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.
American Idol tonight was slightly better than the lackluster and horriblyly confusing Hollywood round one and two last week. It started off with the 72 remaining hopefuls divided into 4 groups in 4 separate holding rooms awaiting their fate and like the movie “Memento” drove us back to the beginning, then forward, then back.
The contestants were to sing solo onstage with back-up singers, live instruments and the whole shebang. They could choose to play their own instruments if they wanted. Ryan Seacrest initially said that the contestants were free to choose any song they liked but the songs repeated itself again and again as the show went on so it became obvious they were given a song list after all.
Hera are the names of those who made it past the judges’ deliberation in round three with some notes on some.
First up who made it was 1 Adam Lambert. He sang great except that he was trying to be a Cher sound-alike singing “Believe” and it just became too gay for comfort as the performance progressed. It wasn’t good at all. His background is in Professional Theater and his performance came off very theatrical not Idol material. If he makes it to the Top 36, we’re not sure if America would welcome a Broadway-American Idol crossover.
2 Matt Giraud was next. Performed a raspy and soothing “Georgia on my Mind” topped with his own piano accompaniment enough to impress all three judges, Paula, Randy and Kara- giving him the standing O.
3 Jamar Rogers sang Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah.” He didn’t sing it bad, even gave the song his own twist but we’re not sure America is going to want to keep hearing “California Drea-e-e-e-ming” or “what you do to m-e-e-e” style of singing. It could grow old fast.
4 Danny Gokey’s “I Hope You Dance” has yet again put a giddy, school-girl with a crush, twinkly-eyed look on Paula Abdul. She gave him a standing ovation even before Danny finished his song. Danny Gokey as we have initially said is a very strong contender this season.
As well as 8 Kendall Beard (performed Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats”), 9 Stevie Wright (sang Colbie Caillat’s “Bubbly”),
and 10 Kristin McNamara -who belted it out with a huge Kelly Clarkson hit “Because of You”.
11 Lil Rounds did a flawless rendition of Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got you” -another strong contender.
12 Mishavonna Henson who we’re seeing for the first time was a Season 7 hopeful who got cut during last year’s round two in Hollywood Week. At least she stayed thru round three this year.
13 Jackie Tohn was shown playing her guitar but we never got to hear her sing! She made it along with 14 Frankie Jordan, 15 Alexis Grace and 16 Kenny Hoffpauer.
Say what?? The over-confident, mentally unstable(?) 17 Tatiana “annoying laugh” del Toro was in Top 54!
So was 18 Nathaniel “Emote King” Marshall who played his own guitar and sang Rihanna’s “Disturbia” while Idol played a montage of all his backstage drama in Hollywood.
This is where it got shocking! 19 Joanna Pacitti, a recording artist on her own couldn’t remember the lyrics to “If I Ain’t Got You.” 20 Casey Carlson, an early favorite forgot the words to Jordin Sparks “Tattoo.” It was painful to watch and hear them struggle as they fumble and eat the words of the songs. We now question the readiness of these two would be Top 12 contender. Of course Idol “saved” them here but if they couldn’t get over the nerves hitting them- it will be over for their Idol dreams.
21 Stephen Fowler, another good soulful singer also forget the words to Daughty’s “Home” and asked for a “Brooke White.” And he messed up again. He gave up, walks off stage and still managed to get into the Top 54!
We don’t really know what to make of 22 Nick Mitchell aka Norman Gentle. He is one character who could really sing but doesn’t fit all decorum of an American Idol. He sang “Georgia On My Mind” as his alter ego again and was entertaining but we really think he belongs in another show.
23 Ju’not Joyner is another hopeful whose only now making his TV appearance. He added some soul into “Hey There Delilah”, breezes through Top 54.
24 Jasmine Murray gave a disappointing rendition of “Tattoo”. We expected more from her.
If 25 Kai Kalama didn’t make such a good impression on his audition, we would have sent him packing. His voice is going. He needs to do something about it- FAST! The judges gave him a break and passed him through.
26 Anne Marie Boskovich, 27 Michael Sarver, 28 Arianna Afsar (wasn’t given airtime on this episode), 29 Matt Breitzke, 30 Cody Shelman, 31 Felicia Barton, 32 TK Hash, 33 Alexander Wagner-Trugman, 34 Allison Iraheta, 35 Angela Martin, 36 Ashley Hollister, 37 Brent Keith-Smith, 38 Chris Chatman, 39 Derek Lavers, 40 Devon Baldwin, 41 Jackie Midkiff,
42 Jeanine Vailes, 43 Reggi Beasley, 44 John Twiford, 45 Lacey Brown, 46 Jessica Langseth, 47 Megan Corkrey, 48 Von Smith, 49 Perrie Cataldo, 50 Ricky Braddy, 51 Shera Lawrence, 52 Keating Holland, 54 Taylor Vaifanua completes the list of Top 54.
Among those who were cut: Michael Castro, India Morrison, Kaylan Loyd, Muna Hiluf and Leneshe Young.
Tomorrow, the Top 36 is revealed in a 2-hour show! Oh brother. See you…
As the fourth most populous city in California, we had high hopes for San Francisco. Katharine McPhee and well, William Hung auditioned there! We were disappointed. The City by the Bay indeed drew thousands of aspirants but none were memorable enough to threaten the best ones we’ve seen in Phoenix and Kansas City.
Or was Fox hiding the best ones? Idol bragged about thousands and thousands of nameless faces who auditioned and they introduced 14 hopefuls on TV of which only 7 could at least sing. They mentioned in the end that 12 made it to Hollywood. We didn’t get to see the five others. Could there be a finalist in that 5 we didn’t see?
Hopefuls Stage actor Adam Lambert who was in the Broadway cast of Wicked, Bank manager Jesus Valenzuela, (another) music teacher John Twiford and the girls Bartender/Waitress Raquel Houghton and uh pesky Tatiana Del Toro from Puerto Rico would really have to work harder to survive Hollywood week.
For tonight’s show, they highlighted Kai Kalama who takes care of his ill mother at daytime and works as a musician at night. Like last week’s instant celebrity Danny Gokey, Fox played on Kai Kalama’s life story through the entire episode as a teaser. Just as well, he made it through to Hollywood.
This was perhaps the worst one hour American idol episode ever! They barely showed the 12 contestants who made it to Hollywood. Instead, they gave so much air time to jokes and crazies. We’re not sure which was more excruciating to see: watch contestants humiliate themselves or watch being humiliated by the judges. By the half-hour mark it just got really annoying where they spent close to five minutes showing Akilah Askew-Gholston and her disturbing way with words.
What was Idol thinking on this episode?! TV viewers deserved better!
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