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American Idol Top Four Performance and Elimination Show Combined

Sorry about late post, but unavoidable and untimely matters arose.

This week the final four had to learn two solo songs, one group number with choreography, and go to Las Vegas. I was exhausted for them before they started.

Final four were singing from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Ryan Seacrest said that this meant the Idol’s had a lot to choose from. So does this mean the producers have stopped handing out the fifty songs they can choose from?

David Cook was first up with “Hungry Like The Wolf” by Duran Duran. Considering Simon Le Bon was one of the biggest sex symbols of the eighties, it was going to be a call to see how he did it.
I was a bit disappointed by his performance, has Lacey sucked the mojo out of him (no double entredre intended) it was a bit karaoke, no real David Cook flair that I have gotten to know and love. It is sexy song with sexy lyrics, I would have liked it if he had shown a bit more raunch with it.

Randy Jackson appeared to be thinking the same thing “That was an ok choice, and solid performance. Just ok for you, not amazing.”
Paula predictably loved it.

Simon said “I thought it was good, a little bit copycat, is it good enough at the moment to get through to next week. At the moment, Yes.” But Simon he has been the only one whose sung!!!!

The last woman standing Syesha Mercardo was next singing “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner. I thought she did a fantastic job, only criticism which was the opposite of David was that she sexed up too much. Over choreographed, and trying to channel Tina Turner into her performance, but her voice sounded great.

Randy said “Syesha has showed up and is in the zone. Good timing showing the heat at the time in the competition when you needed it.
Paula said “You look like a star.”
Simon said ” A bad shrieky version, bad interpretation of Tina Turner.”

Stoner dude Jason Castro predictably picked a Bob Marley song “I Shot The Sheriff”. I hate this song. I have spent to many holidays in Thailand where all you hear is Bob Marley both the original and in cover bands.

If there had been no back singers for Jason it would have been really, really bad, instead of just bad. Just showed up all the weaknesses in his voice.

Randy said “Dude, for me that was a really karaoke Bob, ok, nothing special about it. That just was not good me.”
Paula said “I wasn’t crazy about the performance or the song”

Simon was scathing, with Randy chiming in like a Greek chorus “That was utterly atrocious. That was a song you do not touch, the arrangement was atrocious. The performance and the singing was as bad as I have ever heard. This was a first round audition massacre. I don’t know what your thinking.”
Jason said “I was thinking Bob Marley, Yeah.” Time to get off the dope.

David Archuleta is singing “Stand By Me”. This guy is a fifty year old in a seventeen year old. It was the same sort of performance I have seen each week from him. However he did sound good. But he would bore me senseless at a concert.

Every teenybopper in the audience thought he was singing it to them. The squeals at the end must have blown out some peoples eardrums.

Randy was just about orgasming and raved on however in a nutshell he said “It was hot.”
Paula usual rambling that were hard decipher and went off on multiple tangents. “Your seasoned already.”

Simon said “You could have whistled the song and it would have been better then the last song. A very good choice of song, thought you struggled a bit at the end of it. But the best performance so far.”

David Cooks second song is “Baba O’Reilly” from The Who. As Randy would say “This was much more in your zone dude.” Does David Cook’s sex appeal increase when he is playing the guitar?

Randy said “Something a little different going on for you tonight. But that was more like the David Cook I’ve grown to love.”
Paula said “I want more, I want more David Cook.”
Simon said “Welcome back David Cook.”

Syesha Mercado was singing “A Change Is Going To Come.”. Syesha showed how light weight she was comparing her top 4 Idol moment to the civil rights movements of the sixties.
thought she looked great in a diva way, but I was bored halfway through the song.

Randy said “For me the first I love this one I did not love as much. I did not like the arrangement, I did not like the arrangement of the vocals. I felt all disconnected.

At this point Syesha channelled the ghost of departed Idol Brooke White and started sobbing on stage.

Paula said “How you orchestrate your vocals was great. You turned it into a superstar performance.”
Simon said “I have to agree and I have to agree with Paula. “I think Randy got that completely and utterly wrong, I thought you sang it really, really well.”

Jason Castro was singing “˜Mr Tambourine Man’ by Bob Dylan. Jason completely flubbed the lyrics uh oh. I thought he was trying to sound to much like Bob. I think Jason has a lot of talent, but I don’t think he is as musical as the other in regard to arrangements and originality.

Randy said “Jason is not in the zone tonight.
Paula said “It did not blow us a way, but you blow me away.”
Simon put the nail in the coffin by saying “I’d pack your suitcase.”

