American Idol Recap-The Final Three
Seacrest in and he's looking nice and scruffy. Excellent. If Ryan is back to being cute and rumpled, that can only mean that Paula is back to being drunk and incoherent, right?
Ryan: We've been through so much together and next week we crown the next American Idol. Aw, Ryan, don't worry, I'll miss you too when this is over. Seacrest says just one percent separates our top three. Not only that, Clive Davis is in the house. Clive will be producing the winner's CD.
Tonight we'll hear from each of the Idols three times (oh thank GOD that Savol is gone!) and Davis has chosen the first song they'll perform.
Vonzell is up first and Clive is having her singing "I Know I'll Never Love This Way Again". Vonzell is singing quite haltingly tonight through the verses, and then, when she gets to the chorus she has way too much vibrato. I think she's going for a controlled performance, but the Vonz has no control and she's at her best when she just belts.
Clive: You hit the notes great, but don't smile during a sad song.
Randy: A little pitchy, it's a tough song to sing.
Paula: Not the best key. You look beautiful. Uh oh.
Simon: Bad notes and her nervousness showed.
Kris: Painful. Absolutely dreadful, her worst performance yet.
Bo takes the stage singing "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me". WTF? Why make Bo sing a ballad? He sings two notes, however, and the girls already start screaming. Hey, I think Bo must have broken his sunglasses because he looks like he's sporting a new, slightly less ugly pair. Good for him. Listening to the crowd react to Bo, it's hard to believe he's not way ahead of Carrie and Vonzell each week in the voting, isn't it?
Clive: Heartfelt & powerful
Randy: Forever in the Dawg Pound
Paula: Pure brilliance (on a side note, hello Paula's breasts)
Simon: Great, but likes Balladeer Bo better than rocking Bo
Kris: I'm the opposite of Simon, Bo's ballads bore me. I'd rather be rocked than bored.
Clive is going to make Carrie song "Crying". Hmm, this could be a great choice for her. Carrie's working the straight hair tonight and looks great. You know, I think Carrie excels with minimalist songs like this. With a bigger arrangement I think she gets worried about shouting over the din. On a song like this, it's just about her voice, which is, as always, excellent tonight.
Clive: A real strong job, you captured the sincerity of it, but wanted an extra spark.
Randy: Perfect, one of your best vocals.
Paula: Haunting, poignant, but subdued performance.
Simon: Wanted the song stripped down even more. Bo wins round 1.
Kris: I agree with Simon, it would have been even better stripped down more, but still, I think this was one of Carrie's best performances to date.
Song one instant ranking:
Vonzell is up again, this time with her own song choice. She's singing "Chain of Fools", which was what she performed in her original audition. This is a much better style of song for Vonzell, but I think her voice is off tonight, particularly in her lower register. Still, she's doing a decent job and this performance is only about 5 times better than her first one of the evening.
Clive: A winning and poppy rendition, but wanted more soulfulness from her.
Randy: One of the best vocals ever performed on the show. Gee, we know who Randy's pimping.
Paula: Nailed it with gusto and passion. Heh, why does that make me think of Corey Clark?
Simon: She's fun and likeable and that's what she's about, not the vocals.
Kris: I agree with Simon. I think tomorrow either Carrie or Vonzell is gone. Carrie was better on the first song, but Vonzell laid down more of a challenge here.
Bo has decided to sing "Dream" (?) by Badlands a capella. He's taken the sunglasses off and I'm mesmorized by his piercing eyes. Damn. Chills just ran up and down my spine. Wow. I think I might have to vote when this is done. Damn. I take back everything thing I said before about Bo and ballads.
Clive: Predicts that he and Bo will have a great time making "a very special album together". Heh, he said "very special".
Randy: Courageous and unbelievable.
Paula: Bo, you truly are a gift. Heh. I love quoting Paula.
Simon: You may have just put 34 musicians out of work.
Kris: The only better performance on this show was Kelly Clarkson's "Stuff Like That There".
Oh Carrie, she's singing Air Supply's "Making Love Out of Nothing at All". Oh dear, dear Carrie. This is just a bombastically awful song. She sounds great, but it's just such a terrible song. BWAH! Okay, if the song wasn't bad enough, Carrie's bounce dancing made the whole performance just tremendous, and I don't mean that in a good way. She's the anti-Bo tonight. She's all about the bombast and he was all about the passion.
