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American Idol – Top 6 – Performances (Bon Jovi)

Sorry for not having a recap for the results show last week.  My DVR failed me.

Also, the cop-out ending was kind of a bait-and-switch.  So, blah.

But tonight….tonight should be interesting!  It’s Bon Jovi night!

– We start with a career retrospective of Bon Jovi.

– Tony Bennett, Jennifer Lopez, Diana Ross…all great mentors.  But BON FLIPPIN’ JOVI???  That’s cool.

– Phil starts with “Blaze of Glory.”  Quick tip.  When you are a rock kinda guy and the setlist is, hello, Bon Jovi music, do one of the big guns!  He claims to have performed this song in front of his mirror.

Hmm…listen to the lyrics: “I’m going down in a blaze of glory.”  I change my mind on the song selection.  Makes sense for him.  He knows he’s probably on the chopping block.  Really, this is a great song for that.  And he sings it well.  Oh, the irony!  Randy recorded the song with Bon Jovi.  And called it his second best performance ever.  Paula loved it.  See-moan: “I thought it was OK.”

– Gina is in the crowd.  Again, the irony.

– Wait.  Jordin’s MOM grew up listening to Bon Jovi?  Damn, I feel old.

– Jordin gets the MONEY song, “Livin’ on a Prayer.”

– Jordin has 80’s hair, to go with the song.  Actually, she looks like Scary Spice tonight.  The first verse is rough for Jordin, but she gets it together by the middle.  The end was so good, I forgot how shaky the beginning was!  Randy acknowledged it was tough…especially the verses.  Paula said about the same.  See-moan wasn’t a fan.  Here’s what I don’t get:  Phil was GREAT and feels like he got no momentum.   Jordin had her worst night yet and they make excuses for her.  Don’t get it.

– LaKisha is in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.

–  This is rich: LaKisha admits to seeing Bon Jovi on Oprah, but that she has never heard one of his songs.  Wow.  That statement is all sorts of messed-up.  She’s performing the not-well-known “This Ain’t A Love Song.”

-LaKisha does a nice job with the song.  She’s still falling down the depth chart, but this will definitely slow the descent.  Didn’t have the WOW factor, but it had a SWEET factor.  Probably the best you could have expected from her on Bon Jovi night.  Randy says she’s back.  Paula said she “gave everyone a little somethin-somethin.”  See-moan threatens to kiss her.  And then does.  I guess that’s a good thing?

– Beatbox Blake gets the OTHER money song, “You Give Love A Bad Name.”

– He promises a risk.  He colored his hair.  Wow…he completely re-imagined the song.  It’s funky.  And then rocks out for the chorus.  And beatboxes after that.  Wow…this is all over the place and I LOVE it.  It’s a vocal remix!  Blake definitely put himself out there with this song.  Randy loved the creativity, originality and the song overall.  Paula: “This was your night.”  See-moan’s mom is in the crowd tonight.  See-moan claimed half will love it and half will hate it and he personally liked it.  Works for me.  The risk paid-off for the Beatbox!

– Chris Richardson is in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.

– He’s trying “Wanted Dead or Alive.”

– On the surface, should be a good song choice.  Oh man…he forgot the words in front of Bon Jovi.  As Richardson said, Daughtry also did this on the show.  Couldn’t find that clip, but here is another one:

– Shaky, karaoke performance.   Especially after Blake’s masterpiece.  Blog Friend Andrea sums it up:

BFA: moron

BFA: chris daughtry NAILED that song – you KNOW youre gonna be compared… and his voice isnt gruff enough for it. i think that was another bad choice

Randy kinda liked it.  So did Paula.  Did they listen to the same song I listened to?  See-moan said Chris did his best, but that it might not be good enough.

 

– Let’s wrap things up with Melinda Doolittle!  Interesting song choice, with “Have a Nice Day.”

