American Idol Watch #6: Bye bye butterfly Kristy Lee Cook

Kristy Lee Cook

I am going to make this short and sweet. SO long, as in…How did you stay “so long”? Look, I am NOT a big fan of country music and I will admit that. But I must say that Kristy Lee will be a HUGE star in country music from this Idol run. But she had some really bad weeks the first few out there and really should have been gone by now.

To me, she was really not the worst this week. That honor of WORST has to go to Brook White. She simply fell limp half way through the song. Simon got it right, she was a hamburger without the meet, a vegi Whopper!

So where does this leave us? 3 guys and 3 girls right? I am going to make my prediction now. The top 3 will be ALL MALE! That is right, the top 3 will be all male so get ready to say bye bye to all the other butterflies. This is a testosterone race to the finish!


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American Idol Watch #5: Michael Johns is OTTA Here!

Idol gives back, and then she taketh away! So the boy from the ATL, our home base got sent home. What a shocker, eh? No, I did not believe he would win, no his performances have not been all home runs. But I was still a little shocked how he was dismissed. More controversial to me than the vote, was Ryan’s little “shtick” about “you remeber last year during Idol Gives Back we did not send anyone home”. That was very mean spirited.

I think about where Idol has come from and where is it going? You should not ad insult to injury. We have all gotten used to the mixing of good news as bad, or the “after the break” discomfort with a wink. But this one went too far. I like seeing the shock and horror of an unexpected departure, but the double wammy they laid on Micheal Johns was a little much. Let’s not stab anyone else 2 times in one show with false hopes going forward folks.

OK, now that I got that out, here are my initial thoughts. Did America get the bottom 3 right? YES. Should Michael Johns been the outted one? Maybe yes. Look, week after week his performances have been unsteady. Either he was “on par” with his skills or he was below them. This was a simple problem with his consistency and song choice. Going into the top 12, he was my favorite to be in the final show against David Archuleta, of course. His performance of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the Hollywood week was a knockout. Bad part is, that he has never captured that magic again.

Now if we take a look at the bottom 3, I see a common thread here. All of the finalist can “sing” so that is no longer the carrot for the chase. What is common on these 3 is that I simply do not know who they are as an artist. These 3 have not found a niche to connect with a core audience. Look at the other 5 on the couch and you can plainly connect them to a sound. But these 3 are somewhat disconnected in my mind.

Carly Smithson can blow! But Simon got it right, she was not dressing like a star. She was looking like a lost amature on the stage week after week with the clothing choice. It is too late in the game to look like you are still shopping at K-Mart. I am glad she listened and looked better this week, now kick it up a notch and dress up to the song styling and you have a winning package.

I am not going to be quite as nice to Miss Syesha Mercado.  Syesha, I love her, she is cute, fun and beautiful, But you are NOT Whitney, Mariah, or for that matter, Fantasia. Stop comparing yourself to them. This is harsh love, but necessary. You shine in your own light, but keep mudding the water with your insistence on choosing songs that are signature to established artist and then performing them less than the versions we know and love.

Pick songs that you can blow me away with. Pick songs sung with lessor range than you posses and add that spark. You have a wonderful voice, but it gets lost if you choose to sing one of these big song and miss the hottest note. NOT GOOD sweetie.

Get in there and establish yourself and stop forcing me to compare you to the absolute best in the business. These ladies are the BEST out there and have proven it time and again. You on the other hand have taken the best’s very best song and alas have come up short. They made those performances blazed on our minds and if you do not hit EVERY note, then 99.9% is still a massive failure to the public. Your best performances have been when you take something nice and make it incredible. Do that more often and you will stay out of the bottom 3.


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American Idol Watch #4: So long Remiele You Asian Cutie

The smile that lights up a room is gone. We are all going to miss the beautiful Ramiele Malubay. The self-proclaimed 1st Asian American Idol was booted this week from the show. Dolly Parton week did Ms Remiele in.

ramiele

For me it was totally the right choice. She was in over her head with the country song. Week to week Ramiele was a victim of poor song choices. The big voice in the little package never could seem to find a groove and hit the pocket. I really liked this girl and we will miss her.

