It’s guys night – week two – and we’re ready for some GOOD performances tonight after a terrible night Tuesday from the ladies. Seacrest promises a “Coroonucopia” of music or something like that. Let’s get to it!
Taylor Hicks is going to bring us “Easy” by The Commodores. This should be cool. Taylor says he wears a toboggan when he’s on the street so he won’t be recognized for his gray hair and indeed, he’s unrecognizable with it on. Taylor is smooth as usual but the performance lacks the fire of last week’s rousing rendition of “Levon.” Still, even on his worst week, Taylor is better than probably 85% of the others. He’s classy and confident. Bo Bice is in the audience and he digs Taylor’s singing. The judges can tell it’s not as good, but they seem to really like Taylor. He seems to have so much fun on the stage. Right on.
Elliott is confident in his choice of Stevie Wonder’s “Mood for Love.” I’m not sure about Elliott’s teeth. They kind of freak me out. Try this: close your eyes and listen to Elliott’s singing. I discovered I’m biased against him because he looks a little strange, but he’s got a GREAT voice, there is no doubt. This is a good performance and Elliott is just likable. He gets a standing ovation from Randy. Simon notes that Elliott has more confidence tonight and this was a “great performance.” After two performers, this is already a better night of Idol than last night. The guys are KILLING the girls in terms of talent.
Ace Young is going to sing Daniel Beddingfield’s “If I’m Not Made for You.” If it’s half as good as his performance of “Father Figure” from last week, Ace is gonna blow us away. Speaking of George Michael, I hope Ace’s performance didn’t drive him to drug use. Ace wears a different beanie in his back pocket everyday. Isn’t there some kind of elaborate code gay guys use through colored handkerchiefs in their back pockets? Not that there’s a connection, I’m just asking. This song is kind of whiny. He does an awful falsetto. I’m wondering if Ace can do a fast song with any energy. Still, even though it doesn’t live up to “Father Figure,” this was a really good performance – better, in fact, than anything the women did last night. The judges urge Ace to do something more challenging. What does a khaki beanie signify?
Oh boy, it’s Gedeon with “Change is Going to Come” by Sam Cooke. Woah! This is a far better song than last week’s goofy “Shout” performance. Gedeon’s got some ability we haven’t seen yet, apparently, because he did really well this week. That was nice. He seems much more confident and much less comical. Randy and Paula really enjoyed it. Simon says he doesn’t know what to make of Gedeon, but “he hit it on the head.” Simon praises Gedeon and says he brilliantly sings in the vein of Smokey Robinson. Very cool.
Kevin wants to have a little fun with “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.” He proclaims himself to be the guy every girl feels safe with. What a distinction. Then he claims to be a sex symbol. I’m not making this up. This guy’s as sexy as a pocket protector. He looks completely awkward trying to bob around and have rhythm. This is bad. It comes off as a nerd joke. Randy and Paula (of course) praise him to high heaven because he is “fun” and “adorable.” Yay. Simon: “This really is la-la land, isn’t it?” He admits Kevin is likable but also admits this performance sucked. It’s easy to admit.
Sway is doing “Overjoyed” by Stevie Wonder. Man, this is the year of Stevie Wonder. I thought Sway was awful last week, so we’ll see what he has this week. It’s surprisingly good. He reminds me a lot of Aaron Neville, and that’s a good thing. This song could easily be on the radio. Great stuff. Randy says it wasn’t as good as last week. WHAT?! Paula calls it disconnected. These people are insane. Simon calls it “pure karaoke.” I guess I’m the insane one, because this was a good performance.
“Lady” by Kenny Rogers is one of those old school, powerful songs that are absolutely incomparable. I remember listening to it all the time as a kid while riding around with my parents. Kenny has so much soul and emotion in his voice. Listening to “Lady” was like meeting Kenny through the speakers. That’s why I’m not even going to comment on the travesty committed tonight by dorky Bobby Brady. Let’s move on.
BOOMHAUER is back in action and indeed, he is unintelligible! But that’s what we like about him! Bucky delivers “The Thunder Rolls” by Garth Brooks and hits a homerun compared to last week. He looks awkward up there, but I think that’s because he’s used to having a guitar in his hands. His voice is smooth. He is likable for the same reasons Kellie Pickler is not. He sings with conviction and the judges believe in him now. Hopefully somebody will cast a vote in his direction. You know, when he tells Seacrest he wants an iced tea, I BELIEVE him. I think Bucky will only get better as he keeps taking chances and growing as an artist.
David does Sinatra. Of course. And it sucks. I hate this guy. He makes Ace Eyes at the camera. And it sucks. I hate this guy.
