On American Idol Monday night (April 23), The Top 10 was revealed. It was the last Monday episode before the live shows air at the same time across all 50 states, allowing for true real time voting.
A couple of thoughts: The sound was much improved last night. The singers vocals could actually be heard above the band. Having the sound mixed properly made for much better performances.
I was a little annoyed by Ryan Seacrest’s attempts to amp up the drama, in a format that was already inherently dramatic. Calling contestants to the stage one by one, not knowing whether they’d be safe or have to sing for their lives, is already a nail biting situation. Heading backstage for a “mood check” says Ryan. Bulletin: The contestants are nervous (no kidding). Also, Ryan delivering results to a contestant as they sauntered to the stage from the green room was pretty weird. Although quietly informing the emotional Mara Justine backstage that she wasn’t safe, rather than under the glare of stage lights seemed like a kindness.
Also, did anyone else think of Kenny Loggins when Ryan Seacrest announced that the stage would be divided into the “safe zone” and the “danger zone”? Ha.
Some contestants, like Dennis Lorenzo, Jonny Bremms and Garrett Jacobs rose to the challenge of singing for their lives. Others like Mara Justine and Marcio Donaldson faltered. Cutting Mara and Marcio now spared them both from future breakdowns. The singing show gauntlet only becomes tougher and tougher as the competition continues.
I am pretty happy with the Top 10. While I was surprised the judges decided to advance Michelle Sussett–performer types with weak vocals never get far on Idol–she didn’t really knock out any worthy singers. Garrett and Jonny are not untalented, but their performing skills need work. Mara just was not ready yet. Marcio’s performances have been uneven.
It’s telling though, that only one person of color advanced via viewer votes. ALL the judges picks were minorities in one way or another. Both LGBT contestants were saved by the judges, as were three people of color. I found Michelle’s little speech after she was saved, about how she loved America, a little heartbreaking. Only in the current climate that we live in would an immigrant contestant have to defend their pledge of allegiance to America.
ANYWAY. It’s time to VOTE.
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