Thursday, May 19, 2011

American Idol, Top 3

I’ve really lost a lot of interest in American Idol this season. Partly because everyone I really liked is gone, and mostly because I have discovered The Voice and thus far, it is far superior to AI. I think AI and I might be headed for a break-up.

That, however, was not the reason that I didn’t recap last week’s episode. That was the unfortunate side effect of Grayson having an ear infection so bad that it prevented him from sleeping for more than 15 minutes at a time. I’m pretty sure he and I didn’t get much more than an hour’s sleep total last Wednesday night. That doesn’t bode well for stringing any coherent thoughts together in a post.

Anyway, all is well now and here goes a quick recap of last night’s show.

Scotty McCreery - “Amazed”, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not”, “She Believes in Me” – Is there anyone still under the illusion that Scotty doesn’t have this in the bag? I’m fairly certain if he doesn’t win, he’ll demand a recount, ‘cause he’s looking pretty darn sure himself. That being said, I still have not bought into the Scotty hoopla. He sounds exactly the same every single week. He has not stepped out of his comfort zone or pushed himself to try something anything new. And he’s no Kenny Rogers. Did I really just say that? And, of course, I’m talking about the Kenny Rogers of The Gambler days, not the Kenny Rogers of today that has had so much plastic surgery that he can’t blink properly. Although, clearly Scotty is not that Kenny either.

Lauren Alaina - “Wild One”, “If I Die Young”, “I Hope You Dance” – I like Lauren, as opposed to disliking her. I don’t think we’ve seen a whole lot of growth from her throughout the season. She is pretty much exactly where she was when the competition started. She still doesn’t have the confidence to command the stage, she’s still timid when not hitting the high notes that I’m pretty sure she can hit. She sang well last night, but still was just shy of that moment that has alluded her all season.

Haley Reinhart – “What Is and What Should Never Be”, “Rhiannon”, “You Oughta Know”- Who would’ve thought that I would be saying this after all the grief I’ve given Haley this season, but she was by far my favorite last night. She certainly wins the award for most varied performances in one night. From Led Zeppelin to Stevie Nicks to Alanis Morrisette. Hands down, she is the most improved contestant this season. That might have something to do with the fact that she is the only contestant the judges have given any sort of criticism to. But what do I know? The only thing that still gets me about Haley is the flailing arm. But, I can handle the flailing arm far better than Scotty’s one-sided smirk and attempt at smoldering eyes.

Who’s going home? Does it even matter? I’m gonna go out on a limb and say it won’t be Scotty. This is really setting up to be the most anti-climactic finale ever on American Idol.

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