Finally! We’ve got a big audience, a big stage, and just 12 people left. We start with a look back at the competition and it is Stevie Wonder night. Everyone is blown away to be in his presence.
Ace cries for your votes! He makes me sick. He’s performing “Do I Do” and for the first time, he’s showing some energy. He can dance, sorta. You know the weird thing about Ace? His voice and persona don’t match his look. He sounds off in timing, but he’s definitely a showman. Women swoon, of course. Randy likes the energy, but that’s about it. Paula “totally disagrees.” SHOCKER. Simon: “Luckily for you, this audience is easily pleased.” I hate Ace. He mugs for votes. Bleh.
Kellie looks good, but too bad she’s a lesbian. What a waste. She is unfamiliar with Stevie Wonder. Reaaallllly? Gawwwsh I wouldn’ta thought thaaat! She’s singing “Blame it on the Sun” and looks like Dolly Parton in every way but two. This is going to be a disaster. She looks so uncomfortable in those heels and delivers a flat, boring vocal. She has the stage presence of a cucumber and uses her standard, country rip-off vocals. Terrible. Randy calls it a “non-event” with no spark. Simon says she put half of America to sleep. He then says she went to the Dolly Parton School for her look. She needs help sitting down. Why wear such an awkward outfit if it interferes with your performance? Fire those stylists. “Those aren’t real tarantulas on my eyes” Kellie assures us. Okay, it needs to be said: there is NO WAY anyone is this stupid. This is all an act. Please people – stop voting for this loser.
Elliott does “Knocks Me Off My Feet” and it’s so-so. Another sedate song choice. There is something oddly redneck about his appearance. The last note rocks, but that’s about it. The judges think it didn’t have the “wow factor.” Next.
Cat finger painting! Yes!
That really IS the Big Boss Man on the Unanimous commercial, I swear.
Mandisa has been consistently great and hopefully can save the show. Seacrest lovingly removes her shoes. WHAT THE HELL? I think he sensed another Kellie-esque, stiff performance coming and decided to take matters into his own hands. Either that or he has a foot fetish. “Don’t You Worry About a Thing” starts off okay, but then Mandisa turns it up a notch and her voice is awesome. She’s so confident-looking. She’s great. The judges agree it’s the best performance so far. That’s not saying much, though.
Is it just me or are these Stevie Wonder songs boring?
Boomhauer (as you probably guessed) will sing “Superstition.” It’s probably the only Stevie Wonder song he COULD sing, but hey – give him Garth Brooks night or Skynyrd night or Kid Rock night and everyone else is DEAD before his feet. It’s a fun rendition, but nothing special. I think he forgot some of the words, or that was just a very awkward pause. The judges think it was cool, but Simon urges him to get rid of the Jessica Simpson hair. “It was not my idea,” Bucky asserts. The stylists are ruining this show!
Melissa is now known as “the person who beat Ayla,” or at least Seacrest thinks so. She messes up her lyric and Stevie beats her down. “DON’T HUG ME!” he screams in rage at Melissa, who bursts into tears. This chapter is entitled “The Cruel Tutelage of Stevie Wonder.” It’s a good vocal, but another boring performance. I like Melissa but I think Ayla would have used the Matrix and done better. Melissa really needs to stick to rockers. She turns on the juice and things get better. This was actually a cool performance, in the end. Simon calls it the best so far and says it was “edgy and contemporary.” Well okay. I am stunned. She gets a few boos from the last hangers-on from the Ayla fan club.
Ty Pennington must be destroyed.
Lisa brings an energetic “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and it’s good, but I’m strangely disinterested in her. There are parts of the song I can’t hear. She has attitude, but I don’t know, she just bores me for some reason. Randy and Paula didn’t really like it but Simon calls it one of the best.
