Thursday, March 20, 2008

American Idol - Week Whatever

I didn't think it was possible to make the Beatles songs sound crappy, but apparently, it's do-able.

Admittedly, the contestants only had 28 songs to choose from (for some reason), but it's not so much their choice of songs, but rather their hideous performances (for the most part).

I'm not going to rehash all the diatribes that have been written about Kristy Lee Cook. Suffice it to say, she's never heard Beatles songs before?? Seriously??

And one more thing, Kristy ~ Don't change the melody to a well-known and beloved song of the sixties. You were apparently trying to make it sound country, but all you succeeded in doing was ruining a great song.

But enough about her.

As I was thinking about this week's installment of AI, I started to wonder about something.....Has any contestant made it all the way through by only singing ballads? Because it occurs to me, even this early in the game, that the outcome is sort of a foregone conclusion. Simply because all the "tweens" have obviously made their choice, and they appear to be very single-minded in their adoration.

But what happens if the little guy actually is forced to sing an up-tempo number at some point during the competition? Will it matter? Will it make any difference? Cuz he only has one strong suit, and that's ballads.

Don't get me wrong. I think he's a really good singer. But let me point this out once again......

Isn't it about who is gonna sell records? Who's commercial? Face it, out of six previous seasons, there are only two winners who are actually selling records. And I may be wrong, but I think only those two even have record deals anymore. Oh, excuse me. I guess Jordin still has her deal (duh ~ for now). Oh sure, people were all a-twitter about Mr. Soul Patrol, for example. But did he sell any records? No.

And once the newness wears off, our youngster isn't going to sell records, either.

So, if you're looking at the whole thing objectively, there's one, maybe two, contestants who are, in fact, commercial. I don't know why people keep forgetting that aspect of it. It seems like a no-brainer. I guess everyone just gets caught up in the competition and/or the "cuteness" of the Idol wanna-be's.

And, P.S. to those who are pimping Carly. She had a record deal, and sold 200, count 'em, 200 CD's.

So, to rehash this week's performances, they went something like this:

Blah, blah, blah, YIKES! Blah, blah, blah, ISH. Blah, HEY! Then Blah.

(I might have them somewhat out of order of their actual appearance.)

Once again, let's give it up for David Cook (commercial!)

And no, he actually is as good as he thinks he is, Simon.

But to give the little guy his due, this was, to me, begrudgingly, the best performance of the night:

A couple of postscripts, if I may:
  • For those who were so enthralled by Syesha's performance of "Yesterday", she didn't hit the high notes. And frankly, I fast-forwarded through the second half of her song, because, let's face it, everyone, including my cat, has done that song at one time or another. And, trust me, Bob Cat is just morose enough to pull it off.
  • We can quibble as to whether Kristy or Amanda should have been kicked off first, but I will say that Amanda did not sing one note on key through the entire song. So, comme ci, comme ├ža, as my dad would say.

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