Last night's American Idol was the first time in a long time that I really enjoyed the bulk of the performances on the show. Who would have thought that these classic standards would treat all the prospective idols so well? As a group, I would say that the performances were classic, well thought-out, and generally performed above average. Also, as a first-time watcher of the show, it will be interesting to see how the voting plays out tonight.
But first, the highlight performances. . .
First up last night was Chris Daughtry taking on "What a Wonderful World." Chris did a nice job overall, but he did have some rough spots, specifically when he tried to be soft with his voice. Chris is definitely a belter and has some trouble when it comes to the notes and tones at lower volumes, which is why we end up with performances of songs like "What If" by Creed.
Paris did "These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)" and it was OK. She still seems like a young girl playing dress-up to me. She, like Chris, also has problems with the low-volume sections of songs. I think she probably has the most potential to grow out of anyone, but she really isn't quite at the level to take on the more advanced and experienced singers left on the show. That being said, she had a decent week and seemed to be one of the more popular ones.
Taylor Hicks did "You Send Me" and he continues to surprise me with his performances week in and week out. I expected the cheesiness of it all to catch up with him, but apparently America likes its music with a bit of cheese. I guess this explains LFO's short career. Anyway, Taylor doesn't show any signs of tiring and America apparently likes him more than Ace and Elliott who have been sitting in the bottom week after week.