Jordin and Blake were the biggest mismatch. Blake making it to the final 2 over Melinda astounds me.Originally Posted by TopCatDC;3881924;
Jordin and Blake were the biggest mismatch. Blake making it to the final 2 over Melinda astounds me.Originally Posted by TopCatDC;3881924;
They better have elimination because Tim will finally go home after sanjayaing every contestant week after week.Originally Posted by redjdv;3881798;
I loved the beginning and middle but was disappointed in the ending. Where I thought she really should have let it all out instead of toning it down. She should forget about what people are saying and do what she does better than anyone on the show.Originally Posted by Bellenote;3881880;
Crystal is my number 1 but Siobhan is heads above everyone else as my number 2.
"So, what is fame? It's lightening that strikes some people. It's lightening that some people seek." Jewel
Crystal was once again my favorite. Definitely in a class by herself.
To Thine Own Self Be True
Seems like there is a lot of overlap. I mean, Lee fans seem to be Crystal fans seem to be Siobhan fans seem to be Casey fans. So it won't be too shocking if Siobhan or Casey goes soon.
I won't be surprised if Mike goes. Poor guy can't catch a break from most people.
People need to stop voting for Tim. I think the reason Tim is still on the show is because he just fits what the audience wants. The viewers want a cute male who plays the guitar. They prefer that he is talented but talent doesn't always matter on American Idol. Look how far Blake Lewis got. Taylor and Kris won! It isn't that those guys have NO talent. It is just that they weren't the most talented guys on the show.
The judges, most especially Kara, think that Siobhan doesn't know what kind of artist she is, what musical genre or style she fits in. I think the artist that Siobhan could be is Sinead O'Connor. Next time she should sing Nothing Compares 2 U.
YouTube - Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
YouTube - Sinead O'Connor - Jealous
Saw Idol VERY late tonight. I'll go in order...
Casey - Uninspired. I didn't even need the judges to tell me that. Decent vocals--he usually has at least decent ones--but this man seems totally incapable of connecting to what he sings. He just... stands there. I've been saying it every week. Sings well, looks good, plays good, stands there like a stiff and makes the whole thing seem about as authentically emotional as an insurance commercial. Not to sound too much like Simon, but Casey? He's just like some guy singing in a bar.
Lee - Great. Lee's had some AWFUL weeks when I've just wanted his ass gone. So I don't want him to win or anything. But he's also had some few really good weeks, and this was one of them.
Tim - This wasn't HORRIBLE, but it wasn't that great either. He had the emotion down, but at the expense of his voice. In other words, the opposite of Casey.
Aaron - I despise the fact that everyone seems to pretend he has a "great voice". All I hear is a trembly uneven one.
Siobhan - I started out loving her. But I'll finally say it. It's time for her to go. Okay, to be accurate I wouldn't be UPSET if she went. Then again, there's good cases for Casey and Aaron to go too. Anyway, Siobhan? One. Trick. Pony. A great trick initially, sure, but its over now.
Michael - A bad song choice, but not done badly. He should stay. But never do this song again. Anywhere. It IS funny though to rewatch that tape and see the distance shots, where you just see this huge blocky shape holding a tiny looking guitar, bouncing like Tigger the Tiger at too quick a pace.
Crystal - There aren't words for how good this was. Some piddlingly small technical things could be criticized, but they were washed away in how magnetic her presence was. Really, and I've said this before, in some sense we're just wasting out time with this whole season, when talent like this is on the show. This was one of the best performances I've seen in all of Idol history, in many ways.
Okay, lets rank it...
1.) Crystal (of course)
THE GRAND CANYON OF GAPS
TIE FOR AWFULNESS - 6. & 7.) Aaron & Siobhan
Last edited by Krom; 04-21-2010 at 05:24 AM.
"You don't rehearse Mr. T, you just turn him loose."
