Tuesday, May 23, 2006

it's idol night (for the last time)...

No more rumors, speculation or innuendo about song selection, who can sing what, when, how or in standing or seated positions. Well, the seated/standing thing is still in wait-and-see mode.

Taylor's crappy original song is entitled Do I Make You Proud?, says Ken Warwick. And, in addition to the original number, Taylor has decided to go with two tried-and-true songs, one from the semi-finals (and the one I was hoping for), Levon, and Livin' for the City.

Katharine's original song, as we now know, is the interestingly-titled My Destiny, and she will bring back Somewhere Over the Rainbow after only seven days and her well-received version of Black Horse and a Cherry Tree.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taylor made GOOD choices, though I personally would have prefered You are so Beautiful.
Kat???? I dunno - Somewhere Over The Rainbow could be make-or-break. She can't nail it any better than she already did but then again maybe she feels she's the underdog & has to go all out. Playing it safe might not work.

9:31 AM, May 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info Jennifer! I don't know if its such a great idea for Kat to sing "Rainbow" again already. If she doesn't hit it perfectly, she'll get panned for it.

9:33 AM, May 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info Jennifer! I don't know if its such a great idea for Kat to sing "Rainbow" again already. If she doesn't hit it perfectly, she'll get panned for it.

9:33 AM, May 23, 2006  
Blogger Dave said...

I tend to agree that singing "Over the Rainbow" only a week later seems a bit soon, but given that it was the best-received song of hers all year, it might be a good call.

I think she needs to come up with a different delivery or perhaps a different arrangement; she got a lot comparisons to Fantasia's "Summertime" performance and given that K-Lo sang "Over the Rainbow" a zillion times throughout the audition and semi-finals rounds, VCM needs to put her own stamp on it.

"Black Horse and a Cherry Tree" was also good, although I would say she also needs to bring a fresh spin to the choreography.

I also think Katharine will wear at least one outfit that leaves all the boys (and curious girls) hoping that the double-sided tape doesn't hold.

9:37 AM, May 23, 2006  
Blogger Kristi Mantoni said...

Jennifer, thank you for everything this year! You have been great and have made me laugh!

On another note, I want to encourage everyone not to vote. If your favorite is out of the game (Chris or Elliott), save your time, energy, and money (text messaging). Let's show Fox that we CARE about who wins and are not going to vote just because we can. Does it really matter at this point anyway? The top two will get recording contracts with AI and sell millions so what's the point? I'll tell you, to sell us things. The commercial cost for these shows must be close to Superbowl rates by now. The goal of the final two shows is to make as much money as possible for AI and advertisers. Best yet, TiVo it and fast forwarding during commercials!

10:42 AM, May 23, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

I don't know that not voting is going to send as much of a message to anyone as will downloading our favorite's individual track from the compilation CD. I've already done my part.

And I will vote tonight. Just don't know for whom. But no texting from me.

11:13 AM, May 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is an excellent article at USAToday.com a few excerpts as follows:

Music consultant Dennis O'Donnell likens Taylor to a modern-day Kenny Rogers. "Taylor could be a pop-country guy, and that's not a bad thing," he says. "It's right down the middle. If he gets a hit, it will stay around awhile. Though he's awkward and sort of oafish, he has charm and he doesn't have the air of an actor. What I'm reading is that he knows he's got the tiger by the tail. All he needs is good songs. People already like him."Katharine, on the other hand, doesn't exhibit the drive to win, "but seems to think she deserves it," says O'Donnell, predicting a failed music career and possible future in commercials. "She's cold and artificial. When she sings, she's looking for the camera and seems to be assuming a character. She attempts the vocal gymnastics of Celine Dion . When people hear Celine, they know it's real. Katharine seems manufactured. I think she'll fade."

My thoughts EXACTLY.

11:25 AM, May 23, 2006  
Blogger angelof_mercy81 said...

