Thursday, April 14, 2011

American Idol 10: Ranking the Top 8 - "Music from the Movies" Performances

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Hello everyone! I'm back! So sorry I wasn't able to make an American Idol post last week. I was on vacation. Apologies, I could've warned you all that Pia Toscano was going home. Hahaha!

This week, Jimmy Iovine is joined by Will.I.Am on the mentors panel - dishing out quips and jokes with his advice, but generally just sitting there being cute. I wished they had let him mentor a bit more. Or at least let him mentor during RnB week or something more along his line of work.

In any case, I thought the contestants did well tonight. Here are my notes from the show...

American Idol 10: Music from the Movies

Paul McDonald - "Old Time Rock and Roll" - Paul opened the show and for some reason, tried so hard to show of better vocals that he just didn't have. I think Paul is in trouble this week.

Lauren Alaina - Miley Cyrus' "The Climb" - Lauren this week reminded me so much of Jordin Sparks, except that she's not as good tonight. The arrangement of her song gave her a great build up, getting bigger and bigger towards the end, but it just really left me wanting.  Does she deserve to stay? Sure, but if next week is more of the same, I'm voting her off. 

Stefano Langone - "End of the Road" from the movie Boomerang - Hey Stefano got a haircut! :p Stefano is not a good position tonight - having been in the bottom 2 with Pia last week. It was good that Jimmy Iovine mentioned it to get it out of the way. And the Stefano proceeded to tear up the song on the Idol stage. I knew from the beginning that he had the chops to win this whole thing, but after having been in the bottom a few times, his chances seem to be slim.

Scotty McCreery - "Cross My Heart" from the movie Pure Country - Does he really need to hold his microphone that way? :p Having said that though, Scotty is probably the luckiest contestant this season. Even if he gets eliminated this week, he is already a bona fide country music star. Watch out for his duet with Taylor Swift next year. Hehe.

Casey Abrams - "Nature Boy" - Defying the coaches Will.I.Am and Jimmy Iovine, Casey chose this song to show the world who he really was. It fitted his voice and his style like a glove and brought the Casey everybody liked in the auditions. He was quirky and wonderful, and even though he will never sell millions of records, I am certain he already has a cult following somewhere around America. :p

Haley Reinhart - "Call Me" - This song was really familiar to my ears and I remember how Blondie performs it. Oddly though, Haley's version sounded really dragging to me, I got bored with it in the middle and it felt like she didn't pull it back fast nor hard enough. It just fell flat to me.

Jacob Lusk - "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - A beautiful song to sing and showcase your vocal range - which Jacob has - and vocal power - which Jacob also has - and vocal control - which unfortunately Jacob doesn't have. :p He sounds spectacular when he controls his voice (like those last 3 notes) but he forgets himself and goes off a few notes and then the whole thing is ruined.

James Durbin - "Heavy Metal" I am surprised at how controlled James' voice sounds despite the craziness of his song choices. Still, I am not a fan of metal so, sorry dude. Next please... ugh. He's the last one. Well, no Last Song Syndrome from that.

Who's leaving Idol tomorrow?

My bottom 3 are:
Haley Reinhart
Jacob Lusk
Paul McDonald

...and I think Paul is leaving Idol tomorrow.

Who are your bottom 3? Let us know by choosing below. I'll let you know the results tomorrow. :D

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