American Idol – The Year They Were Born
The top 10 on American Idol tonight had to sing a song from the year they were born, so it was really another ’80’s night, with the one exception of Michael Johns who was born in 1978.
Before the recap a few thoughts on the show:
- The show is now sorting out into the singers who are contestants who sing songs straight, and the contestants who are more musical and will play around with the arrangement more. The master of this is David Cook.
- Paula Abdul clothing looked like she had had an accident with a disco ball, and Madonna in her Desperately Seeking Susan Days.
- A bit off topic, but it is all over the internet – do we care if Ryan is gay? So what if he is, it is not like he plays the romantic lead in movies he is a TV host. Or is he viewed as some sort of heartthrob?; and
- Won’t John Farnham be stoked that Simon Cowell has actually heard of him.
First up for the night was Ramielle Malubay who was born in 1987. She sang “Alone” by Heart.
Tonight she did not look like an office worker, but they are clearly having trouble dressing her. Maybe it is a height thing. The shorts and nearly knee high boots were not a good look.
Apparently Ramielle has been ill so that may have been why her voice was not as strong as previously. Having said that her vocals were still good, however she lacks stage presence and really does not know how to work the huge stage she is on. She will bottom 3 it this week.
Randy Jackson said – “Not right song choice”, “To big a song”, “Little pitchy – all over the place”.
Paula said “Major talent in small package” Paula hopes she stays in the competition.
Simon Cowell said “I don’t think it was as bad as Randy said.”, “You are going to get through this week with that performance.”
Next up was Jason Castro born in 1987 who sang a Sting song called “Fragile”. This song must have been written around the time when Sting discovered the issue of the destruction of the South American rainforests, and to be fair he did stage some issue raising and money raising concerts. However he seems to have fallen off the environmental band wagon at the moment (wouldn’t want to give up that greenhouse guzzling private jet) , or may not be able to get any media time because Bono is the activist rock star at the moment.
After that rant – I hate this song. And Jason Castro playing guitar and singing some of it in Spanish was not going make me like it.
Randy Jackson “Good choice”, “Nice and pleasant” and “Still waiting for a jump out vocal performance.”
Paula said “Safe in your zone”
Simon said “Two bad weeks – I think it is time you started taking it seriously”, “It was the equivalent of busking outside a subway station.”
I think Jason Castro is good looking, can sing a little, and play guitar a little. However, I am coming to the conclusion that he is not as talented as I first thought.
Syesha Mercado was next she was born in 1987 and sang “If I Were Your Woman”.
How skinny did she look tonight? Has she lost weight or had I not notice before?
It was a much better performance from her tonight, with strong vocals, but she too lack stage presence.
Randy said “Best I have ever heard you sing”
Paula said “This is the moment that people remember where she flipped it and Syesha became the dark horse.”
Simon said “Definitely best so far, but only three in.” “There is a limit on your vocals and that song stretched it.”
Chikeze was born in 1985 and sang Luther Vandross “If Only For One Night”.
Firstly Chikezie outfit was a mess, far to much going on, the shirt with the drawing on it, and the jacket which looked like he had been painting in it.
I liked the vocals however I hated the song. Also I found it disconcerting as the mosh pit were waving their hands out of time. Was this why Chikezie started shaking the hands to get them to stop?
Randy said “Old school”, “Didn’t love this for you.”
Paula disagreed “Good throwback”
Simon said “Thought you sang it well, performance was cheesy”, “Nothing original”, “I miss your personality”.
Brooke White was born in 1983 and sang “Every Breath You Take” by the Police.
Brooke in her pre song package was nearly in tears talking about her family. She wins the most emotional Idol contestant ever award.
She played the piano which was much better, and it was interesting in her package she revealed she was self taught.
Her performance was good, but it did not blow you away. However I am sure she will easily get through.
Randy said “Did not love arrangement.”
Paula said “Enjoyed it more then last week.”
Simon said “Just you on the piano would have been cool, when band came in it became old fashioned.” and “First half was fantastic.”
Michael Johns was born in 1978, and the only one tonight singing a ’70 song. It was a medley/remix of two Queen songs “We Will Rock You”, and “We Are the Champions”.
He was trying to recapture his earlier mojo from top 100 week, where he blew everyone away with his rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody.
Better performance and he had less Michael Hutchene type movements in it which was a good thing. The crowd loved it and were exuberant in their applause.
Randy said “Best performance since you have been on the show.”
Paula said ” Your shining moment”
Simon said “First time I saw star potential”, and “Tonight You Got It Right”
Next was Carly Smithson who was born in 1983 and she sang the iconic “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler.
I must confess I spent half the song looking at her stomach to try and work out if the wild rumours doing the rounds of her being pregnant are true. Celebridiot has some details on the rumour.
She did look a bit chunkier, however that dress would make Kate Moss look big.
She does have Bonnie Tyler esque huskiness to her voice, and I thought the rendition was ok (it is one of my favourite songs). However that wild voice trick note at the end did not do it for me.
Randy said “Liked it did not love it” and “Did not like end note”
Paula disagreed ” I loved the last note”
Simon said “Something didn’t quite work”, “You were tense and uptight” and “Need to lighten up”
I also did not get the interchange between Carly and Ryan she said something about going to the toilet before hand it all got confusing from there.
David Archuleta was born in 1990 and he sang “Your The Voice” by John Farnham.
Now this song is from Australia, NOT Austria Paula. And the why couldn’t you pick an American composer comment from Paula was a tad xenophobic.
This song was on high rotation on every radio station, so it was going to have to be good if I was going to like it. It wasn’t. In fact it highlighted how strong John Farnham’s voice was, and I am not a fan.
As the other couch potato in the house said “I thought this guy was a contender?” I had to agree.
Randy said ” Strange song choice”, “Very nice”
Paula did the whole Austria thing.
Simon said “Sang well in parts,” “I didn’t like the performance overall, and “Reminiscent of a theme park performance, the kind where there are animated creatures running around”.
Kristy Lee Cook was next she was born n 1984 and she sang “God Bless America”. She guaranteed her safety by sing this patriotic song. It was a bit like Carl Risley in last seasons Australina Idol where he sang Waltzing Matilda at the time I thought it would back fire but I underestimated Australia’s nationalist fervour.
She did a better performance this week, she appears to have knocked off the widelegged stance dance movement.
Randy said” Very nice performance.”
Paula said “Good choice”, “I have seen better performances from you, but your voice was better.”
Simon was extremely positive “Your best performance by a mile” and “Most clever song choice”. Maybe she did blow Simon’s socks off this week!
Last was Daniel Cook born in 1982 singing Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”. At first I thought WTF, but he turned it into a ballard, and it was sensational.
This week he grabbed the competition by the proverbial and said to the other contenders your going to have to improve immensely if you want to beat me.
On the negative side – his baby photos were not great. What a huge forehead he has.
Randy said “The most original and bold contestant we’ve ever had,” and “Blazing molten hot”
Paula standing up and refusing to sit down said “Brave, willing to stretch the boundaries.”
Simon said “Brave, it was either going to insane or amazing, and it was amazing.”
By far the best performance of the night.
My pick for bottom three are Carly Smithson, Ramielle Maubay, and Syesha Mercado.