Monthly Archives: April 2015

American Idol – What’s in a Theme?

So, as some of you may know, we’ve been a little preoccupied with things in Charm City. Going into tonight, I had no idea what the theme would be, and I honestly wasn’t sure it would even be on because of all the “breaking news” interruptions. Anyway, at first I was bummed that I haven’t even had the energy to do anything fun in the last few days.

Anyway, I missed most of the intro to the show because the Police Commissioner was giving a press conference and I thought that might be a little more important to watch.

My friend Stephanie and I sitting in front of the Commissioner at Opening Day

My friend Stephanie and I sitting in front of the Commissioner at Opening Day

Although it really didn’t provide new information so that was a bit of a waste… if anything it’s just frustrating. I was back when the singing started though (and still checking back for updates on CNN during commercials – maybe commercials are good for something).

Ok so the theme as far as I could gather was – “Judges Hometowns” and “Songs that represent Gravy”?

Also, just to quickly mention who the contestants met at Big Machine Records – A Style Icon lady, A&R, PR and Marketing… Ok first of all I still don’t get what A&R is after the explanation. The audio image? What does that even mean? I feel like even though Scott brought these 4 contestants to 4 other people and yet to me they seem like they all do the same thing. I mean, if nothing else, I think it all falls under PR, right? The only thing I gathered from talking to any of these people was Scotts concept of “Start with crazy and walk backwards”. I love that kind of advice. I think that might be my new “ideas motto”

Clark Beckham

A song for NY (which really has to be the easiest, right?) – Living for the City

Clark, listen, I really like you. And I see how Stevie Wonder fits your voice just wonderfully… but how many Stevie Wonder songs have you done now since you started auditioning? I’ll tolerate it this time because you do it well (the piano always helps), but you worry me with these song selections that you’re going to turn into Taylor Hicks when I’d rather you go the way of Timerblake. You know? Let Justin be your spirit animal! I still want to like you the most but you’re losing me.

Gravy Song: Your Man 

Ok just quickly – I LOVE RASCALL FLATTS!! Listen Clark. The thing about this song is that, it’s been done. While you’re quite different from Scotty McCreery, Scotty’s is the only version I want to hear. I want that deep country voice telling me to lock the door and turn the lights down low.

I was really put off by Clark saying “If this song loses me the competition, then I don’t want to win it” – that kind of turned me off. I’m totally with Scott saying he’s on the fast track to the Holiday Inn because I mean, where’s Taylor Hicks right now? Furthermore, I really didn’t like anything about this performance. I mean, it was sung well but it lacked any kind of desire… which I think Scotty brought to it (as much as he could). I’m also with JLo wondering how this was his Gravy song because I don’t see how this song is what Clark is at his core.

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(just calling that she’ll obvs do a NY song as she’s from there)

A(nother) song for NY: Empire State of Mind Part II

I never knew that there was a Part II to Empire State of Mind… Is this just Alicia Keys version on her own cd? I mean, I think Jay-Z did it a bit better… there’s a reason I know that one and not this one. I don’t think I really liked Jax’s performance but I think it had more to do with the song. I did like the raspy-ness that her cold gave her (or whatever she was ill with). I think I would’ve just rather her perform the Hova version. What’s unfortunate, for both Nick and Jax, is that they apparently have dogs named Jeter… so I feel like I have to hate them (even though they’re from NY which is usually the only acceptable yankee fan). I guess at least they aren’t named Rodriguez.

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Gravy Song: Human

This was my favorite performance of the night (since Quentin and Joey didn’t break in to sing their own songs… which would’ve been great). My only complaints would be the one really loud background singer, and that kind of really long pause that she had in the middle. I can’t say a single other bad thing. Oh and also she looked really uncomfortable at the end when the song was over.

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Nick Fradiani

A Song for ______ – Bright Lights

Is this a NY song? Nashville? Wikipedia says they’re from Florida? (and here we go again with themes that don’t fit…) It’s called Bright Lights so maybe it’s about NY? Is this the first Matchbox 20 song? It can’t be (Just checked. It’s the 3rd thanks to Sam Woolf and Phillip Phillips). I thought this performance was fine. He’s like, a better hotter version of a few former Idol contestants. I mean, he’s enjoyable but he’s just not a showstopper to me and I hate that he’s now peaking. I can’t deny it. JLo is right. It’s just that like, for me, he’d be a great show opener. That’s kind of how I feel about him. And then maybe he becomes a Rob Thomas or like, John Mayer but then there’s all those Ryan Cabrera’s who like, maybe have a career maybe they don’t. Maybe it’s that he reminds me too much of Kris Allen? I can’t figure out why I don’t like about him. WHAT IS IT? I think it’s just every song choice is so expected. He lacks any kind of surprise to his performances (ok I’m really starting to miss Quentin now).

Gravy Song: What Hurts The Most

This was another fine song choice for Nick. Still not totally surprising but maybe a little more since it’s technically a country song? He just never changes anything. I’m gonna be so mad when he’s in the Top 2.

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Rayvon

I like him so much more without a hat on. I hope the marketing lady said “you should take that stupid hat off”. If I were marketing him, that’s most definitely the first thing I’d say.

(Finally) A Song for Nashville – Need You Now

This song was gorgeous. There’s no denying that Rayvon has the best voice of anyone on this season of show. It’s impeccable. He’ll make a great 4th place (or 3rd if Clark keeps letting me down). If Nick is the Rob Thomas of this season, Rayvon is the Kenny G.

Gravy Song: Believe

The thing I really liked about this performance was that it really felt like this was Rayvon. To me the song Believe is like, kind of a love letter from Justin Beiber to his fans, and if anyone deserves a love letter from Rayvon, it’s his fans keeping him there through 4 saves and a vote to stay in this week. This was my favorite performance and my favorite vocal of the night. And when he said he dedicated it to his mom?

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Tyanna

Ok so – 1. Did they let her pick which song she’d sing or was this her song for the Judges City, in which case – did no one have a song about New Orleans (besides Harry)? 2. Couldn’t they have just let her perform her song first? Would that have been that big of a deal?

I’m not sure how I feel about going back to the voted off contestant singing after being voted off – BUT – I mean at this point you have to be kind of proud of the position you’re finishing in. You’re on the tour, and Tyanna – she picked a PERFECT song to leave on (whether she feared going home or not). She made me excited. She almost made me forget she was voted off minutes ago. I think I would’ve preferred to hear at the end of the night, but doing it in the middle, I guess at least there’s still more show? It’s less sad? I don’t know…

And with that, we move on to the Top 4! Pretty excited for next week 🙂

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Baltimore.

I just wanted to get some thoughts out, because trying to do my actual job is proving somewhat difficult today.

I’ve only really been associated with Baltimore through the Orioles for most of my 32 years. But in the last 7 years, I have been an employee of this City. I work in a department that is working it’s hardest to better this City. To eliminate the blight that has been plaguing it for decades. We aren’t the police, we aren’t the mayor, we are just a small department doing our best to make the City a better place to live. That progress felt like it got knocked back 40 years yesterday.

To watch the news and see what has been happening the last few days, I don’t even want to believe it’s my city. But unfortunately, we know it all too well. These issues have been hovering beneath the surface for years. Many residents of Baltimore have had violent encounters with criminals, and what seems to be an almost equal number, violent encounters with police. I hate to know people in either situation, but more importantly, it’s hard to deny this culture when the stories are shared every day. All it takes is a spark to ignite the anger, and you end up in the situation we have now arrived at.

