Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Back to the Idol

Tonight they sing the 90’s. There was a lot of really good stuff in that decade, but there was just as much crap. This could be frightening…

Bo Bice Some Black Crows song. This song sucks--in its original version and in this setting. The good of it is that the man knows how to perform and that’s his saving grace. The vocal performance wasn’t so great tonight, but the overall performance was, ahem, rockin’. Simon’s wedding singer comment was a little harsh, but the fact is that this wasn’t a great musical moment.

Can I tell you how much I hated the Black Crows? I don’t see myself ever being nostalgic for that band…

The rest of the updates will be in the extended entry to save McGehee’s rather particular tastes.

Jessica Sierra This is what I meant by “frightening.” LeAnn Rhimes songs are bad to begin with, and nothing can possibly be done to save them. Jessica’s performance had rough spots, but was otherwise a solid rendition of truly horrid music. I hated everything about it.

Anwar Robinson Singing “I Believe I Can Fly” would, theoretically, fit Anwar’s style. Theoretically. He starts out weak, timid, and whiny. He misses notes. His stage performance is getting even worse. Watching him at this stage of the competition puts me in mind of Brian Bosworth: here’s a guy who started out with a lot of hype and a lot of hope, but who suddenly turned to crap when it started to count. I think he is one of the most charismatic singers on the show, but this was unfortunately bad. Paula is smoking crack in her over the top praise of Anwar.

Nadia Turner She of the amazing beauty and wild hair. Her performance was sultry and solid with a few moments that had me smiling. While it might not have been great, it definitely helped make me want to forget the Cindy Lauper episode from a few weeks ago. Nicely done. And that outfit was hot on her. Paula’s tepid praise makes you wonder what she saw in Anwar and what she doesn’t see in Nadia.

Constantine Maroulis He namechecks grunge, tells us how it inspired him to be in a rock band, and then goes on to perform some wussy, crappy, sentimental song like Bonnie Raitt’s sappy “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Lame performance, lame song, and I hope his band kicks him out for turning his back on rock and roll. Argggh. The judges liked him, though.

Nikko Smith I’m afraid that I don’t know the song that he sang. I suppose he sang it reasonably well with a few rough spots, but the style, the song, and the vocals just aren’t my style. This one slots into the “frightening” category to me, too.

Nice jacket, though.

Anthony Fedorov The tofu of American Idol singers lived down to his reputation with a bland, flavorless performance. Little girls around the world will continue to love his soul-free performances, unthreatening looks, and feel good story. The rest of us will just shudder ad wish for something better. Paula, of course, thought he did a wonderful job. Of course, Paula doesn’t have a true, useful critical bone in her body.

Carrie Underwood The shotgun story was funny. She looked good (although not as good as the new love of my life, Nadia). The song, a pop-country flavored thing, was another that I’d never heard ("Let Freedom Ring” maybe?). She bores me not because she’s bad but because she’s not singing anything that I find interesting. Except for the looking at her part.

Scott Savol Wow. Normally I’d be praising his performance and slamming his lack of charisma. Tonight, the performance sucked as much as his (admittedly slightly improved) image. Bad for him.

Paula continues her one-woman love fest and I’m starting to wonder if she’s been drinking or popping pills. Seriously.

Vonzell Solomon She still seems to be the vapid Idol, if you know what I mean. Her voice has always been strong, but her performances are getting better. Minus a few rough spots, vocally, this wasn’t too bad even though this was yet another song that would never grace my CD player.

Are we there yet?

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