The remaining ten guys have redeemed themselves from last week, much to my and the judges' delight. It seems that they've learned a thing or two from the ladies' performances. According to Ryan Seacrest, the theme this week is songs that are dedicated to the people who inspire them. I'm willing to bet that Simon has a barf bag hidden under his chair.
Since the guys have improved, the categories I'm using this time are "Good", "Better", and "Best". I must admit that, although there were still some boring performances, I find it harder this time to predict who will be going home on Thursday.
Phil Stacy started off the evening with a song dedicated to his Navy buddies. I thought he was okay, but sharp during the last long note. He still holds the mic too close to his mouth. Simon said he was unimpressed and that Phil was unoriginal — just a very, very good karaoke singer. I tend to agree with him.
Brandon Rogers sang "Time After Time" for his grandmother. Like me, the judges thought it was weak and that he picked the wrong song. Brandon tried to defend himself, saying that he felt the song and that it was from the heart, but Simon thought that was all bullshit and told Brandon that it's more important to pick a song that will show off your skills. I totally agree with the man.
Sanjaya Malakar's performance was for his grandfather, who died when Sanjaya was only five years old. He therefore chose the Tony Bennett classic, "Steppin' Out With My Baby." I thought that Sanjaya's voice was weak, as if he were whispering the whole song. I also thought that the performance was, as Simon would say, "too cabaret" and that he shouldn't have picked a song that was way, way too old for him. Indeed, the judges disliked the performance, with Randy and Simon comparing it to a bad high school talent show. I think he should go home this week, but I doubt he will because all the teenyboppers who think he's cute will rally to keep him safe.
Jared Cotter dedicated his performance to his parents, which was not surprisingly common among the contestants. Oddly though, the song he chose was Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get it On," which is something people wouldn't normally sing to their moms and dads. Jared sounded a little strained, like he was trying too hard, but was still okay. He had a great comeback when Simon remarked that his performance reminded him of a Love Boat episode. Jared replied, "That would have been a great Love Boat, man."
The cutie Nick Pedro sang "Fever" for his equally cute girlfriend, which was okay for the most part, but boring. I mean, the song is called "Fever" and he's barely moving around the stage. He also needs to sing a little louder. Like Sanjaya, Nick had no energy when he was performing.