 

– Bon Jovi tells Melinda to take it to church.   For not being a “rocker,” she is rockin’ pretty hard in a Tina Turner-meets-Journey kinda way tonight.  I dig.  This is phenomenal. My Melinda crush is back in full effect.  Randy loved it, compared it to Tina Turner.  Paula gushed.  See-moan also loved it, channeling Tina Turner.

 

Dubbya and Mrs. Dubbya thank Amurica.

 

Most Valuable Singer: Blake, followed by Phil and Melinda.  Rough night for Jordin.  Might be the end for Chris.  Second good week in a row for Phil…will it save him?

 

Thanks for reading!  Results tomorrow!

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American Idol – Top 9 – RESULTS

Last night was American Classics night and now it’s time to send someone home!

–  Seacrest welcomes us and previews the madness.

–  Recap of last night.  I watched it last night, so I fast forward.

–  Sponsored music video butcher job is “One Love.”

Here’s how it should sound:

–  Whoa, whoa, whoa!  Kermit D. Frog makes a cameo.  He says he loves being green, TOTALLY contradicting himself:

–  The Top 9 are pre-divided:

– Group One: Beatbox Blake, Last Chris, Queen Sanjaya

– Group Two: Hot Haley, Gina, Phil

– Group Three: Jordin, Haley, LaKisha

– Group Three is, of course, not the bottom three.  That was brain surgery there…

– Group One is safe, as well.  Hot Haley, Gina, and Phil are on the chopping block!

– We meet last week’s Stupid Trivia Winner, flowing nicely into this week’s Stupid Trivia Question.

– Allstate has joined the “Idol Gives Back” parade.  Cool enough.

– Tony Bennett was supposed to sing, but got sick, so Michael Buble fills in.  He really is a throwback to another generation.  Good stuff.

– Buble confesses he still votes for Skankilicious.  That’s a good one, but still not enough to give him Blog Hero Status.  That is reserved for Rick Astley!

– Back with the Bottom Three: Hot Haley, Gina the Good Witch, and Phil.

– Phil is safe, meaning either the eye candy or one of my guilty pleasures will be going home!

– The judges are wary to criticize them…well, except for See-moan.  He isn’t shocked at all.

– America Voted almost 33 million times.

– HOLY CRAP—Gina goes home??????  Not cool.  She’s having trouble keeping it together.

– OK.  We’re to the point where it doesn’t really matter who goes home in what order.  Everyone has “made it” now.  But seriously, Gina has much more talent and future than Hot Haley or the Queen.  But this is the most messed-up season ever.

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American Idol – Top 9 – Performances

It’s American Classics night, which is always a fun one, complete with songs I’ve never heard of!  Score.

– Seacrest welcomes us and reminds us that Tony Bennett is the guest teacher.

– The gang is here, from band to contestants to judges.  Thanks for that, Seacrest.

– Bio on Bennett.  He’s The Man.

– Beatbox Blake kicks us off with “Mack the Knife.”  Great song, great song for him.  This will be a stretch for him, but I think he’ll do alright.  He moves slickly, to add his personal touch.  Not his strongest vocal, but good enough.  I think he played to the camera a little too much.  Nice little 3-second beatbox at the end.  Randy liked it, despite a few pitch problems.  Paula: Blake=pizzazz and cool.  See-moan gave it a 7 out of 10.  Sounds about right.

– Seacrest talks about “Idol Gives Back.”

– Phil is growing his hair back…interesting.  His choice is “Night and Day.”  I’ve never heard of it.  Ahh, he shaved his head again before the show.   Very soupy performance.  He hit the high note.  And that’s really all I have to say about it.  Bland and mostly forgettable.  Randy didn’t feel the passion and called it “disconnected.”  Paula compares Phil to Frank Sinatra as See-moan goes apoplectic.

– That brings us to Melinda, performing “I’ve Got Rhythm.”  This should be good.  She’s looking better tonight that she has at any point this season.  She owns the stage, with just the right amount of inflection and attitude.  Another TERRIFIC performance.  This wasn’t the biggest “WOW” she’s had, but it was great!  Randy: “This is how you do it, America.”  Paula called it flawless and mapped out Melinda’s career.  See-moan liked it more towards the end and says the judges can’t criticize her.  He admits that he likes being mean to people occasionally.

