American Idol Movie Madness Week
Where to start? After last week’s all-around stellar performances, I had high hopes for this week. Our night starts off with Jennifer being honored as People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman award….She looks lovely as always tonight, except for the odd piece of garbage-shaped tulle affixed to the hem of her dress. I don’t get it. Sitting next to her, Steven Tyler looks like he is trying to give J. Lo a run for her money as the world’s most lovely lady. What IS that he’s wearing?
Ok, onto the performances. We open up with Paul doing “Old Time Rock ‘n Roll.” I cannot hear that song without thinking of Tom Cruise sliding through the living room in his tidy-whities…Uh oh, I hope this doesn’t inspire Paul to jig incessantly all over the stage. We quickly learn that it DOES inspire him to haul out yet another rose-embroidered suit. Good Lord – how many does he have? I really want to like him and the song, for real. Sadly, I do not. He just always sounds to me like he’s about to get laryngitis. The judges disagree with me though and fawn all over him. What do I know?
The second singer of the evening is Lauren, who chooses “The Climb”. On the plus side, there’s a REALLY GOOD chance she sings this better than Miley Cyrus. Jimmy and Will.i.am both are quick to point this out as well and coach her on using the song to steal Pia’s voting bloc. This brings sweet Lauren to tears and Will.i.am quickly course corrects and sells it to her that she should “invite” Pia’s voters to follow her. Jimmy, mumbles something about that being semantics, but I’m actually glad that Will.i.am is there to keep the cynicism in check. She gives the mentors their prediction and does sing it (marginally) better than Miley so naturally, the judges give her nothing but acclaim. Actually, Tyler says something vaguely creepy, but it’s intended to be a compliment.
Next up is Stefano who dares to sing “End of the Road.” He tells us that this week he’s going to be a great singer by becoming a real performer. He does this by wearing a hipster hat in his video package. Hopefully, he’ll be able to also keep his eyes open. He does in fact incorporate a reasonable amount of emotion and his song is better than usual, but I’m still not a fan. He’s a little flat, and it’s just not my style of music. He really plays to the teenage girls in the audience, flexing his guns as much as physically possible while belting out Boyz 2 Men. However, Randy says he slayed it and that it was his best vocal, and Steven and Jennifer seem to agree.Continued on the next page