Well, boys and girls. It has arrived at last. The real beginning of the American Idol competition, and another few months of my posts about the contestants. Tonight we, the viewers, begin to vote.
Confession: I watched two hours of the blind auditions on The Voice last night, and I have to say, I enjoyed the differences between that show and the 11 year old Idol. So this might be my last year of posting about American Idol. Time will tell. Depends on whether I become a fan of one or more of these kids.
Side Note: Did you hear that Scotty McCreery’s The Trouble With Girls has gone gold, his second gold single? Yea for the kid I rooted for last season, even when he held his microphone funny and plenty of people were giving him a hard time. Scotty was here in the Boise area with Brad Paisley but I couldn’t make the show. So sad about that.
Voters will choose the top five boys tonight and the top five girls tomorrow night, and then each judge will get a wild card pick which will give us 13 finalists starting next week.
Thirteen boys will be performing tonight, but we won’t know who that extra boy is until later in the show. And away we go.
Reed Grimm, Moves Like Jagger: Smooth and jazzy. A little bit on the drums. Lost the mic control box that fastens to his trousers but he grabbed it and kept moving. Good job, although not truly my cup of tea.
Adam Brock, Think: He’s been told there’s a large black woman trapped inside of him. Hmm. Not sure he lived up to that. It was good but was it memorable? Not sure.
DeAndre Brackensick, Reasons: Weak start. Not sure he could hear the band. His falsetto failed to win me over. Judges loved it, but I thought it was a forgettable performance.
Colton Dixon, Decode: Maybe I’m not in the right mood. Audience and judges seemed to love this “rock” performance, but it did nothing for me. So far, the night has not impressed me.
Jeremy Rosado, Gravity: I thought he did a pretty good job with this, but again, nothing that blew me away. I’m still waiting to be wowed tonight.
Aaron Marcellus, Never Can Say Goodbye: I thought this was one of the better performances of the night.
Chase Likens, Storm Warning: Well, leave it to the country singer to catch my attention. Great stage presence. I thought this cowboy did a great job, although it wasn’t perfect. Can it get him to the next round?
Creighton Fraker, True Colors: Controlled and smooth at the start, a little overblown in the middle, pretty nice ending. I think it was one of the better performances so far. But … nobody’s wowed me yet.
Phillip Phillips, In the Air Tonight: I don’t care for mumbled songs. I didn’t care for anything about this song. Certainly wouldn’t buy the album. Sorry. Man, this feels like a long two hours. Judges however loved Phillip’s performance.
Eben Franckewitz, Set Fire to the Rain: Possibly the worst performance of the night. Flat. Revealed the immaturity of his voice. What did the judges hear? Not what I did.
Side note: The judges have been so over-the-top effusive about every performance, they have rendered themselves totally irrelevant. I’m willing to concede that TV may not always come through quite the same as live, but come on. There haven’t been any train wrecks, but so far, there haven’t been ten of the best performances to ever come down the pike either.
Heejun Han, Angels: Good vocals but very boring performance. He never moved a muscle. Will it show him off enough to put him through? Not sure.
Joshua Ledet, You Pulled Me Through: Probably the best performance of the night. Had the judges on their feet. I’m pretty sure he’s got a safe spot for next week.
And the 13th boy who got a second chance is …
Jermaine Jones, Dance With My Father: This was a good choice, and the “gentle giant” did well with this comeback performance. My guess he will earn a spot in the final five guys.
Who will make it through to the finals? It’s anybody’s guess, IMHO.