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I apologize for not getting this review done last night but I when I found myself falling asleep over my laptop after the sixth singer, I knew I had to get some sleep and finish it in the morning. Not that “Unplugged Night” was boring, because it wasn’t, but I hate trying to rush my comments just to be timely in my posting. Sometimes a good thing is worth waiting for… 😉

Anyway, I suppose I’m just old enough NOT to know who Gavin Rossdale is but he seemed like a decent guy and I’ll be looking forward to hearing and seeing what he can do on the results show. The contestants didn’t demonstrate anything better or worse during their unplugged solo – just more of the same that they can do. It is that point in the competition for someone or two to start breaking out but that hasn’t happened — yet.

So, without further ado or falling sleep, here’s what I spied on my laptop from the land up north for this week:

Sebastian PigottLucille (Little Richard)

He obviously likes the real bluesy oldies and I’ll give him props for a mean harmonica solo. His charisma has been carrying him for the last few weeks but this week he seems to have channeled his inner musician and came out with a half way decent performance. I can tell the Zack wants him gone and, frankly, so do I but I don’t see him going anytime soon. Should be on the bubble, particularly since he went first, but I doubt it.

Earl StevensonTwo (Ryan Adams)

Ok, he was better this week but that was because he sat and played guitar the entire time. I just don’t get it, however – the judges gush all over him and I can’t hear or appreciate what they are digging. He just doesn’t do it for me – the voice is gravely but passable, he plays guitar well enough but I just don’t see the “specialness” about him. He’ll continue to be safe because I guess the Canadians like him a lot.

Mark Day Stay (Sugarland)

For all of his tomfoolery he happens to have one of the better voices in this competition and tonight he chose a song that fit his voice and played it absolutely straight. He has the Newfoundland/Labrador vote locked in, along with that dastardly VFTW following, but this week he would have earned my vote if I could vote — and that means he done real good with both the vocals and the interpretation. Might be bubble bound but I wouldn’t pit him there.

Mitch MacDonald Oh, Atlanta (Alison Krauss)

Well his performance this week was so good IMHO that I was able to forget all about his annoying vocals for once and get into the music. But it figures — I liked him and the judges trashed him. He wanted to represent his area and I think he succeeded. Bubble bound if the judges have any real

Amberly ThiessenThe Way I Am (Ingrid Michaelson)

Very animated, solid vocal stylings and no guitar – I really like this “last woman standing” and musically she deserves to remain in this competition to the bitter end. I don’t get why she was a bottom dweller last week but I truly hope she is not there again tomorrow. I totally agree with Flex that she has been picking great songs for her vocal abilities (I did question the Marley stuff from last week, however) and yet she seems to be struggling to find a fan base. Well, they’d better step it up and vote or she’ll be there again – or worse. Shouldn’t be anywhere near the bottom but this is Canada and they don’t seem to like the ladies this season.

Mookie MorrisOphelia (The Band)

He is so retro it’s cool, I suppose. A very unique song choice but he seems to like the obscure oldies. He’s another boy I can’t warm up to but I will admit he’s better than Earl in my estimation. At 18 he’s musically mature for his age and yet he appeals to the teenage crowd. He’s been in the bottom before and could land there again but I don’t think he will this week. The performance was solid enough to buy him one more week.

Drew WrightSunday Morning (Maroon 5)

I’ve liked this boy from the beginning and if there is a dark horse it would be him. The vocals may not always be on par with others but he has managed to stay true to his pop self and brought it to the stage each week, this time being no different. I sometimes wonder of the judges are looking to make their money by having to come up with things to say each week in order to take the contestants down a peg or two. Safe does NOT equal boring most of the time and I didn’t find this singer boring at all. He worked the stage, he sang comfortably and mostly in tune and put his own spin on the song. Depending on how much the viewers at home agree with the male judges, he may not be as safe as I’d like him to be.

Theo TamsWeak in the Knees (Serena Ryder)

IMHO the only true MUSICIAN in the bunch and that brand of training/gift carries through in every performance. Nice falsetto notes at the end without over-killing it (like some many others would be tempted to do), emotion charged interpretation without going over the top and good balance of singing and playing without either suffering for doing both. He would be my number one choice to GO-ALL-THE-WAY in this competition so if he’s not safe, no one else is.

So, curiously enough, after this set of performances I’m going with the same three bottom feeders this week that I chose last week: re:

Mitch, (no sure his song choice will play as well in Canada as it did with this American)

Sebastian (not sure he did enough this week to erase the last few attempts)

and Mookie, (I think his song choice was too “hip” for most)

with “das boot” probably going to Mitch MacDonald since the ladies are not about to give up on Sebastian yet – but I’d LOVE to be wrong on this one. There is an outside chance that Mark Day might have run his time out but that’s just a hunch I have as of this writing. Guess we’ll see soon enough…

Carry on!

