It was a first for American Idol tonight as the remaining nine contestants tried their hands at classic showtunes.
1. Scott Savol – “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha
2. Constantine Maroulis – “My Funny Valentine” from Babes in Arms
3. Carrie Underwood – “Hello, Young Lovers” from The King and I
4. Vonzell Solomon – “People” from Funny Girl
5. Anthony Fedorov – “Climb Every Mountain” from The Sound of Music
6. Nikko Smith – “One Hand, One Heart” from West Side Story
7. Anwar Robinson – “If Ever I Would Leave You” from Camelot
8. Bo Bice – “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin
9. Nadia Turner – “As Long As He Needs Me” from Oliver!
Scott: What an absolutely awful night. After a rather sorry round of performances, it is a good bet we won’t be seeing the return of the “Musicals” theme again any time soon on AI. The contestants clearly were flailing a bit in the song choice department, but the most bizarre selection was from Bo Bice, who picked a song no one has ever heard from a musical no one has ever heard of. Maybe he really did just close his eyes and pick one, but it was not a strategy that served him well. Bo wasn’t great, but he wasn’t the only previously strong singer to falter tonight. Carrie Underwood had probably her weakest performance in the finals so far. She did what she could with the song, but there really wasn’t that much to be done with it.
Obviously, though, Carrie and Bo aren’t going away any time soon. While they weren’t at their best tonight, neither was anyone else, with one possible exception: Constantine Maroulis. With a starring role in Rent under his belt, Constantine was the only contestant with the showtunes credentials going into tonight. It was his night to shine, and shine he certainly did, turning in what I would consider the only truly memorable song of the entire show.
ZMethos: I think Bo, while not at the top of his game, did better than most tonight. Although I have to agree that Constantine was the best performer in this evening’s competition. I also give a thumbs up to Anwar’s performance; he rallied tonight after several weeks of drooping.
Most of the singers tonight were dull and some were even downright bad. Scott’s take on “The Impossible Dream” had no force, no emotion behind it. And he wasn’t even holding his notes well. Carrie and Nadia were boring, and Anthony and Nikko were just awful. Nikko’s voice in particular was thin and sounded strained, especially in the first part of his song. It wouldn’t be fair of me to say anything about Vonzell, though; I absolutely hate the song she chose and my bias is too strong for me to give a fair ruling.
Scott: Vonzell probably did more for that song than most other singers could have, though I think many other viewers will probably bring a similar negative bias to the table.
I disagree with you about Anwar, though. While technically decent, his performance tonight did absolutely nothing for me. I’m starting to see him more as a one-trick pony at this point: he always sings very similar songs and in a very similar style. We’ve yet to see him really stretch beyond his comfort zone and, while I don’t think that has really hurt him yet, it could as the theme weeks get more challenging.
Also, I didn’t find Nadia boring at all. In fact, her performance was the only other one besides Constantine’s tonight that I thought was remotely interesting. Not her best, but not as bad as most of the other singers tonight.
ZMethos: It’s true that Nadia wasn’t as bad as some tonight. Nikko and Anthony and even Scott were worse. Last week I predicted Anthony to be the one to go, and this week I will truly be baffled if he isn’t the one to leave. Unless the recent revelation of Scott’s rap sheet causes any fans he has to drop him.
Scott: While I think Anthony was the worst of a pretty awful lot tonight, I think you’re on to something with Scott Savol; I predict that his past will come back to haunt him this week and that he’ll be the one to go tomorrow night.
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