“We Will Rock You” Original Music By Queen
Buddy you’re a boy make a big noise
Playin’ in the street gonna be a big man some day
You got mud on your face
You big disgrace
Kickin’ your can all over the place
We will we will rock you
We will we will rock you
Buddy you’re a young man hard man
Shoutin’ in the street gonna take on the world some day
You got blood on your face
You big disgrace
Wavin’ your banner all over the place
We will we will rock you
We will we will rock you
Buddy you’re an old man poor man
Pleadin’ with your eyes gonna make you some peace some day
You got mud on your face
You big disgrace
Somebody better put you back in your place
There is a “new rule” at American Idol. Each judge is given the chance to save a performer that did not get enough votes from America. They can only use this “save” once all season. So, once they use it, they lose it. You can expect the judges to only use it when they disagree dramatically with the audience’s decision.
The new rule is intended to save the unfairly eliminated. Possibly saving the Daughtry’s on a bad week. Would it play out this week? Let’s see.
Our bottom choice from last night was Jasmine Murray. She was horrible and when she sang again tonight, she confirmed she deserved to go home. Randy did not save her, thank heavens. She got shipped home and we are down to 12.
Megan Corkrey looked like she could go, but she made it through, which we were hoping because she was so out of her style this week, and we want to see her again with something more fitting.
Now for the silliness. We understand the sympathy vote; it happens again and again for the less talented cripples, elderly and children on various shows. We wish it wouldn’t, because it is so unfair to the performers that are better. Someone inevitably gets eliminated in the sympathy-getter’s place. Scott survived. He did not deserve it.
They dragged down Anoop and Jorge. Jorge did not deserve to go home. The tune was a bit boring but his vocals were much better, but the sympathy vote kicked him out. Anoop somehow lucked out and managed to survive to next week despite a rather bleak performance.
We don’t feel all that bad about losing Jorge. He is not controversial and great. He could not have won this competition, and Simon rightly did not save him using the “new rule”. But the fact is, it really should have been between Scott and Anoop.
No matter, Scott and Anoop will not survive long in this crowd, and Jorge isn’t in the league of the best either, but still, we feel sorry that he was the first to go in the name of a pathetic sympathy vote.
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Tonight it was easy to pick the bottom of the pack, but the peak performers were so great that we have to really start to wonder who could actually pull this off.
In general, the judges were on the mark. At times, their comments were rather stupid, mostly Randy, but even Simon totally missed the mark on a couple of artists.
The performers started off careful, because the choice had to be a Michael Jackson song. And not too many people have the guts to sing a Michael Jackson song that was a huge hit.
It can break you talent wise because it is so very hard to make original. And if you sing it exactly like him, you sound like Sunday Night at the Juke Box.
But let’s have at it and pick our losers from the final 13. [Listen to all the songs from tonight (Audio MP3) at the bottom of this post.]
1. Lil Rounds – “The Way You Make Me Feel”– The round girl picked up a big hit and did it with style. We loved it, she was sexy but her outfit, well, let’s just say it belonged at her high school prom not on this stage. We are not going to rank the people, we will just say whether they are in or not. Lil is IN!!
2.. Scott MacIntyre – “Keep The Faith” – Scott did an obscure Jackson song, and he was OK. But OK isn’t good enough. His piano was great, but this isn’t an instrumental competition. His song is flattish with that tone deaf sound and it is hard for us to believe we would ever want to listen to him on the radio. OUT.
3. Danny Gokey – “PYT (Pretty Young Thing)” – Danny is amazing. He has a voice that could take anything and make it great and he made this tune unique and powerful. He took a completely obscure song and made it a hit. His biggest problem was he went too early, so we forgot how great he was by the time other great performances showed up towards the end. We loved it. IN
4. Michael Sarver – “You Are Not Alone” – We were impressed with Michael tonight. We did not think he deserved to be here, but tonight he won us over with a strong vocal. Our problem is he is boring in his movements, his face looks completely awkward when he pushes, and in general, he could be eliminated and not a soul would miss him. But for this week… IN.
5. Jasmine Murray – “I’ll Be There” – Jasmine clocked in with the worst performance of the night. We honestly could not get through a second listen to judge it. It was painfully off key. She has the vocal chords, but can’t find the pitch, which makes it gut wrenching to listen to. She is gone, no question. OUT.
6. Kris Allen – “Remember the Time” – Fun performance from a cute guy. Not much else to say. Not the best, not the worst. IN.
7. Allison Iraheta – “Give In To Me” – We have seen rockers come and go on this show and we remember some of them, but we will remember Allison. She is a true rocker at only age 16. She hit this song and made even a true rocker like a Michael Jackson tune. Great performance. IN
8. Anoop Desai – “Beat It” – We think the judges were particularly hard on Anoop. He did this with some style and had fun with it. Problem is that he is out of his league now. There are other performers that are vastly better than he is. We are on the fence with him, but our initial call is… OUT.
