It's 80s Week! I love the '80s so that means that this week sucked just to spite me.
Luke Menard singing "Wake Me Up, Before You Go Go" by Wham! His embarassing moment? Singing "Wake Me Up, Before You Go Go." He's so over this show. It's funny because clearly the judges couldn't care less about 3/4ths of this group, and everybody pretty much agrees that this performance sums up everything we'll ever know about Luke Menard. Back to the hardware store with you!
David Archuletta singing "Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins. His embarassing moment was having his mom sing a song on his behalf because he couldn't talk. I still don't "get" David, but it was way better than last week.
Danny Noriega singing "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell by way of Wham! His embarassing moment is probably that YouTube clip of him talking about Santa whoring out your mother that popped up. Danny should hire Sanjaya, that guy from auditions who threw glitter, and the old asian guy in the silver cape to dance behind him when he sings. Unicorns and rainbows would shoot out of my ears. As it is, he still kind of sucks.
David Hernandez singing "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" by Pandora's Box (but totally by Celine Dion, come on). His most embarassing moment was not having the whole world find out that he's a private dancer (a dancer for money). This kind of sucks, and he forgets the song in the middle of the chorus, but we have to be nice to him because the media is mean. Also because he's totally going home.
Michael Johns singing "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds (or INXS if you're Randy Jackson). His embarassing moment? Being a giant Australian stereotype. He's still trying to be a light rock version of Gavin Rosdale, so if that works for you, it works for him.
David Cook singing "Hello" by Lionel Ritchie. His embarassing moment is having his horrible haircut carved into butter by a blind woman. He's doing a rock cover of this, which manages to be equal parts hillarious and not terrible. Joel Madden is totally stealing it.
Jason Castro singing "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen. Embarassing moment? Ripping out his natty dreads in front of his date. Duuuuude, bummer. His voice isn't bad, necessarily, but his cover is pretty awful, so, of course, the judges go nuts for it.
Chikezie singing "All The Woman I Need" aka "All the Man I Need" by Whitney Houston. He couldn't find one RnB song from the '80s? Thou shalt not sing Whitney! Or change the lyrics. He's learned nothing. It's not awful, but it's pretty not good.
Asia'h Epperson singing "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston. Her embarassing moment was rollerskating related. I hear that. Whitney again?! No, no, no, no, no. Not a good performance, and even if it was, Simon would've gone nuts because he hates it when the contestants pull this.
Kady Malloy singing "Who Wants to Live Forever" by Queen. Her embarassing moment is making a speaker put out feedback at a talent show. Oh the horror. She really does sing like a robot. Oh! Maybe she's going to kill David Archaletta as some kind of weird Terminator synergy. Simon hates her singing, but he's totally hot for her.
Amanda Overmyer singing "I Hate Myself for Loving You" by Joan Jett. Who's ready for some football? Her embarassing moment was burning her pool down. Five bucks says it was cigarrette related. She actually looks...human this week, but she still sucks. The judges, of course, love her.
Carly Smithson singing "I Drove All Night" by Cyndi Lauper. Totally the wrong Cyndi song to sing if you're going to bother. Unless she's doing it because Celine did it. Embarassment? Having her leg buttered up at a bar. Oh, if I had a dollar for every time that's happened to me. I like her. Not her best week, but she's safe. I think her accent is getting stronger every week. She'll be talking like the Lucky Charms guy by the top five.
Kristy Lee Cook singing "Faithfully" by Journey. Oh, Randy'll love it. Embarassing moment? Acting like a dog. Between that and the MMA training, she's a lock to win the next Diva Search. Her face looks like a hatchet this week. She does a kind of twangy cover that works for her, and Randy goes nuts because he totally played keytar on that one part! Always a good idea to play up the Randy/Paula connection. Next week: Somebody sings Il Divo. Why is Kristy's tongue dark red? The world may never know.
Rameile Maluby singing "Against All Odds" by Phil Collins. Her embarassing moment is that a boy laughed at her when she asked him to take a look at her now. Weird song choice for the final week of the semifinals because her gimmick is her big power notes, and this is a lot of melody. Kind of boring and her bangs are bothering me.
