American Idol Top 12 Perform
Idol started off last night with the judges announcing that they’ll be donating iTunes download proceeds to the American Red Cross for the Japan crisis (oddly dressed in fashions from their own birth years s a nod to the night’s theme). Sometimes I’m proud to watch this show, but then last night’s episode actually started and I changed my mind. It was pretty much a hot mess right? Bad song choices, bad arrangements and bad Seacreast antics (licking Haley’s face, for real?)
Naima (1984) kicked it off with “What’s Love Got to Do With It”. Wow – Taking on Tina – many have tried, and most have died. She starts off rough and by the end, it sounds a bit like we’re at a Jamaican All-inclusive resort taking in the free dinner show. It’s not my cup of Jah, but Tyler loves it! JLo and RJa don’t let her of the hook on the pitchiness (I guess it IS back this year!).
Paul (1984) follows up with Elton John’s “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues”. He sounds EXACTLY like Macy Gray singing Elton John and still can’t seem to resist the urge to do his weird chicken dance. He’s definitely hoarse and I give him a break, as Jennifer does. Randy does not, and calls him out for being pitchy, but oddly, compares him to Ray LaMontagne. Steven still digs him. No worries for Paul; he’ll use his magic smile get lots of cougar votes.
Thia (1995) opts for Vanessa Williams’ “Colors of the Wind”. Of course she does – she’s an ideal Disney star. She looks and sings just like Pocohantas, but doesn’t bring anything new to the song. Randy tries to keep it real and calls it pageant-y and boring, but the crowd won’t hear it. They love her. Unfortunately, Steven and Ms. Lopez both agree.
James Durbin (1989) is next. It’s not really going to help his bad boy rocker image that they’re showing a montage of incredibly cute baby pix featuring him cuddling his dolls. His mom says he used to sing to them “in perfect pitch”…Too bad that trait is not still with him as he take on Bon Jovi’s “I’ll Be There for You”. First off, I’m done with the scarf tail – please lose it. Secondly, while he’s not horrible, there is nothing new about his version and Simon would surely be hauling out his theme park or karaoke references at this point. Even Tyler calls him out on the dolls issue and warns him not to get too pop. Jenny from the Block loved it. Randy says “tastefully done” but is obsessed with James’ boots, so that must be distracting him. He’s safe because lots of others were way worse.Continued on the next page