9. Jorge Nunez – “Never Can Say Goodbye” – Well, Jorge started way off key and we were trying to figure him out, but then he hit his stride and was great the rest of the way. The judges were harsh on him, and called him old fashioned, but we think he was respectable. IN.
10. Megan Joy Corkrey – “Rockin’ Robin” – The performance was very cute, but it made us uncomfortable. It was not Megan at all, and it did not do her any favors. Her characteristic moves and notes did not fit the song and her performance was off the mark. Nothing stood out, so her only chance to stay in would be even worse performances. OUT.
11. Adam Lambert – “Black Or White” – OK, Now Adam kicked everyone else out of the house. He was powerful, his screams incredible as usual, and his vocal range unchallenged. We are big Danny fans and have to say we think Adam won the night over Danny on this occasion. It is a bit possible he took himself a bit too seriously in his performance, but that is a stretch at saying something negative. IN.
12. Matt Giraud – “Human Nature” – Now, we were very disappointed with Matt in past performances, but behind the piano he shows he could be a star. He had to follow the best performance of the night and we were ready to write him off. His falsetto was superb. He proved that we were way off the mark and put us on the Matt. IN
13. Alexis Grace – “Dirty Diana” – Simon and Randy were so far off the mark on their calls on this tune, we had to wonder if they had a motive. Alexis killed this tune and gave Adam a run for the money. She looked spectacular, like a born star and was the best outfit of the night by far, which not one judge mentioned. She truly Graced the stage and Simon and Randy should get hearing aids. IN
So where does that leave us, it leaves us with two that have to leave and we would send home four, so this should be easy. The worst performances were…
Scott MacIntyre, Jasmine Murray, Megan Joy Corkrey and Anoop Desai
If we had to choose who to send home out of these four? Jasmine is first to go, Then it is pretty much a toss up. We would like to see Megan again when she is more in her element. We don’t like Scott and think he is off key but may get the sympathy vote. And we think Anoop picked a horrible song because he wasn’t good enough to pull off that big a hit, so he could be a goner.
We can’t choose who to send home, but we expect no surprises this week from the IN crowd.
Photos and videos later! 🙂
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So, the finalists of American Idol are all chosen, and it was left to the judges to decide the fate of those that were chosen for the wild card competition. We question many comments by the judges and feel they were off the mark tonight.
Our calls for each performance are below (Listen to the audio performances at the end of this post):
1. Jesse Langseth, Rufus & Chaka Khan, “Tell Me Something Good” — Jesse got down deep on this song, bringing out a very sexy and soulful set. We got into it and loved this performance. Her only flaw was
having to go first, which is hard on any performer. She pulled off a great performance with a professional feel.
2. Matt Giraud, Jackson Five, “Who’s Loving You” — After last week, Matt had nowhere to go but up. His performance last week should have been his death nell. Matt brought it this week with some very nice solid riffs and got us smiling a bit, so we give him credit for bringing back what he is good at. Sad to say that when the real competition hits, he won’t be able to pick and choose only the blues.
3. Megan Joy Corkrey, KT Tunstall, “Black Horse And The Cherry Trees” — You know, we like Megan and wanted her through to the final 12 on her last performance. This week was cute and fun because the song is cute and fun. She looked great, but she was flat and the song shows no range. She was also incredibly off key many times throughout the song. We like this song, but she didn’t do it well. She looked great doing it though and was entertaining.
4. Von Smith, Elton John, “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” — There has been way too much Elton John in this show this year. And we think Von could have picked something less cliche. He once again dressed shabbily and still looks like he is standing in a carnival fun house above the air blower. The beginning of the song is slow and requires strong pitch control. Von doesn’t have it. He was off key most of the first half of the song. He brought it home, but not enough for us to consider him.
5. Jasmine Murray, Christina Aguillera, “Reflection” — Jasmine tried to stretch her voice on this song and came up flat, literally. She was off key through the entire song and when she hit notes requiring strength in her vocals, they hurt our ears because she was just shouting. We did not like her performance.
6. Ricky Braddy, Stevie Wonder, “Superstition” — Now, this is a hard song to sing, not so much because we think Stevie is the end-all be-all, but because it is so well known.An If you don’t nail it and if you are off key, people will pick it up immediately. Ricky sang it great. He hit every note with ease and performed it wonderfully. Our only criticism is Ricky’s look. He looks like a scarecrow in heat. But he can belt out a tune.
