Hello American Idol fandom! Well, it has been a week since Pia's ousting. Is everyone over it? I thought I was. I even bought into Nigel Lythgoe telling America that he wasn't surprised by the ousting because he has seen the results week after week. He knew Pia wasn't resonating with America. Well, I'm sure the lack of personality helped, but I think there was a bit of "America assumed she was safe" going on. And we can't forget the skewed voting system and "nice" judges that we all discussed last week either. So, that was before the show that I thought I was over it. Now, as I sit here after the show I can't help think that it is sorely missing someone with a WOW factor. No one can deny her amazing vocals. It explains why Interscope already nabbed her up with a record deal. I couldn't help but roll my eyes and throw my hands in the air questioning the contestants and the judges on their song choices. There were a couple stand-outs I guess but nothing that would make me run out and buy their albums. So with that said, I'm already looking forward to tomorrow night when a TRUE Idol can take the stage and show them how it's done. Kelly Clarkson will no doubt be singing her duet with Jason Aldean at the results show "Don't You Wanna Stay". Anyway, I guess we have to pick someone to go home so I'll see what I can do. But, just like what happened in the most recent seasons for me, I honestly don't care. Bring on Movie Night and inexplicably more Will.I.Am!!! (And go see RIO this weekend!)
- Paul McDonald - "Old Time Rock N' Roll" from the movie Risky Business - Look out guys, Paul has a black version of that crazy suit too! He sure had a good time up there didn't he? I like Paul. I've made no secret of that over the weeks. I love the song he chose also. He had a good time up there and he was entertaining. BUT, I couldn't help feeling it wasn't a good song choice. There isn't much melody or lyrics. And the melody and lyrics that do exist are repeated over and over again. What does that really showcase besides him having a good time up there? Yeah, I agreed with Randy that it could be a nice opening number for a concert. And it WAS the opening song of the night. But, will America remember Paul after the 7 performances that followed with THAT performance? I just don't know.
- Lauren Alaina - "The Climb" from The Hannah Montana Movie - You gotta love that Lauren was shocked that Jimmy told her she's a better singer than Miley Cyrus will ever be. That's such a "duh" thing to say but it was hysterical that Lauren believes THAT little in herself. Seriously, the girl has really dropped down on her self-confidence scale from the auditions. I know I say it every week. I'm not really even sure what the judges were praising in this performance. Maybe the audio balance is different on TV than it is at the LIVE show. Because, all I heard was the backup singers drowning her out during the big chorus moments and the big notes. I could barely hear her hitting her high notes and that made me just think that she wasn't strong enough to handle it. It also did her no favors for Will and Jimmy to be instructing her to steal Pia's votes and then have her vocals sound the way they did. I think people still like Lauren but I don't know how much longer she can last on that alone. But seriously, isn't a guy going to go home soon?
- Stefano Langone - "End of the Road" from the movie Boomerang - If Simon was here, you KNOW he would have said something about the title of his song selection being very fitting for the performance. Instead, we got Steven's nice "this isn't the End of the Road for you!" ha...ha... I don't know. Was I in a bad mood or something tonight? I mean, I guess he was good and you could tell he was putting his all into it, but I just wasn't wowed by his performance. I thought it was all flare and no substance. And of course there was the predictable high note that he hit where the band cut out to make it all the more dramatic and people just go crazy over it. And that somehow is supposed to erase the minute of average singing that led up to it? Come on! Early on, I thought Stefano might be a sleeper in the competition. I guess he might still be. But, for now, I think it is just an inevitability that he will be going home. If not this week, then some week before the finale. So why wait?
- Scotty McCreery - "I Cross My Heart" from the movie Pure Country - I think Scotty would have done well with either of his song selections. Hey, even if he's predictable he is just doing his thing up there. I think his performances have gotten a little more polished over the week. He seems to have grown some confidence too. He's just up there singing and emoting and sounding all "COUNTRY"! I did feel once again, though, that those backup singers were drowning him out. And that's when I thought the mic levels may have been off and started to forgive Lauren. Here's what I have to say about Scotty. He's starting to make me a believer that his fans may carry him through straight to the end. And, I think he is the only one that is GUARANTEED to be successful after his Idol run is over. GUARANTEED! Now that Pia has been forced out, I think I can see Scotty making it all the way to the finale. I'm not really sure who else might stand in his way. But we'll see! Oh yeah, and he's still playing that flute every time he holds the microphone. Gotta love it.
- Casey Abrams - "Nature Boy" from the movie The Boy with Green Hair, Untamed Heart and Moulin Rouge and a couple others. - I guess there is something to be said for going with your gut. I love to see Casey strum that bass, but I have to say. I just didn't get it this week. And it's not just because it was Jazz. I played in a jazz band for 8 years (high school, college) and loved it. So, I get jazz. And he really wanted to show off his bass playing this week. Great Casey. But you know you signed up for a singing competition, right? The voice? Not so great, save for a few moments at the end. I didn't understand the standing ovation from EVERYONE, including the judges. Steven Tyler looked like he had a childhood fantasy played out LIVE in front of him. I dunno. I just didn't get it at all. The majority of the song I was just thinking "What The censored word is he doing out there!?!?!" I may be in a minority or a majority. I dunno. But I didn't get it.
