Tuesday, April 11, 2006

beelzebub has a devil put aside for me...

The corn is popped. The adult beverages are on ice. The aspirin bottle has been dechildfied and the mantra to the rock gods have been chanted. Freddie Mercury, please forgive them for what they're gonna do.

Coming to you LIVE from Hollywood, it's a trainwreck! And I hope Paula's brought enough drugs for the entire class.

Okay, the expectation is a disaster of epic Idol proportions, and, considering what this group of Idols has given us thus far, it's not an unreasonable suspicion. How sad it is when a group of people get literally giddy over the prospect of carnage. But dang, it's better than the mediocre sap we've endured over the last few weeks.

So it wasn't the trainwreck I was fearing or hoping for, but it certainly won't qualify as one of the best episodes ever either. But then, I fear this season won't even come close to qualifying as the least boring.

Long live the Queen.

Here they are, my early impressions, subject to rewind and revision and, as always, from worst to first:

Ace is told during rehearsals with Queen that Brian May just "can't do that - not to his own song." Brian probably wishes Ace hadn't done that to We Will Rock You either. When he doesn't forget the words he forgets the key. Oh Ace. I wish you hadn't done that too. The judges wish you hadn't done that either. Ace, your cute brother wishes you hadn't done that. Ace, honey, it may just be time to fold 'em.

Pickler decides to try arguably the most popular song ever, complete with leather rocker chick look. She does the Pickler bump and grind and finishes it off with the Pickler knee drop and Pickler wink, leaving me pretty much unaffected. The judges tell her she made it work, in the typical Pickler pimp. I give it a Pickler Bohemian Rhapsody whatever.

Katharine explains that she did a last-minute switcheroo once Mandisa got the ax and performs Who Wants to Live Forever. She gets all backlighted with a great smoky atmosphere and, despite some really bad notes and some irritating screeching, does a decent job with the ballad.

Chris gets all the strobe bells and whistles yet again, singing the "obscure" Innuendo, not covered, that we know of, by Live, Creed or anyone else but Queen. He sounds pretty much like Chris, nothing terribly distinctive or unique or mind-altering, but Randy and Paula drool. Simon again uses the indulgent word and chastises him for cheating the audience out of "a moment." Me? Hell, even I can yell a song and call it a song.

Bucky's in the lead-off position after anchoring last time and doesn't let me down with Fat Bottomed Girls. It's probably the first time I've seen him actually look like he's having a great time. Randy and Paula say yea. Simon says mediocre. Simon, I've heard mediocre. This was better than that.

Taylor is back! Despite a missed mic stand kick, he spazzes all over the stage, all over the catwalk and all over hearts everywhere with Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Randy is relieved the real Taylor has been returned unharmed. Paula calls him fresh air and Simon asks if he's drunk.

Elliott admittedly performs the most difficult of the songs with Somebody to Love, and despite that lingering stiffness, some missed notes and a totally shortchanged ending, helps save the tailend of this performance episode.

Paris takes on the emotional The Show Must Go On, the song recorded and written in the months preceding Freddie's death. She takes a strident and somewhat angry approach to the song, but performs it nicely, with enough maturity to bely her youth. The judges are mixed. I'm impressed, probably for the first time, with Paris.

Okay, those are mine. What are yours?

ag: american idol

29 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh, I can't stand Pickler but I thought she was okay. Uh, Ace honey, Buh Bye! I thought it was 7 decent songs and 1 stand out awful song. -Jenna

9:24 PM, April 11, 2006  
Blogger JR said...

OK...I think Elliot was the most entertaining of the group I saw. I missed the first two, but according to Jennifer, Ace may be singing again tomorrow night.
Pickles is Pickles. She is consistently good, not brilliant, and not a trainwreck. She is like the PGA golfer that never wins a tournament but always finishes in the top ten. At the end of the year, he's the leading money winner.
I can't help it, I am in love with a tall, drop-dead gorgeous brunette. Her outfit may have been the best yet for her. Did she sing? I must have missed that part. I was lost in those eyes.
Chris may be losing some support with that ever present angry white boy character. As Jennifer says, I can scream words and call it a song, hell, LimpBizkit does it all the time.
Taylor was Taylor, but not the best Taylor I have seen.
Paris may have been the best I have seen of her.
I guess the bar is closed, everybody out of the pool.

Bucky, Ace, Paris, would you come to the center of the stage for a minute. We would like to say goodbye to someone. So long Ace.

Later all,
JR (DrillerAA)

9:27 PM, April 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was really expecting to cringe tonight, but all in all, it wasn't that bad. (Who in the heck thought covering Queen songs was a good idea anyway?)
I especially enjoyed Elliott, Taylor and Paris.
Ace?, Good Lord, man.
That was BAD.
REALLY BAD.

