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Watch out girls…you were pwned…
Did ya all see Bo Bice in the audience?Ãƒâ€š He appeared right after Taylor finished singing, and again at the veryÃƒâ€š end of the program…
Taylor Hicks – “Easy”Ãƒâ€š by theÃƒâ€š Commodores – I thought Taylor’s version was smooth and soulful, and I don’t like the original version of this song at all.Ãƒâ€š I don’t understand the judges indifference to hisÃƒâ€š performance.Ãƒâ€š Simon’s comments were especially off the wall.Ãƒâ€š He said, “It didn’t work for me…it was the wrong choice of song.”Ãƒâ€š Well, why Simon?Ãƒâ€š He never explains, but just goes on to say it was an average performance.Ãƒâ€š Ãƒâ€š Was the judges lack of enthusiasmÃƒâ€š a ploy to tone downÃƒâ€š his popularity?Ãƒâ€š Luckily, Taylor’sÃƒâ€š fan base is strong enough to carry him through, despiteÃƒâ€š the judges lukewarm reception.Ãƒâ€š Ãƒâ€š
Elliott Yamin -Ãƒâ€š “Moody’s Mood for Love” by James MoodyÃƒâ€š - Performing a jazzÃƒâ€š tune that many in the audience may not be familiar with was a really big risk, especially at this stage of the game.Ãƒâ€š But, it paid off for Elliott, because his performance of this song proved that he’s an incredibly gifted singer who can navigate tricky jazz rhythms with ease.Ãƒâ€š I thought he was dazzling tonight, and so did the judges.Ãƒâ€š Ãƒâ€š I can’t wait to hear what Elliott does next.Ãƒâ€š He came into the Top 24 with virtually no fan base, I hope that he’s gaining enough momentum to make it into the Top 12.Ãƒâ€š Hopefully the judges will keep up with the big time PIMPING.Ãƒâ€š In this case, I don’t mind at all.
Ace Young -Ãƒâ€š “IfÃƒâ€š You’re Not the One”Ãƒâ€š by Daniel BedingfieldÃƒâ€š -Ãƒâ€š That story about Ace and how he picks out a different “beanies” (knit caps) to wear each day, like a security blanketÃƒâ€š cracked me up.Ãƒâ€š No wonder he has bed head!Ãƒâ€š As far as his performance–he gets props for picking a beautiful and difficult song to sing.Ãƒâ€š But unfortunately, I’m not sure what happened, but he completely lost his wayÃƒâ€š during the song–singing off pitch through most of the tune.Ãƒâ€š Paula andÃƒâ€š Randy didn’t seem to notice at all.Ãƒâ€š But, Simon hit the nail on the head when he saidÃƒâ€š ”I think you struggled with that song tonight and you’reÃƒâ€š going to be very disappointed when you hear your vocal back on that.”Ãƒâ€š Simon addedÃƒâ€š that Ace needed to find songs that fit his vocal style.Ãƒâ€š Ace also needs to find a way to relax.Ãƒâ€š He really looked nervous up there tonight.Ãƒâ€š Nevertheless, Ace will sail right into the Top 12.
Gedeon McKinney Ãƒâ€š - “A Change is Gonna Come”Ãƒâ€š by Ãƒâ€š Sam CookeÃƒâ€š -Ãƒâ€š It just recently sunk in that Gedeon is only 17 years old.Ãƒâ€š Even though I must have known that–’cause I wrote up a short bio for him when I profiled the Top 24 just last week.Ãƒâ€š On one hand, Gedeon comes across as a very eccentric and strange young man.Ãƒâ€š On the other hand, he’s a gifted singer with a knack for interpreting soul classics like the song he performed tonight, as if he came straight out of that era.Ãƒâ€š Ãƒâ€š Definitely one of the best of the night.Ãƒâ€š I didn’t like him at all when I heard him in Hollywood, but I’ve come around.Ãƒâ€š And so have the judges.Ãƒâ€š I think he’s a dark horse to make it into the Top 12.
Kevin Covais – “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”Ãƒâ€š by Marvin GayeÃƒâ€š -Ãƒâ€š Kevin is a spunky kid with a great sense of humor.Ãƒâ€š But, I’ll never understand how this kid got into the Top 24 based on his goatie, lispy singing.Ãƒâ€š This soul classic was a particularly ill advised choice for Kevin.Ãƒâ€š There was nothing pleasant aboutÃƒâ€š this shrill, tuneless, soulless performance.Ãƒâ€š And the judges gave him a great, big pass.Ãƒâ€š Simon tried to inject a bit of reality into the proceedings, but his attempt was half-hearted. Ãƒâ€š Yeah, so Kevin has got the “likability factor” like his female counterpart Kellie–doesn’t mean he should advance.Ãƒâ€š Ãƒâ€š I’ll tell ya, if the judges pimping propels this kid into the Top 12 at the expense of a more vocally worthy contestant, I will be irked.
