The first half of the Canadian Idol Top 16 perform tonight at 8 pm ET/CT
Check this link for video around 9 pm ET. I’ll be posting it here, after the jump, as soon as it becomes available.
Canadians and border-dwellers, chat away!
- Martin Kerr – “Fix You” by Coldplay – Martin is one of my favorites, beautiful vocals and great phrasing. Jake tells him that he doesn’t have “star quality”. Martin responds, “Maybe because I’m not a show off”. Uh oh. Zack says it’s fine, but derivative. “You are not the next Canadian Idol, ” he says. Some major de-pimping right there…
- Theo Thames – “Bubbly” by Colbie Callait – Theo is all kinds of awesome. Tonight he performs on acoustic guitar. The performance isn’t Theo’s typcially intense kind of powerhouse performance, but it’s nicely done. Sass calls him an “Undeniable talent.” Zack thought the performance, “lacked carbonation in a serious way.” Jake thought he reinvented it and that he belongs in the Top 10.
- Amberly Thiessen – “You and I Both” by Jason Mraz – I’m not liking this as much as her other performances–it seems a little off. Mraz’s quick word-play can be difficult to master. Nevertheless, I think Ambery is headed for the Top 10. Farley thought her tones were a little harsh, but overall, a nice presence. Zack doesn’t like what she’s wearing or that she picked the right song. Sass, who can’t bear to pile it on says, “Good on you, Amberly.”
- Adam Castelli – “If I Were a Carpenter” by Tim Hardin – Interesting take on this folk classic. I could have used a little less band here. It would have been a kick-ass acoustic performance. Zack says his instincts are great, but his follow through is not good. Jake thinks his performance was authentic. Sass says it was a “bit of a flail.” Farley says he’s not rising to his intentions.
- Marie-Pierre Bellerose – “Piece of My Heart” by Janis Joplin – A little screechy there Marie! But, she puts her heart in it, so I’m believing it. Jake finds it shouty. Sass thinks it’s the best thing she’s done so far. Farley says she did the right thing. Zack says, “It wasn’t bad.”
- Omar Lunan – “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks – Omar, milking the dead brother angle at crunch time! Too bad his vocals are goatie and off-key. This just ain’t good. Sass says, “This guy is really good! Great singing.” Farley thinks he understands the sweet spots in his range.” Am I hearing the same performance as the judges?!? After Zack declares that nobody is performing like they know how to win American Idol, he says “It was OK, but I just don’t care.” Jake says that despite problems, he deserves to be in the Top 10.
- Mark Day – “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins – Mark Day is a freak, y’all. He’s got a decent voice–albiet kinda off key tonight–as long as I don’t have to look at him. The VFTW folks have got to be wetting themselves. By the way, if I never here this song on an Idol show again, it won’t be too soon. Farley says his vocals were “All over the map.” Zack says, “If someone gave me your greatest hits album, I’d use it as a coaster.” Jake thinks he (and others tonight) oversang, and suggests Broadway. Sass, who again can’t bear to pile on, says, “I like you.”
- Mookie Morris – “Valerie” by The Zutons – I dig Mookie’s cool indie vibe. Love the song choice, love the delivery. There wasn’t a drop of karaoke in his performance. A great way to end the show. Zack said, “That was dead-set cool…the redemption of the evening.” Jake says, “Really authentic…potentially the next Canadian Idol.” Sass says, “Louis Armstong meets Elvis Costello.” Farley says, “There’s something really natural and soulful about what you do.”
Video After the JUMP…