American Idol Semis-Week 1-The Guys
Wednesday is Guy's Night on American Idol. The top 12 will sing, we'll vote and then tomorrow two will be gone. In the words of Project Runway's Santino Rice, "Let's get it on!"
Patrick: starts the show off singing Melissa Etheridge's "Come To My Window". Normally, when I hear a Melissa song, I change the station. Tonight I'll suck it up for all of you. Luckily for me, Patrick's take on this song is a little more melodic than the screechy, shouty original. Praise the lord. Patrick strikes me as someone with the potential to be the next king of wuss rock. He's like a young John Waite or Richard Marx. The judges desperately want Patrick to get back in his ballad box, but I liked this. I give it a 6.
David: the crooner from Illinois sings "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". He's so fun. I'm really enjoying this performance. Randy, however, hates him and thinks the performance is a joke. Paula and the rather disgustingly named "Kitty Pound", on the other hand, love him. So do I. I don't think it was a joke, I think he was trying to show the audience a good time. If he must get more serious, then I'd like to hear him try some early Hank Williams or Johnny Cash. I'm giving David an 8.
Bucky: steps up to sing "Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. If the southern rock wasn't enough to remind us of Bo Bice, everything else about Bucky is. Except that Bucky mistakes growling through a song as singing with passion. Plus, he's so not sexy. He's a gross poseur. The judges like him and seem to think he's some kind of authentic rocker. The judges are off their rockers. I hated Bucky tonight and he gets a 1 from me.
My darling Will is the next to hit the stage singing "I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5. This is a bad song choice. Will is so a Brady Bunch cast member trying to sing real music, at least tonight. Simon is right, this is completely average. I think he can do much better. Sadly, tonight Will gets a 4.
Sway will sing "Reasons" by Earth, Wind & Fire. Hmmm, that's kind of interesting as are Sway's pimpy white pants, velvet jacket and white hat. Call me crazy, but I kind of like his falsetto and his white dress shoes. This is cracking me up, in a good way. He showed lots of range, but Simon doesn't like him and thinks he was pimpy. He definitely was pimpy, but in this case it's not a bad thing. I give Sway a 7.
Chris sings Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive". Woo! I was just thinking earlier today that 80s hair metal is primed to make a comeback. Anyway, the first thing I notice about this performance is the cheesy flaming screen saver background. Nice! Anyway, I love Chris. He's got a great voice and adorable sparkly eyes. I think he sings with passion. Paula & Randy love him and while Simon thinks he's really good, he doesn't think Chris has charisma. I completely disagree. I think Chris has a little something that women like, but other guys don't get. I give him a 9. Katharine's song last night was the only better performance so far.
The tender young Kevin has the unenviable task of following Chris. He'll sing "One Last Cry" by Brian McKnight. Ouch, this is terrible. The nerd lovers of America are going to have to work the phones overtime to keep Kevin from getting the boot tomorrow night. There's no life and no melody to this performance. Randy loves him. Huh? Are the judges deaf? Kevin might be a sweetie pie, but he's a sweetie pie with a very average voice. Luckily, Simon isn't afraid to crush his dreams. Sometimes I just love Simon. Kevin gets a 2.
Gedeon is going to sing "Shout". I like this song but it's kind of an easy choice, don't you think? This might be the first time I've heard this song outside of a wedding reception. Excuse me while I dance around the living room. Okay, that was really fun. It wasn't exceptional, but it was fun. A 7.
Random thought from the commercial break. You know that Coke commercial with the roller skaters? Does anyone else really hate the long denim shorts the main girl is wearing? They're hideous. Why not just put her in jams? She's a cute girl with a cute top and then they make her wear those nasty shorts. I just don't get it.
