I can’t believe it. After only 4,109 hours of American Idol this season, we are finally down to our final 12.
Tonight, I’ll be commenting on the girls and Adam on the boys.
Jennifer & Steven look really beautiful tonight, something about their hair and their jewelry, their sheer lip gloss, they just look stunning, don’t you think, Adam?
Adam: I agree. With all of it. J-Lo and Mr. Tyler are both looking phenomenal, although I have a slight preference for one above the other. I do think for the sake of variety it would be nice if they employed separate stylists next week, but they’re showing solidarity. That’s gotta count for something. And birth year night? I hate birth year night. Especially when the older contestants are doing songs from the mid-’80s.
Tonight’s episode will features songs from the contestant’s birth years which means by the end of the evening, I’ll be lying under my covers with a vat of anti-aging cream and Girl Scout Cookies crying over the fact that I could have given birth to many of these people on stage.
What a bunch of jerks.
Naima Adedapo is up first singing “What’s love got to do with it,” overall I enjoyed the performance, it did not blow me away and she sounded off during certain parts of the song, maybe flat? I don’t know, I was pretty distracted just waiting for her to break out into the dance moves she introduced us to last week but she didn’t. So, I liked it, I didn’t love it. Once during the song, I was even bored.
Adam: Yes. Bored is the word. Naima sang a “send me home” song. One of those that I don’t think she could improve upon or change enough to own. If there was one thing she had going for her it was that she isn’t boring. But that was boring. And really, if you’re not Tina Turner, how could that song not be boring? Not a great start to the night, and not a good sign that I’ll have many more chances to say “Adedapo.”
Adam: Paul McDonald is up next, and we get to meet his parents. I’m slightly shocked that they aren’t Kenny Loggins and Macy Gray, but whatever. It’s funny that Paul’s dad confessed to rocking out in the shower, because “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” is a go-to shower song. Paul sang it alright, but he dances around like he is conducting a choir of really funny show monkeys. There’s something hilarious Paul isn’t telling us. Maybe he was laughing at leopard J-Lo singing along. I don’t know. His crackle makes it hard to tell if he’s in tune.
Wow, Paul was born in 1984. He seems much older. Like Bee Gees older.
Thia Magia is up and she’s singing Colors of the Wind. I thought she sounded good in the beginning and then I think I got lost in it, I was pretty bored. Her vibrato was really intense and distracting. Like she was in a wagon on a very bumpy road while singing. Which is not my thang.
She was born when I graduated from high school. Thia and I are no longer friends.
Adam: I have to confess, I still have feelings for Disney Pocahontas. So this song just brings up a lot of tough memories. On the plus side (for me, anyway) Thia helped me move past that. The song vanished in her lower register, and I lost all interest in everything. This week is a bit of a snoozerama.
And then there’s James Durbin joining a Bon Jovi song midstream, which didn’t really work for me. I love I’ll Be There for You, but all James really managed to do was make me extremely impressed with Jon Bon Jovi as an artist. Not a conclusion I was expecting to make when I woke up this morning, but there it is. This was James at his worst, I have to say. Pitchy. Poppy. Emotionally weak. I’m sure he’ll survive, though.
James’ chubby cheeks when he was little were so cute! When I heard he was singing this song, I thought it was a really good song choice but he disappointed me a bit. He was flat and he yelled a lot. And that last note, made my head hurt. BTW, the judges seem to like it but they’ll watch it back and realize that we’re right.
Oh good gravy, Haley Reinhart, what the hell is going on? It’s Whitney Houston meets Betty Boop meets me slapping my forehead. Please, make it stop. I did some quick investigating as she shimmied around the stage and found that there were many other fine songs that she could have chosen from 1990, like Poison AND Do Me by Bel Biv Devoe and Step by Step by New Kids, just to name a few.
Adam: And, oh, the hair in that clip: we had mullets, bang explosions, duck tails. And Haley managed to make me feel young again by transporting that song back to 1937. Also, was she auditioning for a Revlon commercial circa 1988? That was just . . . icky. Predicting who gets the boot is going to be extremely difficult. (Also: if she had done to Poison what she did to I’m Your Baby Tonight, I would be calling for her immediate arrest.)
