On Wednesday, 2/22/06, on a night following the premiere of the top twelve American Idol 2006 female contenders, the boys stepped up to the microphone. Judge Randy swears this year’s contest is there for the boys to lose, i.e., Randy, at least, thinks a fellow will win this year.
Come to think of it, it is time for the guys to take a bow. So far, by my rough math, there’s been more female winners than males. In fact, there’s only been one male winner in this series so far. So perhaps Randy is right.
[ADBLOCKHERE]Thus we looked over the top twelve male contenders with a jaundiced and critical eye. And I think I’ve spotted just the winner Randy sees.
First, the guys I don’t think are going to walk away with the prize.
First up, a likeable fellow, 27 years old and very cute. Patrick Hall sang “Come to My Window,” a song I normally like but Hall’s performance was more of a good karaoke version than that of a professional singer as the American Idol would be expected to perform. With all the flirting going on between Hall and Judge Paula Abdul if nothing else, Patrick might find a place next to Paula on a more personal basis (insert wink here).
David Radford performed “This Thing Called Love” and I couldn’t clear my mind of the visions of Las Vegas and little chapels along the highway. Which is where Radford would be a fine performer but as the country’s next Idol? I don’t think so. Judge Randy hated Radford’s performance almost viscerally.
Buck Covington is a fellow with what he thinks is a voice like Bruce Springsteen. Covington had The Boss’s somewhat raspy voice only … not so good. Buck performed “Simple Man” and again, a karaoke performance.
The next contender I considered not a possibility for the grand prize wore a white fedora, sung in a high falsetto voice and had parents who sung him some odd bedtime tunes. I speak of Jose “Sway” Penala who sang “Reasons” by Earth, Wind and Fire. This is the song Jose says his parents sang to him at bedtime. An odd bedtime melody as I see it. Jose’s had a nice moment of glory in the 2006 series of American Idol. I don’t see him walking off a winner.
I don’t see Elliott Yamin making it to the top spot either, but I must caution that Judge Randy couldn’t say enough good things about this fellow. Yamin sang Stevie Wonder tune “If You Really Loved Me.” First, Elliott is a really bad dresser and I wonder if these contestants dress themselves for these first rounds of elimination. Second, and I say this softly, but Elliott doesn’t really have the “look” of a major pop singer. Which is not just because Elliott’s not all that handsome but add this to his awkward performance style and his bad dress, well it’s not winning material. His song choice was rather bland as well.
Bobby Bennett is a heavyset young man but a fine dresser. Bobby sang Manilow’s “Copa Cabana,” a kicky tune but no, I don’t see Bennett winning this thing. Although I will say Bobby seemed to really be enjoying himself as he performed.
There were three contenders in this introduction to American Idol‘s top twelve males in this year of our Lord, 2006, that I think have a chance for the top spot but for now they’re not, for various and sundry reasons, not my top three picks.
Kevin Covais is from New York and he is 16 years old. He looks like a puppy. Covais performed “One Less Cry” by Brian McKnight and I loved it. Kevin has a great voice. Judge Simon called Brian’s performance “excruciating,” but I say not.
Gedeon McKinney is a contender that is alleged to always sport a smile on his face. Gedeon performed “Shout,” a fast paced tune and McKinney displayed a good voice range. Someone needs to help Gedeon choose his outfits because his performance of that song in his nerdy outfit was a tad incongruous. Judge Simon, God love him, said Gedeon’s smile “bothers him.” I thought Gedeon’s smile to be his best asset.
The last performer of the evening, Taylor Hicks from Alabama, left me unimpressed. To my complete surprise, the judges loved him. I thought he had a nice voice as they all do on some level. Hicks sang “Levon,” an Elton John tune. First thing, Hicks’ penchant for snapping his fingers as he sang struck me as an odd and not appealing affect. But since the judges loved him so maybe they see something in this fellow’s rather sloppy dress and most ordinary of looks.
We move on to my top three choices, at least based on the performances of the first evening. Beginning with a Bobby Brady doppelganger, one Will Makar from Texas. Makar sang the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back” and my goodness this young man is a cutie pie. I can see teenyboppers across the land furiously hitting their speed dials to vote for this appealing young man.
Chris Daughtry performed an impressive version of “Wanted Dead or Alive.” This fellow has a great voice and the word “outstanding” leapt immediately to my listening ears. Judge Simon thought it a great choice of a song.
We end with a soft whisper, listen closely to the willows rustling in the spring breezes. “Ace,” the willows say softly to the passing wind. Listen closer and you’ll hear the word softly spoken on the morning talk shows. “Ace”, the soft words say.
Thus I heard of Ace Young way before I either met or heard him. The whispers continue across the Blogosphere and it seems the world awaits Ace Young, a betting choice for the 2006 American Idol.
It wasn’t that Ace Young was the best singer of the evening because he was not. Ace – what a great name for a singing Idol, eh? – sang “Father Figure” and his voice was fine and sturdy.
Ace Young has that star quality, that “x-factor” as Simon referred to it. He’s hip, current and cute.
If this is the year of the boys as Randy alleges, Ace Young is very likely the boy who will bring it home.
I looked for the first two guys eliminated to be Jose and Bobby Bennett. I predicted in this post on the American Idol girls of 2006 that the first two girls to be eliminated would be Stevie Scott the opera singer and Heather Cox.
It wouldn’t be long before I would see the results as in that same week that the top twelve males and females performed, on Thursday 2/23/06, the first of the eliminations began. Two girls were eliminated, two boys were eliminated.
The females eliminated were Becky O’Donohue who I described in this post as “not having much of a voice”, and Stevie Scott who I predicted in the same post would be eliminated this first round.
The males eliminated were Bobby Bennett and Patrick Hall. Check above. I predicted Bobby’s elimination and didn’t think too much of Patrick.
So I accurately predicted 50% of those eliminated and panned those not predicted. Tune in as the process unwinds.
Let’s all watch Ace win this thing.
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