Wednesday, April 01, 2009

American Idol: Itunes Hits Week.

Hey - look at this, I'm actually getting my post up in a timely matter this week! Maybe tonight I'll do a video blog of the results can see my sour expression when Megan Joy doesn't get voted off.

Anoop Desai - Caught Up:
I enjoyed Anoop's performance, but I question doing an Usher song. There really wasn't much room for interpretation. He basically did a good lift of the song, but that won't distinguish him from the pack. The background singers were just awful. I'm not sure what was going on there, but they were completely out of tune. This is the second week in a row that they have botched a song up. Hey American Idol producers - if you need some good background singers, I can send you a list - these ladies aren't up to snuff.

Megan Joy - Turn Your Lights Down Low: Oh Megan, I had such high hopes for you. I was thinking you could be like a Corinne Bailey Ray, but alas, I fear it is not to be. Your vocal affectations are becoming a joke, and your pitch, oh your pitch. I'd give you a bucket for you to carry your tunes in but I fear it wouldn't help. The folks at are doing their damnedest to keep her around and I'm wondering how long the Sanjayesque fever can hold on.

Danny Gokey - What Hurts the Most: Judges loved it, but it didn't really do a lot for me. I am not familiar with the song, so that probably didn't help, and he just looked awkward, like his hand was glued to the mic stand or something. It will be interesting to see where he lands on the results show. I'm guessing he is safe for now.

Allison Iraheta - Don't Speak: I didn't know she played guitar. Her coolness factor just went up. I loved the Gwen tribute, though she did look a bit like she was dressed up for Halloween as a Flintstones character. Loved hearing Paula call her guitar her "axe". Lol. Paula, you are so hip.

Scott MacIntyre - Just the Way You Are: Thank dog he came to his senses and did a song by a dude. Enough with the singing of chick songs! His voice sounded so much better, right from the first "Don't Go Changin'...". Now I get the appeal of this guy. I think the main problem I still have with him is how he sings his vowels - they are all jacked up. "Love you just the way you AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH(no "r")E. His mouth shape is wrong - it is far too wide to get the right vowel sound, and that makes him sing sharp. I very technical gripe I know, but I think a few lessons with a vocal coach would help him a lot.

Matt Giraud - You Found Me: I don't know this song, maybe I would have dug it more if I did? I know this guy can sing, and play, but I don't buy him as a rock star. This wasn't a standout performance for me. The judges agreed with me (of course they did).

Lil Rounds - I Surrender: A Celine Dion song? Cripes. I'm shocked that this counts as an Itunes hit! Why isn't Lil staying in her comfort zone of Mary J. Blige type songs that we all fell in love with her for? Instead she chose a little known Celine song, and dressed like someone's mom at an office Christmas party. I agree with Randy that she needs to bring back the swagger.

Adam Lambert - Play That Funky Music: Oh lawd. I thought the Roy Orbison look was just for last week's Motown performance. I know the Adam Lambert fans will love this, but I think he is turning into a caricature of himself with the screaming and gyrating. Perhaps AC/DC will hire him if their current singer chokes on his own vomit like the last one did. I bet he would rock the school boy uniform, shorts and all. Good for him for acknowledging the band for playing their asses off.

Kris Allen - Ain't No Sunshine: You know it's going to be good when a singer is selected to close the show. I didn't know Kris played piano as well as guitar - though I really wish they would have brought the grand piano back out, I'm not a big fan of keyboards. He is a very soulful singer, and one of the more talented singers in the competition. Scratch that, this guy is a true musician, he's going to do well no matter what happens with American Idol.

My prediction for Bottom 3:
Matt Giraud, Anoop Desai, & Megan Joy (please!)

Going home: Matt Giraud (I know, I know, it should be Megan, but I have a feeling she'll be around for a bit more).


  1. I loved Kris. That guys a pro. Though I must admit what I was mostly thinking when I watched the show was "Paula! Sit down! Sit DOWN!"

  2. Lol - Simon just said "Anoop, Matt and Megan" should be worried. I typically agree with Simon, he's a smart guy.

  3. Wow - even the power of votefortheworst could not save Megan - she was that bad! What the heck was with the arm flapping? I think she was drunk!

  4. Thank Moses! That girl was affected and awkward. She just always seemed confused. Cheerful but not 100% aware of her surroundings, if that makes any sense at all!

    Poor Shane watched her recap at the end of last night's show and all he could say was "WTF?!" She's just too.... I don't know.... I don't want to sound like Randy and see pitchy.

    On a side note - I just noticed that Devon Gummersall aka Brian Krakow from My So Called Life is guest starring on CSI NY. Never watch the show but I might just to see Krakow all grown up :)

  5. "say pitchy" not see "pitchy". Time for bed obviously....