American Idol Recap-Week 8
First a few words on the big Idol expose on ABC tomorrow. Unless they reveal that the voting is bogus, I think it's much ado about nothing. We all already know that the producers and judges play favorites. This season, we saw tons of Carrie and Constantine right from the beginning. In Season One, the early episodes were all about Justin & Tamyra, but that didn't stop Kelly from winning. In the end, we have the final say.
On to tonight. Ryan berates us for not voting for Constantine and introduces the themes (contestants will sing twice) of the evening - songs by Leiber & Stoller and songs on the charts this week. I never heard of Leiber & Stoller before, but the show helpfully highlights some of their songs - lots of Elvis and rockabilly.
Federov kicks off with "Poison Ivy". He starts off just terrible, but then he gets into it, remembers that he's performing for an audience and suddenly it's like watching a nice lounge act. Federov could be the next Tom Jones. Heh, maybe he should try to sing "Piano Man" if he's around next week ;-)
Randy: Out of tune, but then got better. Federov talks back a little, not a good move my sweet, little Ukranian boy.
Paula: "You had fun". In other words, she didn't like him but she's afraid to criticize him because then people will think she's sleeping with him. Or not sleeping with him. I dunno.
Simon: An insipid, amateur performance
Kris: It was amateurish, but in a good way. I liked it.
Heh. Ryan just refered to him as "Federov" too. He's just not an "Anthony".
Punkass sings "On Broadway" as a "f*ck you" to Simon. Punkass. Uh oh. Scott can't hit the low notes in the song. He also makes some absolutely terrifying faces while he sings. That's some kind of scary, but the crowd loves him anyway, I guess.
Randy: Had some bad notes, which causes Punkass to argue and pout.
Paula: Says he has moxie. While she says this, Simon is giving her the "loser" symbol with his fingers.
Simon: Compares him to Houdini, but says it was his best performance.
Kris: I think Simon was just being nice to him this week so there won't be an anti-Simon backlash of voters for him.
Vonzell sings some Elvis ("Treat Me Right"?), but it doesn't sound a damn thing like Elvis to me. She's bopping around and having fun, doing her Vonzell thing. Looks like she learned her lesson last week and isn't going back to boring ballads.
Randy: Loved it, even though he didn't know the song.
Paula: She should be snapped up by Broadway
Simon: A mess - childish and cutesy
Kris: It was childish, but in a fun way. Simon's wrong on this one.
It's time for Bo who will sing "Stand By Me". Ugh. Boring. Well, Bo's dirty tonight, so maybe I should take that back as you all know how much I love "Dirty Bo". Hmm, but you know what, this is ugh and boring until the very end, when Bo suddenly turns into a "rocker" again and wails out a good finish.
Randy: Thinks it was the right song
Paula: Parrots Randy on the song choice. He "colored it with Bo". Whatever that means.
Simon: Loved the song choice
Kris: I thought it was a terrible song choice, until he remembered to show some passion at the end.
James' girl Carrie is next. She's singing "Trouble" by Elvis. It's a sassy song and Carrie is doing it justice tonight. She handles the tempo change in the middle of the song like an expert. She's overdoing the growling a little bit, but this is still far and away the performance of the night so far.
Randy: Knows who she is and picked the right song.
Paula: So much fun. Paula's favorite.
Simon: Loved her too.
Kris: She still has her good voice, but she's really learned how to perform in the last few weeks.
Now onto songs from this week's Billboard charts. I wonder if anyone has the balls to do one of Kelly Clarkson's hits? I kind of hope so.
Act II begins with Federov who sings something I don't know. My guess is that it's called "Incomplete". Whatever it is, it sucks. It actually sounds exactly like a single Federov would put out if he won. Hmmm, maybe I don't want him to win. I like him, but I don't want to have to listen to this crap on the radio.
Randy: Heh, Randy called him "Federov" too. 5/10 compared to the Backstreet Boys version. Wait, the Backstreet Boys are still on the charts? Really?
Paula: You did a good job.
Simon: You did well. Maybe they're being nice to Federov because it could come down to Anthony and Scott tomorrow?
Kris: I like Federov, but I hated this song.
Punkass thinks his fashion consultant is making him more appealing to people. Well, when you start from zero you can only go up. I don't know what Savol is singing, but it had the word "homie" in it, so that cracks me up a little. It's a typical Scott performance: crappy verses, decent chorus.
Randy: He pulled it off. Scott classlessly applauds himself.
Paula: She has joy watching his joy. Really. That's what she said
Simon: Punkass tells Simon he's not going home. Simon tells him he was flat. I think Scott just got a contract at "Hubris Records", to steal a phrase from Shack at Television Without Pity.
Kris: Oh please America, get this Punkass off my screen. Please. I beg you.
The Vonz takes the stage again and unfortunately she really didn't learn anything from last week. She's singing some damn ballad. And, what's worse is that she's not even hitting the notes. She's singing that "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" song. Haven't we heard enough of the Tsunami Tsingles? Why torture us again, Vonzell?
Randy: A perfect vocal
Paula: I love the song
Simon: It wasn't the perfect vocal and she's vulnerable.
Kris: Why a ballad, Vonzell? Why? It's your fault if Scott's here again next week.
