Last night’s American Idol was terrible.
The singing was almost universally uninspired. I cannot remember one performance in which I was impressed. Taylor was screechy and bland. Mandisa belted well enough, but the song choice was awful. Ace came close to being good, but failed on a number of attempts to sustain those wispy, heartfealt notes. Elliott started off a bit rocky (he always starts off rocky) and never really gained his confidence (not that he ever seems to have any). Paris seemed nervous and unsure of herself and it resulted in, perhaps, her worst performance to date. Chris did an okay job on his song, but I ultimately was bored by it. Katharine, too, did okay with her song, but I did not like the song at all. Kellie performed well enough to stick around for another week I think. She was, as the panellists informed us, “in her comfort zone” and performed well-enough on yet another song that I hated. Interesting, too, was Ryan getting her to admit that, yes, she is that dumb. Bucky was supposed to be in his comfort zone too, but I thought his performance was terrible.
The judges/Ryan were in some weird World of Pettiness. Usually that can be good for a moment or two, but last night it just seemed ugly. The whole night seemed like visiting a home where you know everybody had just been fighting, but they’re pretending to be cordial, but can’t help slipping in jabs at each other, and it makes everyone uncomfortable. Was it a failed attempt to inject some drama into a night that the producers perhaps suspected (rightly) wouldn’t have any drama from the performers? Or is there real animosity between some of these people?
Simon, more and more each week, looks like he’d rather be elsewhere. Some of his looks imply to me “I can’t believe how incredibly stunned and stupid and infantile you people are.”
Anyway, a very uninspired night.
Bottom Three: Bucky, Katharine, Kellie
Bucky will be leaving the show this week.
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