You'd think that tonight's show was all about the girls, but alas, no, the biggest divas of all were sitting behind the judges' table. That's right:
Randy were the "stars" of tonight's episode, and not in a good way. I got utterly tired of Randy and Paula's self-congratulatory name-dropping ("Well, when I worked with..." "Oh yes, I choreographed...") and Simon's bitchy retorts - not to mention the way the three of them held court just for themselves. They seemingly spent forever on their own indulgent nonsense, but when it came to actually critiquing the performances, they gave several of the girls (most notably Syesha) barely a minute of attention. Paula at least did seem somewhat more sober tonight, though she spent a disturbing amount of time draped all over Simon's lap.
But unlike the judges,
I will not ignore the girls' performances - which were, after all, the whole point of tonight! So without further ado....
On to the performances:
Asia'h Epperson, "I Wanna Dance with Somebody": My first impression was - really? She's tackling Whitney? But the truth is, if she were going to pick a Whitney song, that was the one to do. Its upbeat tempo and relatively straightforward melody made it a good choice, and this was one of the more fun songs of the night (though not vocally brilliant). Paula, for one, was getting down to it. Simon of course had some nastiness to say, but even he acknowledged that Asia'h deserves to make it into the top 12.
Kady Malloy, "Who Wants to Live Forever": At first, I thought maybe Kady was staging a comeback, until she got to that first big note (and most of the subsequent big notes, for that matter). I totally disagree with Randy - I thought the big notes were where it got really painful. I do agree with the judges that this was an improvement over last week. But as Simon said, "You're like a robot when you sing. It's like the
Stepford Wives." Kady needed to do a whole lot more than that to prove herself worthy of moving on.
Amanda Overmyer, "I Hate Myself for Loving You": Again, this was a major improvement over last week. It was nice to see her get back to the pure rock thing. But she really looked uncomfortable up there, like she was pretty much just going through the motions. It seems like the judges want to ensure her place in the final 12; Simon thought it was "fantastic," which I can't say I agree with. I still like Amanda, but she just doesn't cut it against some of these other girls. Like, for example...
Carly Smithson, "I Drove All Night": The thing about Carly is that no matter what song she picks, she manages to show off her mad vocal skills. Like Simon, I wish she had maybe picked another song, but there's no doubt about her prowess. Paula said, "There aren't enough adjectives to describe you" (not that Paula has that extensive a vocabulary to begin with). But Carly should definitely be around for quite a while. Though has anyone else noticed that she looks kind of angry when she's singing?
Kristy Lee Cook, "Faithfully": This is one of those songs that, in my book, you just don't mess with (unless you're going to do it well). She was trying to country it up, but I thought it just did
not work; I can't be sure what made Randy praise her reinterpretation of a big hit for his onetime band. Kristy's certainly a pretty girl, and I think maybe she's doing herself a disservice by continuing to emphasize her tomboyishness (and tonight we added the detail about how at age 7, she would pretend she was a dog - and actually drank from a dog bowl).
Ramiele Malubay, "Against All Odds": Her video sort of irritated me - we get it, you're perky - but I thought she did a fairly good job with this ballad. No idea what Paula was going for in her critique - something having to do with the peanut gallery - but I think she also said that she loved Mutts, and I wasn't sure if she meant pooches or the
comic by Patrick McDonnell (which has featured her as Paula Poodle in a series of "
Animal Idol" strips). Anyway, Ramiele's vocals were on-point, if not blow-me-away spectacular, and she should definitely be around next week.
Brooke White, "Love Is a Battlefield": Another of my favorite songs from the '80s, done up in a new and unexpected way. And this time, done up
right. I'm not sure if she was reprising someone else's interpretation of it, but I thought it was fabulous. I love that she got to the vulnerability in the song - it's such a tough-chick anthem, but underneath all that is a sort of sadness that Brooke did an amazing job of bringing to the forefront. Definitely the best performance of the night.
Syesha Mercado, "Saving All My Love for You": Another Whitney song, and this time one of the harder ones. Though she was a bit sharp at times, Syesha definitely pulled it off. The arrangement, however, struck me as kind of odd - she really only sang one verse, and the rest was pretty much the chorus over and over. And all poor Syesha got from the judges? A "good" from each. What numbskulls those three can be.
My prediction: It should have been Kady's turn to go last week; I'm thinking it'll catch up with her this time. I would have said that Amanda was a for-sure goner, but now I'm thinking that Kristy may be in trouble.
What do you think? Are you as psyched for
Blake Lewis' return to
Idol as I am? And what did you think of the girls' song selections tonight?
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Youd think that tonights show was all about the girls but alas no the biggest divas of all were sitting behind the judges table Thats right Paula Simon and Randy were the stars of tonights episode and not in a good way I got utterly tired of Randy and Paulas self-congratulatory name-dropping Well when I worked with Oh yes I choreographed and Simons bitchy retorts not to mention the way the three of them held court just for themselves They seemingly spent forever on their own indulgent nonsense but when it came to actually critiquing the performances they gave several of the girls most notably Syesha barely a minute of attention Paula at least did seem somewhat more sober tonight though she spent a disturbing amount of time draped all over Simons lapBut unlike the judges I will not ignore the girls performances which were after all the whole point of tonight So without further ado On to the performancesAsiah Epperson