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Ok, folks, this is going to be a “drive-by” review of tonight’s performances because I am in the throes of preparing for the holiest three days of the Catholic Church year (that’s the day job, y’all!).  Good thing Idol airs before things get cranked up.  So, without further ado, here was the view from my red leather comfy couch for this evening:

 

Amanda OvermyerBack in the USSR

I had considered this for her but wasn’t sure she’d do the melody proud, which she didn’t.  It was a bit of a rhythmic mess, a little screechy around the edges and a bit of the same ol’ stuff we’ve seen her do since Day 1.  I agree with the judges – she needs to show us another side… if there is one…

She’s safe because I few others need to go before her.

 

Kristy Lee CookYou’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away

She didn’t even know this song…am I old or what?  Vocally, she was bottoming out on the low notes and, if I can be a purist, I didn’t like her tinkering with the well-known melody.  Performance-wise, she is a bit wooden on stage and has trouble connecting with the emotions of the songs she sings.  She WAS better than last week but ANYTHING would have been.  She’ll be a bottom feeder again this week.

 

David ArchuletaThe Long and Winding Road

I wanted him to do an up-tempo but after last week I just wanted him to nail the song and performance and he did so with room to spare!  Talk about redemption!  Great vocal, nice nuances, emotionally connected to the lyrics – THAT’S what he does best and he showed he is mature enough to come back and do it up right.  If the screaming mosh-pit is any indication, he continues to be safely in the lead.

 

Michael JohnsA Day in the Life

I didn’t choose this one for any of the contestants because I wasn’t sure they could cut it down to a minute thirty successfully – and I was right!  He sang it well and gave a safe, yet respectable performance but the song was so disjointed I did nothing for me.  Just another time the Brit and I see eye to eye, I’m afraid.  He needs to knock one a song of the park and soon or he won’t even make the Top 5.

 

Brooke WhiteHere Comes the Sun

I’ll say right up front that I’ve never liked this George Harrison number  however this is the second week in a row I haven’t liked her performance and this week I believe it was due to the dreaded wrong song choice.  She didn’t do much with an extremely simple melody, it sat too low for her and it was just a boring performance overall.  I guess getting her out from behind instruments isn’t a good idea after all?  I don’t think she’ll bottom feed unless the rest of the lineup sings like there’s no tomorrow…  😉

 

David Cook  Day Tripper

I GOT ONE RIGHT!!!!  HUZZAH!!! And it was MAGNIFICANT!!!   I knew he could blow them away with this one and that he did!  Throwing in the voice box was an interesting twist and while that was the least favorite part of the performance for me, the rest was outstanding.  He is the true dark horse of this season and is no danger of becoming a bottom feeder any time soon.  Rock on, dude!

 

Carly SmithsonBlackbird

A ballad from the Irish Lassie and she nailed it BIG TIME!  It’s an odd little song but she found all the nuances and her vocal command of the highs and lows was spot on.  Absolutely beautiful.  I knew the Brit would hate it because anything with strong, true emotions gets the “over indulgent” criticism from him – definitely not a sensitive guy that Mr. Cowell.  No matter – she continues to fight the Davids for the top position and I predict that they will be the Top 3 when all is said and done. 

 

Jason CastroMichelle

I understand getting in as much in as one can in one minute thirty but the tempo of the song was a bit too fast and that altered the true meaning of the song.  Then to top it off, he grinned way too much as he was singing and that tells me he didn’t get what the song was all about – a shy boy trying to get out his feelings for this girl.  If he would have used his shyness to help sell the song, we would have heard hearts melting all over the land.  I will say the best thing about the performance was his vocals – his tone color was perfect and he sang it with ease – but that was lost in translation.  He’ll be safe but maybe he shouldn’t be.

 

Syesha MercadoYesterday

What a vulnerable and heartfelt performance!  Vocals were almost spot on (I’ll be she was a bit nervous after her trip to the bottom last week) and the melodic liberties were subtle and effective.  A better song choice for her than Brooke

 

ChikezieI’ve Just Seen a Face

OK, we went back to the same well again this week and it didn’t “shock and awe” this week as it did last week because the song itself just didn’t lend itself to it.  JMHO but he should have stayed in the slow lane time around – I did NOT like the bluegrass bend tonight.  And what was with the harmonica?  He’s no Taylor Hicks, that’s for sure.  He needs to establish himself vocally and then take risks.  Right now, he could end up bottom feeding if others feel the same way I do about it. 

 

Ramiele MalubayI Should Have Known Better

Nice job!  I wouldn’t have picked this for her but she was connect vocally and emotionally with the piece and he looked like she had fun with the it.  I was having a problem with the arrangement because it didn’t help her with the delivery AT ALL but despite that, I think it saved her for another week. 

