EDIT: I just thought I'd throw a plug in here. If you're interested in reading a review I did of former Idol Contestant Brooke White's Indie CD, you can check it out Here.
Yeah, it's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Did you want a history lesson? Too bad! I tuned out the minute Ryan said "This...is American Idol." Actually, it's on my short list of places to visit some day. Check out the wacky building design!
So, there's a bunch of artists in there so that means there are a bunch of songs. So that opens up the song book a bit wider than in most weeks. Who will take advantage? (Spoiler: Syesha?!) Who won't? (Spoiler: Jason!) Will it matter because neither of their names are David? Probably not!
David Lee Cook Singing: "Hungry Like a Wolf" by Duran Duran and "Baba O’Riley" by The Who David Says: Y'all can tell I'm just sailing by here, right? Ok, great. Performance: Hungry Like a Wolf: Hahaha, that's awesome. Only on this show can you get away with chosing "Hungry Like a Wolf" and be totally serious about it. David starts off in a very bad place, and then doesn't go anywhere with it. He's really just spinning his wheels here until the finals. You can tell that he knows this is pretty awful. I do like that the music swells and gets all dramatic, only to have David just launch into the chorus again, though. Baba O'Riley: Teenage Wastelaaaaaaaand! Teenage Waaastland! He does some pretty unmentionable things with the chorus, which is pretty much all the song is in this cut. It's better than his first song, but it's still kind of the same kind of self indulgent junk that pisses me off about David Lee. Judges Say: I don't know what happened to David Cook, but we'd like him back. I Say: It really doesn't matter at this point, but he was pretty mediocre. Change: -2 Score: +4
Syesha Mercado Singing: "Proud Mary" by Credence Clearwater Revival (by way of Tina Turner) and "A Change Is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke Syesha Says: I want to go home third. Performance: Proud Mary: Pretty obvious choice here. Dare I say that Syesha is trying to be a little bit sexy with the hip swivels and whatnot. It's interesting, because now that she can't hide behind anybody and she's under the gun, Syesha's dropping the performances of her life just to get third place. Wacky. I'm totally distracted by the fact that the camera guy on Randy is trying to frame Carly's cleavage into the shot. A Change Is Gonna Come: It's a black history song, so Syesha feels a deep connection to it. She's a little shouty on the power notes, but all in all, once again, she gives one of her best performances of the season. Randy gives her no love and she starts bawling and is basically a mess from the time the song ends to when Ryan throws to Castro's video package, but she saved herself another week. Judges Say: Too bad you didn't start the season off like this. I Say: It's too bad she's playing for the bronze, because she was really good. Change: +3 Score: +2
Jason Castro Singing: "I Shot the Sheriff" by Bob Marley and "Tamberine Man" by Bob Dylan Jason Says: Duuuuude...wait...what? Performance: I Shot the Sheriff: Wow...What a train wreck this was, eh? I mean, of course Castro couldn't wait to break out the stoner powers and do a Marley song, but he doesn't have the voice to bring it. Plus, he let the backup singers sing a majority of the chorus while he danced around like a fool. Love the prop guitar though. Simon Cowell, of all people, suddenly gets all, "You can't touch Bob Marley!" and even Paula knows he sucks. Points to Jason for mouthing vote a million times though after Ryan gave his numbers. Tamberine Man: It's as if Jason knew it was his week to go home, so he's just going to let the drug references flow tonight. I do like that he said, "Two Bobs! You can't go wrong!" Oh, Jason...You know, he forgets a whole line there ("Jingle Jangle Morning" of all things), but I'm going to chalk that up to the fact that he wanted to be authentic to the "Dylan" experience. Still, really awful. Judges Say: That's just about enough of you. I Say: Well, I'd love to say that it was fun while it lasted but...you know.... Change: -4 Score: -10
David Archuleta Singing: "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King and "Love Me Tender" by Elvis Pressley David Says: I'll see you in the finals, bitches! (paraphrased) Performance: Stand By Me: "I picked 'Stand By Me.'" Well, of course you did. It's a solid vocal, on par with his best vocals this season, except that he's really trying to overdo those power notes. This song does not need that. Really. Not as good as the Rockapella version, but a very safe/good performance. Love Me Tender: David is squinting harder than he's ever squinted before. Love him or he's going to send his eyebrows after you! I was just going to comment on how he's pared down the gasping this week, but it makes its stunning return about thirty seconds in. Am I really supposed to buy that he's a big romantic? Judges Say: You've crushed the competition.... I Say: ...under your massive eyebrows. Change: +2 Score: -1
A standing ovation for Syesha who has really brought the heat the last couple weeks. I mean, at this point, it's not even worth it, but she's bound and determined to make her last few minutes on the show worthwhile, and I really appreciate that. Jason Castro, on the other hand, obviously doesn't give a shit if he goes home or not. He's just working his way to his next bowl. The two Davids? Irratatingly smug, but I'm going to have to get used to one of them winning, and I much prefer the more marketable Cook.
