The Boys are Back in Town! (Well, some of them at least.)
Please welcome the Peanut Gallery, aka my sister Wendy, who will be adding commentary throughout this week's eps.
Ryan gave props to Jennifer Hudson for her Oscar, which she won no thanks to
American Idol who ix-nayed her mid-season the third year.
The guys really had a lot to live up to tonight. This was the "Dedication Show" where all the boys dedicated their performances to their mothers, fathers, grandmothers, girlfriends, wives, favorite pets, old slippers. Hope the illustrious panel of judges, and Ryan, are not going to fight like 2-year-olds again tonight. Oops, they did it again.
Phil Stacey sang a boring song in a boring way. It was John Waite's, "I Ain't Missing You." And, unfortunately, Phil added nothing. His voice sounded fine, but half the battle is the song you pick. "I'm not jumping out of my chair," said Simon. Though Simon did acknowledge that Phil would be back next week.
Peanut Gallery: It (the song) worked in the '80s, but not so much anymore since Rod Stewart killed it.
Handsome Jared sang Marvin Gaye's, "Let's Get it On." The song started out way over Jared's head. (I'd like to have heard Sundance sing it way back before he ever got to Hollywood.) But midway through, Jared pulled it together and then threw in the slinky face move that Randy plans to borrow. Paula said, it's "not the kind of song you have to push." (Isn't this a family show?) Simon likened it to watching a lounge singer on the
Love Boat, and Jared came back with, "It would have been a great
Peanut Gallery: Gina, stay away from yellow! (Did anyone see her in that silk sack?)
AJ has a beautiful voice. He sang Michael Buble's "It's a New Dawn"; I think AJ has gotten it down this week. Simon thought it was, "nearly very good." He's such an a**.
Sanjaya entered this week having been voted into the top four last week, which I can't understand. At least he had the sense to pull his hair back. The Michael Jackson wannabe sang "Stepping Out with My Baby." It just didn't work for me, the peanut gallery or the judges. Bye-bye, birdie.
Comments from the Peanut Gallery: What's Ryan doing with his finger?
Chris Sligh sang Ray LaMontagne's "Trouble," and I was on the floor!!!! What a perfect song to showcase Chris' fabulous voice, and a nice song to dedicate to his wife. Paula said he was "real awesome." "Tonight you were a very good singer," Simon agreed.
PG: You could put him on vinyl, and he'd be good to go.
Anyone who says 'Valentime' - it just irritates me. (Did you see Nick's dedication ceremony?) Nick sang "Fever," but my temperature never went higher than lukewarm. Simon thought he "lacked charisma," and I agreed. So does the peanut gallery, see below.
PG: I'd rather call up the dead Peggy Lee and listen to her sing it.
Only four more left, and both me and the PG sighed in unison, "Thank God."
Beat Boy Blake: I predicted he was going to beat box tonight. And I was right! (My psychic abilities get stronger with every performer!) B3 sang Jamiroquai. He picks really good songs for his style, and they're always a little different and refreshing.
PG: He's a real performer.
PSP: Yeah, but is he the next American Idol?
PG: Jury's still out, but he's got personality.
PSP: True dat.
PG: But he's second after Chris Sligh. He's got moves and he's working that stage.
PSP: Well, maybe he just slid past Sligh.
Simon claimed that his performance was pure mimcry except for the middle bit, which he had to be coerced into accepting by Randy and Paula.
PG: OK, he's got a fungus on his finger. (Regarding Ryan and his finger-scratching.)
Brandon started Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" really pitchy. Our male backup singer was probably my least favorite tonight. He has picked some bad songs. It was lame. I wish he would tuck in his shirt or just pull it out. His dedication brought about Simon's admission that he likes grandmas and puppies.
PG: A-C-K, ACK. Save the whiney stuff for after you make it big. The PG does not want to hear anymore sappy stories.
JT-alike - bring it! The other Chris sang "Geek in the Pink," the Jason Mraz tune. Loved him, don't care what anyone says! Randy and I finally agreed tonight. He said, "Chris is in it to win it tonight!" Randy, I love you! And Simon's love quotient goes up when he also agreed with us, "Best tonight by a mile!"
We thought we were done, and we should be, but we have to sit through Sundance. And at this point the bar has been raised rather high. So he better bring it.
While we wait, my top three picks are my boy JT-alike, Beat Boy Blake and Chris Sligh.
Sundance dedicated his song to a pair of Levi's (or just the one - his son). What Sundance took away from the judges last week was that he shouldn't be so "crappy." So he sang "Mustang Sally," and that's what we're talking about! All right Sundance, you're back in the game. You have redeemed yourself tonight, (most of the way).
Sundance doesn't make it into my top three, but I'll put him fourth before AJ. Everyone else can go home. Wait, I like Jared and Phil, too.
Final notes: Brandon may lose because of the song pick and so might Nick - double ACK, according to PG. Bottom two: Sanjaya and Nick.
Gals tomorrow. Now they have some shoes to fill. See you back here then.
The Boys are Back in Town! (Well, some of them at least.)Please welcome the Peanut Gallery, aka my sister Wendy, who will be adding commentary throughout this week's eps.Ryan gave props to Jennifer Hudson for her Oscar, which she won no thanks to American Idol who ix-nayed her mid-season the third year.The guys really had a lot to live up to tonight. This was the Dedication Show where all the boys dedicated their performances to their mothers, fathers, grandmothers, girlfriends, wives, favorite pets, old slippers
. Hope the illustrious panel of judges, and Ryan, are not going to fight like 2-year-olds again tonight. Oops, they did it again. Phil Stacey sang a boring song in a boring way. It was John Waites, I Aint Missing You. And, unfortunately, Phil added nothing. His voice sounded fine, but half the battle is the song you pick. Im not jumping out of my chair, said Simon. Though Simon did acknowledge that Phil would be bac...