American Idol 7: The Sixties NightAI proclaims that this season has the best talent ever, since the contestants are more in tuned to being "real" and have their own original styles.This weeks theme is the 60s music.
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
The top 12 male is the 1st group to perform. This episode had mispronounced names and wordys, Simon squabbling about Paulas' colors, a cameo appearance of Ellen Degene... oh my bad it was just Colton *squints... squints again really hard*, some of them "just got it" and sparkled while some were given their much needed airtime.
My male favorites since auditions never failed to impress me with their respective performances. As long as it's natural, I don't mind the accent. Michael Johns oozing with charisma rendered his version of "Light my Fire". Although I favored his "Bohemian Rhapsody" in Hollywood week tonights performance was effortless. David Cook delivered a great cover of "Happy together" which made him up a notch on Simon's standards "making it almost believable". David Archuleta sang "Shop Around" and it was just an okay performance. I was expecting more from him, can't help but compare his rendition of "Heaven" during the Hollywood week.
Some of those who got their much needed airtime used it wisely and left an impression while others were just bordering okay to boring. Jason Yeagers' kinda cute but his performance was just *yawn*. Garrett Haley two words hair-cut. Jason Castro and his
rendition of "Daydream" comes in a blend of Paula's' favorite colors earning praises from Simon dubbing him 2nd top performer of the night.
To sum up top 12 Male 60's night, All of them have the talent, the voice it just boils down to choosing the right song and being confident on stage.
Thursday, 21 February 2008
The top 12 girls are on the spotlight. I think they have a bit advantage or a hint on what the judges were looking for in a performance, based on the comments that were given when the boys performed. There were no cameo appearances but the flu and bronchitis shadowed some of the girls.
My female favorites since auditions were Brooke White, Kady Malloy and Ramiele Malubay (Pinay Pride!). Brooke White sang "Happy Together" which I think suits her well, especially with her "aura". Though she's my favorite I'm not buying her no R-rated movie policy. The song she choose was also performed by a male favorite David Cook. She brought her own style to the song and can't really be compared to Cooks version. I liked her performance but I think she could be better. Kady Malloy sang "Groovy Kind of Love" I like the tone of her voice and she fairly did the song justice but this wasn't her best. I hope she makes it through and prove them wrong. I so love her Britney impersonations, you know I'm a big Brit fan despite the struggles she is going thru.... (nowadays, who ain't got them?) Pinay Pride! and Loving the hairstyle... Ramiele Malubay sang one of Lani Mesaluchas signature song "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" I was happy with her performance she didn't over did it (which is the usual trend here in the Philippines, yung birit exaggerated) I think she's better than JasmineTrias.
I've added a new favorite idol hopeful on my list, Alaina Whitaker the youngest this season. When I saw her at auditions I didn't like her but with her version of “More Today Than Yesterday” (I don't know the title I just called it the Ayala Mall Jingle) which Chakuzi... Chekizie also sang during top 12 male night. Alainas' version was much better.
After her performance, Amy Davis I've got a gut feeling she is going home her looks won't save her. I'm actually convinced that there were others who auditioned who deserved the final 24 slot than her.
To sum up the top 12 female night, a number of them were actually good like Alexandrea Lushington “Spinning Wheel”, Asiah Amperson “Take Another Piece of My Heart” and Amanda Overmyer “Baby, Please Don’t Go” (love the attitude and style but I don't think she'll win AI).
Friday, 22 February 2008
Just got home freshened-up and I'm currently watching the elimination night thru a torrent I downloaded. They will be eliminating the 4 lowest, 2 from each group. Cool they showed the "behind the scenes video". I love Daughterys' song. If you want to hear the full song "What About Now" I included it to my updated sidebar Soundtrack area and there are a couple of my favorite songs from former AI seasons as well.
Going back to elimination night. In the spirit of the 60's theme the top 24 performed a medley of songs. The guys are first on the chopping block. A short recap of their performance night and just like that... Garrett Haley gets cut.
The girls are next and as predicted Amy Davis gets cut. No surprise there.
Video world premiere of "Dance like theirs No Tomorrow". Simon and Ryan has a cameo appearance at the end of the video. Wow, Paula still got it (with the help of 15 electric fans). As Ryan hold an electric fan at Paula's side, they try to re-enact a part of the video "recreation" as Randy calls it was hilarious!
Back to the results, Amanda and Joanne are called on stage. Ryan just announced that the remaining girls are safe. Break.
Amanda is safe. Joanne Borgella gets cut.
Ryan calls Chikezie and Colton. Lights are dimmed. Between the two, hoping it's Colton...
Colton indeed gets the cut.
Ryan asks Paula for advice and Paula gives words of encouragement. Colton sighs in relief not expecting that the words of wisdom that Mr. Cowell is about to impart is like squeezing a calamansi on a fresh wound.
I would say get a good job and then seriously and enjoy singing cause I don't think you'll make a successful career out of it. No I don't... - Simon Cowell
Simon is extra feisty... There's one from Simon's Compilation of Must Say Comments. I actually thought Colton would pass but brave young man still sang his last AI song. AI has executed the eliminations quite well. Suspense, drama and tough love coming from Simon a very entertaining week. Last years' season wasn't as exciting and talent was somewhat limited. Here's hoping for more this season, can't wait till next week.