Kevin is next. This guy really pisses me off. It’s clear he’s getting by only because of the train wreck factor. Some eight-year-old girls bring him a poster and he plays to his fanbase. I’m so sick of hearing this “I was nervous around Stevie” bit. NO KIDDING. Oh no – tell me he’s not going to sing “Part Time Lover!” He is! It’s terrible. His eyebrows are wrong, his dancing is lame, his makeup sucks – he is only kept in the competition by those who like bathos. His “sexy” act includes rapid eye squinting and walking like an Egyptian. Randy: “I love you!” See, this is why Kevin is still around. Everyone likes to laugh at him. Paula of course gives him a patronizing “Way to go!” She should’ve called him “tiger.” Simon calls it like it is: “appalling.” Definitely, Simon. Then Kevin tries to pull the Scott Savol trick by bashing Simon in a cheap ploy for votes.
Katharine is THE BEST looking woman around. Meow. She’s going to sing “Until You Come Back to Me” and it’s awesome. She is alluring and her voice is natural, effortless and sweet. She is this year’s Kelly Clarkson. She is the best in the competition and her performance is flawless. She should win the whole thing and is outclassing everyone on the show. Randy thinks it was off the chain and unbelievable. Paula loved it too. Simon is ALSO reminded of Kelly Clarkson. I swear, Simon and I are psychic twins tonight.
V for Vendetta is going to rule. The commercial with the slow song is way cool.
Taylor injects some energy in the show with “Livin’ for the City.” You know, he seems actually possessed by the music and controlled by it. That’s a good thing. He exudes passion and this is absolutely invigorating. He has what some of the others do not: he is real. He gets a long, standing ovation from the audience. Seriously, the just won’t stop! Randy thought it was hot. Paula is incoherent. Simon says Taylor is like a drunken father singing at a wedding, but in a good way. Well, alright. The stylists are after Taylor’s hair, he says.
THE CHOSEN ONE is driving me crazy with her variable appearance. She gets all bouncy with “All I Do is Think About You” and it’s fun. It’s better than the first 75% of the show tonight. The judges love it. Simon notes that watching tonight’s performances has been like seeing two different episodes. I agree.
Chris – can he possibly pull off a Stevie Wonder song? He’s going to do “Higher Ground” because the Chili Peppers covered it, apparently. He comes out to super-crunchy guitars and does a good job. He’s cool and everything, but I think he’s limited to the Bo Bice mic stand tricks. The performance is a little weird to me. I think Chris will get better in the coming weeks. Randy thinks it was cool that Chris found a way to own a Stevie Wonder song. Simon: “Thank God for Chris.” He says it was the only “real world” performance and was the best tonight, by a mile. Hmmm. I don’t think I agree. I think it only showed Chris’ limitations.
Good show overall. I hope Kellie is sent home, but it will probably be Boomhauer.
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12 Lisa -> Hey, at least it was an upbeat song for once.
11 Chris -> Could have put him at 12, but it was a typical Chris performance.
9 Shoeless Mandisa
6 Taylor -> At least he wasn't as annoying as usual.
5 Bucky -> Yeah, that hairstyle just didn't work.
4 Ace -> Better get that act together, or we may not see you long.
3 Kevin -> Oddest dance steps since Jon Peter Lewis.
2 Kellie -> Ugh. I had her at a 1 for a long time until...
1 Melissa -> I tell you, ballads for most do not work.
So, in my opinion, Melissa will join the one and done club for the final 12. As a family, Kellie will be the one going. My dad had Kellie leaving. My mom had Bucky, just because he was screaming instead of singing. Watch, with our luck, it could end up being a favorite. Tomorrow's going to be quite interesting.
So, yeah, they should never start the final 12 with a Stevie Wonder night ever again, or just never ever ever again period. How hard to go from the hardest songs to sing on the first night on the new "big stage".
My Order of Awesomeness (I'm gonna coin that for the rest of the season...Thank you thank you...)
1. Chris...not the greatest vocal, but the performance owned
2. Paris...I don't remember her voice being that awesome, but she shined tonight.
3. Kat...I'm so biased when it comes to her, but she was great to listen to and to watch...I do believe I'm in love
4. Taylor...He flew through the night tonight like it was nothing.
5. Elliott...Another biased vote, I just like the guy, and the end really did it for me.
6. Melissa...I don't know, maybe I'm the only one, but I thought her voice really suited the song tonight. Ms. V2 hates her with a passion, and I have yet to figure out why. I think her voice is better used for slower songs, and agreed with Paula, it felt soothing.
