Hey, the guys were bringing it tonight.
A pause in the interest of Full Disclosure: I was a teen in the turbulent sixties. I was shaped, musically speaking, by the British Invasion. I could sing along with the Idol contestants tonight and not mess up too many words. (Why is it I can remember song words from 40+ years ago but I can’t remember the To Do items I wrote down yesterday?) Anyway, I was groovin’ with the tunes tonight.
Hayley did a better job than she has yet in the competition. I wasn’t wild about it but it was an improvement.
Chris R. did a nice job with his song. The judges liked it more than I did. I enjoyed but wouldn’t rate it "up there."
Stephanie was a bit lackluster tonight, and the judges thought so too.
I was on the cycle when Blake sang Time of the Season, and I was applauding big time, both during and after. I loved it. He controlled the be-bopping for exactly the right moments. I would buy this song tomorrow if it was available to me on iTunes.
Lakisha’s performance was good. Simon thought it was too old. I don’t know if I would say the same, but something was off for me. Hard to put my finger on why I wasn’t on board with this one.
I enjoyed Phil’s Tobacco Road at the start but then it sort of lost its appeal. I think he is coming close to the end of his time on Idol.
Enter Jordin with I Who Have Nothing. Oh my. This girl can sing. She poured so much emotion into this song. Simon loved it, thought she sang it "beautifully" but felt so depressed by the song he wanted to throw himself off a bridge. Well, Jordin should take that as high praise. Anytime an artist can transfer the listener/viewer/reader into the art, they’ve achieved what they set out to do. Bravo, Jordin!!!
And then came Sanjaya. I was not buying the song (the Kinks’ You Really Got Me). And what was with the weeping girl the camera kept cutting too? I was there in the weeping, screaming sixties. This was not it. In fact, I think they hired that little girl and asked her to cry. Very unbelievable. [Note: This time Peter Noone’s advice was all wrong. Sanjaya should have sung the Herman’s Hermit’s song, I’m into Something Good.]
Gina tried to rock us with Paint It Black. Good effort, but I wasn’t rocking. Simon said it had "moments of torture." I have to agree with him. It was too much presentation and not enough melody.
Chris S. chose to sing She’s Not There. Perfect song choice for his voice, IMHO. I enjoyed the performance. Good vocals, and his look was better than last week, too. Good job, Chris!!!
And we closed the show with Mindy Doo’s As Long as He Needs Me. I thought it started off a little blah. Not that she sang badly. I don’t know that Melinda can sing badly. But she owned the song by the end. And yes, I think she is really that nice, Simon.
My final analysis is that this was the best Idol show of the season, mostly because the guys stepped it up. I felt like we had more of a competition going. There were no complete nightmares, and only a few weak performances. And there was lots to like. My favorite performance of the night was Jordin, but running close seconds were Blake, Chris S., and Melinda.
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