Before I begin my critique of tonight's show, you need to know, dear reader, that I adore Broadway. I'm not an expert of Broadway, but I love musicals! Having Andrew Lloyd Weber as a guest "judge" was such a treat! An amazing treat! He's a musical genius, and I was very excited to have him on the show.
Here are my thoughts:
Sayesha Mercado: It was no surprise to me that she did so well. Sayesha is an actress, and doing a musical piece was obviously heaven on earth for her! There were a few parts that were off, but she did a fabulous job. It was fun, flashy, and nice on the ears --okay, and eyes. As Simon said, she looked great! (yeah, he said sexy, and he was right!).
Jason Castro: I was upset with his performance. It was way too timid. And what was up with that "I'm so scared to sing this song!" thing?! Come on! It's too far into the competition to have no confidence. And even if you have no confidence, you fake it, boy! You act confident and then you'll be confident! The problem was that "Memory" could have been awesome for him. It had a nice slow melody --and he could have really done a great job. I'm starting to realize that like other competitors, Jason doesn't do well with new music. He does great with stuff he's learned over the years (nobody can tell me he didn't do "Hallelujah" or "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" before, because it's obvious he knew them well), but what about new stuff? I was just so disappointed, because I saw the potential for this performance to be great. And he started great...and then...slowly...died...like the cat in the song! Wait, does she die eventually?
Carly Smithson: Again, she was thiiiis close with me. So close! I thought she was smart to go all rock n' roll and she did a great job. But the yelling thing at the end...? So bothersome to me. I did think the T-shirt she pulled out after Simon's words to her was just hilarious. That was funny!
David Archuleta: Surprisingly, I totally agreed with Simon. It was a good performance, nice and controlled, fun with the R&B take on "Think of Me", but at the same time, it just didn't do it for me. It was too...forgettable. It felt like Elevator Music to me. It did! But that doesn't mean David still didn't blow it out, nor change my prediction that he'll win the whole enchilada.
Brooke White: When she asked them to start over again, I about wet my pants. Wha?! How could she do that?! That type of stuff gets you kicked out of Hollywood week! I told Brandon "She's going home tomorrow because of that", but then I sat and listened. I don't care what Randy, Paula, or Simon said about her performance --I don't think it was strain in her voice, I honestly think it was emotion. It was so beautiful! Seriously, for the first time this season, Brooke gave me goosebumps. I loved it. Loved it. If she had not forgotten the lyric at the beginning, then it would have been perfect, and the judges wouldn't have thought it was about the mess-up in the beginning. I was really proud of her and her dress was amazing. I think this was one of my favorite Brooke performances. Many may disagree, but I still think she was amazing.
David Cook: Eh. I loved about 2/3 of it. When he hit the first high note, I was all "Yeah!! go, go, go!" It was really great! But then...at the end...I don't know. It bothered me. As a musician. Here he was, singing all sweetly, good crescendos and decrescendos, and then this sweet ending to...POW!!! Here-have-a-really-big-note-ending-on-a-different-chord-rather-than-tonic! That just bugged. The contrast was too startling and I think it took away from what he had previously done. But, like I said, the first 2/3 of it was really good.
Who do I think should go home?
Carly, because I don't like her.
Jason, because he was being all weird again.
Brooke, because she lost the lyric and even though I agree with Simon (about how she didn't really have a choice but to start over), Paula was right. You don't do that. You don't forget the lyric when you only have one shot.
Who will go home?
What did you think?