It’s down to twelve after Diana Ross left us last week. Still excited, still interested, still ready to comment on the performances of the top twelve – my comments offered before hearing the judges speak – eeek – this week is “songs from the year the contestants were born.” Nothing better to make someone feel old.
Naima – What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner – Can we please get some stairs training in here if we’re going to continue to build them for American Idol stages. This arrangement doesn’t do much for me. She reminds me of Ventress from Clone Wars.
Paul – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues – He’s like “Countrified Coldplay” – While I do think that his variety is good for AI – he is starting to be more like Taylor Hicks than like himself – becoming a bit of a parody of his schtick, less honest to me.
Thea – 1995. Ouch. Colors of the Wind – She’s pretty stunning – but in the end, I was kind of bored, but I attribute that more to the arrangement than her performance.
James – I’ll Be There For You – Remember when this song was a ballad? Not his best performance – feel like he’s losing it a bit. When they play this back they’ll realize how many notes he actually missed due to adrenaline.
Haley – I’m Your Baby Tonight – Loved it. First one I enjoyed from beginning to end. Little lipstick on the chin after the performance, that’s hilarious.
Stephano – If You Don’t Know Me By Now – He’s doing a great job with this song – a great pick. Great last note. Showed he deserved to get the wild card. The system works.
Pia – Where Do Broken Hearts Go? – Pantsuit? Really? Probably the most soul that she’s shown, nailed the top notes for sure. Wow! But… need more soul and less pantsuit…
Scotty – Can I Trust You With My Heart – He’s brilliant – seriously – how does he do it? I can’t stand country music, and yet, I’m drawn to his talent like a moth to a dadgum flame.
Karen - Love Will Lead You Back – She’s singing to us from the future! Her voice is a little thin by comparison to the original, and she’s not doing enough different with it to make it stand out. And just as I say that, she breaks out the Spanish. Boom.
Casey – Smells Like Teen Spirit. Oh snap. The ghost of Simon Cowell can be heard saying “yes, but this is a singing competition…” It was good and cool, but really? First time I didn’t really get how what he was doing was fit for AI.
Lauren – I’m The Only One – She was awesome, until the last 20 seconds when the flu caught up with her. But wow, much improved from last week. Great catchy song right in her strengths.
Jacob – Alone – I always knew that ann and nancy were channeling a young black man with golden pipes. Oh wow on that “I never really cared until I met you” run. Most impressed with his ability to come back down from that craziness to sing the quiet parts at the end.
Random Notes – I hope they plan on doing more with Jimmy Iovine than these little couch sessions for one-liners. It really would be cooler to see more of what’s going on with that portion of the process.
So I noticed that Jimmy Iovine went to his jacket pocket fr something after talking to the very sick Paul – and then later he mentioned to James to stay away from the sickness in that house? I’m guessing he had some antiseptic lotion in his jacket that he went for right away…