Brooke White Singing "Love is a Battlefield" by Pat Benatar. Oookay? Her embarassing moment is hugging some random dude because she thought it was her dad. Everybody's done that. Talk about the time you accidentally queued "Rambo" on Netflix or something. She's doing like...a Sarah McLaughlin cover of this song. It kind of works, but not really. Check out her huge engagement ring. I just love this girl though, I want to clone her and Danny so they can be my life coaches.
Syesha Mercado singing "Saving All My Love for You" by Whitney Houston. Apparently, nobody got the memo. Embarassing moment: wearing that awful scarf a few weeks ago. It's not horrible, but it's not very good either. The judges have 15 seconds to get through their comments so Simon can't bitch about Whitney, so all he says is "Predictable but good."
The judges really seem to be bored with the semifinals, so it's good that they're over. I'm going with A'siah, Kady, Luke and David H. eliminated this week.
Didn't get to see the men's version last night, but according to my friends who saw it, they were pretty unamious on who is going home: Luke and Danny N. Luke is just boring and everyone keeps waiting Danny to revel himself as Chris Crocker to justify his annoying attitude.
As for the women, it was a good show for the most part. Not exactly star-making moments, but except for the two I'm choosing to go home, it was a mostly enjoyble night.
Asia'h- People say doing Whitney was too much for her, but I thought it was good for what it was. It won't make you forget about Whitney, but I've heard far worse versions.
Kady- I see where Simon says she acts like a robot at times. But she did sing Queen and sang it well, so she's good in my book.
Amanda- Agree 100% with excalibur, she still sucks. She HAS to go home. And will the judges stop telling her that her dancing is good, because that sucks too.
Carly- For someone who already has had a contract, I expect better from her. It was ok, but I don't see where people are calling her the American Idol.
Kristy- Good country-fied version of a Journey classic. One of my favorite performances of the night.
Rameile- I liked her performance, but her personality continues not to show through. She might get elimanated because of that instead of her singing this week, cause if it's all about the singing and only the singing, I could see her in the final 5 or 6.
Brooke- The best song of the night. She sang Pat Benatar and made it her own. I say she is the one to watch out for among the women.
Syesha- Is it just a coincidence or something far more sinister that the two black girls were bookended and BOTH sung Whitney??? Anyway, not that good. If the judges had more time, they probably would had told her that she might not make it to the top 12.
Like I said, my choices for the bottom 2 would be Amanda and Syesha, with Ramelie being in possible danger as well.
My favorite three and bottom three for each gender:
Top Boys David Cook - I kept thinking of that ridiculous Starburst commercial where the kid makes the face out of the candies for that girl, but I really think this guy can do well in the finals. Michael Johns - Not a huge fan of doing Simple Minds covers, be he was serviceable. And the kids love him. Danny Noriega - Must admit, I am not a big fan of this kid. He kind of looks like Jessica Alba's idiot younger brother. But he's got SASS! And he did a pretty good cover of Soft Cell. I shudder to think of the costuming we'll get when/if he makes the finals.
Top Girls Brooke White - I really wanted to hate the acoustic "Love is a Battlefield" but I thought she nailed it. Carly Smithson - The Irish lass did a fine version of a song I really like. Amanda Overmeyer - Once again, she nails a song that's right in her wheelhouse, but she's not going to be able to do this style all throughout the finals, so she better learn to adapt... quickly.
Bottom Boys Luke Menard - Totally got exposed on this song. Sorry, kid, but ya got no talent. Jason Castro - Nice kid and he'll probably make it anyway, but I thought "Hallelujah" was horrible and sounding like you're stoned all the time in the interviews doesn't really help. David Archuleta - Yes, I know he's the prodigal son. And, yes, he has a 100% chance of making it to the finals (probably the final 4, at least). But I thought his arrangement sucked and, please, don't tell me you performed the song because you wanted to speak on the homeless problem in America. That's why Phil Collins did it. YOU did it so you can win a singing competition. This kid is going to be my Sanjaya for this year, I can tell.
Bottom Girls Asia'h Epperson - Don't do Whitney unless you... you know, ARE Whitney. (Syesha did a somewhat respectable job, but the same goes for you.) Kady Malloy - SACRILEGIOUS. I LOVE that song and you butchered it. Please go home now, Britney. Ramiele Maluby - Very weird choice. This plus the "Touch the boobies" pics circulating around (which really aren't that bad) are probably gonna spell the end for her.
