thursday, March 17, 2011

American Idol, Top 12

Or “The One Where I Really Didn’t Like Anybody.” I’m not sure why, but last night I just wasn’t feeling many of the performances. Maybe it was because several of the contestants were sick, as we were reminded after just about every song. Got to get the sympathy votes going… The judges seemed not to like them either, but then at the end they kept commenting on how this was a real competition now. I dunno… I didn’t quite get that out those performances.

Naima Adedapo - “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” – The curse of going first strikes again! I was majorly distracted by her get-up. What was up that? The leggings, the coin, belly-dancer-ish fringe, the Steven Tyler vest. I’m all about showing off your own style, but that was just bizarre. Thank you to Jennifer and Randy for calling her out on her awfulness. I feel strangely validated.

Paul McDonald - “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” – I was not aware that Paul is from the great state of Alabama when I first proclaimed my love for him. But, hey, one more reason to love him. I thought he killed this. Especially with the bolo tie. It was still identifiable as an Elton John song, but had a new flare to it. And he rocked the bolo tie.

Thia Megia – “Colors of the Wind “ – Yes, she was born the year I graduated from high school. Wow, I’m old. I am so not surprised that she sang a Disney song. As Rachel pointed out, she is clearly auditioning for the next Disney channel star. And that was a very unflattering crocheted, skin-colored dress.

James Durbin – “I’ll Be There For You “ – The tail made it’s return. Not a fan of the tail. And here it is one week after I became a fan, and now I have to diss him. It was totally off key. It started off rough and never got better. Even the scream was off key. He is better than that performance, and he was supposed to be one of the non-sick ones.

Haley Reinhart - “I’m Your Baby Tonight” – To her benefit, she didn’t try to sound like Whitney Houston. That’s about the best thing I can say about it. I was going to say I liked the red lipstick, but then it wound up all over her face. Bless her heart.

Stefano Langone – “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” – It’s hard to improve upon the perfection that is this song. And I assure he did not. I spent the better part of his performance trying to decide if his pants were too short or he had on high-tops. For the record, I think they were high-tops. The judges thought it was the best performance of the night thus far. All I got to say is that ain’t saying much.

Pia Toscano - “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” – Another Whitney song. This one jazzed up with a dance beat. I’m not sure why the producers keep trying to update these songs by making them dance songs, but they need to stop. And she needed to stop with the white 70’s pantsuit. Despite all that, the vocals were amazing.

Scott McCreedy – “Can I Trust You With My Heart “ – Finding out he has a thing for Elvis totally explained why he sings out of the side of his mouth. He sang it well, but it was a bit on the boring side. That’s about all I can say about that.

Karen Rodriguez – “Love Will Lead You Back “ – Well, at least she lost the pageant attire. Unfortunately, she replaced it with some alien garb and a massive PHD (Pentecostal Hair-Do), which I’m fairly certain was never in style, not even in 1989. Once again, she chose a song that was way too big for her voice. I think she should be in trouble.

Casey Abrams - “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Shut the door. First Nirvana song on Idol ever. Nirvana, electric bass, Casey Abrams. That, my friends, is the trifecta. I have to disagree with Jennifer when she said it needed to be more pleasant. There is nothing pleasant about that song or any Nirvana song for that matter. It was not, by far, the best vocal of the night or Casey’s best vocal, but a stunning vocal is not really the point of that song. Hats off to him for doing something new.

Lauren Alaina – “I’m the Only One “ – What was up with her mother’s outfit during her opening video? That hat and those earrings were too much. Please somebody stop me if I try to dress like I’m trying to be a totally out of style teenager when Abby is a teenager. Stage an intervention. Please. Lauren, however, sounded awesome. Period. I almost typed that she sounded awesome for having the flu. But she sounded better sick than most of the others sounded well.

Jacob Lusk – “Alone“ – I didn’t want to like this. I didn’t like the idea of this. But, shockingly, I didn’t think it was half bad. Who knew you could bring some gospel to Heart? I think he really tried to reign it in a little last night, which might have been why he lost the key in the middle. But, bless his heart, the over-singing is just part of who he is.

So, my bottom three would be Karen Rodriquez, Naima Adedapo, and Haley Reinhart (although Thia Megia would be a close fourth), with Karen singing her swan song. Let’s see what America thinks…

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