Many have said that they haven’t seen this kind of violence in Baltimore since the 1968 when Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated. The thing is, back then, there were laws that were on the books that we could (and did) change. Now, this is not about law. This is about morality and you cannot legislate morality. That last part is an indirect quote from Barry Goldwater, regarding the Civil Rights Act, ironically. Coincidentally? I never know… but I liked the quote and it feels to sum up feelings I have.

Anyway, I just wanted gather some articles that I think are worth reading, before you go making assumptions about what is going on in Baltimore. Please read these articles and maybe, do your best to understand what is happening here and more importantly, why it is happening.

The ‘Other Baltimore’ Breaks Through

Non-Violence as Compliance

Gang Members: We did not make a truce to harm Police.

A Message from Ray Lewis

This video shows the passion that the people who care about the City. This is the
message of the people who work in Baltimore, the Congressmen and women, and
Councilmen and women of Baltimore, not just Ray Lewis.

Witness the Clergy that came together to stop the violence.

I also urge you to follow people who genuinely care about the outcome of this situation:

Councilman Brandon Scott

300 Men March

Dan Rodricks

Melech E. M. Thomas

#BaltimoreUprising

And finally, if you want to help, here are some places you can go!

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American Idol – Quasi-Arena Anthems (as expected)

Ok so was it just me or did tonight kind of suck? When I finished watching last night, it was kind of a mix of the following emotions:

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Know my Pain

I have to admit I was a little heartbroken that Quentin went home when I think it was clear that he’d be the better of the two to take on the tour…but then I thought about it a little more, and honestly, since Joey is also out, I’m thinking that the tour isn’t even where it’s at. It’s at [the party that is] the Quentin Alexander/Joey Cook concert! I mean that’s where the performances are. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see Clark/Jax/Tyanna in concert, but I’d rather see Clark, maybe with Tyanna opening for him, and then a secondary concert with Quentin/Joey. I mean, no they don’t have the best voices, but they can clearly put on the best show. So, now I feel more at peace with them keeping Rayvon.

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Ok I’m lying, I’m really going to miss not having Quentin performing (and I missed Joey more than I thought I would). Quentin got the boot because he’s not going to acquiesce to cheesetastic group performances, in general. This show cannot mold to his idea of artistry and for that, he’s better without them. ::justbeokwithitKelly::

Tonights episode just felt different and not as enjoyable as a night of Arena Anthems should be. What struck me though – this season – is that we don’t have any of those big female voices along the likes of Candice Glover, Jessica Sanchez, Jennifer Hudson, etc, etc, etc. So I think I kind of knew going into this that I just wouldn’t be impressed with many of the performances and I was right – I wasn’t. Although I was more unimpressed with the song selection than I was with the singing. I wasn’t aware that Yesterday, Heaven or that Sam Smith song, were Arena Anthems. It’s to be expected though. It shouldn’t have even been a theme they tackled when no one is that kind of performer (this season, at this point. Sarina hasn’t been on the show in WEEKS). I know you think they’ll fill arenas (they will) and be great (meh), but they just don’t seem like – super power singers – to me.

Also just to hopefully cut down on words, I’m combining my critique of the performances. You’re welcome. 

Jax – Are You Gonna Be My Girl Guy/White Flag
Arena Anthems sung: .5

Are either of these Arena Anthems? I can’t say I consider Jet or Dido sell-out arena performers. But I digress (until the next performer). I don’t usually have a problem with changing lyrics but I did not like her saying guy. It really bothered me. Can’t say exactly why, but honestly that was all I could think about while she was singing this. I think it was the way she had to extend the word “guy”? I will say her energy was good to start the show with and when she did get to her second number, all was forgiven. White Flag was my performance of the night. It was wonderfully understated and simple and matched Jax’s voice perfectly. It was EXACTLY what she needed and she nailed it. And a piano never hurts #putapianoonit

Nick Fradiani – Harder to Breathe/Maggie May
Arena Anthems sung: 2.5

Way to be the only contestant to actually sing what I think are 2 arena anthem songs. I think Maroon 5 and Rod Stewart are definitely arena fillers. So as for the Maroon 5 song, Not bad. Predictable, fitting in his groove, and probably one of his best performances. Better than Jax’s first even. But for some reason, probably Clarks existence, Nick will just never be my favorite. But his song choices were my favorite tonight as far as “sticking to the theme” goes. And what a great choice Rod Stewart was! I hadn’t even thought about him but what a great pick. Why do I associate him with the NJ folks we were talking about last week? I’m like, 100% certain Rod Stewart is not from NJ. The accent is kind of a giveaway. But that’s the era, and Nick definitely owns it. I like that he’s found his zone. I mean, if you have to sound like an era, that’s not a bad one. I’m still not gonna vote for him though. Sorry bro.

Zacks Comment on Harder to Breathe: He’s better when the volume is lower ::as he turns down the volume::

Clark Beckham – Yesterday/Boyfriend
Arena Anthems sung: 3.0

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say this was the first “this is not an anthem” song of the night. It also was probably definitely one of Clarks worst performances when it comes to pitch. If you want to see what it’s supposed to look like, check out Lea Michele. And Boyfriend was not only a bad song choice but a bad song. I mean don’t make me link to another Glee performance but Sam (whatever his real name is) sang it way better. Clark, I really like you but this was an off week and part of me wants to not vote for you just to punish you for this situation. I guess even the best can’t be “on” 100% of the time.

Tyanna Jones – Party in the USA/Heaven
Arena Anthems sung: 4.0

I think Part in the USA would qualify if nothing else than for the fact that I’m sure it’s on a Jock Jams somewhere. Who the F knows where Heaven became an anthem ANYWHERE. I actually really liked both of her performances. I think Party in the USA was the best of the first performances. While none of them really showed vocal ability, this one was a great performance which, on nights like tonight, I like the fun stuff and her singing wasn’t bad. That’s the most important thing. As for Heaven, the performance was fine but like,

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How do contestants even pick songs they don’t know? What draws them to the song? And who suggests the song to them? The vocal coaches? Why would you suggest Bryan Adams for an Arena Anthem, and who even put that on the list of possible songs? No comprende.

Zack’s comment on Party in the USA: This isn’t supposed to be good, is it?

Quentin Alexander – Light My Fire/Shake It Out
Arena Anthems sung: 6.0

Well Quentin, way to be the only other person to sing 2 solid Arena Anthems. And SO SO well. Quentin picked two great songs. I didn’t know if he would perform them as great as I wanted, but he was one of the best combined performances of the night if you ask me. Light My Fire was fine, but Shake it Out was actually on fire. The only think that bothered me about any of it was stupid Harry at the end asking about auto-tune. STFU Harry. Come on. Ugh. I’m starting to really hate you. Don’t make me hate you.

Rayvon Owen – Something that wasn’t an anthem I’m Not the Only One/Go Your Own Way
Arena Anthems sung: 7.0

Honestly, when I knew Rayvon and Quentin were in the bottom I just wanted to hate Rayvon. Not for anything personal towards him but because I thought it wasn’t fair that Quentin was in the bottom mostly for his row with Harry last week. I mean I think we can all agree that’s the reason he went home, whether we want to bring it up or not. As for Rayvon, I didn’t love the first performance but the second one was hard to compete with. That falsetto proved he was literally throwing EVERYTHING out on the table to get that last save (enjoy it until next week, friend).