Clive: Loved that she threw herself into it.
Randy: You can blow. (James will be happy to hear that)
Paula: Powerful--actually let's face it, about 90% of the time Paula just apes what Randy said.
Simon: Good, but Bo was a tough act to follow and she pushed the song too much in middle.
Kris: At this point in the evening, I think Carrie is the favorite to go home tomorrow.
Song two instant ranking:
Judge's choice is up next and Simon has chosen "On The Radio" by Donna Summer for Vonzell. Simon's being nice here as this certainly places to the Vonz's strengths. Okay, I try to ignore the fashion choices (except for Ryan's), but I gotta say that I love Vonzell's hot pink, fringy, sequined tube top. But you know, that's all I love. I think I just don't like her voice. She's a sweet girl, but she's just not my cup of tea.
Clive: You delivered. Heh, nice way to work in her formal Postal career, Clive.
Simon: Ditto, but this time to Clive.
Kris: Meh, I didn't care for it.
They are running very short on time and so we move right to Paula's choice for Bo: "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones. Hmm, interestingly, Bo is putting a country twist on the oh so familiar tune. I like it. Now he changes it up and suddenly the song is almost kind of campy. This is just a masterful performance. Bo is a step beyond his competition.
Clive: You have the right spirit and attitude. Showed versatility. This is your night.
Randy: It's like being at the Bo concert.
Paula: One more week, then we have to pay for Bo.
Simon: A bit of light fluff. Simon is a wise man, folks.
Kris: I'd go see Bo at Summerfest. Who's with me?
Carrie is the last singer of the evening. By process of elimination, I know that Randy chose her song for her. I wonder if he's going to sabotage her to help Vonzell? Wouldn't that be a juicy scandal? Hmm, I don't know. It's "Man, I Feel Like A Woman" by Shania Twain. It's country, but it's not the kind of country that Carrie is good at. To her credit, she does a good job until she shouts, rather than sings, the chorus. I think she hated singing it too.
Clive: Country pop is her element.
Randy: Happy to see you have fun. Oddly enough, he likes the song choice.
Paula: I love when you have fun (see--she just says whatever Randy does)
Simon: Enough to get her into the finals.
Kris: It was okay, but just okay.
Song three instant rankings:
Overall, I think Bo was far and away the best. I preferred Carrie to Vonzell, but I just have a feeling that Vonzell will be helped by singing songs the audience is more familiar with and that our darling Carrie will be going home tomorrow night.
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|# May 17th, 2005 8:20 PM james|
|Vonzell's first song - terrible. Absolutely terrible. Horrendous. I think that the judges wanted to say that, too, but they didn't want to disagree with the record exec.
Bo doing don't let the sun go down on me - great. I'm gonna stop short of calling it awesome, b/c there were a few bum notes. But it was very, very good.
Carrie, doing "crying" - this performance reminds me a little bit of Patsy Cline. But just a little. I dunno, it's just not doin it for me. Not bad, but not real good. Maybe I was put off b/c I wanted more Patsy in the voice than just hints.
Round 1: Bo, Carrie, the Vonz
Vonzie: Chain of fools. Awesome song choice. I think it's a good performance, but not great. It's not blowing me away. I'm lukewarm on Vonzell.
Bo sings a song I've never heard before. ACAPELLA. And it sounds awesome. WOW. Bo easily is the best and most talented performer in this competition, by far. Again, wow.
Carrie's rendition of "making love out of nothing at all" awful. Just awful. What, she's making up her own notes now? Uggh. How far she's fallen since the beginning of the season.
Round 2: Bo, Bo, Vonzell.
The Vonz, part 3 - Her performance of "On the Radio" impresses me. She does a good job.
Bo, doing the Stones' "no satisfaction" - Do we even have to have a show next week? It's Bo in a landslide.
Carrie does Shania Twain, and sounds OK - until she goes and changes the notes again. You know what it is is, I think she's a terrible performer, too.
Round 3: Bo, Vonzell, Carrie.
