Yep, we’re down to the final 36. Did you catch that? It’s THIRTY-SIX this year. That means THREE nights of 12 performances. Nothing like milking it for all it’s worth. But for better or for worse, here we go.
Tonight it’s Hits from Billboard Hot 100.
A Little Less Conversation — Jackie Tohn: First impression — she’s adorable but I’m not a fan of the shiny spandex. She’s fun, but I’m not sure she’s going to be a stand-out at the end of the night.
Ricky Braddy — He’s not bad but it’s just not my kinda song. Hm. Randy loves it. So does Cara. Maybe it’s just me. Nope. Simon’s on my page. Alrighty then.
Never Loved A Man — Alexis Grace: Simon says she’s one to watch. I dunno about that, but it was the best performance so far.
Hick Town — Brent Keith: He describes it as a “good rockin’ country song” — I’m excited! Oooh, he’s good! Okay, well, he’d be good in a smoky country (or should I say hick town) bar on a Friday night. Not sure he’s Final 12 material. Cara thinks he has more in him. I hope so! Oh no, he’s defending himself against Simon’s critique. I HATE THAT in a contestant. Boo, hiss.
You Belong With Me — Stevie Wright: Oh no. High school talent show-esque. Too bad. She’s adorable. Oh this is painful. Make it stop. I’m so embarrassed for her. I hope Simon doesn’t totally rake her over the coals. And he did. Well, the truth hurts.
Angel of Mine — Anoop Desai: Hate this song. Can’t be objective about the performance. Yikes, I can be objective about THAT — Out. Of. Tune. Okay, so the judges are on my page. Thankyouverymuch.
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic — Casey Carlson: Um, the facial expressions are very distracting. Oh gosh. No. Just no. Cara is my new favorite judge. She’s honest without being mean. And strangely, Paula is better this year.
I feel so badly for these kids having to come back and see their parents while the camera is still on them. I’d dissolve in a heap o’ tears if I had been trashed by the judges and had to come backstage and hug my mommy.
I Don’t Wanna Be — Michael Sarver: I’ve been looking forward to seeing what he will do. Bo Bice did this song and rocked it. This isn’t quite measuring up for me. But his wife is VERY cute.
Natural Woman — Ann Marie Boschovich: This could be a risky song choice. Well, girlfriend can sing. I just don’t think the song tells us what she’s going to be like as an artist (to take a quote right from the judges’ bench). AHA! LOL!!! Randy just said he doesn’t get who she is as an artist. See that? I could be a judge up there. Cara, move over. I’m movin’ on up!
OMG. That girl just put her foot in her mouth two times in five minutes. Someone take the mike away from her.
Stephen Fowler: I hate it when contestants sing Michael Jackon on Idol. I think Stephen needs his piano. Oh look, Kara said that he was better at the piano too. Yeah, the judges aren’t feeling it either.
Tatiana’s next. I’m turning down the volumne a bit. Her laugh makes me want to shove broken glass in my ears.
You’re kidding. She’s singing Whitney. What is UP with the song choices tonight?
Saving All My Love For You — Tatiana Del Toro: Well, you know what, she’s pulling it off. She actually has an incredible voice. Kind of an old fashioned performance, though. Wanna bet one of the judges tell her it isn’t relevant? Hunh. No one said the relevant thing. But they are all wondering “who she is as an artist”. There really are only about five things the judges say. Once you get those down pat, you can pretty much predict the show.
The last contestant tonight is Danny Gokey, and he is my pick for American Idol ’09. I hope he doesn’t let me down. Not sure about this song choice, though.
Hero — Danny Gokey: Well, if it’s possible for a guy to pull off this song, he’s doing it. I’d still have prefered something more modern. The judges like it. My goodness. Was it really THAT good? Okay, Simon is bringing everyone back down to earth. Thank you Simon.
My top picks of the night:
Best girl: Alexis Grace
Best guy: Danny Gokey
And that’s a wrap. What say you?