-----Sylvester Stallone, on Mr. T-----
April 20, 2010: the Top Seven
1. Crystal Bowersox. If this were an amateur boxing match, it would be RSCO (referee stops contest due to out-classed opponents); but it’s not a boxing match. If it were an Olympic baseball game, the mercy rule would get invoked (ahead by ten runs after seven or by fifteen after five innings) but it’s not a baseball game. If it were a horse race, Crystal (like Secretariat) would be winning by 33 lengths, so far out of front, you couldn't even see the competition in the camera frame, but it’s not a horse race either. This, my friends, is the wildly unpredictable American Idol, where winners are legitimately chosen based on popularity and votes, not scoreboards and referees. So even though it looks at this point like a done deal, I’ll continue watching until the final episode. This was a wonderful performance, easily the best of the night, but for an R&B die hard like me, one who’s heard better, and is not afraid of comparison, this was a wonderful and emotional but not great performance. Crystal’s was more Alicia Keyes than anything; e.g., pop R&B. I can reference versions that are absolutely perfect; e.g. Curtis Mayfield and Al Green (authentic gospel soul at its best); Joss Stone (authentic R&B gospel at its best); or the incomparable Eva Cassidy (the personification of emotional soul). Having said that, this performance was light years better than the competition. Even though I still don’t think Crystal wants anything to do with winning this title, or even super stardom, except as a means to an end, it appears she could, despite herself, very well end up with both. Let’s examine the facts. Crystal is fiercely independent. That’s a fact. Her work on Idol is all but done (also a fact). She doesn’t need a title to sell records; she’s got millions of fans waiting to buy her product (also a fact). Finally, she’s a proven commodity with minimum risk, so record companies will be chomping at the bit to get her in studio (also a fact). The next few weeks will tell the story. If we start to hear rumblings of discontent, or, uncharacteristically sub-par performances, you’ll know she’s looking for a way out of her pending coronation, and, of course, out of the contract inflexibility and lack of artistic control that often cripple the top finishers. In short, if Crystal left tomorrow, it wouldn’t affect her career at all. I don't know what the Idol wardrobe specialists are doing but it's working. Crystal looked beautiful on stage again tonight.
2. Lee Dewyze. Finally, he stopped that incessant shouting. I blame the judges for the mass confusion we endured this season. Katie’s been home for two weeks and is probably still trying to sort through the mess thrown at her. Although Lilly Scott picked a bad song, her talent was certainly top ten, but these judges didn’t want her. Yes, America voted her off but the judges’ comments could have easily softened the blow from voters. They surrounded and protected Tim Urban (a dude I actually like; but is a mediocre singer) for weeks, but refused Lilly. Which brings me to Lee? This dude started out brilliantly. His early work was superb: Fireflies, Lips of an Angel, and Beast of Burden, all great performances. Then the judges inferred he should pick up tempo rock songs. As a contestant, he, like Katie, did as told, and quickly lost, not just his soul, but his voice as well (he’s sounding more strained each week). Doesn’t surprise me. I know many young singers that suffered a similar fate trying to emulate Chad Kroger. I wish I knew what caused the change but I'm glad he did. Based on his early work, I knew he could, but because of the judges, wouldn’t. This was easily his best performance in a month. I got him figured; he owns a rocker’s voice but isn’t really hard rock at all; he’s actually light rock, easy listening, MOR, adult contemporary. Just think. Because of the judges, we got cheated out of other great performances because they advised him to do things that don’t reflect who he is as an artist. Rant over. For the record, I don’t dislike or disrespect the judges, I just disagree with them about Lee, and that’s not going to change. Welcome home, Lee. Been gone too long. Now if you can just learn to manage and control the high notes (ignore them; pick one in your range), something most singers learn in voice 101.
3. Casey James. I didn’t like this performance much, or this song, but it wasn't as bad as the judges claimed. The problem for us, and apparently, the judges, is that there’s not a lot to pick from this year, but I think Casey is worth saving. He’s got one glaring weakness and is hopelessly tangled up in it. He doesn’t understand how to perform on stage; stiff as a board. The lackadaisical stage performance coupled with a boring song choice (nothing wrong with Don’t Stop, just not for Idol) is probably why the judges were mean to him tonight.
4. Siobhan Magnus. I didn’t like this performance either, because it paled miserably to the original, but vocally, it was actually pleasant. Siobhan is not R&B, never will be, but its obvious she wants it. She’s a born fringe-dweller and clearly resistant to change. She picked her course, and we must respect her decision, even if we think it’s the wrong one. Siobhan reminds me of a conversation I had with an elderly farmer once when I was lost and looking for directions. I asked him, “How do I get back to Lakeview?” He answered, “Do you know where the Tree Line Cemetery is?” I said, “Yeah”. He then interrupted, “Well, that’s good, son, but it ain’t nowhere nears that”. I could have this same conversation with Siobhan. She’s lost her way on the AI stage and even after repeated failed attempts to do it on her own, and, even after the judges’ frequent and frustrating attempts to point her in the right direction, still can’t find her way back.
