Top 6 Performance

Cold opening – Ryan is standing in the control room looking very serious. “Tonight, ” he says, “We are presenting a very special show. We’ve got the same 3 judges, the same 6 finalists (Each face is displayed on a monitor, the camera pans them). But one huge difference–the calls that you make will not only save your favorite contestant, (Ryan pauses dramatically and turns around) they will also save lives. THIS is Idol Gives Back.

Holy cow. In comments, when things get tense, I say stuff like ya know we ain’t solving world hunger here, peeps, it’s only a tee vee show, so be cool! So much for that excuse. At least for tonight.

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I suppose I could get all cynical at this point. Sure, there’s plenty to be cynical about. TPTB may only be doing this to burnish their reputations–particularly since the most successful elements of the show rest on humiliating and mocking people. Or, perhaps the sponsors are merely playing the typical PR game rather than truly helping the poor. Of course, this Idol Gives Back deal could be merely a way to boost ratings and maybe even finally win that coveted Emmy (would not be surprised if they finally do). Could TPTB be exploiting the poor children of the world in order to serve their own interests?

Eh. Maybe. Probably. Who cares. Me? I’m just happy they’ve decided to use their immense power for good, whatever their motives. Beyond the money collected over the next few days–if this is done right, and I will reserve judgement, because tomorrow’s show remains to be seen–the fact that this show has the potential to raise the awareness of millions of people on some very important issues is good enough for me. (oh, btw, Douglas R. Scott? Bite me. Just sayin’). I’m not going to sweat the small stuff.

Do ya think Bono is suddenly now some big American Idol fan? He probably still hates it with every fiber in his being. But do you think he’s analyzing motivation? If you know anything about Bono and what he’s accomplished you know the answer to that one.

So I here I go with my Top 6 recap. The Idol Gives Back edition.

Ryan reminds us at the top of the show that all WE the vast viewing audience had to do was vote as usual, but THIS week, our toll free calls are going to make a much bigger difference. News Corp will donate 10 cents a call, up to 50 million calls. (hey, what about text votes? hmff. I don’t want to admit I sent a bunch of text votes before I realized I’d done the wrong thing. Ok, I just did. Me dumb. I hope the rest of you voted. With a toll-free call.)

Then Ryan thanks the sponsors–fordcocacolaat&t for their generous donations (whatever they are–Ryan never sez–it would be nice to know since they are mentioned constantly tonight) to Idol Gives Back.

Ryan tells us what we can expect from the two-hour results show. We’ll be asked to donate via phone line and website, AND the lucky kids had a phenomenal mentor…BONO! Oh man, that’ll be great if he actually coached them on their songs…ha ha…but I don’t think it’s that kind of mentoring. I’m sure he’ll be teaching them all about poverty and stuff.

So the deal tonight is–interspersed with the kids singing songs described as “songs that inspire” will be video of Ryan and the judges visiting poverty afflicted areas in Africa and America.

The first clip is heartbreaking. Ryan and Simon visit a village that’s literally shacks sitting on a garbage dump. The result is many many starving people, many sick and dying from malaria. After surveying the wretched conditions people of this village live in, Simon says, “It’s just wrong.”

The clip sets the very serious tone of the show, though subsequent clips aren’t all doom and gloom. They follow a familiar arc–despair, hope and then resolution–but only if you help. That’s some pretty basic and effective fundraising, right there, kids.

Chris Richardson is up first.

Chris Richardson “If I Could Change The World” by Eric Clapton – Chris picks a song that I absolutely adore. He says he thinks the song defines “what this show’s all about…” Chris’s soft, lightweight vocals aren’t quite as nasally this week. And, he’s fine when he sits still on a chair and sings the song. But, then he stands up, and throws in a few sloppy vocal runs. You know, the word “change” does not need to be hung on a mess of notes strung together. I don’t particularly like my Clapton boybanded up, you know? Randy loved it. But then he loves Chris’s runs. Paula blah blah loved it. But, even Simon has praise. He mentions that it feels like the competition was “really starting tonight”–no doubt because Sanjaya is gone. He goes on to say that Chris is finally showing the promise that he saw at his first audition. This wasn’t a bad performance but it’s hardly Chris’s best performance, either. I think the judges like the idea of having a highly-marketable Justin Timberlake-type singer in this competition, even if the vocals in reality aren’t exactly up to par. It’s nothing that can’t be fixed in the studio, right? Or, was Simon making up for his eye roll last week?