– The Last of the Chrises is in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.

– Chris the Last cools down to Duke Ellington’s Mr. Saturday Dance, which I also have never heard.  It had some good moments, but Chris Finale isn’t winning the competition, so what does it really matter?  Randy loved it.  Paula thought it was his best of the season.  See-moan liked it, too.

– Rising Jordin reminds us that she’s really young, by telling us she’s so excited to sing “On A Clear Day”  because “it’s such a cute song.”  Probably one of her most mature, complete performances, although she’s had better vocals.  She hits a string of high notes at the end to finish strong.  Randy preached the word and Paula calls her “a magnet of joy.”  See-moan called her “Magnet of Joy!”  HA!  He then called the other judges “Squiggly and Diggly.”  Which one is which???

– Gina the Good Witch sings “Smile,” which was a Charlie Chaplin song.  It was there.  Good enough, but totally unremarkable.  Paula said it was flawless.  See-moan can’t rave.  Judges didn’t gush, so I’m thinking they agreed with me.

– Queen Sanjaya takes on Sinatra‘s “Cheek to Cheek.”  He still looks like a little boy playing “lounge singer.”  Nothing fun with the hair this week.  Randy calls him an entertainer, refusing to talk about the vocals.  Paula agrees.   See-moan calls it “incredible,” but it’s in jest trying to get him kicked off.  Rock on, See-moan!

– Hot Haley keeps channeling McPhee in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.

– Hot Haley goes with “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”  She teases giving a guy a lapdance.  Haley and the Final Chris are in the same boat.  Good looks, nice talent, no chance at winning.  See-moan compliments her legs.  I agree.  Judges didn’t love it.  But she has a rockin’ body.

– Running desperately late here….someone went long!

– LaKisha brings us home with “Stormy Weather.”  Here’s where I’m at with LaKisha.  Is she one of the favorites?  Sure.  Did she peak too early?  I think so.  Her first few weeks were so phenomenal that she may have played herself out of the competition.  But honestly, she’s made it to at least record one album.  Very emphatic, emotive performance.  She sold the song all the way through.  Great performance!  Randy loved it.  Paula loved her outfit.  See-moan liked it a lot.

– Most Valuable Performer: Melinda, of course.  Best of the night.  Phil also had a good evening.  Nobody was actively terrible.  The Queen stunk, of course.

Thanks for reading!  Results tomorrow!

American Idol – Top 10 RESULTS

No full-blown recap tonight. Sorry.

Chris Sligh went home.

I was a fan of his from the beginning. I mean, he auditioned with a Seal song! That’s major points in my book.

However, it was obvious even then that he was not championship material.

At the end of the day, Chris gave us some good entertainment. Seemed like a nice enough guy and I hope he makes it in the performing business.

My suggestion has always been for him to become Meat Loaf 2.0.

Take a look at the original:

Of course, Chris would have a LONG way to go before reaching that level. But that is the mold he should use when creating himself.  Just my two cents.

And it goes without saying that Sanjaya was the worst last night.  But I  think this competition has lost all touch with reality.

Also–Gwen Stefani.  HOT!  HOT!

Thanks for reading!  Back for the Top 9 next week!

Equal Time for Sanjaya Fans.

OK, I think I’ve made my opinion on Sanjaya quite clear.  I think he belongs watching American Idol from his sofa at home instead of being on the show.

However, he definitely has his supporters…which is why he’s made it so far.

I say, “to each their own.”  Some people still don’t care for Chris Daughtry, who I rooted for from his audition.

In the interest of equal time, please check out the very impressive http://www.sanjayafannetwork.com website.