9:39 PM, April 11, 2006  
Blogger Dave said...

I'm just happy that Bucky has stopped playing hot potato with the microphone (or at least it's less noticable).

9:41 PM, April 11, 2006  
Anonymous Getting Curious said...

My thoughts in show order:

Bucky - I was very entertained. I thought he did a good job singing and a great job performing. He looked like he was having lots of fun and I was relieved to see his hair down but not having the "Jessica Simpson" look.

Ace - I was cringing at the pre-performance footage. I thought the performance was OK at best and the judges were just brutal. Ace had a BAD night.

Kellie - Who in the world were the judges watching?!?!? I thought she was completely awful, looks, singing, stage show, everything. Horribly bad. Oh my gosh, and she's never heard the term "On paper it looked..."??? Weird terminology??? GIVE ME A BREAK.

Chris - Very unimpressed. I agreed with Simon, he could have shined with a different song cos that performance was pretty dull. What was not dull and completely embarassing was when Paula attempted to speak after his performance. She couldn't finish even one of her 50 thoughts and for goodness sakes, was she trying to say that he did that song BETTER than Freddie Mercury could have??? She obviously robbed a pharmacy prior to the show.

Katharine - I can't make a judgment here because I didn't get to see it, but the 10 second recap to me looked bad and sounded bad. But really, the whole performance could have been great, so...

Elliot - Sang my favorite Queen song, so he had a lot to live up to in my mind. Now I wasn't looking for anyone to come close to Freddie Mercury, but Elliot gave it one heck of a good try and I thought he was just awesome... I will be speed dialing Elliot tonight.

Taylor - LOVED him. I love his crazy dancing and it was the absolute perfect song for him. AWESOME job.

Paris - I had the exact opposite thoughts as Randy - I thought she started out sounding really good and then the guitar kicked in and... I don't know, she just lost me.

So those are my thoughts.

Bottom 3:

Kellie, Ace, Bucky

Who should: KELLIE

Who will: Ace

9:48 PM, April 11, 2006  
Blogger Dave said...

Originally posted by getting curious:
She [Paula] obviously robbed a pharmacy prior to the show.

BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

That's the funniest damn thing I have heard in a long, long time.

9:50 PM, April 11, 2006  
Blogger lorguru said...

My top three tonight: Paris, Taylor, and Taylor
My bottom three: Ace, Elliot (love him, but I just didn't get that) and Katherine (snore)

Kellie wasn't that bad. Chris' song was awful. Painful. Bad, bad choice. He lost me this week.
Bucky was okay and looked better than usual imho.

Please, bye-bye Ace!
-lauren

9:53 PM, April 11, 2006  
Anonymous Maggie said...

Loved your take on things Jennifer. I am still in a daze and it certainly wasn't drug induced, I think it had something to do with all our boys in MAKE-UP!!! lol lol lol. I'll haveta get back to ya!

10:01 PM, April 11, 2006  
Anonymous gavintiegirl said...

Performances that make you go hmmm...

Ace, Katharine, Kellie, and Paris

Most entertaining performance of the night: Taylor (makes me want to stand up and cheer)

Most boring performance: Katharine (what was with all that stretching and screaming - it was painful to watch). She is trying to stick with her trump card, which is her amazing voice, but it is all getting a little snoring to me.

10:03 PM, April 11, 2006  
Anonymous gavintiegirl said...

Yeah, what is up with Chris wearing makeup. I think Ryan was like, "dude, get your hands off me, you are wearing more eye makeup than my new girlfriend Terri "I am going to die of starvation" Hatcher." Get back!!

10:08 PM, April 11, 2006  
Blogger Nelle said...

I have been so anti Pickler but tonight I thought she gave a surprising performance, much better than I could have hoped for. I thought Elliott really stepped up to the plate and made a respectable showing, as did Paris. I was so disappointed in Chris' choice. I expected him to steal the show tonight. I think Ace will be the one to leave.

10:41 PM, April 11, 2006  
Blogger Julie said...

I'm sorry I just don't get Elliot. I especially didn't like what he did with one of my favorite Queen songs.
Chris, hated the song, but the tone in his voice I love.
Welcome back Taylor!!!!!
I hated Kellie, but my two sons (teenagers) liked her most of all.
The rest were mediocre at best. IMHO

11:43 PM, April 11, 2006  
Blogger Julie said...

BTW Jennifer I love your blog!!!

11:44 PM, April 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Kelli looked like a 50 year old woman just waking up with a hangover tonight with that lighting and her makeup. What was up with that?

