I am kind of glad that the second episode of American Idol 2019 auditions aired on an off night. Last night’s special Wednesday edition was definitely weaker than Sunday’s premiere. Also, like Sunday, several segments could have used tighter editing. I don’t watch singing shows for the judges/coaches antics. Stuff as much music into an episode as possible. Judges comments should be an embellishment, not a feature.
Apparently, the show hired a new executive producer. And in case you didn’t know, beloved long time music director Michael Orland was not asked to return for another season. I’m not sure what the heck is going on here. Idol was given a second chance, I hope the producers don’t blow it AGAIN.
Anyway, I did not aggressively hate the talent on the show like some of y’all. And the person who decided that promoting Alejandro Aranda’s auditions as the “Best Idol Audition Ever” should be demoted. Talk about setting up unrealistic expectations. Not to mention alienating long time fans who are still attached to favorites. Resentment all around.
Setting the promotion aside, I quite liked Alejandro’s audition. He’s a better musician than singer. But I found his entire presentation mesmerising. He has a unique talent. I hope he’s not the kind of artist that falters when singing cover songs.
Winning auditions also included Shayy Winn whose affecting backstory was neither here nor there when it came to her deserving a spot in the Hollywood rounds. The army sergeant Landen Knowland was really solid. But that whole military bit with the judges was ridiculous. I would have prefered a focus on the award winning short the singer starred in at 8 years old.
The judges made a mistake not putting Karli Ryan through. She’s only 17 years old, but as a singer and a songwriter, she has TONS of potential. She certainly outshined a few of the dudes put through last night. For instance, the Latin singer Juan Pablo was aggressively terrible. And am I the only one who kept thinking about the douchebag Bachelor contestant of the same name? I thought Logan Johnson’s appeal more about his backstory as a newly recovering addict. His singing talent was average.
And here’s the thing: The talent should come first, the backstory second. So far, there have been several singers who seemed to have their fortunes tied up in their stories. NO BUENO. Also, there were several montaged singers who should have been featured in full auditions.
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