This is one of the silliest result's shows I have ever seen, and I have seen a lot! You might ask, what made it so ridiculous, Adrianna? Well, let me explain, dear child. American Idol is notorious for its blatant advertising, such as Ford and Coca Cola. However, the producers often do a fantastic job of being subtle with said advertising, such as making Ford music videos to show off the cars. This time, however, American Idol outdid itself. Anyone who watched this episode knows what I am referring to-- the blatant advertising for Clash of the Titans! Oh, American Idol, why and when did you forsake me, a viewer since season one? This little stunt was a completely ridiculous attempt to build suspense. Guess what? You FAILED!
The following words were scrolled across the screen for viewers to see that the contestants not only got to see Clash of the Titans but are living their own epic battle on this reality show:
"Heroes are not born. They are made. Two epic battles are fought between idols and judges."
During all their clever writing (Hey! American Idol producers! Hire me to write these things for you!), there were snippets of the contestants juxtaposed with clips from the film. It was a bit jarring to jump between the two. Then, the story continued.
"Destiny is written. Who will accept their fate? Who will be defeated?"
The best part of all this blatant advertising was when the actor said "release the Kraken" and the camera shot to Simon Cowell sharing harsh opinions about the contestants. Aw, Simon. How could you want to leave all this fun? Then, the advertising stopped with the final title of the film: Clash of the Titans.
I was exhausted by the end of that ridiculous introduction to the show. The comparison between the film and reality show was a little much, even considering the final joke at the end. Reality shows should not pretend to be better than what they are. I was quite happy when the actual entertainment began.
The guest singers included Ruben Studdard, who sang “Don’t Make ‘Em Like U No More," Usher, who sang "OMG" with a guest appearance from Black Eyed Peas' will. i. am, and finally Diddy-Dirty Money, who sang "Hello, Good Morning." My favorite performance was Studdard's, although I found Money's strobe lights very engaging. Thank goodness I'm not prone to seizures! Ruben's singing stood out to me because it was very soft and romantic R&B, which is more my style. I was also surprised about his updates when he spoke with Ryan about losing all his weight. Who would have thought he was a vegan? Go, Ruben! I'm so proud of you! Then, there was a cute comparison between Big Mike and Ruben, who is taller. Ruben explained it away by saying that "Big Mike has the pythons," referring to his muscular arms I guess. Before Ruben left the stage, it was announced that him and Clay were going on tour from July through September. It's nice the see that the early American Idol contestants are doing so well. I never hear any information about Justin...what was his last name? ;)
Next, was the Ford music video, which was also too silly for me. The group performed "Everyone was Kungfu Fighting" while wearing martial arts uniforms. Casey was the only one in street clothes.
After the rather pathetic video, Ryan talked with a couple of the contestants. Mike had a lock of pink swirl hair taped to his head because he was in a "Siobhan mood." Crystal explained how she only played the piano from six to nine years of age; she gave it up because the guitar was easier to carry. She also explained that she would never perform in a way that was uncomfortable for her. Andrew talked about how his mom taught him to always be himself (Mama raised him right).
After a little chitchat, Clash of the Titans was mentioned again as they showed the London premiere, which the contestants could not attend. This ushered in even more chitchat between Ryan and the others on the sofa. Lee explained that his performance was above all the others he's given in the past. He's relaxing and having fun now, feeding off the energy of the audience. Casey's response was a little lame in comparison: "Just give more I guess..." Aaron was next, and Ryan referenced how he had been compared to a cupcake next to Lee's main course. Then, Ryan and Simon did their usual nightly dance when Simon tried to get Ryan to quit all the chit-chat: "This is not the Oprah Winfrey Show. It's called American Idol." Ryan retaliated by being critical of Simon for making so much money without giving good advice for the contestants. Kara had to chime in that Simon is in love with himself. Randy was the last to comment about a parent or family love between them all but more twisted. Strange comments, judges. Siobhan was next, and she had to critique the "Clash of the Idols" video clip because it showed that she was "defeated." She reiterated that the judge's feedback was hard to take, but that she was human, which was a confusing response. Finally, Katie was talked to and everyone got into a fight over whether she should sing country or R&B. Who cares anymore? You're not going to win this show! If she does, I will stop watching. Seriously. She's cute enough, but she is not a powerhouse singer.
Finally, Ryan took a break from the couch discussions to announce that next week's theme would be the Lennon/McCartney Songbook. Then, Usher performed. It was ok; it had a Michael Jackson vibe to it, but I've never been a fan of Usher. Many parts reminded me of Lady Gaga too. There were a couple of interesting camera angles all at once, two small views on top and a larger, long one at the bottom. Overall, he had some pretty suave moves and a good singing voice.
After Usher's performance, we went back to the couch interviews. Not the cough, Ryan! This time, he spoke with Didi, who is always confusing with her answers. She explained something about not being comfortable with a guitar, but I didn't get why she even bothered explaining that detail. "Tiny Mike" was next, and of course he had to pick Ryan up...again! We know you are strong, Michael! You're built like The Rock. Let's move on already before you hurt someone's Ryan's back. Then, Crystal made a joke about how she could pick Ryan up too because he weighs 95 lbs. Very cute, Crystal! The last two people that Ryan spoke with was Tim and Andrew. Like Didi, Tim gives a confusing explanation about why he smiles all the time.
Sidebar: I don't understand him when he talks. What language do you speak? The judges have begun referring to "Tim performances;" maybe we should do the same in regards to his speech! Tim is like a smiling/laughing baboon. Yes, you should have fun during this whole experience, but you should also be a serious musician and artist. That heart and determination is not there with Tim. He wants the fame, glory, and pretty women. He really comes off shallow. Now, back to the review...
By the time Ryan was done with all the couch interviews, a bottom three had been designated. Ryan sent one of the contestants back to safety before the final performance, which was especially exciting because of the warning that scrolled across the bottom of the screen about strobe lighting being used. The final guest is a singer, actor, producer, and entrepreneur. Diddy-Dirty Money (what kind of a name is that?) sang his brand new song "Hello, Good Morning" on the American Idol stage! This was my least favorite performance, but it was very creative, especially with all the lights and backup girls. Good thing they had that strobe light warning too! I felt myself getting dizzy watching it. It happened for a good number of seconds, and the lights were really intense! To be honest, it was my favorite part of this episode. I do admit that the dancers and Money had neat outfits done in a black and white color scheme. Also, the refrain "hello, good morning" is actually quite catchy. It was an interesting experience, but I won't be buying this guy's CD anytime soon.
In the end, this episode was a complete disappointment because of the ridiculous blatant advertising and the guest performers, which really aren't my "thing" when it comes to music. Hence, my rather harsh and sarcastic tone throughout this entire review. I'm really excited about next week, though, because the genre styles will continue to get more difficult from this point on. The upcoming weeks will separate the good singers from the truly amazing and gifted ones. I can't wait!
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