Ryan mentions the Idol Gives Back My Space. So I will too.

The next clip sent film crews across the USA–to Louisiana, the Appalachia in Kentucky, an Indian reservation in Arizona and the streets of Atlanta, GA. Ryan and Randy visit their home towns (Atlanta and NOLA), Ryan and Paula visit a health clinic.

Melinda Doolittle “There Will Come A Day” by Faith Hill – Melinda picked her song because it talks about a “hope for a better tomorrow.” Another masterful, professional performance by Melinda. Seriously, she is just perfect in every way. Maybe that’s why I was so bored with her performance? Or maybe that I found the song itself really bland? I dunno, there is just something here that does not reach out and grab me in a visceral sense, although I know intellectually that what I’m hearing and seeing is incredible and deserves all the kudos delivered by the judges tonight. Hmmm. Randy says…you are so dope. Paula says, Melinda there is no one like you…you are magical. Simon says it wasn’t a copy cat performance….a vocal masterclass. In the meantime, Melinda works on looking NOT surprised. She’s improving. Too bad her singing has nowhere else to go. Maybe that’s the problem.

Vote, vote vote vote vote, says Ryan as he mentions the corporate sponsors one more time…

What’s the biggest sacrifice Blake Lewis has had to make since since becoming a contestant on American Idol? Missing family friends and home, but he has their support being here blah blah blah. These questions are not very interesting.

Blake Lewis “Imagine” by John Lennon – Blake is very honored to be singing John Lennon’s “Imagine”. Blake gets mad props from me for picking such a beautiful song. The trouble here of course, is that “Imagine” is an iconic song forever linked to the great man who wrote it–John Lennon. It’s a tough song to cover on Idol. Not that others haven’t tried–Ruben Studdard sang it finals night Season 2 and Jennifer Hudson performed the glory-note edition of the song Season 3. Blake chooses to sing it straight and simple, with no embellishments. Of course, the problem with the song is that it has nowhere to go…no soaring crescendos or opportunities for flash (unless, of course, crowbarred in there). Considering that, Randy was of course, unimpressed with Blake’s effort. Paula says she’s reminded of how “beautiful and simple that song is, and it’s the first real sensitive and emotional performance from you…that I’ve seen and that goes a long way.” And Simon, also feels that Blake’s sincerity came through. Those who like Blake’s voice (I do) will appreciate his effort. Those who don’t, probably not so much. I thought it was a simple, heartfelt performance of one of the great pop songs of our times. Me likey.

Ryan tells us to look for a performance from Carrie Underwood on the big show tomorrow. A little hope in the darkness…

Next, a video piece on a “feeding center” for orphans in Africa.

LaKisha Jones “I Believe” Season 3 coronation song – LaKisha is singing “I Believe” by Fantasia. Wait, this is a joke, right? After she got slammed for singing a Carrie Underwood song last week, she is NOT choosing another Idol classic is she? Oh she is. I’m beginning to think LaKisha is a little, uhmm, slow? Is that politically correct?. Erm. Probably not. She chose the song because, “It inspired me.” Oh serious, covering a song that the great Fantasia ripped apart and put back together again on the Season 3 finale is just so….not the thing to do if LaKisha wants to stay alive in this competition. The lyrics, “Have you ever reached a rainbow’s end, and did you find your pot of gold, Ever catch a shooting star, And tell me how high did your soar, ” are quintessential Idol coronation song dreck. Why would anyone voluntarily sing a crappy Idol coronation song? I don’t get it. Having said that, LaKisha was certainly no Fantasia here, but she did not deserve the drubbing she got at the hands of the judges. Both Randy and Paula go on and on about Fantasia without really addressing LaKisha’s performance. Simon calls it “shouty.” Actually, she’s a little pitchy, but she’s not shouty. The song is in her range and sounds effortless. LaKisha has a few shaky spots here and there, but her performance is solid and heartfelt. The audience in the studio is clearly moved. It’s obvious the producers are done with LaKisha. There’s some major de-pimping going on here. But, it’s so transparent, it may backfire on them.

