“Circus” By Britney Spears
Scott MacIntyre has stayed far too long in the competition. We’re still not over the fact that America has booted out Alexis Grace ahead of him and even Michael Sarver. That was not right. Tonight, America finally got it right. We could not bear another week listening to Scott and show any more of his versatility that doesn’t add anything to his performances. He can’t sing.
He has great personality and good sense of humor but we are looking for the overall package here to be the next American Idol. Number one criteria is you must be able to carry a tune and carry it right if not perfectly. If you can’t, you have no place in the competition.
Scott’s search is over and he is going home. The pressure is on for Lil Rounds, Anoop Desai and Matt Giraud who are in danger of leaving next.
There is something about a hit song that made it a hit. The judges on Idol often say that the performer should make it their own, but either the artist has to be incredible and be able to change up the song like David Cook on Billy Jean or they have to just minorly make it their own with their talent while keeping the melody. In this show, continually, the artists went too far making the show their own and ruined the performance.
In addition, we have to give a resounding thumbs down to Idol producers this week as well as Fox. They intentionally ran Idol over so that people that recorded the show on their DVR would miss the final performance. That was Adam Lambert. Because the votes are open for two hours, this could have hurt Adam’s votes too because anyone that recorded this for an hour did not see Adam perform. Boooooo Fox. Horribly unfair and amateur.
This week’s theme is songs from the year the idol hopefuls were born. Let’s begin with the performances. (Audio performance at the end of this post)
1. Danny Gokey – Stand By Me – Ben E. King — Danny started off uncharacteristically flat. The song was unrecognizable and off color. He was able to bring some character to it in the verse, but he was no winner tonight. (7/10)
2. Kris Allen – All She Wants To Do Is Dance – Don Henley — Kris took this song and overdid it. Had he kept the verse the same and made it less funky, he would have killed it. Vocally he was right on. He blew it by taking it too far out of recognition. (7/10)
3. Lil Rounds – What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner — OK, now the reverse is true. Lil tried to do this way too much like the original. She looked spectacular, and has the absolute look of a star. The camera continually takes creative license with shots on Lil’s derriere. But unlike her body, Lil sings flat and was not as good as Tina. In fact, it was an insult the original. This is the third week in a row that we have not liked Lil. (6/10)
4. Anoop Desai – True Colors – Cyndi Lauper – Anoop sang this great and bored us to tears. Lawrence Welk materials, but it will allow him to survive because the vocals were great, so we give him kudos for being on key. (6/10)
5. Scott McIntyre – The Search Is Over – Survivor — We think Scott is horrible. He gets sympathy votes and is constantly patronized by the judges. Finally the judges took out their earplugs. They hated it. And they should have. Off key throughout. The song sounded like a deaf mute singing. And while we see that as sounding cruel, there just aren’t any hit songs sung by a deaf mute. We realize Scott is blind, but he sings like he is deaf. Horrible. (3/10)
6. Allison Iraheta – I Can’t Make You Love Me – Bonnie Raitt — This was a tingler version of the song. One that gives you chills. Allison nailed it. She gave it just enough of her personality to make it hers without destroying the classic original. Awesome. (9/10)
7. Matt Giraud – Part Time Lover – Stevie Wonder — Matt took this in the same way Allison did. He brought a bit of his style to it without attempting to rewrite the original. It was an excellent performance with a spectactular vocal. Nice falsetto and range. Soulful. Fantastic. (9/10)
8. Adam Lambert – Mad World – Tears For Fears – Great choice of song. The haunting vocals of Tears For Fears were present, and yet it was so different from the original that it shocked. Adam has that quality David Cook had. He is so great that he can twist a song to something completely different and still make it spectactular. He sang it all in falsetto and other than one flat note at the end, he nailed it. He is the winner of Idol this week. We honestly don’t think Danny can beat someone with this vocal range. (10/10)
Adam got our first 10/10. He has incredible range. Even Simon Cowel gave him a standing O. Adam is all range and power, which allows him to have creative license with any song he chooses. It is a tad unfair in that he is a professional already, but the audience doesn’t seem to mind, and if we are judging purely on talent, Adam destroyed his competition tonight. Destroyed it.
Gauging from Megan Joy’s demeanor through out the show, it seemed she knew she was doomed to go home. That or she had a dose of what Paula seem to be on some of the time. She was just acting too peculiar making strange faces, uncomfortable sounds and some weird movements.
As she stood there awaiting her result, Ryan asked “how do you feel about what Simon said last night?” (Simon thought her performance was boring, indulgent and monotonous!) She quipped sharply: “I love you, Simon but I don’t really care.”
From last night’s recap we had two out of three right in the bottom:
Anoop Desai – “Caught Up” – Usher — Anoop is no Usher. He can sing, and belted out the song well, but he does not have enough soul to pull off the performance of a song like this. He did not connect with us and we were glad when it was over. (5/10)
Anoop snapped back before the judges after last night’s poor performance that he wants to be an R&B artist. We’re too kind to comment but good luck with that Anoop!
