I am doing most of this off of youtube clips and such as I forgot to DVR the show tonight and only caught Kristy and David C. live. So in many cases I have no idea what the judges said.
1. Ramiele - Apparently she was a biter. She tried for the big song this week, and Heart is always a good way to go for a singer going for it all. Not a very good job though. It was a bit all over the place and a bit shouty. I guess from the judges I catch on the clip I found that she's not feeling well, so I would like to get a listen to her trying this sort of song with a stronger healthier voice. I wonder though how long the Pinoy Power can carry her through.
2. Jason - In a thousand coffeehouses a thousand coffeehouse singers send a thousand curses to the gods that they were not the one inexplicably chosen to ply his breathy wares on a national stage. About halfway through the song I noticed MGMT on my tv and stopped listening to Jason and wished they were on instead of Kristy or David CLB. Safe because America loves stoners with a constant tear lurking just behind their eyes.
3.Syesha - She makes baby cry noises. I am listening to this as I type and forgetting it as soon as I hear it. Her voice is nice, but wow this song is just boring boring boring. Good voice, bad song choice to me. She'll survive I suspect.
4. Chikezie - I love Chikezie but he's not Luther. He's not Teddy. He's something totally unique. He shouldn't try to be just another R&B dude. His calling is being the black Garth Brooks. I think he survives from the goodwill of the last few weeks, but wouldn't surprise me with a bottom 3 trip.
5. Brooke - It was solid. She is beginning to remind me some of Alison Crowe. Their versions of "Let It Be" sound very very similar. I like Brooke and hope she stays around a while as I know I'm going to enjoy her on a weekly basis. Should be safe this week I think.
6. Michael - I figure he will now choose Queen songs every week until he is mercifully eliminated. Country week will be "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." Latin week will be "Fat Bottomed Girls" sung in Spanish. Webber week will be "Bohemian Rhapsody" while wearing a Phantom mask. I honestly preferred his "Day in the Life" mashup to this. This was not good. Might be bottom 3 this week.
7. Carly - Well, if ever a contestant and a song seemed destined to each other this is it. What is a "power keg" and is that something they keep at frat houses? I did not like the way she arranged it, and when confronted with the Mt. Everest of big voice 80's songs she didn't get much past base camp. She might end up in the bottom 3 again this week.
8. David CLB - Honestly, his voice is kinda boring when he's not overemoting. Its sort of flat and just sort of there. Tonight showed that to me. When he's wailing away on notes sure he's interesting. But even Pavarotti knew that some notes had to work in service of other ones. I felt like he bludgeoned the song to death. Simon's critique made me so happy. I imagine CLB's even creepier dad chose the song and told little CLB that he'd be thrown down the stairs again if he argued.
9. Kristy - I HATE HER! Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels and zombie singers. Everyone falls all over themselves to slobber on her performance because to speak ill of it makes you the Jeremiah Wright of American Idol. I hope she goes home this week. Technically it was not embarassing, but it was also nothing special either. Back to the bottom three where you can make more veiled sexual remarks at Simon and all of America.
10. David C. - I didn't know how this was going to work when he started. At about the 30 second mark I was ready to proclaim it a failure. But the indignance in his voice when he says "the kid is NOT my son" is just excellent. I know certain folks here will vehemently disagree, but to me this guy is the class of the competition, and I think he's the one who should win it all...so far. Every week I consistently find him one of the top 2 or 3, if not the best. His highs are not as high as the manic brilliance of Chikeze, but he hasn't had a bad week yet.
My best guesses are that the Davids, Brooke, Ramiele, Syesha, and Jason are safe. Carly, Michael and Chikezie are going to be 2 of the bottom 3, and Kristy will finally be sent home.
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Alternate Recap, Because I Already Had This Written for My Site!:
Ah, the classic "What Year Were You Born?" Episode. How I've missed thee. I actually really like these shows because you usually get a pretty good variety of song choices.
There's the usual dithering about and then Seacrest throws right into the show. I miss the Ringo smiting already!
