It's Mariah Carey Week and how can you avoid singing Mariah on Mariah's week? Let's find out! Mariah looks botoxed to hell and has a whiny little yap dog with her, so it's going to be one of those weeks. Did you know she's bigger than Elvis now? I know!
David Archuleta Singing: "When You Believe" Mariah Says: You're great, David's dad...I mean David. Performance: He's got the whiny voice and gasping dialed up to 11 this week, and I'm done with this performance by about the 10 second mark. I mean...at least Melinda was pleasant to listen to when she was boring. OMG PLEATHER PANTS! WOO! Judges Say: We really, really love you. The bomb. I Say: I really, really don't. Change: -1 Score: +/- 0
Carly Smithson Singing: "Without You" Mariah Says: Don't I know you from somewhere? Performance: I guess I should notice her boobs because that's what her whole outfit is centered on this week. Duly noted! Aw...she misses Michael Johns. Foreigners Unite! She doesn't hit her Angry Ferret face or anything, and the song is going pretty well right up until the end when she starts shrieking and it all comes unglued. Oh, Carly, Carly, Carly. Judges Say: You really can sing good, it's too bad you suck. I Say: Every week, it starts off good and then swirls into a vortex of suck. Change: +/- 0 Score: +/- 0
Sayesha Mercado Singing: "Vanishing" Mariah Says: I wrote this song in, like, grade school. Performance: Wow, thrilling choice. I see by the "whole Mariah song book" they even include, "Poetry I wrote when I was seven." It's not bad or anything, but I dare you to remember a single thing about this performance. I dare you to remember who I'm talking about. You can't! Judges Say: Nobody knows this song. Wait...who were we talking about again? I Say: I'm sure it was just great. Change: +/- 0 Score: -3
Is Ryan standing by with Taylor from "Kid Nation?!"
Brooke White Singing: "Hero" Mariah Says: Sing what you're feeling...unless that feeling is, "Sucks to be missing my sister's wedding to play with Mariah's lap dog." Performance: And now from the songs you may have heard of department...Oh, Brooke's back at the piano, that's a good sign! It starts off really nicely, and then she, like, freaks out. She starts shaking and she simply cannot get this song over fast enough. Awww. Poor Brooke. The Judges Say: You're like a hamburger without fatty acids. I Say: I fear the competition is slowly consuming her. Change: +/- 0 Score: +2
Kristy Lee Cook Singing: "Forever" Mariah Says: I don't get you, but let's share hair care tips! Performance I like that Kristy is getting progressively prettier, as she's picking better songs. It's like, the make-up people are finally coming around to saying, "Oh, so we actually have to put some effort into you now?" Never underestimate the Southern voting bloc, y'all. This is really pretty pleasant. I can't believe she's upped her game this far in a couple of weeks. Judges Say: Not exciting, but you're no longer Sanjaya. I Say: I'm just disappointed she didn't tackle "Honey." Change: +1 Score: +1
Check out Ryan hanging with Malubay! She's stalking them!
David Cook Singing: "Always Be My Baby." Mariah Says: Uh...Really? (I can't tell if it's the Botox or not, but she looks kind of pissed about all this.) Performance: This all would've been worth it if he would've done the chorus as a whiny emo rock, "Dooodooodooo...Bah. Dooodooodooop dooodooop. Bah!" or if he would've just done it straight up. It's not bad, but I think I'm over his, "Look, I can sing every song in a depressing fashion." Judges Say: It was terrible. Psyche! We love you! I Say: I'll give him props for showing he can do this with every song ever, but enough already. Change: +1 Score: +4
Jason Castro Singing: "I Don't Wanna Cry" Mariah Says: Try to hit the high notes while I take a hit. Performance: What, no ukulele this week? I thought he'd try to get the most out of it. He doesn't do a great job of hitting the Mariah notes, but he tries. A very Jason performance. Randy freaks Simon out by inviting him to a luau. Judges Say: We're really all just thinking about a pig roast right now. I Say: Whatevs, Castro. I didn't hate it, though. Change: +/- 0 Score: -3
And that's why we don't sing Mariah on this show. Really, just a boring week. It almost made me long for the halcyon days of Michael Johns, where at least we could get distracted by a renegade ascot or something. Davids Archuletta and Cook have worn out their welcome with me completely at this point, Brooke is suffering from a severe mental breakdown before our eyes, and Kristy Lee Cook is the best pure singer on the show right now. The world has gone insane.
I can only hope this collapses far enough that Brooke is able to give us a rousing rendition of Snow's "Informer" before she goes home.
Carly Smithson Sayesha Mercado Brooke White
Sayesha Mercado. I have to be right about this one of these times, right? Who is voting for this girl? I've never seen a candidate with less people invested in her go this far into the competition. This isn't even under the radar any more, this is just...flying in the face of everything. This is getting to be like Bucky Covington making the top three or something.
