Thursday, February 28, 2008

They're No Good - Thursday Thirteen #44 - American Idol Recap

It's week 2 for the girls, and it's 70's week...yesterday I recapped the guys' performances, so in this week's Thursday Thirteen we'll do 10 performances by girls, and 3 other random thoughts on tonight's show.

As always, I'm writing the reviews as I watch, and before the judges themselves speak, which makes it so much fun when I write something, and then Simon says it (only ruder). Let's get to it:

1. Carly Smithson is up first with Heart's "Crazy on You". Well, at least tonight's show is off to a much more energetic start than we've had so far. It was a good performance, and she can sing for sure, but there was quite a bit of "screaming", more so than singing in parts. But overall, it was good, and I loved the energy.
2. Next up is Syesha Mercado, and she's singing "Me and Mr. Jones"(Me and Mrs. Jones I believe is the original version, by Billy Paul). I thought she was fantastic. I really enjoyed the performance and thought she did a wonderful job with it. I completely disagreed with Randy on this one, I liked the "soft parts" of the song.
3. Well, once again, it seems I'm on a different page from the judges already. We didn't exactly see eye to eye for a good part of last night either, but by the end, we'd kissed and made up. Let's see what happens tonight.

4. Brooke White takes the stage with her guitar next. Her rendition of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" confused me a bit. I love this song, so I wasn't sure whether or not I was enjoying her rendition of it. But, overall, I think she did a great job with it, and her voice has a nice tone to it, I enjoyed it. And yes, Simon definitely thought this song was about him.

5. Up next is one of my favorite girls, Ramiele Malubay. Right off the bat, I think she's made a fantastic song choice with 70's Disco hit "Don't Leave Me this Way". But then she tripped up a little bit, and I wasn't so sue anymore. She still has a fantastic voice, and when she was good, she was really good, but the rest of the time, she seemed to be having a hard time catching up with herself while singing it. Disappointed with her tonight.

6. Next on stage we have Kristi Lee Cook. Her song choice is "You're No Good" by Linda Rondstadt. Here it is, my first EH of the night. She was Not bad, she hit some good notes in there, but not great either.

7. Amanda Overmeyer, the resident rock chick, or so she keeps telling us, is next. "Carry On, Wayward Son", by Kansas. Well, when she first started I thought "hmmm, maybe I was wrong about her", but then...nope, I still don't get it. I thought she was incredibly (and here I borrow a word from Randy before he says it himself) pitchy, and I just don't see whatever it is that the judges see in her. This was ROUGH for me. And even her voice itself for me doesn't do it. Nope, didn't work for me tonight.

8. Singing a song from Grease, Alaina Whitaker tackles "Hoplessly Devoted to You" by Olivia Newton-John. Oh how I love this song, and therefore, I'm likely to be overly critical. But, I'll hand it to her, I thought she did pretty decent job with it. There was some pitchyness in the "larger" notes, but overall I thought she did a pretty good job with it.

9. Alexandrea Lushington is next singing Chicago's "If You Leave Me Now". First of all, I didn't get the outfit. She was dressed like she was going out hiking...what?? But the performance, was alright. I'd say it was a step above eh, but with some dangerously pitchy moments. Not so good.

10. Next up is Kady Malloy, singing "Magic Man" by Heart. Wait, let me rephrase that because she wasn't singing. I'm not entirely sure what it was she was doing, but it wasn't singing. So, I like this girl, but oooh, Lord was this a terrible performance. And the dress? Were those giant jelly beans on the front? OOOH, no, didn't work at all...bad bad bad. OOOH. No!

11. And finally we have Asia'h Epperson. "All by Myself" is her song choice. This girl is one of those powerhouse singers with an amazing voice, but she wasn't completely on tonight. There were some faulty steps there, but overall, I thought she did pretty well with it. Not a great night for her, but she's still a powerhouse singer in my mind.

12. Not a great night for the girls tonight overall. My picks for he two going home? I'm going to go with Kady Malloy and possibly Kristy Lee Cook. Only because I don't think the public will vote Amanda Overmeyer out yet, and I like some of the other girls too much to put their names in here. But Alexandrea Lushington could be in trouble, as could some of my favorites (Asia'h and Ramiele), but we'll hope that's not the case.

13. So, overall, after both night's performances, my favorite to win it all? As of right now, it's still David Archuletta. LOVE LOVE LOVE him.

What did you think?


Anonymous said...

I agree that I think Kristy Lee Cook may get the boot tonight. Her performance was flat. No umph at all. So far this season seems a touch boring to me. I hope they can rev it up a bit soon, I'm losing interest quickly.

Unknown said...

I disagreed with the judges a lot last night, and I am posting my review later is not my TT though, that is a history lesson from the thirties.

Joy T. said...

I don't watch American Idol so it's kind of cool to come over here and read about it :o)

Rebecca said...

Sorry, I haven't seen a bit of the show since I lived with my grandma and a distant cousin was a contestant... But Happy TT! :-)

I didn't do a TT today, but I did tag you for a MeMe - come by to see what it's about! :-)

Unknown said...

#7 and #10 - BYE BYE go home! HORRIBLE!

Great Thursday Thirteen post! Come by my blog and laugh, just not too hard! LOL

Beckie said...

I think I thought the same thing about Alexandrea's outfit.

Julia Phillips Smith said...

Imagining the jelly bean dress is going to send me off to Google Image it in about one second.

Julia Phillips Smith said...

Couldn't find the jelly bean dress. It'll be up next week, probably.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Idol's not promoting my kind of music, so I have a hard time getting into it. I've tried and been turned off because it's so obvious they are looking for a certain type of singer.