Ramiele Malubay Singing: "Alone" by Heart (Fun Fact, Ramiele is the 953rd person to sing "Alone" on American Idol!) (1983) This Week's Fun Fact: She was a vampire as a child, but she grew out of it. Performance: It's funny, because the song choice is actually probably the right one, but if you perform the song on this show, you'll be compared to Carrie Underwood, and she wasn't nearly as good as Carrie. Or Carly, even, really. It wasn't bad really, I'll even forgive when her voice broke during the chorus (she's sick), but you can't sing this song on this show. It's been ruined. Judges Say: Not awful, so you're probably safe. I Say: You picked the right song for you, what can you do? Change: +/- 0 Score: -4
Jason Castro Singing: "Fragile" by Sting (1987) This Week's Fun Fact: Duuude, you can tell he's soooo pissed that, like, his brother got the keytar and he didn't. No waaaaaay! Performance: About halfway through the song he was so quiet and mush mouthed I thought he was singing in French again this week. His guitar playing is kind of a mess this week too, so it's a double whammy. Judges Say: It's time to put away the bong, maybe. I Say: The keytar probably would've helped. Change: -2 Score: -3
Sayesha Mercado Singing: "If I Were Your Woman" by Gladys Knight and The Pips (1971...That can't be right....) This Week's Fun Fact: She does the "Baby Cry" again which causes me to tune out everything else she says. I friggin' hate that thing. No, no, no, no, no. Performance: She doesn't look as good as last week, which isn't helping things. And...I'm forgetting this song WHILE she's singing it. It's like there's a black hole in my brain, and it's sucking the memory of anything she's ever done out of my head (except the stupid baby cry). Technically, she was fine, but still...no. Paula (dressed as America's Next Top Stripper this week), calls it "her moment." Um...Carrie singing "Alone" and Blake singing "Shot Through The Heart" this was not. Judges Say: Your best performance so far. I Say: I can't remember a thing about it. Change: -1 Score: -1
Chikezie Singing: "If Only for One Night" by Luther Vandross (1985) This Week's Fun Fact: Chikezie's birthday is 9/11, which...I'm sorry, dude. His mom goes on and on about songs that Chikezie says she doesn't know, and I kind of want her to stop talking. Performance: It's back to Balladeer Chikezie, which is not a good thing. After two weeks of really looking like he was having a great time with this, he looks bored again. And he doesn't have an awesome orange suit to offset it, which makes the boredom even more apparent. Other songs from 1985 I'd want to hear Chikezie sing? -"I Wanna Know What Love Is" by Foreigner -"That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick -"Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News Judges Say: You're back to boring, stupid ballads. I Say: You really have to do some more crazy crap to stay in. Change: -2 Score: -1
Brooke White Singing: "Every Breath You Take" by The Police (1983) This Week's Fun Fact: When she was a little girl, she learned how to play piano by ear, which is how she's played from then on. That's how you know you're supposed to be a musician, I guess. Performance: Hillariously, she starts on the complete wrong key and is just like, "Ok, we're doing that one again." Once she gets going, she's really, really good. I mean, really really good in the sense that The Police are right in her range of songs that she can sing without sounding/looking like a doofus. Unfortunately, the chorus is way, way off the rails. Judges Say: It started off good and went nowhere. I Say: See Archuletta, *that's* how you screw up on national TV. Change: +/- 0 Score: +2
Michael Johns Singing: "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions" by Queen (1978) This Week's Fun Fact: He used to dance around Australia and tell people how awesome he is. The great part is that after two solid months of reminding us how much he's reppin' Australia, his kid picture has him in T-Shirt advertising scenic Washington. Performance: Heath Ledger Tribute Night! Ok, so remember last week when he was, like, "Yeah, so I guess Bohemian Rhapsody a month and a half ago was pretty good?" Well, when they told him that it was "Year You Were Born Night" he was, like, "YES! I can get away with another Queen song! No...Wait! TWO QUEEN SONGS!" And...It totally works. He's not nearly as good as he was in the early rounds, but he's totally at home being a second rate Gavin Rosdale in a third-rate Freddie Mercury tribute band. Judges Say: You may actually have a career after this show. I Say: The week's theme rolled right into his favor. Change: +1 Score: -1