7. Lisa...Nothing Spectacular, but good enough to put her on through.
8. Mandisa...I don't think it was necessarily bad, but I expected so much more out of her, and felt like she didn't bring it nearly as much as she should have.
9. Ace...It was just there. Average, and probably should be a little higher, but he's still safe from the ticket home.
10. Bucky...Unlike Mandisa, it was better than expected, but still, that wasn't really saying much.
11. Kellie...I agree, no one in the world is that stupid, it feels like she's doing Jessica Simpson's Dummy gimmick and driving it up a notch. Song was boring, and I'm just ready to be rid of her. And for someone not knowing much about Stevie Wonder, she sure was all emotional when he first met the group....yeah...I'll call it....BULLSHIT.
12. Kevin...Blinky just ugh...I was so glad it was over, and made Ms. V2 laugh her ass off when I started to mimic his blinking habits. Dude has got to go home, but the girls will keep him in just because they like stupid crap like him.
I hope it's Kellie or Kevin going home, but either way...one of them has to go, and here's hoping next week is better.
Kevin sucked so fucking bad, but I wasn't aware that Randy and Paula were mocking him by saying he was good-- I read their comments as being legitimately happy with him. Then again this is the first episode I've watched this season, and I only caught the second half of it for that matter.
When Simon said it was appalling, I was like, "Hell yeah motherfucker!" But he wasn't given the chance to explain why he felt that way; he got slapped down because "he's Simon and he doesn't like anyone", or that's his reputation.
I thought Chris was fuckin' awesome. Just absolutely brilliant.
And I can't remember the other performances I saw well enough to really comment on them, except that most of the girls I saw were pretty damn good, and I am SICK of "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" even though the gal sang it well.
I did keep track of the number of times I agreed with Simon's analysis, and went six-for-six. So in my book, dude knows what he's talking about.
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Ace- Made me laugh when he said that Stevie Wonder was "battling blindness". The man's been blind for over 40 years. I think the battle was won a long time ago. His performance was good to start the show, but he sounded winded from going into the audience. I can't complain.
Kellie- Okay, she's starting to get on my f*cking nerves with that Country Bumpkin crap. She came off sounding nasal but got better during the second verse. Another thing, if you aren't familiar with Stevie Wonder then why the hell were you crying when he walked into the room? Ugh! I don't like her at all.
Elliot- I love his voice, but that note at the end made the song 94% karaoke. I still love him, but he has to start making songs 'his own'. Plus, I couldn't help but notice they whitened his teeth.
Mandisa- Always great. I was just wondering if Seacrest tried on her shoes at some point in the night. Great performance anyhow.
Bucky- I didn¡¦t have a problem with his performance. He was rough and that's how he came into the competition. I would even say that I liked it a bit.
Melissa- Maybe I've heard it so many times in my life, what with Jodeci remaking this song, but how the hell do you screw up 'Lately? Don't know. It was rough at the beginning, but she did pull it together at the end.
Lisa- I love to joke that she's the 'black girl with no ear for soul music', but I thought she was all right. I liked the attitude she presented, but not one of her better performances. Is is me, or is she looking like a young Aaliyah with the straight hair?
Kevin- I laughed when they said he would sing "Part Time Lover" and rightfully so. He has a nice voice. You can't take that away from him, but with his 'sex symbol', Chicken Little and now arrogant behavior, I can't stand him. I'm getting the feeling we have another John Stevens in our midst. He's going to be in the Top 4 and I'm going to hate it.
Katherine- Honestly, I've been sleeping on Katherine. I didn't really pay attention to her, but last night, she was awesome. It was kinda like Kelly Clarkson all over again. I loved it and I love that song.
Taylor- Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!
Paris- It was nice to see her 'show up' again, after weeks of safe performances. She went flat a couple of times, but that didn't take away from a great performance.