Stefano Langone’s father (Howie Mandel) is very proud of him and his Marty McFly Nikes from the future. He sang Simply Red’s If You Don’t Know Me By Now. J-Lo was swept away. Randy called it the best performance of the night. I thought it was a great performance of a ridiculous song choice. The whole thing sounded so freaking old. They might as well dub this Lawrence Welk week. Beth, are you awake over there?
Barely, Adam. Oh, Stefano, I don’t know what to say about you. It was a little gospel, a little screamy, I don’t know. I really love this song but I think I enjoy it much, much more by Simply Red.
Where Do Broken Hearts Go performed by Pia. She’s a brave one, that Pia, performing a song by Whitney Houston. I actually thought she did a pretty good job of making this song sound current, she really does have a great voice and I can say that this has been my favorite performance of the night. and you’re right, Adam. The roof of her mouth is pretty.
Adam: And a nice turquoise ring for her close-up, I might add. I liked the performance more than I liked the I Dream of Jeannie jumpsuit situation. Pia definitely has confidence. And poise. And probably a B+ voice. But overall, she’s just such a complete performer, she’s going to go a long way.
Scotty. Cowboy-hat-free Scotty. He sang Travis Tritt’s “Can I Trust You With My Heart,” and it was, vocally, almost perfect. This might be the first performance where I really believed the singer loved and identified with the song. Scotty does have this weird thing where he dresses like Randy Travis but tries to carry himself like Eminem. Don the hat and stay country, Scotty.
I’m pretty excited about Scotty’s performance because he showed emotion and it was pretty believable. I enjoyed this performance, although, I most definitely would have enjoyed it more if he were wearing I cowboy hat, but I digress. Loved the last few notes. He did great this week.
Holy mother of gigantic hair buns, Karen. WOWZA, that thing is serious. And at least 19 pounds and even though she’s singing to me right now, I feel like she’s going to grab a gun from her boots and start shooting at the bad guys. Anyway, Karen is singing a Taylor Dane song. I can remember singing this song when I was *cough* four *cough* and being bored while singing it and yep, still boring.
Adam: I’ve always wanted to dress up for Halloween as an exclamation point, and I’m pretty mad at Karen for stealing my idea. She tried to fit a run into every phrase of that song, with an accompanying head jerk and awkward microphone thrust to match. I just don’t get it.
Casey Abrams introduced us to his older, kind of eccentric parents, which explained a lot. I’m not sure it answered this question, though: why does Yukon Cornelius want to kill me? I don’t have a lot else to say about Casey’s take on Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Risk? Um . . . yeah. Risk. Farce. Those are synonyms, right?
Steven is right, Casey is so crazy. I thought his performance was good and a little funny, too.
Lauren Alaina is up and I’ve decided that she’s the Kellie Pickler of 2011. I’m hesitant to say that because I’m not a fan of Kellie’s but she reminds me of her, so it’s not fault. Lauren and her mother look so similar to each other that it’s nearly creepy. Anyway, she’s sick and I think it shows in her eyes, which makes me feel really bad for you but you know what, Adam? She sounded great tonight. Maybe one of my favorite performances of hers so far. Loved it.
Adam: All Lauren needs to work on is the first 15 seconds of her songs. Once she warms up, she’s a cold-blooded song killer (in a good way). She just takes awhile to get started. And she’s definitely got some Kellie Pickler in her. Lauren strikes me as one of those contestants who could finish out of the top 5 and still have a strong career. And she picked a great song.
It’s written in the Constitution: someone has to sing “Alone” by Heart every year on Idol. We all know this, but I don’t know if anybody thought the person to fulfill that duty would be Jacob Lusk. The beginning: good. The very ending: great. The middle: my ears were hanging on for dear life. Jacob sings so high and so powerfully, when he derails, there is serious aural endangerment. I applaud this particular risk, but I won’t be buying the single.
Listen, Jacob is not my favorite performer to watch but he can feel the music and it really shows. I thought it was good. Also, I’m tired and wish this show would end an hour ago.
Beth’s prediction: Haley
Adam predicts: Naima
What do you guys think?