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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Oh Yes It's 80's Night

I was ready to stop watching American Idol. Really, I was. But then they decided to do 80's night. I love 80's music. I love it. As much as I hate country music I love 80's music. Even more.

So once again, I'm sitting here watching.

But I have a massive headache today, so the sound is way down. Even more so than usual. I may even hit mute once in a while.

Did you know that only 7 Idols have gone on to win any awards. Ten years worth of Top 12 (or pretty close), which is 120 people (give or take).  So that's like 5.8%. And they were all from the first 6 seasons.  This does not bode well for anyone on the show right now.

On to the singing....

DeAndre Brackensick - I Like It, Debarge - There's no escaping it. This kid is basically easy listening elevator music. So that wasn't bad, but I wouldn't call it good either. It was acceptable. But I'm thinking little girls really like him and they will keep voting long beyond when they should really stop.

Elise Testone - I Want To Know What Love Is, Foreigner - First of all, let me say that this song is way, way better than that tired Hallelujah song that every one has been singing ever since Jason Castro did it in Season 7.  But that being said, Elise didn't go anywhere with it. That song has so much potential, but it felt like she was holding back instead of going for it. Plus, she's in second place and she got the deadly "You look beautiful tonight" from Paula Jennifer. I think she may be in lots of trouble tonight.

Another duet this week. What's up with that? Colton and Skylar are Kenny and Dolly. But maybe not in that order. Islands In the Stream. Not my favorite Kenny/Dolly song, but I guess you  have to take what you can get. My husband just asked if this was for judging or just a treat. I'm pretty sure that was sarcasm. I explained it was just to waste time. Although Skylar does sound like Dolly, this song is pretty lame and these two kids have no...chemistry. Which is not the right word, but you know what I mean. Symmetry? Whatever it is, they don't have it and they should never, ever, ever sing together again.

I did not need Skylar's announcement that, "Me and Colton are not dating" to know that they aren't a couple, but apparently I'm the only one. Also, Skylar? It's "Colton and I."

Someone will eventually sing a good 80's song and do it well, right?

Phillip Phillips - That's All, Genesis - Although I don't really like him too much, I'm holding out hope that P2 can pull it out for me tonight. A Genesis song has to be good, right? Except maybe not. That wasn't too bad, but it did feel like he started out shaky and just wasn't too sure of the words or something as he went along. But clearly everyone loves him, like they do every week, so I'm sure he's safe.

Hollie and DeAndre are up next with a Pointers Sisters duet of I'm So Excited. My husband asked, "There's another duet??" and then said, "That ain't fair." I could not agree more. At least this song is upbeat and they even sound pretty good together.  But there's a serious disconnect between the words and meaning of this song and these teenagers. Do they even realize they're singing about having sex? Together?  Honestly, I kinda hope not, cause that makes it even creepier than it is already.

Joshua Ledet - If You Don't Know Me By Now, Simply Red - Has Joshua ever sung anything on this show that wasn't actually a cover of an earlier song? And without a gospel choir as back up? But never mind all that, cause Brother. Tore. That. Up.

Jessica Sanchez - How Will I Know, Whitney Houston - Well, another Whitney song. I'm shocked. But whatever.  Ooh, see that keytar (the keyboard guitar) that guy is playing? Well, my Uncle Anthony created that. He seriously did. I have pics of him with the first one. I blogged about it when he passed away this summer.  Of course, Jessica was good, but I still don't like it, cause she's way too full of herself. Plus, if anyone else was singing Whitney, they'd tell them that they need to be as good as her or do it differently. She's singing it just  like Whitney and I have news for Jessica, she's no where near as good.

Our third duet of the night is Elise and Phillip with Stop Dragging My Heart Around by Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks. PhillipSquared sounds exactly like he does on every other song he sings, but Elise sounds way better here than she did on her own song.

Hollie Cavanagh - What A Feeling, Irene Cara - She definitely has a big enough voice to tackle this song, but she gave the impression that she was slightly behind the lyrics a bit, like she just couldn't keep up with the cadence and rhythm of the song. It just lost some of it's fun pop song feel. Not to mention the bad notes.

Jessica and Joshua team up for the last duet of the evening with I Knew You Were Waiting For Me, Aretha Franklin and George Michael.  But don't tell my husband cause he won't allow any George Michael music to be sung in his presence. Or anything by Duran Duran. Or Boy George. He actually just hates the 80's, I think. That was good, except that I suddenly hate Jessica even more.

Colton Dixon - Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper - Tonight it's Colton's turn to sound like he's in pain when he's singing. I love this song, but I didn't think that arrangement was too great, really. Plus, it felt like it was just out of his range or something and also kinda mumbly. Sorry, Colton. I love you, man, but that just didn't do it for me tonight.

Skylar Laine - Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler - Personally, I would have gone with 9 to 5, since we already know that she sounds like Dolly Parton. But I guess props are in order for not singing the country star song. I wish she could lose the twang, cause it just makes her sound nasally. That was a nice solid performance and when you add to it that she was in the bottom three last week and she's in the pimp spot tonight, I'd say she's safe as houses. Whatever that means.

Bottom three are Elise, Hollie and probably DeAndre, not cause he deserves it as much as cause he was in the first somewhat forgettable spot and he wasn't that memorable in any case. If it was just me, I'd almost put Colton in there, but I hope not, cause I do like him. I'd guess Elise is going home, but it could actually be, surprisingly, Hollie.

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