Megan Joy Corkrey- “Turn Your Lights Down Low” – Lauryn Hill & Bob Marley — Megan is neither Lauryn Hill nor Bob Marley, but we really thought she could pull this one out. She didn’t. Megan was off key and has lost her quirky character act that we like. There was nothing to remember, nothing to grab hold of and mostly nothing to vote for. (3/10)
Although we weren’t enthused with Allison’s performance either where we wrote:
Allison Iraheta – “Don’t Speak” – No Doubt — Allison left us with plenty of “doubt” on this performance. She started well, but as she got to the end she was singing too low and it didn’t suit the song. It was pitchy and didn’t showcase her great rocker style. We were very disappointed after last week. The judges criticized her outfit, and missed the fact that she sang the song poorly. (6/10)
America placed her for the second time in the bottom. Our last pick in the bottom was Matt Giraud. We thought Matt had a really poor rendition of The Fray’s “You Found Me.” He should have found himself in the bottom three so he would learn his lesson: stop trying to be somebody else- you can’t be Isaac Slade of The Fray or Chris Martin’s Coldplay. Stop singing that style of music. Keep insisting that and you will sure get nowhere in your career.
Now comes the judges’ shame save. Because of what Megan said earlier that she didn’t care, Simon retorted back that he or they didn’t care either so before she could even sing for her life the judges already made their decision. They said No. Megan isn’t going to be saved. She is going home.
We’re not sure Megan left Idol with a very good lasting impression. How she’ll turn this around remains to be seen.
There have been a lot of Idol contestants who put themselves in hot water by talking too much and trying so hard to defend themselves when critiqued by the judges. That is fine. Simon and the rest could be harsh. But the contestants seem to forget that they don’t have the upperhand in the situation, the judges and the voters do. To come out cocky, proud and a know-it-all would not help their case and would only alienate the viewers making them NOT vote for them at all.
Sometimes a right attitude is everything and keeping your mouth shut works too! So we shut up.
Bye, Megan. Caaaww, caaww!
[Listen to the audio performances at the end of this post]
1. Anoop Desai – “Caught Up” – Usher — Anoop is no Usher. He can sing, and belted out the song well, but he does not have enough soul to pull off the performance of a song like this. He did not connect with us and we were glad when it was over. (5/10)
2. Megan Joy Corkrey- “Turn Your Lights Down Low” – Lauryn Hill & Bob Marley — Megan is neither Lauryn Hill nor Bob Marley, but we really thought she could pull this one out. She didn’t. Megan was off key and has lost her quirky character act that we like. There was nothing to remember, nothing to grab hold of and mostly nothing to vote for. (3/10)
3. Danny Gokey – “What Hurts The Most” – Rascal Flatts — Danny made this song into what could easily be a radio smash hit. Awesome emotion, powerful vocals and better than Rascall Flatt’s version. Super performance. (9/10)
4. Allison Iraheta – “Don’t Speak” – No Doubt — Allison left us with plenty of “doubt” on this performance. She started well, but as she got to the end she was singing too low and it didn’t suit the song. It was pitchy and didn’t showcase her great rocker style. We were very disappointed after last week. The judges criticized her outfit, and missed the fact that she sang the song poorly. (6/10)
5. Scott MacIntyre – “Just The Way You Are” – Billy Joel — Standard Scott. Off key, pitchy throughout, relatively boring. Scott tried to be too close to Billy Joel, and he isn’t that good. The judges gave him the usual patronizing sympathy praise, but honestly, this was poor, but it was an improvement over last week. (5/10)
6. Matt Giraud – “You Found Me” – The Fray — Matt is hit or miss in this competition. He has some weeks where we are wowed and others where we think he is mediocre at best. Last week he was in the bottom three after a stellar performance. This week, he gave a weak performance of a great song. It had none of the punch of the original and was just painful to watch. (5/10)
7. Lil Rounds – “I Surrender” – Celine Dion — Lil should surrender the outfit she chose for tonight. The dress didn’t fit and made every part of her anatomy stick out in strange ways. The vocal was pitchy and boring. She was shouting much of the song and we found her extremely forgettable. (6/10)
8. Adam Lambert – “Play That Funky Music (White Boy)” – Wild Cherry – Adam belted this out, made it his style and screamed powerfully throughout. Great performance, one of many on his way to the finals. (8/10)
9. Kris Allen – “Ain’t No Sunshine (When She’s Gone)” — Bill Withers — Kris surprised us by playing a piano tonight. He also surprised us with his best vocal of the season, and he was excellent last week. He is getting more creative and taking more risks as he moves forward and that is what makes him a stand out now when he wasn’t before. (9/10)
So, we have Megan going home again. Our bottom three are Anoop, Megan and Matt. Any one could go and we wouldn’t miss any of them. We didn’t like Lil or Scott either. It almost seemed like they were all trying to be bad this week.
“You Keep Me Hangin’ On” by The Supremes/”You’re All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell/”Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell