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American Idol Top 11
There are some very important observations for me to make before we get to the performances. Ok, what was up with Kara's 1970's-style spacesuit? Did she make a wrong turn at wardrobe into Paula's closet? Yikes.
Second of all, Randy Travis has never seen an episode of American Idol. Any statement he made otherwise can be attributed to his Southern manners. Don't get me wrong, I loved him, but he doesn't spend his time watching a buncha amateur wannabe pop stars get yelled at by Simon Cowell. It was really cute how he hugged everyone, even Adam who scared the sense out of him. It was funny how Randy made the same "I didn't think he/she could pull that song off until he/she started singing" comment to every one of them.
Finally, I watched this episode twice because I wasn't sure how I felt about some of the performances. The second time around, I noticed that the first half of the show was mediocre at best, and it got better as it went on.
There is always one contestant per season that is expected to do well during country week. Oil Rig is that guy for season 8. However, I don't think he was as spectacular as he could have been. He was so focused on not dropping words that he was pretty boring. The harmonica player (who I thought was Anoop at first because I'm a crackhead) had way more fun than Oil Rig and I would have voted for that guy if given the opportunity. Oil Rig even said country music is all about the fun, but he failed to embody that for me.
The first time I watched Allison's performance, I kinda liked it. However, I really dig that song, so I think that skewed my hearing. I wish she would sing something calm just once that doesn't involve shouting. Then maybe I could be on her side a little more. The second time I watched the show, my friend fast-forwarded through 90% of Allison's performance. Nice to know it's not just me. At least she was more fun than Oil Rig!
Kris chose a song that I absolutely adore. I wonder why he didn't keep the guitar from his rehearsals with Randy because I was intrigued by it. It doesn't matter because I loved it! He gets cuter every week. There was something boy-band ballad-ish about it with the high notes in the middle. He also seemed very sincere, and if I were his wife, I would have cried a bit. Sigh.
Oh my girl, Lil. I don't like the song she chose, but I think she's a good storyteller. I listened to the lyrics more intently than I ever have with the original. The best part was when Simon kept calling her Little and didn't get why that was incorrect. She should have called him Simeon.
It's no secret that I do not dig Adam Lambert even a little bit. I also am not really a huge fan of musical theater, so that might be part of it. It was weird to hear Adam describe Randy as a "gentleman," but their interaction was funny. The only thing positive I have to say about Adam's rendition of "Ring of Fire" is that he reminded me of Robert Smith a bit, and I like The Cure. That version was like something you'd hear in the background of sadistic porn. I was scared that it was going to give me nightmares. I actually respect that he is true to himself or whatever, but I agree with Simon's assessment. What the hell was that? Oh and why was Randy trying to sound like Dick Vitale by shouting his opinions?
Was Ryan hitting on those underage girls in the pit during Scott's tape? Tisk, tisk! Scott's a great pianist, but I want something FUN, dern it! Take a break from the inspirational stuff, and get a little funky with it. He can keep playing the piano, but lighten it up a bit. Billy Joel and Elton John can get people dancing instead of crying, so could Scott if he'd just loosen his tie. He's got a good personality and is a sweetheart, but the judges are way too soft on him. I find that condescending. Tell him that he's boring and needs to pick something more fun! You aren't doing him any favors by dancing around it.
I would like to point out that not everybody in the South likes country music. Thanks for perpetuating that stereotype, Alexis. A few interviews later we find that Anoop, from the great state of North Carolina, is not into it at all. Anyway, I didn't feel like Alexis really sold that song. If you listen to the lyrics, there is a lot of emotional pleading that was absent from her version. She didn't even have the attitude to back it up, if that was the direction she wanted to take it. Her facial expressions during the results show did not win back any love. Good riddance.
"Jesus, Take the Wheel" is the worst Carrie Underwood song, and the best contestant this year decided to sing it. How's that for irony? Good thing I'd listen him to sing math equations! Actually, I liked his version much better. When he came out on stage, my first thought was, "why is he wearing a ski jacket?" Thanks, Simon, for echoing that sentiment.
"You Were Always on My Mind," Anoop and I'm so glad to have you back! That song always makes me cry. Anoop's performance was simple, he wasn't wearing winter clothing, and I loved it. I hope he keeps it up.
What is up with Megan Corkery changing her name? I'm not partaking in that noise. On a positive note, she's got such an old-school voice. It's like it's coming out of a phonograph. What was the raising the roof mess though? I actually like her, but I can see why other people don't.
Matt is a good singer, but I wasn't into that song. I think he'll be bringing his A-game from now on. They tried to dress him like Justin Timberlake, but he's not that good looking. I would be into him if he did one big fun performance and really sold me on it.
This was like the Simon vs. Paula episode that happens every season. I get it. But, why was she sniffing his arm towards the end of the show? Freaks.
Here's the dwindling list (in order of my favorite to the bottom feeders):