Carly Smithson Singing: "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler (1983) This Week's Fun Fact: She was named "Carly" because her mom heard a Carly Simon song on the way to the hospital. Her mom gets in this week's requisite "Carly was unfairly treated by the industry" dig and Carly name checks Madonna and Kylie Minogue. Performance: She actually had a chance to do something really amazing here, because, vocally, she's absolutely perfect for this song, with its shouty sections and power notes, but the problem is...she starts, like, a key and a half too low, and it ends up sounding really awkward. Which sucks, because I think she had a chance to be really fantastic. Judges Say: You picked the wrong song, but you're safe. I Say: You picked the right song, but you sang it really poorly. Change: -1 Score: +1
David Archuleta Singing: "You're the Voice" by John Farnham This Week's Fun Fact: He was always squinty and awkward even in his youth. He's sad because he's going to miss prom, but that doesn't stop him from hitting on some girl in the audience. I just made that sound way more awesome than it was, though. Performance: Wow...How very...Up with People of him. Seriously, is anybody going to buy an album of this right now? What he needs is a chorus of dancers, and the audience to hold up signs which, when the audience holds them all up together spells the word "Hope." And...Jazz Hands! Simon takes me one further by suggesting a career singing with The Bearenstein Bears on the A Stage at Six Flags which...HAHAHAHAHA! Judges Say: Vocally, you're great. I Say: If I can imagine you serenading Pocahontas at Disney's Animal Kingdom? That's not a good thing. Change: -1 Score: -3
Kristy Lee Cook Singing: "God Bless the USA" by Lee Greenwood (1984) This Week's Fun Fact: You know, advertising the fact that your brothers and sisters wanted you to shut the hell up whenever you sang as a kid is probably not the best endorsement for yourself. Performance: You know what *is* the best endorsement? Appealing to the American Redneck sense of PATRIOTISM~! that you can totally cash in on in few years during your USO tour. Seriously, I don't know that I've ever seen a more desperate and effective vote grab on this show before. She should've worn and American flag dress with "America - Fuck Yeah!" sewed on the back. She'd win the whole show in one night. Simon practically gives her a standing ovation for the balls that took. Once her Country Jamboree tour with Chikezie is over, she and Archuletta should hook up for an "Up With People Presents America - Land of the Free Home of the Brave" arena tour. Judges Say: You're smarter than you look. I Say: A million Sanjayas and Danny Noriegas combined don't have the crazy brilliance to pull this off. Change: +2 Score: -2
David Cook Singing: "Billy Jean" by Michael Jackson (by Way of Chris Daughtry) (1983) This Week's Fun Fact: David Cook had the world's largest forehead when he was younger, and even he realized that he was sporting the Herman Munster a little bit. That at least partially excuses the emo haircut. Performance: This is actually really where his "I'm Going to Be Daughtry" act completely and totally works. Grab the closest, most 80s pop jam on your list, turn it into a slow rock jam, and let it ride. It's all overdone, over effected, it even sounds stupid, but it's totally awesome in exactly the right way. This and Brooke's performance of "Let It Be" are the only two songs so far this year that I could totally buy as being "concert" songs. I could see people paying to see them play. Tons better than his (way similar if you think about it) "Elenor Rigby." Judges Say: You may very well save this show. I Say: For the first time in his run, he completely nailed it. Change: +3 Score: +3
That's what you get when you loosen the chains a little bit. Let them pick their own songs, and tthey're going to get something they can totally nail. Except for a handful of really boring performances, I think tonight's was the best overal "show" of the season so far. I'd love love love for them to open up a more "modern" songbook now, though. A Billboard Hot 200 show would really let these guys sink or swim.
Brooke White Sayesha Mercado Jason Castro
Sayesha Mercado, mostly because I just don't think she's holding up personality-wise with any of the rest of these people.
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Archuleta screws up for a second time. David Cook is definitely the front runner. Unfortunately David Cook is the one person that might be a bad thing for since winning would probably mean they'd force him to make a crappy album that is nothing like him, like Bo Bice.
I say the only ones that are definitely safe are the Davids, Brooke and Castro. I wouldn't be surprised to see anybody else in the bottom three but I'll say it's Kristy, Chikezie and Johns with Chikezie going home.
