American Idol: The Top 6 Perform
On Wednesday night, the Idols took the stage and took on Carole King, a living legend. I was psyched about the song choices of what I believe is one of the best songwriters of the 20th century. My only concern was whether the Idols would stick to her oft-overplayed standards, or delve deeper into the portfolio and make some risky and less known choices. It was a fun evening for sure with some interesting twists. Here’s how it all went down…
Seacrest kicked things off by sharing, somewhat inexplicably, that Babyface is the mentor this week. Hmm…didn’t see that coming. Will.i.am was just starting to grow on me. “Will.i.am.not.here” I guess….disappointing.
Also, we were told that each Idol would sing a solo as well as a duet with another Idol. They’re really pulling out all the stops in Season 10! The performances started off with Jacob, doing “Oh No, Not My Baby,” in typical understated Jacob style….ok, so maybe not so understated! He was dressed a little like Carlton from the Fresh Prince, circa 1990, and now that I think of it, he danced a bit like Carlton too! The Pep Squad (aka Judges), naturally dug him. Especially Randy, who was dressed a bit like a Carlton sidekick.
Next we got Lauren’s solo effort of the night – “Where You Lead.” During her rehearsal, Iovine surprised her by bringing in her idol, Miley Cyrus. My ears are still ringing from my 6-year-old’s screaming over that stunt. Laruen’s performance was certainly fine, but I just thought she lacked any truly unique or interesting. Maybe she’s suffering from a lack or real star quality. The Pep Squad didn’t seem to watch the same performance as me however, because they all loved it. Randy tried to criticize her a bit, but then backed out of it midstream and just cheered her on. Ryan brought a smitten 19-year old male fan up on stage to meet Lauren, but then one of the producers must have screamed into his earpiece and reminded him that Lauren is underage so Ryan backs off the plan. Whew – Idol decency crisis averted.Continued on the next page