7. Tatiana Del Toro, Whitney Houston, “Saving All My Love FOr You” — This was like deja vu all over again. Tatiana has done this tune three times in the competition and it is getting old. She did fine, her voice is quite powerful, and she is enjoyable to listen too, but she overstayed her welcome with this tune.
8. Anoop Desai, Bobby Brown, “My Prerogative” — Anoop has been a favorite of ours, so we were expecting him to excel. He did not. The song is a repeat, of a prior performance. He was flat nearly throughout the song and it is a silly song for a geek to sing. We did not like Anoop this week.
Our Scores for the performers are based on how they performed, not on the judges choices. THey are based on reality not practiced and already wrote decisions by the judges. We will list the group in reverse order of our overall score. We know the results already, but the judges were well off the mark on most of the talent this week.
1. Jasmine Murray (5/10)
2. Tatiana Del Toro (6/10)
3. Anoop Desai (6/10)
4. Von Smith (6/10)
5. Ricky Braddy (7/10)
6. Megan Joe Corkrey (7/10)
7. Matt Giraud (7/10)
8. Jesse Langseth (8/10)
The judges robbed two great talents tonight and, for some reason unknown to us, placed two people through that just aren’t very good and did not deserve to be in the final 12. We have no idea what they were thinking. Our top 4 clearly outperformed the others, and would have brought more talent to the final 12 than the judges’ selections.
Our opinion? The judges had already judged. It was over before the fat lady sang, and probably before she knew what she was going to sing. We think that is a a shame.
The performer we feel the worst about is Jesse Langseth. She put in an excellent performance and was better than most in this show by a country mile. She was, quite honestly, robbed. The judges comments after her set were off the market and just plain not relevant.
Similarly, Ricky was unjustly eliminated, and we get the impression there were other factors than talent in this decision by the judges.
The judges tried a surprise twist by putting through four instead of three because they couldn’t make up their minds.
Their choices were Jasmine Murray, Anoop Desai, Megan Joe Corkrey, and Matt Giraud. That rounds out your final 13 for only 12 stools. Jasmine will go quickly. Anoop needs to go back to prior performances to determine what made him worth listening to; tonight he was not good and incredibly lucky. But Matt and Megan deserve to be here and we look forward to hearing them again.
We hope the judges will judge the remainder of the competition based on talent instead of whatever commercial factors they are considering when devising their very scripted and obviously rehearsed judging…
We are getting good at this which means we are on the same wavelength with America when it comes to voting- almost! Our choices are again correct, two out of three! We think that America got it wrong by letting through one hopeful- Scott MacIntyre into the finals, where there were at least a couple left who were more talented vocally. Ryan Seacrest paired him up with Kendall Beard on the elimination announcement and it would have been right to pick Kendall at that point. This is what we said of Scott MacIntyre’s performance last night:
Scott may have some talent instrumentally, but he isn’t that great vocally and that is what this is about. The judges gave a patronizing round of sympathy praise, and it was pathetic. Scott could get through on America’s sympathy, but it would be a shame to eliminate a true talent in favor of one that is just not in the same league. He was pitchy throughout and butchered most of the song.
He sang again tonight and we stand by our own critique. In fact we couldn’t bear hearing him sing the same song that we skipped half of the performance. The commercials that followed were better. Sympathy votes win again!
Joining Scott MacIntyre for the last three spots in the finals are Lil Rounds and Jorge Nunez.
We seriously believe Felicia Barton deserves that last spot! What’s heartbreaking is the judges didn’t even include Felicia on the Wild Card! In retrospect of the semi final rounds, Michael Sarver, Kris Allen along with Scott MacIntyre shouldn’t be on the finals at all. They can not compete with the best among the finalists and we’re betting they will be cut early on, unless America plays weird by eliminating the best ones first!
Wildcard hopefuls competing for a place in the the Top 12 are: Von Smith, Jasmine Murray, Ricky Braddy, Megan Corkrey, Tatiana Del Toro, Matt Giraud, Jesse Langseth, and Anoop Desai. They will perform Thrusday, March 5th before the judges and three will be named finalists.
Audio Performances at the bottom of this post.
We were surprised again. But only mildly. The two performers we picked to stroll into the finals did and were clearly the best of the twelve that performed last night. Kris Allen was helped by the judges comments last night, because the gals we chose were better. But America can be swayed when the competition gets too close, and Kris pulled it out. We are hoping that Megan and Mishavonna get another chance, because they are great and we feel bad that Kris displaced them. Still, Kris did an encore that was better tonight. He still started way off key, but he didn’t take as long to bring his voice to the right pitch. Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta were the clear winners. They have the real shot at winning it all. Kris is fun, but not in the same league. So, once again, we pick numbers one and two easily and could not judge the #3 vote when it comes to the final cut.
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