First of all, let me start out by saying that J-Lo is totally wearing my boots. Adam, your pretend girlfriend is looking hot as hell tonight! A million times better than last night, right?
Adam: Yes! She’s J-Lo in space! I like her hair better down, but she can wear it up in a bun, lose the makeup, and judge this thing in flannel PJs. Also, Steven looks like Kevin Costner’s love interest in Dances With Wolves.
Ta-Tynisia Wilson – I’m not real familiar with Ta-Tynisia, so this is sort of my introduction to her. I don’t think she could have started off more off-key. I mean, I don’t know about you, but my ears, they hurt. Steven liked the performance and OHMYGOD how is that possible? Randy is so right on this season and also, I’ve never used so many hyphens in my life.
Adam: Couldn’t agree more. Somehow she chose a song that was both too low and too high for her. And I wasn’t crazy about the mid-range notes, either. That was a full-scale assault on music. My ears are dead, and apparently Steven’s and Jennifer’s are, too. But I did like her necklace.
The next performer is Naima Adedapo, she did the custodial work before auditioning for Idol and she seemed like a hard worker. I like hard workers. I also like somebody who has their own personal style, no matter how different from mine that style may be. I liked her performance, she has such a great voice, like her voice just so easily slips out of her mouth, which I realize probably doesn’t make much sense because that’s what voices do for everyone. I guess what I’m trying to say is that she makes singing look so easy. Yes, that’s what I was trying to say.
Adam: I completely understand about her voice. It flows slow and sweet like a milkshake. And that dress? I thought it sang on its own. I’m quite impressed with Ms. Adedapo. And I like saying “Adedapo.” Is there an Adedapo Island? I would totally go on a cruise to Adedapo Island. She is perfectly radiant. I think I could have listened to her all night. Actually, I very well may.
Kendra Chantelle is up next, I like her leather pants except I’m just picturing Ross from Friends when they got stuck on him and then I start to feel claustrophobic so actually, I don’t like them at all. Her performance didn’t get on my nerves or anything but it also didn’t grab me, I may have gotten sidetracked by her really large nails but her voice is really good.
Adam: Have you ever been to a high-school dance in 1983? I feel like I just was and I slow danced to that song. Her voice sounded fine, I just don’t know why she sang that. I just listened to it and I can’t remember what the song was.
Up next is Rachel Zevita who has made it to Hollywood in the past but didn’t make it very far. So, she’s singing a song by Fiona Apple which she totally changed up. Part of the song she totally fell flat and it actually sounded like she was speaking the words. Adam, you know, I’m going to say it. I did not like this performance at all. Steven said “Broadway” and I say “EXACTLY.” She’s disappointed and well, so am I. Because she stank.
Adam: What is she actually auditioning for? I wish Simon were here to call that “cabaret,” because that was completely cabaret. Why do people choose songs that don’t suit their styles? She’s never done Broadway before? Then why did she just Patti LuPone Fiona? I don’t get it.
If you squint, the next performer, Karen Rodriguez, looks like Claire Huxtable on stage. You should try it, it’s fun. The start was muy boring, I’m hoping the end gets muy more exciting because, oh wait, J-Lo likes it. Maybe there’s something wrong with me? Adam, did you love pretend Claire Huxtable? Also, I’m not saying she didn’t sound good, she was on-key and all that, I’m just saying I was muy bored. Totally unrelated: I could eat a massive pile of cheese fries right now.
Adam: Ooh, I didn’t notice the resemblance, but I like it. Mrs. Huxtable is the bomb. Karen? Not so much. I loved real Claire Huxtable. Nobody should ever sing “Hero.” It’s not a good song. (Sorry, Mariah. I still love you.) Karen is muy cute, but that song was a yawner in two languages. Also: save me some cheese fries. Sounds divine.
Lauren Turner is up next, I’m enjoying her performance, I have no idea what song this is, never heard it before, so the fact that I’m liking the song says a lot about Lauren tonight. She sounded good, real solid and she seems very confident on stage. I enjoyed it! And so did Randy, which makes sense because Randy’s my brother.
Adam: I don’t even care to look up the song. It was brilliant in this moment. It’s Lauren’s. She’s got power and style and serious pipes. Oh, I love Lauren. She’s my new favorite. She’s this year’s Melinda Doolittle for me. I loved everything about that performance. I’m gushing. Should I not be gushing? I don’t care. I love Lauren.
