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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

American Idol: May 23 (Let the Mocking Begin)

Firstly, starting later this evening I’m going to start a new series of posts to act as a sort of cure for this American Idol-related sickness that I have. Be sure to look back in the morning because there are going to be some surprises. But that’s later; right now we have to grade the performances.

Round 1
Taylor beats Katharine in performance, in voice, and in personality. His high energy and charisma (combined with, I agree with Simon, one of the worst jackets ever) overshadowed Katharine’s forced retread.

Taylor-1 | Katharine-0

Round 2
Katharine is smart in bringing us back to “Over the Rainbow"--she sings it well because she restrains herself from oversinging. It lets the beauty of her voice come through without the feeling that the song is just too “big” for her. In the same way, “Levon” was a good choice for Taylor: warm, well within his comfortable vocal range, familiar, and heartfelt. Not as good as Katharine, though.

Taylor-1 | Katharine-1

Round 3
This is the part that I hate: the part where they sing manufactured songs where they have, at best, a tenuous emotional connection. If I were the artists--stuck singing other peoples’ songs throughout the competition--I would demand some kind of artistic control to demonstrate the kind of music I would actually want to make.

Katharine’s song (the one that will be her single) was a mess where vocally she sounded decent through the first half, hideous through the overwrought second, and was singing one of the most bland, Disney-soundtrack-esque songs that I’ve ever heard. It was horrid.

Taylor was a bit better. He hit the big bits far better than she did (although he suffers by comparison in the quieter moments). The song still didn’t win my over, but it was a decent performance of a boring tune.

Taylor-2 | Katharine-1

I’m calling this one for Taylor. But we’ve seen how accurate my predictions are…

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See, despite my love of the boobieliciousnessicity, we agree that Taylor is taking this competition.

on May 23 2006 @ 06:04 PM

I wonder if it will work out that way, though. Which one do you think has the bigger fan base? The people who will vote for them no matter the performances?

on May 23 2006 @ 07:44 PM

According to DialIdol (which has been remarkably accurate the last few weeks) it’s Taylor in a landslide.  It’s actually really amazing how he ran away with this competition… based on number of busy signals he got the most votes every single week but one, and that was way back when there were 8 guys and 8 girls.

I’m not positive, but I’d bet there’s never been a winner who didn’t hit the bottom three at least one week, and Hicks never even came close.

on May 24 2006 @ 06:06 AM
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