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  • (The return of) American Idol

       March 22, 2009

    So, I've been sucked back into American Idol. Oh sure, I watched some of Hollywood Week for the drama, but I didn't think I'd want to watch the show on a regular basis, much less write about it. But alas, this season features some truly polarizing and talented contestants and now that we're done to the Top Ten, it's time to take a closer look at them and what they need to do to win.

    Adam Lambert
    Positives: Great range, bold musical choices, doesn't take himself too seriously
    Negatives: Bad skin, "showy" style alienates older audience members.
    Should sing: "Whole Lotta Love", "Hungry Like the Wolf", "I Don't Feel Like Dancin', by Scissor Sisters, "More Than A Feeling" & "Don't Stop Believin'"
    Can win if: he can stay in the competition long enough to pick up all of the anti-Danny Gokey voters. Also, he really could win if he sings "Don't Stop Believin'". People love that song.





    Allison Iraheta
    Positives: Powerful voice, reminds people of Kelly Clarkson
    Negatives: Shouty, We already have a Kelly.
    Should sing: Aretha Franklin, Linda Ronstadt "This Is Not A Test", by She & Him & Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time"
    Can win if: all of the other contestants are eliminated due to incriminating Facebook photos.





    Anoop Desai
    Positives: Cool nickname, sings beautiful, long notes
    Negatives: Hasn't figured out a distinct style yet.
    Should sing: "You Found Me", by The Fray, Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" & "Don't Dream It's Over",by Crowded House
    Can win if: he becomes the "safe" (and straight) heartthrob that appeals to the young girls. As an aside, I think it'd be cool if an Indian American had that status, given that Idol has been rightfully accused of perpetuating the Asian men as geek stereotype before.




    Danny Gokey
    Positives: Wisconsinite, dead wife
    Negatives: Sings boring songs boringly, has been so pimped by the show that there's sure to be a backlash, comes off smug
    Should sing: songs about Jesus and dead wives
    Can win if: Oh, he's totally going to win.




    Kris Allen
    Positives: Cool first name, good looks, pleasant singer
    Negatives: Somewhat forgettable, not much range
    Should sing: "Tell Her This" by Del Amitri, "Always A Friend", by Alejandro Escovedo, "Soul Meets Body", by Death Cab For Cutie
    Can win if: Like Allison, he can't really win, but he can go further by singing some indie love songs that'll make him seem like a fresher, hipper contestant.




    Lil Rounds
    Positives: Cool nickname, amazing ass, "diva" type vocals
    Negatives: Her music style is falling out of fashion
    Should sing: I have no idea, R&B divas are so far from what I listen to.
    Can win if: she's the last lady standing and the polarizing men (Gokey & Lambert) split the vote.




    Matt Giraud
    Positives: Strangely sexy, passionate pianist and vocalist
    Negatives: Can't properly annunciate his words, very weak when he's not playing piano
    Should sing: "Skinny Love" by Bon Iver, "Look After You", by The Fray & "Peace, Love & Understanding" by Elvis Costello (really!)
    Can win if: he really did sing "Look After You". Much like Adam and "Don't Stop Believin'", that song is his perfect moment.




    Megan Joy
    Positives: She's so beautiful she could be a part-time model (but she'd probably have to keep her normal job), unique vocal stylings
    Negatives: Huge, distracting tattoos, overly affected delivery
    Should sing: "1234", by Feist, "Here's Where The Story Ends", by The Sundays & "Foundations", by Kate Nash
    Can win if: she chooses songs with personality that will make her seem like a charming oddball rather than just a mediocre singer.




    Michael Sarver
    Positives: Nice husband & father, adequate vocals
    Negatives: Completely forgettable and already hated by the judges
    Should sing: good time music like Hank Williams, Jr., Jimmy Buffet, Lyle Lovett & Garth Brooks
    Can win if: he can't win, but he could be like a Phil Stacey and carve out a nice niche for himself.




    Scott MacIntyre
    Positives: He's blind!
    Negatives: bad personal style, dated song choices
    Should sing: more modern piano driven songs by people like The Fray (again, I know, but they're perfect for some of these people to cover), Ben Folds and, if he chooses to leave the piano, how about a "fun" 70s song like "Southern Cross". I also think he should sing "The Greatest American Hero", but I'm cruel.
    Can win if: the show is really just about rewarding the contestant with the saddest personal story and if that means that being blind trumps having a dead wife.


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    Comments

    #  March 22nd, 2009 12:54 PM      themandownthehall
    FINALLY! I was hoping you'd jump back into it! Thank you. Have you been watching? I wanted Tatiana to stay in. She was freaking hysterical. I was happy as heck to see Nathaniel get dropped. Pierced emo. Yeah, where do I sign up?

    Looking forward to the season Kris!  
     
    #  March 22nd, 2009 3:29 PM      cherlynda
    Well, I kinda like Danny and Megan..and I think the red headed girl has the best voice of all the women.  
     
    #  March 31st, 2009 10:02 PM      kris
    I think my tragic addiction to blingo and lack of DVR is going to keep me from recapping much of this season.  
     
    #  April 1st, 2009 9:30 AM      OlderIdolFan
    I think Adam, Anoop and Kris are the best this year and feel Adam is the best of the lot by far.
    Watching Adam last night perform "Play That Funky Music", I was surprised by how much he reminds me of Tom Jones - it's just the kind of song that Tom Jones would have sung and with the same amount of energy. Adam's got it all and is sure to be 'saved' by the judges if he should get voted off.
    As to Kris, I think he's got a tremendous amount of sex appeal (in addition to being a good singer), but I guess the judges can't comment on that.
    Greg
     
     
    #  April 1st, 2009 9:32 AM      kris
    I just listened to Matt's performance last night on YouTube. I take back that he should sing The Fray. He should never sing The Fray again. He sounded like ass. Blech.  
     
    #  April 1st, 2009 8:10 PM      kris
    I can't believe they just did "Don't Stop Believin'" as an "up with people" group number. Oh god - how awful. My kickball team did a better rendition drunk off our asses and using straws for drums. They didn't even do the obligatory pointing during the "Streetlights! People!" part of the song. Just terrible.  
     
    #  April 1st, 2009 8:11 PM      cherlynda
    After Matt sang The Fray, I thought gosh that must be harder than it looks, cause that sucked. Then tonight I think, they must be reading your blog as they started it out with Journey. I think you should be doing a recap of the show.  
     
    #  April 1st, 2009 8:12 PM      kris
    I was going to, but I don't have my laptop here tonight so I can't type and watch.  
     
    #  April 1st, 2009 8:15 PM      kris
    My dream, of course, is still for someone to sing "Chicken Train", complete with cawing.  
     
    #  April 2nd, 2009 5:43 AM      cherlynda
    Well, they were cawing...Megan cawed and so did Anoop....They ARE reading.  
     

     

     


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