Tuesday, April 05, 2005
American Idol: Week Whatever
American Idol is here again and Ryan Seacrest is wearing a hideous sweater. That last bit isn’t relevant, I know, but it is worthy of note.
All the good bits are below the fold to protect those still innocent in the ways of the Idol.
Show tunes. Oh, joy.
Scott Savol “The Impossible Dream” from Man of Lamancha. He’s out here fighting for his life which is a shame because he sounded like crap. Tentative from the start, whiny, and way out of his element. And the crowd must have heard something a little different from me because they enjoyed the over-the-top ending. Unless someone else is really bad tonight, I imagine this is the end for the man who made it farther than I expected.
Paula, looking less drug addled than the last show I watched, loved it, of course. She’s an idiot.
Constantine Maroulis “My Funny Valentine” from Babes in Arms. He still looks like he wants to be a rock star, but he’s trying to sing like a torch singer. Little girls around the world are squealing in delight. To be fair, while I didn’t like it in particular, he sounded worlds better than Scott Savol. The delivery, complete with smoldering glances and knowing smiles was embarassing, though.
Paula admits that she’s in love with him. She continues to prove her idiocy. Simon gives his pouting performance a 9 1/2--proving that Simon both has a strange sense of humor and a much higher tolerance for pouting than do I.
Carrie Underwood “Hello, Young Lovers” from The King and I. Interesting choice. The first thing that caught me was the oddly dumpy dress. Not a particularly attractive look for her. The vocal performance was strong in a “going to the theater” kind of way, and her performance was free of any embarassing tics or oddities. Pretty darned good for what it was.
Paula is spared more “she’s an idiot” comments purely because the performance actually was good. She gets an extra “she’s an idiot,” though, for saying that the costume was wonderful.
Simon, true to form, was brutal. Perhaps Carrie should have pouted a bit.
Vonzell Solomon “People” from Funny Girl. A song from Babs. Probably a good choice, but it automatically fills me with unhappy thoughts. Vonzell bothers me. She has grown into the competition well, and her voice seems to get better nearly every week, but every time she talks I can’t help but think that her brains have left the building. Her performance was strong. Good stuff.
Paual is an idiot. Now it’s just fun to say and it has no relevance outside of that. Paula is an idiot. Go ahead and say it with me. Paula is an idiot.
I disagree with Simon again. I thought it was better than “just okay.” Maybe she should have...oh, you get the idea.
Anthony Fedorov “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from The Sound of Music. Isn’t that cute. And he even throws in a fun, inspirational story. Doesn’t change the fact that the kid is bland as unseasoned tofu. His biggest claim to fame at this point is that he consistently doesn’t suck. He just sort of moves along, not sucking, but never managing to impress me.
Paula is an idiot. This time we say it with meaning again. She seems to think that all of the performances are equally gutsy, beautiful, and inspired; you’d be forgiven for believing that she was in charge of selling these kids instead of critiquing them.
Nikko Smith “One Hand, One Heart” from West Side Story. Good choice for him and singing show tunes seems, strangely, to fit. He was far better at not sucking than usual--and, given some of the other performances tonight, that should be more than enough to stay on the show. Far better than I had expected.
I’m now using the mute button whenever Paula is speaking. It’s my own silent revolution.
Side note: Does anyone else find the peeping tom Burger King commercials to be as disturbing as I do? I don’t care if the new breakfast sandwich is “meatnormous,” I still don’t want the creepy King lurking aroung outside my window.
Anwar some song that I didn’t quite catch because I was reading something else at the time. Hey, a musical style that suits him well, a better performance than he’s given in a long time, and a likely reprieve from a guy who has been on the bubble for weeks. Even the pseudo-Prince fashion statement didn’t bother me (although one badly mangled note most certainly did).
The g-phrase will be thrilled since she is deeply and madly in love with him.
Silent Paula is a beautiful thing. She’s so much smarter when she’s silent.
Bo Bice “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin. He admits that this could be tough for him and he’s right. Nothing about this really fits his personal style and, for the first time on the show, he looks uncomfortable on the stage. Still, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been, especially with Scott and Anthony having been so horrible. The vocal wasn’t bad, but the overall performance was a little rough.
I bet he hopes he never has to perform a show song again in his life.
Un-muted Paula still loves everyone and looks as if she’s ready to deal Simon a violent and painful death. Simon was closer to being right than she was, but I didn’t think it was quite as bad as Simon did.
Nadia Turner “As Long as He Needs Me” from Oliver. Pardon me while I think naughty thoughts. This was a good choice for her voice--she sounded husky and looked sexy. She could sing me to sleep any night, even though I’m a little iffy on how she ended up the song.
She sounded so strong and looked so good that I can’t imagine her being voted off the island this week.
For the record, I would imagine that this is Scott’s week to say b’bye.