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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Casey Abrams Puts a Spell on Idol

Are you ready for some Idol?

This week begins the live voting shows on American Idol.  Except that they aren't live. But whatever.

They are changing a few things this year, aside from the non-liveness of these shows. Apparently, this week the Top 24 will sing, the people will vote, and the top 5 vote getters for both guys and chicks will go through and the other 14 will be out.  Then there will be a wildcard week and the judges will each bring back one person, for a total of 13.


Anyway, moving forward, as in previous years, I'll just make a list of each kid, what they sing and record my thoughts. That's better than it sounds. Seriously.

I've read the spoilers and so I know who is singing what this week. But since I still don't know who everyone is, I'm relatively unspoiled as I start to watch.

Clint Jun Gamboa: Superstitious, Stevie Wonder - I have yet to get past the fact that this is the kid who was so mean to little Bieber2.0 and, therefore, I'm predisposed to not like him. Also, his glasses are stupid and he has vampire teeth. Alright, while I was busy typing all that, he was singing and I didn't really hear him. I guess the ending was good. He's probably safe.

Wait, there's online voting this year? OMG!! That almost makes me want to vote. I hope someone, at some point in this competition, is worthy so I can. 

Oh, and what does that mean for They're usually right, but now, who knows. 

Jovany Barreto: I’ll Be, Edward McCann - I have to admit, I was fast forwarding through some of the chatter before he sang and I may have cut off just the teensiest bit of his song.  But what I heard was kinda bland.  I don't think he'll be around for the top 10. 

Jordan Dorsey: OMG, Usher - This is not the kind of song I like. Honestly, I've never heard it before and I could have lived my whole life without hearing it. I don't think he really showed off anything too amazing about his voice either cause that didn't 
sound too good vocally. My husband's comment from the other room, "He sucked." I think he's a goner. 

Tim Halperin: Come On Over/Streetcorner Symphony, Rob Thomas - More music I don't know. What's happening to Idol that I don't recognize most of the songs? It's like a bad episode of Glee. Anyway, since I don't know the song, I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt, but he sounded off key to me when he started out. No, forget it, he is off key and he sounds bad. In fact, I'd call it crap-like. Please tell me he's gone. 

Brett Loewenstern: Light My Fire, The Doors - Brett's a little weird in my book. But at least he's unashamedly himself and he chose to sing a song I know. The Idol powers that be clearly like him cause he got the wild lights and flame-y background. He was the best from the past three people, but still, it was a little boring. Other than the hair flipping. 

James Durbin: You Got Another Thing Comin’, Judas Priest - I'm already tired of this weepy, whiny Adam Lambert wannabe. So tonight, he'd better be amazing. I don't get the horse tail that he's wearing, but I have to admit, that he did a  great job.  Plus, he gets points for picking a song I know. He was the best of the night so far. Now he just needs to shut up and not ruin it. 

Robbie Rosen: In the Arms of An Angel, Sarah McLachlan - This guy's face is just all wrong. Look, it had to be said. You know you've been thinking it. His mouth and his nose are too big and his eyes are too close together. And he he needs to pluck his eyebrows and do something with that David Cassidy hairdo. He's chosen to sing probably my least favorite Sarah McLachlan song. I thought it was a bit wimpy and dull. 

So what's the deal with Randy being the only one who tells it like it is? Maybe it's that last seat. It makes you honest.

Scotty McCreery: Letters From Home, John Michael Montgomery - FYI, this kid is old enough to stop being called Scotty.  I hate country music. I hate it. I'm sure I've mentioned this before. Therefore, I don't feel that I should even try to weigh in on this performance. 

Stefano Langone: Just the Way You Are, Bruno Mars - When I hear the song title "Just The Way You Are," I think Billy Joel. I guess that just tells my age, but whatever. It felt thin and a little too high to me, but everyone else seemed to like it. He might last a few more weeks. 

Paul McDonald: Maggie May, Rod Stewart - This guy definitely has his own style. He sounds like the love child of Macy Gray and Kim Carnes to me. But in a good way. I don't think he's really the Idol, but I think he's really good. He should stick around for a while. 

Jacob Lusk: A House is Not a Home, Dionne Warwick - The way he's staring into the camera is freaking me out a little. Shades of Constantine Maroulis who, I believe, actually made a few women pregnant from his into-the-camera-stare alone. But all that aside, Jacob is an amazing singer. He takes them to church every time and that's a great thing. 

Casey Abrams: I Put a Spell on You
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Well, Screamin' Jay wrote it anyway, but there have been lots of remakes. I think Steven Tyler said it all, that was crazy good. 

If I'm picking five guys to go through from tonight, it would be Brett, James, Paul, Jacob and Casey. Clint probably deserves it more than Brett for his performance tonight, but I don't like Clint. 

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