Well, looks like I'm batting 1.000 - hopefully I can keep my prediction streak alive during tonight's wild card round. Not sure how the judging is going to go, so I may not get much time to make my picks.
I was plurking with some buddies last night during the results show, and we all pretty much agree that the picks of Tatiana and Von are puzzling. On the other hand, we were all happy that Anoop was picked to perform tonight. I've got my fingers crossed for him.
Well, you know the drill: once the show starts, reload every few minutes to get the updates. Yeah, I'm high tech like that.
Jesse Langseth, "Tell Me Something Good" (Rufus & Chaka Khan)
Why do singers insist on picking songs with low notes when they have a weak lower register? Her lower notes are SHAKY at best, and her higher notes are a little shrieky. Blech. Randy said she didn't sing it that well. Kara ignores the bad singing because Jesse has a swagger, and Paula said she has soul. Simon said it was a lot better than her first appearance but slightly indulgent. Amazingly, Randy is the only one that can hear tonight.
Matt Giraud, "Who's Loving You" (Jackson Five)
Matt is pretty good, and this song is better than his last performance. He's got a good range, and he is very soulful sounding. Strange ending though, and he didn't actually sing very many words. Kara said he was a little over the top at times, and Paula tells him to stay in genre. Simon said it was a billion times better than last but compares him to Taylor Hicks.
(Why do they keep playing that Kohl's commercial?)
Megan Joy Corkrey, "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" (KT Tunstall)
I really like Megan, but she's rushing the lyrics. And she keeps trailing off at the end of the line. The musical arrangement is not that great either. All I can keep thinking is that Katherine McPhee sang it better...and I'm not a Katherine fan. Paula said she picked the right song. Simon said he likes her and doesn't care that she didn't sing well. Why isn't anyone saying anything about how she sang?
Von Smith, "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" (Elton John)
Oh, Lord. The beginning was a little weak, and he's making those wierd facial expressions again. Last note was good, though *shrugging* Simon said it didn't start well and that Von is boring. Randy called him on the weak start, too. Everyone thinks he's overly dark and serious. Paula misses the pure essence of Von Smith, whatever that is.
(That State Farm song is catchy; maybe someone will sing that.)
Jasmine Murray, "Reflection" (Christina Aguilera)
Come on, Jasmine! I hope she sings better than last time. She's doing a great job, but she's risking being called too serious or not young enough *grrr* She's picked the perfect song for her voice, and she seems very confident. Randy said the song was too big for her but better. Why are they criticizing her notes when they pretty much gave Megan a pass. Simon says they aren't giving her enough credit and called the song choice brave.
Ricky Braddy, "Superstition" (Stevie Wonder)
Why do they keep picking Stevie Wonder songs when the judges hate that?! He's rushing the lyrics a little, and the song just doesn't suit him. He's got a good voice, though. Kara and Paula said he was really loosened up. Simon called it karaoke-like and clumsy. Randy said the song was not a good choice. Really?
Woohoo - Anoop is next!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Oh, no, it's the creepy Comcast commercial!)
Tatiana Nicole Del Toro, "Saving All My Love for You" (Whitney Houston)
Good night, what a nut! And of course the prohibition against singing Whitney doesn't apply to her! She's singing in such an overwrought style, which makes taking her seriously difficult. She has a good voice, but she's such a drama queen. Is she high? She confused Paula, which isn't that hard. Simon said she's sang this song three times now. Randy basically called her schizo, and Kara said she has multiple personalities.
Anoop Desai, "My Prerogative" (Bobby Brown)
I love me some Anoop, and he can sing the same song twenty times if he wants. He started off a little shaky, but he's getting into it. Love the long note! All the girls holla for Anoop! Simon said he has lots of personality, and Randy said he did better than the last time he sang it. Kara said she wanted to dance. Paula said he's a showman with some nasty moves, and she agreed he sang it better than the last time.
Okay, my picks are:
Now we just have to wait for the commercial break...
(Okay, they better not kill off Bill Buchanan on 24!)
Woohoo! Jasmine's in the top 12!
Woohoo! Megan's in the top 12!
Now another commercial break...I think it's likely between Anoop and Matt...
(Smashing Pumpkins let VISA use their song for a commercial?)
OH MY GOD!!! Matt and Anoop tied!!! It's a top 13!!!!!!
So, technically, I'm still batting 1.000 ;) See y'all next week for the top 13 show!