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Finale!

May 22, 2008

This year’s finale was great!!

I loved all the arrangements, and guests this year. And the excitement level was a lot higher than last year because the competition is so close.

So, this season has certainly had it’s ups and downs. The ups being that the David’s were the top two. The down’s being that Carly and Michael left when they did. I think that this season was one of the best for a number of reasons. The number one reason would be the variety of different talent that was on the show. Each contestant (whether I loved or hated them) brought their own personal style and talent, and did a great job for the most part.

I decided  to start writing this before the show ended, so I could express my feelings about who won firsthand and……I AM SO EXCITED THAT DAVID COOK WON!!!

I didn’t expect it, and I can’t tell you how happy I am that he won. I think that America has made the right choice for once this season. Thanks for reading!

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!

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!

Too much of a good thing..

March 20, 2008

Hey, Sarah here to catch you up on American Idol. At least the parts that matter!

I was excited to hear that the contestants would be performing Beatles songs, and I was even more excited to hear that they would be performing the songs this week. However, after tonight…I have definitely changed my mind.

First of all, although the contestants wanted us to believe that they were thrilled to be singing the Beatles yet again, I could tell that they were getting stressed out. Brooke White’s performance was unusually lackluster, and Ramiel just couldn’t pull it together.

Michael Johns (one of my favorites) needs to get a grip. His song choices keep getting worse, and I just hope that it isn’t too late! Fortunately, he went on to the top 10, so I am hoping that he will surprise us next week.

David Cook is playing the part of the resident rocker on Idol very well. He will continue to do well in the competition if he continues on the path that he’s on. His performance on Wednesday was certainly not as good as last week, but I have a feeling that he’s just going to get better and better.

Syesha escaped the chopping block with a surprisingly pleasant rendition of “Yesterday”. I have never been a fan of hers, but I cannot deny that she did great (and neither could the judges.) She squeaked by this week, but I doubt she will go very far.

Chikezie…I wish America would put me out of my misery already. His version of “I’ve Just Seen a Face” was horrifying to me. I’m hoping he fizzles out and SOON.

Speaking of fizzling out..why is Kristy Lee Cook still in this competition? She fizzled out before she even started, in my opinion. If we are talking talent here, then she just doesn’t compare to others on the show. I think next week will be her last week with us, and good riddance if that’s true.

David Archuleta is my favorite contestant by far. His voice is amazing, and he never gets on my nerves while he’s onstage. David is my pick to win this year, unless I’m very much mistaken.

Jason Castro is absolutely adorable, although his vocals sometimes leave something to be desired. Jason may have a few tricks up sleeve, and I hope that’s true because I would love to see him stay.

And…Carly Smithson was in the bottom 3 tonight. My response is WHAT? I hope that was just a fluke this week.

And lastly..Amanda Overmyer. I’ve never been a fan, so I’m not sorry to see her go. However, Kristy Lee should have gone home this week because Amanda has twice the talent and ten times the personality. Goodbye Amanda!

Until next time…

Goodbye Josiah…

February 16, 2008

Well we said goodbye to Morristown native Josiah Leming Wednesday on Idol. I thought he was a good singer, but you have to admit the stunt with the band in his last performance did him in. You almost wonder if they just kept him around for dramatic purposes only.

Read an exclusive interview with Josiah in this Knoxville News Sentinel column.

The top 24 contestants biographies have been posted on the American Idol Web site now.

I think my favorites for this season are  Asia’h Epperson, David Archuleta and Michael Johns.

Who’s your pick?

Anthony
apiercy@erwinrecord.net

Lots of Talent During Week One

February 13, 2008

Well this is it. The time that millions of American’s crowd around their televisions to see who their next president American Idol is and I think this is going to be a great season.

Even though I thought the auditions started out a little rocky, things are looking better now. It could be because only a few of the really good singers are shown on the air during the first auditions. You know they have to save airtime for all of those really really bad auditions that we all love.

One significant change that I liked about week one in Hollywood was that the contestants were able to play instruments. I think it shows that they have more talent than just singing. I know, I know Simon – it’s a SINGING competition, but the instruments added a little flavor. Sometimes.

David Hernandez from Arizona had a great stage performance. He really had the crowd moving. The judges liked him, too. Even Simon said he was “one of the best they had seen so far.” I think we’ll be seeing a lot more from him this season.

Carly Smithson was another voice to remember. All three judges liked her. It’s too bad we didn’t get to see more of her on season five.

Asia’h Epperson’s performance of I’m Going Down was also really good.

And there’s Tennessee’s very own, Josiah Leming. He’s from Morristown here in East Tennessee. I really like his style and even the British accent that pops up when he’s singing. The judges liked him in the first performance, but the second time around was a different story. Hopefully he’ll get it together before next time – I think America will like him – and vote for him.

Kyle… what can you say. He seems to be a nice guy, but I think he should stick to politics. Paula was right, the first performance was corny. Really corny. But he definitely turned it around with his second chance. I think he’ll get some votes. Perhaps he’s the this season’s Sanjaya 🙂

He may have had trouble with his vocal chords only a few years ago, but 16-year-old David Archuleta has what it takes. I think he probably got the best review from the judges of the night. Randy said his performance was the best of the day, Paula simply said he was a gem and Simon told him he had a lot going for him – young, good looks, likable… and yes, a good voice.

I guess we’ll find out tomorrow night who the top 24 are during the first results show. It will begin at 8 p.m. on Fox. Don’t miss it!

Until next time,
Anthony
apiercy@erwinrecord.net