Idol Chatter

America’s Top Ten

I was a little surprised with the performances and song choices [see Tim and Siobhan].  You would think that at this point, some of these contestants would figure out a way to step up the game, but that just hasn’t happen for some.  On the other hand, there are a few contestants that get it, and continue to prove why they are the front runners.  Here’s a look at the performances. Continue reading

Idol Chatter: This One’s For the Boys

Much like the women last night, the guys continued to show improvement.  Michael Lynche leads the way with his finale.  I still believe the winner of this year’s competition will be a woman, but who knows, its a long season.

Lee Dewyze: I’m not familiar with the song so that kinda put me off a bit.  He’s got the O.A.R. quasi-granola vote sealed up.  Otherwise a “meh” performance.  A few “pitchy” spots but it was aight.  Grade: B

Alex Lambert: Enter Lambert, this season’s Jason Mraz clone.  Great voice, zero stage presence.  Mostly a boring performance.  Grade: B-

Tim Urban: I’m surprised if not shocked.  Two weeks ago this guy was dreadful.  Apparently he’s been taking good advice.  The judges seemed to agree.  Ellen liked it so much she had to run on stage and give him a hug.  Grade: B+

Andrew Garcia: I’m sorry but there’s just something odd about a man performing “Genie in a Bottle.”  Setting aside the optics, it just didn’t pop.  If you’re gonna take a song and turn it on its head its gotta have that wow factor.  This one made me say whoa.  If he were a woman, he’d be Katelyn Epperly; lotsa talent, little vision.  Grade: C+

Casey James: Solid performance.  Never made me say wow, but this guy gets it and he knows how he wants to approach the competition.  Grade: B

Aaron Kelly: Ouch.  Easily the worst of the night so far.  The big notes couldn’t even save him, or me for that matter.  There were some serious pitch problems.  Randy says “job well done.”  WTF?  Simon laid the smack down on Kara, but didn’t wholeheartedly embrace it either.  Grade: D+

Todrick Hall: Trying to pull off Queen’s “Somebody to love me” is an automatic bonus.  I wasn’t thrilled with it, but at least he tried to bring it.  There were some “pitchy” parts but there were also some great parts.  Grade: B-

Michael Lynche: Wow.  The balls keep getting bigger.  In full disclosure, I f*cking love this song.  One of my favorite Kate Bush songs, made famous by Maxwell who did his own wonderful take. I’m a little surprised, I think he did a great job.  He absolutely killed it with the falsetto.  So much that he drove Kara to tears.  The judges loved it, including Simon who said it was the best of the live performances so far.  Grade: A

Idol Chatter: Time for the Guys

Todrick Hall, 24, Arlington TX: Great voice, terrible arrangement.  I’m not a Kelly Clarkson fan but he decimated “Since You’ve Been Gone.”  And a little too much with the vocal gymnastics.  But the kid definitely has the “it” factor.  Agree with Randy, had no idea what song that was at first, usually not a good sign.   Grade: C

Aaron Kelly, 16, Sonestown, PA: Not impressed.  There were “pitchy” problems everywhere.  Judges gave him a pass because this was his first real live performance, but this isn’t about brownie points in my estimation.  Simon says it was a “good” performance, the  others follow suit whatever!  Don’t get me wrong, he has talent, but its very raw.  I can already see this being a crusade all season with this kid.  Grade: C+

Jermaine Sellers, 27, Joliet, IL: I thought it was pretty shaky.  I don’t think his falsetto’s particularly all that good.  Like other contestants, the big notes were good, but the rest of the song was a little rough.  Simon brings up the cocktail singer analogy, which was no doubt fitting.  And of course, he tries to sabotage the poor guy.  I mean, I thought the performance sucked, but I hate when the judges (Simon in particular) try to influence the viewers.   Grade: C

Tim Urban, 20, Duncanville, TX: Brutal.  The worst of the two days.  I can see why this guy got bounced initially.  His falsetto is terrible and the song blows.  Actually its all bad, even down to the quasi-members-only jacket and the awful hair cut.  Looks like Simon and I agree.  Question is whether there were better alternatives.  Surprisingly, I agree with Kara.  Song was just too big.  Randy agrees with me on the falsetto   Grade: D-

Joe Munoz, 20, Huntington Park, CA: So far so good….then came the high notes.  I can see why he brought the high notes down on the chorus….in the end, its just….meh…..  I do agree with Randy though, that he has a good voice.  And I also agree with Kara that he has probably been one of the best tonight.  Unfortunately, that’s not saying much.         Grade: C+

Tyler Grady, 20, Nazareth, PA: Hmm, yeah, not feeling the rocker shtick.  Nor am I digging his ego.  He does get kudos for the arrangement though.  In this case,  its the only thing that makes the song palatable.  Not the best singer of the night so far, but the best performance.  Looks like the judges agree with me with the package.   Grade: B-

Lee Dewyze, 23, Chicago, IL: First things first, the wardrobe person has not served him well.  Vocals? Not very good.  Rough….ugh  The judges agree with me….oh except Simon who says its the best performance by a mile, wtf?  Sometimes I think he takes certain positions just to be different.  I think Randy is dead on with the “Kings of Leon” suggestion.   Grade: C

John Park, Northbrook, IL: Sounds nervous, with that voice quiver.  Gets better, good voice, but I think at times he tried too hard.  One of the best performances of the night.  The judges- save Ellen- don’t agree!  I can’t argue about the fact that its old fashioned though.  Grade: B-

Michael Lynche, 26, St. Petersburgh, FL: Yeah, not so much.  Decent voice and I like seein’ the brotha with a guitar but I really wasn’t feeling it.  Something just looked out of place visually.  Grade: C+

Alex Lambert, 19, North Richland Hills, TX: Not bad.  A bit stiff and I don’t care for the song, but he’s not bad.  Definitely tearing a page from the Jason Mraz school of blue-eyed soul for teenagers.  Judges waxing poetic on the voice, I’ll agree with that, but his stage presence is an eye sore.  Grade: B-

Casey James, 27, Fort Worth, TX: Interesting thus far….I give him props for keeping his composure amidst all the commotion at the judges table.  Not amazing, but probably the performance with the least number of mistakes (if any).  He certainly has the goods.  Grade: B

Andrew Garcia, 24, Moreno Valley, CA: Without a doubt, the best of the male singers.  Great voice, good presence, but I didn’t care for the song.  Simon says it was too indulgent? Ridiculous.  These guys all sucked, this guy rocked it out and all Simon can do is poo poo on it; again trying to work the refs.  The odd thing about the judges’ critique about arrangement is that its not like we’re talking about “Billy Jean.”  I’ve never heard the song, and I’m sure many others have not, so why does it matter as much?  Grade: A-

To sum things up, the guys stunk.  This may be the worst season I’ve ever seen on American Idol as far as talent goes.  Just scowering the internets for Idol related content, it appears I’m not alone in this sentiment.  I thought the performances by the women last night were pretty weak.  Little did I know that the men would be worse!  I think that the performances will get a little better with time, but not enough for it to be interesting.  Let’s hope I’m wrong, or it will be a long season on Idol.