Tuesday, May 06, 2008

they're gonna rock this show...

"You can rock out on Idol."

Randy Jackson said so earlier this season. And Paula nodded.

And so to prove it, the final four were allowed to frolic in the list (or the pared down list in all probability) of the songs that "shaped rock and roll" according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Three of them will get parades. One will get to meet Ellen next week.

Because THIS is American Idol.

And after this episode, I will be cleansing my ears. And then I will be trying, again, to figure out how and why they're still insisting that this group is the best group in the history of the show. Cause I am just not seeing it. Or hearing it.

But here they are anyway, my initial impressions, subject to review and revision but, as always, from worst to first, including a four-way tie at the end:

Jason Castro (Tambourine Man). Well, at least he didn't stop and ask the band to restart after forgetting the lyrics. His "lah-lah-lah" was a nice coverup. If anyone suspected last week that Jason wants off of this show, this week that is confirmed. Unfortunately for him Simon tells him to pack his bags, which typically is a call to the phones for many people.

Jason Castro (I Shot the The Sheriff). Simon compares this performance to a first-round audition massacre. Randy calls it a bad Bob Marley karaoke performance. That pretty much sums it up for me.

David Cook (Hungry Like the Wolf). David starts the show and doesn't blow me away like I've come to expect from him. He says in the intro that he's going to "turn the song on its head," and he doesn't come close. He gets a tepid response from the judges, justifiably, but considering he's all but a lock for next week, perhaps he decided this week was the time to play it safe.

Syesha Mercado (Proud Mary). Syesha looks lovely and continues to display that long-hidden personality, but instead of using the Tina Turner rendition of this song as a guide and turning it into Syesha's version, she decides to duplicate Tina, clear down to the choreography. The judges are split, but I am siding with Simon's view that it was an imitiation, even though I think it didn't deserve to be called "shrieky."

[The following four I'm just calling a tie.]

Syesha Mercado (A Change is Gonna Come). This song started promisingly, but the more powerful she tried to make it, the more strident it became. It was better than her first effort, even though Randy pans it, but the Jasmine Trias tears upon Paula's glowing words, followed by Simon's, may have touched the hearts of potential voters everywhere.

David Archuleta (Love Me Tender). So Little David didn't know this song. :::wipes tear::: The beauty of this song, aside from the sweet lyrics, is the glorious melody. And it's one of those songs that really shouldn't be messed with. The judges call in a U-Haul full of praise up to and including Simon's observation that he "crushed" the competition. Sorry Simon, but I beg to differ.

David Archuleta (Stand By Me). Archuleta is fortunate to anchor the first round with this song, because after a bomb and two mediocre outings, this one does stand out, despite the insertion of a little Sean Kingston that I do not think was in the original version. It was not near to the extent that Randy slathers the pimping praise, but little David does take the first round But that's not saying much.

David Cook (Baba O'Reilly). After acknowledging that the judges were right to pan him for his first performance, DC takes his "Les Paul" and delivers another trademark David Cook performance, but on rock night doesn't come close to comparing with his earlier-season performances.

So who's leaving. Well if the voters have any compassion, they'll send Jason on his way, but voters have a history of evil. Might Archuleta's voters sit back and watch Dancing with the Stars, their boy having done "crushed" the competition? Will Syesha's heartfelt and touching tears earn a few phone calls?

I'll call a Jason/Syesha bottom two and predict that one of them will be hitting the talk show circuit starting Thursday.

So what do you think?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its time for Jason to go home! I don't know what his deal is but he just doesn't seem into it anymore. I hope VFTW will stop voting for him.

Loved David A tonight, love the songs he picked. David C can sing, but I wasn't crazy about his song choices. They did nothing for me.

I haven't been a Syesha fan, but I'll be upset if she goes home before Jason. I think she was great tonight.


9:23 PM, May 06, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

david archuleta i thought was okay .

contrary to what the judges said, i liked both of david cook's performances tonight.
he looked exhausted though, a lot like last week. he looked like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders. i sure hope nothing happened in his family or something..

9:34 PM, May 06, 2008  
Blogger Dave said...

If anyone other than Jason gets canned, there's something clearly wrong with the world. Forgetting the words is one of the only unforgivable Idol sins out there and he didn't just drop a line or two, he blew the entire verse.

I don't think anyone was great tonight. Part of it might be the pressure, but I also think the theme killed them. After all, they were given the most recognisable songs in the history of rock n'roll.

Anything they did was going to pale in comparison to the original versions.

9:38 PM, May 06, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I might be alone on this one... but I will be upset if Jason leaves... so what if he's laid back.... and a little stoned... I kind of think thats whats cool about him.