Ramiele Malubay


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American Idol Watch #3: Chikezie My Nezie Your Time is Up, Dude

Chikezie, my nezie you got fired tonight! Aw, its sad to see you go, but you were on my bottom 3 list and I had a feeling your number was up. The only problem Chekezie had was his true lack of experience. He has a great voice and a wonderful personality, but he simply was not very experienced with performing.

Week after week, he looked nervous and “over-staged”. What was a small flaw in the earlier portion of the competition became glaringly apparent on the BIG stage.

Chikezie!

Some days my dude looked like a deer caught in the headlights of Hollywood. And, well he was! Taking on a Luther joint like “One Night” is so hard for anyone to do. The range from very low to high is hard to pull off with the grace and elegance comparable to the late, great Luther Vandross.

I have seen year after year guys get to the bottom fast doing a Luther song. America loves Luther and he is simply hard to duplicate. There have only been 2 people in the 7 years to me that have ever pulled it off. One of course, is Rueben Studdard and the other one??? Ok, hold your breath…Elliot Yamine. Elliot did a Luther joint on the tour and it was banggin!

Elliott Yamin

But the real story last night was Syesah Mercado in the bottom 3! America has a crack problem!!! Get off the pipe folks, this chick can blow and her performance this week was spot on perfect!

I hate when this crap happens, but maybe this is just what she needs to step up her game. To me she could make it very far in the competition, but she has got to make her mark and set up her own style. She has been pigeon holed as a wanna-be Whitney, but she has her own thing going on.

I want to see more of Syesah and thankfully we will. But America needs to quit smoking crack and vote of the “Dreadlock Mess”, that is Jason as soon as possible.

Syesha Mercado!


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American Idol Watch #2: Amanda Overmyer is Out Before the TOUR!

Ouch this week hurt. Amanda was one of my favorites this year. I was actually looking forward to seeing her perform on tour, but alas it was not meant to be. I am pretty pissed off about how this one played out folks. But I think that song choice killed her. Back in the U.S.S.R.? What is a USSR? That is what my kid was asking me, so I guess it simply made no relative connection unless you are over 40 years old.

Amanda Overmyer!

I knew she would never win the cheesy pop fest we love to watch but to go out before the tour was an unexpected departure. With that less than talented deadlock Brady Bunch reject Jason Castro still around to make me cringe, where is the justice?

American Idol is not always long on the talent some weeks it is just a popularity contest. This is one of those weeks. As I watched Amanda perform week after week, I was feeling her and diggin’ the vibe. I am confident that this will NOT be the last time America hears from her. That chick rocks!


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American Idol Watch #1: David Hernandez – Male Dancer … No Rhythm … C-YA

Let me start by saying, male dancer, male dancer, male dancer. Ooops
“alleged” male dancer. Whatever dude, the song sucked and you need to go home. I
actually liked David the week he did the Temptations “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”,
but since then he has put me to sleep. He had that big voice and could hit those
soulful licks, but I guess the Beetles week got the best of him.

David Hernandez!

I know he had a lot on the brain with all the publicity about his “pizza
job?” Yeah right! You should have danced like you had a g-string on an wanted a
dollar dude, you may have got a few votes! Singing a great, well know Beetles
song like “I Saw Here Standing There” and not singing the “Woooo…” is a
freaking crime. C-Ya, your ass needs a ticket home.


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The American Idol Guilty Pleasure

OK, I have to make a confession. I absolutely love American Idol!!! There I said it, I am one of the 30 million Americans stuck to the the TIVO 🙂 (I got to watch it without the commercials). I have attended the last 3 Idol concert tours and I have never missed an episode since Season 2.

So here we go with an all new top 12 and I got to say, they have got some serious talent this year. Last weeks show saw 4 people leave and 2 of the 4 could have been in the top 12. The competition is just that tight. The other 2, could have went home last week for all I care, LOL. So now, I will be dropping some comments here on the blog and look to hear from you too! Who is YOUR American Idol???


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