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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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I haven’t exactly been jumping for musical joy with this year’s crop of male contestants. The lack of “oomph” makes me long for the seasons were an even distribution of the sexes was not important (and the wildcard round was still in play…ah, the good old days…). I can’t yet put my finger on it but it could be that instead of showing us their true personalities, they have had to try and second guess what the public wants to hear on each of the theme nights. I went into tonight with a lot of hesitation and not a lot of confidence that I would enjoy the show…boy, was I wrong…read on…

 

 

Luke Menard – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

I have liked this boy’s voice and delivery since Day 1 and the judges (mainly Randy and Simon) have knocked him since Day 1. Tonight, Randy thought it was corny and Simon dismissed him totally, telling him he has no chance whatsoever of making the cut – that some the man who’s already made up his mind as to who IS going to win this season and we’re not even into the Top 12 yet! Luke may have started out a little shaky but he did go first and he settled in real fast. Vocally, he was right on – particularly in the upper register where he power sang those notes instead of screaming or stretching too thin. He connects with the audience and actually looked like he was having fun finally! He took the criticism like a man and I hope the voters stay behind him and put him through because, like Paula said, this IS a SINGING COMPETITION!

 

David Archuleta – Another Day in Paradise

The “anointed one” gets behind the piano and shows that he’s a little vulnerable. By that, I mean that sitting down did NOT help his vocal production and it made him pitchy – until he stood up and it all clicked in again as usual. While I didn’t like the song choice at all, he did well enough to make it through to the Final 12 – no question. But it is good to see that he hasn’t peaked too early.

 

Danny Noreiga – Tainted Love

Can this boy be any more nauseating? Between the over-emoting performance and the overly stereotypical gay ‘tude I can’t stand him AT ALL and if he doesn’t go this week, we are in for “Sanjaya Redux” this season. Come on, gang – resist the VTFW kool-aid and dump the dude this week!!

 

David Hernandez – All Coming Back to Me Now

I’ve liked him and his voice all this time but I HATED the song choice! I didn’t think it did a thing for him. The vocal got thin and scratchy up high and he drifted into the pitchy lane in a few spots. I get the impression that Simon would rather have him around than Luke so he gave him a little push in that direction. One more thing: I hope this boy does NOT become the Antonella Barba of this season. OK, he was a male stripper – move on or disqualify him but don’t drag it out for weeks.

 

Michael Johns – Don’t You Forget About Me

He does have a sorta Jim Morrison vibe about him, now doesn’t he? I thought he did rather well tonight and I thought the song choice was perfect for him (contrary to what Simon said). I agree with his rock/soul sound but I think he’s more soul than rock and if he can click into that, he is going to go very far.

 

David Cook – Hello

Interesting…the grunge version of Lionel Richie’s song …not sure if I liked it but I will admit he sang it quite well and made it his own. He is an original, that’s for sure and an intelligent musician to boot – this year’s Blake Lewis for sure. Not my cup of tea but he deserves to stay in this competition just for taking the risk.

 

Jason Castro – Hallelujah

Even with the vocal glitch at the very end, I thought he took a great risk with this difficult song and he actually pulled it off! Great vocal most of the time, a vulnerable performance without the guitar to hide behind and I agree with Paula that he has great phrasing. He is getting better and to send him home now would be a mistake because I think the best is yet to come from him.

 

Chikezie – She Fills Me Up

The last guy of color in the competition slams it home with a great vocal turn on this song. I’m not sure I’d agree with the cabaret label but then again since I’ve done cabaret I wouldn’t put that performance in that category (and there is nothing wrong with cabaret or Broadway, you narrow minded Brit). We need his vocal color in the Top 12 and I hope American feels the same.

 

This was a better set of songs for the guys so far this year and it’s going to be harder than I thought to disengage two more from the collective. However, my choices for “das boot” this week would have to be – and this is solely based on performance — Danny and David H. Let’s see who agrees with me and not with VFTW.

 

The gals have a tough act to follow so until tomorrow night…carry on!

