Because clearly the producers are cruel. And here's why:If you've watched American Idol for some time as I have, there's one thing you can count on. The boys will tackle Stevie Wonder at some point, and the girls will tackle Whitney (or Mariah or Celine). And when they do the judges will tell them how Stevie or Whitney or Mariah is one of the "best singers ever", so you really gotta bring it if you're going to try to tackle the master. And usually the implication is that it has not been brought....more
It was an underwhelming night...is it just me?
Last night the Top Three sang three songs, and as per usual the song selection was divvied up. With all those people weighing in, I expected to have a few more exciting song choices, but the choices left me pretty unexcited, and the performances did too. Curious to hear what you all thought!
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The rounds were as follows:...more
The Top 4 sang inspirational songs. And Lieber & Stoller songs. And worked with Lady Gaga. Yeah, I was saying "huh?" too.
I'm not a big fan of "Inspirational Songs Night." Inspirational songs mean big ballads, usually bigger than the singer, and that just make me go: Blurg.
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But hey, throw in some Lieber & Stoller songs and a little Lady Gaga, and all's right with the world, right?...more
Sheryl Crow must have a new album coming out.
Yes, last night producer Jimmy Iovine was joined by Sheryl Crow in the coaching circle, and she was there with mic in hand, ready to sing back-up to our Idols (much as she did for Michael Jackson back in the day). Together they thought everyone was awesome and was going to have "a moment" -- which only means that they learned their lessons from Jimmy making a bold prediction that Jacob would go home last week....more
Which is fitting, since it was Carole King Night
This week mentor Jimmy Iovine brought in back-up in the form of Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. We also got a brief history lesson on just how prolific Carole King has been...and how many songs she has written that you did not know she wrote.
Each contestant sang a solo, and in addition they were paired off into three duets. Which was a little bit odd, but I always like more music, less talking, so I was down with that.
Let's dig in, shall we?
1. Jacob sang "Oh No, Not My Baby"...more
Thank God we get to hear new-fangled music, am I right?
Last night's American Idol finally emerged from the 70s, and we not only survived, we thrived. I, for one, have been waiting to see these contestants as current pop stars over cover band karaoke singers for weeks now.
Now, the evening started, somewhat mysteriously, with a performance by all the rejects to date, singing Pink's "So What." Five women and one very off-key (if you can even call that singing) guy sang it with gusto, if not tunefulness....more
I thought that this year the American Idol producers were going to change things up, but thus far the season's "theme nights" have been about the same as they ever were, and they've kept the contestants stuck in the past -- which is just weirdly anachronistic for a show that claims it wants to find the next big star. I don't know what decade the song Scotty sang was from, but other than that, I counted only one song from this decade....more
This week's theme for the Top 9 was to sing a song recorded by someone inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This was going to make it harder on the women, given the relative dearth of women inductees vs. men, but they all soldiered on. I am more curious about why the producers seem determined to not let them be modern. You can have Gwen Stefani help dress them. (BTW: How random was that, and how little airtime did she get, am I right???) You can have will.i.am there to "coach" them, but most of them still sang songs that were 20, 30, 40 years old....more
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