And then there were eleven…but one of the eleven is Queen Sanjaya. Let’s get to crackin’!
Tonight’s theme is 1960s British Invasion. Pretty sweet. Look for the guys to rebound a bit with this theme. Not a lot, but a little. And Queen Sanjaya doesn’t count.
– Haley looks hot!
– See-moan, as always, gets a great ovation.
– Paula tells the performers to envision See-moan naked. See-moan plays it cool.
– We get a history lesson. Actually, this is a good way to teach people about the songs and groups of the past.
– Our teachers are Peter Noone and LuLu. In a cool twist, Peter works with the guys (and Queen Sanjaya), while LuLu helps the ladies. Noone, in case you were wondering, was a part of Herman’s Hermits. My parents are quite happy, so I hear. LuLu’s resume is quite impressive, as well.
– Haley, lookin’ bumpin’ tonight, starts us off with “Tell Him.” It might be the short shorts, but this was her best performance of the competition. She probably saved herself from the chopping block with this, which does not bode well for the Queen. Whoa. Her shirt doesn’t have a back! Yeah, best performance for her! In all seriousness, that was great. Randy called it her best. Word. See-moan: “You naughty little thing.” Word. HAHAHAHA! See-moan basically said people will be talking about more than her singing tonight. And I definitely did.
– Time for Chris Timberlake and “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying.” He’s looking to sing it. Peter isn’t thrilled. Interesting. Ahh…the on-stage guitar player for dramatic effect. Chris has the look and an OK voice. Not championship material, but really, it’s a 2 or 3 car race at this point. He’s no worse than any boy-band era singer. He shows flashes of greatness in this performance to stick around for another 5 or 6 weeks, definitely. Randy really liked it, called it his best yet. Paula is kinda choked-up, calling it sexy and charming. See-moan also calls it Chris’ best so far.
– Much like Chris (both of them, actually), Stephanie is in the second tier. Let’s see if she can rise above tonight. Before she sings, Steph and Seacrest answer questions in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.
– Her choice is “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” by Dusty Springfield. I’m not feeling it. Probably her worst performance to date. It was all over the place. Randy wasn’t thrilled. Paula loves the outfit, but wasn’t a fan of the performance. See-moan said she’s losing her soul. The crowd wasn’t too upset with See-moan, either. Ouch.
– Has Seacrest always wore two microphones?
– Beatbox Blake modernizes “Time of the Season.” I’m a big fan of Blake. Doesn’t have a chance to win, but I think he definitely has a producing future. He is an entertainer. I think he sings through his throat a little too much. Not GREAT, but fun. Randy says Blake gave it “the yo factor.” Paula said it felt like she was at a concert. See-moan liked it, too! Calls it his strongest so far. Cool!
– It’s go time! LaKisha! She finally chose “Diamonds Are Forever.” Sweet! A Bond song on Idol! A very diva-ish performance. Not my favorite from her, but this was clearly outside of her comfort zone. Randy says pretty much the same. Alright, not a blowaway. See-moan sides more with Randy than uber-positive Paula.
– Phil tried “Tobacco Road,” which is a good choice for him. A Southern guy, good runs. Good start. I’m really enjoying watching Phil grow in the competition. A DVR issue cuts about 30 seconds from the performance. I’ll assume they were as good as the portion I heard. Really strong performance. His most complete by far. Randy liked it. Paula went googily-eyed. She said there were some pitch problems but she liked it. See-moan wasn’t crazy about it. He wants to hear more grit.
– Inside the Sponsored Cola Lounge, Seacrest and Jordin chit-chat.
– Jordin is going for “I, Who Have Nothing.” She’s got a big ol’ voice! Talk about growing in the competition! Most convincing performance of the night. Jordin’s got a good look, a great voice…tremendous upside. Wow…that high note was awesome! Best of the night. Nobody else has been close for me. Randy liked it a lot. As did Paula. See-moan thought she was great, but thought it was gloomy and depressing.
– Ugh…It’s Queen Sanjaya. He can’t decide between two songs. He goes with “You Really Got Me.” There is a girl crying in the audience. Me too, honey. I recognize this performance! It’s the type of performance you give in your bedroom when you’re 7 years old. It was probably his most over-the-top performance. Randy called it his best to date. Sanjaya’s sister is hot. See-moan makes fun of the crying girl. I’ll give where credit is due. This was definitely his best. See? Don’t call me a hater! I hate on the bad…I’ll give love to the good. The nickname stays, though.
– Seriously, the crying girl needs to go.
– Blog Friend Andrea: that girl needs psychiatric help and perhaps a hearing test
– Gina the Good Witch is in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.
– “Paint it Black” is definitely one of the best songs she could go for. Solid, but unspectacular. I still like Gina and think she could be a great female rock star with the right band. Randy agrees with me. Paula thought it was better than last week.
– Mini-rant time! They pidgeon-hole these emerging singers in a different genre each week, forcing them outside of their comfort zone in front of 30 million people. Gina is a rocker. Of course she is gonna sound terrible doing most any Motown song! Let her rock! Rant over.
– See-moan wasn’t a big fan of the performance. Calls it “style over content.”
– Chris Griffin performs “She’s Not There.” He needs a good one tonight. He starts in the crowd. And stays there for most of it. Cool strategy. Very Meat Loaf-esque middle of the song, which is a good thing. In fact, Chris should watch lots of tapes of Meat Loaf. His voice is theatrical, which fits that style well. Good one tonight for Chris. Judges dig his style. See-moan Paul was happy.
– Last, but not least, is serious contender Melinda Doolittle. She goes with “As Long As He Needs Me.” A controlled, subdued beginning she lets build naturally. And the crying girl is still crying. Someone take her out of there! Melinda is awesome. Most professional singer in the competition and she reasserted herself as the #1 seed with this song. Randy said we saved the best for last. Paula and See-moan continue the love-fest.
Most Valuable Performer: Melinda, with Jordin right behind. The guys were overall stronger than ever as a group tonight, though. Phil and Stephanie are probably the most vulnerable.
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