So a new season of American Idol is upon as, and we have reached the Top 24. So now it's time for America to start voicing their opinions - and since I'm American ...
In an ideal world, I would like to say that this is something I will do on a weekly basis, but sometimes the laziness comes crawling in. So I will try to update this as frequently as possible. with my thoughts on the current back of American Idolers.
Didi is by far my favorite contestant of the season. Her style of music falls right in line with what I enjoy listening to, her voice is fantastic, and it helps that she is easy on the eyes. Her performance this week showed a quiet confidence that I actually enjoyed and I hope she goes far in the competition.
Week 1 Song: "Sugar We're Goin Down" by Fall Out Boy
Maybe it was the pimping that AI did in the early part of the season, but I feel that Andrew has everything it takes to go far. He has an originality, a good story, and a solid voice. Do I think he was the best contestant of the week? No. But right now I feel that he has the biggest upside for the guys.
Definitely the top female when it comes to an originality standpoint. From her vocal style to her visual style - every pore of this girl oozes different .. and in a good way. Her performance this week was extremely passionate and was anything but safe as far as song choice goes. Love this girl!
Loved loved loved loved loved her performance of a song that I usually find to be quite boring. There was just something about how haunting her rendition was - and it really displayed how great a singer she is.
Unlike the other contestants that I have mentioned though, she doesn't come across as a nature. She seems like she is trying to stand out .. and I wish she would do it more with her voice than with that image.
Eye candy. Ear candy. Panty candy. Call him what you want, there is no denying that Casey ruled the roost for the guys. He is another contestant with a high likeability factor even if you aren't a female. His performance of Heaven was very basic but very charming at the same time. I just hope that Kara's pimping of him and her "non love" of him doesn't get on America's nerves and do him in early - ebcause he deserves a long and healthy stay on the Idol stage. (With his shirt on)
He was by far the heavily pushed contestant of the Hollywood Round. I am not sure that his story that is drawing me in, as I can't imagine anything ever taking me away from the birth of my first born .. sorry.
That being said, I actually like his stylings. You look at the big muscle bound daddy and you just don't expect his music stylings to be where they are. But he seems very comfortable when he is doing his thing in his style. My only concern is that AI will tear him out of that zone .. and then what?
Week 1 Song: "Hand in my Pocket" by Alanis Morisette
Where there is definitely a handful of original contestants out there this year, everything about this girl is cliche. What does work for her, is that she is different for the stereotypical American Idol audience. She is like the Jason Castro of the female species.
Unfortunately the voting process on Idol has a tenancy to lean towards people that come across as more socially acceptable. And thanks to Eric Cartman's hate of hippies .. I don't feel she is going to have a long shelf life.
Week 1 Song: "Since You've Been Done" by Kelly Clarkson
I assure you that Todrick's ranking has absolutely nothing to do with his abomination of a performance this week. I think it stank on so many levels it was ridiculous. T
That being said, I do like Todrick. He has a smoothness to his voice, a nice marketable look, and seems to be a natural entertainer. He just needs to find his "niche" quickly before America forgets what is likeable about him and shifts the focus to his music.
Paige Miles was definitely one of the surprise factor of Tuesday's show. Her choice of songs was not something I would have picked or expected her to do, but it worked for her. I'm not sure she has the best voice as Simon said, but she is solid. And while I hate to compare her to Haeley - they do have a similar look. Paige is just a better singer and not nearly as annoying. Unfortunately her lack of exposure could come to bite her in the end .. I hope it doesn't.
The judges hit it right on the head when they said Tyler showed style over substance this week. But then I recall Kara really putting over his "moves" as part of the reason why he was making the Top 24. So is he really to blame?
Mich like Todrick, I think he got by on his image and needs to prove that he is worthy of making the American Idol big stage. I am curious to see how America feels about him as he could have some great moments ooooooor he could have some Sanjaya moments. Either way, I'll watch :)
While many of the other contestants got by on their image - that is not the case of Lee. He got by because he provided one of the best vocals of the evening, probably only surpassed by Cleaned Up Bucky er .. Casey James.
Frankly there is just something about him that annoys the ever loving s**t out of me, and I can't put a finger on it. I think that there is a smugness in the way he handles himself, intentional or not. But he can sing .. so I'll let it fly for now.
Week 1 Song: "Oh Darling" by The Beatles (Katelyn Epperly) Week 1 Song: "Feeling Good" by Michael Buble (Katie Stevens)
It's like one of those old westerns where someone mentions that "This town ain't big enough for the two of us."
Fact of that matter is that we have two cookie cutter pop-tarts here. Two girls that are so interchangable they even have the same first name. Both are highly marketable. Both have decent but not great voices. And both decided to sing songs that came out well before their time.
Fortunately for Ms. Epperly she seemed like she picked her own song as a sense of style and wasn't playing it totally safe. So for this week .. she gets my nod.
But much like their images - my opinions on them could switch next week.