I LOVE David Cook.

I do not and have never liked Arch.

Syesha is good... just not good enough for me.

I LOVE David Cook.

9:56 PM, May 06, 2008  
Blogger Dave said...

How do you feel about David Cook?

My problem with Jason is that he forgot the words!!!!

You may like him and he may very well be a great guy, but on a singing show, you've got to sing the song, not hum through the parts where you have a brain fart.

Purely on merit for this week, he deserves to go.

9:58 PM, May 06, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i respectfully agree, i guess.

I LOVE David Cook... for good measure.

10:03 PM, May 06, 2008  
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10:04 PM, May 06, 2008  
Blogger Kathryn said...

on Dave's comment
"My problem with Jason is that he forgot the words!!!!

You may like him and he may very well be a great guy, but on a singing show, you've got to sing the song, not hum through the parts where you have a brain fart.

Purely on merit for this week, he deserves to go."

Ummm Brooke forgot her words ... twice, granted she may be gone but so did David A on the horrendous Beatles night, so forgetting your words isn't something new...

I just feel that the judges want Jason out so they're tearing him to shreads and expecting him to perform well.. and I think that he has a nice voice and if the contestants could sing something from this century instead of the same tired old songs from when I was a kid (and that wasn't yesterday!!) they may be able to show what they have..

I'm so over this show and last season and this one have put the final nails in the coffin..

But I love reading this blog.. and of all the ones that are left.. I love Jason the most...

10:19 PM, May 06, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice that Jason mouthed "Don't Vote" after the first song's review during the numbers? He really is done with this.
It would be one thing if David Archuleta really was as great as they say...but he isn't...his songs are uninteresting and predictable. But the worst part is how they were pimping him out. They didn't even comment on how he "whiffed" the last part of "Love me tender"...instead, the producers subbed out his rehearsal ending and used that during the recap. If you tivo'd it, you will see. It is really infuriating.
On the other hand, Archuleta is the only one who could make an "idol" song fit on his album, because it's the same boring stuff he loves to sing. For that reason, David Cook should want to come in 2nd or 3rd, so he can make his album his own. (I bet he doesn't try too hard in the final if he makes it)

11:38 PM, May 06, 2008  
Anonymous NewportPreacher said...

Was it just me, or did the sound mix really stink tonight? I mean, for most of the songs (esp. the first 4) the vocals were way out front -- which is good, but we couldn't hear the instruments. Seems to me that the vocals would've sounded better being a bit more "supported" by the accompanists.

Of course, it could've sounded just fine "live."

11:49 PM, May 06, 2008  
Anonymous chris(daughtry)rocks said...

anonymous said: "Did anyone notice that Jason mouthed "Don't Vote" after the first song's review during the numbers? He really is done with this."

I rewound back. He didn't say "Don't Vote." He said, "Vote...vote." He was clearly making the "V" sound on that first word.

As for the night, David Archuleta was the winner of round 1, and both Davids were tied for round 2. Syesha is a naturally smiley person and had to remind herself at the beginning of "A Change is Gonna Come" that it's NOT a smiling song. David Cook left me hungry (and not in a good way) on his Duran Duran impersonation. Syesha, while I liked her vocals on "Proud Mary," shouldn't have aped Tina's moves.

Jason...Jason...Jason. "Sherrif" was a wreck! "T-man" was okay, except for the forgotten lyrics. HOWEVER, like it or not, at least he had the presence of mind to "do do doooo" his way through the section and NOT stop and start over. He was wholly nonplussed and just continued in his easy-going way.

Syesha is showing that she wants to win this thing. David Cook knows he's good enough and is starting to feel a bit like he's cruising. David "All you beautiful girls" Archuleta is taking everything in, learning, growing.

Jason should be the one to go. But I have a sinking feeling that if VFTW does it's dastardly best, David Cook could be the one going home in a Daughtry-esque shocker. We'll see!

2:11 AM, May 07, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really do not think VFTW has much, if any, power over people these days. I think most people read it because they get a charge out of rude comments the writers make. If Jason stays, I believe it is because he has alot of people who love to see him perform.
I have never voted for him, but admire his kind manner. The only thing I liked about this season was the variety of personalities in this years contestants. Each has his or her own special traits and talents. The thing I hated was song selections and the choices they had to pick from. (I know I sound like the season is over) Kinda is.

6:09 AM, May 07, 2008  
Blogger angelof_mercy81 said...

I'd love to see an all-David finale, and after last night's show, it seems that much more plausible. I only worry that somebody could end up getting Tamyra'd (or Daughtry'd, whichever you prefer) tonight.

