Guys Night. What ever happened to "Ladies First"? Not only has chivalry been completely eradicated but also we'll have to muddle through five hours of Idol this week!!! I almost had a heart attack when Ryan said this. Like I have no other life. Like all I have time for is blogging and appearing on
Idol Chat speaking of which, I hope you all saw my television debut!! If you haven't seen it,
Idol Chat airs on the TV Guide Channel with repeats all week. Check your local listings for times! Justin, Rosanne and Kimberly were fantastically funny and friendly and I wish I could tell you more of the behind-the-scenes banter, but I can't say those things here! Justin, you know what I'm talking about!
However, getting the top 24 down to the top 12 is the part of the series I love. Just watching all the contestants grow or flail. And that's what life is all about, growing and flailing.
Let's get to the performances.
Rudy Cardenas, 28, North Hollywood, CA
The song was a terrible choice I mean "Free Ride" by Edgar Winter Group? I could not understand a single thing he said, and I know all the words to that song. His voice sounded all right and he had good energy, but I wouldn't have sat through that in a bar. He's not an American Idol in my opinion.
Randy thought it was "really corny," then defended himself and said he was "just keeping it real." Paula thought he started off "fantastic," while Simon said, "You don't have a distinctive voice. The song was dated."
Brandon Rogers, 29, Altadena, CA
I love Brandon, he's sweet. But for some reason he chose Michael Jackson's "Rock With You." He told us later it was because he felt comfortable with it. He started out all right, but can we get this guy some better material? Just boring.
Randy said it was "a little pitchy." Paula agreed and said he doesn't need all the runs. Simon let him know he was "a very good singer" who needed to "make an impact" and that he was "better than that" performance.
Sundance, 28, Porter, TX
That first audition was amazing, but I think Sundance needs to go home. I don't think he can take the pressure. He sadly chose "Nights in White Satin" by the Moody Blues. Why is everyone picking songs that are at least 20 years old? I didn't want to watch him, and less than that, I didn't want to hear him. I actually left the room. He looked scared to death.
Randy thought he never hit the right notes. Paula said it was the wrong song. "You've gone right off since we've first saw you," Simon criticized. He then turned the knife, "You're like a dad at a wedding." Then he was just plain mean, "I didn't like you tonight," his arms crossed over his chest. I've got to say I understand, because Sundance let us all down. We were so excited by him and now he's disappointing us.
Paul Kim, 25, San Jose, CA
Paul, another one of the best voices in the early days, picked an old George Michael song, "Careless Whisper." He sang it without shoes, as he has promised to do. It was pretty bad and when he got to the falsetto part, I wanted to go home, and then I remembered I was home. It was a really bad choice; it did not showcase his voice at all.
Simon wanted him to wear shoes next week, and that's all we need to know.
Chris Richardson - aka JT-alike, 22, Chesapeake, VA
I love him. He's my pick. He's cute and reminds me of my cousin Shawn. I thought his performance was fantastic. JT-alike sang Gavin DeGraw's "I Don't Want to Be." He took it and made it his own. I can see him winning this competition, because that face (voice) could sell a record.
Randy felt like the show just started with him, and he brought a different feeling to the song. "Take all the liberties, man. Don't be scared." Paula liked watching his dad dance offbeat. Simon thought it was a bad vocal, saying, "I like him, and the girls are gonna vote" for him, but "the vocal was below standard."
Nick Pedro, 25, Taunton, MA
Nick was just OK, not great. He struggled with a Richard Marx song, "I Will Be Your Man." I need to see the list from which they are getting these songs. I mean, really. Perhaps it's all about licensing rights. JT-alike picked the only song from this decade so far! I don't think Nick has the personality of an American Idol, and he slouches. My vocal coach would make me sing against a doorjamb for hours if I ever stood like that in a lesson.
"Where's that Nick that I love?" Randy said. Simon didn't think it was that bad - "you've lost your spark" - but thought he'd definitely be back next week.
Blake Lewis aka Beat Boy, 25, Seattle, WA
"Being in the top 24 just feels amazing exclamation point." It's hard not to like Beat Boy. He chose "Am I Right" by Keane. That was a good song choice and he sung it well. Enjoyed the shot of his dad singing along.
Randy was shocked Beat Boy came out singing a Keane song, but he "dug it. Did a really good job on it." Paula liked that he "picked an odd song," said his vocals were right on, and he brings "a contemporary vibe." Simon: "Not the best vocal I ever heard in my life." But was happy that he "sounded like someone in 2007." Simon also advised that Beat Boy was "100 percent right not to beat box best performance we've had tonight."
