I’ve been sick all week, so no recaps. Sorry.
Sanjaya just got the boot.
Blog Friend Andrea: why is he crying
Blog Friend Andrea: he shouldve left 2324 years ago
Back to bed…thanks for reading! Full recaps return next week!
I’ve been sick all week, so no recaps. Sorry.
Sanjaya just got the boot.
Blog Friend Andrea: why is he crying
Blog Friend Andrea: he shouldve left 2324 years ago
Back to bed…thanks for reading! Full recaps return next week!
Got home late, so now live rant, sorry.
Blog Friend Andrea on Hot Haley, Chris the Final and Phil Bottom Three
Blog Fried Andrea: how much do i rock
Blog Fried Andrea: I CALLED THE WHOLE THING
Blog Fried Andrea: PERFECTLY
Blog Fried Andrea:
Blog Fried Andrea: i = amazing
Really dull, overly-long one-hour show.
Sayanora, Hot Haley. I’ll definitely miss muting your performances.
Next week is Country week! Thanks for reading!
Tonight is Jennifer Lopez night!!
Let’s take a look:
I think I need to add her to The Approved List. I mean, she IS America’s favorite Fly Girl! The scary thing is that I KNOW some of you reading have NO CLUE who the Fly Girls were. And that makes me sad.
– Seacrest explains that it’s actually “Latin Night.” Sounds good to me.
– He then introduces the band and the judges.
Blog Friend Andrea: i wanna see sanjaya sing jenny from the block. dont be fooled by the rocks that he got.
– Did you know the her latest album is #1 on the Billboard Latin chart? Me either.
– Seacrest then refers to the Top 8 as “The Top Ocho.” Yeah…
– First up is Melinda, with “Sway,” a song Lopez did in Spanish. Well, Melinda may not be the sexiest contestant (thank you, Hot Haley!), but she rocked a modern Tina Turner look. As for the singing, she was fantastic. She’s so good. Randy said it was another solid performance. Paula called it sultry, smooth and sexy. See-moan didn’t like it, claiming it felt lounge-cabaret. Said it lacked the “WOW” factor.
– One of these days I’ll have to revisit my pet peeve with the show, in that it does not allow genre-based artists to really blossom. (see: Daughtry, Chris) (and yes, I know Underwood, Carrie won…I’ll rant on this soon)
– LaKisha is in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.
– Ms. Jones is singing “Conga.” She is definitely shaking her groove thang. Completely different side to LaKisha this week. And y’know what? I dig it. However, I think she is falling down the depth chart. She peaked too early in the competition. But this was fun. Randy really liked it. Paula wasn’t feeling it. See-moan said it wasn’t a singer’s song and criticized her dancing.
Seacrest: What I would pay to see you [dance]!
See-moan: I’m sure you would!
Ahhh, and here’s Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine!
– Wait, wait, wait. “Smooth” by Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas counts as Latin? The MUSIC is Latin, but Rob Thomas? His WIFE is Latin…he’s not. And he wrote the song! Ah well…I love the song, so I’m not mad. Just sayin’… He dresses like Rob Thomas for fun. Not really liking this tonight. Weird pacing, odd key. Not tonight, buddy. This could be it for Chris. Randy and Paula liked it. See-moan liked it, too. We can agree to disagree.
– Hot Haley is up next! She’s going with “Turn the Beat Around.” And NOW I have a MAJOR problem. This was a DISCO song that Gloria Estefan COVERED!!! It’s not LATIN!! Don’t believe me? Read it for yourself! This show is losing credibility BIG TIME tonight.
– I don’t know about the singing, because I’m caught in her legs! She hits a high note, I think. OK, honestly…good energy with this one tonight. Randy called it “karaoke.” Paula called it fun. See-moan exposes Haley for…umm…exposing herself. See-moan: “You can’t do well in this competition based on your voice because there are much better singers.” Burn.
– Phil picks another track off of Santana’s “Supernatural,” “Maria Maria.” Which, by the way, is also only marginally Latin, based on the guitar player. Tsk Tsk. Hahahha…Phil forgets the words because he’s like, “Holy mother of pearl, it’s Jennifer Lopez!” I would, too. Really cool (in a jazz way) performance by Phil. Probably his best one since “I’ll Be” way back when. I really enjoyed this tonight. Randy didn’t feel it. Paula liked the vocal. See-moan wasn’t all that happy. I kind of liked the voice cracking…very emotional…
– Jordin is in the Sponsored Cola Lounge. Yawn. Whoa…she was born in 1989. I feel OLD!
– She’s also sticking with Gloria, with “The Rhythm is Gonna Get You.” She looks more and more comfortable on stage each week. Again, not a good singer’s song, but she sang it well. And she twirled. Can’t underestimate the on-stage twirl. Randy: “That was the YO Factor on BLAST!” Paula gushed. See-moan felt it was OK.
– Beatbox Blake has the biggest balls of the group, going after “I Need To Know,” written by Lopez’s husband, Marc Anthony. In 1999 when the song came out, Anthony was about to marry a former Miss Universe while collaborating with Lopez. Ok. Let’s take a second. Marc Anthony dumped MISS UNIVERSE for Jennifer Lopez. What does that make her? Miss All-Encompassing Hotness of Hot??
– But I digress. Blake sang her husband’s song that he wrote about another woman to her. Brass grapefruits. Here’s the deal with Blake. He’s the most creative person in the competition, by far. He is probably the most fun. He’s not the best singer, though. But I like his performances, and this was no exception. Randy liked the song choice and the performance. Paula called it “smart.” See-moan called it the best of the night.
– Final performance of the evening is Queen Sanjaya. He’s singing in Spanish. Also ballsy. But, as we established above, he’s got rocks. He switched to English halfway through. I guess it was OK. His voice sounded decent enough, but I couldn’t understand a thing. He shoots the judges a smug look. Randy liked it. And complemented Sanjaya’s brains. Paula called it “nice.” OK. See-moan: “I’m going to hate myself for this…it wasn’t horrible.” Me too…
Most Valuable Performer: Blake. Melinda is right behind. I enjoyed Phil, even though the judges didn’t.
Thanks for reading! Results tomorrow!
Last night was American Classics night and now it’s time to send someone home!
– Seacrest welcomes us and previews the madness.
– 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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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!
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!
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!
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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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.
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!
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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