Anybody know what Dial Idol is predicting for the elimination tonight?

8:56 AM, May 07, 2008  
Anonymous Cookiemonster said...

Dial Idol has Jason in red... definitely going home!! I looked back and they've been reasonably close this year with the exception of KLC putting her safe on her ouster night!

Newportpreacher!! I totally agree that the sound was off last night.. I said it to my husband in the opening bars of David C's song. I kind of got used to it after a few more songs but there was definitely a problem. They need to fire their sound person.. some weeks you can hardly hear the performers 'cos the band is too loud and then last night!! Unacceptable in my view!

9:26 AM, May 07, 2008  
Blogger Dave said...


Brooke should have gotten whacked on the two times she obviously flubbed her lyrics, too.

I can deal with missing a mark or a word here or there, but obvious screw-ups should result in someone's ouster.

10:14 AM, May 07, 2008  
Blogger jennifer said...

The audio was (again) very poor. You'd think they'd hire somebody who knows what they're doing.

And Dave, I couldn't agree more.

10:44 AM, May 07, 2008  
Anonymous Getting Curious said...

Oh my goodness...

I have to admit, I haven't read this blog in a while... It doesn't show up at my house (my computer is ancient) so I have to come to my Mom's to see it.

I am shocked at the general consensus!! David A knocks it out of the park (almost) every performance and you guys are acting like he's Constantine Maroulis or something. Sings ok, but not great. A little annoying.

CRAZINESS!!!!! David A is one of the best vocalists this show has ever seen... Up there with Clay, Melinda, and (dare I say) Kelly.

Last night just proved it.

Jason - Sheriff SUCKED. Mr. T could have been great... but for goodness sakes, out of all the lyrics, how on earth do you forget "jingle jangle mornin"???

Syesha - Proud Mary started out OK, ended up being pretty terrible. "Change"... I don't understand what Paula and Simon were gushing over. I totally agreed with Randy. Plus the sound crew didn't help her.

David Cook - Ok, this week was pretty much the producers saying, "Merry Christmas, David C, we desperately want YOU to be the next American Idol." And out of 500 songs he picks "Hungry Like a Wolf"? Are you kidding? And it was awful. I expected him to 'cook' it up, but he did not. It was terrible. "Baba" was much better - but still not Cook standard. His talent far surpasses either of the songs.

David A - STELLAR. I was swooning. The song choices were great and the vocals were amazing. And he has the best attitude. He is so genuinely happy to be where he is and had NO ego. He deserves to win this competiton hands down with David C. somewhat close on his heels.

But all you Cook fans, take heart. The person I root for NEVER wins. So I predict the next AI to be Cook.

ps - to the person who said that David A messed up his last note and then in the recap they dubbed it... I noticed that too. I thought it was so stupid. Who cares if he messed up one note? Everyone's human.

11:42 AM, May 07, 2008  
Blogger Dave said...

The Arch isn't as smarmy as Constantine, nor is he a poser.

I just don't understand his charm and the little things he does annoy me (the stupid airhead giggling, the breathyness, squinting like Mr. Magoo). I think he'll win, but I don't think he has the staying power to be Kelly or Carrie.

It's my opinion that TPTB want him to win because they think they can manipulate him and run his career in ways some of the others would not allow (like Kelly getting out of her contract). I do not think he'll have any sort of prolonged success because he has shown ZERO diversity in his song choices or singing style. The public will tune him out after a single or two.

12:04 PM, May 07, 2008  
Blogger jennifer said...

If anyone, I would compare Archuleta to Underwood. Great vocals, but no stage presence or performance skills. Clay, Melinda and Kelly all knew how to work the stage, in addition to being great vocalists. But that's something Carrie has improved upon with time and experience, and I think Archuleta will too.

But Dave's right: he's become predictable and boring. He will sing a ballad filled with message. I would love to see him break out into boy band (sorta) mode.

And I also agree that the producers want him to win the battle of the Davids.

My fave never wins either, so I've become accustomed to that. I just want my fave IN the finale. That hasn't happened since Bo Bice.

12:25 PM, May 07, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone remember when McPhee was horrible in the final four I can't remember exactly what she did (was never a fan) but I believe she messed up/forgot the words to her song. She ended up in the finale, and Chris D. got the boot that week. So maybe Jason will stay and David C or David A will get the boot instead.

I'm not hoping for this by any means, but nothing will surprise me at this point with this show.

12:31 PM, May 07, 2008  
Blogger DrillerAA said...

