“American Idol,” March 18

19 Mar

So the producers owe the contestants a big apology.

I love the Beatles, you love the Beatles. Last week of “American Idol” + the Beatles = mostly greatness.

But TWO weeks of “American Idol” + the Beatles? Nooo. Big mess of noooo.

Last night was pretty bad…

So Amanda Overmyer started the night off with “Back in the U.S.S.R.” It’s not a revelation in music but it certainly ain’t the best.
Randy said: Perfect song choice; pitchy at the beginning; 7/10.
Paula said: It was sketchy at first and her timing was off at the beginning, but when she connects with the audience she’s authentic.
Simon said: “It was what it was” – it was predictable, and she’s in danger of becoming boring.

Kristy Lee Cook sang “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.” Kristy Lee’s problem (well, one of them)? “It’s kinda new to me – the whole Beatles thing.”
*hangs head in shame*
Anyway. Her version is strange, strange, strange. It has some kind of weird electric guitar arrangement or something and it’s a big mess.
Randy said: It was an interesting arrangement and she needed more emotion.
Paula said: It was safe but good.
Simon said: She’s not a good performer and is like “musical wallpaper.”

David Archuleta sang “The Long and Winding Road.” I don’t know why but gosh you can’t help but like this kid. I worried this song would come off as too old, but it didn’t to me. Sure, I got the feeling he was singing about the road to junior prom, but I still liked it.
Randy said: He “brought the hotness back.”
Paula said: It was wonderful – and he can rise above adversity (aka last week’s missing lyrics fiasco).
Simon said: It was amazing. “That was a master class.”

Michael Johns sang “A Day in the Life.” Possibly the hardest song to compress into a 90-second song. It just didn’t work.
Randy said: It wasn’t his best.
Paula said: He lost his connection w/ the audience.
Simon said: It was mess and not good enough.

Brooke White sang “Here Comes the Sun.” Yep, it’s all yellow, from the lights to her dress. She seems super super happy to be singing this song, so she throws in a “whoa” or something and a little dance. It’s slightly disturbing.
Randy said: It was awkward, and when he mentioned the bad “whoa,” Brooke said she agreed w/ him.
Paula said: She should’ve chosen a more challenging song.
Simon said: Terrible, horrible dancing and she had a lack of conviction.

David Cook sang Whitesnake’s version of “Daytripper,” complete with a voicebox solo. It’s not bad.
Randy said: He keeps it interesting, and it was solid but not his best.
Paula said: He’s ready to go sell records.
Simon said: “It was not as good as you thought it was” — saying David cooked smug and it was predictable.

Carly Smithson sang “Blackbird.” Technically it’s great but her angry faces kept distracting me. Anyone else get the feeling she wanted the blackbird to suffer?
Randy said: It was another great performance.
Paula said: She has an amazing tone to her voice.
Simon said: It was indulgent and he didn’t like the song.

Jason Castro sang “Michelle.” He pretty well got up there and karaoke’d it, but again, you just want to like this kid. He throws on the goofy grin and you’re like, oh, you totally botched that note…that’s ok!
Randy said: It was a little interesting and he’s not sure if he got it.
Paula said: He has a very distinct charm but he gets disconnected when he’s away from his guitar.
Simon said: He’d better be thankful he’s on a TV show, because his goofiness makes it all work.

Syesha Mercado sang “Yesterday.” This was probably my favorite of the night. She overdid a few parts, though, which made it feel slightly Broadway-ish, but it’s still good.
Randy said: It was a very very very good performance.
Paula said: She needs to connect more w/ her eyes.
Simon said: Probably the best performance so far but it wasn’t incredible.

Chikezie sang “I’ve Just Seen a Face,” complete with a harmonica, which he learned how to play like the day before. Again he goes for the country sound. Still not sure what I think about this…
Randy said: There were good and bad parts.
Paula said: He’s showing the whole slope of who he is.
Simon said: It started OK, the harmonica was atrocious and it was a little gimmicky.

Ramiele Malubay sang “I Should’ve Known Better.” Literally the only thing worse than this is Kristy Lee’s “Eight Days a Week.” It’s bad. Very, very bad.
Randy said: He’s not jumping up and down about it – it’s alright.
Paula said: It was definitely better than last week.
Simon said: She didn’t show off her ability.

My guess for a bottom three? Kristy Lee, Ramiele and Michael Johns. Going home? Kristy Lee or Ramiele.

I’ve got to work late tonight but surely I’ll get back in time to see the bottom three and who’s kicked off. But either way I’ll get it posted. Thanks!

One Response to ““American Idol,” March 18”

  1. Stacey Derbinshire March 19, 2008 at 10:28 am #

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Stacey Derbinshire

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