The American Idol producers are clearly running out of ideas for weekly themes, as tonight’s was simply any track from the past five years. One would have thought that with such a broad array of choices, the contestants would have picked better songs than they ended up with.
1. Carrie Underwood – “When God Fearin’ Women Get The Blues” – Martina McBride
2. Bo Bice – “I Don’t Wanna Be” – Gavin DeGraw
3. Vonzell Solomon – “I Turn To You” – Christina Aguilera
4. Anthony Fedorov – “I Surrender” – Celene Dion
5. Constantine Maroulis – “How You Remind Me” – Nickelback
6. Scott Savol – “Dance With My Father” – Luther Vandross
Scott: A decidedly mixed bag this week, with favorites Carrie and Constantine turning in somewhat less than impressive performances. Carrie was clearly comfortable singing Martina again, but I agree with the judges that the song did little to show off her great voice. While not exactly a deadly showing for her, it was among her worst performances to date. Carrie is best when she sticks with country, but there are far more impressive songs that would really showcase her talent.
Constantine was in much the same situation, choosing a fairly simple song and even then not singing it all that well. Where he excelled, however, was in his performance, really giving off the rock star vibe even better than Bo this week.
ZMethos: While Constantine rocked with a rock song–resulting in only an average performance overall–Bo did a more rockin’ version of a current radio hit. In the end, Bo won this round. Although I had the same thought as Simon Cowell about the glasses; why hide those pretty eyes?
Carrie’s fans will always be happy to hear her do country of any kind, and they’ll vote for her no matter that this performance wasn’t up to her usual standard. Vonzell, too, did okay but this evening wasn’t her strongest showing. The beginning of the song was off, and she didn’t hit her stride until halfway through.
I have to put Anthony, Scott, and Constantine in the bottom three for the week. Constantine has many fans, and he may pull it out, but I think Vonzell may top him this go round.
Scott: Wow, I cannot see Con in the bottom three. He has what could be the most devoted fan base of the remaining hopefuls, and if they perceive this week’s performance to be as lackluster as the judges did, expect them to turn out in droves to save him. He and Bo appear to be playing to different audiences now, so I don’t think they steal votes from each other like they might have in earlier rounds.
Anthony is in an interesting situation this week. He has not been a favorite of mine, nor am I a fan of the song he choose tonight, but I think he’ll actually get a fair amount of votes this time around, both from sympathy and from his “fans.” I don’t think he’ll be in the bottom three; instead, I predict it will be between Vonzell, Carrie, and Scott.
Vonzell continues to turn out decent performances, but I don’t think she has the grassroots support to really turn out the vote.
Carrie has yet to be in the bottom three, and I’m guessing some of her fans may abandon her this week, or possibly just assume she’s safe again, dropping her into the loser’s circle for the first time.
Scott was absolutely horrible, not even whatever fans he has left can save him this week.
ZMethos: Scott had some particularly glaring pitch problems this evening, and I have him pegged to (finally!) leave tomorrow. But that could be, yet again, just my wishful thinking.
Scott: My record at predicting the loser has been horrible to date (1 out of 6), but I agree that Scott Savol leaving tomorrow is a pretty decent bet.
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