Here’s how I saw and heard last night’s American Idol:
Blake: A good performance, but he seems to miss the drama of the lyrics and makes it more bubbly than it should be. Also, too much aimless walking around the stage and too much trying to look cool. I find that sometimes gets in the way of his vocal performance.
Phil: As he was singing this, I was thinking the word “empty”. His performance was empty of emotion and feeling. Simon’s “all the joy of someone singing in a funeral parlour” is apt. I just don’t like Phil. I really like Tony Bennett, but one of the things I wonder about him is his sincerity. How sincere is he in all the positive things he says to/about other performers. So, when he says Phil is one of the better singers he’s heard recently, I have to wonder: Is Tony Bennett full of shit? Sometimes he is, obviously.
Melinda: a knockout performance. Impeccably sung. However, as she was singing, I was wondering if/when she wins the competition, who will she be marketed to? She may be young-ish, but she gives off a middle-aged vibe. Who is her demographic?
Chris: A good performance, but uninspiring.
Jordin: This week and last, Jordin sang well, but her nerves seem to be getting in the way of her nailing her performances. Pretty strong, otherwise.
Gina: A well-performed but ultimately forgettable performance. Horrible makeup.
Sanjaya: See, now I can buy Tony saying he thinks Sanjaya is “terrific” much more than I can him saying Phil is one of the better singers he’s heard. Terrific does not necessarily have to relate to his singing abilities, or even anything relating to performing at all. That’s the kind of Tony Bennett compliment I can buy. Angina was so bland, many notes were off and most were weak. Unfortunately, AI has chosen to embrace the oddity of Angina and promote him as the wacky entertainer. He’ll stick around for a while yet.
Haley: Haley looked much better than she sang last night. And last night, she looked whorish. Mid-to-top-dollar whorish, but still, whorish. She’s the only “beautiful” female left in the competition, so that might save her tonight, but I doubt it.
LaKisha: Another good performance, but all of her performances are starting to sound alike. She needs to take the risk to sing outside her comfort zone, otherwise people will get bored with her, even though her singing is very good.
As always, assuming Sanjaya’s actual talent does not factor into the proceedings (otherwise, he’d be gone):
Bottom Three: Phil, Gina, Haley
Leaving: Haley (or Phil). I hope Phil leaves because I really don’t like him.