American Idol Top Six, April 22

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Isn’t it wonderful to know that Idol is using green power at the finale?  I’m so sick of television self righteously pushing the green agenda while using copious amounts of energy on a medium that’s sole purpose is individual entertainment and gratification.  It would kind of be like McDonalds endorsing and promoting Jenny Craig in the same store where they sell the double meat quarter pounder.  Let’s just be honest, and stop acting as if we care.

This week Andrew Lloyd Webber was the theme and mentor.  He is a weird looking guy.  I was surprised by the fact that, though he never brought himself completely down to the level of the contestants, I thought he related (and made a sincere effort to relate) to contestants on the program.

I was really worried about last night (as apparently so was Ryan) that Simon would once again not be able to handle it.  The last few weeks of the season have been a real test for the show’s most honest judge.  He had to deal with Dolly week, though he admittedly does not ‘get’ country music.  Then he had to make it through Mariah Carey week after 6½ years of roundly criticizing anyone who attempted to sing one of her songs.  And last night he was forced to sit through a complete evening of Broadway performances after using the words ‘Broadway’ and ‘theatrical’ as a bat with which to beat contestants for the entire history of the show.  That being said, I’ll say that Simon dealt with the subject matter surprisingly well, and adjusted himself for once to the spirit of the evening.

Randy said it would be the toughest night of the season filled with “really tough songs.”  I will agree with this to an extent, but last night made it apparent that some of these songs are definitely more difficult than others.  The more melodious the song the easier it seemed, and the more theatrical content in the song, the more difficult it seemed to sing.

Syesha Mercado: ‘One Rock-n-Roll Too Many’- She said that tonight she wanted to be more animated.  Singing a song that had built in theatrics worked well for her.  She has so little personality on her own, that a show-tune seemed to let her ‘be something’ while she was on stage.  She sang it well, and the presentation was good.  It was one of her best performances, and she looked nice again.  She definitely belongs on Broadway, and I mean that as a compliment.  I’m sure she could do worse.

Randy: Thought it was her element, and that she could be a huge Broadway star.  He said that it was her best to date.

Simon: found her very sexy.  It was one of her strongest performances so far, and she showed masses of personality.

Jason Castro: ‘Memories’- The first thing I thought was, this song is way too big for him.  It started nicely, and his voice was better supported than usual.  It was a little breathy at times, but overall I liked it.

Randy: thought it was a little bit of a vocal train wreck, and it had too much melody for him.

Simon: thought that it felt too long, and sounded like a song he did not want to sing.

Brooke White: ‘You Must Love Me’- She started over after messing up the words.  How does she keep surviving these terrible mistakes on Idol.  She did not do a bad job after that, but it is only fair that she should go home now.  The judges were very easy on her, and I do not understand why.  Simon even supported the mistake.

Randy: thought it was not great, and vocally it was tough.

Paula: said, “You must never start and stop” (notice I included a relevant opinion from Paula).

Simon: thought that the mistake completely threw her.

David Archuleta: ‘Think of Me’- I did not know the song, so I did not know how he changed it.  That being said, it sounded like a legitimate pop song, and he sounded great on it.  I liked it a lot.

Randy: said if you can sing, you can sing anything.  It was the bomb.  This boy is the one to beat.

Simon:  thought it was pleasant, but one of his weakest performances.  It was forgettable.

Carly Smithson: ‘Jesus Christ, Superstar’- She sounded great at the beginning.  The chorus was kind of weird, and she did not match well with the back-up singers.  Her stage performance was good.  All in all, I would say it was good.

Randy:  thought it was definitely good.

Simon:  said that other than the fact that it was a little shouty in the middle it was one of his favorite performances of the night.

David Cook: ‘Music of the Night’- I knew he would be singing something from Phantom of the Opera.  His voice always sounds good when he softens it, and this night was no exception.  This song was by far the most difficult of the evening, but that being said, he sang it better than flawlessly.  It really sounded great, and was far above the rest of the contestants.  He also proved he has a great range and great control of his voice.

Randy:  thought it was an amazing vocal performance (which it was).

Simon:  thought he made the most of the song.  This is not the side of him Simon likes, but he thought it was good.



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