Welcome back to another week of Canadian Idol. Last week we said goodbye to Emily, not that anyone seemed to much care, as the judges were up in arms about Melissa winding up in the bottom 3. Personally, I think it’s a great way to shake up your core fan base and ensure you don’t end up there over the next several weeks, but hey, what do I know?
This week’s theme is the music of Stevie Wonder. As much as this would seem like a good idea, it never is. Much like phoning an ex-boyfriend after a long night of drinking, it just doesn’t turn out the way you’d expect at the time.
Casey starts the night with Heaven Help Us All, which was received rather favourably by the judges, without any of them getting worked up about it. Josh selected That Girl, and a new look; 2lbs of facial hair. The judges, with the exception of Zack, heaped high praise on him and Josh, in a rather sensitive mood tonight, countered by slamming Zack’s choice of wardrobe. Yes, this from a man with some poor dead animal on his face.
Breaking up the tone was Amber, who sings a more familiar Stevie song, Lately. Another favourite of the judges, the foursome were more critical of her performance tonight, particularly Farley, who thought she could have infused more soul and energy in her performance. Daryl sings Superstition, a bold choice, complimented by lots of awkward dancing. The judges were split on it, particularly Zack and Jake, who thought it was a bit too cheesy. Ashley chose Sir Duke and had a lot of fun with it, but the judges felt it was lacking something special.
Next is Rex, who believes shouting is a good thing and shouts his way through Past Time Paradise. With the exception of Zack, again, the judges loved it and gave him high praise. Melissa follows with Living For The City, that also gets mostly rave reviews from the judges. Aaron is next with You Haven’t Done Nothing. The male judges all love it and literally rally around Sass to persuade her to pay Aaron a compliment. Knowing Sass, she’s not adverse to being in the middle of a man sandwich. Closing the night is Suzi with Higher Ground, allowing her to rock it out and giving the judges an excuse to lap it up.
That’s it, that’s all. Hey, what do you know? It didn’t suck as much as I thought!
Next time: Someone is sent packing and people are shocked to find themselves in the bottom three.