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For the first time in American Idol the theme was Beatles. Apparntly, American Idol was able to work out a licensing deals to use these songs at the show.

Here is a show recap.

Song: "She's a Woman"

Chikezie's electric performance was the anti-Vampire Weekend. Instead of white dorks playing African music, a Nigerian rocked a bluegrass tune, and in the process turned the entire "Idol" competition on its head. Sure, Chi's jug-band-turned-hard-rock arrangement was a little schizophrenic and, yes, his vocals occasionally teetered on brakes-on-asphalt screeching, but he won huge points by being unpredictable and extra-likable (even after we found out he was an airport security guard). A singer who I swore wouldn't survive the next two weeks all of a sudden seems like a guy we'll be seeing a lot of this season.

Syesha Mercado
Song: "Got to Get You Into My Life"

Syesha had an interesting strategy Tuesday night, and I'm not talking about the funky lite-jazz Earth, Wind & Fire arrangement. She banked on nobody noticing her off-key and nerve-racked performance because they'd be so distracted by her head-scratching outfit. Wearing a gold lamé off-the-shoulder cardigan, she looked like a Jewish grandma imitating Jennifer Beals in "Flashdance." And did anyone else catch her hair homage to Marvita's "horse-hawk" from "America's Next Top Model"? Sadly, this shaky beginning might also mark Syesha's end on the (new and improved!) "Idol" stage.

David Archuleta
Song: "We Can Work It Out"

Wow David totally messed up his lyrics. Our boy wonder is probably still gonna make it this time due to his popularity, but he is loosing points with me and I am sue with many others. The judges gave him negative feedback for forgetting thelyrics.

Kristy Lee Cook
Song: "Eight Days a Week"

At long last, a hot mess for the record books. On one hand, I feel bad for Kristy, who has struggled in the competition when she has strayed from her country roots. (Speaking of which, if we have to see her riding a horse one more time ...) On the other hand, there is simply no excuse for turning the jangly pop of "Eight Days a Week" into the bizarre part-hoedown, part-thrash-metal cacophony that came out of my TV speakers. Ryan tried to lighten the mood after Kristy laid the egg by pointing out that Simon advised her to stick to country last week but bashed her for sticking to country this week. What dingbat Seacrest didn't realize was that Simon was knocking her song choice. If Ms. Cook had put some twang into "Help" or the Ringo-sung rendition of Buck Owens' "Act Naturally" or even "A Day in the Life," it probably would have yielded some awesome results. Instead we found out what would happen if Vicki from "Small Wonder" moved to Nashville and got strung out on cocaine.

Michael Johns
Song: "Across the Universe"

Michael mugged like John Mayer at the Jammys and redefined the term "sweat suit," but funny faces and glandular problem aside, I have to say I was absolutely blown away by the Aussie's performance Tuesday night. Randy complained that it was sleepy (has he ever heard Fiona Apple's dreary cover?), and Simon wanted him to be more like "the Irish girl" and take bigger risks. But I agree wholeheartedly with Paula (further proof that Jim is overtired), who praised Michael's quiet confidence and called him brilliant. Like Carly before him, Michael finally lived up to his potential. Lastly, there's been a lot of talk this season comparing Sir Sweats-A-Lot to late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, but Tuesday I noticed some Tom Jones mixed in. And somehow I mean that in a good way (again, overtired).

David Cook
Song: "Eleanor Rigby"

David said he was worried about singing a Beatles tune because America is über-familiar with their catalog. His solution? Sing the song like he was the love child of Panic at the Disco's Brendon Urie and Faith No More's Mike Patton. Sorry, judges. I don't agree that David is the best thing since sliced Daughtry. Personally, I found his rock-star posturing distracting until his final go at the chorus, where the bombast of the guitars matched his outrageous Scott Stapp "With Arms Wide Open" stance and his (by then) good-enough vocals. I liked last week's "Hello" much better. Humbug.

Amanda Overmyer
Song: "You Can't Do That"

I adore Amanda for picking a bitter, scary John Lennon song — if you could understand her marble-mouthed delivery, the lyrics are all about threatening a girlfriend with a wandering eye — and keeping the pronouns intact to boot. If I am not mistaken it appeared that Amanda also lost some wait and she looked great, compared to the week with the wild hair.

David Hernandez
Song: "I Saw Her Standing There"

David's preperformance interview was chock-full of absurdity. First, he talked about working at a "pizza bistro" (when we all know he works at a sausage factory). And then he had the gall to start a sentence with "A typical day for me would be ..." without ending it with "stripping for sweaty Asian businessmen." His "I Saw Her Standing There" was equally vexing, not only because the song is about falling in love with a girl who's considered jailbait in most states, but also because David chose to sing it with more melisma and neck snaps than an all-day marathon of "VH1 Divas."

Brooke White
Song: "Let It Be"

this was my favorite performance of the night. She has an uncanny ability to pick the perfect song each week and deliver it in a no-frills straightforward but heartfelt way. Plus, she has a dash of Paula-on-QVC loopiness that I adore. Performing barefoot at a piano? Great. Crying/shaking/stammering post-performance? Even better. If she can keep this organic trajectory going, she'll sail to the finale.

Carly Smithson
Song: "Come Together"

It's taken her three weeks, but Carly finally lived up to the preseason hype thanks to a pitch-perfect (and surprisingly sexy) "Come Together." What was your favorite part? The way she cooed, "over me," at the end of each refrain, or how she was able to sing about "juju eyeballs" and "toe-jam football" while sounding ferocious? Simon Cowell compared her to "Kelly Clarkson" saying that Carly reminds him of Kelly in the same exact week 3 years ago.

Jason Castro
Song: "If I Fell"

Coming off last week's divine "Hallelujah," Jason proved Tuesday that he can't make miracles happen all the time. Part of the problem was that his mellow "If I Fell" felt too similar to that Leonard Cohen number, from the acoustic strumming to the "I don't really need to hit any of these high notes because I'm so dreamy" attitude. I'm glad the judges (well, at least the two that matter) called him out on a subpar performance. Maybe I'm just bummed because I wanted to hear the hippie sing "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)."

Ramiele Malubay
Song: "In My Life"

What a weak perfromance. She has a great voice, but this was not a good performance and as Simon says it was "forgetable." As I watched her painfully boring offering Tuesday, I could feel my brain erasing the previous 30 seconds, "Eternal Sunshine"-style. I expected big things from this tiny star. Boo.

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