Vital Idol - It's Almost Over
Months of TV watching and lots of cringing have come to this. David versus David. Clive “The Living Corpse” Davis puts in his 2 cents before the finalist go head to head. I’ve been a Cook girl from early on, so I’m hoping the Idol powers that be are looking to rig it for the rocker and tap into the lucrative pretty decent music market rather than the adult contemporary sung by a minor genre.
As history has told, the adult contemporary types just don’t sell records or put asses in the seats. Think Gaiken, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard and Kimberly Locke – these Idol protégés are chump change when put up against Carrie Underwood (country), Clarkson (pop) and Daughtry (rock).
Point: If this show is at all rigged, Cook will win. And he should, because he’s much better than Archuletta (Archie), and tweens with parent-financed cell phones should not be the deciders.
“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Good choice. The key suits him well and allows him to put a little sexy into it. Props on the hair and he’s giving Archie a run for his money in the looking into the camera like he needs to be loved.
“Dream Big.” It’s the songwriting contest song. What a clunker. It reminds me of a montage song from that movie about a wayward gymnast trying to make it to the Olympics. Performance was OK, but there’s not much shine one can put on a crap song.
“The World I Know.” Lame pick. I was really hoping for “Living on a Prayer” or “Don’t Stop Believing” or “Thunder Road.” But his voice does sound gorgeous, nice highs and lows and he’s showing a good amount of range. And he cries at the end. Brilliant!
“Don’t Let the Sun GO Down on Me.” Hmmmm, is he foreshadowing? I can’t help but wonder if his stagedad made him wear the ridiculous sportcoat over the jeans and graphic T. Nice high notes, but it’s still a “hot tranny mess” in my opinion, way too old and lame for a child.
“?.” Another songwriting contest song. It’s about being in the moment. He’s channeling a bit of Jon Secada. Anyone remember him? Yeah, I thought so. Soooooooooo forgettable. A little shaky during the softer parts, but otherwise spot on technically. I still think he sings like he has a frog in his throat. I may have to vote for him if his last song is Kermit’s “The Rainbow Connection.”
“Imagine.” Also lame. Like he hasn’t done this 7 cajallion times.
Boot: Archie, and even if I'm wrong, I bet anyone that Cook will sell more records than little Archie.
Posted by PMW at May 20, 2008 07:59 PM
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|# May 21st, 2008 10:14 AM kris|
|Thanks for all of the recaps, Princess. I just caught a bit of last night's show and I was underwhelmed. I think Cook could have a nice career, a la Daughtry, but Archie, I don't know.
I think that the judges were particularly harsh on Cook last night in order to motivate people to vote for him. They were all using reverse psychology.
|# May 21st, 2008 12:47 PM OlderIdolFan|
|Good review of last night's songs. I think Cook should win too based on his pure musical talent and excellent singing ability. However I don't think last night's songs did him any favors - especially the last one. It's almost like he were throwing the contest, but I really suspect he doesn't care if he wins and possibly would rather that Archuleta did instead. Cook probably really doesn't want to be in a spotlight.
Archuleta's songs were better chosen for his voice - even "Don't Let the Sun Come Down", which didn't suit his voice at all, was a better choice than Cook's because it at least had a melody.
I don't think it's any secret that Archuleta has this one in the bag - and probably just as much for his cute looks as for his singing.
BTW, where do you get your sales statistics for the Clarkson, Daughtry, Underwood albums? I'll bet Clay Aiken's 4 CDs have to put him right up there with those.
|# May 21st, 2008 10:12 PM PrincessMidwest|
|I'm SOOOOOOO happy Cook one, leading me to further believe Idol is rigged, but in a good way.
Hey OlderIdolFan - My stats were a creation of my head based on my rough estimates of sales, turns out I was correct on most counts, check it out:
Best-Selling Albums by American Idol Alumni
SEPTUPLE PLATINUM (sold 7 million copies)
* Some Hearts, Carrie Underwood (winner, season 4)
SEXTUPLE PLATINUM (sold 6 million copies)
* Breakaway, Kelly Clarkson (winner, season 1)
TRIPLE PLATINUM (sold 3 million copies)
* Daughtry, Chris Daughtry (4th place, season 5)
DOUBLE PLATINUM (sold 2 million copies)
* Thankful, Kelly Clarkson
* Measure of a Man, Clay Aiken (runner-up, season 2)
* Carnival Ride, Carrie Underwood
PLATINUM (sold 1 million copies)
* Soulful, Ruben Studdard (winner, season 2)
* Merry Christmas with Love, Clay Aiken
* Free Yourself, Fantasia (winner, season 3)
* My December, Kelly Clarkson
* Taylor Hicks,Taylor Hicks (winner, season 5)
GOLD (sold 500,000 copies)
* I Need an Angel, Ruben Studdard
* Josh Gracin, Josh Gracin (4th place, season 2)
* The Real Thing, Bo Bice (runner-up, season 4)
* A Thousand Different Ways, Clay Aiken
* Small-Town Girl, Kellie Pickler (6th place, season 5)
* Fantasia, Fantasia
* American Idol: Greatest Moments (season 1)
* American Idol: All Time Classic Love Songs (season 2)
* American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics
* American Idol Season 4: The Showstoppers
* American Idol: The Great Holiday Classics (seasons 1 and 2)
* Elliott Yamin, Elliott Yamin (3rd place, season 5)
|# May 22nd, 2008 7:59 AM OlderIdolFan|
|I'm happy David Cook won too - the guy's such an amazing talent and unlike some other rockers, he's shown that he's really an exceptional singer. But I was very, very surprised after all the Archuleta build-up and the judges comments the night before.
I don't agree with kris that the judges were exceptionally harsh on Cook in order to get people to vote for him - I think they were just being honest. But I do have to wonder if their pro-Archuleta stance had anything to do with the results. A close result might have been understandable, but Cook won by a landslide.
Thanks for the sales info, Princess. Based on what you show here, I would say they stack up like this:
Kelly Clarkson - 9 million
Carrie Underwood - 9 million
Clay Aiken - 3.5 million
Daughtry - 3 million
Ruben Studdard - 1.5 million
Fantasia - 1 million
Taylor Hicks - 1 million
Clay of course has a new CD out which appears to be selling well, so his totals will increase. Not bad for a runner-up.