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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Motown is Lotown

I can't say I'm a huge Motown fan, but it's usually a good time musically. Motown night on American Idol should be great. If only the people singing were real artists and not these random kids.

I made some predictions earlier today as to which songs I think the kids will choose. If I'm right about any of them, I'll be sure to tell you.

Somehow, I always forget that Liv Tyler is Steven Tyler's daughter. It just doesn't seem like he should have kids, although I think he has at least four. That he knows about, anyway.

So, on to the singing....

Casey Abrams: I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Marvin Gaye - I didn't pick this one for Casey, I picked it for James. I was thinking Casey was more Stevie than Marvin. It was very lively and almost in tune. Except for that last note. He even did that little Steven Tyler ee-ee-ee-ee thingy. I like him. He's different and he's happy to be different.

My husband is somehow amazed that Brad Whitford looks so old. Clearly, he's forgotten that Aerosmith was formed like back in the 60's.

Thia Megia:  (Love Is Like a) Heat Wave - Martha & The Vandellas - Sadly, I called this one for Haley, who would have been so much better at it.  Thia is just boring, even when she's trying to not be a Disney princess.  I'm sorry.  But she's cute, maybe she can act or something. 

Jacob Lusk: You're All I Need To Get By, Marvin Gaye - I was hoping he'd sing You've Made Me So Very Happy, just cause I could hear him going to church with it. But this choice is good, too. He seems to have reined it in a little this week and has more control over himself. In a way, that made it a little safe, but  that's OK, cause he was going way too far out the last couple of weeks. Clearly, the judges agree with me. They may have liked it even a little more than I did. 

What has gotten into Ryan? Why is he inviting people on the stage to hug sweaty Jacob? Eww. 

Lauren Alaina: You Keep Me Hanging On, Diana Ross and the Supremes - I thought she'd sing You Can't Hurry Love, so at least I got the artist right. I just can't like Lauren. There's nothing bad about the way she's singing and she's not boring like Thia, but it's just so passionless. And still sorta entitled, like look-at-me- I'm-beautiful-and-you-should-love-me, but it translates to I-have-no-real-life-experience-so-therefore-my-swagger-is-simply-posturing. 

Stefano Langone: Hello, Lionel Ritchie - I saw this on the list of Motown hits and I thought maybe someone would sing it, but then I thought it isn't really what I would call Motown, so maybe not. Plus, how is he gonna make this better than David Cook's rendition? Answer: He's not. It was just OK, with a kind of choppy arrangement that takes away from the song, I think. He'd have done better with my pick for him: Jimmy Ruffin's What Becomes of the Broken Hearted. Wait, the judges are calling him on lack of real emotion but they're giving Lauren a pass? Can you say favoritism?

Oh, man, I just realized that there are still six more people left to sing. Why is this show sooooo long?

Haley Reinhart: You Really Got a Hold On Me, Smokey Robinson - There was so much wrong with that, starting from her awkward decent down the stairs to her weird hand motions and yodel-y ending, I just don't know what to say. My husband, however, said "That was nice." Huh. 

Scotty McCreery: For Once In My Life, Stevie WonderMy friend Sandy and I were hoping that he would sing Let's Get It On, but what were the chances of that, really? It just would have been so incredibly awesomely weird that it would have been amazing. Well, it was a little weak vocally, but let's be honest, this kid is a country singer. He's gonna sound like he's singing country even if they hand him show tunes. Although, on show tune night he could always do something from Oklahoma. My husband said that Scotty could record that and it would be played on country stations right now.

Pia Toscano: All In Love Is Fair, Stevie Wonder - I really wanted her to sing Don't Leave Me This Way. I could hear her belting that out and being wonderful. We saw Thelma Houston live in the Superdome at a giant disco party like ten years ago. OK, there's nothing more to that story. We just saw her. Anyway, this isn't a well known Stevie song and its usually a problem when they pick a song people don't know. Pia's good, she's flawlessly on key and she looks beautiful, but people still may not vote for her cause that song isn't a favorite.

Paul McDonald: Tracks of My Tears, Smokey Robinson - I never would have thought of Paul singing Smokey. I was thinking more like You Are the Sunshine of My Life. In a way this is better, cause it's allowing him to sound a little different from his normal sound, although he still sounds like himself. Just read that sentence again, cause it does too make sense. The thing about Paul is that he's distinctive sounding, but not overpowering. Which is good, if it doesn't make him forgettable.  

Naima Adedapo: Dancing in the Street - Martha & The Vandellas - Well, I called one of them anyway. It makes sense that Naima would sing this, cause she likes to have fun on stage, even if she doesn't care quite as much about singing the right notes. So probably fifty percent of that was on tune, which may be a personal best for her.  The dancing and drumming was fun, although the dance looked more like the Funky Chicken than an African Tribal dance. But I've never been to Africa, so what do I know. 

James Durbin:  Living for the City, Stevie Wonder - OK, I like Stevie as much as the next guy, but I think we've heard more than enough of him tonight. Yep, that was just all screamy for me. But people seem to love this kid. I don't get it, but then everyone said the same thing when I loved Constantine Maroulis and Adam Lambert. So there you have it. 

My bottom three are Thia, Haley and Lauren. Honestly, I can barely remember Thia even being on the show tonight, so I think she may be in trouble. If I had to pick a guy for the B3, it would probably be Stefano. But I doubt any of the guys is going anywhere. 

Except on the tour. 

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