“American Idol,” March 4

5 Mar

Sorry this post is late, cats. I went to write it last night and realized my computer wasn’t doing too well. It was kind of a time-related thing so I had to work on it first. So, “Idol” post is a little late…sorry.  But it’s here now!

Top 8 guys last night, and it was 80s night. It wasn’t all that bad…except for that first performance.

Luke Menard started the night off singing Wham!’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.” Yep, you read that right, and yep, it was as bad as you imagine.
Randy said: It started rough, he was ahead of the band and it was a little corny.
Paula said: She was surprised he picked that song (who wasn’t?) but she loved his interpretation.
Simon said: He didn’t like it, it was weak and a bit girly, and there’s no chance he’ll make it into the top 12.

David Archuleta sang Phil Collins’ “Another Day in Paradise,” and it’s great. He started out playing the piano, but then stood up to finish the song.
Randy said: It was like watching a David Archuleta concert, but the song didn’t show off his vocals and it was a little pitchy.
Paula said: She actually liked that he was off in a few parts because it proved he’s not perfect. And he’s good at picking songs.
Simon said: It wasn’t as good as last week, but he’ll definitely be in the finals, probably in the final 2. But he needs to choose more fun songs, “otherwise it might get depressing.”

Danny Noriega sang “Tainted Love” with a pretty different arrangement. Some will either love it or hate it, but again, I still like this kid, so I was cool with it.
Randy said: It was a little pitchy but he loved the arrangement, and Danny needs to show more vocal confidence.
Paula said: He’s the bright light of the competition and has great vocals.
Simon said: It was horrible, absolutely useless and he hated the arrangement.

Alright I try to stay away from controversy but there’s no way to avoid this – by now you’ve probably heard the drama surrounding David Hernandez.  Frankly, I could care less about David’s past — but did anyone else hear Simon make some kind of remark after David’s performance? Something about “strip to it”? Or was I the only one to hear that?
OK — back to the show.  David sang “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now.” It’s alright but I wonder if he’ll be sent home based on that kind of-OK performance and not on the stripping stories?
Randy said: It was a nice song choice but pitchy.
Paula said: He’s becoming a very good performer.
Simon said: Not as good as last week but he’ll go on to the next round.

Michael Johns sang Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me).” I liked it, but again, the cat could just stand on stage and I’d love it.
Randy said: It was so him and he’s just like Michael Hutchence.
Paula said: He’s defining who he is as an artist.
Simon said: He liked it but didn’t love it, and he has a huge talent. But he’s like Carly in that he still hasn’t had that “moment” or song to get people to connect with him.

David Cook sang Lionel Richie’s “Hello” with his guitar. I’m sorry to say I missed this one..long story. But apparently it was great.
Randy said: He made a slightly emo version of a Lionel Richie song and it could be a hit.
Paula said: It was fabulous and should be a hit today.
Simons said: “It was a very brave thing to do, and I loved it.”

Jason Castro went without his guitar to sing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” My only beef with it is that he tried to create an exact replica of Jeff Buckley’s version. I practically worship Jeff Buckley, so I get a little antsy when someone tries to be just like him. Jason was good but doesn’t need to try to be a new Jeff Buckley.
Randy said: He did a pretty good job — it was nice.
Paula said: He sounded so effortless and showed a beautiful vulnerability.
Simon said: It was absolutely brilliant and Jason’s getting better each week.

Chikezie sang  “All the Woman I Need.” It was pretty good.
Randy said: It was an interesting song choice and really good.
Paula said: His vocals sounded really good.
Simon said: He asked if the song was ever sung by Whitney Houston, and when Chikezie said yes, Simon then said it didn’t work at all. He also said it was more cabaret than last week.

So, who’s going home? My guess says Luke for sure, and then either Danny or Chickezie. Surely David won’t go home — right? But I have been wrong before…

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