So, I’m real pleased to see Ashthon Jones made it through. Ashthon has spunk. But here’s the thing. I’m picturing attending one of her concerts, she starts singing this song and I look at the person with me and say something like “hey, you wanna go get some cheese fries?” This is the perfect example of somebody who should be singing in hotel lobby. Ashthon needs to go out there and move around and show us her stuff. This song did not work for me. I like her nose ring. Adam, you should get a nose ring.
Adam: Beth, I don’t pierce stuff. Also, did I miss some announcement that this was lounge act week? A LOT of these songs are sounding like smooth jazz or show tunes, and I don’t understand. I’m glad they’re choosing these songs, because they make me feel young. Why are these young women choosing songs I feel too young for? Not complaining. Thanks, Ashthon. I needed the cheese-fry break.
Julie Zorrilla is up next. I really like her, she’s cute as a button. Let me take a moment to point out that nearly every girl tonight has worn the same style top. This is a fact. Okay, so back to the performance, which I think I’m trying to avoid because I feel so negative tonight. She was extremely pitchy, I did not enjoy this performance. It was snooze-y.
Adam: If this were the talent competition of the Miss USA Pageant, I would rate that performance pretty high. But I agreed with J-Lo that she didn’t really seem to believe what she was singing. She (and all of the contestants, really) is beautiful. But I don’t want to keep listening to her very much longer.
Up next is Haley Reinhart. Holy crap, she is taking on Alicia Keys, now that takes some guts, right? First of all, she looks hot tonight, you can’t deny that. And really? She sounded pretty good tonight. I’m impressed. I’m kinda beyond impressed. She’s got a serious voice. Finally, I agree with Steven and Jennifer tonight. Beth and Steven and J-Lo Unite!
Adam: I should tell you, Beth, that I do not like Alicia Keys. I think her middle name should be “Off,” but that’s just me. I also haven’t been a fan of Haley. But I’m a fan of Haley tonight. She owned that song. No idea what Randy was listening to, because she took some risks with that song and hit on all of them. The Beth, Steven, J-Lo union has a staunch supporter in Adam.
Alright, so Thia Megia is up next, she’s fifteen years old, her voice is absolutely amazing. I’m excited about this tonight. She began by singing acapella which is nothing shy of brave, she’s got everyone’s attention. She really has such an excellent voice but this sounded like a perfect solo to a good Broadway show.
Adam: Love her. At first I didn’t know what was going on because I couldn’t hear her at all. I won’t hold it against her, because everything I did hear sounded flawless. I think I can officially pronounce myself wrong for thinking the guys would be stronger this season. I just wasn’t familiar enough with these talented women. I’m impressed. And happy, because we’re just getting started.
Lauren Alaina is up next, she’s only 16 and she’s singing something much more upbeat then the past few songs which is good because Mama is sleepy. I don’t know, I think I liked this performance, I could see someone singing this at a karaoke bar but I think she sounded a lot better than that. Lauren is super cute and really great on stage.
Adam: I loved her sound, but I don’t care how much time you spent throwing darts at balloons to win it, you do not appear on American Idol in a t-shirt you won at the county fair! I’m also not wild about the song choice because it took a little while for me to feel it. But by the end, I loved the performance. Usually it’s the end people remember, so Lauren will probably be with us for another round or seven.
The final performer tonight is Pia Toscano. Her last night reminds me of something I ate at Olive Garden once, which is making me really hungry. But back to Pia, she’s beautiful, has a really great voice and appears extremely comfortable on stage. I really enjoyed this performance. I definitely think the best was saved for last.
Adam: I had slightly mixed feelings on Pia. She is gorgeous. And she definitely brought it tonight. I love it when contestants attack a performance this early in the competition. Too often they think they can just coast once they hit the live show. Not Pia. However (and it’s a small however), I still think she lacks a little bit of control on the big notes. I applaud that she went for them, but I wasn’t as thrilled as Randy was. She’s definitely strong, but I think she’ll go no further than the top 6 overall.
I’m looking forward to next week when there will only be twelve people left. I’m also looking forward to Idol going back to two nights next week.