Finally, the last week of the top 36! So far, I'm doing well picking the finalists, so let's see if I can get the last three right, too. I'm pretty sure the theme is Billboard Hot 100 again, so there should be at least a few really bad choices. After two weeks of watching the others get ripped a new one, you'd think they'd learn, though.
Once the show starts, refresh every few minutes to read the latest.
Von Smith, "You're all I Need to Get By" (Marvin Gaye)
Well, no, they haven't learned not to pick songs by legends. He's on key and not screaming, but he's just kinda there. Not interesting at all. And what's up with the wierd facial expressions? Very odd. Randy likes it, but maybe he's just lowered his expectations. Kara and Paula like him as well. Simon says he looks awful but sounds good.
(I LOVE the Rock...um, Dwayne Johnson! And the E-Trade babies!)
Taylor Vaifanua, "If I Ain't Got You" (Alicia Keyes)
She was in the kickin' group during Hollywood week, and she looks a lot older than 17. The verse was muddled, but on key. The chorus is much stronger, and she sounds good. WTH is Kara talking about?! Who cares what it's like to go shopping with Taylor? Thank you Simon for calling Kara out on a stupid remark. Simon said Taylor was generic and forgettable.
(The Geico commercials just make me wish that actor still played the president on 24.)
Alex Wagner-Trugman, "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" (Elton John)
Okay, if this guy isn't a fellow geek, my geekdar is dead! He's such a cutie :) I like him, even it does sound like he's trying to clear his throat. I think I have to vote for him just on principle. Paula says he's entertaining, and Simon said it was like a hamster trying to be a tiger. Randy said he was buck wild (huh?). Alex said he was trying to have fun because sometimes we forget how to do that. Yep, I'm voting for him.
(I must be just easy to entertain, 'cause I think the Old Navy mannequins are funny!)
Arianna Afsar, "The Winner Takes It All" (ABBA)
It's the first ABBA song on AI! I liked Arianna in the auditions, so I hope she does well. I bet they tell her the song is "too old" for her. Okay, she's got a pretty voice, but what's with all the riffs? She doesn't seems to understand the emotion the song is trying to convey, either. See Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia (I can't believe I just said that). Simon got in on the nose saying it was a bad performance. Randy and Kara broke out the "too old" comment...which is getting old.
Oh, no, I think someone may ruin one of my favorite songs soon...
(Hey, it's the Apple commercial that finally convinced me to buy the iPod Touch, which is that good.)
Ju'Not Joyner, "Hey There Delilah" (Plain White T's)
I love love love love love this song, so I hope he doesn't screw it up. I don't like his rendition at all, but I bet the judges like it. He makes it sound almost depressing! Randy and Kara like it (told ya'), and so does Paula. *blech* Simon said it was better than he thought it would be. I will say it was better than the rendition that Danny's friend sang during Hollywood week. Okay, I'll admit it, I don't like any version except the original.
(I may have to go to Olive Garden to have the Tuscan garlic chicken. *hungry*)
Kristen McNamara, "Give Me One Reason" (Tracy Chapman)
Another song I really like, and I like Kristen's voice a lot. Not positive they're the perfect match, though. Sounds a little Vegas-y, if you ask me. Or maybe like a 70s variety show. Oh, no, I agree with Kara! *palm to the forehead* Simon complimented her voice, but he doesn't think she knows who she is. (Maybe she has amnesia?)
Nathaniel Marshall, "I Would Do Anything for Love" (Meatloaf)
Who wants to bet on how long it takes him to cry? And what is that thing on his head? I can't believe he chose this song; he doesn't have the strength in his voice to carry it off. He's on key, and he's not horrible. Again, it's a problem with choosing a song that doesn't fit your voice. Simon said it verged on excruciating and compared the headband to Olivia Newton-John. Randy can't decide what kind of record he'd make. Come on, dude, he's totally a dance artist.
(My husband is mumbling something about a rat's nest of cables. He stopped as soon as the Watchmen commercial came on.)
Felicia Barton, "No One" (Alicia Keyes)
She's the one that replaced the chick that got kicked off for having a close relationship with some Idol producers. Why was she ever kicked off? She's awesome! She's definitely kicking some butt to prove a point. Simon says it was a bit copycat but not bad. Randy, Paula, and Kara all liked her.
Scott MacIntyre, "Mandolin Rain" (Bruce Hornsby)
How can you not like Scott? I'm definitely rooting for him, and he's picked a song that's right up his alley. He seems a bit nervous, but, as he goes he gets more into it. He ended on a very strong note, too. Randy says he can feel his passion for music, and Kara says it's coming from his heart. Simon wasn't crazy about the song, but Scott is growing on him. Simon says he'd be amazed if Scott doesn't sail through to the next round.
(What's up with all the food commercials when I haven't had dinner?!)
Kendall Beard, "This One's For the Girls" (Martina McBride)
Martina has a huge range, and her songs are usually pretty difficult. Kendall's doing pretty well, but she's having some problems with the highest notes. She got a little screechy at the end, too. She's definitely a country singer, so I'm glad she picked a country song. Kara said she had some trouble with the notes, and Simon said it got "shrilly" towards the end. Randy also said she had trouble hitting the notes.
(Is that Gary Sinise doing the voiceover on the Army commercial?)
Jorge Nuñez, "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (Elton John)
Jorge has a good voice, and, surprisingly, he's doing a very good job on this song. I think he's making a big effort not to sing with an accent, which I don't think is necessary. Simon says he's a very good singer and shouldn't try to get rid of the accent. Randy said it was really, really good, and Kara said he was born to sing. Oh, goodness, he's crying. I think he's been hanging around Nathaniel too much.
(Hubby wants to see Haunting in Connecticut. Never could understand liking horror movies.)
Lil Rounds, "Be Without You" (Mary J. Blige)
I really liked Lil from the Hollywood round, and she is probably the strongest female singer in the competition this year. She picked a perfect song for her voice, and she's doing a wonderful job. Simon says she's brilliant. Kara calls her a powerhouse, and Paula says she is first class.
Okay, I've changed my picks several times, but I'm going with these:
I may be going out on a limb with Scott MacIntyre, but I hope he makes it to the next round. If he doesn't make it tomorrow night, I can't imagine he wouldn't be on the wild card show Thursday.