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American Idol – WTF?

I’m.. lost for words.

Three unsettling things happened on last night’s AI final:

  1. Bikini Girl was given more airtime
  2. Kara got up on stage to “sing off” with Bikini Girl, and flashed (she was wearing a bikini under her dress)
  3. Kris Allen won

I’m not sure which of these was the most egregious.

May 22, 2009   3 Comments

American Idol – Final Three Perform

Last night, each singer sang twice: a song chosen by the judges, and their own choice of song.  First round was judges’ choice.  Because there are four judges and only three singers, the songs where chosen by Simon (for Adam), Paula (for Danny) and KaRandy (for Kris).  Paula chose a Terence Trent D’Arby song for Danny – “to suit his range”.  “Dance Little Sister” has about three notes in it, so it may have “suited” his limited range – it certainly didn’t stretch him.  Boring.  Kris sang “Apologize”, which is probably one of those songs that everybody knows, but has completely passed me by. Marcia would have said he was “pitchy”, but all KaRandy was concerned about was that he sat behind a piano instead of standing behind a guitar. All judges thought Adam’s take on U2’s One was revolutionary.  I thought it sounded as though he was trying to sing both parts of the Bono/Mary J Blige version, simultaneously.  Did not love, but still best of the round.

Contestants’ choice.  Danny sang “You Are So Beautiful”. He just doesn’t do it for me. Kris sang Kanye West’s “Heartless”, and did a pretty good job of it.  KaRandy was overjoyed that he did it with the guitar and didn’t seem to realise that this invalidated her criticism of “Apologize”, unless she exists in a universe in which a contestent wouldn’t be slammed for performing two songs the same way in the same episode. Adam sang Aerosmith’s “Cryin'” and I was less underwhelmed by this than by most of the other performances, with is the strongest praise I can muster.  I was more interested in the T-shirt he was wearing, which looked like it had a bedazzled AC/DC design.  Please tell me I was mistaken.

The performances were completely overshadowed last night by the behaviour of the judges. Kara decided to establish herself as “feisty” and was obnoxious. After Danny’s first performance, Paula and Simon’s antics were either 1. so over-the-top that they couldn’t be shown on TV or 2. so pointless that they weren’t shown. Ryan was valiantly trying to soldier on but was thwarted by Gokey, whose jaw dropped further than I’ve ever seen and was reduced to grunting and pointing in the judges’ direction.

I’m just hoping that American makes the right final two choice, which is to say I don’t really care about whether Adam beats Danny or Kris in the final (so by “right”, I mean “Adam gets through”).

May 14, 2009   2 Comments

Matt Giraud Got The Judges Save – Why???



On American Idol last night the judges decided to use their new power and use the judges save to allow Matt Giraud to stay in the competition after he received the lowest amount of votes this week. What type of fuckery was that?

This season to add a bit of frission to proceedings, the judges were given one save a person who was going to be eliminated to give them another shot in the competition. However this ‘power’ is unable to be used past the top five.

So with only one week left to use it the judges decided to let Matt Giraud stay in the comp.

In my opinion America got the bottom three right this week with Anoop Desai, Lil Rounds and Matt being sent to the chairs. Matt has not lived up to the hype since he hit the top 12. I think he has done one good performance with the rest being dull and unmemorable.

So what this means is two people will be eliminated next week, and I will not be happy if this means Alison Iraheta is a casualty of this decision. Adam Lambert won’t be as you know he is going hit disco right into the stratosphere.

Also why were Paula Abdul and Kara DioGuardi acting like excitable 15 year olds when it was announced and then running up on stage to hug him. Only Simon Cowell showed decorum.

Here Paula Abdul talks about the judges save.

April 17, 2009   1 Comment

American Idol – Songs From The Movies

Considering the Idol’s had a vast range of songs to choose from I found tonight’s episode lacking in any highly memorable moments.

Yes Adam Lambert’s performance was the highlight, and it was a pity he did not break out the glitter lycra for his glam rock rendition of Born To Be Wild.  But as Simon alluded it was a bit musical theatreish.

Danny Gokey the other front runner has decided (or it has been decided for him) that he needs to slick up his image, and the contacts are in and the glasses are gone. Personally he still does nothing for him. His pick of Endless Love was a smart song choice as there was no way the judges could give him a bollocking as he was obviously getting his inspiration from his dead wife.

Lil Rounds version of The Rose was abysmal. I really don’t see a recording contract for her post Idol. She has done not one good song since she made top 12, and I am surprised she is still here.

Alison Irahae rendition of Aerosmith’s Don’t Want To Miss A Thing  was good but not one of my favourite performances of hers. I notice Simon  Cowell was starting to pimp her as a potential winner of the show. I hope this does not mean she will get voted out tomorrow night.

Kris Allen was ordinary, and I get the feeling he may have peaked two weeks ago and it may all be downhill from here.

And lastly I think Anoop and Matt Giraud time is limited unless they can pull something sensational out of the performance repetoire next week.

Either Anoop or Lil to be eliminated.

The other sheer lunacy of the show was two judges only talking to each song because of time reasons. It indicates to me the three judge format does not work.

April 15, 2009   6 Comments

American Idol News – Quentin Tarantino To Be A Mentor


This week iconic film director Quentin Tarantino will be the mentor on American Idol where the Idol’s will have to sing songs from a movie. I hope someone sings something from the muppets. I think Adam Lambert would sing the hell out of Rainbow Connection. More details here.

Pity there are four judges this year as he would make a great guest judge.

Speaking of Adam Lambert the NY Times has a really interesting article questioning whether being gay will hinder his chances of winning the show this year.

April 13, 2009   1 Comment