12:26 AM, April 12, 2006  
Blogger Paul S said...

I like Pickler. She usually entertains me...and that is what the AI is all about. I was worried about her choice tonight. But, I was pleasantly surprised...she did a good job. Give her credit for taking on BR.

12:36 AM, April 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most men do like pickler. Hmm, wonder why?

12:39 AM, April 12, 2006  
Blogger SuzS80 said...

I love coming to this blog after Jennifer and several others have posted their opinions. It never ceases to amaze me that we all watched the same show and came away with very different feelings. I surprise myself tonight with my opinions. Just remember there was only one Freddie Mercury and we cannot expect others to sound like him. This turned out to be a much better night than I ever would have thought! Sooooooo IMHO ....

Unlike most of you I liked Ace tonight. I thought he sounded pretty good. I like how he worked the stage. For once he looked like he was having a good time. He got two of my votes.

Bucky had a blast and it showed. He rocked with Fat Bottom. And he looked HOT ! He got two of my votes as well.

Welcome back Taylor. Enjoyed his performance completely. I love his off beat antics. Totally entertaining. So glad he switched song choices.

Paris... you go girl. She was great! Could do without the hair extentions! But she rocked.

Kellie, a surprisingly good performance. The girl has more balls then the guys taking on BoRap, and for a country girl, she did much better than Carrie ever did last year. And I'm not even a fan. I think she's shown some good diversity in this season.

Elliot... what was that? One of my fav Queen songs and I barely recognized it. Awful, just awful. Did not enjoy it at all. And let's face it, he's so hard to watch. Poor guy has a face for radio.

Katharine- Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.... can she ever sing a song like a normal singer and not like a trained seal? I think Mom hurt her with her lessons. She's much too robotic. Would have loved to see her try to jump around the stage as she was going to do with that first song. She messed up switching to the boring one !

Chris - Oh man,, GARBAGE ! I love Chris,,, but YUCKA !!!! Ho hum, ho hum ! Had to block my ears for all the screaming.. and we know what happens to screamers, don't we Mandisa.

Top three - Taylor, Paris, Bucky

Bottom 3 - Katharine, Elliot, Chris

Going home - Katharine ! PLEASE!

1:31 AM, April 12, 2006  
Anonymous ChrisROCKS said...

Worst to first:

Ace - Take your cue from Brian May: if he says, "I can't do that to my song," then you shouldn't either. Buh bye.

Kellie - She exceeded my expectations for this song. But as my expectations were lower than Britney Spears' pants waistline, that's not saying much. See you in the bottom 3.

Kat - It was "almost a moment." Operative word: almost. I've not heard a wrong note out of her this entire competition until tonight. What happened? I think she oversang it in parts.

Bucky - He really did look like he was having fun up there! And the song actually worked for him. WTG Bucky!

Taylor - Great decision to change from "We Are the Champions" to "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." Very entertaining! Well done.

Chris - What can I say? I just dig this guy! It wasn't the best performance of the night, nor was it his best performance of the season. But I still liked it. He's just got a quality. Plus, you can't argue with the professional opinions of 2 Queen members.

Elliot - Loved it! Yes, there were a few pitchy bobbles in the middle of the song, but overall he did a great job. He seemed relaxed to me and looked like he was having a good time up there.

Paris - Knock me over with a feather! She's always been somewhere in the upper middle of the group for me. Ballads are not her thing, but she's brilliant at the faster jazz/soul numbers. Tonight, she was brilliant as angry rocker chick. Perfect costume, great interpretation of the song, and a funky almost-Beyonce like vibe going on. Two thumbs up and a big toe!

1:58 AM, April 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taylor was great!! I got up and started to dance with him. He is my Idol.

7:08 AM, April 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kelly was so bad.. omg,

7:10 AM, April 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What Jennifer said. Right on!

7:50 AM, April 12, 2006  
Blogger purplvr said...

So much to say, so little time (since I've got to get ready for work!):
I went to bed early or I would've posted lastnight. (must've been Katherine's snoozerama performance that did me in).

My fiancé is in the music biz & he has an ear for all things related. He even corrected Paula when she told Chris he did a great job of hitting that high "C" (it was a "D", according to my guy) - I wouldn't know an A from an E so I let him be the judge of that kind of stuff. I love Chris but all I could think of was, "Here we go again with the rock concert version of a song". And what was up with that eye makeup?? Kinda creeped me out. Word to Chris: You don't need makeup to look good ... leave that kind of stuff to your wife!

