Wow, this show turned out to be very interesting. This week we revisited 40-year-old songs with
Peter Noone and Lulu. Peter, former lead singer of Herman's Hermits, and
Lulu, who sang one of my favorite songs ever, "To Sir with Love," helped coach the contestants since neither Mick Jagger (not in a million years) nor Shirley Bassey (busy being a Dame) were available. I was expecting to hear "She Loves You," "I Only Want to Be with You" or at least "Wild Thing," to no avail. Perhaps there were licensing issues. Oh well, we did get The Rolling Stones, two songs by the Zombies and two Shirley Bassey tunes. Not bad for a Tuesday night.
Haley went first, and all I could think was, "Got legs?" This is a smart girl because she knows she hasn't got the singing chops of
several of the others, but she does probably have the best legs and she knows how to use them. I am surprised no one rushed the stage. Did you see her catwalk? Even I could appreciate it. Thank god her top was taped on, because it was very open in the back and I feared for a wardrobe malfunction. Her performance wasn't as bad as any of her other ones. She even remembered all of her lyrics. She sang "Tell Him," and although I didn't care for it, Simon called her a "naughty little thing." I swear if he didn't have a well-known girlfriend he would be on Haley like white on rice. (Did anyone watch Simon being interviewed on
60 Minutes Sunday night? A completely different side of him emerged, don't you think?)
My boy, Chris R - no more JT-alike, he earned his own identity tonight - said he wanted to finally nail a song, and as far as I am concerned he did just that. Chris sang "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying," a
Gerry and the Pacemakers song. Simon thought it was Chris' best performance and congratulated him for not making the song sound old-fashioned. It was a good song because Chris is my boyfriend. He's my boyfriend. He's my boyfriend.
Stephanie sang "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," and I don't tonight. Lulu said Stephanie is a better singer than Beyoncé, which is not much of a compliment, if you ask me. It was absolutely not a good song for her; she couldn't showcase that great big voice she has that's more Mary J. than Beyoncé. The judges agreed she had lost "her edge." Not a good sign for Steph.
Our Beat Boy Blake sang "Time of the Season" by the
Zombies and managed to Blake-ize it in just the right way. He kept the melody while making the song contemporary, and the judges all agreed it was (one of) his best performances so far. Randy said, "1,000 times yo." Ryan's impromptu attempt at dance and beat boxing was hysterical.
LaKisha has a great voice and made a very bad choice of song. Her perfomance of "Diamonds Are Forever," the theme song of the
James Bond movie of the same name, was unfortunate. Her $1,000,000 bling got in the way of her million-dollar singing. What's worse was that she decided to get hair advice from Sanjaya. Simon didn't like it or her performance. Ryan asked what she thought of the judges' comments, and she answered, "You take the good with the bad and the ugly." Well said, but not well sung.
Phil, Phil, Phil, again with the pinky. Put the pinky away. Phil sang "Tobacco Road," and I could swear I've heard it from either Johnny Cash or Bruce Springsteen, and I don't know which, but either would have been better. Phil's problem is that he opens every song without much confidence and then builds up to a great crescendo of power. He has a great voice when he gets to that place. His shirt looked like it was stained. Simon placed him on the bottom rung, and you could tell Phil was pretty upset by that.
I find that I don't want to write about anything but Jordin's performance. She looked gorgeous in that black dress with her hair slinking down her shoulders. She admitted to loving the phrase, "I'm so excited," and I found I was too as soon as she opened her mouth to sing, "I (Who Have Nothing)." I was completely floored by her performance. It was the perfect song and she sang it perfectly. Lulu predicted she would make it to the finals, and I believe she is right. Jordin moved into second place tonight and not even LaKisha could touch her performance. I think she's in it to win it.
Simon said it made him want to jump off a bridge (we can only hope), but it's just a testament to the fact that she sang it well because that was the nature of the song.
