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American Idol Episode: "6 Finalists Compete"

Season 7, Episode 33
Episode Synopsis: The six remaining finalists perform songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Original Air Date: Apr 22, 2008
Guest Cast Andrew Lloyd Webber

The Top 6 Perform Andrew Lloyd Webber Songs Season 7, Episode 33

OK, so I have to "out" myself here: I, Erin Fox, am a Broadway musical junkie. I know a lot of Broadway shows and used to (gulp) sing along to them in the car as a high school drama geek. This explains a lot, including my lack of dates in high school. But I digress - tonight's show is about the Top 6 and their quest to conquer Andrew Lloyd Webber songs. In his heyday, his musicals were amazing ( Evita)... and then there was Aspects of Love - no comment. Also, I'll do my best to keep the CATS jokes to a minimum. On with the show! Syesha Mercado, "One Rock and Roll too Many:" Syesha finally sounds like she's hit her niche. She looks fabulous with a capital F. The song is sexy and totally brings her (so far lackluster) personality to the forefront of this competition. She might have just bought herself another week. Randy said she could be a huge Broadway star, Paula said she wasn't surprised at how awesome Syesha was tonight, and Simon agreed with Randy and called her "sexy." Jason Castro, "Memory:" Andrew Lloyd Webber said he never thought he'd see "Memory" sung by a dude in dreads. Ha! You can tell he's not sure if Jason really gets the song. Jason looks like he's nervous for the first time, as well he should be. This is the most famous ALW song. He sings the song with his trademark Indie vibe, but I don't think it's great, and he's way off with the orchestra! Randy thought it was a bit of a train wreck, Paula said that it was smart for him to put his mark on it, and Simon thought it was like a young guy being forced by his "mum and dad" to sing a song at a wedding. HA. That's actually kinda funny. Brooke White, "You Must Love Me:" Ouch, ALW said that Brooke had no idea what she was singing about... clearly, this genre, like power ballads, is out of her comfort zone. She should have sung, "I Don't Know How to Love Him," because it suits her limited range yet has some cool emotional parts. Oh well. But, ALW coaches her and gets her to connect with the song. Oh man, she stops after the first line, and makes the orchestra start over. She's a wreck tonight, and I'm not sure why. I only like the very end of the song. Randy thought it was vocally tough, Paula told her to never start and stop like that but that she did a great job not over-acting and Simon said that she was too tense from starting over and it kinda ruined the rest of the song. However, he said she did the right thing and was very brave to start over. Paula still disagrees. Shut up, Paula. David Archuleta, "Think of Me:" First, can we discuss that Ryan lets a bunch of girls on stage to hug Archie? Awkward! Secondly, Archie, this week should be your blow-out, kick ass performance. His voice is all about musical theater. Instead, he's trying to be David Cook and "change up" a girly ALW song and make it his own. I'm not a big fan because it just sounds boy band-y to me, though he sings it very well. And he does keep his eyes open (barely) as ALW coached him to do. Randy said the exact same thing that he did about Archie last week. Boo. Paula thought he was perfect, and Simon thought it was pleasant but forgettable. Holy crap, for once I agree with Simon! Carly Smithson, "Jesus Christ, Superstar:" She totally rocks the hell out of this song and sounds and looks like she's having a great time (which she hasn't been doing the last few weeks). The crowd loves it and she nails the end of the song. Randy said it was good but not her best (ass!), Paula thought it was unexpected and loved the chorus and Simon (except for some shout-y parts in the middle) said it was one of his favorite performances of the night. David Cook, "Music of the Night:" ALW tells David that he's singing the sexiest song he's ever written. Let's see if he can pull it off.... So far, I think he doesn't have the strength in this range to do the song justice. This is so not the song I would have picked if I were David. However, he does hit the big climax note, which is hard (That's what she said... sorry, I couldn't resist). Hmm, I'm not sure what I think of this performance as a whole. I think it was good, but no where near his best performance. Randy thought it was molten hot, and an amazing vocal performance. Huh? Really? Paula thought it was wonderful and Simon thought he did the best he could with the song but doesn't like this side of his voice. Jeez, Simon and I agree again? Creepy! My Prediction: Bottom three will be Jason Castro, Syesha Mercado and Brooke White. Either Brooke or Jason will be history. Paula watch: Like the hair, decently coherent. Use our Online Video Guide to watch clips of American Idol. show less
OK so I have to out myself here I Erin Fox am a Broadway musical junkie I know a lot of Broadway shows and used to gulp sing along to them in the car as a high school drama geek This explains a lot including my lack of dates in high school But I digress tonights show is about the Top 6 and their quest to conquer Andrew Lloyd Webber songs In his heyday his musicals were amazing Evita and then there was Aspects of Love no comment Also Ill do my best to keep the CATS jokes to a minimum On with the showSyesha Mercado One Rock and Roll too Many Syesha finally sounds like shes hit her niche She looks fabulous with a capital F The song is sexy and totally brings her so far lackluster personality to the forefront of this competition She might have just bought herself another week Randy said she could be a huge Broadway star Paula said she wasnt surprised at how awesome Syesha was tonight and Simon agreed with Randy and called her sexyJ read more

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