Thursday, March 12, 2009

American Idol: Michael Jackson week.

I'm late to the party once again, but now that we're in the Top 13, I'm going to write a more comprehensive review of each of the performances. Once I get my Flip I may even video blog while I watch the show (then you'll really hear my uncensored thoughts!).

This week was Michael Jackson week. My goodness, America, y'all are a forgiving bunch with very short memories! While I agree that Michael is a talented guy, I'm not sure that if I were the producer of American Idol, I'd feel comfortable throwing this much support behind someone who has dangled his child out a hotel window and may or may not be a card carrying member of NAMBLA. Don't get me wrong, I have Thriller on my ipod...just, wow.

Lil Rounds - The Way You Make Me Feel: I knew she would tear it up and she didn't disappoint. Not sure about the white pants though. It looked like she had a pair of sweat socks jammed down the front and her butt looked as wide as a pie wagon. I lovely pie wagon, but a pie wagon nonetheless.

Scott MacIntyre - Keep The Faith: While I think this guy is a good piano player, I find his voice kind of boring, and his performance uninspired. I know, not cool to hate on the blind guy, but he ain't no Stevie, 'nuff said.

Danny Gokey - PYT: Danny has shades of Michael McDonald in his voice. I dig his vibe and he is very musical. He never over-sings, he's aways on pitch and he has stylin' glasses.

Michael Sarver - You're Not Alone: I find this guy kind of white bread and boring. I bet he got a lot of votes though.

Jasmine Murray - I'll Be There: I really dig this girl's voice and I think it is a shame that she got voted out so early. I never thought she would win the whole enchilada, but to go out in the first show while Anoop gets to stay? Seems like she got screwed to me.

Kris Allen - Remember the Time: This guy is super talented. He was a big Top 13 surprise in my opinion as he got almost no air time leading up to the Top 36. I loved his guitar playing and he did a great interpretation of this song, really making it his own.

Allison Iraheta - Give In To Me: Scott calls Allison "his girl", and I can`t blame him for rooting for her. She seems to have the whole package and she really made this song her own. I'm still trying to figure out how a girl that young manages to sing like she's been drinking whiskey and smoking cigarettes for thirty years.

Anoop Desai - Beat It: I wish he would have picked a song that could have shown off his voice. "Beat It" is a pretty easy song melodically and the arrangement didn't give him any room to make it his own. Based on this performance, I would have sent him home, so he got very lucky. I doubt he'll get another free pass next week.

Jorge Nuñez - Never Can Say Goodbye: I found this song cheesy and boring. I'm not surprised he got voted out, and I'm happy I won't have to listen to him next week.

Megan Corkrey - Rockin' Robin: I am partial to this girl. She is pitchy as hell, but there is something quirky and lovable about her, and she has that great smile - I'm rooting for her.

Adam Lambert - Black or White: This guy has a voice that could do anything. I agree with the judges that he is completely relevant, and he can work a stage. I'm guessing he'll be around for a while.

Matt Giraud - Human Nature: This guy is pretty good, but I think his nerves got the better of him. He is a good piano player, but he uses it as a crutch to make up for a voice that isn't all there. He is definitely soulful, but he ain't no JT.

Alexis Grace
- Dirty Diana: I agreed with the judges that she over sang. It was a good song choice though and she made it her own. I'd love to hear her reign it in a bit. With the power she has she could really hit it out of the park if she can figure out a way to get more control.

Minus the medley, this is one of the better top 12/13's I've seen on American Idol. It will be interesting to see who gets better week to week and who has already topped out. My hope is that the girls can hold their own, or else we'll get a repeat of last season.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed reading this! I always love hearing other people's perspective of how things went down!! I fell in love with Kris on Tuesday night..I wasn't a big fan before but there was something about the way he sang that song and played his guitar that made me pay attention and say "oh yum". I agree about Allison...she's great but yeah her voice sounds like she's been smoking for 20 yrs and she's only 16!

    I really like Adam Lambert, surprisingly. I didn't think he'd really capture my attention but he definitely did Tuesday night!