Phil Stacey answers some VIEWER MAIL! What do you miss most about home? Hey did you all know that Phil has kids? For the umpteenth time we are reminded that Phil has cute ‘lil chillrun. Phil loves the chillrun, so vote for Phil…

Phil Stacey “The Change” by Garth Brooks – All cynicism aside, Phil has come up from behind in the last stretch, which makes for some exciting TV right here. His performance last week of Keith Urban’s “Where the Blacktop Ends” was a personal best, and proved that Phil was adept at singing country. This week, he sings a song that is obviously close to his heart, because he sings it with a lot of feeling. I don’t particularly care for this mushy sort of power ballad, but can get over it if the performance is heartfelt, which it is here. Phil’s gained quite a bit of confidence on stage in the past few weeks–he not only looks present on stage, but his vocals have lost the pitch problems he’s had in the past. Check your rear-view mirrors, Idols–Phil Stacey is coming up from behind… The judges are enthusiastic, even Simon, who says he really likes Phil and if he remains confident, and sticks to country, he could do well in the competition.

In the last video clip of the night, Simon marvels at the fact that there are actually food pantries in LA. Oy. The piece is upbeat–people helping people, the power and good karma of volunteerism, a little humor (Simon asks some volunteers to give him a hug, because he needs to be nice). Yes, Simon, there are people starving in America, but Americans and their can-do attitude can help put a stop to hunger in the USA. Vote, people, vote!

Jordin Sparks “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the musical “Carousel” – Jordin picks “You’ll Never Walk Alone” because it offers a great message of hope. She hopes that her message is comforting to people. Jordin is adorable, charismatic and the emotion and feeling she brings to the song here is spot on. However, she loses control of the vocals about 2/3s of the way through the song. She’s pitchy, and literally screaming by the end. The judges give her a tongue bath. Randy says he thinks it’s the best vocal by any contestant ever on the show. No it’s not Randy. It’s not even the best vocal tonight. Simon thinks she’s fantastic. Simon thinks she’d have a hit record, even though the song is 60 years old. DING. Yes, Jordin is extremely marketable and that’s why she is the producer’s Chosen One, rather than Melinda or LaKisha. Just for fun, listen to Jordin and LaKisha’s performances back to back. Listen don’t watch. I’m just sayin’

Ryan urges the audience to vote, ’cause the votes translate into dollars. Ryan tells us to tune in tomorrow night for one of the biggest shocks American Idol has ever had! Hopefully, the surprise does not involve Elvis impersonators. But, I’m not holding my breath.

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92 Comments

  1. I enjoyed watching tonight. They chose two of my absolute favorite charities – Poverty and hunger in Africa (www.one.org) and hunger right here in the US (http://www.secondharvest.org/). These organizations do great work so I was really really glad to see them highlighted.

    I thought the difference between the bottom and top tonight was stark. I didn’t get some of the judge’s comments – They roundly praised Chris Richardson and I thought it was a very pitchy performance (never mind the nasal thing). And while Jordin was, for me, the hands-down winner last week, this week not so much – I thought she had pitch issues in the verses and then shouted the chorus.

    Here’s where I wound up putting them tonight:

    1. Melinda Doolittle
    2. Phil Stacey
    2. Blake Lewis
    3. Jordin Sparks
    4. Lakisha Jones
    5. Chris Richardson

    I haven’t been all fangirly over Blake (not my type), but I have to say – he sang one of the most beautiful songs of all time most beautifully. I totally disagree with Randy when he said he was “looking for something more”. That’s like looking at a rose and saying it needs one or two odd-colored petals.

  2. First of all Second Harvest is a great, great organization. Rubber meets the road on that one.

    Standouts were Melinda, Jordin and Phil. Blake did an admirable job of “Imagine”, but the master of that song is its composer.

    While Jordin was really great, it came nowhere near the “greatest vocal of any year” (or whatever Randy said). It was terrific, but not the best by a long shot.

    Little Justin is still little justin. Nothing I can add.

    Though Lakisha explained why she sang that song, it still is (a) not a great song and (b) too closely identified as a coronation song.

    Phil. I leave Phil for last because that song ALWAYS gives me chills and makes me cry. He really, really did a nice job with it. Emotional, well-executed, and right on target vocally.
    I am so not a fan of the bald guys, but Phil is making me a believer with his vocals lately.

  3. Okay, I think that Sanjaya would have taken away from the seriousness issues of this week’s shows. Not saying he isn’t a good entertainer but there was too much joking about him, etc that it would have taken away from the subject matter.

    That said, I put Lakisha on the bottom of these 6. And I liked Jordin better than Melinda.