 

So, this week’s bottom feeders are:

Chikezie

Kristy Lee Cook

Michael Johns

with “das boot” (hopefully and finally) going to Kristy Lee Cook. 

 

One last thing — the contestants are now allowed to wear ear monitors????  I wonder how contestants from other seasons would have faired with such a technological helper…

 

Carry on!

J

 

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Real life can be a b*tch sometimes and right now in my line of work, it’s absolutely abysmal.  I’ll spare you the boring details and just tell you that between now and Easter Sunday (3/23) I might not be able to be as timely in my posting as I have been (translation – my posts will be even later than usual…sometimes) so please be patient with me.  I’ll try to make it worthwhile.

 

Here are my comments on the Top 8 Gals’ performances of last Wednesday night.  I would have picked Kady and Syesha for “das boot” so having picked Danny and David Hernandez to go, I’m 2 for 4 and 7 for 12 on the Top 24 – after seven seasons I’m finally getting better at this!  Huzzah!

 

Aisa’h Epperson – I Wanna Dance with Somebody

Nice to hear her back in good form this week.  Strong vocal, lively performance, spunky personality – this gal is smokin’ and she did a great job especially with a Whitney song.  Good rapport with the prickly Brit – just keep smilin’, girlfriend!

 

Kady Malloy – Who Wants to Live Forever

BIG risk taking on a Queen song, particularly not one of their more well known but a very powerful anthem that needs the power vocals.  Controlled vocals, sincere performance and a must-win attitude but I must agree with Simon on her lack of emotion coming through.  Most likely due to inexperience in performing but if she can’t connect with the audience then she is in trouble.

 

Amanda Overmyer – I Hate Myself for Lovin’ You

Got to admit but that was one kick-a** performance of the Joan Jett classic.  Actually sang in tune and found the melody this week, strong command of the stage and just the right rocker edge to pull it off.  The site-which-shall-not-be-named won’t need to help her tonight because she’ll get plenty of REAL votes.

 

Carly Smithson – I Drove All Night

Big song for an equally big voice – she really knows how to sell a song and I don’t understand why Simon is going on and on about her abysmal song choices.  I. Just. Don’t. Get. It.  Anyway, this gal is about as safe and safe can get and will go really far in the Top 12.

 

Kristy Lee Cook   Faithfully

She really has a big old voice in that little body but could do with a little less screaming on the high notes – just not attractive.  I’m not sure about the song choice, however, but she has great diction and I could understand the words for the first time!   I agree with the country twist but the performance was a tad subdued and that’s where some of the other gals may make a bigger impression than her.  Could be on the bubble.

 

Ramiele Malubay – Against All Odds

The little gal with the big voice and equally large stage persona – great song choice, controlled performance (maybe a tad too much) and the camera just loves her.  She deserves to stay and get the chance to get better each week. 

 

Brooke White – Love is a Battlefield

Despite a few dropped pitches here and there that was a strong acoustic version of this Pat Benatar classic.  She is the true dark horse of this competition and I think she’s Top 5 material for sure because she makes intelligent musical decisions and is not afraid to take a risk. 

 

Syesha Mercado – Savin’ All My Love for You

Not a great song choice and it sounded too much like last week’s pick.  I was not impressed at all but giving her the pimp spot this week was an attempt to keep her in the competition and it just might have worked, given the judges’ positive or neutral comments.

 

Final thoughts — it’s a shame Aisa’h left before her time because she really was a diamond in the rough and would have grown into a great performer and crowd pleaser.  I wanted Luke to stay but deep down I knew he would go.  Kady just wasn’t consistent and Danny…well…let’s just say his final performance was his best and leave it at that.

 

Check back in a day or two…I’m working on choosing some Beatles tunes for our Top 12 that I think they should perform this week.  Maybe I’ll even get a couple right.  Who knows?

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…but the WRONG two gals left tonight and that’s a shame.  Jason & Robbie deserved “das boot” but Alexandrea either picked the wrong song or over thought her initial performance (tonight’s was WAAAYYY better) while Alaina probably suffered from the “too many long haired blonds syndrome” and got lost in the shuffle.  I give also give the 16 year old major props for pushing through and singing her final song (and it was great to see the gals stand behind her literally, singing every note with her).    What a shame – Amanda or Kady  would have been a better choice given their poor performances but they might have bigger fan bases than I thought – that and the fact that the idiots at VFTW have backed Amanda in their campaign to keep deserving talent from actually doing well on this show.  Some folks have too much time on their hands…

So, I’m 5 for 8 and we’re on our way to the last week of the semi-finals.  Let’s hope they all bring their “A” games next week and give us a great show!

Carry on!

