American Idol Wild Card Show Season 8, March 6, 2009

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I was pretty underwhelmed with the wild card show last night.  It was clear from the choices from the night before that the judges already had in mind who would move forward.  The fact that Felicia was not one of the ones to make it was a red flag to me because I thought she was the best one who had not been voted-in so far.  That being said, I picked out the judges top three easily even though it would not have been my top three.  And let me say one more thing.  Ricky Braddy got screwed.  All he did was go out there and perform two very difficult songs very well.  His tone and inflection were consistently good, and his diction was amazing on songs that were more difficult.  I think Simon needs to be reminded of one of his own mantras.  “This is a singing competition.”  Putting Anoop through instead of Braddy was ridiculous.

Jesse Langston- “Tell Me Something”– I thought the beginning was awful, and that the song as a whole was way, way too affected.  It was clear by the end that she had a high opinion of herself, however.

Randy thought that she did not sing it well.

Kara thought there were bad notes, but liked the swagger.

Paula notes her tenacity and determination.  She also likes her soul.

Simon thought it was a lot better than her first song, but indulgent.

Matt Giraud- “Who’s Loving You”– The judges requested the blues from him, and that’s just what they got.  As far as the performance went, it was pretty good.

Kara thanked him for the blues and liked his riffs.

Paula thought that he did an amazing job on the perfect song.

Simon thought it was a billion times better than his first try, but hated his clothes and likened the performance to Taylor Hicks.

Megan Corkrey- “Black Horse in the Cherry Tree”– This is where I thought the judges went off the map.  This song was a mess.  She was flat and nasally for most of the song, and screeched the last note.  I thought it was horrible, but the judges were determined to put her through so they spent most of their time afterward telling us why we should have ignored that horrible vocal.

Paula said that the song fit.

Simon liked the fact that she is current.  He thought it was not the best vocal, but it was terrific.

Randy agreed that it was not the best vocal, but a good song choice.

Kara informed us that we need her.

Vaughn Smith- “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word”– I thought it was dreary.  The verse was not good, but he ended it well.

Simon thought that it did not start well, and that it was boring and too serious.

Randy agreed that it was too serious and that the middle of the song was better.

Kara agreed that it was a bad song choice.

Paula told him that he was too technical, and he thought too much.

Jasmine Murray- “Reflection”– She was much better than last time, and reminded us all that she is really very good.

Randy said that she was flat and sharp, but great in spots.

Kara did not know that she had that big of a voice.

Paula saw that she was determined.

Simon said that the song was pretty special, and a brave choice that put her back in the running.

Ricky Braddy- “Superstition”– It started well and got better.  His vocals were all over the place in a good way.  Also, this guy has amazing diction that allows him to sing some difficult songs.

Kara said that he had good chops and can sing his butt off.

Paula thought that he nailed it.

Simon thought it was a little light-weight and karaoke.

Randy thought it was a little self-indulgent.

Tatiana Del Toro- “Saving All My Love For You”– She informed us all that she was “ready to sing for you, America.”  Then, she showed us that in only a week’s time, she had discovered that she has a Puerto Rican accent (thank you, Jorge).  She showed, once again that she has pipes, but the accent was just weird.  It, however, was a very good vocal.

Paul noted that she grew an accent, but liked it.

Simon criticized her heavily for singing it for the third time.

Randy thought that it started off rough.

Kara still does not know who she is.

Anoop Desai- “My Prerogative”– I thought that this was the most karaoke performance of the season, and it was not much of a showcase for his vocals.  If anyone looked like Taylor Hicks, it was this guy.

Simon said that he was not the best singer, but was likable.

Randy thought that he was better than the last time.

Kara said that it was the best he has done.

Paula said that he is a showman.

In the end, the judges gave us a top 13 and added Matt, Jasmine, Megan and Anoop to the others who had already made it through.