  4. This is what I thought:

    1. Chris Richardson: So very so-so. Every week I look at him, and while I can tell he’s a very nice guy, I just can’t see why everyone thinks he’s so goodlooking. I’m also just not a fan of his voice or his movements.

    2. Melinda! Never looked better! Wonderful as usual. I love how her movements seem to flow naturally from what she’s singing. I can’t help but smile whenever I see her perform. Go Team Humble!

    3. Blake: I could actually see what Randy meant. Yes, it’s a simple song, but this performance didn’t have a beginning, a middle and an end. That doesn’t just mean volume (big “idol” finish), it can also mean the intensity or emotion. This all seemed to be one note.

    4. Lakisha: CONNECT, baby! She was telling me to believe, but she didn’t make me want to! She may be feeling emotion when she sings, but it certainly doesn’t come through. I get very little warmth from her and I really, really wanted to like her. Too bad.

    5. Phil: Wow! Phil has really, really nice eyes. PLEASE Phil, go country and WEAR A HAT. I just about can’t listen and I don’t know why.

    6. Jordin: Now Jordin knows how to connect emotionally! Still, if you call Lakisha on shouting, you need to call Jordin on it too. That last note? Nothing but a wide-mouthed yell. Just loud and prolonged. She’s gorgeous, though.

    My rankings, best to worst:

    1. Melinda GO TEAM HUMBLE :innocent1_tb:
    2. Jordin
    3. Blake
    4. Lakisha (Phil)
    5. Phil (Lakisha)
    6. Chris R.

  5. I thought Chris sounded wonderful and made it his own although I do Like the way Eric Clapton sings it.

    Melinda & Jordin were my next favorites. Both gave me chills.

    Phil was the biggest surprise for me cause I teared up. Blake was just nice but didn’t make it different at ALL.

    Lakisha was awful. Fantasia was the original and the best with that song. I hope its LaKISHA going home.

  6. I thought it was the best show of the season. Everyone at least did well.

    I hope it’s Chris tomorrow, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lakisha giving the final singout.

  7. I agree with Longsong. I don’t ever feel warmth or true sincerity from Lakisha. I feel it from everyone else but her. And not disputing or putting down her situation but I get tired of the typical and annual Idol sob story. And she’s it. Last year it was Pickler. Every show they need to remind us about Lakisha being a single mom and the struggle. Okay, we get it. But there are tons more like her out there, some even worse off.

  8. Jordin started bad, sounded great in the middle and shouted(didn’t you hear it Simon)the end. Best vocal ever, hello Randy, do you remember Summertime? I think her absolutely gorgeous young face mesmorized Randy and he didn’t hear the vocals too well.

    Chris, meh. I don’t get him at all, look up pitchy in the dictionary and there is his face.

    Phil, looked like an undertaker and was way too corny with the cheesey,pointy drama stuff.

    Melinda, sounded and looked great but no chills, she is boring.

    Lakisha, very powerful performance and sang the song as a tribute TO Fantasia who inspires her.

    Blake, so sweet,gentle and understated. He let the words tell the story, very nice.

    Phil or Chris should be gone, but who knows. Where will Sanjayas votes go?

    Ryan was so good with the children in Africa and here, I thought that was very inspiring. You could tll those kids really liked him; it is difficult to fool children so he must have some very nice qualities; ie. a kind heart and a gentle soul. Way to go Ryan!

  9. Here’s my recap:

    Chris Richardson “Change the World” by Eric Clapton- Not his best, but definitely a lot better than recent weeks. Only a little bit of nasaliness. I think he may have just secured himself in the Final 5 unless people forgot about him by going first.

    Melinda Doolittle “There will be a Day” by Faith Hill- It may have been a Faith Hill song but it definitely was not country. Melinda made it her own and the judges liked it. Plus, the weeve she’s been wearing the last two weeks makes her look younger.

    Blake Lewis “Imagine” by John Lennon- I actually did not like his vocals tonight. Randy and Simon thought it was okay, but Simon liked his sincerity. Of course Paula was in love with it. I felt like he should have done more with it. After all, it is a singing competition.

    LaKisha Jones “I Believe” by Fantasia- As the title of the song goes “I Believe” that the judges are depimping LaKisha. I didn’t think it was that bad, although Simon was right when he said it was shouty in places. All three of them had problems with her picking a Fantasia song and I agree. Do not sing songs that former Idol winners or contestants sing. How hard is that. Her performance in “I am telling you” and “God Bless the Child” gave me chills. Other bad song choices really hurt her though.

