American Idol Recap: The Great Eight Men
Tonight, better known as "Bucky Covington Memorial Hour", kicks off with a little Gedeon. In his intro, we learn that Gedeon's a painter. You know, I can totally see Gedeon painting "happy little trees". Instead of trees, Gedeon paints records. While he's explaining his art, all I can concentrate on is the way he over enunciates every single word. When he sings "When a Man Loves a Woman", he does the same thing. He's so busy being a perfect enunciator that he forgets to sing with soul. He isn't terrible, but it's kind of boring. A 6.
My boy Chris reveals that he was once the victim of a bad dye job. He looks much better as a baldie. Anyway, tonight we see the softer side of Chris as he sings some metal ballad I don't know. There's a lot of Eddie Vedder-vibrato going on, but it doesn't matter because Chris has that rare talent to make us feel the meaning of whatever he's singing. Randy and Paula seem almost bored with praising him. But Simon, as usual, gives some useful criticism. He's right when he says that Chris needs to lighten up a little bit, at least some of the time. At the end of the day, we're watching a talent show and we want to have fun. Chris has to be careful to not turn into the downer of the night. That said, I still love him. A solid gold 8.
Kevin follows Chris with a horrid rendition of "Vincent". Oh god, someone make him stop. Now! He too over enunciates. Is this the new trend? Anyway, he stinks and Simon is the only one who'll be honest with him about it. He doesn't belong in the finals. A 2.
As we return from the break, Taylor talks about how jacked up he was to meet Kristopher Kross. That's cool. I'd be excited to meet Kris Kross. Either Daddy Mack or Mack Daddy. It doesn't matter.
Oh god, Bucky has an identical twin brother named Rocky (I'm not kidding). There are two of them. NOOOOOO! Anyway Bucky's singing some boring country song. I have nothing against country music, but I do have something against boring music. Yawn. Bucky's voice is all harsh and strained. He's terrible, but he's still better than Kevin, so I have to give him a 3. The judges seem to like him way more than I do. Except Simon, who basically tells him he's going home. I love Simon.
Dear little Will is going to sing some James Taylor. Aw man, if these kids are going to sing stuff by sensitive seventies singer songwriters, why can't they pick someone like Jim Croce or Gordon Lightfoot? Will sings "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You". Will is going to be revealed to be Donny Osmond's secret love child, isn't he? That said, it was a pretty good performance. Randy and Simon hated it, but Paula loved him. I think it deserves a 6.
Taylor dresses in a bunny rabbit costume in his intro. Okay, what's up Doc? He sings "Taking It To The Streets" and I think his voice sounds weak and reedy, but there's still some kind of energy in the song. Maybe he's sick and he's fighting through it. The audience seems to really love it so it's possible that Taylor just sounds better live. I dunno. I thought he was okay, but not fantastic. The judges gush over it, but to me it's just another 6.
Get out your lighters! Elliott hits the stage to sing Bryan Adam's "Heaven". Oh dear, this is the worst Elliot has ever sounded. I think he wanted to sing a song people are more familiar with, but this wasn't a good choice. He sounds off key or something. Heh. Randy & Paula completely disagree with me. Simon doesn't like the song choice. Yay, Simon! Elliott takes the criticism gracefully. He's a good guy, but tonight he's just a 5. Sorry. Vote for Elliott, he deserves another chance.
Ace closes the show with some Michael Jackson. I don't know this song, but Ace is really doing a bang up job singing it in his falsetto. If Kevin is a secret Osmond, is it possible that Ace is a lost Gibb brother? The song is about someone giving him butterflies inside (please don't think about that in terms of who (or what) might give Michael Jackson butterflies), but Ace is kinda giving me some butterflies with this song. Wow. The best of the night. A 9.
8. Kevin. Note, after seeing Kevin's performance again at the end of the show, I'd like to change my grade to a 1. Ugh.
I hope like hell that Bucky and Kevin leave tomorrow, but I'm a little afraid that Elliott might be gone.
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|# March 8th, 2006 8:17 PM james|
|i replayed it on tivo a few times now, and i'm 90% sure that ace was lip-synching.
|# March 9th, 2006 8:19 AM OlderIdolFan|
|Ace - hated his song - surprised he would sing something like this on live tv - can't see how girls, str8s or even gays would enjoy this performance. What's his appeal?
Chris - boring, but he's 1 dimensional so not a surprise
Will - best voice, but too young - needs to sing more mature songs
Taylor - worst I've heard from him - this guy should do some Roger Miller songs - lighten up Taylor. Worst dancing since Elaine on Seinfeld.
Gedeon - wasn't watching when he started, thought it was a recording - great vocal
Elliott - boring performance, sings well, but voice is mediocre
Bucky - karaoke country is all he is, get him off this show now
Kevin - doesn't belong with this group
Get rid of Ace, Bucky or Kevin - I wouldn't miss a one of them.
|# March 9th, 2006 8:26 AM kris|
|I think Ace is kind of like Justin Timberlake without the sense of humor. I don't particularly think we need another JT, but I don't think his performance was at all out of whack with what's going on in music now. |
|# March 9th, 2006 10:44 PM OlderIdolFan|
Well, two of the guys who I thought were among the best were kicked off tonight - and we'll still have to live with Ace, Evan, and - yes Bucky (ugh). Supposedly there are many, many votes on American Idol each week and somehow these last three are garnering the votes, but I really can't see how.
Will had the best pure voice of the group. Sure he was immature, but his singing was always enjoyable. I thought his singing tonight was much better than on Wednesday.
And Gedeon - what can I say? This guy personified soul and was a real throwback to the beautiful and incomparable singing of Sam Cooke. I have to feel that if Cooke had been the contestant instead of Gedeon, he would have been let go too.
America - where are your ears?!?!?!?!
|# March 9th, 2006 11:00 PM james|
|i never really liked will - he's kinda gooney. but yea, he's better than some people, eg bucky and covais. gedeon was better than them, too. this is what happens when we let people pull levers. |