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Jason Castro. This is pretty much the biggest slam dunk in Idol history. The only thing that could save Castro is if Syesha's magical audience which suddenly appears every voting night and then vanishes immediately thereafter doesn't show up this week. Clearly, he could care less, and that's pretty much all the public needs to know.
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Originally posted by Texas KellyI'm immediately fearful of a surprise David Cook boot based on his performance tonight. Don't prove me right, America. Cook's the only one of these four worth a damn in the music industry.
Which is exactly why he should lose and not be forced to make a crappy pop album and do his own thing instead.
Cook: "Hungry Like the Wolf" might have gone over better had he worked the stage. He was too casual, too laid back. At least he tackled a song from within the past 25 years. He NAILED "Baba O'Reilly" and worked some nice arrangements until the flat ending. He's the best arranger of songs. -- B+
Syesha: If you're going to do the Tina version of "Proud Mary," you better bring it, and she did. She's trying to win the crowd with effort -- not playing defense, but going on offense. No one else is taking such steps. Dance moves! Costumes! I would love to hear the entire "Change Is Gonna Come" as it didn't work as a snippet but felt like highlights of a great cover. Ironically, she's so talented that she sounds like another Beyonce, and that similarity might dilute her allure. She never gets boring, unlike the three guys who too easily fall into categories. A solid A for her tonight. And I bet money she's voted off as the Tiger Beat crowd rushes to save ...
Jason: Who just fucking sucked tonight. An abysmal performance on both counts. Oddly, he's never been looser behind the mic. He wasn't smirking or shrugging his way through it. He was trying to connect with the crowd. Maybe it was because he really enjoyed himself. But he wasn't hitting the marks, and there's no excuse for missing lyrics at this stage of the show. That should be an automatic dismissal. Simon has never been more right in his judgment. -- D
Archuletta: He has his niche, and he works it dry. Had he attacked "Coming to America" the way he dug into tonight's "Stand By Me," he might have won me over to his camp. As it is, I don't find him charming or skilled. He's got a talent, but he has no presence or range. "Love Me Tender" was his masterpiece of soft balladry, and he lost no ground. I gotta be objective: B+
Really, I'm terrified Syesha will lose this week.
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The great part about Devil Child's probable win is, David Cook won't be under the thumb as much as Satan's Seed. Hell, I bet Daughtry looks back and breathes a sigh of relief for getting eliminated when he did. Archuleta, enjoy your descent into anonymity and say hello to Taylor Hicks when you get there.
David C. - Wow, "Hungry Like the Wolf" was NOT meant to be sung like that, methinks. But his "Baba O'Reilly" was amazing. You know it's down to Cook and Archuleta anyway.
Jason C. - Both were horrible, though I thought the Dylan song would be better when he first said he was performing it. Line of the night: "My first choice is by Bob Marley. I know, BIG surprise."
Syesha - Where in the blue hell were you for the first 6 weeks? My wife and I knew she was doing Tina as soon as we saw the outfit. Man, she is getting hotter and better as the season goes. I don't know what kind of mainstream hit she could be, though.
David F'ing A. - I'll give him this: His vocals were incredibly good on "Stand By Me". However, I couldn't keep from laughing at the emo-boy's "Love Me Tender". Yeah, sure.