I guess 7 Arena Anthems out of a possible 12 isn’t that terrible, but I think I was being generous. It was really 6 plus 2 halves. Maybe I’m just crestfallen because I still haven’t heard Quentin sing Prince… one day!!

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American Idol – Arena Anthem Predictions

When I think Stadium Anthems, I obviously think of John Denver.

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No, I’m not thinking of him because I recently watched Dumb and Dumber. It’s because when I think of Stadium Anthems, I think of Thank God I’m A Country Boy in the 7th inning stretch of any home Orioles game. Closely followed by Sweet Caroline (Boston Red Sox) and  Cotton Eyed Joe (70% of the remaining teams). If you ask me, more baseball teams need an anthem besides Take Me Out to the Ball Game! That says stadium to me! Really anything you’d hear on a Jock Jams CD screams Stadium Anthem to me. What they don’t say is – here’s my proof that I’m a good singer. Even the lowly me can tear up a rendition of Thank God I’m a Country Boy on any given night of karaoke. And is that what we want to see? I don’t think so. No one wants to hear Seven Nation Army on the Idol stage (though I do support more White Stripes).

That said, I think American Idol’s ideas of Anthems are more of the style of Beyoncé, those that can sell out an arena. I’ve seen an arena show or two in my day. Kenny Chesney (my first), New Kids on the Block (their second time around), Kanye West, the Beastie Boys, the Spice Girls, Britney… the list could go on…  That’s not even counting the festivals… I wasted so much money in my youth… although the Spice Girls were totally worth it. Now I wish the show was just songs from bands I’ve heard live! Wouldn’t that be fun? It would, trust me.

So anyway, here’s a little list I made of tunes I think the idols would sing, or songs I just want them to sing. I’m looking at you Quentin!

Quentin Alexander – I figured I’d start with him since he STILL hasn’t done any Prince and if anyone can sell out an Arena… it’s Prince.

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I would add to the Prince list, something by Jimi Hendrix or really anything from that era. Maybe Jim Morrison and a little Doors action? I think Quentin could tackle pretty much anything that was done at Woodstock. Maybe that’s what I want him to sing – something that was sung at Woodstock. It’s a lot to choose from so I think by being that vague, I’ll definitely be right about whatever Quentin sings. Haha. Or he’ll sing Beyoncé. Which I would also be fine with.

Clark Beckham – I also think Clark would do a great job singing anything from Woodstock but I do not see that happening. I do hope Clark uses this time to sing something a little more current, that’s for sure. I think this would be a good opportunity for him to do it just because whatever it is, there’s still a style to an “arena anthem” which makes a lot of them the same. I’ll tell you what Clark, do one old song and one new song. Fair? Maybe some Billy Joel and some Billy Joe from Green Day? Ok I don’t actually want that to happen… but I can’t think of any clever name pairings so… oh well.

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Nick Fradiani – As I say most of the time with Nick, ditto to what I said for Clark. But do something different enough that we don’t compare you to Clark (which will be your ultimate downfall). Honestly at this point, Nick is just a poor mans Clark so it’s hard for me to think of ways for him to make me like him more than Clark. I have a feeling Nick will either go really traditional or really current. Like, he’ll pick a Beatles and a Rolling Stones song, or he’ll pick a One Direction and a Justin Beiber song. Ugh… I didn’t even really think of the really new sell-out arena artists are.

Tyanna Jones – So, since Tyanna has done Tina and Whitney both in recent succession and with mostly success… I’d kind of like to see her stay in that vein but maybe go a little more recent. Maybe Christina Aguilera or Florence and the Machine? Honestly if she wants to cover Tina again I won’t be upset.

Rayvon Owen – This one is a little tough because all of the aforementioned contestants have arena voices where Rayvon has like… a “appearing in Vegas” vibe ala Celine Dion, Elton John, etc. Although they can sell out an arena. I mean they sell out nightly in vegas. What am I even thinking? I think for Rayvon I’d pick someone like Chris Brown or dare I say past mentor, Jason Derulo? Is Sam Smith considered a person who can sell out an arena? I mean he’s not Adele folks. I think it’s pretty safe that he’ll be in the bottom again so I think it’s best if he just keep on doing what he’s doing. Though I have to say I don’t think he’ll get the save this week no matter who he’s up against. I was shocked he won last week. And honestly a little upset.

I’ll just take a little tangent to say that I thought it was the Top 10 that made it to the summer concert series… but then I read on TVLine that Joey didn’t make the cut and now I’m a little heartbroken for her. And for me. I mean, she isn’t the greatest singer but she’s one of the better performers. Same with Qaasim. I wanted everyone in the Top 10, or everyone after Daniel was kicked off, to be on the Summer tour. Now something I was looking forward to getting a ticket for, has be questioning if I even want to go, or if I just want to save up my money for when Clark starts touring by himself (or with Quentin).

Ok sorry about that… back to contestants. Well, the final contestant –

Jax – This girl definitely has the most to work with. She is a performer and I have a feeling (with the right song selection) should could straight up KILL tonight and really bring some fire to the episode. As for what I hope she sings… who even knows. I just hope she goes with something people aren’t expecting from her and really brings a moment to the stage. There are only two girls left and while they’ve consistently been my favorite of the girls, I think both are in jeopardy if they don’t have good nights. Though, against Rayvon I think they’re both definitely safe.

Ok so I guess I didn’t really guess many things for anyone to sing, I just wrote about what people they might want to sing… but, just to get out some more suggestions for the group, I also just randomly and not attached to any one contestant, wouldn’t mind hearing someone trying to cover a Queen song (not any of their anthems though, which is why I’m not suggesting anything in particular. No one needs to hear We Are the Champions), maybe some Nirvana (Quentin or Jax maybe?)…  I’d love to hear my current song obsession “Shut Up and Dance” – what I’ve dubbed – the song of summer. A lot of people have said they wanna hear some Fleetwood Mac but I’ve never been a big fan and I think they’re overdone everwhere. I’m still bitter about the Fleetwood Mac-centric episode on Glee… ugh.

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American Idol – Channeling Channing?

So this week was really busy. I didn’t get a chance to watch the show live until today. I tried watching Wenesday but I was baking up a storm so I really wasn’t paying total attention until Tyanna’s second performance and even then I was just exhausted and fell asleep before the show ended – so I missed all the hype, I missed trying to vote for a save (and this was the first time the person I would’ve picked didn’t make it through – yes, I would’ve chose Joey over Rayvon). I also didn’t get a chance to vote for those that were safe – which makes me a little worried about next week because I would’ve liked the opportunity to give Quentin as many votes as possible. I’ll just have to hope that the world is on my side next week. Stranger things have happened.

I really liked the added Borchetta commentary. I thought his advice was so interesting. “Make sure you look people in the eyes and connect with people when you meet them” “It’s ok to have that attitude of ‘Love Me or Hate Me’ because people will always have their opinions” “It’s ok to do that [dip your toes in the weird pool]” though I wish I could’ve heard what he said to some of the others that they didn’t show.

Tyanna – Why Do Fools Fall in Love?

Just quickly – I loved her shirt and would love to know where she got it, ASAP! And I like her headband too Ok now to her performance – Her voice is great. The song itself…

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I hope the other song selections are a little more interesting. This just wasn’t the big show opener I wanted. Not that that’s Tyanna’s fault that she was called first.

Clark Beckham – Superstitious

Clark is just getting exceptionally hotter as weeks go on, no?

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I know this is from the second performance but it was the hottest of that nights performances, that I could find. I mean he’s like the puppy dog you can’t stop looking at, but hotter (only when he’s singing though… he doesn’t really do anything for me when he’s being interviewed). It’s funny in a way he’s a lot like Taylor Hicks but he’s hotter and with a better voice. They sing a lot of the same style of songs though. And now it makes me want Clark to cover some Sam Cooke and some Ray LaMontagne. Ray more than Sam, but both, please. But anyway, Superstitious was great. The great thing about Clark is that he is a performer. He’s so entertaining to watch (as many contestants this season are) but he just also has a level of talent instrumentally, that really push him over the edge for me, as leader of this pack of contestants. I just don’t see anything stopping him at this point in the show. Time will tell though. And song choice as always, is critical.

Jax – Piece of My Heart

 So, this is kind of a song that has been done like, a million times on Idol. Yet, no one really stands out to me as a version to top (although if I had to pick it would be Hailey because she just killed everything and she had that gritty tone that is just mesmerizing). Jax’ wasn’t either but I did think it was good. The only thing I didn’t like about her performance was the pink fringe on her outfit. And some of her facial expressions. Also now I really want to hear her sing Bobby McGee. Can you please make that happen for me? Kthanks.

Nick Fradiani – American Woman 

 Nicks performance was a lot like Tyannas to me. It wasn’t bad at all. It was perfectly fine. It just wasn’t – a wow. It wasn’t Clark (and honestly I’m surprised that he has been safe so many times when I feel like many of his votes would/should go to Clark. But, since they’re both safe – I’ll live with it. To compliment him I thought he was a touch more entertaining than when Tom Petty does this song. He’s a little more laid back than Nick here.

Quentin Alexander – Are You Gonna Go My Way

Well, it wasn’t Prince, but it was Lenny, so I’m happy. He did it exactly as I expected and really shined. I love how he just embodies the attitude of what he’s singing. I mean, this is the show I would want to go to, of everyone this season (Clark included). I mean, he’d have a Kanye level of performance. Just in that artistic level, that is. I mean, I saw Kanye in concert back when no one knew his opening act, Rihanna – and it was phenomenal. The guy can put on a show, and I’m sure Quentin can too!

I’m not gonna talk too in-depth about “the fight” because I think Slezak covered my thoughts on the matter, quite nicely.

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And I mean, it’s all anyone who watched the episode is talking about. I’ll just say that I thought Quentin was totally justified in saying it sucked. Something can suck, and you can still be happy you’re in. It’s ok, Harry. And Quentin is an emotional guy. #teamquentin.

Joey Cook – My Funny Valentine

Well I guess her favorite song made it’s debut… and no, she was NOT Melinda. BUTT – this was one of her more… a true vocal. It wasn’t her kitschy voice. It was her real voice. It wasn’t great, but I appreciated the moment, if that makes sense. You could tell she was really emotional though (and this was only performance #1). This did remind me that the one thing I’m really glad about with this revised format, is how we don’t have contestants singing that wretched final song as they are led off stage and out of the spotlight. This is way better. So for that, I am thankful of the new format.

Rayvon Owen – Long Train Running

I think by now Rayvon is fine in this final moment – maybe it’s even giving him an edge? Just in that he’s ok with being in that position after 3 weeks of being in that position. He clearly has way more of a fanbase than I thought he did. I have to say though, this was his worst performance in my opinion. I mean, the Doobie Brothers? I just don’t see it for you.

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And now, we have performance #2 round: 

Clark Beckham – Moon River 

When I saw this song choice I was like – really? Moon River? What a drab song. And it was a drab song… except for this:

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Sorry did I already post that? My bad. But I mean, is he trying to channel Channing? It’s mostly the hair and the eyes and the suit for me, I think. And he’s playing at the piano? I mean come on. How can it be boring when he’s sooooo dreamy? 

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And to be honest, it wasn’t boring. I’m guessing that’s because of the piano… but still, it was more entertaining (and just as well sung) as I thought it would be.

Tyanna Jones – Proud Mary 

I’m on the fence about Tyanna’s second performance. This was a little slow for my liking and I kind of wish the whole thing had been fast. But she sang it SO WELL! I just like when she gets into a performance so I either want a slow song, or a fast song, but I don’t want both in the same song. I think that’s just a preference thing though. Ultimately I liked it and overall I thought she had a solid night.

Nick Fradiani – Only the Good Die Young

I associate this song with somber matters. I feel like I’ve heard it at more than one funeral and so while it should have a jovial meaning of a guy trying to get a girl to go to the dark side – for me it’s not quite like that, so in that regard, I did like his take on the song. It has more meaning to me, sung Nick’s way – than it does the regular way it’s sung. It was everything I needed in a Nick performance that the first one didn’t give me. This was one of the best arrangements I’ve heard this year, and definitely the best I’ve heard from Nick.

Quentin Alexander – The Sound of Silence

Who knows, maybe it was my anger at Harry earlier in the night and my defense of Quentin, but I thought this performance was quite good. Quentin just does a moody ballad so well. I’d never pick a Simon and Garfunkel song but this was great and I think it was a lovely performance. He gives good emotion, what else can I say?

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And I’m definitely more mad at Ryan than Harry.

“I thought you were gonna hit him”
“I was raised way better than that”

Excellent response. I’m sure Quentin has a great mother! He’s an artist. A lover, not a fighter – why would you say that? I liked what he said in an interview post-show “I’m glad that people understood because those are the people I am trying to reach”

Jax – Beat It

This was ok for me. It wasn’t my favorite. It wouldn’t be in my Top 5 of Jax’ performances. It was another “fine” performance, and I can appreciate an upbeat song, especially from Jax. It was just – I don’t know, I wouldn’t have picked the song and I just… meh. It just wasn’t singing to me. It’s the same reason I didn’t want Nick singing Livin’ on a Prayer. MJ is definitely a classic though!

Rayvon Owen – Always On My Mind 

Does this song remind anyone else of Practical Magic and this creepster?

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Anyway, Rayvon is just that guy. When it comes down to the line, he gives the performance that he needs to give in order to be safe. It’s so hard to vote against him when his pitch is just perfection in every way. I’m almost glad I didn’t have the chance to vote because it would’ve been really hard to decide who to save. His voice is just exceptional.

Joey Cook – Somebody to Love

This performance was much more Joey than her first performance. And really, I think this is the way I want to see her. I can’t say that I didn’t like her showing she could sing the real way, but I think it’s just more fitting (did I just say that?)

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and a good final performance to see her. Unfortunately for Joey I think as second performances go, Rayvons was better but for the night, I think I would’ve voted Joey. I don’t know. It’s hard to look back on what I would’ve done. But where Rayvon has the voice, I think Joey has a good enough voice, and can really give a performance. I think she’ll have a future, if nothing else. So that’s good.

Yeah so anyway, I didn’t vote for anyone this week, but here’s what the twitter was looking like at the end of the show, in case you were wondering how close it was –

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American Idol – What Makes a Classic?

So for me, when I think Classic, I always think of Classic Rock, and Jazz because America is just clinging to the fact that they created the Jazz movement. I actually did a search of what bands are considered American Classics and made myself a little word cloud:

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This list doesn’t include foreign artists even if they were popular in America – IE – The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Queen, Radiohead or  even the Canadian songstresses I love so well, Celine Dion or Shania Twain. I’m not sure if Idol was thinking the singers had to be American but when I think of an American Classic or Idol Classic as it were, I think – Americans. I also think of a crap bag of songs! So, instead of guessing what the contestants will sing, I will guess/offer up who I would like to hear them cover. Also, just for the record I re-read this/added stuff from when I first wrote it a few weeks ago (thinking they’d do it then). Weirdly they’ve actually sung a few songs from my list in their live performances, already!

I’ll go easiest to hardest:

CLARK BECKHAM

I really need to see Clark cover a Billy Joel song like, yesterday. I need to see him sitting at the piano belting out some Billy Joel like nobody’s business.  It’s not just me either. When Idol first announced the Classics theme WAY back in the first live episode, a lot of people wanted to see Clark do Piano Man or Scenes from an Italian Restaurant. I can’t disagree but I think Movin’ Out would be the ideal song for him. And since they’re covering two songs this evening, well, I think I’d really like to see him do an Eagles cover. Or maybe if he wants to step outside of his comfort zone, which I mean, it’s about time – how about a Michael Jackson cover? Or a Jackson 5 cover?

QUENTIN ALEXANDER

Ok I think we all know that I wanted his Prince cover yesterday, as well. Any song. I don’t care. And, just because sometimes obvious choices are the best choices, and because Jimi Hendrix isn’t American, his other option for me would be Lenny Kravitz. I think he could probably do a super cool but maybe also super moody version of Are You Gonna Go My Way. He’d probably kill American Woman (wait would Clark sing that well, too? Do I want Clark to sing Lenny? Maybe?)

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TYANNA JONES

Well now that the easy ones have come and gone, now comes the people I had to think about. I didn’t have to think too hard about Tyanna but I did have like, almost too many ideas. I’d love to see her do some Janet Jackson, some Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Diana Ross? There are just an abundant amount of things I want to hear her sing! I just want to hear her sing forever!

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If I had to pick any specific songs I’d probably say River Deep Mountain High, Proud Mary, and if she really wanted to wow, I think What’s Love Got to Do with It would be in order. Just not Nutbush City Limits. That song just creeps me out.

RAYVON OWEN

I again go somewhat traditional for Rayvon. I mean, he needs to really accentuate that falsetto that he masters so well. And who’s good at that? I think Stevie Wonder is always a solid choice for him (although I don’t tend to like Stevie songs on idol as they’ve been done to death). He could do some Frankie Valli, Smokey Robinson (that might be my #1 pick). Tracks of My Tears anyone? I’d say Prince but I don’t want to jinx anyone else singing it. I demand Quentin singing him!

NICK FRADIANI

If I were being lazy, which I am wont to do, I’d just repeat Clark’s suggestions. They have a very similar tone so I mean, it works. However Nick seems a little more back and a little more Jerz. So I’m going to suggest 2 of Jerseys finest, Bruce and Bon Jovi. I lean towards Jon Bon because he was hotter and I think people can associate the two because of their respective hotnesses. Now, which song? Anything buy Livin on a Prayer or It’s My Life – they aren’t singing songs, if you know what I mean. Haha. He can’t do You Give Love a Bad Name but he could do Wanted Dead or Alive or BED OF ROSES!! YES!! ::swoon::

Also it should be noted someone said he should sing Matchbox 20 and to that person, I say, Shoot Yourself. And you’re welcome for me not calling you out to all 50 people who read this blog.

JOEY COOK

Joey joey joey… this took me a while because I don’t really think Cyndi Lauper is a classic, nor do I think she should go a cover after that last Cyndi problem… part of me thinks she could pick Madonna… but maybe there’s someone more her style. I don’t know. I don’t consider her style classic like I do Clark or Nick. Or any of the guys for that matter. I think I’m gonna go with Babs on this just because I mean, I feel like that’s someone Joey may look up to? Who am I kidding? That’s not true. Well, I mean she may look up to her for being a great female singer but that would be the extent of it. Is Tiny Tim considered a classic? I even looked up who Joey lists as influences and I haven’t even heard of half of them.

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She did say that My Funny Valentine by Frank Sinatra is a fave song of hers, and he’s DEFINITELY a classic so I mean, I guess that’s a possibility but – um hi Melinda Doolittle – you can’t compete with this so don’t try!

JAX

UGH. I don’t even know. I’m sure if she saw the laundry list of folks that were recommended to her – seriously who are her fans recommending Demi Lovato? NOT AN AMERICAN CLASSIC! Can we agree you need to be at least 30 to be considered a classic? I mean, that’s how it goes with cars? I could also see her doing some kind of NY classic, since she’s from there. While I was looking up Joey’s influences, I looked up Jax’ as well and all of her favorite songs are DEFINITELY classics! Bridge Over Troubled Water (which I imagine she likes because of her dad being a firefighter and post-9/11 influence of the song), Bobby McGee and Don’t Rain on My Parade. If she sang any of these I’d pick Bobby McGee!

Ok so that’s it. I know the spoilers are out there but since I already wrote this I’m not going to look and just hope for the best with my picks!

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American Idol – Please Define Gravy.

Tonight was interesting. Kind of annoying but mostly entertaining, which is what I like in a Reality Competition Show. I mentioned how the theme was kind of annoying and basically the most vague thing ever because it wasn’t even #1 songs, it was like, songs on Billboard from 2012 – present or something.

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Also, when they were introducing the double-mentors tonight, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Derulo (talk about people I know nothing about), was it just me or was the stuff on Jason Derulo like, made up or something? The only thing I remember about him is that he dated Jordan Sparks, and when he came on Idol to help write a song or something and he had like, a full neck brace thing.

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I think maybe he fell while he was breakdancing? I can’t remember… but something like that. I checked him out on the Hot 100 and he actually did have a hit with the song Whatcha Say (remember how I said there were songs I didn’t think I knew but when I listened to them, I realized I’d heard them – this was one of those songs). Turns out the only song I really know of his is called Riding Solo, which I’m not a big fan of. Florida Georgia Line has never had a Hot 100 hit, but I imagine they’re all over the Country charts.

So as for the song choices, I was literally half right.

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Not as right as I thought I’d be, but right enough I suppose. And I was happy with most folks song choices so it worked out. Lets get into the actual performances, shall we?

Jax – Poker Face

Is it just me or is Jax trying to sing more and more like Joey? I don’t know if they just have somewhat similar styles with very different looks, so I didn’t notice it at first? Anyway, I hated this performance. Her voice is fine but I didn’t like this arrangement. Jax is a very polarizing contestant for me. I see her star power but I just don’t know if I like her or her voice.

Jen is very right in her comments that it wasn’t relatable and she didn’t connect to it. Also, her bun is really bothering me and I’m gonna need her to fix her hair immediately. A crawler? What the fuck is a crawler? I tried googling it and nothing even came up. However twitter was rife with comments.

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Nick Fradiani – Teenage Dream

Well I knew he was singing this or Adele so there’s that. And here’s the thing Nick, you are not Blaine Anderson. I did like when you got a little more “rock” toward the end though which helped me separate the performances. So good on you for that. Also now I kind of want to see Chris Daughtry try this song on stage. Also can we just take a moment to remember the second time Blaine sang Teenage Dream in NY at karaoke night? Let’s just only let Darren Criss sing Katy Perry songs (and never let Harry).

Quentin Alexander – Latch

This was the biggest – Whaaaaa? – as far as song choice was concerned. I definitely thought Rayvon was going to sing Latch. But I will say, I really liked hearing Jason Derulo sing it so maybe he isn’t a terrible singer? You wouldn’t know it from his actual songs… But back to Quentin. I was pretty confident he could sing it and that it was something out of his comfort zone (although it sure seemed to fit in his comfort zone, didn’t it?). I liked it. There were definitely some off notes but they weren’t like, screeeeeech bad. They were just… well they weren’t great. The performance was wonderful though and I was totally fine with it. I love his opinions on art and style. It’s great. He truly is an artist. But seriously… those fingernails. If you thought twitter was talking about JLo’s bun? They were positively buzzing over Quentins weird ass nails.

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Joey Cook – Wrecking Ball

I loved the crab hands thing that Jason was talking about. Joey “Crab Hands” Cook. It’s always bothered me that she does that and I’m glad he said something. And I hate her mouth… ugh. I think Miley did this better. Miley had so much emotion in her performance where Joey just did not. And how she was just holding her hand open instead of just clawing them up – it didn’t make it better. So anyway, Miley was better. And this wasn’t different enough.

Clark Beckham – Make It Rain

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I was saying it would be Tyanna or Clark when wondering who would be the next one picked. (and then my internal monologue went – God I hope Tyanna gets some votes. She had two not so great performances in a row. I’m scared) But back to Clark and his excellence. I’m also glad he did this performance. It was better, just as I thought it would be, than the original, by FAR. Hello best performance of the night, even without hearing anyone else. I had to rewind it and watch it again. This was just magnificent. Just keep doing what you’re doing, pal!

Tyanna Jones – Stay

Way to go America. I wanted it to be Tyanna and it was! As for whether I thought she’d sing Rihanna, obviously, I did not. I thought she did it very well though. I don’t know the Rihanna song well enough to compare the performance so in that regard, I probably like it even more. She did a really good job controlling her voice. And way to get back to a much better vocal performance! And then she was crying and then I was crying and then Zack was crying. Ok Zack definitely wasn’t  crying… or even paying attention. But I was, and it was emotional. Aw grammies. They’re the best.

So for the record, pre-performance I felt I was not going to vote. I was mostly fine with the idea of letting them go up for the live vote without my input. They both picked songs that played to their strengths, and they it was obvious they knew what they were doing with their respective performances. They brought out all the stops they had left as the only two contestants who have currently been saved on the show.

As for Rayvon, singing Adele – Rayvons voice is just like butter. As he was singing, I was just like – yeah, I’m definitely voting. When he kind of loosened up at the end it was what I needed it to be. The thing is, Outkast, that isn’t a song you have to sing. You don’t have to show off your voice. You’re just performing, which Qaasim is so good at! He might be the best performer on the show next to Quentin. So, spoiler alert: I voted for Rayvon. Multiple times. Because ultimately this is a singing competition. Not a performer competition.

With 2 minutes to spare in the voting, Qaasim had over 1K votes more. With no minutes left, he had about 500 less votes. 4,800 to 4,300. So you could say I was more than surprised when I heard that Qaasim was going home, as I was in the act of coming to terms with Rayvon going home. But I was happy to see Rayvon safe for another week, however I feel like it will be his last safe week, unless he has an even better performance that he’s hiding from us?

So with that, here’s who’s left! And who I voted for 🙂

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American Idol – Billboard Night Predictions

Hi all! So, another Wednesday is upon us and American Idol is all new tonight with Billboard’s Hot 100 as the theme I thought the theme was #1 songs, and so I did some research about all the Billboard #1 songs – it’s no short list. There have been over 1,000 #1 songs since they started the poll in 1958, coincidentally the year my mom was born! In fact, it was started the exact WEEK she was born and the first #1 song was called Poor Little Fool by Ricky Nelson. Also, since I was already checking it out, Chicago’s Hard to Say I’m Sorry was #1 when I was born, many years later.

There are actually a lot of interesting facts about the Hot 100, many of which you’ll probably hear tonight. For example, Boyz II Men and  Mariah Carey’s One Sweet Day has the longest consecutive run in first place with 16 weeks! There have been only 22 artists to have a song debut at #1. I honestly thought there would be way more than that! And an American Idol holds the record for biggest/quickest climb to #1. Kelly Clarksons My Life Would Suck Without You went from 97th to 1st from one week to the next! And many of the Idols winning songs, have been #1 on the charts as well (Kelly, Carrie and Clay Aiken if you’ll count him even though he wasn’t a winner)! If you love trivia, here’s a great link for you to check out all the fun stats!  Let me just say that the Bee Gees were like, SUPER popular in their heyday. I mean, great band, I’m just a little surprised at just how well they did.

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Anyway, as is the usshhzzz (how do you spell that? the abbreviated word for usually? ush? yoush? does it matter?) I saw all the songs getting sung tonight. The good thing is that I didn’t see who’s singing them. This is actually my favorite. I love knowing what’s going to be sung and then guessing who is going to sing it. They haven’t done this in like, 2 years so it’s nice to see they did it tonight! So, here are the list of songs we get to hear:

“Hey Ya!” – Outkast
“Poker Face” – Lady Gaga
“Set Fire To The Rain” – Adele
“Make It Rain” – Ed Sheeran
“Stay” – Rihanna
“Wrecking Ball” – Miley Cyrus
“Teenage Dream” – Katy Perry
“Latch” – Disclosure

My issue with the list – I thought it was supposed to be #1 songs, not just songs ON the list!

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I can say for certain that these songs would be ones I’ve heard if they’ve been #1 on the hot 100 list. I knew every single Hot 100 song until I was looking around 1975… and even back to 1958 I bet there were only a handful of songs I’d never heard. I googled the ones that didn’t look familiar and I had heard most of them at some point. So I did a quick Wiki search of the songs I was relatively sure weren’t a #1 song.

Make it Rain by Ed Sheeran – the highest it got was #34 and Latch by someone called Disclosure (although f/ Sam Smith who I do know), peaked at #28! Then I just decided to look them all up and the only other “not #1” was Stay by Rihanna. Which I should’ve known. I mean, if you wanted to sing Rihanna, she has #1 songs on there. Rihanna has had 9 singles reach #1 and she was featured on 3 songs that did. I mean come on. But I digress. Why did you have to pick Stay? It peaked at #13 so was it really that great a song? Do Lisa Loeb’s Stay! That at least was a #1 song!

I listened to the two songs I’d never heard – Latch and Make it Rain. Now there are some guys that should have a #1 single by now! What is America doing with themselves, anyway? Ok sorry, tangent there… After listening to both, I’m relatively certain Rayvon will sing Latch. He’s got a Sam Smith quality about him that I’m sure will shine (even if he does go home tonight). As for the Ed Sheeran one, I’d like to believe it’s Clark, but it could definitely be Nick. I think Clark could make it sound even better than the almost techno/autotuned version I heard on YouTube. Why on earth would you autotune Ed Sheeran’s voice? I don’t get it? Anyway, I think Clark’s got this angsty gem all day!

As for the obvious song choices well, I wouldn’t say any of them were totally obvious. Jax – the queen of the twitter reveal – already said she’s singing Gaga so obviously Poker Face is her song. I’m totally cool with this and based on the numerous covers, I think she’ll do great. May I suggest though,

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The Rachel Berry/Idina Menzel version.

I mean, her voice is a more exaggerated version of Rachels voice already so I think it would work perfectly (she doesn’t even come close to Idina). I also have to believe that Qaasim is doing Hey Ya. It just makes sense. And he’s not really good at not picking the obvious song choice. Good song choice for him though. Doesn’t really involve singing so that will probably help him (although ideally he’ll be in the bottom 2 tonight).

That leaves us with Adele, Rihanna, Miley and Katy. And yet the remaining contestants are Joey, Tyanna, Nick, Quentin. Quentin has already covered Adele so I’m doubtful he’ll do Set Fire to the Rain, but I mean, I’d be TOTALLY fine with it if he did.  Something tells me he’s going to be covering the Rihanna song though. It’s got a good angst to it that Quentin just DOES. Yeah. I’m gonna need him to do Stay. But then who would sing Adele? Based on the remaining contestants I’d have to guess Tyanna, but why do I feel like she’s going to sing Teenage Dream? I just don’t see Nick singing it and I see Joey doing Wrecking Ball. I hope she goes deep with it to. I’m gonna need her to or she could be out with yesterdays leftovers. She was good last week but I’m still remembering that performance from two weeks ago and I need to forget that. Ok so we have Quentin singing Stay, Joey singing Wrecking Ball. That leaves either Tyanna or Nick singing Set Fire to the Rain and Teenage Dream.  I’m gonna go Tyanna singing Katy and Nick singing Adele… but that doesn’t sit well with me.

So to recap, I’m guessing the night will looks like this –

QAASIM MIDDLETON – “Hey Ya!” – Outkast
JAX – “Poker Face” – Lady Gaga
NICK FRADIANI – “Set Fire To The Rain” – Adele
CLARK BECKHAM – “Make It Rain” – Ed Sheeran
QUENTIN ALEXANDER – “Stay” – Rihanna
JOEY COOK – “Wrecking Ball” – Miley Cyrus
TYANNA JONES – “Teenage Dream” – Katy Perry
RAYVON OWEN – “Latch” – Disclosure

Oh and just for shits and giggles, this came up while I was looking up something about Wrecking Ball and I just want everyone to relive this moment in history because I could watch this guy REGULARLY! DO MORE OF THESE, DUDE! Call Me Maybe was totes my favorite!

I guess we’ll see 🙂 Hope everyone enjoys the episode tonight!

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American Idol – The #1 Idol and a Twitter Twist

Ok so, I tuned in like, 2 minutes late… maybe it was 5. I was doing dishes so I was kind of watching but I didn’t start listening to the show until Rueben Studdard was walking out, which I was like – oh that’s cool. I wonder what song he’ll sing? – I mean, they let the Hoff sing last week for a solid 5 minutes, so I’m sure they would let an American Idol winner (besides the guest of honor) belt out a tune, right? – Yeah… not so much. Seems the producers were thinking “We’re not going to actually let a winning Idol contestant sing. I mean we already have Kelly performing, who else do we need?” I mean to me it seemed a little rude (to both Ruben and Candice!)

I got over it pretty quickly though after Ryan mentioned the twist we’d all been waiting for. I guess I wasn’t paying attention last week because I don’t remember anyone talking about a twist, and part of me was just thinking – is this going to be some kind of elaborate April Fool’s prank? So, the twist… I didn’t know how to feel about it. Has there ever been a live reality tv show vote? I’ve never seen it in my days of reality tv watching, and I watch a lot of reality competitions.

It’s somewhat of an ingenious trick for the Idol producers. You’re telling the fans they have to watch LIVE so they can make sure their favorite performer is saved? This is going to get a whole lot more weird for my life. This is supposed to be a bit of a closeted obsession after all. Who am I kidding? I’m talking about Idol all the time. Everyone knows where I stand. This isn’t about me (although it is about the times I DVR and don’t watch it until it’s been on for an hour… I guess that will have to stop. It wasn’t that regular of a thing to begin with. What it made me wonder though, was:

1. Will people join twitter that don’t have it, in order to vote?

2. Would this help me or hurt me as it relates to Daniel Seavey?

3. Will people on the west coast be bitter they aren’t able to watch/vote? Will they vote just based on who they like even though they haven’t seen the performance?

4. At what age does one acquire a twitter account? I mean, Daniel Seavey has one so I assume you can get twitter whenever you get a phone… whenever that is… ugh.

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So anyway, I will talk more about the Idol save at the end. For now, lets talk about who was safe for the night!

Nick Fradiani – Catch My Breath

Nick had a great performance last week so it didn’t totally surprise me that he was safe this week. This song was always kind of blah to me and I’d usually skip it if it came up on my ipod, but hearing that he did an acoustic cover with his band made me think I could be into it. Post song though – I was not into it. And looking at it in retrospect, I barely remember it compared to other performances of the night. It was utterly forgettable.

Side note – I HATE Jens eye shadow tonight. What is that??? Is she trying to have a “Girl on Fire” moment? This summed up my feelings.

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Jax – Beautiful Disaster

Crazy that Kelly didn’t have notes for her and gave permission to diss the judges should they not like her performance. The more I thought about it, the more I thought that if she nailed the song, it would really fit her. So when she actually got on stage and started singing – Um Yeah.

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And I mean, I still think Kelly singing it is perfection too (more, really). I just loved it because she made it her own but still kept most of the integrity of the song. It just worked. The whole thing worked.

People Like Us – Group

This just makes me think that they’ve got a little way to go before they out on tour and I’m surprised to hear them say it was better than it was in rehearsal. Glad we didn’t hear that one. Yikes.

Tyanna – Mr. Know It All

I kind of understand how they were talking about a “dark moments” in the song and whatnot, but to be honest I never heard that when listening to the song. I always imagined a “I’m so much better than you” Cher kind of attitude singing that song? Either way, I didn’t think this was Tyanna’s best performance. It wasn’t Circle of Life bad, but it felt disconnected to me. She wa so close to having the attitude for this song. It just wasn’t totally there, unfortunately.

Joey Cook – Miss Independent

Yeah. I’m into this. I’m into it. I’m dancing along. I love the horns in the background.I really loved everything about this. I thought the take on it was very original (and I assume it was her arrangement this time? I didn’t hear her credit anyone else). I liked Harry’s take on jazz music. I feel like that’s kind of silly, though. I mean, that’s Joey’s style. She’s dressed like that and given that style of performance for her entirety of the show, so why bring it up now? If I were him I’d just blog about it, post show. No need to bring it up on the show.

And FINALLY.

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THE.BEST. She’s just the best. I love her. She’s everything. I mean she’s the reason I loved the show to begin with. She’s what got me in to this whole mess 🙂

Quentin Alexander – Dark Side

I love Quentins look tonight. And I want a duet of Quentin and Kelly like, yesterday (and a Clark/Kelly one too for that matter). She’s right about how he portrays emotion with his eyes. Man is she right. As I said before, a ton of people do not know this song, so Quentin could really make it like his own song. I didn’t even think about Kelly singing the song while listening to Quentin. And I mean, talk about songs I’m going to be downloading (and I have an iTunes gift card so, win win). I mean, can he just kind of morph into Prince? I need him to do a Prince cover before this season is over.

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Qaasim Middleton – Stronger

Qaasim Qaasim Qaasim… man was I surprised to hear your name. I guess folks really weren’t ready for you to go home like I was. I did really liked this version of the song but as far as his vocals – nope. not quite dear. Yeah, I did not like this.

Clark Beckham – The Trouble With Love Is

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Ok so this is kind of like the Falling Slowly equivalent of me loving a song. I love this song because of the movie Love Actually. I love his style. And you wanna talk about eyes that just make you melt. Clark is it for me. His voice – stellar. Those eyelashes – overwhelming.

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Panty.Melter.

Daniel Seavey – Breakaway

So he has laryngitis. Poor kid. I think maybe this is a sign from god that your time on the show should come to an end? I didn’t think this performance was great. I mean, maybe it was better than Lazaro when he sang it, but to me, singing Lazaro songs just make me think that you shouldn’t be here, even more. I also didn’t have any sympathy towards his laryngitis. This was just lackluster to me, to say the least.

Rayvon Owen – Since U Been Gone

Sorry but this song just isn’t a slow song for me. Your voice though, you’re like, the Maserati of voices where Daniel is… not a Maserati. And for that, I shall vote for you sir. I still think he’s bottom 2 material but he definitely deserved it more than Daniel tonight.

So, interestingly enough, I checked out twitter while this whole “IdolSave” was going on. I was intrigued. I never saw either #Save______ hashtag trending, but Idol was, and my personal newsfeed was FULL of people voting (mostly for Rayvon thankfully). As it stood right before the announcement, it was pretty obvious to me, who was safe… Rayvon was winning by a solid 3K re-tweets, not even including people who just tweeted on their own.

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It was a little surprising that they were re-tweeted only around 12K times. I don’t know how much more I thought it would be, but I thought it would be more than 12K. I mean, tens of millions of people watch the show. So it was just interesting. And now I wonder how many more will tweet next week, or if the level of tweets will go up based on who is in the bottom?

And now, in case you were wondering who I was voting for (post the #SaveRayvon tweets I was sending out:

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American Idol – The Idol Returns

You know the best thing about a Kelly Clarkson-centric night? Listening to Kelly Clarkson songs all day to get ready! The Gold Standard American Idol. The thing about her songs is, when you think you have a favorite, another one comes on and you’re just like, oh wait, nevermind. I mean, the long and the short of it is, Kelly Clarkson:

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So, what I was going to do was guess what everyone would be singing tonight, as I am want to do… and did, I just hadn’t posted it… but then TVLine went and posted the song list and then I accidentally (ok purposefully) looked.

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Not the song choices… just that I felt dumb posting my guesses when the right answers were already out there. Bumtown. Anyway, here’s the list of what the contestants are singing, should they make it through to the Top 08:

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So, I figured the fun thing would be to talk about the contestants song choices. The good thing with this is that I know all the songs! Why? Well because I have the entire Kelly Clarkson collection on my ipod, and I’ve been listening to my spotify playlist dedicated to her all day. Duh. I had to re-listen to Dark Side because it didn’t come to mind immediately. I don’t know how I forgot it when I listened to it, but it happens to the best of us.

So, in that regard, I think Quentin and Nick have the easiest chance tonight. Even the song Clark is singing (from the amazing Love Actually soundtrack). They’re all lesser known Clarkson songs that the lay person might not have heard. It’s always better to do a song people aren’t familiar with, as opposed to the gold standard. Notice that NO ONE is singing A Moment Like This! I don’t know how Amber Holcomb wasn’t thrust into the  bottom 3 or sent home over her atrocious rendition of the song. The fact that no one is singing it just makes me hope that Clarkson will sing it to open the show.

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In that same vein, I think Joey, Daniel, Rayvon and Qaasim are going to have very critical nights. These are some of her most well known songs (minus her Victory song) and to me, if you can’t live up to Kelly, don’t even do it like Kelly! People like Joey understand this. People like Daniel definitely don’t. Unfortunately I think if Rayvon does perform, he’s going to do it exactly like the original and not fair very well. I definitely think he has the biggest uphill battle with his song choice. It’s not his sound, it’s nothing I would’ve picked (I thought he should sing I Surrender – which I know is a Celine song but I was thinking they would let contestants sing songs Kelly performed on Idol too, since they like to stretch their parameters). I am definitely glad they actually chose all Kelly Clarkson songs though.

I think overall the people with the best song choices are Jax and Quentin, which isn’t surprising. Beautiful Disaster is RIGHT in Jax’ comfort zone, and the same goes for Quentin but he has the added pleasure (as mentioned above) of most people not knowing his song. And the good thing about his song is that the lyrics really seem like they go with him. This will potentially be my favorite performance of the night. I should say Tyanna has a good chance to just keep on succeeding with Mr. Know it All. It’s definitely the right song for her voice. I just wish she’d picked Since U Been Gone. Or Breakaway. I think she’d be so much more memorable with one of those songs, but who knows – this could surprise me and be my favorite performance. Her performances are always close to my favorites anyway.

Also, in case you were wondering what I picked for the contestants song choices, you can check it out below:

Joey – People Like Us. It fits with her whole Kiwi motto. I think it’s kind of out of her comfort zone and just right for her to somewhat redeem herself from last week. I actually looked up Kelly Clarkson songs on the Postmodern Jukebox website and didn’t see anything, so no help there.

Jax – My Life Would Suck Without You or if she wants to go deeper, may I suggest Be Still, from the My December cd. I mean really if you’re going to go deep with a Kelly song, the My December cd is like, practically your textbook. That’s a lot of lyrics to learn though, for a song you’ve most likely never heard before.

Tyanna – I could also see Tyanna singing People Like Us or Gone. I think I’d like to see Gone more because I think it fits Tyannas voice more. I actually think Tyanna has the most Clarkson like voice (Clarkson is still better but ask me about Tyanna after the Idol tour when she has a little more experience).

Clark – It’s weird, I know, but I think Clark should try Wrapped in Red, yeah it’s kind of a Christmas song, but I think he’d do it really well (sitting at the piano, obvs). I also think Where is Your Heart would be a good one for him.

Quentin – Breakaway or Beautiful Disaster, if no one else takes it.

Rayvon – Have y’all heard the song Sober from the My December cd? It’s so good. It’s really an under-rated cd of hers. Many think it’s the worst but I think it’s the 2nd best (next to Breakaway). It would be perfect for Rayvon because it’s lilting but still deep and I know they’re trying to get Rayvon to have a little more depth in his performances. I think this is the way to do it. Or, if they’re being weird with their song choices, I’d love to see him cover I Surrender, a Celine Dion song that Kelly sang in her season.

Nick – Behind These Hazel Eyes (does he have hazel eyes? I hope so, that would be ideal)

Qaasim – Stronger or Since U Been Gone. He needs a song that is less singing and more entertainment.

Daniel – Beautiful Disaster – but only because that’s what I think of you on this season of Idol, Danny.

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