Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Idol Re-Cap: Finals, Week Two

From what I understand we have a 50's theme in store tonight, which makes me very, very scared that Taylor is going to try an Elvis song, at which point his AI train will crash and burn into a million fiery pieces. So, fingers crossed: no Taylor does Elvis. Specifically, no Taylor does "My Tribute."

OH MY WORD IT'S BARRY MANILOW!!! Things are looking up indeed. And y'all - do you think Barry has had some work done? Not that there's anything wrong with that. But his mouth doesn't seem to work cooperatively with the rest of his face. Anyhoo, with his coaching, I think we'll have some pretty powerful over-singing tonight, and I for one am all for it. Plus, I love the way he gives the singers really specific advice - fascinating to watch.

Mandisa - "I Don't Hurt Anymore" - I LOVE her Oprah 'do. She looks awesome, and I got goosebumps on the first note. I think she picked a great song, and I think this was her best performance so far. Reminded me a little of Jennifer Holliday, she did. David says it was his favorite performance so far this season - the first time he's gotten chills. Somewhere in Houston, Beth Moore is jumping up and down - I just know she is.
Bucky Covington - "Oh Boy" - Did anyone notice that Barry had approximately 30 seconds' worth of commentary on Bucky's talent and song selection? And with good reason, as it turns out. This performance was exactly what I feared when I found out it was 50's night. Bad Ritchie Valens karaoke. Boring and lame. Sorry, Bucky. It's time for you to go home.
Paris Bennett - "Fever" - Completely superficial observation right up front: Paris, in my opinion, over-accessorizes. She does broaches, earrings, flowers in her hair, bracelets, 16 rings, etc. As for the performance, I didn't love it. I think it's a better song for her than some of the ones she's picked over the last few weeks, but to use a very Bachelor word, I don't "connect" with her. I can appreciate that she's talented, but she doesn't move me the way Mandisa or Taylor or Katharine does.
Chris Daughtry - "I Walk The Line" - Hmmmm. Interesting song choice for him. REALLY interesting arrangement, because it sounded like something that could be a hit right now. Here's my only gripe. I think that Chris finds a way to turn every week's performance into his style of music - Chili Peppers / Goo Goo Dolls / etc. But at this point I'd like to see that he's more than a one-trick pony. I'd just like to see something different. But what does it matter what I think? This boy will be a star regardless.
Katharine McPhee - "Come Rain Or Come Shine" - Oh I'm nervous with anticipation. I think she gets better every week. And I love this arrangement. My only slight criticism is that it reminded me a little bit of a pageant performance, but that's probably because I've seen this song performed with varying degrees of success in one too many Miss America telecasts. But she's the real deal, y'all. So talented.
Taylor Hicks - "Not Fade Away" - The song is a little repetitive for me, but once again, Taylor knows how to pick stuff that is perfectly suited to his voice. This wasn't my favorite performance of his - probably my least favorite over the last three weeks, in fact - but he's an infectious fella, isn't he? Hopefully next week will bring a better song.
Lisa Tucker - "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?" - Oh, I loathe this song. I feel like she's trying so hard to be infectious that she's missing the mark. She has a good voice - I don't think that's in question - but she doesn't have that "something" that makes me care. Get this girl back to Broadway...a pop star she's not.
Kevin Corvais - "When I Fall In Love" - Oh thank goodness Barry Manilow got ahold of him and got him to tone down the screaming. I've been pretty clear that I'm not a Kevin fan, but I do think this was his best performance so far.
Elliot Yamin - "Teach Me Tonight" - This is one of my FAVORITE songs - I love the Al Jarreau version. Now Elliott didn't touch that version, but he was good, yo. Dog. Word, dog. Yo, it was good.
Kellie (Dawn) Pickler - "Walkin' After Midnight" - Okay, how in the world does Barry Manilow not know this song? Kellie Dawn walking around the stage really distracted me - because I was terribly concerned that she was about to fall. But I think she knew how to, um, showcase, um, her, um, talents. Way better than last week. And did I hear her correctly? Did she really say, "Look y'all, it's a pickle sign" while the judges were trying to critique her?
Ace Young - "In The Still Of The Night" - First of all, I always want to call him Ace Cannon. I have no idea why. Second of all, I don't like this song. And what in the world is going on with Ace's hair? And that's really all I can say, because the rest of his performance, it did not interest me. And if he sings a falsetto note ONE MORE TIME, I'm going to scream. Bottom line? Cheesy.

My top three: Mandisa, Katharine, Elliott - and Mandisa was in another league altogether
My bottom three: Bucky, Lisa, Ace
Should go: Bucky Covington
Will go: Lisa Tucker


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