We begin this missive with a rundown of the guys’ performances on Wednesday, 3/8/06. I have predictions on who will be eliminated. Following this a short piece on the elimination and finally, ta-da, a listing of the top twelve who will move on to greater challenges and further scrutiny.
Gedeon McKinney sang “When a Man Loves a Woman” on the night of the top eight male finalists’ presentation. Gedeon certainly presented his own fine version of the song and Simon pronounced it “over the top.” I think Gedeon will move on to the top twelve.
I didn’t recognize Chris Daughtry’s song of choice, something about being broken. Chris has a spectacular rocker voice and it occurs to me that this is a musical genre woefully under-represented on American Idol. Simon pronounced Daughtry’s performance as “indulgent.” While Daughtry has the voice to win this thing, I can’t help but think Simon does not want Chris to win. Sure, Simon’s hyper-critical and that’s his schtick. But at this point in reality series’ run Simon tends to try to guide the voting public toward his choice for winner. I suspect Simon doesn’t think Daughtry has the superstar quality he seeks. Whatever the case, I think Chris will move on to the top twelve and the American public will decide.
Kevin Covais is this year’s designated American Idol nerd. For this performance Kevin seemed too self-conscious. A musical superstar shouldn’t appear to an audience as if he’s practically apologizing for wasting their time with his small song. Which is, sadly, the feeling transmitted by this young man who does, no doubt about it, have a terrific voice.
But they all have terrific voices at this stage in the game. There’s a bit more needed to win this contest and part of it is certainly stage presence. While the judges pronounced Covais’ performance as good and his choice of a ballad a song suiting him, Simon called it “juvenile.” I don’t think Kevin’s going to make it.
Bucky Covington is a surprising contender, at least to me. He captured my fancy with his revelation that he has an identical twin brother. I paid close attention to Covington’s performance and considered that his genre of country-western with a little rock could be a winning combo. I love Bucky’s ponytail and casual but hip style.
Will Makar is considered the favorite of the bubblegum crowd. A fact which seems to annoy sweet Will but I say take the votes where you get them.
Perhaps in an attempt to appeal to a different demographic, Will sang “How Sweet It Is.” A great song but not a strong enough song at this point in the competition. It had a Karaoke flavor to it that was not appealing. I still think Makar will go through to the top twelve though none of the judges were wowed by Makar’s performance and poor choice of material.
Now Taylor Hicks did a rocking song and first thing I noticed was this fellow’s robotic dancing style.
I’d depict Hicks’ dancing style as it appeared to me but the compassion police would beat me up. Let’s just say Hicks looked a bit like that little robot on the old Lost in Space series. The first thing Randy commented upon was Hicks’ strange “dance” style. I suspect that Hicks was trying to appear cool beyond his rather mundane accountant appearance. I don’t think it worked.
Elliott Yamin performed a song I didn’t know and didn’t like. Randy, however, loved the song. Curmudgeon Simon also didn’t like the song or the performance. I think Yamin has a chance of being booted during the elimination round.
Ah, my own favorite, Ace Young, did something really odd. Not that I didn’t like it. In fact, that hat and his falsetto voice did manage to present this handsome fellow in a different light and showed us his vocal talent.
Ace sang a Michael Jackson song completely in a high falsetto. And it was okay, dawg, it was okay, as Randy would say. The judges like Ace’s performance although Simon said Ace missed some high notes in spots. Ace’s performance left me impressed but really hoping he won’t try such a thing when he’s in the running for the top three countdown.
The 3/9/06 Elimination Round
46 million people voted, Bo Bice sang us a tune and told us about his new baby.
Four contestants were eliminated: Kinnik Sky, Gedeon McKinney, Will Makar, and Ayla Brown.
I was very surprised about Makar. Not because I thought he necessarily should be in the top twelve in this year of our Lord 2006. I was thinking the bubblegum crowd would keep him alive.
One final thought before entering into the finals of this year’s competition with the top twelve listed below. I’ve never understand that cruelty of sorts involved with making these people who have just been eliminated sing a song before they leave.
The PR thing isn’t lost on me. Which is to say any time you have a chance to sing before millions of people, no matter the circumstances, do it. But to have to do it when your heart is breaking, it seems a bit thoughtless.
American Idol 2006 Top Twelve Finalists