American Idol Recap - Week 5
Ahh, another Tuesday night. Once again, I should be doing homework not recaping American Idol for a bunch of strangers - but then again, I can't turn my back on our readers. I'm what you call a "giver."
Welcome back, says Seacrest, who must have forgotten to charge his electric razor last night. du-nuh-na-uh-nah-na-nuh-na-nuh-nuh-nuh. Nikko Smith is "sadly back in his home town of St. Louis, says Seacrest." Well, I suppose that all depends on who is sad - if he's referring to the residents of St. Louis, who have to put up with Nikko's 20-year-too-late Stevie Wonder act, he may be on to something. Seacrest nags the viewers to vote. "Watching the show without voting is like starting a conversation with Randy -- pointless." Harsh, dog.
Cut to Coke central where the contestants and all of America subjected to a baby photo of Constantly-pouting. Amazingly, he looks exactly like he did back then, only much, much dirtier. Baby V is up next, then there's a picture of 1 year old Carrie Underwood. Awww, our kids are going to be so cute. Theme: Nursury Rhymes? No. It's "songs from the year you were born."
Nadia kicks it off with "When I dream" by Mac Davis, treating us to what must be a Guiness-record-setting hair altitude. Whether you like Nadia or hate her, she has the coolest hair this side of the Afro guy from Minneapolis. If you've ever been to party in the Twin Cities, you know who I'm talking about.
Randy: "Wow, a year's worth of songs to pick from and you pick that. I don't even know what song that is..." (America hears ya dog...)
Paula: "You look ... stunning. I come just to see what you're going to wear." (In other words, "Nadia, you should be seen, not heard." Now get back in the kitchen and make a pot pie, freaky girl.)
Simon: That was musical wallpaper. Appalling choice.
Hat: Terrible song for Nadia. I like rockin' Nadia. Why she'd pick that, I have no idea. I'm fairly confident in saying that she's my pick to get booted, and I haven't even seen the other performers yet.
Bo Bice: Free Bird by Skynyrd, 1975. Great song. My god, I can hear the hootin' and hollerin' rollin over the Virgina hills now. If hill people had phones, Bo Bice would set a record for most. votes. ev-ar.
Randy: Yo, Bo, Excellent.
Paula: "See you at the finals Bo." This coming from a woman who chatized Simon for telling Carrie Underwood that she was the favorite, because it allegedly was "unfair" to the other constestants. Last week we had 4-drink-Paula, and it looks like we got sober-but-hypocritical-Paula tonight. In all fairness, she we probably drunk when she said that, though, so maybe she doesn't remember.
Simon: The audience at home is going to say "what the hell was that?" Simon says that Free Bird is a "sacred" song. Paula and Randy erupt in guffaws, "whaaaaaaaaaaat??!?" Once again, the Brit is the only one that knows what he's talking about when it comes to American music.
Hat: I thought it was a subdued performance. Not a real rocker.
Anwar doing "I'll never love this way again" by Dione Warwick, 1979. What in the hell is wrong with you Anwar? You haven't even started singing yet and I can tell you that's an incredibly stupid song to pick. This guy is really starting to freak me out. Can you say "Micheal Jackson II?"
Randy: Great song choice, I'm proud of you.
Paula: You please me.
Simon: One of your better performances.
Hat: OK, that sounded like absolute garbage. I don't know what the judges were listening to, but it must not have been the same performance that I was subjected to, that's for sure. I've seen better performances out of lounge singers.
Seacrest shows us that Hall and Oates are in the audience - all over America, the target demographic is turning to their parents and asking "Who?"
Federov up with "Every time you go away" by Paul Young, written in 1985 by Hall. Or Oates. Whichever one is named "Darrell." Federov tells us that he used to swim in the Black Sea. YIKES, OK, the camera is way to close to this kid for my liking, i just looked up and was startled, thinking that Boringov was leaning in for a kiss. He's walking all over the stage and bopping about. I think this is probably one of his better performances.
Randy: You know what man? You did your thing. I was surprised.
Paula: Much better than last week.
Simon: Very good.
Hat: It took Hall/Oates to make Boringov non-boring. Who woulda thunk it? Hmm, I wonder, if Fran Drescher wrote music for Mikalah Gordon, would it have made her less annoying?
Vonzell, born in 1984, doing "Let's hear it for the Boy." This was a good song to pick, I think. The most rockin' of the night. Take that, Bo. Speaking of Bo, it looks like Vonzell is now using the
Randy: This is craaaaaazy, dude, excellent!
Paula: What's so great about you is your energy. You are adorable.
Simon: Very good choice of song. You are the one that's going to stay, and Nadia is the one that's gonna go home. (in other words, Simon is saying that 2 black chicks can't both make it.)
Hat: This was a good song to pick. The most rockin' of the night, by far. I think she did OK. nothing spectacular. Thought she sounded flat in the chorus.
