Tonight's theme is "musicals". Or, as I like to call it, "we've got too many guys and not enough girls left, so let's give 'em a genre that the girls are sure to be WAY better at". Seriously, Constantine will probably be adept at pulling off a Broadway tune. Maybe Anwar, too, IF he picks the right song. But Nikko pretty much just does R&B impressions, I can't think of a single Southern Rock-themed musical, and Scott and Anthony are...Scott and Anthony. We'll see.
Speaking of Scott, he gets to wrap up his fun-filled week by leading off with "Dream the Impossible Dream". If every intro video is like Scott's, explaining how the song was chosen and ID'ing the play, that's going to get old really quick. Scott isn't very good here, although Randy pegs in as a tougher song for Scott to try, and sadly Ryan doesn't follow up with "Did any of the girls piss you off this week, Scott?" I hope this won't prove to be one of the stronger performances of the night.
Constantine is sure to look good following Scott, and he does on a kind of bluesy version of "My Funny Valentine". If he EVER goes back to that not-rocker-thing he tried to pull off at the beginning, I'll be pissed because he was HORRIBLE at that, and the last couple of weeks he's ditched that and been much improved. He also seemed a LOT more comfortable than I expect most everyone else to be this week. Paula's "I'm falling in love with you "-commentary is completely off the wall. She needs HELP. Badly. (Although, she COULD pull up her shirt next week, and they would probably show it, beong FOX and all. That's about all she has left to bring to the table.)
Carrie follows Constantine with "Hello, Young Lovers", a song which I'm sure I've never heard, probably not the last time that will happen tonight. She sings it REALLY well, almost completely eliminating all country-ness from her performance. She had a bit of a hard time being heard over the REALLY LOUD insturments, however. Simon wonders if it was "too old-fashioned", WTF? She's got to be a lock for, at worst, the final three at this point, I'd think.
Vonzell brings us back somewhat mainstream with "People" from "Funny Girl", which makes me think of Howard Brackett and Greenleaf, Indiana. Izzy Jo was spazzing out during this song, so I didn't hear much of it, but the judges all seemed to think it was pretty good, although Paula's "you sang it better than Barbra"-feedback, I mean, what is she ON? Randy thinks Carrie or Vonzell could win the competition after the guys seemed so far ahead a few weeks ago.
Anthony Fedorov is up next with "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", because it reminds him of coming to America and his struggles and blah, blah, blahblahblah. I'm ready for him to GO, and would much rather be listening to Jessica Sierra right now. Simon: "Hideous. Horrible." Hmm, I wonder who HE thinks should be eliminated this week?
Nikko Smith gets the good fortune of following Sergei, and his choice is "One Hand, One Heart". (A duet! ARGH!) I give Nikko this much, the man sure knows how to dress. He's pretty good here, with a mysterious, unseen woman playing the part of Natalie Wood, and he predictably finishes big, leading Simon to point out that he's kind of tired of that big finish being a crutch for some of the contestants. Ryan's starting to really cut him off, though. I wonder if they're behind on time or if they're trying to keep Simon's negative comments to a minimum.
Anwar follows Nikko with "If Ever I Would Leave You", and it's clearly his strongest performance in weeks (read: he's sure to go home this week). He FINALLY picks a song that is strong from beginning to end, and although this will only likely serve to anger me next week when he goes back to his mediocre form, I have to say that he might be the best of the week with only Bo and Nadia to come.
Bo say the picked "Corner of the Sky" by closing his eyes and picking it blind out of the book. Bravo, Bo. If you tuck with a bum theme, you might as well have fun with it. He's actually better than you'd think, AND he gets bonus point for at least ending up with a somewhat upbeat song compared to everyone else's snoozers. Randy likes it, but Simon feels Bo is slipping with two bad weeks in a row. I don't know about that, but I think Bo's got enough goodness built up that he can cruise for even a couple of more weeks, if necessary.
Nadia wraps things up with "As Long As He Needs Me". Her intro video references "being able to convey emotion to my fans". Ugh. Go home, now. Despite my sudden distaste for her, I have to say Nadia was quite good here as she picked a song that showed off her strengths.
I hate it when they pick themes that lead to the contestants picking songs I don't recognize, as part of the fun is gauging what they sang by what you expected to hear. On the other hand, some of the songs, like Carrie's and Nadia's, may have sounded better BECAUSE I'd never heard the original versions. I can't believe anyone but Scott or Anthony is going home tonight. I'd normally think Anthony is a lock, but with Scott's poor performance PLUS his past troubles being brought up, I can see him going home instead. Hopefully America will do the right thing and one of those two will go.
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After watching on wednesday, I'm not sure I'm watching the same show as everybody else. I thought both Nikko and Vonzell were awesome. I'm rooting for Scott but his last performance was poor. He deserved to go.
Originally posted by JayJayDeanCarrie follows Constantine with "Hello, Young Lovers", a song which I'm sure I've never heard, probably not the last time that will happen tonight. She sings it REALLY well, almost completely eliminating all country-ness from her performance. She had a bit of a hard time being heard over the REALLY LOUD insturments, however. Simon wonders if it was "too old-fashioned", WTF? She's got to be a lock for, at worst, the final three at this point, I'd think.
I think Simon may just be trying to stir up something at this point. Almost anyone with a pulse knows that she is, like you say, top 3 at minimum. But the sound and the look being old fashioned is ridiculous; the song and the look took her out of that country element but it fit the song to a tee.
Of course, hearing Simon whine is easier than listening to Paula trying to jump Constantine...
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Originally posted by JayJayDeanNadia wraps things up with "As Long As He Needs Me". Her intro video references "being able to convey emotion to my fans". Ugh. Go home, now. Despite my sudden distaste for her, I have to say Nadia was quite good here as she picked a song that showed off her strengths.
I think Nadia's facial contortions aren't working at all. She had a couple looks this week that said "man, what's is that funky smell" going on.
I am still rooting for Anwar and was not unhappy to see Little Oz go home for the second time.
Phil did mention at the start that the show was paying for plane tickets as usual, so there will probably be some flying involved down the line. I don't mind lots of driving and less flying. It reduces two of the more annoying aspects of the show: