Archive for April, 2008

Neil Diamond tonight!

April 30, 2008

Well, I can say that Idol has had some great songwriters this season, and tonight was no exception. Neil Diamond was a lot of fun, and the songs sounded great…for the most part.

Starting off, Jason Castro did pretty good. He’s not that terrible, but all of his performances sound the same. Simon said that he struggled through both songs, and that he hadn’t been himself the past two weeks. I have to say that I agree completely.

I can’t say enough how much I love David Cook. I loved his performance of “I’m Alive” although Simon said it was “okay”. The second song was AWESOME! He has to be this year’s idol, if Brooke and Jason fans don’t mess it up.

Brooke’s first song was terrible in my opinion. The vocals sounded off the entire time. The second song was pretty good, but I don’t think she’s anywhere near the David’s. I used to like Brooke a lot, but for some reason I can’t put my finger on, I don’t like her at all anymore.

David Archuletta had a great night, in my opinion. I liked both of the songs that he sang, although I knew in my heart that he would choose “America” because, as Paula said, it was the perfect song for him to sing.

Syesha’s first song was pretty good, but the best thing I can say about the performance was that her hair looked great. I liked the second performance a lot, and although I think she did a million times better than Jason and Brooke combined…I think she’s going home. Simon agrees.

Tonight was a little weird. Paula was completely out of it, and the arrangement of the show was off. However, despite all of that, I hope that America makes the right choice tonight…it’s time for Brooke to go home.

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Another upset…

April 24, 2008

Well, I decided delay my post until tonight to gain a little perspective. Last week I was crying for joy that Kristy Lee had finally parted ways with Idol. This week, I’m a little confused.

Last night was one of the most interesting nights I can remember. Songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber are not what I think of when I think about American Idol, yet I was excited because it’s always nice to switch things up.

Syesha surprised me with a really entertaining performance. I haven’t fully appreciated her voice, or her personality. I can say that after her time is over on Idol, she will certainly have a career on Broadway. I hate to say this…but I…liked her this week.

Jason Castro gets the award for most awkward song choice and performance of all time (Oh wait..that goes to Brooke!) I don’t think he understood what kind of song he was singing. “Memory” is a song that I was almost certain David Archuleta would pick. I was SO surprised that he wasn’t in the bottom two. This proves to me that this show is becoming a popularity contest after all. Speaking of David, he did a great job singing a girls’ song. There is no doubt in my mind that he will be in the top two.

Poor Brooke. I felt sorry for her, but even after the mishap she didn’t sing the song very well. To be honest, I didn’t think she could sing it even under the best of circumstances. Brooke is really sweet, and obviously has a huge fan base, but she hasn’t stood out in a long time.

Carly…I’m extremely sad to see her go, especially when she had a great performance and Brooke and Jason have been having average ones. I don’t feel like she deserved to go. I’m not sure what happened this week. My only explanation is that Brooke and Jason have won over America’s hearts instead of their ears.

Lastly..David Cook wowed us again. I have seen Phantom on Broadway, and I swear that he sounded better than the guy singing in the show. I think he’s going to be the next Idol. There’s no doubt he’s the most talented person on the show, with little David being a close second.

So…I hope that next week goes better. I’d like to dedicate this post to Michael Johns and Carly Smithson…Idols gone too soon. Until then!

Definitely the guy’s night…

April 16, 2008

Well, most everyone would agree that Michael Johns’ departure last week was surprising. Nobody was more surprised than I was. Here is my theory…Michael Johns has never been in the bottom three, and he has constantly been a front-runner this season. People who vote recognize this and decide that he’s safe, so they’ll give their votes to someone like Jason Castro who may need the votes. And so…Michael Johns goes home.

It honestly wasn’t the same for me tonight without him there, but his career is far from over. My predictions have been terribly off lately, so hopefully they will be right this time. Mariah Carey mentored the contestants, and I was a little uneasy about her songs being performed. However, there were no major mishaps except for Kristy Lee Cook.

As for tonight, the guys dominated the show. David Archuleta started off with a really beautiful performance. I think he’s going to be in the top two, yet I regret typing that because Michael was also one of my picks. There is no denying that he’s a wonderful singer and performer, and isn’t that what this competition is about?

David Cook is by far the most original contestant. Every week I look forward to seeing his performances because he tries to make everything his own, which is more than can be said for most of the remaining contestants. He chose an extremely well known pop song and transformed it into his own awesome version. Loved it!

I thought Carly did better than what the judges gave her credit for. She is no longer their favorite, and I think her time is dwindling down. Maybe last week I wouldn’t have said she’d go home, but I wouldn’t be surprised. Brooke White gave us a blah and (according to Simon) rather “meatless” performance. Yes, she did the best she could do, but is her best good enough?

Ok, at this point there is nothing that Kristy Lee could do to make her like her unless she developed a cure for cancer or gave me a lot of cash. I am not saying that she can’t sing, but I get absolutely nothing out of her performances. The thought of watching another one of her performances absolutely pains me.