Katharine bored me to tears. My guy was really hyped before she sang her song; he said it always brings tears to his eyes because it's so awesome. I checked his eyes out after Katharine sang it and they were as dry as they could be.

Bucky is just .. so .. Bucky. Ya gotta love him! He's not the best singer there but he's just so cute, for lack of a better word.

Elliott is always good and lastnight was no exception.

Paris really surprised me and rocked the house with a great performance.

Taylor cracked us up with his missed mike stand kick attempt but we enjoyed his performance.

Who'd I leave out? Oh, Deer In Headlights Boy and Pickles For Brains. Yuck to both of them. Kellie, especially. She looked like a biker chick gone semi-goth. I think her rendition was better than I had expected, but I still didn't vote for her. Never have. Never will.

Ace realllllllly disappointed me. Wouldn't be surprised to see him go home tonight.

Here are my picks:
Top Three: Elliott,Paris,Chris
Bottom Three: Kellie,Katharine,Ace
Who's Going Home - Ace

8:00 AM, April 12, 2006  
Blogger AlbGlinka said...

LONG LIVE FREDDIE MERCURY.

That's all I have to say today.

11:09 AM, April 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, way to much personal vehemance, and lack of objectivity :)

My wife and I agreed completely on who was good and bad, and then we polled our 7 yr old who watched the whole show for the first time, and isn't tainted by any concept of what the show is.

Ace - terrible. His stage presence was a lot better than normal, he stayed away from his Crucifiction pose thankfully, but his vocals we absolutely bland, uninspired, and simply put, boring. If I paid to hear that, I want a refund.

Chris - sorry man, I really thought you were destined for the finals, but each week he shows he is a one trick pony. Those who commented too much yelling, yup, completely agree. Simon was dead right, too indulgent. STUPID song choice, do NOT pick a song the audience doesn't know, we aren't watching to "learn" new songs, we are wanting to recall loved songs from our youth! :) If chris goes down tonight, I wouldn't be surprised other than I would have thought his fan base was big enough to prevent it for a few more weeks


The next few are really bunched up, well ahead of the previous 2
Elliot - only this low because, well, as some pointed out, he has a radio face :) I liked his version, but it wasn't a knock your socks off performance. I agree with the "stiff" comments about him. If he were to win, he'd be like a male Carrie, no moves. and I love Carrie's voice.

Bucky - awesome job for Bucky. Great song choice, fun fun fun stage performance. This is what AI is about, entertaning the audience, while singing a decent vocal if you don't have great pipes. The country boy who by all accounts is the least talented and rangy of those left, did a fantastic job. Can he win it all? Just can't see how right now. But if he continues to stretch and grow, could he be this year's Diana, and come out of nowhere? Based on what I keep reading here each week, I could see that happening. Most enjoyable song for me from the Buckster (I'm not a country fan, so while I liked his vocals, I don't "know" the songs, so had no connection, like Simon. Though I do get the genre unlike Simon)

Paris - good song, good outfit, showmanship etc. really nice vocally. Not sure if it was when in the show or something, but we just were't enthused by this song as some of the others. By no means bad, but I was lost in the song, like daydreaming rather than soaking in the song. It wasn't like the 2 bad guys, where I wanted to skip the song, it just wasn't like watching the return of Taylor.

The last 3 are a toss up. not sure I could rate them 1 to 3. Not even sure I would seperate the 1-5 group, but i have to list them here somehow :)
Taylor - my odds on favorite to win, if he keeps up his fun side like tonight. I absolutely loved his song choice, great move in not doing Champions (Chris's big mistake was in not picking it up). Very entertaining, while not being as spastic as other times. Vocally, I did notice he doesn't have the range or quality needed for this song, but he makes up for it by being entertaining. How can you not watch Taylor without a smile or grin on your face? He's such a fun guy. It's the entertainment business, and he entertains. I have a hard time not making him my #1, but his vocals weren't as good as the girls.

Kellie and Katherine - Both had wonderful looks and lighting for them. sorry ladies, you are against Kellie more because she gets the guys worked up. And probably, as with me in the beginning, there is a hint of concern she is too much like CU. I can't help but think that in the end she has NO CHANCE solely because she is so much like Carrie, though at least her stage presense is MUCH MUCH better than Carrie's. Katherine had the wrong look tonight, she was a glam girl not a rocker tonight, but damn she was SMOKIN'!!! And sorry, but vocally she was powerful and enjoyable. And for ONCE, a slow down Ballad was chosen at the right time. When the other 7 are ALL doing upbeat songs, it's ok to go powerful, slow, emotional. As a few weeks back, when everyone picks ballads or stand still songs, gag me. Someone needs a brain those weeks, and pick a fast beat, known party song where the audience will stand up and clap and dance. By being the 'one' unique person those weeks, you are memorable.

