“American Idol,” Feb. 19

20 Feb

Hey cats, sorry this is late…been at the Snoop Dogg show! But more on that later…

It’s the top 12 guys on “American Idol” tonight.

The girls are tomorrow night. We’re losing two guys and girls a week until we’re down to the Top 12.

The night’s songs are from the 60s.

David Hernandez went first, singing Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour.” The first part was great — it was slow and gospel-like. The rest of the song was forgettable.
Randy said: The beginning was great but it fell apart at the end.
Paula said: He has brilliant vocals to rely on.
Simon said: It was better than he thought it would be, and the first part was terrific.

Chikezie (I guess producers think he only needs one name?) is next singing “I Love You More Than Yesterday.” In five minutes it will be completely forgotten, quite honestly.
Randy said: It was “pretty good.”
Paula said: Quite a lot, but finally finished with “you did a very nice job.”
Simon said: First of all, he called him “Jacuzzi,” then said, “I hated the whole performance.” He also dissed Chikezie’s reddish-orange suit.

David Cook surprised them all with his take on the Turtles’ “Happy Together.” It was pretty rockin.
Randy said: “You worked it out.”
Paula said: He made it original.
Simon said: It was good but he shouted just a little in the middle.

Jason Yeager sang “Moon River,” but…snore…sorry.
Randy said: It was pretty good but pitchy.
Paula said: Not much besides she danced to “Moon River” at her first ballet recital.
Simon: He hit it on the head, saying Jason came off much much older (he’s just 28) in his performance, and it was a little cruise ship-y.

Robbie Carrico was in a pop group and toured with Britney Spears in 2000. Now he’s on “Idol,” singing Three Dog Night’s “One.” There’s not much to say about it beyond that.
Randy said: “You moved me, baby.”
Paula said: Robbie picked a good song.
Simon: It was the only performance so far “with any semblance of making sense.”

David Archuleta is winning over, oh, well, everybody with his take on “Shop Around.” The song fit him, and even though I thought I saw a little bit of nerves showing, he did a solid job.
Randy said: He was really brilliant.
Paula said: It was a “brave and bold choice.”
Simon said: “When you’ve got it, you’ve got it.” Said it was the best performance of the night by a mile.

Danny Noriega. Anyone else notice he kind of resembles Miley Cyrus? I mean that in a nice way; he’s a cute little cat.
He’s bravely taking on “Jailhouse Rock.” Some people will find this fun; others will want him dead. Of course he’s no Elvis.
Randy said: It was “pretty good.”
Paula said: The song was a safe song choice so he could perform. She also said his voice has “many beautiful colors.”
Simon said: It was “verging on grotesque.” He hates it a lot, but Randy defends him, saying he wasn’t trying to be Elvis, he was trying to be Danny.

Luke Menard tried out in Memphis but didn’t make it, and it doesn’t look like he’ll make it past this week, either. His version of “Everybody’s Talkin'” seemed to put everyone to sleep.
Randy said: It was pitchy and not that great.
Paula said: It wasn’t the best song choice.
Simon said: It was forgettable.

Colton Berry, who swears he looks like Ellen, is next. He’s singing “Suspicious Minds,” and he’s already warned us that he can get theatrical. And, yep, he’s singing it like he’s in a musical. Danny has escaped my wrath, but for you, Colton, I shall show no mercy. He’s completely ruining one of the most perfect songs ever.
Randy said: It was pretty good.
Paula said: It was a “fun” attempt.
Simon said: Not as bad as Danny but he’s not a recording artist.

Next is Garret Haley. Anyone else get the feeling his hair was already out of style by the time he was born? Somebody, do something with that mess.
Anyway, he’s doing “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.” It’s pretty good but he needs to spice it up.
Randy said: It was pitchy and boring.
Paula said: Make it your own.
Simon said: He sounded whiney and looked terrified.

Jason Castro played his guitar and sang “Daydream,” and it’s looovely, pure heaven if you ask me.
Randy said: He liked it but it was pitchy.
Paula said: It was effortless and perfect.
Simon said: One of the top 2 performances of the night.

Michael Hutchence — sorry, Michael Johns — finished the night with “Light My Fire.” They saved the best two for last…
Randy said: He loved it.
Paula said: “You did set everyone on fire.”
Simon said: He’s one of the most consistent contestants they’ve had.

Pop-Rock Candy Mountain/Scene Now Showdown:
I say the most forgettable acts, Chikezie and Jason Yeager, are going home.

Tomorrow night’s “American Idol” will be late, since I have to work late. But I’ll get it up ASAP.
There will also be an episode Thursday night, but I’ll have to just post a who-was-booted-off post, since, yet again, I’ll be working late Thursday.

Surely my weeks won’t be so busy after this one!!

2 Responses to ““American Idol,” Feb. 19”

  1. Ginny February 20, 2008 at 4:21 pm #

    I missed most of the show, but happily I got to see Jason Castro and Michael Johns. Garret’s hair scares me. Simon was right about Garret looking pale. I don’t know that a tan and a haircut will help.

  2. jesse barnett February 22, 2008 at 2:35 pm #

    the hair was bad

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