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Do you hate Mariah Carey or something? I thought this week was one of the top-to-bottom best weeks of Idol they've ever had. Nobody went too far out there with a horrid song choice, and everyone was at least solid, with the guys pretty much drubbing the gals. I don't want to say it, but David Cook was really fantastic, and he's really the only one that has any idea what he's doing up there.
It would be tough if I had to pick someone to go home just off tonight, but Brooke and Carly were both OK if not the two worst. I actually liked Brooke's pace on the song until she got to the end where she sounded like she was worried they were going to cut her mic, and I thought Carly was pretty good until the very end.
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....
Revenge of the Sith = one thumb up from me. Fuck shit. I want to tittie fuck your ass. -- The Guinness. to Cerebus
Originally posted by JayJayDeanDo you hate Mariah Carey or something?
Not really. It's not my favorite songbook they've ever done, but it's not the worst either. It's all a bunch of ballads which wears on you, but the problem is the boring contestants (Sayesha, Archuletta, Castro) were just as boring as ever, Cook is still a one trick pony (with a pretty good trick), Carly started off good and came apart, and Brooke has slowly been falling apart since "Let It Be." Kristy was the best pure performance of the night!
It's one of those things where the show really needs something to shake it up, and a night full of ballads isn't really the answer. Something like a Billboard Hot 100 show like they did in Season 5 would shake things up a bit. Technically, it was a pretty good show, but it was really...boring.
Originally posted by Excalibur05It's one of those things where the show really needs something to shake it up, and a night full of ballads isn't really the answer. Something like a Billboard Hot 100 show like they did in Season 5 would shake things up a bit. Technically, it was a pretty good show, but it was really...boring.
To be fair to them what sets the themes, Mariah was probably booked well in advance, and they kinda had what should've been the 'shake up' week last week, with the inspirational songs thing.
I mean they basically had carte blanche to choose any rousing ditty since the dawn of man and spin some yarn about how it lifted their spirits during vaguely traumatic period X in their past. Problem was none of them got close to hitting a home run on it. The only half way savvy song choices to my mind came from David A, who has all the emotive force of a parsnip, and David C, who came across as the product of some bizarre Chris Martin/Eddie Vedder/Michael Jackson love tryst.
As a general rule though, I have no time for Mariah Carey, or most anyone who carries one of those flipping glorified rat-dog things around with them.
When I saw the Mariah Carey tidbit on my DVR guide I found myself very unenthused for the show. And I ended up being pretty right on that feeling. This just seemed like a terrible idea all around.
David CLB - I admit I just don't know what the point of the endless pimp job by the judges is. Does Simon really think he's going to sell records? I don't know if they think he's their next Clay Aiken or what, but seriously, the only thing I care for about him is when he finally will go into a full fledged cardio meltdown on stage, only to be roused out of it by his father taking off his belt and whupping him. He wheezed, he oversang, the judges again inexplicably loved it. Safe because God doesn't like me.
Carly - "Without You"...really? Carly proves that there's only one version of the song that worked and that's still Harry Nilsson's version (sorry Air Supply). She sounded not so good tonight. I think she's fed up with the whole thing, and ready to go home. But I don't think the fans are ready to give that to her yet. Bottom 3, but I would guess survives.
Sayesha - She's still here? Really? Why? She keeps on singing songs I've never heard of, and when she's done I do not feel any regret for never having done so. I seriously do not how she has made it this far. Her performance helps make clear though what a terrible week this is for the girls. While the guys (with the exception of David CLB) are able to tweak the songs and do much different things with them, free from the burden of having to try and live up to Mimi's originals, the girls are stuck. And when your thing is "girl with big voice" like Carly and Sayesha, you're REALLY stuck. At least Brooke isn't expected to hit huge notes, and Kristy isn't expected to do anything except confuse me by her existence. But the big voice girls were in a bad spot tonight, and it will hurt them. Bottom 3, and my pick to go home.
Brooke - Did someone give her the "bring it home" signal from the wings near the end, because the tempo became akin to some sort of hyper techno song. For a moment I thought she doing the "Tori Amos doing 'Precious Things' live" freakout, but instead it was just...weird. I have to disagree though with Matt about her falling apart over the last few weeks since the first Beatles night. "Here Comes the Sun", despite the judges commentary, was decent. "Every Breath you Take" was solid except for the restart at the beginning. "Jolene" didn't work great. "You've Got a Friend" was a bad song choice, because it's just an incredibly boring song. If anything the problem she's facing is that she's been in a couple bad weeks for her. Mariah week was never going to work well. The second Beatles week she was too worried about not playing an instrument in order to placate the judges. Dolly week was a misstep, and she was probably the wrong person for that song (Carly should have been on "Jolene"). That said, she needs to hit a home run again in the next week or two if she survives. She's in danger of being left behind by the top guys. I say bottom 3, but safe.