Chris is going to round out the night with a good one: “Hemmorhage” by Fuel. I always liked this song. Chris comes off as just a regular guy and he has a GREAT voice. He knocks it out of the park tonight and is passionate. This is better than Fuel’s original! Chris is the real deal and brings the crowd to their feet (in a real way, not a patronizing way). Randy believes he could be on the radio right now alongside Audioslave and Incubus. Paula calls it amazing and proclaims Chris to be the maker of magic moments. I agree. Simon calls it the only performance that was real tonight. “You are the standard,” Simon says. Wow. Chris is going to be hard to beat if he keeps doing that.
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I finally took notes, so I could make a post that I could actually remember.
Taylor - Song seemed, safe, and while solid, just wasn't anything spectacular for me..But I like him, and think he'll stick around, he's such a good guy to have in the competition.
Elliott - Wow. Great song choice, and he owned it. One of my 3 faves, and probably after tonight, him and Chris own the my top 2. My favorite of the night.
Ace - I actually like the song choice, but the original was sung by a guy with a very unique voice, and it didn't work for him, but he's got the ladies' vote, so he really doesn't have much to worry about.
David Allan Gedeon - Dude can sing, but I just can't get into the guy. I think he'd be better if he loosened up on the ego a bit.
Kevin - Finally, the first average song of the night, but I wonder how much he'll get by with just on the likeability factor alone
Sway - Something seemed way off....song was a real safe choice, and it was just an average cover. I was with Simon when he called it forgettable. I think it was a Stevie Wonder song.
Fred Savage (Will) - I liked the song, and thought he did good, it was weird though, hearing that sound come out of him. Surprised he got knocked by the judges.
Bucky - Liked the song choice, but didn't think he brought it like he could have, could be in trouble.
David - Dude picked a bad night to croon, especially since Elliott crooned a little in his song, and absolutely rocked it, this was the easy choice for me for worst of the night, and I do believe he's the 1st guy to go home tomorrow. Randy was brutal with his "The band was great though" line.
Chris - Rocked the house, much like Bo did last year, and did the one thing Bo should have done, sang modern rock songs, and not live in the southern/classic rock genre. I told Ms. Packman that if Bo had done more modern stuff, he beats Carrie, but yet he didn't. I called Elliott #1 for the night, but I'd definitely but Chris as 1a.
So, in my opinion, David is going home with either Bucky or Sway, I'm just not sure who.
Awesome show all in all, and the girls have to take a long look at themselves, get their shit together, and bring it next week, or they can kiss any shot at winning this goodbye.
Originally posted by Parts UnknownSway is doing “Overjoyed” by Stevie Wonder. Man, this is the year of Stevie Wonder. I thought Sway was awful last week, so we’ll see what he has this week. It’s surprisingly good. He reminds me a lot of Aaron Neville, and that’s a good thing. This song could easily be on the radio. Great stuff. Randy says it wasn’t as good as last week. WHAT?! Paula calls it disconnected. These people are insane. Simon calls it “pure karaoke.” I guess I’m the insane one, because this was a good performance.
Your observations thus far have been pretty damn good, but I think you missed this one by a mile. He's was off-key, flat, dull, boring, just plain awful. We were cringing as he was singing this.
Only saw bits and parts of this last night so I can't tell you who I thought was going home but I can say that Sway was atrocious and that Kevin has a huge melon of a head. That and how embarrassing is it to have Rudy Huxtable give you the nickname "Chicken Little" ???
I dunno, count me and the wife as thinking Sway was decent last night. Not nearly as bad as some are saying in our view.
Ace...now there was one I was shocked by. Really thought he was horrible and off key everywhere. He's not going anywhere though and I assume he'll pick something he can sing next time instead of following the judges advice and trying something harder.
After all listening to the judges didn't work at all for David. I don't like the guys stuff much, but he gave them exactly what they told him to do last week. And they basically ripped him for doing it. Granted he could have done a better job of it, but when you tell a guy to do a certain type of song you can't rip him for going there.
I thought Taylor did a really good job as well, so I was suprised the judges didn't like it much.
Elliot and Chris are both amazing. Great song choices, great job of singing.
Will sucks balls and should be gone immediatly. Wow is he bad. Gedeon kinda shocked me by not sucking. Still freaky looking though. No real chance to win it all.
Kevin....stop. Just really stop there while everyone thinks you're cute.
And Bucky....just didn't do it for me. I kinda feel the exact opposite of what someone else stated. The slow country goof thing works for Pickler but not this guy.
Originally posted by saturn93My four to go...Brenna, Katharine, David, and Sway. But who knows what could happen.
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Saturn93 with a 75% conversion rate!! Nice job.
I think losing Brenna and Heather was a pretty straight call. I was a little surprised that Sway went, given the mixed reactions on this board anyway.
I am little disappointed that David went only because the judges totally screwed him. Last week, he does an upbeat song and they tell him to stay in his crooning zone. He comes back with Sinatra and they tell him he's too comfortable, he's gotta take some risks. Asses.
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