Also, didn't anyone else get the Heart vibe from Kellie? When the lights first hit her, I was immediately thinking Nancy Wilson (I think, can't remember which was the blond) of Heart from one of the old music videos. Decked out in black, long straight blond hair glowing in the lights, powerful rocker image. Great stage show, up there with Taylor and Bucky for entertainment value. Vocally able to carry off the sound better than Taylor. And Katherine could have only been better had they put the scene from Highlander where that song is used, in Scotland with the beautiful scenery, on the big screen to back her up. The wife and I love Highlander (though the sequels basically blow), and that song was easy for us to sink into and enjoy. It connected.

As for our dear little Amanda's votes, I played back the recaps at the end and asked her for her impressions.

Bucky got a thumbs up!
Kellie got a thumbs up and arm raised. she liked Kellie a lot
Ace got a thumbs down, blah (this from a 7 yr old who doesn't listen to pop music ever. She knows the wiggles, the doodlebops, and Christian praise/worship music. But she seems to understand bad vocals pretty well)
Chris got a well, he's ok, sort of liked it
Katherine she really liked as well. pretty
Taylor was her bomb performance. big thumbs up, most fun to watch
Elliot got a soso as well, but more liked than Chris. I guess he wasn't showy enough for her
Paris she liked as well, not quite the arm raised thumbs up, but she liked paris too.

who should be in the bottom 3, based on tonight and their history:
Ace, Chris, Bucky or Paris (some week performances and lack of following likely hurt these 2)

Who is likely:
Ace, Bucky, Elliot (unfair, but Chris likely has too strong a following, though it should be weakening with these cookie cutter performances he's been doing. and Bucky and Ell's seem to have a hard time with getting a following)

Gone:
if it ain't Ace, then it's a shocker of Mandisa proportions. I stil don't get how she got the boot last week. She was one of the, if not the, best vocalists. and with her weight trashing from Simon in auditions, I had figured she'd get a lot more support :( But ACE has earned the right to get booted. Buckt has earned the right to stay. Chris has earned getting booted as well, so he wouldn't not shock me, other than not living up to potential. Bucky gone would make me mad/sad, as he has grown more than probably any of the others over these weeks.

it'll be a fun night tonight,

JJ

11:17 AM, April 12, 2006  
Blogger JR said...

"I think Kelli looked like a 50 year old woman just waking up with a hangover tonight with that lighting and her makeup. What was up with that?"

That was Paula in a blonde wig. She's always just waking up from something.

11:21 AM, April 12, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

If dear little Amanda gives Bucky a thumbs up, then she's good in my book!! Go Amanda!

;o)

11:22 AM, April 12, 2006  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I don't think that Ace was that bad. No, it wasn’t wonderful, but it wasn’t THAT bad. Bucky was great, and yeah, so when did he get hot? I don’t remember that happening. Katherine looked so beautiful and sounded horrible. I think that she should have gone before Mandisa. Paris was very good. The rest, eh. Taylor got my vote for the night. He kicked that song’s butt!

1:16 PM, April 12, 2006  
Blogger angelof_mercy81 said...

I was pleasantly surprised by "Idol" last night. I expected, as Jennifer said, "a trainwreck", but it wasn't nearly as bad as I feared.

I was also pleasantly surprised by Kellie. I've not always agreed with her song selections (or, okay, her vocals!), but I must admit, she did a decent job on "Bohemian Rhapsody." What could have been a disaster of epic proportions actually turned out to be rather enjoyable.

Speaking of which, for about an hour after the show, I couldn't get Bucky's rendition of "Fat Bottomed Girls" out of my head. I thought he did really well.

Other notes: I love Elliott, will always love Elliott. He could sing the Yellow Pages to me, and I wouldn't care. :-)

I was glad to see Taylor do a fun song again. I thought he made a great song choice; it fit him and his voice well.

If I had to pick, I would say Ace is the one going home tonight. I hate to say it. Ace is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, but that only takes you so far. I'm not sure he's made the best song choices lately, and that may have hurt him. I'll hate to see him go, but still...I guess we have to say goodbye to somebody, right?

Other predictions: The bottom three will be men tonight. I could be wrong, but you never know...

2:39 PM, April 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think KELLIE, ACE and BUCKY had the worst vocals but I think ACE, BUCKY and PARIS will be in the bottom three. Bucky makes me ill, and since no one else is voting for the best vocals, Bucky should go home...he did the worst IMO and Kellie is untouchable...argh!

~V~

2:52 PM, April 12, 2006  

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