Negatives: Personally, I found the excitement level of this week’s Idol low. I think it was solely because Kellie is gone. With Kellie, you had that level of unpredictability which made things interesting … you didn’t know if she would deliver a good performance or an embarassingly bad one. And you never knew what she was going to say when she spoke. There was some enjoyment in that, at least for me. And though all of the remaining performers are quite talented, they are sooooooooo predictably good. I think that makes the group as a whole seem a bit blah, even when they are trying to flavor the evening with obvious attempts not to be blah.
Positives: A well-medicated Paula is so much more bearable than a self-medicating and liquored-up Paula. She didn’t say too much last night. And though I’m not sure if it was the medication or the tight time constraints they had with everyone doing two songs, it sure was good for the show. And though it can be a negative at times, with everyone left in the competition being a skilled singer … there’s a nice ease with which the show can be viewed … knowing I won’t have to feel embarrassed for someone’s poor performance.
As far as the individual performances go …
Elliot – Personally, I didn’t think he sucked. He’s got a great voice and I really think he can sing. I do think his second performance was stronger than his first, though I think he lacks strong song selection skills. He is at huge risk, as he has been all along, of being the forgotten, skilled singer. He blends in too well. He needs to pick songs that makes him memorable for the performance, not forgettable because he didn’t suck.
Paris – You know, there is just something weird about Paris. I give up. That squeaky little girl voice disappears when she sings and is lost completely in her voice, which is strong and mature, but somehow a little girl personality comes through in her performance every time … so regardless of whether she’s singing an older song or a younger song, it feels like she’s playing dress up. And though she sang quite well, she’s weirding me out. Almost as bad as vicious squirrels !!!
Chris – Phreaking wow. Holy phreaking wow. In fact, after his first performance … I swear I heard God even say “Holy phreaking wow.” It was a rocking performance. However, his second performance, though solid, was a vocal challenge as his voice was wearing down, but more disappointingly, was a lame song choice.
Katharine – She totally lost the song in the first performance … was off timing almost from the start. I felt sorry for her because that just happens, it’s not a reflection of singing talent. The second performance was better, and she seemed to be enjoying herself, but I was bothered by her being on her knees and back throughout the song and I thought her top made her look thick.
Taylor – I think he’s clearly in the lead to win American Idol because of his uniqueness, but I really don’t get the Taylor intrique. If he wins American Idol, he’ll go the way the only other boy winner of American Idol went … a quick road to nowhere when the one trick pony novelty wears off. He’s a herky, jerky tourettes style performer with above average singing skills. He might be a hit in some niches, but the boy won’t play in Peoria.
First to Worst: Chris, Elliot, Taylor, Katharine, Paris
Bottom Three: I can’t remember when they get down to just five or lower, do they keep doing the bottom three or do they just do the bottom two? I’ll just keep doing the bottom three until we run out of three or they don’t do it one week (or they announce it in advance). Bottom three this week I think are fairly predictable … Paris, Katharine and Elliot.
Partying With Kellie: Purely because I’m on a mission now to get this one right finally, not because of any skill in predicting it, but for the bazillionith week in a row, I’m saying Paris is going home.