So is David Archuleta drawing off of the Clay Aiken fanbase now? And why does his dad always have a cap on?
Not saying his voice is the best, but I think David Cook is probably head and shoulders better than anyone overall. He totally rocked that Chris Cornell version of "Billie Jean" ...
Brooke was good, but I agree with the judges in that I would have like to have seen her complete the song with just her and the piano.
And I really hope Carly goes home soon ... but for selfish reasons. My daughter is due in June and we had already picked out the name "Carly" for her. I don't want people to say "oh, did you name her after the girl on American Idol?", only to get subsequently punched in the face.
I wasn't familiar with who did Chikezie's choice of song, but I was saying that he seemed to be channeling Luther in his performance and, ta-da, that was the artist. Probably why the judges were on him - if you sound like the original, you best have a better voice than him, which he doesn't.
I loved Michael Johns and David Cook's performances. David C. still seems to have a little cocky demeanor about him, but he's good. Brooke was serviceable.
I gave Archuleta an unbiased look this week (and I actually like the song he did). It was meh to me.
I love Carly, but she did not bring the goods this week. I was hoping her b-day was somewhere around U2's Joshua Tree so she could do her homeland proud, but no such luck. (And they probably don't have the rights to it.)
My predicted bottom 3: Ramiele, Syesha and Carly with Carly (to my dismay) going home.
Ramielle - picked the right song, lost her voice. Bad break and probably going home because of it.
Jason Castro - How horribly boring. You've shown us everything your limited range is capable of and we're tired of it. Potential bottom three, but safe.
Syesha - what a great singing job from someone that we all still dislike. No chance of winning, but probably safe again.
Chikezie - Really good job singing. I hate that the judges were telling him he should have stuck with basically the same thing he did the past two weeks but if he had they likely would have told him to change it up a bit. Whatever. Probably boring to some and I honestly expected it to be, but I liked it. Bottom three probably.
Brooke - Good job. She's almost as limited as Castro, but much easier to like.
Michael - I have no clue what they see in this man. I thought this sucked, and sucked hard.
Carly - Good job, just not enough people like her. But she'll still be here next week at least.
David A - He did a great job singing a really terrible song. I mean wow does that song suck. Really took away from his performance. Needs an uptempo song and fast to help him out.
Kristy - That was just pathetic. And I don't think it'll get her as much help as she thinks it will.
David C - Um, can I ask WHY everyone loved this performance? Is it because I generally don't like him that I can't see it that way? I mean he took someone else's BADBADBAD version of a great song and did it the same way they did? How does this make him original again?
Wow, I mean I really hated that version of the song. Ick.
Anyway, if I had to guess it's probably Kristy, Chikezie and Ramielle in the bottom three with Ramielle going home.
You went for a change of pace for fear of your crazy becoming tiresome. Sadly you lacked the foresight to be born in the Philipines, and failed to give an interview while stoned off your napper. Those were some schoolboy errors my friend, so blandness spelt the end for you.
Still t'was fun while it lasted.
Now only Brooke and Carly stand between me offering my support to David C, which is quite the scary thought.
In other news, Sayesha being born in '87 makes me feel a little old. I mean Archuleta at least has the decency to look like a kid, but she is clearly an adult woman. With boobies and everything. At this rate we'll be having adults what were born in the 90s next I tell you. Not happy about it. Not happy at all.
Not that this really has any bearing on the actual contest, but this guy has been tracking the competition by dowloads of the iTunes tracks (which I thought were supposed to be "secret," but whatever).
According to him, the top seller list goes something like:
1. David Cook 2. Brooke White 3. David Archuleta 4. Jason Castro 5. Carly Smithson 6. Michael Johns
With Sayesha, Ramiele and Kristy not even charting. Also, Johns did really well this week and Castro didn't chart. According to his date, "Billy Jean" was the top selling iTunes track of the week.
It's not necessarily even the most accurate predictor, but I think it gives a pretty good sense of where public perception (of people willing to spend money on this show) is.
I didn't really have anything to say about last weeks episode except, yet again, it was better than the one before it. This week it a whole different thing all together. This episode was just shy of being fantastic.