Slappin' Scott doing "She's gone," by Hall and Oates, 1976. Yeah, Scott, that's what happens when you hit 'em. Scott: "Everyone talks about rockers, well, I'm the real rocker in the competition." Yeah, Scott, your Hall and Oates song really shows that. The only time "rocker" should ever be used in the same sentence with Scott Savol is when prefixed with "off his." Oh my, they just showed Paula jumping around and screaming like a 15 year old girl. I half thought she was gonna throw her bra at him.
Randy: Was a little off. But you brought it home, dawwwwg.
Paula: I've gotta give it up to you. (Paula, who don't you give it up to?) Paula : giggle giggle giggle
Simon: There were more bum notes than there were good notes, I'm just trying to keep it real. To which Scott-the-goon responds, "You know what's real, I'm up here doing this, when million of people at home didn't have the guts." This guy is more of a nutjob from that chewer from the Apprentice. Watch out Simon, you're about to get savoled.
Hat: eeeeh. It was aiiiight.
Carrie Underwood-Hat doing "Love is a Battlefield" by Pat Benetar, 1983. Good song choice, but she really doesn't sound that great. This is almost painful to watch.
Randy: Well, you know, pitchy, and you messed up the words. I'm not lovin the rocked-out Carrie.
Paula: I think you rocked.
Simon: That was like watching a kitten that wants to be a tiger.
Hat: I still love ya.
Constantly-dirty is doing Bohemian Rhapsody from 1975. Oh my, this is going to be something - I have no idea how this is gonna work. Oooh, he has a clever little background video of him and 2 backup singers doing backing vocals. Nice touch.
Randy: 10 for showmanship, 7 for singing. (thats mightly generous)
Paula: You've now proven you're the one to beat in this competition. (didn't she just tell bo the same thing?)
Simon: (points out that Paula isn't making sense. "That was astonishing." (I don't think that was intended as a complement, but everyone takes it as one. Seacrest even says "he has never used that word before on this program.")
Hat: I liked it, but only because it wasn't Hall and Oates. I hate nights when it turns into American Ballads.
My bottom 3: Nadia Turner, Anwar Jackson, and Scott.
Prediction for who gets voted off my screen: Nadia.
To be fair, I think that Scott was better than Carrie. Carrie definitely deserves to be in the bottom 3, but she has so many fans that isn't going to happen.
Update: Results Show Recap
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|# April 12th, 2005 8:48 PM hithere|
|hey man... thanks for the recap!!! i really needed it. I forgot to watch the show (for the first time ever) and only remembered it after the credits were rolling.. dang
anyway thanks a bunch!!!
|# April 13th, 2005 9:04 AM kris|
|So, I was too sick to pay attention enough to last night's Amazing Race to write a recap. However, I was able to watch Idol.
Nadia: I liked her A LOT. I thought the judges were a bunch of whiney bitches when they complained that they didn't know the song. Do they not realize that if Nadia were to become the American Idol that she would actually release orignal material and not warmed over remakes?
Bo: Love him. Yes, "Freebird" is a classic, but no one will get mad at him for it. Freebird is a community song, every band in the world gets pestered to sing Freebird. Bo's just giving the people what they want.
Anwar: I loved his outfit...
Boringov: I almost feel bad calling him that because I loved his performance last night. Maybe it's just because I'm a sucker for Paul Young. I dunno.
Vonzell: Her singing is not that great, really, it's not, but she's very upbeat and pleasant. She's the "Hooray for Everything" girl.
Scott: Simon & Randy were right on about him. The verses sucked and the chorus was great. Scott, however, will probably get the boot just because he acted like a punk ass. When you're creepy looking and have been arrested for hitting a woman, you need to show some humility. Punk. On another note, damn, Hall & Oates are some scary looking dudes.
Carrie: James didn't say it, but Carrie looked extremely hot last night. I'm a straight woman, and even I was a bit attracted to her. Her dancing was robotic, but for the first time I felt like she actually put some emotion into her singing. I thought it was an excellent performance and I felt bad for her that the judges tried to stuff her back in her country box.
Constantine: I'm done hating him. I surrender. He's so incredibly cheesy, yet, the fact that he's begun to embrace the cheese makes me kind of love him. Oh god, what has happened to me?
My bottom three: Anwar, Scott & Vonzell
My predicted bottom three: Vonzell, Scott, Nadia
The boot: Nadia-but I hope it's Scott
|# April 13th, 2005 11:48 AM rhine|
|Carrie was brave to try rock songs! She's definitely better than Scott, who was average in a couple of last performances. OK, Scott did good in the chorus but suck in the verse! Carrie made a shock change and although I thought it was a risk, she did her own way and she deserves credit. Yet I must say she must learn some (rock) dance moves - her weakest point.
Bo and Anthony did ok. Anwar and Nadia were boring. Vonzell and lovely Constantine were great.
My bottom 3: Scott, Nadia and Anwar.