Bo sings "How Far Is Heaven" by Los Lonely Boys, which is a song I actually know for a change. I like this song, but it's more the song for pot smoking Bo, not passionate Bo. I much prefer passionate Bo. He must have sensed me writing that last line, because he kicks it up a notch and rocks out a bit at the end. Way to go, Bo.
Randy: He's the captain of the dawg pound.
Paula: You rule.
Simon: He's performing like the real thing and making other contestants look like amateurs.
Kris: If he's captain of the dawg pound, wouldn't that just make him the alpha dog? The "captain of the dawg pound" makes me think of that bulldog on Bugs Bunny that wore the tiny little sailor hat.
It's up to our dear Carrie to finish the night off with a bang, not a whimper. Carrie's singing some country song. It's probably about a woman done wrong. Or Mama. Or prison. Or trains. Or trucks. Or gettin' drunk. Whatever it is, Carrie's showing her range (and she's really the only contestant left that has any range) and doing a fine job of singing it.
Randy: Another great, perfect performance. It's hot (who needs Paris?)
Paula: Eloquent and perfect.
Simon: Beautiful, if a little robotic.
Kris: I'd like Carrie so much better if she'd stop smiling while she sings these sad songs. Is that too much to ask?
I doubt they'll have a bottom three this week, so I'll pick the bottom two. My bottom two: Punkass and Federov.
My predicted final two: Federov & Vonzell.
Sadly, Federov will be eliminated.
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|# May 3rd, 2005 8:14 PM JohnTant|
|My nominee for the "grossest lack of continuity" comment comes from Paula after Carrie's first song:
"It's so fun to see another side to you..."
|# May 3rd, 2005 10:02 PM james|
|ok, federov is gone, easily. the other bottom performer was the vonz.
as much as i dislike the guy, i think scott is going to end up in the top 3 overall, maybe even top 2. here's why - first, he really is getting better. aside from carrie's first song, which i think was the best of the night, scott had the best performances of the night. also, scott seems to have tapped in to some sort of "i'm the little guy, gonna make the world know me" vibe that people connect with. wait till he's in the final 3 with carrie and bo - he's gonna belt out "i believe i can fly" and bo's gonna get eliminated. mark my words.
bo's problem is that he's boring. i think that people are probably sick of voting for him every week. simon calls him "proefssional," i call him "predictable." why would i buy a bo bice album when there are 20 other acts out there that sound just like him? not that he couldnt make $, he just isnt exactly bringing in the votes.
carrie needs to work on her performance. simon said that she looked robotic in her second performance, and i was thinking the same thing during her first. if she could have matched that first song up with a nadia-like stage presence.... .wow.
so, to reiterate: ok, federov is gone, easily. the other bottom performer was the vonz. and scott's going to the final 3. maybe final 2. you heard it here first.
|# May 3rd, 2005 11:24 PM kris|
|What do you mean "you heard it here first"? That bottom 2 and bootee is exactly who I predict in the recap.
I agree with you about Scott. I was going to write that in the recap but I ran out of time. I think he'll be the Nikki McKibbin of this season.
|# May 3rd, 2005 11:29 PM james|
My bottom two: Punkass and Federov.
gee, it's hard to be wrong when you put 3/5 of the contestants in your "bottom 2"
(and my "heard it here first" pertains to scotty the body being in the finals with carrie. something you certainly didnt come anywhere close to predicting)
|# May 3rd, 2005 11:30 PM kris|
|I was refering to my predicted final two. My|
|# May 3rd, 2005 11:36 PM BaldEagle|
|I've said it before (like 10 times): Carrie and Bo are your finalists.
Bye-bye Federov, it's been fun. Maybe he's Christian radio's next star.
Squinty McWifebeater goes home next week. You been Savol-ed, dog!
Vonzell needs to bring her "A" game if she wants to have a shot at winning. C'mon Vonz, get funky! Maybe Carrie or Bo will stumble. But I doubt it.
|# May 3rd, 2005 11:57 PM cybear|
|What are the contestants numbers. I didn't get a chance to vote, but I'd like to. |
|# May 4th, 2005 12:11 AM james|
|hmm, i dunno, cybear. i think that kris covered the singers in chronological order, so i'd guess that #1 is federov, #2 scott, etc. but i dunno. isnt the voting only open for a few hours anyway? |
|# May 4th, 2005 12:17 AM cybear|
|45 more minutes. That's why I'm trying to find out what numbers the idols were assigned. I was not able to see the show tonight. |
|# May 4th, 2005 2:09 PM OlderIdolFan|
|It's hard to say much since most of the Idols left are pretty decent in their own way - except of course for Savol who should never have been part of the top 12 much less the final 5.
For me at least the best and most interesting voices are Federov and Solomon, but Federov probably won't last. He's only 18 though with terrific potential.
I still hold to the demographic argument that Solomon will be in the final 2 - plus I think she may be the best one left. Personally, I think Simon was deliberately severe towards her last night so that she could get the anti-Simon vote that Savol got last week.
My bottom 3:
Underwood - gorgeous bod, boring voice
Bice - good but somewhat boring, no vocal risks at all (great hair)
Savol - get rid of this turkey!!!
|# May 4th, 2005 2:22 PM james|
|oh yeah, simon was definitely trying to help her out - he said "your fans had better call in and vote..." vonzell may be a good singer, but she sounds like all of that other crap on pop radio. i just dont see what's so great about her - singers like her seem to come a dime a dozen |