The music of Tuesday, March 28, 2006 featured songs of the 21st century; thus my middle-aged ears didn’t know one single song and didn’t like any of them at any rate.
Be that as it may, I still watched dutifully and on this night, only one stood out as a winner and even I am amazed at who it was.
First, some Idol tidbits.
We are not sure how true this rumor is and it does seem to pop up every year as a possibility. It’s Paula Abdul and there’s always something going on with her. The publicity rule of thumb is there is no such thing as bad publicity and following this maxim, I wonder if yet another Paula rumor wasn’t thrown out and about to keep public interest heightened as the competition plows on. This time the allegation is that Paula is high maintenance and subject to medical hysteria involving exhaustion and dehydration.
Imagine that in the United States of America.
This “Paula is nuts” rumor has an added dimension with the additional tidbit that Jessica Simpson or Britney Spears were possible replacements for Paula.
‘American Idol’ Producers Nearly Fired Abdul
AP / Chris Carlson
“American Idol” producers came close to sacking judge Paul Abdul earlier this month — and wanted to offer her job to Britney Spears or Jessica Simpson.
Tensions on the set of the hit TV show were running high and producers were considering firing the former singer for her erratic behavior.
A source tells Us Weekly magazine, “Paula was being very difficult. (She was) crying all the time and arriving late for meetings.”
The stress from the situation drove Abdul to seek medical attention and she was treated for “exhaustion and dehydration.”
Kevin Covais on Judges and Being a Sex Symbol
As contestants are eliminated, there is always the post-elimination appearances on the morning talk shows. Kevin Covais was a cute little thing but his resemblance to Chicken Little precluded his stature as any sort of Idol, much less the vaunted American one. Which doesn’t mean that Covais’ singing career is over by any means. For one thing, he has a lot growing to do, but the fellow does have a magnificent voice. There’s a future for Covais and I’m sure he’ll find it.
Below some cute quips from Kevin regarding his relationship to the AI judges and his tongue-in-cheek status as a sex symbol.
I try not to analyze it and say Simon’s opinion is 10 times more important than anyone else’s. I take what each of them has to say and I respect what they all say. But I love the feedback I’ve gotten from Randy best.
I’d gotten nothing but negative feedback. He was always like, ”I like you. I like you.” But he never said anything about my voice. I was fed up and the New Yorker in me came out. I wasn’t expecting to say anything to him that night, but I think he respected me for standing up to him.
What was the best advice you got?
I think what Simon said to me, which was, ”You had a lot of courage. You’re a really brave guy on the show.” I’m going to take that with me, because I know if I can stand up to Simon I can stand up to anyone.
The sex-symbol thing … In all honesty, it was like a joke. I was just trying to be funny and lighten the mood. People sometimes can’t tell when I’m serious or joking, and that was me joking when I said I was a sex symbol. I consider myself a pretty funny guy.
Now for a quick rundown of the final ten and their performances.
Lisa Tucker sang “Because of You” by none other than former Idol Kelly Clarkson. The judges excoriated Tucker for her song choice, but I thought it was clever as all get out. Not to mention an indicator of how far this contest has come when the contenders for one contest sing songs from the winners of earlier competitions.
I thought Lisa’s performance, no mind the clever song choice, was really off. She was screechy as my aging ears heard it. Simon told Lisa the song was “too big for your voice” and the performance was “painful”.
Kellie Pickler sang a song titled, I am not making this up, “Suds in the Bucket”. I thought she was out of tune and go on, that song was just silly. Simon deemed it “horrible” and “gimmicky”.
On to one of my faves, Ace Young. Ace sang a tune called “Drops of Jupiter,” which I’d never heard. Randy said it was not only the wrong song, he stipulated that Ace “didn’t sing it well”. Ace’s performance did nothing for me.
Taylor Hicks sang a tune — “Trouble” — and he displayed good vocals. This week, Taylor remained still as he sang rather than do that crazy chicken dance he normally does all over the stage. Paula made the same comment. Simon said Hicks’ clothing reminded him of Clay Aiken.
Mandisa was a major disappointment with her gospel performance of “Shackles”. Mandisa is probably a singer of the gospel genre and, while this is a well-respected musical category, it’s just not a winning genre in this contest. Simon pronounced Mandisa’s song and performance as “not for me”.
I thought Chris Daughtry gave one of the better performances of the evening, although I did not recognize his song, but I did see it as Chris’ genre and I can see Chris winning this thing. It was a rock song, titled “What If”. If nothing else, Chris was different this evening and his performance demonstrated where Chris will probably go in his singing career. Randy said he was “sharp” and Simon said Chris had gone “too far”.
Katharine McPhee gave one of the better performances of the evening with a tune called “The Voice Within”. I loved her outfit, thought she presented a good voice range, and considered this a good song choice. Paula said McPhee’s performance was one of her best and Simon dubbed it one of the better performances of the evening.
Up comes country/western rocker, Bucky Covington. Bucky sang a song titled “Real Good Man” and I noticed on occasion his voice completely disappeared! I did like Bucky’s interpretation of a country line dance.
Perhaps I missed them, but I didn’t hear any judge’s comments on Bucky’s performance.
Ah, Elliott Yamin. Not wanting to be cruel but unable to control myself, let me say that Elliott looked like a homeless fellow with that construction jacket and tattered threads. It could be just me, but I thought Elliott tried to act black. His bobbing up and down thing he did looked stranger than strange. There is just no way Elliott Yamin is going to be America’s next Idol. Simon called Elliott’s dancing “hideous” and yeah, that’s the ticket.
Paris, with my ears devoid of any preconceived notions, gave a great performance and hey, I enjoyed watching her. What better judgment than that, to give the audience entertainment? Paris Bennett sang “Work It Out” and she looked the part of the song with her hip clothes and sassy rap moves. Randy called it “the bomb” while Simon, who didn’t seem to like anything from the top ten, said Paris looked like a “little girl pretending to be Beyonce”.
Bucky Covington will be sent on his way home.
The bottom three this week were Lisa Tucker, Ace Young, and Katharine McPhee (this is a surprise).
Sent on her way on the evening of March 29,2006, was Lisa Tucker.
This is no surprise, but it should have been Bucky Covington.