Sanjaya showed us his wild side, and I think I liked him better before. He was all right, but I am just so over him. He chose to sing "You Really Got Me," after admitting he knows he's not the best singer in the competition. A gracious man would bow out and let the ones with actual talent battle it out, but not Sanjaya. Most of you are not old enough to remember the raw sexuality of the
Kinks - needless to say, Sanjaya hasn't got an ounce of it. Ray Davies sang this song with a growly sexiness that Sanjaya couldn't find if it were sitting in front of him with an arrow pointing to it and a note reading, "This way to the growly sexiness." Randy said we were seeing "the new Sanjaya," while Simon restrained himself gracefully by saying Ashley's hysteria said it all.
OK, a note about the crying child-fan named Ashley: I couldn't get a ticket to see the show so that this kid could sit there and cry? Look, for a seat, I'll cry. Lord knows I do every time America votes to keep Sanjaya another week.
Was it just me, or did Lulu look a little like Olivia Newton-John? That Lulu is quite a singer. Wonder what she's doing now? (Colorful spiral into a "Where Are They Now" show about Lulu.)
Oh yeah, Gina's gonna sing the Stones with her new haircut. She said she tries not to read the "critiques on all the blogs!" Hope you're all reading mine!! Pay attention - I love you, Gina!!! However, Gina's unfortunate choice of the Stones' "Paint It Black" was not my favorite Gina moment. I think it was too low for her. But I liked it more than Simon, who ranted that she was "so off melody" and went for "style over content." All I can say in response to that was her hair looked fantastic.
Following in Blake's footsteps, Chris Sligh also sang a song by the Zombies. His Christian fans are saying he needs to reclaim his Christian-ness. He's strayed from his flock and they're mad as heck. Will they forsake him this week? He tells Peter Noone his father used to sing to him, "Henry the eighth I am, I am." Then he said something about Peter winning something like the sexiest person ever award? Not sure I get that, but maybe people even older than me were voting. Chris sang "She's Not There" - I love that song. I love to listen to Chris sing. He stuck very close to the original melody after last week's experimental failure. And he kept saying, "Fro Patrol," which I have to assume is some kind of spin-off on "Soul Patrol," which was Taylor's fans' motto. I think he remains in the middle ground this week, but he's going to have to step it up to get near the finals.
Melinda got a haircut, too! She admitted being terrified of having to pick a song from the '60s British Invasion, praying, "Oh, sweet Lord Jesus." I was on the floor laughing. Melinda sang, "As Long As He Needs Me" from the musical
Oliver. Once again she picked a song no one knows that is so boring that only she can make us love it. Ashley's crying, again. Melinda is just fantastic as far as I am concerned. She puts her whole body into it. I would have liked to hear a different song, but agreed with Randy when he said we had saved the "best vocal for last." Paula said Melinda, "tells a story with her song," and Simon summed it up with, "impeccable vocal."
Lulu is the ultimate firecracker. Peter Noone is the sexiest guy in the universe. And where are they now?
Sadly, I think we could lose Stephanie based on performance, but Phil is my pick to go. I think Jordin moved into second place tonight after Melinda, and Blake hangs in third.
Wow, this show turned out to be very interesting. This week we revisited 40-year-old songs with Peter Noone and Lulu. Peter, former lead singer of Herman's Hermits, and Lulu, who sang one of my favorite songs ever, To Sir with Love, helped coach the contestants since neither Mick Jagger (not in a million years) nor Shirley Bassey (busy being a Dame) were available. I was expecting to hear She Loves You, I Only Want to Be with You or at least Wild Thing, to no avail. Perhaps there were licensing issues. Oh well, we did get The Rolling Stones, two songs by the Zombies and two Shirley Bassey tunes. Not bad for a Tuesday night. Haley went first, and all I could think was, Got legs? This is a smart girl because she knows she hasnt got the singing chops of several of the others, but she does probably have the best legs and she knows how to use them. I am surprised no one rushed the stage. Did you see her catwalk? Even I cou...