Well, tonight was the big night for the American Idol guys, so it started with a recap of last night’s show. Don’t you just love that?
The best Ryan “Cheesy” Seacrest line of the night, as Will Makar finished singing and Jose “Sway” Penala was about to take the stage was, “Where there’s a Will, there’s a Sway.” Hey, I didn’t say it, he did. I’m just naming it his best Cheesy Line of the Night!
Another disjointed and incongruous thought of mine: Why is there a tire in the table in the Red Room?
All right, let’s get talking about the performances!
Patrick Hall was first up. He chose “Come to my Window” by Melissa Etheridge. He sang it technically okay… I think, but it didn’t do much for me. He sounds like any so-so boy band singer, nothing spectacular. I liked his last Hollywood audition stuff better. Randy – “Not your best, but good.” Paula – “Stick to what you do best. You give an amazing performance.” Simon – “You looked uncomfortable. Average performance.” I agree with Simon. This song tonight by him wasn’t that hot. Nothing to look at here, move along.
David Radford, that cute kiddie crooner, was up next. His song choice was “A Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen. Dang, he looked like he’s crooning to a rock song. He’s got kind of an Elvis thing goin’ on. He also sings with his chin trying to reach the back of his neck or something. Don’t get me wrong, I like him. I doubt he’ll win it all, but he’s a fun performer. Randy thought it was terrible. He panned him! Paula disagrees with Randy. Not her favorite, but he was true to who he is. Simon thought it was a bit of a joke. He thinks the audience at home will like him, but he should take himself more seriously. I think he’ll get a lot of the really young and really old votes. He’s a sweet kid and looked a bit rattled at Simon’s criticism.
Bucky Covington hit the stage. His song was “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. It sounds like a good choice for him. Ahhh… he does it well — it’s perfectly suited for his talents! I don’t think he’s as good as Bo Bice in the genre, but this is a strong performance. Judges? What say you? Randy thinks he sang too hard, pushed too much, but cool. Paula, of course, is nurturing. Simon? “Thousands of bars with someone like Bucky.” The others defend him. I predict he’ll make this cut, but not win in the end.
Will Makar, the Peter Brady Lookin’ Kid, headed to the stage. Hee-hee, he sang “I Want You Back” by the Jackson Five. Umm… rats. I’m not all that impressed. He’s a little cutie, for sure. But cute will only keep him in for so long. He’ll get the teenybopper vote, but this wasn’t a strong performance. Randy is favorable, he was entertained. Paula says he’s adorable. She thinks it’s Bobby Brady… no, PETER! Simon gives a reality check. He said vocally that it was completely and utterly average. Hey, I agree.
Jose “Sway” Penala goes for “Reasons” by Earth, Wind and Fire. He does the falsetto well. Now, mid-song, he had to strain for a few notes. But, I think he may get a good reaction. He’s not average, as Simon would put things. Randy – very happy, congrats! Paula – Amazing. Simon disagrees. He thinks it was a pimpy third rate copy of Earth, Wind and Fire. I think the hat was more pimpy than the performance. So there, Simon.
Chris Daughtry performed “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi… cool! Ah, good start. I think it’s the strongest performance so far. Now we’re talkin’! Note I said he performed the song — it went beyond mere singing. Judges reaction? Randy — “Really, really good. Great recording voice.” Paula – wowed. Simon – “Very good choice of song. For the first time tonight I’m hearing someone with potential. Great recording voice. Work on the charisma!” Simon nailed that one!
The youngest contestant, Kevin Covais, was up next. His song was “One Last Cry” by Brian McNight. I’m not sure a ballad is the best follow up to the strong rock performance by Chris. He’s got a very nice voice and I think he sang it well. Randy – “Honestly talented; that was the bomb, man!” Paula – “You make me beam.” [She also said something about reckless abandon. Huh? Somehow that phrase doesn't come to mind for me when thinking about this kid. I think a little sweetie pie who can sing... or something.] Simon pans him. “Vocally, it was excruciating.” I disagree. Mean, bad Simon. Go to your room.
Gedeon McKinney took the stage by storm singing “Shout.” He’s really into it! I could see him on the stage in the 50s doing this. I think this is a very solid performance for him. Randy liked the song choice and likes it all. Paula – “A great surprise.” (Paula actually captured a bit of my thought about seeing him in the early rock star setting. That’s scary- I’m not a Paula!) Simon – “It was like watching the line up for the Chippendales.” Simon doesn’t like his smile, either. Me? I’m pleasantly surprised. Gedeon hasn’t been on my favorites list, but he moved up a bit with “Shout.”
Elliott Yamin goes up next. He sings, “If You Really Love Me” by Stevie Wonder and doing it well enough. It’s an okay performance, but will it win the hearts and calls of fan? Quite possibly. Randy loves it. Paula gushes. Simon – “potentially best male vocalist they ever had on the show.” Hmmm… I thought it was good, but it didn’t really rock my world. Simon didn’t like Gedeon’s smile. I don’t like Elliott’s beard.
Bobby Bennett sang Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana.” Dang, he reminded me of a twisted Jackie Gleason/Barry Manilow Nightmare gone very awry! He’s singing it well enough, but he’s so darn busy through it all that I’m getting winded just watching him! Randy – “More entertaining than vocal.” Paula – “Entertainment and great showmanship.” Simon pans him – “Complete nightmare.” It’s weird that I used the word “nightmare” before Simon did, but not in the same context.
Ace Young sang “Father Figure” by George Michael. Very nice, although I don’t really care for the song selection all that much. I think he nailed it, though. Kind of mesmerizing. It’s kind of putting me in a trance. (Must vote Ace, must vote Ace…) Randy – “You worked the room and can really sing!” Paula did some monotone gushing (she’s in The Ace Trance!) with a little helium hello. Simon – “Not the best vocal so far, you have the X Factor.” He likes the choice of song. The judges seem to think that amongst the guys, Ace has it aced. Me? I think it’s all subliminal. And, when I think about it, the song choice creeps me out a bit. It’s kind of like the aura of Sting singing “Every Breath You Take” in his heyday.
Taylor Hicks, the one I find most intriguing, was up last. Ah, his chosen song was “Levon” — a personal favorite of mine from the early Elton John days! A good performance, not as unique as I was expecting from Taylor. Solid enough, though. Randy – “Not perfect song choice for him, but he has it goin’ on.” While Randy and Paula gush, Simon was looking very pensive. Simon’s up… says he was wrong about Taylor not making the finals. “You’re interesting. I’ve had more positive feedback about Taylor than anyone else on the show.” Hee-hee, this guy is a hoot! I love him even if that wasn’t my favorite performance. I’m out of my Ace Trance. Phew!
You want my prediction for tomorrow night’s Cut O’ Two? I think Bobby Bennett and either Patrick Hall or Gedeon McKinney will be voted out. Your thoughts?
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