Friday, April 25, 2008

American Idol: Andrew Loyd Webber Week

I love musicals whether its movie or a play, so Andrew Loyd Webber week was a real treat.

I enjoyed David Archuleta version of Think of Me. The first time David A tweaked a song, it made the song more poppy but in a good way. In fact my sister and I had a long LSS after watching David A's performance. My sister (who is a huge fan of the Phanton of the Opera) complained that she can't remember how the original was after hearings David A's version until she listen to the original soundtrack. "Rock and Roll Too Many" Syesha was wearing a sexy red dress singing on top of the piano, one of her best performances in the show and another great week for her. David Cook's "Music Of The Night" was perfection. I really appreciate the fact that he stuck to the original melody.

Brooke White, her controversial lyric restart mishap with Evita's "You Must Love Me". I heart Brooke and though she made a boo boo she executed it with taste.. Although I don't like Caryl Smithson, I thought she deserved to stay a bit longer than Jason Castro. Her version of "Jesus Christ Superstar" was far much better than Uhhgh Jason and his painful "Memory". Then again, Jason has a strong established fan base than Carly. So Goodbye Ms. Smithson!

BTW During the eliminations night, The comic supervillan theme thisi weeks Ford "Tainted Love" Music video was wicked awesome!

And like a cherry on top of this musical week one of my new favorite artists of the year Leona Lewis sang live "Bleeding Love". I greatly admire artists who sound as good as their recording (am I making sense?) and does not need digital sound enhancements. OMG Her voice is impeccable! Bless Clive and Simon for discovering her.

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Friday, April 18, 2008

American Idol: Mariah Carey Week

Way back in my early grade school days as a pasalubong my dad bought my first cd, Mariah Carey's MTV Unplugged. I listened to it for a number of times on my discman and became an instant fan. I'm very intrigued how the remaining idols perform Mariah songs.

David Archuleta is a sweet boy with a great voice but I'm getting a bit antsy with his performances. He always picks ballad songs, it's getting a little boring and lacks the "wow" factor he used to have.

I heart Brooke White and this week she picked a tough Mariah song "Hero". Overall her performance was okay but I hoped that she mellowed down the tempo making it more soulful and heart felt. Anyways, I still love her and hope Ms. White stays in the competition.

Syesha is fighting back with her version of "Vanishing". She can hit them notes and at the same time be soft, soulful and vulnerable. So far this is one of her strongest performance.

The single "Always Be My Baby" is one of my favorite Mariah classics and I was surprised on how David Cook interpreted the song. At first I was hesitant but listening to it further it kinda hit me, not bad not bad at all. He keeps making great covers of songs from big artists and if he picks the right songs he just might be... I don't want to jinx it.

"I Can't Live With Out You". Carly Smithson almost made me like her. Starting off slow with her melodious soft voice but when she hit the chorus it came crashing down and her final note sucked me back to reality. I agree with Simon, she has a great voice but I just can't connect with her. She reminds me of Elliot Yamin of Season 5 the voice was there but his performance lacked "emotional connection".

Jason Castro a good cover, but I just can't picture him as an Idol.

Kristy Lee Cook. She looked stunning in her gold dress, undeniably she is very pretty. Singing "Forever" and gave Mariah goosebumps during rehearsals. Despite of everything this was Kristy's last week on Idol. She had it coming, no doubt about that and Jason is next!

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Friday, April 11, 2008

American Idol 7: Most Shocking Elimination

Bottom three: Michael Johns, Carly Smithson and Syesha Mercado.

Tonight Carly looked really worried since she sang the most inspiring song she could think of, "Show Must Go On". I sat numb frozen as Ryan uttered the dreaded words "Syesha and Carly you are safe" and like rubbing salt to a fresh wound Ryan mentioned "Last year during Idol Gives back we didn't eliminate anybody at this stage of the competition. "Tonight, We are going to say goodbye to Michael Johns. Its the end of the road for Mr. Johns"

This week American Idol encourages it's viewers to give back, America responds and gave us the most shocking elimination.

Fucking OUTRAGE! Come on is this a joke... how could this happen?

On a lighter note: As Michael sings his last song, the camera shot from the back revealed Johns sexy bum. Too bad we ain't gonna see more of that, missing him already.

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Friday, April 04, 2008

American Idol: Dolly Parton Week

I wasn't too crazy about Dolly week, I respect her as an artist but country isn't really my cup of tea. Ramiele Malubay was the one who was sent home. I wanted her stay a bit longer than Kristy or Jason but with her declining performance and poor song choice it was already expected or inevitable. It was Brooke White's first time to be in the bottom two, hopes she picks a good song next week.

Out of all of the 9 songs performed Michael Johns cover of "It's All Wrong, But It's All Right" stood out from the rest of the performances. Another Scorching Hot Performance! by Michael. Two weeks in a row, he is stepping up the game. He is one of my favorites since auditions. I always thought that even if he doesn't win the competition he could release a good album but with last weeks, Dolly week performance and just be consistent through the remaining weeks, He may have a shot at the title "American Idol".

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