Thursday, February 22, 2007

American Idol - Part Deux

Okies so...I *know* there are more AI fans out there than Ally & me!! Don't be shy!! :P

So the girls last night...well...I think it's a bit unfair that they break the talent up evenly along gender lines since...well...clearly the talent this year is *NOT* even coming close to being broken up evenly along gender lines. It's really too bad they're not just keeping the best 12, period.

My Personal Faves:

1) Lakisha Jones (sang "And I'm Telling You (I'm Not Going)" from Dreamgirls)
O M G...seriously...ok so we've all seen people like Jennifer Hudson & Chris Daughtry get sent out *way* too early in the yah anything is possible...but if she doesn't *at least* make the final two I'm going to be totally shocked and unhappy. The really coolest thing about her is how she comes out with just this amazing, huge voice...and then when she talks...she's just so quiet and shy...she's a really really endearing person I think.

2) Melinda Doolittle (sang Aretha Franklin's "Since You've Been Gone")
Like Lakisha, hugely powerful voice and a sweet, shy personality. Really really like her...but I think it'll be difficult for both Lakisha & her to stay in because they're so similar.

3) Sabrina Sloan (sang Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You")
This one was sort of a surprise for me...I thought she was amazingly good...and I love the tone of her voice.

4) Jordin Sparks (sang Tracy Chapman's "Gimme One Reason")
I thought she started out a bit rough but really came around about halfway through. I think she has an incredible really mature for her age (unlike Sanjaya on the guys' side)...and I really liked that she chose a more contemporary song amid all the classics that were performed.

5) Stephanie Edwards (sang Prince's "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?")
Actually more people probably associate the song with Alicia Keys...and like Jordin...I liked that it was more contemporary. I thought she was really really outstanding.

6) Gina Glockson (sang Eric Carmen's "All By Myself")
So...I wasn't really blown away by the song she chose (like the last one...probably more people associate with another artist, in this case Celine Dion) for a couple of reasons...first...anything associated with Celine (like Whitney, Mariah, Christina) is *usually* a mistake on this show b/c it's so difficult to be compared to such a powerful, distinctive voice...secondly...and more importantly, I didn't feel as though it really fit her personality. In fact, I had sort of wished I had gotten to hear her sing The Pretenders' song that the other girl did just before her. But...she did do a great job with it (although I think Simon was right...she didn't *quite* hit THE note)...and I really like her because she's very different from the previous 5 I mentioned. I think they're going to have to work very hard to distinguish themselves from the pack if they don't want to be eaten alive by Lakisha...and I think Gina has great shot because she is talented and different.

I really like Leslie Hunt (Aretha's "Natural Woman") & Alaina Alexander (The Pretenders "Brass In Pocket") but I think they'll really need to find songs that suit them *much* better to get far.

There's something about Nicole Tranquillo (Erikah Badu's "Stay") I distinctly *don't* like...she's fabulously talented...but I was with Simon in that I found that performance to be more contrived than *real*. Maybe she'll do better next week.

Okies my personal bottom two:

1) Antonella Barba (sang Aerosmith's "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing")
I never thought she should've made it through the final cuts and onto the show...and when Simon said the song ate her alive, he was dead on, imo. She's just not good enough, especially with this bunch.

2) Amy Krebs (sang Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me")
One of my favorite songs...and totally wrong for her voice...or at least for the way she chose to interpret it.

Since Haley Scarnato (the Meat Loaf/Celine Dion song "It's All Coming Back To Me Now") is the only one I haven't mentioned...I'll just say...bad song choice...bad attitude toward the criticism (imo)...didn't think she was bottom two but don't expect her to last if she can't do better.

So yah overall...girls *much* better than the guys...I'm gonna be shocked if the winner this season doesn't come from among them...and probably shocked honestly if it's not Lakisha!!


Ally Geer said...

Lakisha blew all the other 23 out of the water when she sang last night. I really love her, she's so shy and sweet, and her daughter is adorable.

Melinda, Sabrina and Jordin were my other 3 faves, but they really didnt't come close to Lakisha... omg the girl can sing! I liked Gina fairly well, but man oh man, her hair! Is she trying to do some rocker chick thing?

Did you VOTE!!?? lol :D

Only big problem I have tonight (yeah, I have no life, hehe) is that AI and Survivor Fiji are on at the same time. Guess which I'll be watching :D AI all the way! Now waits for Dancing with the Stars... (remember, NO life lmao)

Cindy Claveau said...

I think you're dead on with your top 4. The rest probably won't matter because I just didn't sense that they had what it takes. Throw 'em in a barrel and eliminate them one at a time, they'll eventually be gone.

You're right about the talent disparity - if the guys don't step it up big time next week this may end up being a really crappy season. There's not even an Ace to ogle :(

Kit Maitland said... believe it or not the only time I've *ever* voted was during the season 4 finale (I voted for Carrie).

I've never watched Survivor or Dancing With The Stars fact...AI is the only reality show I watch regularly.

Cindy you're right...may as well just toss them in a barrel really...that's how I felt during the eliminations this week...didn't matter who went cos the rest will be going by the end of this cut anyway...and right now they all seem to be one big barrel except Lakisha really. The only reason I think Gina & maybe Blake might have a shot is that they're different from Lakisha...and could win votes that way.

Speaking of which...that's another big complaint I have for this season...after the season with Carrie and Bo it seemed like things sort of opened up and last season especially there were contestants with lots of different styles...this season they just seem to be all blahhhh rock...alternative...soul whatever...they're just all blahhhhhhh. Makes for a much more dull show, imo...and I liked it better when different styles were being represented.