Who go home? I hope it will be Scott, (since the day Jess was voted out), yet Nadia could be the one because of Simon's comments.
My final prediction:
4th - Vonzell, who is getting better week in week out.
3rd - Bo, constantly good and stable.
2nd - Charming and versatile Constantine. (I would love to see him, instead of Keanu, in the "Constantine" movie!)
My American Idol, who else? Definitely the lovely, brave country rock princess!
|# April 13th, 2005 12:31 PM OlderIdolFan|
|I agree with a lot that has been said above. But here are few comments that don't exactly echo those:
Nadia: Actually, "When I Dream" is a really beautiful song. However, the way she sang it, it was very difficult to recognize the song that Crystal Gayle and others have made famous. I really like Nadia and hope she doesn't get kicked off the show for such a poor performance.
Vonzell: Good performance, but too like the original. Paula made a big point about it being in a higher key. So what. At least Paula didn't seem as looped as she has been. But I didn't feel she was as sober as she could have been either.
Bo: Left me cold, but then I don't know the song.
Carrie: Gets worse each week. The voice is only mediocre and the further she gets away from country, the more boring she becomes. She is gorgeous though.
Constantine: Consistently good. I was surprised at his range in the song, whatever it was.
Anwar: Very boring performance of a good song. He needs to find songs he can do things with.
Scott: Nice voice, offpitch, poor low notes, abysmal personality. He's an embarassment to the show - how much longer are we going to have to put up with him?
Anthony: Generally very consistent. Good job this week. He really needs someone to help him with his song choice. He picked a good one this week and the judges were fair to him for once.
My bottom 3: Scott, Carrie, Bo
|# April 13th, 2005 2:35 PM eenolan|
|Hey you did a great re cap this is one of the few times i have watched the show and had to leave before the end but wanted to know the ending and was just surfing the web to get info and found your recap and was very impressed. |
|# April 13th, 2005 4:03 PM james|
|heh, found in the referer logs |
|# April 13th, 2005 4:57 PM Laura|
|James - *sweet*! |
|# April 13th, 2005 9:17 PM kris|
|Here's a good question. What would everyone have sang from your birth year?
Nadia: Brown Sugar, by The Rolling Stones
Scott: You've Got A Friend, by James Taylor
Bo: Signs, by The 5 Man Electrical Band
Vonzell: Mr. Big Stuff, by Jean Knight
Federov: Wild World, by Cat Stevens
Carrie: It's Too Late, by Carole King
Constantine: Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey, by Paul McCartney
Anwar: Tired Of Being Alone, by Al Green
|# April 13th, 2005 10:35 PM journeyc|
|i like scott, maybe because he is the underdog,,,, i always go for the underdog,,,everyone deserves another chance,,, nobody was there when he was supposely hitting a woman,, thats a turn off for me,,fur sur! but...u can tell that he appreciates the chance he has being there, if he would keep to song that was so low in note,, he does good,,, i don't expect him to win,,but i think he is better than a few others,,, i didn't like his comment about himself,,, remember what happened to the beatles? probably not,,, a few years ago,,,haha well, they compared themselfs to being as famous as GOD,,, and boom!!!! there they went! |
|# April 13th, 2005 11:30 PM hithere|
|ya i agree with u, journeyc, about scott. i don't think he stands a chance of winning but i think he has a good voice. He sings well but he looks like he's sleepy all the time.. lol
However, my favs are still Carrie, Bo and Anthony..
|# April 14th, 2005 8:45 AM JohnTant|
|Kris, good question.
Bo: Layla (Derek and the Dominos)
Nadia: Don't Play That Song (Aretha Franklin)
Scott: Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel)
Vonzell: Rose Garden (Lynn Anderson)
Federov: Help Me Make It Through The Night (Sammi Smith)
Carrie: Coal Miner's Daughter (Loretta Lynn)
Constantine: Tears Of A Clown (Smokey Robinson)
Anwar: Close To You (The Carpenters)
|# April 14th, 2005 9:17 AM james|
|Nadia should probably do At Seventeen by Janis Ian, but she's likely f-up the choice and go for some other janis ian song no one's heard of.
Anwar should probably do No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley & The Wailers - the only way to solve his fast-developing michael jackson image is to play it off like he's been stoned this whole time.
Scott, perfect for C.W. McCall's Convoy.
Constantine: Cat's In The Cradle, Harry Chapin
i give up on the rest.... all i can say is that i would have done rhinestone cowboy. and it would have been goooood.
|# April 14th, 2005 10:02 AM kris|
|So, you'd pick that over Thank God I'm A Country Boy? I could have gone either way with you. |
|# April 14th, 2005 10:13 AM james|
|it's not about what i want. none of the viewers want to see thank god im a country boy. if nadia knew that she'd have made the final 3.
|# April 14th, 2005 10:15 AM kris|
|you don't think so? i think if you slapped your knees and went all hillbilly hee haw people might like it. |