Based on the performances tonight, I think it should be
1) Bo to win it all
2) Vonzell to come in second
3) Carrie to finish third
|# May 17th, 2005 9:00 PM mtothec|
|Thank you so much for your re-cap of tonight's show... the boy toy accidently jacked up our VCR when he was recording it for me.... luckily I came across your website so all is good... otherwise the couch would have been his new permanent sleeping destination. Thanks for your great work!!! |
|# May 17th, 2005 10:02 PM maray|
|I look so forward to this recap....more than the show! So right on the money! Even got my niece in IL hooked on this site. What are we going to do when the show is over? O.K....enough sucky face. Bo made the night. Called to vote for about 30 mins. between 9:30 and 10. Only one I got thru to vote for was Carrie. Mmmmm.
Prediction: Bo and Vonz come back next week. Carrie goes back to the ranch....well, until she gets a recording contract probably from Simon who has loved her since day 1! Houston, we may have our first American Idol Rocker!
|# May 17th, 2005 10:05 PM kris|
|Thanks for the kudos. I'm thinking of recapping CBS' "Rock Star: INXS" this summer, so if you're into reality, check that out.
Other reality TV possibilities are the Tommy Hilfiger design show, the celebrity ballroom dancing show (actually, I'm sure I'm watching that one-it sounds awesomely terrible) and Big Brother.
|# May 17th, 2005 10:35 PM maray|
|Kris...Tommy Hilfiger design show....please don't (altho it could be funny). Definitely not Big Brother. Celebrity ballroom dancing sounds interesting...especially if they fall on their butts (like I would). I prefer entertainment (real or unreal) that makes me laugh.
When I said this recap about tonight's AI were right on, it was because we (hubbie and I)thought it was so nice NOT to see punkass tonight. I just want to know...how the heck did you know what we were thinking?
Forgot to tell IL niece....love you! Talk to you after the AI "kickoff" show.
|# May 17th, 2005 11:13 PM kris|
|Heh. Who wouldn't be happy that Punkass wasn't on our TVs tonight? You know what though, I'm sure he'll be back next week. They usually drag out all the rejects for some awful group singalong.
The fact that Evander Holyfield is one of the contestants in Celebrity Ballroom Dancing (I have no idea what the actual name of the show is) won me over. It has beautiful, wonderful train wreck written all over it. With any luck it might even be worse than "Bachelorettes in Alaska"!
|# May 17th, 2005 11:52 PM maray|
|You're right again. In fact, most likely, all will be there next week....and probably Fantasia, Ruben, and maybe even Kelly.
Don't know about anyone else, but this years group DO NOT SING WELL TOGETHER. They are god-awful as a group and that's coming from someone who is tone deaf. Nope...not buying any group CD!
On to "Celebrity Ballroom Dancing" after the AI Finale.
|# May 18th, 2005 7:10 AM JohnTant|
|I'm actually thinking of doing a recap series for Hell's Kitchen, a new reality show from Fox.
Anyway, I think Bo won this thing last night. Award for the most un-self-conscious comment goes to Simon Cowell for calling Bo's rendition of Satisfaction "fluff."
Well, Simon: the entire show is about selling fluff. This isn't Julliard Idol.....
|# May 18th, 2005 7:59 AM cherlynda|
|I tried to vote for Bo last night but could never get through and I tried late. I'd go see Bo at summerfest. I thought he had great eyes also. |
|# May 18th, 2005 8:15 AM kris|
|Okay Cherie, we're on.
Oh, and John, I think a Hell's Kitchen recap could be a great idea.
|# May 18th, 2005 9:45 AM Dana|
|It would be horrible if everyone voting just assumed that everyone else would vote for Bo and so, they voted for either Carrie or Vonzell. I think that is why we see good ones go. Everyone just assumes the best one is automatically in so they vote for their second choice. I hope that doesn't happen here. I would hate to see Bo leave. He deserves to win. |
|# May 18th, 2005 11:14 AM KVBigSis|
|AAACCCKK!!!! There's a ballroom dancing reality show and you never TOLD me about it?
When does it start? We can psych up by watching "Strictly Ballroom," and I'll make Australian Sausage Rolls and Pavlova.
|# May 18th, 2005 11:38 AM kris|
|It's called Dancing with the Stars and starts on June 1st.
|# May 19th, 2005 11:28 PM kiera|