"... that love was meant for beauty queens and high-school girls with clear-skinned smiles...." Who could this be about?
Martina McBride, country superstar and mentor to the Idols, showed up. And after she won award after award, year after year, with the same haircut, Martina got a weave for the Idolites. Her advice to the Idols was to "tell the story" of the song - sounds like the same advice Tony gave them, J.Lo gave them; I think even Diana Ross may have said something similar. Only Gwen neglected to share with them that bit of wisdom. So with Martina, her weave and Phil Stacey's shiny noggin, we began the top-seven countdown.
Philly boy, nice save. With the help of Keith Urban's "Where the Blacktop Ends," Phil was able to come back from the depths of never-never and skid into middle earth. He actually sung the song from beginning to end. He brought it with the first note, and he took it all the way through to the last note. The song was perfect for him - where's he been hiding his country edge all these many weeks? Randy told him he will have a career in country music, which is what Phil claimed to have been aiming for. As far as I am concerned, he can stay another week.
Jordin was divine. She sang "A Broken Wing" - a Martina song in front of Martina. Takes a lot of
cojones, and she seemed to have them in spades. Jordin gave a completely emotional performance, picked a fantastic song for herself, looked gorgeous and may just win this little talent show. The judges agreed with me. It's about time. This girl has definitely learned some kind of truth at 17.
I "expertly" said to my hiking pal that
Sanjaya was done with the hair thing for a while and, after last week's very nice performance, was going to focus on his singing. Boy, was I wrong. What was with the bandana? He chose a Bonnie Raitt song (that frankly, Chris should have sung). He said he hoped he would do Bonnie proud, but I tell you, she was sad she ever recorded that song after Sanjaya's performance. I'll bet she never sings it again. It was a tremendously bad choice for him. He was pitchy, he brought no sexiness to it, and that song is about nothing if it isn't about the naughtiness of PDAs. The judges let him have it. Simon finally gave in to the whole nonsense that surrounds Sanjaya, saying it was "utterly horrendous" and as "bad as anything we saw in the beginning of the competition." Simon wants Sanjaya gone.
Ryan tried to defend Sanjaya, and then he and Simon got into it like an old married couple. Simon queried, "Who rattled your cage?" and then, "Oh, shut up, Ryan!" Love is in the air. Isn't this a family show?
Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take the Wheel" was the unfortunate choice made by
LaKisha. Martina was verklempt at Kiki's rehearsal, but I found no reason to cry about it when she performed. LaKisha was smart enough to wear a less revealing top, covering her assets, and I loved her golden boots. Now
they were made for walkin'! However, it was a terribly boring song, and I kept hoping she was going to make it kind of church-y. Randy wanted to hear the Gospel, as well, and felt disappointed it never came to that. In the best line of the night, Simon likened it to "eating a hamburger for breakfast," it just didn't work. Kiki, take your place in the bottom three.
Chris, who was overwhelmed with emotion about the events at Virginia Tech, had days ago chosen Rascal Flatts' "Mayberry" tune. It was pitchy, though I thought it was better than the judges did. Randy felt completely unconnected, and Paula said the "joy and love didn't come through." Simon skewered my boy, saying it left "no impact on me at all" and was "completely insignificant," which was just really cruel. Chris gave a shout-out to his friends in Virginia. My fear is that Chris will be in the bottom three.
I've never heard of Julie Reeves, though we all know it's true that "Trouble Is a Woman" with a man on her mind! After
Melinda's star performance of the song, everyone will know who she is. Randy told it like it is: "Another solid performance from our resident professional." As usual, Simon threw in a backhanded compliment, telling Melinda she was not allowed to look surprised when he told her, "It was fantastic!" He even likened her to Tina Turner with the attitude. She really is a completely different person when she sings. Melinda, you're safe!
OK, I just do not always feel the love for
Blake. Take his performance of "When the Stars Go Blue," a Tim McGraw cover. Please, take it. He seemed uncomfortable to me and he was pitchy. Does anyone else think he looks like Marc Almond/Soft Cell who famously sang "Tainted Love"? I didn't care for it in the least and when the judges were gushing all over him I asked, "Are we watching the same show?" Simon said it was "OK" and then immediately said, "It's been a tricky week for you guys," and "we the judges want to send our best to the families," and then went right back to criticizing Blake. It was all very weird.
Before Ryan even announced the show, he made mention of the "difficult time" many people are experiencing due to the recent events at Virginia Tech. It was just bizarre. We could get into a whole debate about the proper etiquette of a live show responding to a horrific current event, but none of the several disjointed efforts by Ryan, a few of the contestants and the judges made any sense. As heartwarming as it was that they wanted to share their condolences, I couldn't understand their handling of it.
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... that love was meant for beauty queens and high-school girls with clear-skinned smiles.... Who could this be about?Martina McBride, country superstar and mentor to the Idols, showed up. And after she won award after award, year after year, with the same haircut, Martina got a weave for the Idolites. Her advice to the Idols was to tell the story of the song sounds like the same advice Tony gave them, J.Lo gave them; I think even Diana Ross may have said something similar. Only Gwen neglected to share with them that bit of wisdom. So with Martina, her weave and Phil Staceys shiny noggin, we began the top-seven countdown.Philly boy, nice save. With the help of Keith Urbans Where the Blacktop Ends, Phil was able to come back from the depths of never-never and skid into middle earth. He actually sung the song from beginning to end. He brought it with the first note, and he took it all the way through to the last note. The song was...