Syesha would be the only other person who I would like to see go. She gave us, once again, another uninspired performance. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either. And, at this point in the competition, how many so-so performances will she be allowed to get by with before America gets it right?

Lastly, Jason Castro ended the evening with an interesting arrangement. I wasn’t overly impressed, but I thought he did a good job. I still like Jason, and I hope he sticks around another week.

So, tonight I will keep my bottom three predictions to myself, and maybe I’ll be right for once. Until then!

An “inspirational” week on Idol..

April 10, 2008

Well, imagine my surprise when Kristy Lee hung on for another week. I’m not going to say that she’s going home this week, though, because I always seem to jinx myself.

Poor Ramiele…she was so cute, but I think she had reached her peak long ago. I’m not sad that she’s gone, but I feel like she could have surprised us later on down the line. Speaking of surprises, Brooke White surprised many people by being in the bottom three last week, but she may as well get comfortable there because her performance this week was dismal.

Michael Johns did great this week, in my opinion. Simon claims that he’s becoming a “wannabe”, but I couldn’t disagree more. He has stood out the entire competition, and tonight’s performance leads me to believe that he will be in the top three.

In contrast, David Cook really disappointed me this week. I like the song that he chose, but there was something off about it. I’m going to go ahead and say that he will not be in the bottom three because he has a huge following.

Syesha and Kristy Lee were one in the same for me, last night. There is nothing that stands out about either of these girls. Kristy Lee is mediocre to the highest degree, and I can’t believe that she comes back each week. I feel that at this point in the competition, the dead weight is being weeded out. So, the next to go has to be Kristy Lee or Syesha.

Jason Castro was great last night! I loved the song he sang, and he really does have a distinctive style and voice that will get him noticed whether or not he wins Idol or not.

David Archuleta was my favorite. “Angels” is an awesome song, and I love the way he sang last night. David is also one of my picks for the top three.

Carly Smithson isn’t getting any better, but isn’t getting any worse. Her performance of a Queen song got mixed reviews from the judges, and I think she’s losing steam. I really hope she steps it up next week because I don’t think she’s going home.

A little side note..as anyone noticed that Randy is the new Simon? His comments keep getting harsher. I would be impressed if I could understand what he was saying half the time.

SO, I have been wrong, but my tentative picks for the bottom three: Brooke, Syesha, and Kristy Lee. I would almost say Carly, but I am not sure. I think Syesha is going home this week. What do you think? The competition is getting good, but I have a feeling that it will be between three guys this year to win.

Also, Idol Gives Back was great tonight! I hope you enjoyed it.

Dolly Parton!

April 2, 2008

Well, I must start off by saying how relieved I was that I didn’t have to worry about watching Chikezie perform this week. Thank you America!

As for tonight, I loved that Dolly Parton was on the show. She’s an amazing song writer, and owner of a theme park close to all of our hearts as East Tennesseans.

The show started off pretty shaky with Brooke White. I think Brooke has a good voice and a great personality, but for some reason I can’t seem to ever love her performances. I don’t want to say that Brooke is in the bottom three, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all.

Ramiele…she is for sure going to be in the bottom three tomorrow night. She did the worst of the night, in my opinion. Randy seemed to think it was OK, and Paula liked it (but she likes everybody, right?) And, let’s give it to Simon for summing up what I was thinking at that exact moment…it was something you would see on a cruise ship. Thank you, Simon.

David Cook did really well this week, but wasn’t that great compared to last week’s performance. He’s going to have a hard time topping that one, but he’s done consistently well every single week. As I’ve said before, I’m almost positive he will win this year, or at least make it to the top two.

Carly did a great job this week, but I think that she’s no longer the best voice in the competition. That would have to go to…David Archuleta! Wow, I hadn’t realized how amazing his voice is. “Smokey Mountain Memories” is a great song, and he sang it very well. He takes the best of the night, hands down.

Not a lot can be said for Kristy Lee. Country music is her element, but she makes so impression whatsoever with any song she sings. The only risks that she has taken on this show have failed to impress the judges, and she’s been hanging on by a thread until last week. This week, I think she’ll be in the bottom three, and she’s my pick to go home tomorrow.

I feel like Syesha played an April Fool’s joke on me this week. I had a feeling she would choose the toughest and most popular song, “I Will Always Love You” and I was right. At first I liked the arrangement until she took it too far. I wish she would have kept it toned down because she definitely can’t sing like Whitney.

Jason Castro improved from last week, and I don’t think he’ll be in the bottom three this week. Imagine my surprise last week! I must be reading America’s opinions all wrong.  He is really sweet, and I think that he has some potential to do great things. I hope that he stays around.

The show ended with a bang with Michael Johns. I LOVED his performance, and he’s really stepped it up from the past mishaps that have gotten him bad reviews from the judges. I loved the arrangement, and his voice sounded amazing. Michael will for sure be sticking around for a while.

So, here are my predictions for the bottom three (I may be wrong) Syesha, Kristy Lee, and Ramiele. What do you think? See ya next week!