Jason, bend over, put your head between your legs and kiss your butt goodbye.
It's just that simple.

12:47 PM, May 07, 2008  
Anonymous Getting Curious said...

LoL, Dave... yeah, the squinting thing... we all have our bad habits. But c'mon, the giggling?? He is the biggest nerd EVER! He was talking abot how he sings "Stand By Me" to his DOG. Of course he giggles. And guhfaws, for that matter.

No diversity in singing style? Can we say David Cook? He takes every song and "rocks it". Which sounds great! He's good at what he does. But please don't say he's diverse. And why change your singing style when it's already great? So that the judges can say, "I don't know, dawg, I miss the old David A."...?

Clay knew how to work the stage??? WHAT?!?!?! Simon's biggest complaint with Clay, pretty much every week, was that he did NOTHING on stage. I remember the first time he finally did some moves was when he sang "Grease is the Word" when there were only 3 or 4 of them left. And oh man, it was terrible. Funny terrible, though.

Ugh, ballads with message? I disagree. Not that he hasn't done that more than other contestants, but it's certainly not every time. And what about songs with message? How terrible is it that someone wants to send a message instead of show some skin or talk back to the judges?

No prolonged success... yeah, that may be true. He doesn't seem very marketable. But he'll be around. I mean, c'mon, even Kimberly Caldwell made something of hersef (gag).

2:24 PM, May 07, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave, the Arch annoyes you because he acts like a goofy kid. He is a goofy kid and a nerd! But he seems like a nice kid. I think he's the way he is because he got a daddy who runs the show and is a bully.

I just hope when he grows up some he can lose creepy daddy (who should get a real job) then he'll be OK.


3:27 PM, May 07, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sound mix was awful last night. Seriously, with the $ this show makes, you'd think they could do a decent audio mix.

The think that really bugged me last night was how the judges/producers just have it IN for some of the contestants. Come on, David C.'s "Hungry like the Wolf" was no better than Jason's "I shot the Sheriff" but he received very mild criticism and Jason got just torn apart again and again. I really hate that...this isn't the first season the judges have done that...it's SO obvious and such a turnoff!!

Personally, even though Jason didn't deliver last night and deserves to go home, I'll miss seeing him on the show. David C is the only interesting contestant left.

3:45 PM, May 07, 2008  
Blogger Dave said...

Do you really want a goofy kid and a nerd to be THE American Idol? (Kevin Covais, who was much more likable--and who could speak spontaneously--was a true nerd; The Arch is just an airhead).

Granted that not everyone is groomed for this sort of thing (as Diana Degarmo was), but just because he's 17 doesn't mean he has to act like he's 12. Take Jordin, for example. She nevah acted as stupidly as The Arch does.

I find him grating and I don't think his voice is any better than what you'd find in a lot of big city high school vocal choirs.

With regards to comparing The Arch to another past singer, I don't think he has the vocal chops of Carrie and he acts more like Kellie (and not in the good way). I just think the American Idol should be more than a kid who can't speak a coherent sentence without devolving into a giggling mass of teeth.

4:35 PM, May 07, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this has been a very strange season. i think the core of the problem is that the judges are so terrible. When you watch DWTS, those judges actually make valid technical points about their dancing and come across like they know what they're talking about, yet they're light and entertaining. AI judges are just ridiculous and are ruining the show. I've been a faithful watcher for three years now but I doubt I'll make the effort next year.

AI should hope for a David Cook win so they'll have a successful Idol to make the show seem more legitimate.

6:01 PM, May 07, 2008  
Blogger Dave said...

Despite much of Paula's inane ramblings and last week's mis-speak, the worst judge this year has been Randy.

He used to be the most technical of the judges and then he went all ghetto in an effort to boost his street cred. Now his incessant pimping of The Arch is what has destroyed any faith I may have once had in him.

I don't blame Randy for picking a fave; we all have them and liking David A. is no sin. However, when he cannot praise other contestants for fear of not making his guy out to be "da bomb", that ticks me off.

For instance, on ALW night, when Carly and Syesha opened up a big ole botte o' whoopass on EVERYONE else, all Randy could to was make an ugly face and tell them it wasn't their best. Ex-squeeze me!?!?! This year has been by far the worst judging the show has seen (and that's saying a lot).

7:23 PM, May 07, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No.....I don't want a goofy kid to be the American Idol. I actually think they should be older, at least out of high school.

I think the Arch is immature, but I think he has talent.

Randy has been off the wall this year. Its like he doesn't like anyone except David A. Crazy.


9:01 PM, May 07, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last minute prayer:


9:50 PM, May 07, 2008  

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