Sanjaya Malakar, 17, Seattle, WA
Forgoing a haircut in exchange for a side part (well, I guess we can't have everything), Sanjaya sounded like Michael Jackson when he spoke. He picked one of my favorite Stevie Wonder songs, "Knocks Me Off My Feet." Couldn't hear it 'cause I was singing so loudly which was fine, because when I rewound, it just wasn't very interesting and he went off-key on the last note.
Randy sliced and diced: "Wasn't even remotely close." The ever-positive Paula offered, "You are a sweet soul." Randy came back to say, "The song is too big for you." For Simon it was "the most dreary performance we've had all night. Half the band were asleep during it."
Ouch, I feel for the contestants when they have to listen to the judges' "honesty."
Chris Sligh be our guy! 28, Greenville, NC
Our resident comedian was all about "strategy and song choice." He came out with his great voice singing Mute Math's "Typical." Not typical! I really liked it.
"Voice was on point. I am a Chris fan. I liked it." Randy was totally into it.
"Anything but typical," was Paula's addition. "Agree his humor's got him here," said Simon, though he was "really struggling."
Simon then called Ryan "sweetheart" and the lovers' quarrel began. "You've made this very uncomfortable, Ryan." Simon proveed he can dish it out but he just can't take it. And Ryan pointed out that Simon is behind the Teletubbies. Now that's a scary thought.
Jared Cotter, 25, Long Island, NY
"America hasn't really seen me." Oh, my god, what a voice!!! Jared sang a pitchy version of Brian McKnight's "Back at One." Though at one point I cried out loud, "Ouch!!!" I think it was the key change. He's wicked cute, though. I think he needs some coaching.
No one cared too much for it. Simon thought it was an "unadventurous performance," but he "looks good." Simon advised Jared to "take a few more risks than that."
Is it the room? What's happened to all these great voices? It's like how the clothes look on the rack versus how they look on your body: Sometimes something that looks great on the hanger looks lousy on a person.
AJ Tabaldo, 22, Santa Monica, CA
This is AJ's fifth time trying out for
American Idol. And he started out good, though not my cup of tea. He chose a Luther Vandross song.
Paula and Randy really liked him, but Simon thought it was "kind of a theme-park performance." Then he admitted, "Maybe you're better than I originally thought, though."
Phil Stacy, 29, Jacksonville, FL
Got his head shaved for the occasion - or to make Britney feel better. Wasn't sure about the song as he started, it didn't seem to be the right key for him. But I liked it once he broke into the chorus. It was an Edwin McCain song, "Could Not Ask for More."
Randy awarded him with "the best vocal prize of the night." Simon, though, said the "beginning was absolutely monstrous."
The lover's spat continued as Ryan picked on Simon, asking, "Why are you being negative?" Simon - who owns this show, remember, and can do whatever he wants - said he "respects the audience at home. I don't believe in lying to them. I don't believe in patronizing people." Then he took a pot-shot at Ryan and his radio show. But he can do that because he signs Ryan's checks.
Personally, I am sending home Sundance, and I am really sorry about that because I really loved his opening audition. After arguing with myself over Rudy and Nick, I finally settled on sending Sanjaya home. He's just very young and not ready for this competition. I kind of hope he proves me wrong.
My picks for making it much further are JT-alike, Beat Boy, Chris Sligh and now Papa Stacy. All fantastic performances! Brandon and Jared are my seconds.
Tomorrow night, come back for the women of
American Idol. Let's hope they have an easier go than the men did tonight.
Guys Night. What ever happened to Ladies First? Not only has chivalry been completely eradicated but also well have to muddle through five hours of Idol this week!!! I almost had a heart attack when Ryan said this. Like I have no other life. Like all I have time for is blogging and appearing on Idol Chat speaking of which, I hope you all saw my television debut!! If you havent seen it, Idol Chat airs on the TV Guide Channel with repeats all week. Check your local listings for times! Justin, Rosanne and Kimberly were fantastically funny and friendly and I wish I could tell you more of the behind-the-scenes banter, but I cant say those things here! Justin, you know what Im talking about!However, getting the top 24 down to the top 12 is the part of the series I love. Just watching all the contestants grow or flail. And thats what life is all about, growing and flailing.Lets get to the performances. Rudy Cardenas, 28, North Hollywo...