The River's Badge

Thursday, March 27, 2008

A.I. - Yi! Yi! Yi!

Hey, I thought the contestants were supposed to get better over time!

What the hell happened this week?? Granted, they had to choose songs from the year they were born. And I guess it's not their fault that they were born in crappy years. Still.....

But then, who am I to talk? If I had to sing a song from the year I was born, it would be, apparently, either:

The Yellow Rose Of Texas
Autumn Leaves
Rock Around The Clock
Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing

or my two favorites:

The Ballad Of Davy Crockett
and
Sixteen Tons
"You load sixteen tons; whaddya get? Another year older and deeper in debt"

Yea, let's do that one!

And in a Tennessee Ernie Ford deep bass voice. With, of course, the finger-snapping.

So, in retrospect, I guess the songs they sang this week weren't that crappy after all.

But I digress.

I'm not going to give a rundown of each performanzzzzzzz..............Oops! Because, most of them were snoozers.

But let me highlight a few things that I noticed this week.....

Jason, Jason, Jason........You gotta step it up, kid! What the heck? Did you take some Nytol before your big number? I was afraid you were gonna slide off that stool; you were so sleepy.

I like Jason as much as the next person. I think he's got a goofy, Vinny Barbarino-type personality. You be the judge:





But, c'mon, Jason! You can do better, so DO BETTER!

And now a word about Kristy Lee Cook. Yes, Simon was right; she did make a very clever song choice. Hey, if you're on the ropes, go patriotic! However, she frankly didn't do a very good job on the song. I think, to sing that song well, you need to have some power in your voice. She didn't, really.

Compare:






The other thing that was impossible to miss, during the show, were the BLINDING WHITE LIGHTS!!! while Michael Johns was performing (!)



My eyesight still hasn't quite returned to normal.

So, I guess they were really pushing Michael this week, you think? YIKES! But, to me, while he sang on key and everything, he seemed to be saying, "See what a good singer I am?" I'm reminded of the line that Simon used awhile back, addressing a different contestant; "You're not as good as you think you are."

Which leads me to..........DAVID COOK!!! Give it up!! I pegged it awhile back, before all the hype and hoopla, so props to me! I'm glad others have come to realize how good he is!

In conclusion, the best performance this week occurred during the results show.

I didn't know anything about this artist, because I did not watch Season 2 of AI, but I was mightily impressed.

Here's Kimberley Locke:



(P.S. This could be recorded as a modern country song.)

EDIT: Oops, I guess it HAS been recorded as a country song. What do I know? I don't listen to the radio. Sorry.













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