Now, not everyone like Sanjaya.  Trust me, I’m one of them.  But the following photo, uncovered by webmaster Clint, is AWESOME:

And on that note, have a great Hump Day, dear reader!  Spread the URL and I’ll see you back here later tonight for the results show recap!

To help you make it through the day, here’s an oldie but a goodie, dedicated to Blog Friend Andrea!

American Idol – Top 10 – Performances

Welcome back for another week of American Idol!

But first, take a look at my history of the Geico Cavemen!

Tonight, apparently, is Pop Music Night with Gwen Stefani. Good enough.

Here is No Doubt’s first (and maybe best) hit, Don’t Speak:

I was in middle school when “Tragic Kingdom” was released. I feel old.

– Seacrest starts us off by explaining the rules. Songs by No Doubt…and anyone who inspired them. Weird…but as long as we get good songs, it’s fine with me.

– Yes…Gwen is beyond hot. And she’s been beyond hot for a decade.

– LaKisha starts us with “Last Dance.” So Donna Summer inspired No Doubt? Isn’t that like saying Elton John inspired Ludacris? Ah well. Kinda pitchy, but still a lot of fun. She’s really working on her stage presence. I changed my mind…I really liked it. Rough beginning, but she brought it home. Judges gush. As they should.

– Seacrest and Chris Griffin chat in the Sponsored Cola Lounge. He’s looking more and more like John Popper.

– I was looking for a Blues Traveler song and stumbled upon an amazing video…FLAVOR FLAV!!!!!!

– Back to the competition…Chris takes a stab at “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic,” by the Police. Felt very lounge lizard-y. Cruiseline performance. Voice crack at the end didn’t help. Like Gwen said, he was ahead of the music, according to the judges. See-moan thought it was a mess. Odd discussion of music theory. I hope this isn’t it for him…

– Gina the Good Witch is emotional over meeting Gwen. She picks a great song for her, The Pretenders’ “I’ll Stand By You.” The rocker showing her soft side with a statement song…I dig it! Strong, strong, strong performance from Gina tonight. Maybe her most controlled…and the audience loved it. Randy likes her boots…and thought it was one of her best. Great minds! Paula gushed, calling it her best. See-moan teases Gina: “Gina, it wasn’t one of your best performances…(BOOOOO)…it was your BEST performance.”

As a public service, here’s the original, featuring one of the all-time great female vocals:

– Seriously, that was a star-making performance.

– Before we go to break, Seacrest tells us we’ve Queen Sanjaya and Haley up next. Must be the “Clearance Sale – Everything Must Go!” segment?

– The Queen shows some cajones by singing “Backwater,” a more obscure No Doubt song…but he forgets the words when singing it for Gwen! Hahahahaha!!!! His hair is a mess, looking like a Greek soldier’s helmet. Seriously. And then he kind of mumbles through the song…I think he forgot a few words! This is great TV! Randy says Sanjaya can sing, but he doesn’t show it. Paula agrees he isn’t living up to his potential. Sanjaya tries to insult See-moan’s hair. See-moan: “You are in your own universe.” I don’t ever want to see him on my screen ever again.

– Hot Haley crumbles in front of Gwen while singing “True Colors.” Cyndi Lauper represent! She’s still wicked hot…but she took a major step back with this dull performance. Randy: “It was just kind of alright.” Yeah…that’s about right. See-moan: “It was sweet but forgettable.” Exactly.

– Phil chats with Seacrest in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.

– More Police songs…Phil chose “Every Breath You Take.” Good song for him. Should play to his strengths. He starts breathy, which is good. Builds so he can show his big ol’ voice towards the end. Really terrific job. Randy agrees…and says he’s got a “big ol’ voice.” Great minds. Paula says his strength is in the choruses. Duh. See-moan was a fan. Should keep Phil around a few more weeks.

– Time for Melinda! She picked “Heaven Knows.” Hmm…two Police songs, two Donna Summer songs. Interesting, is all I’m sayin’. As always, Melinda is on another level, and not the way Queen Sanjaya is. She’s a professional singer who did an outstanding job. Randy called it “THE BOMB!” Paula heaps on the praise. See-moan was right, saying she was outstanding (great minds), but that this wouldn’t be her signature performance.

