Idol Thoughts: The Top 12


This week the Top 12 was introduced and then whittled down ever so slightly to the Top 11. They sang the songs they auditioned with on Wednesday night and a “party” song on Thursday for the theme “Get This Party Started”.

The highlight of the week for me was Joey Cook’s rendition of ‘Fancy’ by Iggy Azalea. I’m always a fan of musicians taking well known songs and turning them on their heads – when done well, it’s always a lot of fun and Joey Cook did really well in my opinion.

Adanna Duru sang ‘Runaway Baby’ by Bruno Mars and continues to be fantastic. She was one of my Top 3 this week so either she’s rising the ranks or other people are falling behind. Or both.

The judges seemed super amped up about Rayvon Owen’s rendition of ‘Burn’ but honestly I didn’t love it. He sounded out of breath and out of his element. Wednesday night he sang his audition song, ‘Wide Awake’ and it was MUCH better and firmly in his wheel house. I didn’t think Rayvon could go wrong but he stumbled this week for me. That said, he’s still in my Top 3 because:

I was kinda disappointed in Jax this week and thought that Clark and Quentin were just okay even though the judges seemed super jazzed about them. I really like Nick when I’m watching him but I’ve noticed that I get less excited about his performances by the time I get to my computer to type stuff. But like the folks mentioned above, he also got all 20 votes from me this week. So.

Also can we talk about Daniel Seavey? I get it – it’s a novelty that he can pretty much sing even though  he’s basically a baby. But why is he still here? He’s a sweet kid but he’s nowhere close to the other contestants vocally. Also apologies to Maddie Walker who I’ve pretty much never blogged about. Her voice is nice, I LOVE her hair but her music simply isn’t my cup of tea. I will acknowledge that she did a good job this week – probably her best vocal to date.

Who are you loving on Idol this season?

Who are you so completely over?


American Idol’s Gone Country

This week the folks at Idol got back to MY roots with country week. I’m sure a lot of people across the globe (my husband included) groaned a little when they saw this. I groaned a little bit less. Country music is not my favorite genre but I think I can fairly well judge it as I don’t hate it, and I lived in Kentucky for almost ten years. I’ve heard a lot of it – I learned to sing with country music (Reba is my home girl). Okay fine, I like country music. I just like a lot of other genres more. Which means – if their performances aren’t good – I’m going to be pretty critical or at the very least bored, which doesn’t say much for them either. Here’s how they did in my quasi humble opinion:

Michael Sarver, Sun Comes Up: This was a good old fashioned fun time. Was it his best vocals? No, how could it be? That was hardly the point – this was about kicking back, engaging the audience and having a blast – and he did that in spades. Or something. I don’t know – the judges were not so much loving it, but I think any of his fans will have eaten that ish up. I enjoyed it, even though I couldn’t understand a word he said.

Allison Iraheta, Blame It On Your Heart: I think I might be in love with Allison’s voice. She had better get a record deal out of this (assuming she doesn’t win) because I love love love her music. I love this song – a lot – my husband groaned a little (or a lot) when I started singing along (to be fair, Allison sang it way better than I did). The judges love her – no duh – what’s not to love?

Kris Allen, To Make You Feel My Love: The judges were over the moon for this performance. I was over it. I get it, he’s cute – he has a decent voice. But really? Is he REALLY that good? I gotta be honest, I was mostly just bored.

Lil Rounds, Independence Day: Okay so this wasn’t her best performance, but all I mean by that is that she is amazing and going places and oh my god and this song was just really good. She’s not a country star, but she clearly wanted to try it anyway – honestly, okay. Her voice is beautiful and she did a good job – but it’s hard not to compare her to her usual swaggering self. I still love me some Lil’ Rounds and I’m assuming she’ll be fine. (Right?)

Adam Lambert, Ring of Fire: “Are you wearing an Aluminum suit?” “Are you in a rocket?” “Are you David Bowie?” If you got that reference you win 100 cool kids points. Moving on, my point – this performance was out there – it was that kind of Bowie-esque performance that I felt an artist would pull out after really well establishing themselves because let’s be honest, it was weird. And it was so busy being weird and hypnotic that there didn’t seem to be much time left for strong vocals. Which is fine. I just said that was fine for Oil Rig Guy – but this isn’t oil rig guy, it’s Adam Lambert. I love Adam Lambert. I guess I expect more from him? My husband, by the way, bless his stuck in the 70s soul, loved this performance. It was like the first and only time he smiled all night. The judges looked equally baffled and maybe a little violated and confused. Or maybe I’m just vaguely quoting Kara.

Scott McIntyre, Wild Angels: I’ll be honest, I somehow tuned this performance out. It was fine – it sounded like most of his songs. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s talented, but in all truthfulness, he’s not an artist whose record I’d buy. I’d just admire it a ton and nod my head in enthusiasm in polite company. Some weird fight broke out over “to piano or not to piano” and it was kind of awkward and I might have gotten up to get a snack around here.