J

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Hey Canada — are you happy with your Top 10? I was, with two exceptions: I didn’t feel that either Mark Day or Adam Castelli had done enough to make the finals. Mark is a tad too goofy to be taken seriously and I don’t feel that Adam’s vocal skills are up there with some of the others who did make the cut. If I were voting, I would have wanted to back Martin Kerr and Kaitlyn Dawn so that they could reach the Top 10 but, hey, I’m an American…what do I know? I can’t get my own picks here in the US of A to the finals sometimes! 😉

Anyway, I thought that Jake gave some really sound advice to the finalists going into this week’s David Bowie night:

  1. Pick great songs
  2. Be memorable
  3. Be lovable
  4. Make an impact

From what I saw last night, some of them took than advice and ran with it and others, well, marched to the beat of their own drummer (and that is NOT a slam on Drew…you’ll see…) In any Idol competition, song selection makes or breaks a contestant with the latter happening more times than not. We singers love some songs that we should NEVER sing and in this type of a situation, one needs to be a little more objective when choosing what will win over the fans. The Music of David Bowie is a really tough songbook to work with because while it is not very challenging music-wise, it’s eclectic styles and sometimes downright weirdness can make a good singer sound bad and a so-so singer sound worst unless they play it up in the performance. I was afraid for the kids and after watching and listening, I was surprised at how most of them stayed away from the more familiar songs in favor of lesser known tunes.

Here’s what I experienced from my laptop for this round:

Drew WrightFive Years

Tough to go first on the first night of finals and equally difficult to play the drums while doing it but this boy held his own very well and I actually liked it! The vocals may have suffered a little but, hey, it’s Bowie — don’t have to possess a great voice to pull it off. He looked comfortable, sang well and kept a steady beat — worked for me. I can understand what Jake and Farley were saying but I think his originality will win the day and buy him another week if not more.

Adam Castelli Rebel, Rebel

Most unique entrance of any Idol ever and it will NEVER happen in America! Sass is correct that the song has little melody but it was perfect for this boy whose vocal qualities are limited at best. I wish I could warm up to him but it’s just not happening for me. However, others seem to dig the vibe so that and his originality should buy him another week at least.

Mark Day Dancin’ In the Streets

I forgot that Bowie and Jagger covered this song. It’s also one of the most overused Idol songs — right up there with Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. Ok, this kid’s got a good voice but he’s a bit too much of a goof ball for me to take him seriously. He did choose a good song for his voice from the Bowie song pile and, yes, he did camp it up a bit but that’s his gimmick. How long it will sustain him in this competition is anyone’s guess. But he CAN sing. Might get him through this week if no one else feels like me.

Mookie MorrisThe Man Who Sold the World

My hubby is much more familiar with the Bowie Collection than I am but he was hard pressed to remember this tune. I haven’t figured this young dude out yet but he has a unmistakable presence that helps him transcend his very different vocal tone. The young girls should carry him far into the finals for sure.

Amberly ThiessenSpace Odyssey

Interesting song choice for this young gal and not one I would have chosen for her, especially with all the changes in style. And she did the Natalie Merchant version? Didn’t know there was one. This is a case of bad song choice, even though I agree with Zack that she sang it well and did it in her own way. Could end up being a case of the “bad song choice blues” should she end up on the bubble this week. I’d hate to see her go because she is a good singer.

Sebastian PigottLet’s Spend the Night Together

Now, can you say great song choice? However, he DID mess up the delivery in a few places…ok, MORE than a few…OK, he goofed up big time. I don’t think it will hurt him much because this young man has charisma to spare and he’s already captured the hearts and votes of many a young Canadian maiden. I will say that he’d better clean up his act for next week or else – fans CAN be fickle. Should be safe in spite of it all.

Earl StevensonRock and Roll Suicide

Well, this obscure little number was perfect for his vocals and his personality. Talk about the Jason Castro/Taylor Hicks of the North! I need more time to figure this one out and from the looks of it, he will be around for quite some time.

Katherine St-LaurentCat People (Putting Out Fire)

She has a tendency for screaming and tonight was no exception. I didn’t like the song on her however it looks like the judges did. She has a HUGE voice but I’d like to see her select something that shows it off rather than songs she feels she needs to ram down our throats. She’ll be safe, no doubt, but I want more SINGING from her. Please!

Theo TamsSilly Boy Blue

I can tell you from experience that classical training is the best vocal conditioning for ANY type of singer. This alone puts this boy a cut above the rest vocally and it shows. Another edge he has is that he IS a musician and that comes through in every performance. Zack did feel the need to burst his bubble a tad but I don’t think that will slow him down one bit. Safe for a long time.

Mitch MacDonald Moonage Daydream

I still can’t get past this boy’s thin über-tenor sound. It’s not cartoonish but it drives me a bit crazy. He is very comfortable on stage and has the right performance intensity but it’s the tone color that throws me off. Decent song choice, rocked the tune, good stage presence. Maybe safe. Maybe not.

Ok, I’m not sure if there is a bottom two or three north of the border so I’ll choose my usual three for “das boot” this week and then adjust as I need to. This week’s bubble dwellers, IMHO, should be Mitch, Mark and Amberly, though I really don’t want to see her there, with “das boot” going to Mark Day. Will I be correct for my first CI Top 10? Stay tuned…

J

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