Oh, American Idol. Why did you do something so silly as two weeks of the same genre? Yes, the Beatles rock. For sure the Beatles are one of my favorite bands. Their music is fabulous! I agree. But two weeks? They are already having to choose from a very short list of songs, and now you make that list shorter by making them do it twice? How could you? They need some diversity, please! Oh, man, do they ever need some diversity...
Yeah, so I was disappointed in last night. On many levels. There were a few shining moments, and that was good, but the overall night just kind of left me stale:
Ryan Seacrest: First of all, why do I keep mentioning him!? He's not a contestant! Yet, I feel this need. Anyway, it looks like the producers of AI had a nice chat with Ryan; he was on his best behavior and did a good job. He even agreed with Simon. A lot. And the banter was all but gone. Very refreshing. Thank you, producers of AI!
Okay, the contestants (in no particular order because I just don't remember):
Amanda Overmeyer: Simon was right. Although I loved Amanda's retorts about what people would hear if they went to an "Amanda concert", I still had to agree that she is B-O-R-I-N-G. And out of tune. And just, well, not good enough. I can see her in the bottom three.
David Archuleta: I'm not sure why Randy thought he should have taken more liberty with the melody and added more runs...? David did an amazing job, but I didn't like all the extra runs. Maybe I'm just a purist. You know, like a nudist, but without the nakedness. Yeah, that didn't come out right at all. Anyway, David is back! Hallelujah!
Michael Johns: I loved this. His one high note was off; that bothered a little, but the overall song was fun! And I just love his voice. Always have. I think the judges were way too harsh on the poor guy. It was much better than their assessment.
Kristy Lee Cook: So much better than last week. So much better! Her low voice is beautiful, but too quiet (duh). So, I agreed with Randy when he said she needs to pull out the big notes more often, because that last note was awesome!
Carly Smithson: Eh. I really wanted to like it because I'm starting to like her a lot, but this just didn't do it for me. I'm not sure if it was because she sang it too quiet and then too loud, or if it was the melody? I just didn't like it.
David Cook: Agreed with Simon about the smugness and I didn't like the voice box thingy at all. I thought it was a harmonica at first, so I was confused at the sound (and lest you think I don't know what a voice box thingy is --yes, I said thingy --then I should remind you of my love for Bon Jovi. That is all.). I still loved the song; he just should have left the voice box out of it.
Brooke White: AHHH! Sit down and don't move, girl! You have no rhythm! And what's with wearing clothes you wear awkwardly because you know thousands of Mormons are looking for signs of your G's? Yeah, this one wasn't very good. However --however!--it sounded fantastic. I left the room (I couldn't watch her try to dance and move), and it was so much better. She actually sang the song very, very well.
Jason Castro: I wanted to reach out, smack him on the head and say "Stop being so nervous! Just sing the dang song!" because at the end, when he was singing "I want you, I want you, I wa-a-a-nt you!" it was fabulous. But the beginning was like he was saying "yeah, this song is new, I'm not sure what I'm doing, but hey! I'll try!" Jason, Jason, Jason. ~sigh~
Sayesha Mercado: Loved 95% of it. It was so raw, so believable, so beautiful. But those weird high notes? Eh. She should have kept the melody there, for sure. Loved that she sat down and the guitar accompaniment was awesome. She definitely redeemed herself in my eyes. Just wish she didn't feel the need to show her cleavage (hello!?) for votes. Man, that was some cleavage. Yes, I'd be lying if I didn't say I was a tad jealous. And annoyed. Maybe because of the jealousy...? Moving on!
Chikizie: Didn't like it. He should have either done it fast or slow. I would have chosen slow this week. Harmonica? What the? Yeah, that wasn't so good, although I have to give him props for trying.
Ramiele Malubay: Boring. So very, very boring. It's like she sings everything with this angst and drama woven throughout it. Her voice is beautiful! It really is! But she needs to stop trying so hard. I think. Yeah, not sure how she can fix that...Bottom three this week.
The other thing that was awkward was the honesty in which some of the contestants had whilst bantering with the judges. Brooke was a little too honest, although finally! Someone told the audience to be respectful of the judges! Thank you, Brooke! Just, Brooke? Stop being so honest. It's going to get annoying after a while...
Kristy Lee was hilarious when she told Simon: "You know I can knock your socks off!" Of course, then it got awkward when they all turned it into an innuendo. Come on, guys. Grow up.
Amanda's banter was the best (already mentioned it).
Who should go home this week?
Amanda or Ramiele
Who will go home this week?
Well, golly, now I have no idea. Last week rocked my rhythm, what with the right person going home and all. So, we'll just have to wait and see.
What did you think?