Alexis Grace, Jolene: I definitely got up to get a snack because although I remember hearing Alexis sing, I  cannot remember my reaction to it – I remember the judges disagreeing some more (I think) and that Alexis looked a little unkempt – like in a sweaty, tired kind of way that I don’t remember seeing before. She’s still adorable and I love her voice. I might have loved the performance if I’d been listening like I was supposed to.

Danny Goeke, Jesus Take The Wheel: This song got on my nerves, from the very topic of the song, to this weird ranting about not turning to god to solve all your problems that my husband and I got into, rather than being forced to listen to the whole song (this was an us agreeing rant by the way). Danny has a nice voice and a lot of people loved it but my husband and I kind of agreed with Simon (about him looking ridiculous) and that was that. A pregnant woman by the way? Should not be forced to listen to those lyrics. Yikes – add black ice to my list of now irrational fears. Thank God Spring is coming.

Anoop Desai, Always On My Mind: Oh my wow. I was just in raptures over this performance. Anoop Dogg is back in the house – this might have been my favorite performance of the night and my favorite Anoop performance ever. This boy clearly thrives under pressure (better late than never) and I think we were all reminded why we love him. He’s like that surprise you never see coming but it turns out to be the best surprise EVER.

Megan Joy, I Go Walking After Midnight: Love her. Love that the awkward wiggly dance was back (as much as I liked her actually moving her legs last week, we’ve come to love the awkward). I think the song suited her well and while it wasn’t without a couple of spotty moments, overall? Loved her. And the fact that she was sick as a dog the whole time? Commendable (even though even from across the tv screen I kept kind of cringing over the germs ick factor. Hope she wasn’t contagious…)

Matt Giraud, So Small: Okay fine – I’ll admit, I turned the tv off before he even came on stage. I don’t care. I’m sure he was fine. I have yet to be blown away by him and I was tired (and pregnant tired at that) so I went to bed. If you stayed up to listen to his song – please comment and tell me how he did.

So who did you love? Who did you hate? Who do you think will be saying auf weidershein tonight?

Choose Your Own Idol Adventure: Who’s In Your Top Three?

Seems like everyone is doing a write up of last night’s American Idol and you know I don’t like to be left out of things. I’m very much confused / annoyed with the voting process this year. It’s kind of weird to know that nine of the performers last night will not be coming back. For a lot of them, it’s kind of no love lost. Especially where the ladies are concerned. Early in this season I was really impressed with a lot of them, but most of last night’s girls really dropped the ball. If I had to choose a favorite I guess it would be:

Alexis Grace – to be perfectly honest I found her performance kind of, um, boring. But her talent speaks for itself and she’s so cute and likable. The only other strong female performance, and it weirds me out to say this, was:

Tatiana Del Toro. The laughing crying hysterical nut case that I was loathing all night and then she comes on, barely giggles at all and belts out a great performance. And it was weird. And I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt that maybe she’s normal and had no idea how weird she was acting and is trying to be normal now and not crazy. But I still couldn’t vote for her – that said, if she were to put out an album, I can’t imagine there’d much giggling on the CD… which might not suck. I just don’t know. And I think I prefer Alexis still, even if her performance did bore me a bit.

Then there were the guys. First there was that Brady Bunch guy, Rick Braddy, whom I’d never heard of before last night. I loved his performance, his voice, everything. I think he kept it tame because that’s what worked for the song, but what do I know? Having just met him last night, I don’t think there is much chance we’ll be seeing him again.

Brent Keith sang some good old country music about being a hick and I thought he did a fantastic job. I was surprised at the judges response and then a bit disheartened by the bitterness in his retort, despite agreeing with him. Now I do not consider myself a country music fan, but I did live in Kentucky for 10 years so I’ve heard a lot of it and I thought he was GOOD. I bet he lands a contract regardless of the outcome of this episode because he had talent.

Michael Sarver sang “I Don’t Wanna Be” by Gavin DeGraw. I’ve liked him, he’s likable, he’s the oil rig guy, which for some reason is fun to say, but his performance was pretty lackluster in a really weird way. I commented to the hubby last night that the problem was that he was too happy – dude was on cloud nine last night and could not get that smile off his face OR out of his voice. I know, what a weird complaint. But this song I think would sound better with a bit of serious determination – it’s a harder song than what he made it and it just didn’t have the right energy. That said, he is talented and I won’t kick and scream much if he makes it through.

Then there’s Danny Gokey, America’s Favorite it would seem (I’ve noticed that only a small handful of people have professional pictures up that can be found via Google Image Search – I wonder if that has any bearing on tonight’s results – so far Danny, Tatiana and Alexis are the only ones I’ve found) there is no denying his talent. There’s no denying the tragedy and sadness of his recent past. I can’t imagine his pain or how he manages to keep going and go this far in the competition. He’s incredible. I get it. Pleasedon’thatemehe’snotmyfavorite. He’s not. Because man…

Anoop Dog is in the house. Or should be. Personally I loved his rendition of Monica’s “Angel Of Mine.” I think maybe the judges were expecting another high energy performance, but I thought his performance was really well done and man there is just something about him that I love. I can see him going far. I vote Anoop Desai.

Who were your favorites from last night’s idol? If you could pick the top three, who would be coming back for your Top 12?