Chris- I couldn't wait to see him take on Stevie Wonder and I wasn't disappointed. His performance was great and left me smiling. I remembered wondering why was he ending yet another show, but this performance reminded me. The guy is great.
Bottom Three would be: Bucky, Melissa and Kevin... Melissa is going home.
(edited by Ticamo on 15.3.06 0429) I had to edit because I just read that Elliot takes medication for Diabetes that caused his teeth to be discolored. I feel bad, but his dentist did a great job. :)
Couple things that pissed me off about last night's show:
1) A couple weeks ago the judges were ready to send anyone home who DARED to sing Mariah Carey or Celine Dion because those artists are so great and their singing is so unique that if you were stupid enough to attempt to do one of thier songs, you would end up just sounding like kareoke.
Then they force them all to sing Stevie Wonder songs on week #1. What's next? Celine Dion week? The real question is when they do Mariah Carey week, will Randy feel the need to mention after EVERY performance that he worked with her once?
On that same sort of line, I'm sick of the judges giving contestants crap for staying "in their comfort zone" and signing songs that are in the style they do well in. So then when they try something new and say they're trying to show their range, they get shot down because it was the wrong song for them and they should really stay more in their comfort zone. Repeat. These judges are idiots.
2) You're telling me that Country Bumpkin Kellie doesn't have a clue what a fucking "minx" is, even when Simon gives her the word in context, but now has no problem knowing what Ryan means when he calls her an "arachnophobic"? C'mon. There's NO WAY she's not faking the stupidity.
Oh, and if there's a God, William Hung's brother Kevin goes home tonight.
The power went out at home around 4pm and didn't come back on until the show was well under way - unfortunately it came on just as Bucky stepped up to sing and that led to this exchange between the dunkettes at home
dunkette #1 - "He looks like a girl with that hair."
dunkette #2 - "A girl with a mustache - ewww."
From those I saw, Katharine was my favorite - she was the pipes, the looks and the goofiness factor to carry her to the end. She's not quite "Kelly Clarkson on Big Band night" but she is close. Taylor was also great but I will lead the revolt against him if he lets the stylists change his hair. I really hope that the Granny Brigade can't save Chicken Little - he was just awful in so many ways. And Melissa, your only hope is the cleavage......
There are only four contestants that have a legitimate shot to win this contest.
Chris won't win because he's pretty one-dimensional. I like him, but he won't win. The people who vote aren't us, unless you spent two hours last night hitting redial over and over and over. Then, I don't know you, man.
Originally posted by Tribal ProphetYou're telling me that Country Bumpkin Kellie doesn't have a clue what a fucking "minx" is, even when Simon gives her the word in context, but now has no problem knowing what Ryan means when he calls her an "arachnophobic"? C'mon. There's NO WAY she's not faking the stupidity.
Dude - she appeared to NOT know what Seacrest meant. He called her aracnophobic and she replied, "Yeah, I hate bUUUUUUgs." She's putting on.
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I think she knew exactly what he meant. If she didn't, she would have done one of her "I had Sallmon" or "I'm a mink?" He says "arachnophobic" and she doesn't even need a half second to know what it means and to talk about bugs. If she was anywhere near as stupid as she acts, she'd have been stumped and said something like "I'm an air-raid-nobic? He he!"
She knows arachnophobic but not salmon? She's absolutely putting us on.
I've never been a full-time viewer, but for some reason, I'm watching more this season than any other.
There have been times when I thought I had Simon's reaction pegged, but then he goes 180 on me and I'm like "que?" Last night, it was with Lisa. There was nothing special at all about that performance...she bored me to tears too, PU. And then Simon gushes. Oh well.
Is it just me, or does Seacrest not like anybody touching him AT ALL?
Weird thing - After Paris' performance, she's up there with Seacrest and she starts singing her end of the conversation. I start thinking that performers shouldn't be allowed to do that, then Fox goes silent for a few seconds, as if to censor her. Is that what happened, and has it happened before?
