Wednesday, March 9, 2011

American Idol - Top 13 - A Rainbow of Talent

Week 1 on the "big" stage was fun. I think this will be a great season on American Idol. I love the new judges. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez (J-LO to my generation) really have gone above my expectations. I thought that with Simon gone the show wouldn't be the same anymore. Yes, it is different but change can be good sometimes. I'm going to grade each contestant, say what I think Simon would have said and then I'm going to predict who the bottom 3 will be. OK, here we go!

First singer up was:
Lauren Alaina - Any Man of Mine by Shania Twain
I thought her outfit was awful. She needs some help in the fashion department. I was glad she didn't wear the ugly pink dress / boot combo she did when the picked the top 24 a couple weeks ago, but, I digress. The performance was boring to me. She didn't really do much besides stand there a sing. Any Man of Mine can be such a fun song. A real pro would have got the audience into it. Simon would have said:"reminded me of a bad karaoke singer at a high school reunion"
Grade: C
I think that Miss Alaina will be fine though. She has a very likable personality and I think that the country music fans out there will keep her around for another week (at least)

Casey - Joe Cocker - Little Help from My Friends
I need to admit right off the bat that I am a Casey fan so my opinion is a bit tainted by that. Let me also say that I was a Taylor Hicks lover and so I tend to go for the different unique contestants! I thought Casey's performance was fun, and he made the song his own. He really got into the song and could tell he was having a good time.
Simon would have liked it (I think)
Grade: A-

Ashton - Diana Ross- When you tell me (that you love me)
Ashton was one of the singers that was saved last week by the judges' wild card votes. I didn't agree with their choice then and I still didn't tonight. I wasn't impressed with her performance. I thought it was forgettable.
Simon would have said "forgettable, no one will remember that performance"
Grade: C

Paul McDonald - Ryan Adams

I love Paul but I did not like his performance tonight. He was all over the place on the stage, his voice sounded weak and I just didn't like this song for him at all. Can I just say that I thought Ryan Seacrest was so annoying doing his impression of Paul! Ryan, stick to the hosting thing, you are not funny.
Simon would have said:"it reminded me a bit of your uncle getting up and singing at a wedding after he's had a bit too much to drink"
Grade: C

Pia - All by Myself - Celine Dion

I am quickly becoming a Pia fan. I think she has a fantastic voice, she is a beautiful girl and she seems to have a beautiful personality. The song she sang is not even close to being an easy song to sing and she nailed it.
Simon would have said" you are a bit of a dark horse in this competition"
Grade: A

James Durbin - Paul McCartney - Baby I'm amazed

I love James too. He is terrific and performed terrific tonight. I was glad he lost the tail tonight. It kind of looks like he has a scarf coming out of his backside (random) . He showed a lot of control with his voice tonight and didn't do any screaming. I think that the screaming can be over-done. I think Adam Lambert overdid the screaming and Siobhan did last year as well.
Simon would have liked it.
Grade: A

Haley - Blue - Leanne Rimes

Haley sang well but it was kind of boring and stayed true to how the original was sung. I like Haley and I hope she sticks around this week.
Simon: "forgettable, fell asleep during the performance"
Grade: B

Jacob Lusk - R. Kelly I believe I can Fly

Although his style isn't really my type of music I am still a fan of his just because Jacob has an amazing instrument and seems to have a super personality.
Simon would have loved it.
Grade: A

Thia Megia - Smile - Michael Jackson

It was sweet and boring. I agreed with the judges that the jazzy arrangement wasn't great. She's a beautiful girl and has a beautiful voice but I don't feel like I've seen anything great from her yet.
Simon would have said: " didn't like the song selection, atrocious arrangement, you may be in trouble after that"
Grade: C

Stefano Langone - Stevie Wonder

I also am a big Stefano fan and I was so glad that the judges saved him with a wild card spot last week. He has a great story, great attitude and a great voice. I thought he did great tonight. I wasn't crazy about the disco beat halfway through the song but he really showed that he belongs in the top 13 tonight.
Simon: "hated the arrangement, you sounded great though"
Grade: B+

Karen - Selena song

Boring, pitchy, seemed almost unsure of the what the song was that she was singing. I don't really love Karen. She seems so pro-Latina that it's irritating. Maybe it's just me. I don't see anything wrong with being proud of your heritage but she seems to mention on every show that she is Latino, ok, we get it.
Simon would have said something awful and made her cry

Grade: D

Scotty McCreery - The River - Garth Brooks

Scotty seems like a really nice southern boy. He has a great voice for Country music and I thought he sang this song great. While I will probably not buy his album, just because I'm not a big country fan, I hope he does well in his career.

Grade: A

Naima Adedapo - Umbrella

Nice dance moves, I liked the little ragea (sp?) twist she added to it. I'm not a huge fan of hers but I have to give her props. I was glad that she shaved her armpits.

Grade: A

Bottom 3 tomorrow night: Karen, Ashton, and Paul. I think Ashton will go home. What do you think?

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