So, 5 of the guys are getting through plus however many wild cards the new judging trio are going to send through. I'm sure we could count the remaining weeks until the last Thursday before Memorial Day and figure out how many contestants we'll see next week, but that just isn't something I'm interested in figuring out! So, by the end of this post I will pick 5 guys that will be in the top 10 and take some guesses at who the judges will send through. Here's what I thought of the performances:
- Clint Jun Gamboa - "Superstituous" - Ugh, I still want to punch this kid in the face. Every time I see those glasses I feel like throwing a shoe at my TV or something. Granted, in the end, it's not his fault that Jaycee isn't performing for America. That kid would have turned into Sanjaya times 20 and we never would have been able to get rid of him! But kicking Jaycee out of the group during Hollywood week still turned Clint into a villain for the rest of his stay on the Idol stage. Not sure what the judges were smoking but all I saw was a big ego flopping around that stage. I was bored for most of it and he went for the inevitable BIG SELL with his high notes at the end. PLEASE.... I'll put him down as a maybe for now.
- Jovanni Barreto - "I'll Be" - Edwin McCain put together a nice little ditty that has stood the test of time......UNTIL NOW! Oh Jovanni. I hardly knew you before this week and I think I know you less now. This was a nice contestant to break Steven and J-Lo in to LIVE reviews. They both were riding the "YOU ARE ALL AWESOME" wagon and of course I was thinking "oh boy...here is where we are finally going to understand Simon's importance to American Idol". And then it happened, Randy dropped the "DAWG" act and GOT REAL! Don't get me wrong, he started talking about how when you do a cover song you have to be unique. Ummmm........EVERYONE on American Idol sings COVER SONGS until they do the dreaded Idol song. Dawg, you need to rethink your words. I think I know what you were trying to say but that wasn't it! I can guarantee with 99% certainty, that Jovanni will not sing another minute on Idol (unless he gets to on Thursday in an awful group performance or as his swan song)
- Jordan Dorsey - "OMG" - He is on my "HATED" list with Clint. And he decided to do an Usher song? I love how he and the judges kept talking about how this song isn't HIM. Well, then why did he pick it? He complained about having to move around the stage, pick a different song where you don't have to BOUNCE! I know you only have so many songs to choose from but surely there was some R&B song he could sing. And yes, I still would have wanted to blow my brains out after hearing him sing it but at least he wouldn't have looked like an idiot. I just don't see America voting him into the top 5 guys. So, I'm going to say that he is a candidate for a Wildcard pick. Then again, I think they got rid of the rule that there has to be 6 guys and 6 girls in a top 12. So there is no guarantee that any more guys than 5 will be picked.
- Tim Halperin - "Come on Over" - We have seen some good performances from Tim lately in the Hollywood rounds. THIS performance did not match up. It was all over the place. It may be just me but he seemed to be enunciating the words in the song very weirdly. Almost like he kept hearing Randy say to "not sing Karaoke. Make a cover song your own" so he started changing the accented syllables in words to put a new spin on it. Yes, and he put a new spin on the English language too. Good job Jim Halpert! errr... oh never mind. It was pretty cheesy. I don't have much faith for Timmy. Unless he's a wild card candidate.
- Brett Lowenstern - "Light My Fire" - #3 on my 4 person HATE list! First of all, I may be diving off into a non-PC nightmare by saying this but how did a girl get into the top 12 guys competition?!?! Okay, so anyway, Brett certainly did light his HAIR on fire (oh come on, that joke was a given). He probably sang better than the 4 that preceded him but I definitely cannot take him very seriously as a contender in this competition. That being said, we'll just see if the judges make us tolerate more of him.
- James Durbin - "You Got Another Thing Comin'" - So, is it me or did it sound like they added some "mic-reverb" effect to his entire performance? Sure, it certainly made him sound like a great singer but is that very fair? He definitely can sing the high notes. He's no Adam Glambert, and I was and still am not a Glambert fan. And come on...what's up with the Scarf Tail? He said he has to stand out in more ways than his voice. Oh you do, and for totally the wrong reasons! Of course, with everything we heard tonight, he may actually have a chance to make the top 10. But it doesn't remove him from #4 on my most hated list for the year!