– Beatbox Blake and Gwen…interesting match. Again, he proves to be among the best song-selectors in the bunch, choosing “Love Song” by The Cure. His version sounded a bit more like the semi-recent 311 cover…a little more tropical. Not his best vocal, but really, really good. Is it just me, or does he look like Zack Morris tonight? How about now? Randy liked it, didn’t love it. Paula, of course, loved it. She called it original tonight. Umm…didn’t I JUST say it was like 311’s version? See-moan calls Blake the strongest male competitor. No argument here. He compared Blake to Chris Daughtry. Calm down, now.

– Rising Jordin takes on “Hey Baby,” from No Doubt’s dancehall period. See, if you’re going to choose a song by the “teacher,” choose a GOOD one! She’s bigger than the song, though. It’s not a challenging song and she ended up looking kind of awkward up there. She’s amazingly talented, but this one didn’t work for me. Randy says Jordin would be a great recording artist. I agree. See-moan wasn’t a huge fan of the performance. I agree.

– Chris Timberlake closes the show with ANOTHER No Doubt song. Whoa…”Don’t Speak.” I said Queen Sanjaya had cajones for trying a Gwen song…but choosing he greatest and more personal hit song….THAT takes grapefruits! Hahaha…Gwen said Chris “likes to do this vocal Olympics thing!” Priceless.  Let me translate: “I won awards with this song and it launched my career.  Don’t suck, kid.”  The band takes a jazzy/R&B twist on it.  Fresh version…I kind of dig it.  But remember when the judges didn’t want the contestants to mess with the classics?  This song is one of the classics of my generation.  So don’t mess with it!  Hmmm…Randy liked that twist.  Paula loved it.  See-moan liked the arrangement, but not the vocal.

– Seacrest tries to stir the pot between Blake and Chris.  Jerk.

– Most Valuable Performer: Kind of middle-of-the-road week.  I’ll give the nod to Melinda, with Gina and Phil sharing second place.

– On the chopping block: Haley and the Queen.  My guess is that Haley goes home.

Gwen Stefani and Akon perform tomorrow!

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American Idol – Top 11 – RESULTS

I was on a business trip on Wednesday night, so I apologize for being late with this.  Forgive me this transgression, k?  I know the result, but it’s life all about the journey?

– As Seacrest welcomes us, you can see who’s nervous and who isn’t.

– We get a recap of last night.  Seriously, the results show can be 30 seconds long.

– Peter Noone performs.

– The Idols’ Sponsored Vehicle Song is a butchering of “Another Saturday Night.”

– Brad Garrett is sitting in with the contestants.  America voted…and he’s gone.  I like ‘Til Death, though.

Results:

Phil, Melinda, Blake stand together.  ALL are safe!  Wow…I thought Phil was going home.

Chris Griffin, LaKisha and Jordin stand together.  ALL are safe!  Whew!

Queen Sanjaya, Hot Haley and Gina the Good Witch all stand.  They are all safe.  More Queen Sanjaya?  Ugh…

Chris Timberlake and Stephanie are the bottom two?  What the hell?  These two are better than many other contestants still alive.

– Meaningless Trivia Segment.  Followed by the charitable fund segment.  I kind of like the show flexing some muscle to help the world.

– LuLu performs.

– Steph and Chris are centerstage for the results.  And Stephanie goes home.  She got a raw deal…so did Chris for being in the Bottom 2.

– Random Thought: Who was the other member of the Bottom 3?  Think they don’t want us to know?  It’s a conspiracy!!!!

Ahh well…it is what it is.  The fat is being trimmed until the Melinda-LaKisha-Jordin showdown at the end.

After that dud of a show, I need to smile.  Here’s Erica Durance stripping on Smallville!  That’ll do!

Thanks for reading!