Idol Results: Danny Screeches to Safety

May 7, 2009

After Tuesday’s train wreck performance, I thought for sure that tonight’s American Idol results show would be the end of the line for Danny Gokey.  But apparently Danny’s got some unbelievable luck or some devoted (although deaf) fans.

Daughtry debuts new single "No Surprise."  Photo Courtesy of American Idol.

Daughtry debuts new single "No Surprise." Photo Courtesy of American Idol.

The announcement of the Top 3 was given in random order this week – no bottom three (or two).  But that didn’t diminish the surprise when Kris Allen was sent to safety first, especially after the judges panned his performance on Tuesday.  Kris really is a dark horse contender.

Adam Lambert was sent to safety next, but that was no surprise.  Even if he didn’t have a great performance Tuesday (which he did), I’m sure his fans would have turned out in droves after last week’s appearance in the Bottom 2.

But the big surprise really came next.  Apparently even after 64 million votes, Danny can do no wrong – including butchering an Aerosmith song – because Allison got sent home tonight.  And now we have three men in the finals.

The rest of the night went to a slew of performance.  First up, the group number.

Slash plays the guitar for “School’s Out” as the Final Four open the show.  Glad to see Slash perform, but overall I wasn’t impressed with the song.  It’s a good thing none of Tuesday’s performances were a quartet.

Next up, Judge Paula Abdul tries to relive the glory days with what looked like a lip-synched performance of her single “I’m Just Here for the Music.”  I think the contestants should have had the opportunity to give her a critique – not that it would have mattered since it was pre-recorded.

But the live performance of “Just a Girl” by No Doubt more than made up for having to watch Paula.  I can’t say that I was digging Gwen Stefani’s look, but the girl can sing.  Actually, I think my husband liked the lime green bra.  Guess I’m going to have to get one.

And lastly, Chris Daughtry returned to the Idol stage with his band Daughtry to debut his new single “No Surprise.”  Chris is living proof that you don’t have to win Idol to be successful.  I really enjoyed his performance and even turned to my husband to asked why we don’t have a Daughtry album (he was on the show before I started watching it).

Overall, not a bad night of performances.  Next week the Top 3 go home.

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Ding Dong, The Dreads are Gone on Idol

May 8, 2008

As a relief to much of America (or at least this American), the dreadlocked Jason Castro was finally given the boot as American Idol dwindles its numbers to three.

Jason CastroI don’t know if people vote more when the field narrows or if the record-setting nearly 51 million votes was a testament to how many people really wanted Jason off the show, especially when Ryan added how close the Top 3’s numbers were – with in a million of each other.

I, for one, am glad that Jason’s time is up.  I would have been sorely disappointed if he’d made it to the next round.

And I’m really not surprised to find Syesha Mercado landing in the jeopardy seat.  I think David Archuleta deserved to be there, but given his standing with the judges I never really questioned his safety.

As for the rest of the show, did anyone else think that the opening number “Reelin’ in the Years” reminded you of those Brady Bunch episodes where the kids tried their hand at a singing career?

On the other hand, the Beetle’s Cirque de Soleil LOVE show looked awesome.  I want to make a trip to Vegas just to see it now.  And I have to admit that the Fab 4 looked pretty good after their makeovers, especially David Archuleta – he actually looked like he wasn’t 12.

In the caller questions, we saw David Cook get hooked up, had Jason admit that his “brain is dead” (big surprise there) and learned that Simon not only wants to be knighted but that he’s also willing to be the next James Bond.

Performances by Maroon 5 and Bo Bice rounded out the evening.

Is there anyone out there that didn’t think America got it right this time?

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Syesha Proves She’s Still in the Running on Idol

May 7, 2008

Tonight the Top 4 had the songs from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at their fingertips on American Idol.  But could the contestants make the best of these great tunes?

American Idol Top 4

Leading off the night and topping my list was David Cook.  I was very interested to see what he could would do with “Hungry Like the Wolf.”  But I was a little let down.  I was expecting more originality.  While Cook’s version was a bit edgier that Duran Duran’s, it didn’t stand out as being unique.  With the catalogue of music available, I have to admit that Duran Duran wouldn’t have been my first choice for Cook.

The Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” Cook’s second song, was more like what I’d come to expect from him.  What else can I say?  When Cook is in his element he can rock any song.

And proving she’s still in the contest is Syesha Mercado.  She is at her best when she adds some personality to her performances.  So I was really happy that she picked a song like “Proud Mary” where she could let loose.  Even if Syesha’s vocals aren’t top notch, she compels you to enjoy her performance when she looks likes she’s having a good time like she did with this song.

If she highlighted her performance skills with the first song, she showcased her voice with Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” and reminded us of her flair for ballads.  And when she doesn’t sing them every week, I can enjoy a good one from her.  But if I’m honest, I liked the first performance better.

David Archuleta was deemed the winner of the night by the judges, but I was not so impressed.  I love the song “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King.  But Archuleta took a simple song and ruined it with all of his typical Archuletaisms – the outreached hand, the unnecessary runs and the campy mic moves.  Seriously, the vocals weren’t that bad, but the performance was marred with his signature moves that are not only trite, but boring and a sign of his immaturity on stage.

That said, I have to admit that Archuleta’s version of “Love Me Tender” wasn’t that bad.  Of course, he’ll never compare to Elvis, but it was one of his better performances.  My complaint is that every Archuleta performance looks and sounds alike – just insert different lyrics.

And finally, I have so lost patience with Jason Castro.  Not only did he prove that he was absolutely no originality with a really poor imitation of Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff.”  But he also performed rock and roll blasphemy during his interview.  When he talked about choosing a song from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame repertoire, he said “There’s a few songs on the list that I knew.”  A few songs?  Seriously?  This guy has no business being in the Top 4.

And his second song was further proof.  Oh. My. God!  Did Jason really forget the lyrics to “Mr. Tambourine Man?”  And it was one of the few songs he knew.  What else can Jason do to get himself sent home?

Obviously my pick to go home is Jason.  And apparently, it’s Jason’s wish too.  I think Archuleta should join Jason in the bottom two.  But given the unconditional praise rained on him by judges, I’m guessing that Syesha will keep Jason company.

Who do you think had the best night?  Is there anyone (actually listening to his performances, not just looking at his face) out there that doesn’t think Jason should get sent home?

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