Was the 9-10PM hour the first time in the history of TV that the four major networks had something on worth watching all at the same time? I didn't know what the hell to keep on.
EDIT: Oh, and anybody suggesting that Taylor needs to change his hair color needs to be kicked.
What exactly is it that you all have against kellie? I've lived in small towns and known girls that come from situations like hers and it's by no means a stretch to say she's legitimatly that goofy. So why does everyone look for any little thing and jump all over her with the "faking it" junk? Seems like a perfectly nice human being so I don't get her being crapped on by everyone. Not that she's good enough to win, but she's not the devil people.
Originally posted by Packman V26. Melissa...I don't know, maybe I'm the only one, but I thought her voice really suited the song tonight. Ms. V2 hates her with a passion, and I have yet to figure out why. I think her voice is better used for slower songs, and agreed with Paula, it felt soothing.
There IS someone else who liked Melissa, yay! I really like Melissa's voice and thought her performance was best out of the girls except Katharine. Overall I've liked only Katharine and Mandisa better. So if she gets eliminated tonight it's way sooner than I want to see her go. Here is my order: 1. Chris - great performance, yeah it is one dimensional but I don't know how that means he won't win, the masses love one dimensional singers, no dimensional singers even. 2. Katharine 3. Mandisa - not the best this week but still better than the rest overall 4. Taylor - I'm probably biased since I went to high school with him 5. Elliot - Honestly, I think he kind of sucked last night, but he's still been really good overall. 6. Melissa - Like I said, I really like her voice 7. Bucky - I'm afraid Bucky might be going home tonight, which is a shame, the country week, whenver it is, without Bucky is just a waste of time. Ace and Kevin singing country? Eek. 8. Lisa - Didn't like her at first but she's grown on me. 9. Kellie - It probably is an act, and the whole stupid act is kind of annoying, but i LOOOOVE a country accent. 10. Paris - I don't get why people like her, I think she's annoying and her voice is kind of funny sounding, like Fantasia two years ago, still don't know why she won. 11. Ace - *I* don't like guys who sound like girls, but maybe that's just me. 12. Kevin - Please go home.
[quote Quezzy4. Taylor - I'm probably biased since I went to high school with him
Is there more than one person on the W board who went to high school with Taylor Hicks? Or is it just one person who keeps mentioning this? I'm confused.
Taylor, Mandisa, Katherine, and Chris are my final four. In a perfect world, Kevin would win the whole thing just to send a message to the Idol producers: stop putting people (re: crappy gimmick personalities) in the top 24 and then claim they're the best 24 you could find.
I'm not sure if all of this is accurate, but I could imagine it being true.
Anyways, as far as the show goes, I think Taylor, Paris, and Kat did the best tonight. Chris gets points for doing something a little different tonight though.
My prediction for the bottom three: Melissa, Elliot, and Kevin. The votefortheworst.com and granny crowd keep Kevin alive for another week, Elliot lucks out, and Melissa goes home.
I really can't believe that you would use that link as any kind of proof. Holy cow some people out there are really pathetically obsessed over this(not you, the people that run that site). That was like horrible Internet gossip trying to be passed off as legit facts.
Anyway, just saying I don't mind the girl and don't buy that it's all an act and really don't get the hatred towards someone you don't know.
Really shocked that Ace was in the bottom three. He looked knocked for a loop on that too.
I was right about Melissa getting the boot, but surprised of the others, probably like everyone else.
Stevie, we zoned out after 30 seconds. It lasted too long. He could have done a song...THAT I RECOGNIZE!!!
The double box for the montage at the end. Love to see the reaction while they are watching it. Unfortunately, because of Mr. Wonder, Melissa ended up with the Jennifer treatment at the end, 15 seconds and out.
While I'm sending this now (at 8:55 Central), Melissa is being interviewed by the local Fox affiliate's (Fox 32 Chicago) morning show.
We do have a rather large selection of new releases this week - 76 Blu-rays is a recent weekly high, I believe - but you can ignore almost 90 of these 195 new DVDs because they're rehashed Miramaxes and/or part of the Mill Creek budget line.