    Phil Stacey “Some Garth Brooks song” by Garth Brooks- I really didn’t remember this at all. I think the judges liked it though except Simon felt he did not sing with the country vibe in his voice like he did last week and he said he thinks Phil should stick to sounding country, and that people like him. Sounds like the judges are realizing there’s a market for Phil after all.

    Jordin Sparks “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Broadway. Elvis sang this song also and so did Nina Simone… – This was a song that really built up and parts of it were amazing. Overall, it was very good. Not her best performance though but definitely head and shoulders above the rest of the competition. Randy said it was one of the best vocals by any contestant on Idol ever, Paula loved it and Simon said it was “Fantastic” and she could make a hit record with that song. At first I didn’t think it was that great. Then I replayed the song- and encourage all of you to do so if you have the capability to- and thought it was much better the second time I listened to it.

    Bottom 3 will be:
    LaKisha, Jordin, Chris

    Going Home: LaKisha

    Should be going home: Chris or Phil

    It’s unfortunate, but I think Nasal Boy and Phil will slip into the Top 5.

  10. I thought Blake had a very good vocal tonight. That song is meant to be understated and simple. It’s not meant to be belted. And if he’d tried to rearrange the song, he would have gotten trashed for that, too. Anyway, I thought he gave a great emotive, sweet, beautiful performance. I love his voice.

    That said, I think I agree with Rena’s ranking except that I’d put Lakisha on the bottom instead of Chris, making it:

    1. Melinda
    2. Phil
    3. Blake
    4. Jordin (she was really pitchy yet again to my ears, and no it was NOT one of the best vocal performances ever on the show).
    5. Chris
    6. Lakisha

  11. Tonight I was bored from start to finish. Maybe it was the momentum killing videos of the beneficiaries of Idol’s charity (guess that makes me a horrible person), but I just thought most of the songs were very, very dull.

    I can see why Blake’s sequence of out-of-his-element performances have caused the judges to cool over the past few weeks, but I don’t see what Chris has done to earn such a rise in praise. Blake started out as one of my favorites but for me, the slide started at “Love Song” and hasn’t stopped going downhill since. I miss the fun Blake.

    I’ve said it before, LaKisha needs better advisers or needs to start listening to them. She’s a talented singer who hasn’t made a good song choice in weeks.

    I don’t really think Phil has changed that much. I’ve always liked him. I just think people are finally starting to separate his vocal ability from his (somewhat creepy) looks. Phil’s official MP3 downloads are all amazing. His and Blake’s are the only songs I’ve bought.

    I like Jordin too but she isn’t the second coming. The “best singer on the idol stage” ever? Yikes. The hyperbole is deafening. And so is her vibrato.

    Love Melinda’s performances. But there isn’t a single song I’m interested in downloading the next day. I can’t wait to hear her album. She could be a top seller with good material. But without some memorable songs that connect with a modern audience, she could suffer the same fate as Taylor. Both she and he deserve (and are capable of) greatness.

    I have a feeling tomorrow’s show is going to be painful. Newsmaking, but painful.

  12. Standout of the night, for me, was Jordin. Not sure I’d say it was the best ever but one of the best of this season, at least. Melinda was her usual outstanding self.

    I actually did like Blake’s Imagine and I’m not usually a big fan of his. Simple, yet powerful.

    Phil was ok. I just don’t care for him. Not his voice, just something about him.

    LaKisha and Chris definitely in the bottom group. I’m thinking that LaKisha will go

  13. I have to say I loved Blake’s heartfelt performance. He always makes great song choices, it was a risk but he pulled through.

    It really felt sincere as Simon said. And his voice was beautiful!

    I really enjoyed his take on that song and can’t wait to but Blake’s Imagine mp3 from AI’s website

  14. I actually thought everyone was pretty good tonight. I’m in the minority who thought Lakisha was wonderful tonight (perhaps a minority of one?). She started off kind of flat, but after that I thought she did a great job. And, I thought she emoted just fine. Apparently, so did the audience, since she at least inspired them to stand up and clap for her.

    I have no idea who is going home, what with probable extra viewers and longer voting times – who can tell. But, I’m voting for Kiki tonight. TPTB’s obvious feeling that she is somehow the expendable woman in this competition is a little distateful to me.