5. Michael Lynche. I will never understand why Big Mike picked this boring song. No good comes of bringing Nickelback to the AI stage; e.g. Constantine Maroulis. Mike is a great guy, but his song choices continue to befuddle me; some of them actually contradict, attenuate, and diminish that otherwise vibrant and likable personality. Didn’t get it.
6. Aaron Kelly. Aaron….dude, No! R&B? R. Kelly? No. That dude was conceived in R&B and born with an R&B heart. I would go so far as to say, R. Kelly doesn’t sing R&B; he is R&B. This was easily Aaron’s worst performance. He will need his supporters to vote like crazy to escape the consequences. There are so many wonderful inspirational country and/or pop songs he could have picked. Why expose yourself to I Believe I Can Fly?
7. Tim Urban. I like Tim. Yes, he is improving; is getting better, but has so far to go, and so much to learn; requires so much patience and music discipline, I can't help but wonder if, after two months on the AI stage, he's even worth the wait.
Two months ago, I posted Smart Choices for all the contestants except Casey, Katie, and Tim. Katie’s gone and I’ve lost faith in Tim, but Casey’s hanging in there nicely, so I picked a few songs, mostly up tempo rock songs that will force him out of his frozen fortress home.
Smart Songs For Casey James. I picked songs for the other contestants a month ago but didn’t like Casey back then so didn’t pick any for him. To close the loop, I picked a few Smart Choices for Casey. Like Crystal, he seems to prefer three chord blues and rock songs, so I tried to include as many as I could. I also tried to pick songs with guitar solos, since he likes to wow us with fifteen second electric guitar shreds to end each performance. With a few exceptions, most are Southern Rock/Blues songs. I think what he’s done lately is great but needs to expand his repertoire beyond traditional blues rock songs to include high energy, up tempo, and fun songs that force him out of his shell. Personally, I’d prefer Casey and his guitar, without vocal; would love to hear his version of Eruption (Eddie Van Halen) or Jessica (Dickie Betts). While prohibited on the AI competition stage, are guaranteed crowd pleasers in concert; e.g. on tour.
1. Remedy-----Black Crowes. They served him well last time; Jealous Guy was his best performance yet, so why not again? This is the same song that earned Bo Bice rave reviews from the judges. Both Casey and Bo are natural Southern Rock singers; and Remedy is up tempo and hard-rocking; a potential show stopper; should go over well with the public and judges. Fits him like a glove.
2. Sex On Fire-----Kings of Leon. Let’s face it, this group of ten is going to have trouble filling seats on tour, so a few up tempo, foot-stomping, well-known, audience participation songs is the perfect remedy; a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Although not southern rock or three chord guitar; this song is also perfect for prime time television; fun; energetic; toe-tapping; great hook. Internet chatter surrounding this dude is pretty consistent; great for sex; bad for romance. Would you doubt Casey singing these lyrics?
3. Layla-----Eric Clapton. This up tempo, hard rocking, old school, romantic, hard-rocking classic has been waiting for the AI stage for eight long years; waiting for just the right singer to come along. Just as Cry Baby waited patiently for Allison Iraheta; Layla waited fro Casey James. According to Nielsen, baby boomers make up the majority of AI viewers, and most of them will know this song. Also perfect for his voice and guitar.
4. Let Me Sign (from the movie, New Moon)-----Robert Pattinson. Not sure Casey will like it but young girls and Robert Pattinson fans will. Casey’s the only male contestant with the blues background and guitar artistry to do it justice. I chose it because, despite its origin, it’s very much a traditional blues song with traditional blues chords; and, it’s a classic love song about a man willing to trade his soul for love; “sign” a contract with the devil.
5. Fire-----Bruce Springsteen. I don’t know if Casey can pull this off since its more tease than singing but this song works for The Boss. I was at a Springsteen concert when he was in his late thirties and ladies went wild for Bruce during this performance.
6. Crazy in Love-----Switchfoot (via Beyonce). Don’t laugh! This hard rock version is actually pretty good. It’s high energy; great beat; great hook; everybody knows the words and melody; and, if Casey has any rhythm, should go over well. So, tune down that guitar Casey and rock the house with this very popular dance classic.