After Gedeon's song choice, is it too much to hope that Elliott will sing the Hokey Pokey? Heh, Elliott rips on the Brittenum twins in his intro reel. Awesome! I can't get enough of ripping on those damn twins. No Hokey Pokey, instead Elliott will sing "If You Really Love Me" by Stevie Wonder. I hate to sound like Paula, but Elliott is making this song his own. He's kind of a throwback to non-sensitive 70s singers, like the lead singer of Looking Glass ("Brandy"). Paula says he's effortless and I agree. Simon thinks he's potentially the best male vocalist the show has ever had. I think that's a bit much, but he was good tonight. An 8.
Bobby (who?) will sing "Copacabana". Oh dear, how can this not be too karaoke? This song defines karaoke. Bobby brings the fun, but this really is just a joke performance. I mean, he's not as bad as Bucky, but he sure ain't good. I give Bobby a 3.
Ace hits the stage with a rendition of "Father Figure" by George Michael. Shockingly, Ace sounds almost exactly like George Michael. We make fun of George Michael now, but the truth is that the guy could sing. And so can Ace. Damn, he's really good and he's managed to pick the perfect song. The judges think he's a star. I think he gets a 9 tonight.
Finally (thank God), Taylor closes the show with "Levon" by Elton John. I'm underwhelmed. I appreciate that Taylor is different, but this song doesn't do anything to highlight his vocal abilities. I think the judges kind of agree with me, but they know that there's no way Taylor is going home tomorrow. He gets a 6 from me.
For the most part, the guys were way better than the girls. They could eliminate about 7 of the girls tomorrow and I wouldn't care. On the other hand, I'd be willing to give almost all of the guys another week. That said, I predict that Bucky & Bobby will be given the boot tomorrow night.
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|# February 22nd, 2006 9:03 PM BVBigBro|
|As a group, they sucked. Chris was good. Ace could not have been more gay, but was good. Taylor was OK. The rest could all be cut tomorrow and we would miss nothing. |
|# February 22nd, 2006 9:08 PM james|
but they were all, for the most part, pretty good. i think chris and ace were about the same and should be 1-2, but i can see about 5 of them that could easily be #3.
the men are a lot better than the women this time around.
i agree with BV on the ace=gay thing. it pains me to watch him, but he's a great singer.
|# February 22nd, 2006 9:15 PM themandownthehall|
|Not too exciting. Patrick was weak. Ditto David. Crazy Little Thing was a bad choice. He'll do better. Pothead (bucky) sucked. Terribly. He's gone either tomorrow or next week. Donny Osmond (Will) wasn't too bad. Sway is history soon. Chris was the king of the night. Absolutely incredible. Perfect song pick for him. That's half the game. Kevin sang ok, but he looked real stiff. Elliot was good but he looks too much like a gas station attendant to win. Now rumor has it that Satan called the show during Bobby's song and asked if he could use Bobby to replace his soul broken torture machine. Ace was great. Ditto Taylor. The top 3: Chris, Ace, Taylor. Going home: Pothead and Bobby. |
|# February 22nd, 2006 10:24 PM kris|
|i didn't pick up a gay vibe from Ace at all. Gedeon was the only one who I was sure was gay |
|# February 22nd, 2006 10:47 PM james|
|no, it's not that ace is gay, im sure he's not. it's that he is being teh gey. there is a big difference. |
|# February 22nd, 2006 11:48 PM Squibbly|
|Ok personally, I think that the sooner Kevin leaves the better. Its not that he's a bad singer, its just that he looks like he is 9 years old and doesn't really belong on the Idol stage. I love Chris and I totally agree with kris. Ace was pretty much awesome too, and I don't quite get what james means about him being "teh gey." The sooner Bucky goes back to the trailer park the better, IMO. Also... is elliot learning how to dress from Seacrest? T-shirt... jeans... blazer... hmmmm. |
|# February 22nd, 2006 11:53 PM Squibbly|
|Hmmm... maybe I was a little harsh towards Bucky, but watching Paula always makes me cranky. I'm going to have to record it and then edit her out... |