PS – and it’s ABOUT time the Beatles catalog get’s the IDOL treatment.  Just don’t screw it up…

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I must be nuts but I’m going to give the live blogging thing another try TOMORROW NIGHT – 26 February @ 8pm EST during the Boys Night Out – Take 2.  If you want to join in, please stop by here at STUCK IN IDOL – the LIVE BLOG.

If I can get enough interest, I would prefer to live blog when I am not working but if not, I’ll just keep on doing what I’m doing – either way, my opinions will continue to be shared whether you want to hear them or NOT!  😉

See ya tomorrow night!    J

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First time in awhile that I was able to nail three of the four departing contestants – I guess my good ear was working just fine these past two days.  I will admit that I purposely didn’t want to pick Joanne because I wanted her to get another chance.  That wasn’t her best performance by a mile and she is capable of much better but it wasn’t to be.  Why they paired her with Amanda I’ll never know — that gal wasn’t going anywhere and I think most folks were aware of that.  Amy was no loss and she showed that again with her sing-off.

Now with the guys it was plausible that either Colton or Chikeze could get “das boot” given their performances while Garrett was a no-brainer.  All in all, the right folks bowed out tonight and the rest better step up their game because it only gets harder from here.

Carry on!

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Notes from my comfy bed this evening courtesy of my laptop, DVR and Slingbox (best gadget ever invented!)

 

Kristy Lee Cook – Rescue Me

Hummm…the gals are sure in it to win it tonight.  Even with an obvious cold, she sounded and performed better than three quarters of last night’s male contestants.   I liked the country color she brought to this golden oldie and she’s a contenda fur sure!  I might agree with the wrong song choice but I felt she did the best she could with what she had. 

 

 

Joanne Borgella – I Say A Little Prayer

Whoa – she’d better be really sick because that was NOT a good performance and I think she can do better.  Pitch problems, low energy and an uneven delivery – even though I like her and want her to stay she has to step up her game, get well and go for it. 

 

Alaina Whitaker – I Love You More Today Than Yesterday

This is a younger, more lively Carrie Underwood and I like her a LOT!  She’s got a lot of charisma and a solid voice to match.  Definitely one to watch…

 

Amanda Overmyer – Please Don’t Go

The rocker chick lives and sings the blues!  She’s the authentic one of the bunch and so far is not compromising her sound.  The dark horse of the bunch but she’ll be around for a good long while.  She’s starting to grow on me as well.

 

Amy Davis – Where the Boys Are

We haven’t seem much of this gal up to now and believe me what I saw tonight was NOT worth waiting for.  She killed this great Sedaka song and NOT in a good way (and she’s no Kim Locke either!).  Gotta give it to Paula for being positive but it won’t be enough to save her.

 

Brooke White – Happy Together

Far and away a better rendition than last night!  She sounded good, knew how to work the camera and looked like she was having a good time.  She’s another one that’s growing on me and Simon just can’t seem to figure her out — GOOD!

 

Alexandrea Lushington – Spinning Wheel

WHOA!  She’s quite the performer and she blew the roof off the place!  The vocals suffered in a few places but it didn’t matter – as Randy would say “I was entertained!”  The song is a tough one to interpret but she gave it her all and I think she’ll be around for awhile. Good!

 

Kady Malloy – Groovy Kind of Love

I like the sultry tone and when she was on, she was really on but there were some definite pitch problems – something tells me it was a bad song choice.  She’s a great vocal mimic and could make a career of just that but I have to agree with Simon about her finding her own sound and shining.  She needs to watch her expressions when reacting to the judges critique because she vacillated between looking like she was going to cry and wanting to punch Simon’s lights out.  I had high hopes for this one but,,, 

 

Asia’h Epperson – Piece of My Heart

What is it with Joplin this year?  Every gal seems to want to take a crack at her but she did make it her own and just SANG the heck out of it.  Good job and see you next week!

 

Ramiele Malubay – You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

Oh boy, did I like this performance or what!   This child has oodles of talent and knows how to use it.  I agree with Randy – very classy indeed.  She’s got some great vocal qualities and I see some great things ahead for her.  Great big things from such a small package indeed!

 

Syesha Mercado – Tobacco Road

Tough song for a tough-a** singer – great pipes but can reign them in when needed.  She’s safe to sing another week.

 

Carly Smithson – The Shadow of Your Smile

She looked sick but except for one place, sure as heck didn’t sound like it.  She reminds me of a young Linda Eder with a touch of Cher’s exotic nature thrown in.  Great rendition of this song and while I can understand some of Simon’s ranting, I think he was just at the end of a long ride on the cranky train this evening. 

 

The tale of the tape comes tomorrow night — my picks to leave are:

 

Guys:  Garrett and Colton

Gals:  Amy and Kady

 

 

 

 

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