Tonight is night one of “Idol Gives Back,” featuring inspirational music.
Each vote tonight equals a charity donation. Laying on the guilt there, eh?
I get the feeling that tonight (and tomorrow) will be very self-congratulatory. Honestly, with the money they are raising, go for it.
– Holy crap–Bono is the mentor! F’n A!
– See-moan and Seacrest went to Africa. We get Coldplay-themed recap.
– First up tonight is on-the-hotseat Chris Richardson, taking on “Change the World,” the Eric Clapton classic. Those paying close attention would know Clapton was on Part One of the Summer Concert Series last night. Wasn’t Babyface involved in this song, too? Yes he was. Strongest performance from Chris in a while. But I didn’t find it all that believeable. Like, when Melinda sings, you believe that she actually wrote it. I don’t get that from Chris, though. Randy really liked it. Paula loved it. See-moan said it was a good show of his potential that they saw originally. Wow. All four of us liked it. That hasn’t happened in a while!
– Besides Africa, Idol toured America to give back money. Randy went to Louisiana. Cameras went to Kentucky, Arizona. Seacrest is from Atlanta? Paula and Seacrest went to a mobile health unit.
– Melinda…wow…chose a Faith Hill song. Did not see that coming. Honestly, Melinda is heads and shoulders above the rest. I’ve never heard this song before. But I was ready to break out a lighter and sing “We Are The World.” Like this:
Back to Melinda. Remember what I talked about during Chris’ performance about a singer connecting with their song? This did it. Big time. Randy: “You’re so dope.” Paula: “You’re magical.” See-moan: “You took a song, you absolutely made me believe you recorded it originally…it was a vocal masterclass.” Again, we’re all on the same page!
– Seacrest encourages ballot-box-stuffing.
– Even with all the giving back, we still have time for Beatbox Blake to hang in the Sponsored Cola Lounge and answer a fan question.
– And the Beatbox picks John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Ballsy choice, as usual. And he does a great job, as usual. The original:
What’s so great about Blake is that he picks cool songs and does them “cool-ly.” This was just a soft, controlled performance, as the song requires. Randy thought it was OK. Paula thought it was OK, but then really liked the emotional display from Blake. See-moan thought it was a little flat, but liked the sincerity. Again, he connected with the song.
– So far, great show. Everyone’s stepping it up!
– Seacrest is in Africa, goofing around with the hungry folks.
– LaKisha again chooses a former Idol contestant’s song, with Fantasia’s “I Believe.” Really, why is she doing that? There are millions of inspirational songs out there. Not sure how I’m feeling about this one. I think it wasn’t one of her strongest vocals. But it was also a return to her comfort zone. Randy liked it, but didn’t think it was her best…bringing up the Fantasia-effect. Paula called her a “powerhouse vocalist” but had trouble comparing her to Fantasia. See-moan thought she shouted a bit. This could be the end of the road for her.
– Phil answers questions in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.
– After the rave reviews of his country twist, he’s staying in the genre with “The Change” by Garth Brooks. Probably a good idea. Phil kind of sounds like Richard Marx tonight. Someone back me up?
I like Phil, but this didn’t do it for me. Good vocal, but it didn’t have enough “wow” factor outside of the high notes, which he hit well. Not bad, but kind of dull. Randy pointed out the country connection and he liked it. Paula loved it, called it his best. See-moan liked it, but wanted to hear more country tone…he thinks that could propel him through the competition. I agree.
– Wasn’t Bono the mentor this week? Did I hear that wrong? I’m confused.
– See-moan visits a food bank. They were giving away Matzah. I saw it with my own two eyes.
– Jordin closes the show with “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” a showtune from Carousel.
Best version of the song ever:
Yes. It’s a soccer song, too. I love soccer.
But I digress.
Another breathtaking performance from Jordin. Starpower, baby. Randy called it one of the best vocals ever on American Idol in the show’s history. Paula called her “glorious.” See-moan thought she was fantastic and that she could release that as a single and do well.
Most Valuable Performer: Wow…terrific performances all around. I’ll give Melinda the nod. Chris saved himself from elimination. Jordin has made it.
Thanks for reading! Results tomorrow!