Kristy - I don't know. I just don't know anymore. Nothing makes sense in this crazy mixed up world. She's one of two people who I have enjoyed more the last two weeks than at any point beforehand. But I still just want her gone because of past transgressions against music and human decency. But I don't think she gets her customary stool this week. At this point I think she might end up the last girl standing. Safe.
Ramiele - "I have a restraining order for a Ms. Malubay. Is there a Ms. Malubay here?"
David C. - I liked it, but not as much as the judges. I have noticed in the last few weeks he seems reluctant to really let his voice go as often, I wonder if the health scare a few weeks back is still impacting him. There were a few points in the song where it seemed like it was primed for him to really go for some bigger notes and he backed off, staying in that lower register. Still a damn good performance from the best person on the show. Safe, and at this point most likely cruising into the final 3.
Jason - He has impressed me the last few weeks. Maybe he took to heart the admonition to take this more seriously, because he has been on his game the last few times out. He's growing on me, and if I had to pick a final 3 that I would care for, he would be in it at this point. Safe.
So, things are beginning to shake out, and it is growing clear who is likely around for the long haul, and who is living on borrowed time.
My personal rankings at this point: 1. David C. - Just so smooth and good at what he does. Sure he can be insufferable, but aren't all rock stars? 2. Brooke - She appeals to my personal aesthetic of what I tend to musically. 3. Jason - Getting better the last few weeks. 4. Carly - The gap between 3 and 4 is huge for me. 5. Kristy - Her continued existence on the show befuddles and angers me so much that I've grown to look forward to her appearances in a strange way. 6. Sayesha - Not last because she's too forgettable. 7. David CLB - I wish they had taken the crazy political kid over him. He would have been fun.
My out-my-ass guesses for who goes as the weeks go on: This week - Sayesha Week of 6 - Carly Week of 5 - Kristy Week of 4 - Jason Week of 3 - Brooke Final 2 - David vs. David. As to who wins...I don't know :)
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David A - sang it perfectly as usual. The runs make sense when he's doing a song like this and it worked. None of the other contestants can match his technical ability, but yes he is kinda boring and won't sell records.
Carly - best of the night. She finally covered up the tats, and sang it very well. No chance she can win it all but this should keep her around another week.
Syesha - she sang well, but bores everyone to death. Probably going home.
Brooke - she freaked out and it was a mess, but she's cute and liked so she'll stick around.
Kristy - I just don't know. I can't listen to her because I hate her so much. But I think she did fine. Ugh.
David Cook - horrible. For the first full minute of a minute and a half long song, he was off key/monotone. It was dreary, poorly sung and boring. Then he spent 20 seconds hitting the notes he does every week and is good at. Followed by back to boring at the end. The judges couldn't slam him with his sick brother being there. He had been at least annoying me less until this. I do realize I'm in the minority here but oh well.
Jason - same as he is every week. Pleasant and kinda boring.
Should be bottom three: Syesha, David C and Brooke Will be: Syesha, Brooke and Carly
I think this may be my last week watching as I've already gotten to see the incredibly hot Mariah Carey and it's obvious that no one is good enough, interesting enough or has the teeny-bopper audience as mesmerized as Archuleta.
David A. - Fine. It was good. Who cares? It's the same each week. He sings a ballad, the girls go crazy, the judges lap him up like he has incriminating photos of them stashed away somewhere and he flashes the "Aw shucks. Me?" look about 300 times.
Carly - As much as I thought Chikezie was getting better each week, Carly seems to be getting worse. And spf, how can you not love the cheeziness of Air Supply's version?
Syesha - I actually liked her performance, but again, if you're going to do Mariah... you know the rest.
Brooke - Probably my 2nd favorite Mariah song next to Vision of Love. Therefore, I cannot bring myself to give her high grades on this. Although, I'd say I liked it if I had never heard the song before - except for the frantic ending of it.
Kristy - Ho hum. No one who votes for her cares how she sings anyway or she would've been gone long ago.
David C. - I've liked this guy every week... except this one. This was freaking horrible to me but the judges loved it. It doesn't seem like he can fully pronounce a single word as every one trails off into some Chad Kroeger breathy rock note.
Jason - I'm liking this guy more each week. I thought he did great and I think his "relaxed" attitude is getting him more votes. BTW, I love how Randy pulls out the "luau" metaphor and Simon, King of Ridiculously Stupid Metaphors, is completely puzzled.
Bottom three: people who aren't Archuleta Going home: not Archuleta
Originally posted by Reverend J ShaftI think this may be my last week watching as I've already gotten to see the incredibly hot Mariah Carey and it's obvious that no one is good enough, interesting enough or has the teeny-bopper audience as mesmerized as Archuleta.
FWIW David Cook has been trading the top spot on Dialidol most weeks with David CLB, so there might be hope that the David A. fanbase is static, while the fans of each discarded singer can accrue enough to eventually knock CLB off. I think that might be what happened with Melinda last year.
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