7. Lightning Crashes-----Live. Not sure Casey has the musical intelligence or sensitivity for it but this song is arguably one of the top three or four best rock ballads ever. Very intense and emotional song. Not a three chords or southern rock song though.
8. Second Chance-----Shinedown. One of the best rock songs ever from one of the best Southern rock bands ever. It’s a very popular song and absolutely perfect for his voice and guitar.
9. Fire Down Below-----Bob Seger. Another hard-driving, guitar shredding, up tempo, and foot-stomping hard rock classic about sex and desire. Perfect for Casey; if, and only if, he can let loose and just have fun with it. Another guaranteed hit with baby boomers. Should also work well on tour. This group has no show stoppers; no Adam Lamberts; no Allison Irahetas; no Kris Allens; and is in dire need of a high energy concert rock performer, and, Casey is just the man to do it. I wish Casey could study Keith Urban; observe how he moves; uses his guitar; and works the stage to energize and engage his audience. Keith is a consummate entertainer.
10. The Pretender-----Foo Fighters. A truly great rock song from Foo Fighters. Great lyric; great melody; great hook; great guitar licks; up tempo; should go over well. The only problem I see is energy. Casey is so stiff he sucks the life force out of otherwise hard-driving, up- tempo songs. If he does that here, he’ll get crucified. The chorus is real energetic and frenzied, so if he picks it, he better commit.
11. Gimme Shelter-----Grand Funk Railroad. I love this song and picked it for Casey during Rolling Stones week. It’s perfect for him; country rock; good lyric; guitar chords are absolutely perfect (and easy). It’s also up tempo and hard driving, straight and traditional rock mixed with a heavy dose of raucous old school gospel soul n the chorus. Will need a choir.
12. Sharp Dressed Man/Legs-----ZZ Top. Baby boomers love ZZ Top, aka “long-haired freaks from Texas”. I picked these two songs, not only because they’re very popular, a lot of fun, and highly entertaining, but also because they fit Casey and his guitar like a glove. Sharp Dressed Man is the better song and likely to generate more positive feedback from the judges but the high energy Legs is the guaranteed crowd pleaser.
13. Mr. Bojangles-----Sammy Davis/Robbie Williams. Don’t laugh. It’s an emotional song with a great story line. According to Jerry Jeff Walker, is about a homeless street dancer named Mr. Bojangles who told him his story while the two shared a jail cell in New Orleans. If presented properly, the song is a guaranteed tear-jerker. It’s the perfect artistic challenge for Casey, to showcase his sensitive side. Incidentally, Robbie Williams also crafted a fine Broadway version of this song.
14. Can’t You See-----Marshall Tucker Band. Not well known but a stunning old school blues rock composition from this under-appreciated band. Like Bo, this song, this genre, is home to Casey. Funny, most of us thought southern blues/rock was a dying art form, but thanks to Bo Bice and Casey James, is making a come back. So on behalf of southern blues and rock fans, I want to thank both Bo and Casey for promoting it on prime time television. Thanks, guys.
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Ditto Ditto Ditto!!!! I came home late last night and watched the show on DVR. This morning I can only remember 2 performances - Lee and Crystal.Originally Posted by JavaJo;3881968;
Started off loving Siobhan - but I agree, she needs to bring it back to where people can enjoy her.
Mike overrated. Tim should have been gone the first week with Apologize and he should still be apologizing to us for having to listen to that performance. With the exception of a good guitar riff, Casey was nowhere last night - same old, same old - no growth at all. Aaron pulled it together in the 2nd half of the song, but not a great performance.
Ok, I guess I did remember them all and the only two that were impressive last night were Lee and Crystal.
I shortened your post for space... But I absolutely would love to hear Casey sing any of the those I bolded above. I agree that he could deliver a memorable performance with any of those, but I particularly like the sound of the bolded ones, especially the most contemporary of them in Second Chance. I could also see Lee singing Mr. Bojangles, if he connected to it as well as he did last night's version of The Boxer.Originally Posted by liedenfrost;3882060;
On another note, (ha!) I would love to hear Michael do a Luther Vandross song like Power of Love or any song from that album. Last night, I was unable to watch, just listen and for moments, albeit them brief, I honestly heard a Luther tone to his voice, and being a big Luther fan, I smiled at the good memories it invoked for me.
Anyway, great list, and thanks for compiling it. Wish they would listen to the regular folks once in a while. We are the audience and we know what we like and want to hear.