Castro better be going home this week or I'm going to start getting stoned to see what all of the fuss about this guy is.
Here's the thing about David Cook....he's not Daughtry. I know everyone is all expecting him to have that kind of success, but I'm really, really doubting it. Bo Bice is more like it in my view
He's by no means a sure fire hit recording artist is what I'm saying. And even if he finishes second, they'll still control everything about his first album. You have to finish outside the top two to really do what you want.
Jason Castro. This is pretty much the biggest slam dunk in Idol history.
Don't assume anything! I think Castro stays and the judges are horrified that Syesha is booted off! You read it here, mister man.
Well, DialIdol broke out the red for Jason, and that's the first time they've done that all season. I like the guy, but I'm really only rooting for him because it's fascinating to see someone who doesn't care about the whole process make it so far. It's only fair that he goes this week, though.
Originally posted by piemanDon't assume anything! I think Castro stays and the judges are horrified that Syesha is booted off! You read it here, mister man.
And, THIS is ALWAYS the week the unexpected happens - Tamyra Gray, LaToya London, Chris Daughtry - all out on final four week. I have to think that Jason's forgetting the words was the clincher, though.
I actually didn't think Jason was *that* bad, and that his take on "I Shot the Sheriff" was directly influenced by the judges' dislike of David's paint-by-numbers "Hungry Like the Wolf". The judges get in these guys' heads sometimes.
Kudos to Syesha for making the most dramatic in-season improvement for any Idol contestant I can remember. And for getting with stylists who have turned her into maybe the most smoking hot girl on the show for the last few weeks. (Non-kudos for mentioning "her fans", though. I hate that. *You* don't have fans - *the show* has fans, at least so far.)
Holy fuck shit motherfucker shit. Read comics. Fuck shit shit fuck shit I sold out when I did my job. Fuck fuck fuck shit fuck. Sorry had to do it....
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Originally posted by wmatisticHere's the thing about David Cook....he's not Daughtry. I know everyone is all expecting him to have that kind of success, but I'm really, really doubting it. Bo Bice is more like it in my view
What? Where are you hearing this? NOBODY thinks Cook is Daughtry. Yeah, Cook had a nice run of three or four weeks but he was average before that and just bad for a few weeks now. Nobody sees him as a big superstar they just see him as the one person that could possibly do SOMETHING.
I'd say he's not even as talented as Bo Bice but his first album could be better if he is allowed to do his own thing. Hell, Kristy Lee Cook could do better than Bo Bice's first CD.
I cannot even fathom the judges' love for Archuleta, particularly Simon's putting him over huge every week. I mean, he's a fine singer, but the kid has the personality of a wet mop and is 100% adult contemporary. At his age. You'd think the judges - in particular Simon - would want somebody to win who could conceivably move more than 10,000 units.
I think what I hate more about the fact that Castro is still on this show is the fact that I can't even enjoy what he's doing in a practical joke sort of way, because that kid is an absolute poser.
Cook is, for me, still the best of the four in that he grabs people's attention and is able to convince enough of them that he's a legitimate "artist" (in reality that's questionable but perception is everything). I really didn't mind "Hungry Like the Wolf," and it would have worked really well if the sound engineers decided to turn on the bass amp for Christ's sake. My only complaint about his "Baba" was that he came dangerously close to turning it into a nu-rock love ballad.
I don't think "he's not Daughtry" is an insult by any stretch of the imagination, but that's just me.
Syesha...man. I'd make that girl my wife, but as a performer she doesn't do anything for me. It's fine that she finally brought it, but what she did bring was a performance that would catch you off-guard and you'd find really impressive if she was the lead singer of a band performing at a wedding reception. There's better Sam Cook songs she could've chosen, and agreed with others who've noted that chopping it down to two minutes really hurts the cohesiveness of that piece - which is why it seemed all over the place.
That's especially true because Jim worked his way into management from sales, just like Michael did. Neither of them were trained for the job of manager. I also really liked the bit at the end, where Michael had a realization: