Focus problem for Ryan on the opening shot there. Wooohhh! Extreme out of focus close-up. That was almost highly dramatic. Almost.
Judges are walking on from backstage?! What is this? With an introduction from the commercial announcer? No. Me no likey. And Ryan is now walking down a huge lit staircase. Ummm....no, Ryan. I didn't like it. And a new fancy sparkling set! The band isn't usually visible like that. I like the new set. That is all.
Kara's wearing body glitter! Fancy! Paula is wearing feathers, gold lame and body glitter! Tacky and fancy! And the top 13 have stylists now! It isn't so noticeable on some, but it's completely apparent on others. Kind of worried that Lil Rounds and Danny Gokey are so near the beginning of the rotation. And speaking of elimination, two people get cut tomorrow. I wondered if they were going to do that. It's not like they can extend the season one week just because they decided to add an extra person.
Tonight's theme: Michael Jackson! Sweet. This is going to be awesome...or awful...which will also be awesome.
Okay - rather than reordering all the singers according to my favorites, I'm going to put a picture of the singer with my critique. That way, you'll know my favorites. :)
Lil Rounds - "The Way You Make Me Feel"
Pretty flawless vocal performance. Paula is up dancing. I'm not sure Lil deserves it. That was a little boring to me with her stage presence. Great voice though. (Did you see the video screen on the floor in front of the judges?! Awesome!) Everyone's wearing body glitter tonight! Diggity and I completely agree with Simon. On all counts.
Scott MacIntyre - "Keep the Faith"
I loved Scott's video package. His family seems awesome. I've never heard this song before. This seems like a really good choice for him. Nice run into the falsetto on the bridge. He's had a couple pitch problems. It's not a super well constructed song, but it did the job for him. Loved that he got to play piano. It's hard when he sings a song where he tries to connect with the audience. Him not knowing where to look is a little awkward at times.
Danny Gokey - "PYT"
Cutest. Family. Ever. Not sure about this song. I like the intro. He actually handled that pretty well. Better than I thought he might. I like his voice a LOT. I was a little nervous about the white boy dancing at first, but it got better. He's cute. Go, Danny!
Michael Sarver - "You Are Not Alone"
I love this song. I forgot about it. Get out your lighters and cell phones everybody! Start swaying. Diggity wants Michael to open his mouth when he sings. So do I! OUCH on the bridge. He's so close...so close...just a little higher...OUCH! Okay...I don't think the judges heard the pitchy stuff in the studio. Maybe they'll redeem me tomorrow after they go home and watch the show back.
Ummm...what is on Paula's wrist? It looks like an oversized bedazzled dog tag.
Jasmine Murray - "I'll Be There"
Someone needs to get Jasmine's mom a new wig. Quick. Yikes. More body glitter and a very cute dress. Jasmine's got a good voice, but I'm feeling a little too much beauty pageant vibe in her performance. She sounded good though. That's a tough song. Jasmine's mom has a new wig in the audience! Again, I agree with Simon.
Kris Allen - "Remember the Time"
I saw this tagline in Entertainment Weekly today: "Kris Allen - the AI contestant that gay men and straight women can agree on." It made me laugh. Cutest. Newlyweds. Ever. AWWWW...MATCHING APRONS! Not sure I liked that performance. Some of the notes were terrible. And I would have liked to hear him change the arrangement up a little, maybe. It seems like he has the talent to arrange. He has a lot more energy when he plays guitar. He'll get the cutie patootie vote either way.
Allison Iraheta - "Given In to Me"
I love how she's had that funky style since she was 9 years old. Cute. I'm not familiar with this song. It seems to fit her vibe. I liked her better on the Heart song. She's kind of yelling at me and I don't love it. She's just a-ight for me, dawg.
Anoop Desai - "Beat It"
Matrix lights! I'm not in love with this. He's trying hard and I think he has a nice voice to listen to. But I just don't think you sing that song on Michael Jackson week. Or ever. I actually agree with Paula. That's an untouchable song. Especially if you are going to sing it just the way Michael sang it. Wow, the judges really threw him under the bus. Poor Anoop.
Jorge Nunez - "Never Can Say Goodbye"
I already hate this. Schmaltz city. Jorge has a great voice, but Placido Domingo already has this market cornered. And Marc Anthony has the rest of it cornered. I feel badly, because he's singing the crap out of this song, but I hate it.
Megan Corkrey - "Rockin' Robin"
I thought this was a really fun song choice for her. Awesome. And I'm so glad the stylists got a hold of her. She seems a lot more comfortable. Still a little awkward with the dancing, but fun. I do disagree with Simon on this one. It wasn't the best song, but it wasn't terrible.
Adam Lambert - "Black and White"
This could be cool. I hope it's cool. Please be cool.
COOL! Ok. He's a TOTAL rock star. Truth time - I actually squealed three times. Like a little teenage girl. I didn't love the bridge with the strobe lights, but I really loved the rest of it. Simon just gave him a genuine smile. Wow. I hope people vote for him. I'd hate to see him get Daughtryed. (I just made up that verb. Copyright Macy Robison 2009)
Matt Giraud - "Human Nature"
THIS is what I've been waiting for. Someone to put their spin on a song. 1) I love this song. 2) I love that he is playing the piano. 3) I love that he put his own spin on the song. 4) He reminds me of Justin Timberlake. In a good way. He'd be a dead ringer for him if he had a tiny hat on. That was a one squeal performance. 1-866-IDOLS-12
Alexis Grace - "Dirty Diana"
Totally forgot about her. Whitney - was it you that said her dad was a blues guitarist? Good call.
This is gonna be cool. Great choice for her. I still can't believe that voice comes out of that tiny little girl. I also can't believe she can walk in those heels. She did oversing. Her little girl is adorable. Wow. Having that phone number might hurt her. 1-866-IDOLS-36
I'm voting for:
Adam Lambert & Matt Giraud. I might throw a couple of dials toward Danny & Alexis as well.
Bottom 3 - Jasmine Murray, Jorge Nunez, Anoop Desai
Going Home - Jasmine & Anoop
I'm probably way off. We're at a point in the show where it's unpredictable. Sometimes good people go home because of complacency. People figure the ones who did well are going to be okay, and you get a lot of block votes for people that are well loved but maybe didn't sing well. (What Not To Sing calls this the Sesame Street Effect. You should click over and read about it. Their whole site is awesome.) That's why I think Jorge is going to be okay. He has a whole island voting for him. Vote for the Worst is pushing for Megan Corkrey. They said the "caw caw!" at the end of the performance was a call for them to vote for her. That made me laugh out loud when I read it.
Get out there and vote!