Thursday, April 14, 2011

American Idol, Top 8

Movie night! Another great, wide-open theme! And I am pleased to report that no one sang any song from The Bodyguard soundtrack. So, that in itself is a huge success!

Paul McDonald - “Old Time Rock & Roll” – I’m going to be hard on Paul. I love Bob Seger, but I did not love Paul singing Bob Seger. I did, however, love the suit. I’m afraid this song choice coupled with the death blow of going first might land him in the bottom three. I hope he survives because he is better than that.

Lauren Alaina - “The Climb” – I cannot express how much I hate this song. There are just no words. I am sooooo not a Miley Cyrus fan. I thought Lauren’s performance was better than the original. That is not saying much. I did think it was great that Ryan called her mom out on the big hair. ‘Cause Momma had some big hair going on.

Stefano Lagone - “End of the Road” – No, no, no, no, no, no, no. I love Boyz II Men. So, excuse me while I stereotype just a bit. That song requires a soulful flare, not a salsa flare. Please, please let this be the end of the road for Stefano. And please tell me wearing high-tops with no laces is not coming back in style.

Sidenote: Do the judges’ pay get docked if they give any actual criticism this season?

Scotty McCreery – “I Cross My Heart” – Believe it or not, I have actually seen George Strait in concert. There were some dark years in college when I listened to some country music. I hope this doesn’t diminish my street cred any. Anyway, I cannot watch Scotty perform, with the leaning to the side and singing out of the side of his mouth and holding his mic to the side. It’s all just too much. And that steel guitar was just too much as well.

Sidenote: What was up with the background singers?? They are supposed to be IN THE BACKGROUND. Not drowning out the lead singers.

Casey Abrams - “Nature Boy” – I have to say I would’ve LOVED to hear him do Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight”, but I admire him for sticking to his guns. And I really liked the bluesy, jazzy feel of this, with the bass and the piano and the bongos. I think it was very true to who Casey is, and that’s what I love about Casey. He is who he is, and he’s not about to change for American Idol.

Haley Reinhart - “Call Me” – I know the words of this song by heart, and I still couldn’t tell what words were coming out of her mouth. This song was way too big for her. And, need I mention the growling again? Because it was still there, and I still did not like it.

Jacob Lusk - “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Thank you, Jimmy Iovine, for convincing Jacob to do this song. The gospel vibe of this song was perfect for him. I am no longer going to apologize for liking Jacob. I just do. And that note at the end? I got chills. Beautiful.

James Durbin - “Heavy Metal” – I think James got knocked down a few notches in his session with Jimmy Iovine. That arrogance was what made me dislike him in the early stages of this competition. Why was he the only one to get a special guest guitarist? Not that many people watching AI will probably know who Zakk Wylde is, but still. And let me just clarify something… while J.Lo. may disagree, Sammy Hagar is so NOT heavy metal. So. Not. Heavy. Metal. With that cleared up, he sang this rock song well, but I have a feeling if Simon were still a judge, he would call it indulgent. And he would be right.

So, my bottom three would be Stefano, Haley and as much as it pains me, Paul. I only put Paul in that group because he went first and he should have chosen a better song. Let this be a lesson to you, Paul.

Haley or Stefano should go home, and I really don’t care which one it is.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Tell me what you think...go on, I can take it!