David Archuleta sang “Love Me Tender” by Elvis. You just know that the Disney bosses are already writing some teenage musical for this guy.

I liked the arrangement, but again it was very similar.

Randy said “Another great performance. Hot vocals of the night right there.
Simon said “You did not beat the competition tonight, you crushed the competition.”

Elimination Show.

The group song was “Reeling in the Years” God the choreography in these things are really bad. Jason Castro gave his usual half hearted stab at it. The David’s know it is cheesy but are professional enough to embrace it.

David Archuleta was first to be called, and regardless of his same same songs, he really is sweet and humble.

David Cook also made it to the couches. So it was going to be between Syesha and Jason.
And unsurprisingly Jason Castro was gone”¦. Your couldn’t sing so many bad songs for so many weeks and stay.


1 Anonymous { 05.08.08 at 11:34 pm }

I think you will find The Who song is called Baba O’Reilly. Bob O’Reilly, on the other hand, whilst also being a 70s icon like The Who, was a spectactulary ugly, balding rugby league international front-rower for Parramatta. Just wanted to correct the record.

2 Reality Raver { 05.08.08 at 11:39 pm }

Oops I stand corrected. I did not hear it correctly, and thought I would hear in mentioned in the lyrics which was not the case.

I blame Ryan Seacrests accent will change it.

3 soobee { 05.10.08 at 3:40 pm }

I think you pretty much covered it, RR. 😉

My quick thoughts:

David Cook put waaay too much pressure on himself and didn’t pick songs that showed off his range (I was hoping for U2 and REM, but no). At least 2nd song was far better than 1st song. He’ll rebound next week; watch it happen.

David Archuleta had a strong week and he bores me to tears.

Syesha has really come alive and has also gotten rather full of herself. But congrats to her for getting to the final three. This should be it for her.

Jason was overwhelmed and wanted out (he’s said that, and then took it back, but you could see that his time had come; three songs would have been three too many).

Final two: David and David.

Winner: Impossible to say right now, but I think it will be close. Cook is way ahead in the and and BuddyTV polls, but tweens like my 11-year-old niece Jami don’t go online and vote in these kinds of things. They just IM each other. 😉

My preference has always been and continues to be Rocker David. I can’t wait to see the songs they pick. I think one is their choice and one is one of the judge’s choice. I can’t remember about the third song.

Go, Cook!!! (I voted for him about 50 times on Tuesday night, and will up that to 100 this coming week; hey, it’s free and I love the word nerd, what can I say? :-))

4 Reality Raver { 05.11.08 at 4:53 pm }

I think Soobee you maybe right and David Cook will win.

5 soobee { 05.12.08 at 12:36 pm }

Well, I’ve been watching Idol and reading all of the various boards and watching the Idol shows on TVGuide channel, and I think it could go either way, though Cook currently has the advantage. It will just depend on who ends up voting more, which camp. My niece whom I saw today and all of her friends will be dialing for D’Archie and I’ll be Cook all the way. :)

6 Reality Raver { 05.12.08 at 11:00 pm }

Obsessed teenagers who will phone in for the two hours may ensure David A pips David C at the end.

7 soobee { 05.13.08 at 1:22 am }

Very true, although I’ll be doing that, too. :) (Maybe not for two hours, though .;-)) As long as he makes it into the top two, I don’t really care. He’ll do fine (he will now, but he’ll do even better ;-)).

8 soobee { 05.13.08 at 2:23 am }

Oh, I just wanted to say how much I loved your commentary!!! 😉

Jason HAS TO BE on drugs.

Sayesha is way too over dramatic.

David Cook rocks, in all ways.

David Archuleta gets on my nerves and is extremely boring, BUT my niece who is 11 ADORES him, so he has the tween vote, and therefore will be in the final two with Cook. Have I mentioned how much I love David Cook? :) He is the next Chris Daughtry and Bo Bice, EXCEPT that he is far cuter than either of those two. Daughtry sounds like Nickleback and Three Doors Down. I don’t know who Bice sounds like (not into him). I think Cook has an original voice. His alto is gorgeous, and his tenor range is getting much better.

He could be HUGE, if he gets the right producer, since he already writes songs and plays guitar. I am planning to to see the Idol tour with my mom and niece, if possible, and I heard on Idol Rewind (yes, obsessed this year) that there will be more solos (YAY, NO GROUP NUMBERS!!!). How cheesy was Reeling in the Years? UGH.