- Haley Reinhart - "Call Me" from the movie American Gigolo - Well we must start by saying that Haley looked like the spitting image of a stained glass window tonight. Nicely done Haley! Way to bring some church into the place! (ba dum ching) Everyone who reads this knows I can't stand the cookie monster. That being said, I thought this song was well suited for her voice. Ironically, the judges decided to pick her as the scape goat for the night and lay all of the negative critiques on her. Hey that's fine, get rid of one of the girls. It's what America (errr teenage girl texters) is used to doing! It wasn't awful, it wasn't great. I just don't get why she got slammed for doing this when Stefano and Lauren and even Casey got praised for their performances. I honestly didn't see much difference. I guess one difference is Casey showed SOME talent on stage, just not much of his voice. I'm not going to sit here and defend Haley though. I would hate it if she won the whole show. So, it's fine by me if America sends her packing. Nothing really would shock me anymore.
- Jacob Lusk - "Bridge Over Troubled Water" from the movie The Pursuit of Happiness - Speaking of bringing some CHURCH in the house! But before we get there, let me talk about the song choice on 2 levels. First, Jacob was going to to "The Impossible Dream". REALLY!?!?!?! Hey, I loved when Scott Bakula did it in Quantum Leap (when he leaped into an actor playing Don Quixote) just as much as the next sci-fi nut but American Idol!? Of course, something tells me someone did it on Idol before, but whatever! (Yup, Kelly Clarkson sang it with Diana DeGarmo and Craptasia and Ruben at the season 3 finale. But Kelly can sing whatever she likes! Plus, it's not like they were competing with it). Anyway, the fact that Jimmy Iovine had to pick this song out for Jacob kind of defeats the purpose of the contestant selecting a song doesn't it? Not only that, but it was in the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS!?!? Isn't that a stretch of using the song as a MOVIE SONG? The song existed WAY before this movie ever existed. I dunno, seems like a stretch if you ask me but whatever. I thought Jacob did pretty well on it. How could he not? It's a GOSPEL song as it is, and he went to Church with it. Now, whether people's stomachs are strong enough to stand Jacob singing another Gospel-like song for another straight week. And yes we can't forget Clay Aiken put his stamp on this song back in season 2. That's another question. And I really don't have the answers anymore, if I ever did.
- James Durbin - "Heavy Metal" from Heavy Metal - Well, Idol just pulls out all of the stops for these FINAL numbers anymore don't they? You have to wonder if the whole interview with Jimmy and Will with James sticking to his guns and not wavering on his song selection was all an ACT to go with James's "Rocker" vibe. Nothing would surprise me anymore with this show that brings out a famous Metal guitarist Zakk Wylde (of Ozzy and Black Label Society fame) to rock out with James and put on a SPECTACLE for the final show of the night. Hey, I'll be happy to admit that I am a Sammy Hagar supporter. Yeah, mostly the Van Hagar (Halen) stuff over his solo stuff, but I like me some hard rock every now and then. James really brought it and rocked the house. I thought it was quite the performance and overall spectacle. But, will America buy into the METAL on American Idol? I guess a good performance is a good performance and whoever supports James probably will still support him after it. If not more people. If I were to choose a final 2 from what we've seen so far in the competition I'd say that it would HAVE to be Scotty vs. James in the end. But, I'm not going to be naive enough to think that is what would happen or even if I'll care if that actually happens. We'll just have to see.
The Elimination Pick
Ugh, am I already burned out on the newly revamped Idol? Well, it's not so revamped as we're starting to see. The same problems still exist and so here I am complaining again. Maybe you guys out there liked it more than me, I don't know. But I seriously don't have the least bit of interest in picking someone to go home tonight. So I'm just going to throw a wild guess out there. We'll see what happens.
Safe? Scotty, James
Unsafe? Everyone Else
Bottom 3: Haley Reinhart, Jacob Lusk, Lauren Alaina Bonus: Paul McDonald Double Bonus: Stefano
Elimination Pick: Jacob Lusk
I really have no idea. It could be ANYONE. So why not throw someone out there that no one thinks will be going home this week? Haley got too much negative feedback for it to be her, right? That will just make people vote for her more. Especially since she was the ONLY one to get the negative feedback. Stefano and Casey both got standing O's so I have to think maybe I'm in a minority on them. Plus Stefano will get the sympathy vote for bottom 3 last week and Casey is still riding high on a judge's save (I guess). It wouldn't surprise me if Lauren or Paul go home. So that's all I got! A whole bunch of uncertainty! But, of course, if Jacob DOES go home, all you'll here is bragging from me!!
Packed Thursday night of TV so I really doubt I'll have time for a FULL on blog posting, but I will post in the comments of this post with my reactions of the elimination show if I don't get that time for a new post. So that's all I got! Hope you enjoyed my ramblings as always and I'll see you when I see you!
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