Well Lazero had a night eh? Not necessarily the night he wanted but it was a night. This kid was so awful the judges had to bite their tongues to keep from crushing him like a bug. Karen Carpenter is rolling over.
And despite all the praise for Amber she was well off the pitch multiple times & didn't get called on it. I like the girl (certainly more than Candice) & I think she has a shot at being a commercial artist, but I see her finishing no better than 4th.
Janelle is getting railroaded. It just isn't fair to the girl to be waiting backstage & hear Nicki praise Kree while dissing Janelle before she even sings. But, certainly Kree is the better of the two & she proved that last night.
Angie sort of redeemed herself with that last song, but for me it came across as a bunch of screaming angst. Now maybe that's the way the song is written, I am unfamiliar with it, but it was better than her first regardless. I liked the comment Keith made to her that once she learns to do that better on piano she will learn to do it without. He's a pretty smart cookie.
Kree is just a brilliant interpreter of lyrics. I too can see her as a future member of the Opry. And I have no doubt that Kristofferson will love her version. She certainly sang it better than he could...sorry, I think he is a wonderful song writer but a lousy singer & an even worse actor.
Candice, was really good on the first song. But, unfortunately we had major storms roll through last night & my DirecTv froze up just before her last performance, so I didn't get to see it. From what everyone has been saying it was brilliant. I have even seen it compared to Fantasia's Summer Time, now if that is the case I can tell you right now I would have hated it. That performance by Fantasia, to me, is one of the most overrated performances ever.
These girls are really good top to bottom. I think Amber has a shot at commercial success, but I think she is going to get swamped in the voting by Candice. Candice, just doesn't seem to be a very likeable person to me. There is something of the entitled to her. Janelle is the white girl version of Amber, good, but going to get swamped by Angie & Kree's fan bases. I think the only one remaining that truly has a shot at big time stardom is Kree.
And there you have it, early morning ramblings, from someone that is going to be disappointed tonight as one of these talented ladies leaves & Lazero watches from the final 5.
Amber's first song was off key in more than a few places. At least M. had the honesty to say that if the song was being recorded, they would have gone back to redo some spots. That was the extent of their honesty. It was not good and certainly not great so I did not understand the props they gave her for that performance.
also wanted to add that the silliness about her romance with B. seemed to be a ploy to get her B. votes this week. Added to the dishonest comments about the worth of her performances and boo to AI.
Tonight is my favorite viewing. Jimmy adds more to this show than any other. Ryan is the glue and this franchaise would sink without him. So kudos to both of them.
Have not seen the whole thing yet. I love Angie, and I agree with the judge comments because it is going to be a close fight in the end. Even if you are super duper you cannot rest on your laurels. A few super duper ladies in there.
Sometimes, I feel, it is a matter of timing. Perhaps in another seaon Janelle would have shone much bigger and brighter; she is so winsome, blond, and pretty with a very good voice, and good stage delivery. However, this season she is being outstaged by a much bigger country voice in Kree who really doesn't have to do anything but stand there and sing - like Adele, Kree simply has that kind of a voice in which she doesn't have to do anything else to totally sell the song.
Amber - like Candice - comes naturally equipped with what many singers envy and with what we Southern kids adored growing up: that soul sound and a certain timbre to their voices. It helps them naturally to create more closely the MoTown sound of the 60s and even the sound of singers who are not particularly associate with Motown like Dionne Warwick. The minute Amber stepped out singing, she sounded more like Warwick because of that timbre quality in her very voice, regardless of whether she stayed completely in tune later on in the song.
Candace, of course, has those innate traits as well, and then you add the ability to wail out the continous jazzy, blue runs to the degree that few white singers of the past, but several black singers of the past have been able to do, and you have Candace of last night on the last performance.
In addition, Candice has a certain natural "sass" to her voice which she can employ at will to whatever degree she wishes. She appeared to carefully and effectively use that "sass" element in "Don't Make Me Over."
I harkened straight back to my early youth, and I responded to that black sound which we went bonkers over. I personally think the judges and the audience did as well.
I think Angie was in over her head trying to sing a Dionne Warwick song - especially against what was coming up in the competition - and because if I had to guess, Angie has never had her heart broken. Good for her - there is plenty of time for that particular agony - but that lack of experience deprives her of the experience of being able to emote - or to sing "with passion" as Keith says. The rest of the judges fell in line with him ( maybe because they didn't know what else to say?), but I am not sure she has had enough experience in those types of - as B.J. Thomas sang, "Somebody Done Somebody Wrong" - relationships to passionately emote to those particular lyrics.
Personally? I got the feeling that a lot of the spontaneous reaction in general - audience, judges, and maybe even viewers - to Amber's performance/song of Beyonce is simply due to Beyonce's popularity and because the song is more current and relevant to today. I can see that and even appreciate it, but because I am not into Beyonce, I also can say that overall I didn't think Amber's delivery of the song proved to be one of her more stellar performances.
Candace had an outstanding blow-out night. My perception last night in looking at Candace was that her goal was to show the other 3 judges, the audience, and America that she belonged in the Top 3. She won over Keith who made that remark. I thought to myself, "Lookee there!"
When I saw her stoically standing there only raising her eyes as if to Heave once or twice with tears streaming down her face as the accolades poured in - Keith bowing down and Mariah going on stage - my perception was that, "She feels like she has accomplished her goal."
Conversely, Janelle seems to be trying to get away from sounding country (in here words, to not be a "one trick pony), which is a mistake, in my opinion. I really like her, and I like her voice, but she's been boring me the past few weeks. I wish she had picked a song other than the Dance. I get that the meaning in the lyrics is a good one, but even Garth's version bores me (not a fan of ballads in general). When they said Garth Brooks, I was hoping for the River.
What a blah night.
Lazaro - OMG horrible. I couldn't even make myself vote for him to spite the judges lol. Wow, just wow. I have to wonder if things weren't done to screw him up purposefully to make sure they have their all girl final 5. Seems to me his songs are constantly being changed around by whomever is helping him during the week. Regardless, dang he was just plain awful last night.
Kree was the best.
The rest of the girls to me were just meh.
At this point, I am finding it hard to find a reason to watch the rest of the season. The judges/producers are so see through about wanting this to be a girl's year to win. Ugh. No wonder the ratings keep slipping each week.