Figures, I go from wanting Danny off my screen to hoping he would stay a little bit just for entertainment value with his cool acronyms, manly mannerisms and totally hip clothing. Eh, still, I don't think I took the news as bad as Ramiele (whose sobbing was so hysterical it made up for the lost Danny entertainment value).
And count me as one of those wishing Simon would just to turn to Paula and punch her in the face. Although guessing how medicated she is during each show has provided my wife and I a few laughs.
Was out of town this week so I just caught up last night.
I'd say Carly continues to get better each week for me. Not a great song choice this week, but her singing is pretty impressive.
Ramiele still hasn't picked a great song yet. Keep waiting for her to.
Anyone who said Amanda didn't suck is watching some alternate reality version of this show. Come on now people. No clue how she's still around. The wife thought she looked like a beaten puppy this week.
Danny went too far. It was kinda funny before but he decided to just go so over the top no one was willing to support him. The performance was laughable so I'm not sad/suprised he's gone.
David A was a little boring this week, but not bad.
Brooke and Jason Castro both don't have the big voices but they're doing great singing stuff that fits them. Problem will be that it may get old that every week sounds almost the same with them, but I like Brooke a lot. How exactly is Catro getting away with clearly being high off his ass during interviews? I mean seriously he couldn't even open his eyes.
Michael Johns needs to stop bouncing so much. And he's a lot more hype than substance so far. Not terrible but nothing great either.
Asia'h stunk. Sayesha was ok, but for some reason I'm not liking her much. David Cook still bores me to death. No chance of winning.
Kady sang fine but the song choice was retarded. No suprise she's gone, and with her the best boobies left. Damnit.
Chickzee was actually decent. He's got a really good voice, I just still kinda think he's not going to get votes no matter what he does from here on out. Shame, I like this guy.
After a furious run through the DVR last night I got up to speed on Idol. A lot of what I thought has already been hit in this thread, so just the most lasting impressions I got from the three nights...
- I still hate Blake Lewis. The fact he beat out Melinda for a spot in the finals irks me to this day.
- On the guys side it was nice to see David A. finally have a week that brings him back to the pack a little. Especially in concert with David C. jumping up with the awesome cover of "Hello", the first song on Idol that I've actually wanted to hear a full version of since Phil Stacey's version of "Blaze of Glory."
- Danny N. was fun, but he just has not been good the last few weeks. I was hoping he would stay around and cause some Sanjaya-like fun, but it was not to be.
- Contrary to a lot of folks, I really liked Carly's version of "I drove all night" probably because I never knew Celine Dion did a version of it. I just remember the Lauper and Orbison versions.
- I still see the women's side coming down to Carly, Ramiele, and Syeesha, though Brooke is impressing more every week and could be something of a dark horse, hanging around week after week. Kristy and Amanda seem destined to be gone in the next few weeks.
- On the guys side, its still David A's to lose, but David C. and Michael will be in it. Jason C. just seems like the kind of guy who hangs around for a few weeks and gets bumped. Chikeze is hit or miss and will eventually be bumped. David H. would be my guess to go home next week, him or Kristy.
- Whomever thinks Paula shouldn't talk is insane. The insane, cryptic, bizarre ramblings of Paula Abdul are true modern poetry.
I'm a sucker to the advertising and bowed to ITVs endless plugging of the show a couple weeks back in spite of my complete powerless-ness in the voting stakes.
Quite delighted that little twerp Danny is no more. When he was on screen he almost made me hate my TV. At least I was delighted until I realised he went at the expense of the sinfully dull (Johns, Michael) and the downright creepy (David A).
Ramiele has a cuteness which pleases me, and I like Carly's singing voice, though her accent appears to have gotten infinitely thicker in the space of 14 days.
Originally posted by Reverend J ShaftAnd count me as one of those wishing Simon would just to turn to Paula and punch her in the face. Although guessing how medicated she is during each show has provided my wife and I a few laughs.
When you're speaking to Jason C as she was after his performance and he's looking at you like YOU'RE the phucked up one? Not a good sign.
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