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Hey folks!
As my real life races towards Easter, I am having to work more nights and many longer days than usual so until at least the end of March live blogging is out for me. I’m not so sure it’s actually been a great thing since NO ONE has been joining me yet many have been reading it later. I may as well go back to what I was doing for the past few years and that way y’all don’t have to keep bouncing between two sites. WhatEVAH!

Also, I might…and let me be careful here…MIGHT be able to begin an audio podcast as soon as next week to welcome in this year’s Top 12. I really wanted to do a video blog but I think I was shooting a little too high to start with. An audio one will allow me to learn the process and get something out more regularly since I am literally a one woman show. What YOU can do for me is to download it and let me know what you think, how it can improve, and supply me with questions to answer or info to pass along.  Come on, I have to start somewhere and I can use a little help…please?  😉

Having said all that, check back later tonight when I’ll have my review of the Top 8 guys as they slaugher sing their way through 80’s Night!  Oh boy…

Carry on! 

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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 the Couch for this first semi-final round:

 

David Hernandez – The Midnight Hour

It’s really tough for some to go first but not this one – I’ve like this guy since I first saw him.  Powerful tenor voice that can rock without screaming but he blew it at the very end. Too bad – I think his nervousness got the better of him.  Simon sounded like he was eating a little crow on this one after he basically said last week that he wouldn’t go far without a miracle   The song’s arrangement suited his style and I happened to like it, too.    One thing – what’s with the overpowering reverb? 

 

Chikezie – More Today Than Yesterday

Not sure if it was the song’s bad arrangement or just overwhelming nervousness but he spent the first half of the song under pitch – something no one picked up on.  I liked the tone quality and ease of singing but not the presentation of this song. 

 

David Cook – Happy Together

Weird hair, strange vocal sound – haven’t figured this one out yet but thank God they didn’t fool around with this song’s character too much!  One of my favs and he  did a decent job on it.  I liked it.  His camera work and mic stand work could make him this year’s Constantine incarnation.

 

Jason Yeager – Moon River

I love a smooth, effortless male voice and this dude has that in spades.  Started out a little hesitant but came on strong after the key change – could have been too low to start with.  Personally, there are worst things than being called “cruise ship-like” – at least it was a “lounge lizard” impersonation. 

 

Robbie Carrico – One

Most polished performance of the night – knows how to command a stage.  Soaring tenor with a sparkling tonal quality. 

 

David Archuletta – Shop Around

This year’s token LDS entrant and a former STAR SEARCH winner.  Most natural performer of the lot and he’s only 17!  I love his soulful voice. This one is a contender for sure and  COULD. GO. ALL. THE. WAY!

 

Danny Noriega – Jailhouse Rock

2 snaps up for this dude – very uninhibited performer.  Interesting song choice that could have backfired but didn’t.  He and David will be competing for the teenage vote for sure. BTW, can you say SANJAYA?  Just watch…

 

Luke Menard – Everybody’s Talkin’

Lots of tenors this season and this handsome tall drink of iced tea has the sweetest and easy-to -listen-to one.  Great job on this song (can you tell I don’t agree with the judges) with an effortless falsetto – didn’t understand the “pitchy” part.  I think I’ll vote for this boy just b/c Simon dismissed him.  He should stick around and did a LOT better than a few of the others before him. 

 

Colton Berry – Suspicious Minds

Talk about not connecting with the meaning of the song – that was a “cabaret performance” if I ever saw one.  And the judges LIKED him and not Luke – well, except Simon who is at least honest to admit he only looking for a recording artist. 

 

Garrett Haley – Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do

Frampton/Leif look-a-like that we haven’t seen much of up to now and with any luck, will be gone after tonight.  Not a great song choice even if he did sound like Sedaka.  I’ll agree with the boring comment.  What get’s me is that they put him through and not Kyle…I don’t get it…

 

Jason Castro – What a Day for a Daydream

Give the boy credit for bringing his axe on stage for this song – good job with a very familiar old song and boy was a surprised when Simon agreed with me! 

 

Michael Johns – Light My Fire

OK, Randy compared him with another Aussie Michael Hutchence from INXS and I have to strongly disagree.  He wasn’t all that with the song and I felt he was holding back.  He’ll be around for awhile.

 

Let’s see how the girls do…

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