- Robbie "The Shnoz" Rosen - "In the Arms of an Angel" - What a manly song to sing to America. Really really manly. I love Sarah McLachlan, really do. But she is a woman and she sings very angelically about being in the arms of an "angel". Do you see the irony there? Robbie sang very NASALLY (and really, I actually meant that and wasn't looking for another reason to reference that ginormous nose of his!) as opposed to angelically. Those high notes and runs were painful. Totally agree with Randy that Robbie will be cringing when he listens back to it. Not only that, but it really felt like he wasn't singing with the band. Maybe that was intentional but it did not work at all! Nose thank you! (oops)
- Scotty McCreery - "Your Man" by Josh Turner - OHHHH right, he didn't sing Josh Turner again, my bad! Not sure why I would think that! He actually sang "Letters From Home" by John Michael Montgomery. All I wanted for Scotty to do was to sing something OTHER than Josh to convince me that he has what it takes. And now I have decided. Scotty is a GOOD TIME! He is a down home country singer and the ladies love him. He will be with us for awhile. Now, I may be changing my tune several weeks from now when it seems like everything he does sounds the same. But for now, I'm on board! And I have a strong feeling that he will be doing a duet with Josh Turner at the finale (regardless of where he finishes in the Idol race).
- Stefano Langone - "Just the Way You Are" (Bruno Mars, not the better one by Billy Joel) - Hey, the guy can sing. He sang a pretty straight forward interpretation of "Just the Way You Are" but with a hint of his Latin accent. Okay, there were no hints about it. It's there people! The judges and the audience seemed to be rocking and cheering along with Stefano. He has a pretty good backstory with the whole "being a survivor" thing and he has a good voice. I'd say it's a toss-up between him and James for the 5th spot in the top 5 guys.
- Paul McDonald - "Maggie May" - I mentioned last week that this guy has solidified a spot amongst my favorites of season 10. Seeing him perform the Rod Stewart classic this week only strengthened my support for him. He's quirky, he's unique, he's a little goofy but his voice stands out amongst the majority of the other guys. Definitely one to watch in this competition. Actually, not having much to say about him is the greatest compliment I can give! He said it all during his performance and I loved it.
- Jacob Lusk - "A House is Not a Home" - Man, Jacob is another one to watch. The dude's voice is just ridiculous and the personality to match is uncanny. Having Paul, Jacob and the yet discussed Casey in the top 10 or 12 or 15 or whatever will be a treat for as long as they're there. That's all I have to say!
- Casey Abrams - "I Put a Spell on You" - Well, I had heard that he was going to pre-record his performance over the weekend after his hospitalization. But, it looked like he actually made it. Casey did a great job too. While his vocal wasn't technically as "PURE" as some of the previous contestants, he certainly made up for it with soul and character. Randy is right, there isn't anyone quite like him that has been on the show before. The man has some mad musical skills. I think he did a great job, but some of his performances during Hollywood week and his audition convince me that he has a lot of better performances on the way. Paul, Jacob and Casey. They are my "ones to watch" from the guys for now!
Yikes, I really don't think I know how to be short! It will be my season-long goal to make my contestant reviews as short as possible! But, when I get on a rant, there just is no stopping me.
Anyway, here are my Top 5 picks:
Casey Abrams, Jacob Lusk, Paul McDonald, Scotty McCreery, James Durbin
Stefano, Clint, Tim
Really could go either way with James and Stefano with rounding out the 5. Either way, I don't see either of them winning. It sounded like they already wanted to give Tim another shot to prove himself. And with Clint, Idol sure loves a villain!
Well that's that. Not much else to say for now. The Top 12 girls are tomorrow night, get excited! One last thing about my blogging this season. I can't promise I'll be posting these on the night the episode airs. It could be at some point during the next day but I'll try my best to stay on top of it! Hope you enjoyed my ramblings and my great Idol return and I'll see you after the next show!
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