The final seven American Idol finalists put on their dancing shoes tonight to take on the sounds of the 70s.
1. Constantine Maroulis – “Nights on Broadway” – The BeeGees
2. Carrie Underwood – “MacArthur Park” – Donna Summer
3. Scott Savol – “Everlasting Love” – Carl Carlton
4. Anthony Fedorov – “Don’t Take Away the Music” – Tavares
5. Vonzell Solomon – “I’m Every Woman” – Chaka Kahn
6. Anwar Robinson – “September” – Earth, Wind, and Fire
7. Bo Bice – “Vehicle” – Ides of March
ZMethos: Bad news first: what the hell was Carrie singing? Maybe I’m biased because I’ve always hated that song (although Brak did a good take on it on Cartoon Planet), but I honestly can’t see what the judges liked so much in her performance tonight. Maybe it sounded different in the studio. Scott also failed to impress; he just lacks the force of emotion behind his vocals that would serve to make his singing compelling. Finally, I thought Anwar’s singing was a tad grating. That song should have been smoother sounding.
Scott: I’ll go ahead and call my top four right now (in no particular order): Carrie, Constantine, Vonzell, and Bo. While quite a switch from the last time I updated my odds, these four are so clearly in a different league from Anwar, Anthony, and Scott that it’s ridiculous to even see them in the same competition.
Sure, Carrie picked a truly horrible song and she needs to lose the big hair, but her voice is still the best in the competition and that last note was absolutely amazing. She’s proved she can do well outside of her core country demographic, she just needs to get a little more confidence when she’s rocking out like last week or dancing up a storm like tonight.
Constatntine just keeps getting better and better every week. I totally disagreed with the judges lukewarm assessment of his performance tonight; I thought he did a fantastic job with a mediocre song, particularly by infusing a little bit of his own personality into it.
In like manner, Vonzell improves every week as well. The judges think she has personality, but I just don’t see it. What she does have is a great voice and a great sense of style. She won’t win, but she’ll be around for awhile.
Bo is no longer the front runner, but if he continues to turn out great performances like tonight’s, he’s still got a shot.
ZMethos: Bo has been my favorite for a while, and I still really enjoy his singing, but I see Constantine beginning to pull ahead. However, I think all told that Carrie has the most marketable voice and image (even despite this evening’s performance)–last week she came out looking and sounding like another Kelly Clarkson, and I think she could do as well or better than Clarkson has done.
I like Vonzell more and more each week, although I didn’t think this week was her best (although still very good). I do believe she has personality, is very likeable.
I think the bottom three should be Anwar, Scott and Anthony, although Anthony may yet scrape by again–his performance this week was borderline.
I’d like to see Scott be the one to go home. I’m just kind of sick of him.
Scott: I agree with your bottom three, but I think Anthony will be the one to go. Scott’s getting on my nerves, but he’s got a good core contingent of fans, more so than Anthony, I think.
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