SWAY – “Overjoyed” by Ãƒâ€š Stevie WonderÃƒâ€š - Wow.Ãƒâ€š Total and complete de-pimping of Sway tonight by the judges!Ãƒâ€š I thought this performance was actually better than last week’s, whichÃƒâ€š was not only horribly screechy and off key, but way over the top.Ãƒâ€š I preferred this week’s more subdued performance, even thoughÃƒâ€š Sway still had pitch problems and,Ãƒâ€š as Simon said,Ãƒâ€š was veryÃƒâ€š ”karaoke.”Ãƒâ€š It was practically a carbon-copy of Stevie’s version. The negative remarks across the boardÃƒâ€š make Sway vulnerableÃƒâ€š against this tough field of male competitors.Ãƒâ€š Ãƒâ€š By the way, I think his parents, who were out in the audience, were really cute.
Will MakarÃƒâ€š - “Lady” by Ãƒâ€š Kenny Rodgers (written by Lionel Richie) -Ãƒâ€š When I heard Will would be singing thisÃƒâ€š song, I had my doubts.Ãƒâ€š And just as I feared, this was not a very good song choice.Ãƒâ€š Will’s rich, pretty vocals really shine on the upbeatÃƒâ€š Motown and R&B numbers–which also showcase his teen-aged charm.Ãƒâ€š Ãƒâ€š And theÃƒâ€š theme of this song is way beyond the life experiences of a 16 year old.Ãƒâ€š I like Will a lot.Ãƒâ€š Between David Radford’s dimples and the Pimping of Kevin (his main competitors), he could be in big trouble this week–the judges were pretty uniformly negative.Ãƒâ€š I hope not–he’s a much better singer than either Kevin or David.Ãƒâ€š By the way–HOLY COW, what was up with Ryan telling Will to loosen up and yanking out his shirt-tale?Ãƒâ€š Simon told Will to “get off the stage quick,” andÃƒâ€š then WillÃƒâ€š started cracking up.Ãƒâ€š Hey Ryan…Will’s underage…mmmkay? Hee.
Bucky Covington Ãƒâ€š - “When the Thunder Rolls” by Garth Brooks.Ãƒâ€š Ha, Bucky’s little film clip portrayed him asÃƒâ€š quiteÃƒâ€š the hayseed, eh? He and Kellie should have a hick-off.Ãƒâ€š Except, I buy Bucky’s backwater routine–maybe because it’s not being rammed down my throat.Ãƒâ€š As far as his performance–huge improvement overÃƒâ€š last week.Ãƒâ€š For the first time, I heard that nice tone Paula was talking about.Ãƒâ€š He should have kicked it up a notch on the chorus,Ãƒâ€š but I think he’s improved enough to stay competitive.Ãƒâ€š Ãƒâ€š Bucky is another dark horse contender for the Top 12.
David Radford – “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra, and many others -Ãƒâ€š I can hear the makings of a good voice underneath the crooner “act”.Ãƒâ€š But unfortunately, an act it is at this point.Ãƒâ€š Ãƒâ€š What David needs is a few more years toÃƒâ€š train his voice and develop his own style.Ãƒâ€š David was just all over the place with his vocals tonight.Ãƒâ€š If he wasn’t such a cutie, he’d be a goner.Ãƒâ€š Ãƒâ€š Dang, he looked like he was going to cry again tonight when the judges criticized him.Ãƒâ€š
Chris Daughtry Ãƒâ€š -Ãƒâ€š “Hemorrhage” by FuelÃƒâ€š - Chris isn’t the best of the male vocalists, but he’s definitelyÃƒâ€š one of the moreÃƒâ€š memorable.Ãƒâ€š He manages to inject emotion into every song he sings, no matter what it is.Ãƒâ€š His song choice was a radio friendly rock song that had never been performed on Idol before, so it sounded both familiar and fresh.Ãƒâ€š And it showed off Chris’s commercial potential, which is why the judges are so taken with him.Ãƒâ€š Simon basically told him that he was the only contestant who’s ready to make hit records.Ãƒâ€š Ãƒâ€š Chris is a shoe-in for the Top 12.
While the Women’s Top 6 seems obvious, the men’s fieldÃƒâ€š appears more competitive and unpredictable.Ãƒâ€š The only shoe-ins are Ace, Chris and Taylor.Ãƒâ€š The other three spots are up for grabs.Ãƒâ€š Elliott has a very good chance if he turns in another great performance next week.Ãƒâ€š Bucky and Gedeon can also win themselves a spot, depending on what they do next week.Ãƒâ€š If there is a next week for them.Ãƒâ€š Bucky, Gedeon, Sway, Ãƒâ€š Will, David and Kevin are all vulnerable this week.Ãƒâ€š For the guys, it should be a nail-biter tomorrow night.
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