I'm not sure that bringing back "Rainbow" was Kat's best move. True, she did an amazing job on it last week, but with that performance still fresh in our minds, she needs to make it a little different. I did like "Black Horse & a Cherry Tree" (or whatever it's called); ironically, I heard it on the radio yesterday. Anyway...

I'm happy with Taylor's choices. I loved "Levon" when he performed it in the semis.

As for the crappy original songs, well, it wouldn't be an Idol finale without one. Although you've gotta wonder if the producers are trying to send a message with the song titled "My Destiny"...NO. I will NOT give in to conspiracy theories. The way I see it, it's anybody's game. I will vote tonight, but I haven't decided for whom yet.

11:27 AM, May 23, 2006  
Blogger Kristi Mantoni said...

You might be right since only a certain amount of calls are going to make it through anyway. I just think that they are going to get recording contracts anyway. Personally, I think it's great for Chris and Elloitt that they left the show when they did. They won't be forced to record pop songs that might not fit them (I think Bo is a good example of this). Anyway, as always, opinions are worth about as much as someone is will to pay for them!! Good luck to all of you who will try to vote!

11:34 AM, May 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I basically agree with everyone's sentiments on the "Over The Rainbow" choice. She had a "Moment" as Simon likes to call them, and that is often a one time thing that can't be repeated. As for "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree", she definitely can't be on the floor again for that one, especially if she sits again for Rainbow, so she needs to take a new approach or else it's just going to come off stale, in my opinion. I'm dissapointed that both of them didn't have enough guts to risk a new song.

11:36 AM, May 23, 2006  
Blogger Kristi Mantoni said...

I don't think I'd take a risk either. They're both going to get contracts but you don't want to be the one who forgot the words, or missed kicking the mic stand or...wait! They've done that already! Ha-Ha

11:49 AM, May 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am one of those annoying loyal voters who voted for the same 3 people all season no matter what - Taylor, Katharine, and Elliott. Tonight, I might actually do something different and vote solely on the performances of the evening.

Thanks Jennifer for your fun site. Who's out there who can now do So You Think You Can Dance justice on the web??? Point me in their direction!


12:05 PM, May 23, 2006  
Blogger Kristi Mantoni said...

Cathy, Did you vote for all three last week? If so, can you tell me why? I know a lot of people that vote for all of them to see if they can get through but is there something more to multi-voting that I'm missing?

12:37 PM, May 23, 2006  
Blogger tracyintpa said...

First of all, Jennifer thank you for your blog. I have loved it all season, and spent 1/2 my internet time here and the other half on graycharles.com.

Can I just say something to those of you on the fence? I don't mean this in a derogatory way to Katharine, please know that up front. But in her press conference she stated that she wants to act, be on stage, do movies, tv, sing etc. Basically she wants to be in the biz and be famous. Not that there is anything wrong with that. She is a talented, beautiful girl and I'm sure she'll have a career. Taylor on the other hand is about the music, he writes beautiful heartfelt songs, he has 2 CD's that he wrote and self produced, one when he was just 21 yrs old (and its very good) he has been performing in public for the last 15 years. He eats, breathes, and sleeps music, his complete and total passion in life is music. As he said in his audition, he has a voice and he just wants it to be heard. Just keep in mind when you decide if you are going to vote and for whom. I'm not going to tell you who to vote for, but tonight, if they both give great performances, and you just don't know who has the edge, think about the person who's whole passion is just about the music.

12:41 PM, May 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to thank you Jennifer for the great blog, I will miss it! (and Elliott!!!!!!)

1:02 PM, May 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disappointed Kat will be redoing Somewhere Over the Rainbow this soon, I think something a little further back would have been better. Hope she does it well though (hope they both sing well tonight on everything). I seem to remember not being hugely thrilled by Taylor's Levon either but it has been a while, I will have to listen to it again when I get home tonight. I like both of their upbeat song choices.

-- Allen

1:27 PM, May 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think that katherine did not do as good as hicks!

2:17 PM, May 23, 2006  
Anonymous friedrice said...

Katherine's "Destiny" is 2nd place. Buh bye.

11:09 PM, May 23, 2006  

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