    Okay, AI – you want Jordin to win, we get it.

  15. mosheeaka
    Apr 24th, 2007 at 10:11 pm
    Jordin will never walk alone. She has the judges on her side.

    Yeah, just a bit obvious with the overpraising of that performance. I mean it was good, but didn’t blow me away or anything.

  16. Well, tonight was a great show. I enjoyed Phil the most, mainly because he sang a Garth Brook’s song “The Change” – a song that has a profound meaning for me. Not only did he sing this song, but he sang it VERY well. After the OKC bombings, this song served as an anthem for those of us trying to heal after the devastating loss of family, friends, and co-workers. It’s only fitting that Phil – who at one time lived in Oklahoma and married an Okie girl (and whose kids are staying with his grandparents just down the street from me)- chose to sang such an emotional song. He’s been growing on me the past couple of weeks, and at least for tonight, he’s at the top of my list. My rankings:

    1. Phil
    2. Melinda
    3. Jordin
    4. Blake
    5. Chris
    6. Lakisha

  17. i really liked tonight! i am a sucker, but i thought it was a great show. the contestants seemed to have settled down and it felt REAL.

    my list:

    1) jordin
    2) melinda
    3) phil
    4) chris
    5) lakisha
    6) blake

    I think any of the bottom three could go home. I like Blake’s visual appeal and his willingness to take a chance, but his voice doesn’t do it for me. Chris did okay, but I think singing first and then getting outsung by quite a few contestants isn’t going to help him. Lakisha just doesn’t seem to connect emotionally with anyone, so I fear for her, too.

    All in all though a pretty good show!

  18. I love as soon as the judges mention something about someones performance being the best of the season the automatic response everywhere is NO IT WASN’T, SO AND SO DID THIS SONG BETTER! well it’s all up to personal taste, i have yet to hear something performed on american idol that is note for note perfect with a perfect stage presence and everything else.
    My list
    1. Jordin
    2. Melinda
    3. Blake
    4. Phil
    5. LaKisha
    6. Chris
    p.s. randy said Jordins song was one of the best vocals, not THE best so before ya’ll get your panties in a twist watch the show again and listen to the comments

  19. The only song I knew was Blake’s. I love that song. Strangely, I liked it better just hearing the vocal over at rickey.org. And I thought he did a good job with the performance.

    I’m so biased by the type of music I like. I freely admit that.

    I say:

    Blake
    Melinda
    Jordin
    Phil
    Chris
    Kiki

  20. I don’t understand the Jordin pimpage. it was good, not great. I also don’t get the Chris pimpage. He.just.can’t.sing.

    Melinda
    Blake
    Jordin
    Lakisha (phil)
    Phil (Lakisha)
    Chris-hands down. major suckage.

    Chris should go home but for some reason the judges want it to be Lakisha. Chris isn’t anywhere near her league so this is a mystery to me. Maybe they don’t want all 3 of the girls to continue??? Don’t know but Chris definitely should not make the top 5 but i’m beating he will. I just don’t get the Chris love. at.all.

  21. I thought Blake and Phil did great. Everyone else was just ok.

    My phone is starting to go crazy after 2 hours of voting for Blake. LOL :)

    Time to switch to the other cordless that’s charging. :)

  22. Did Simon just find out LaKliche’s shouting? She has been like this all along…

    Timberfake: didn’t get it. No difference from last week.

    All the others did a good job.

    GO TEAM PLAID!! :clap_tb:

    GO TEAM HUMBLE!! GO TEAM FUMBLE!! (Faked Humble) :clap_tb:

  23. WOW, Blake never ceases to prove that he has NO place in this competition.

    His transitions were amateur with a capitol “A”….two-stepping at EVERY turn….oh good Lord, what a mess.

    His weak and affected tone makes me want to gouge out my eardrums.

    And for the love of God, stop singing (please stop singing period) while looking down your nose….do you have ANY other poses?!?!

    Melinda did great, but slightly too “church-y” for me….but damn, she can sing!

    Blake does NOT have a true “Country” voice…it’s nice enough but too cabaret for me.

    Lakisha got a bad rap from the judges, but it’s time for her to leave….right after Blake that is.

    Chris….better, but still meh….

    Jordin, I like her, but that was an over-rated performance…but she still sounds like the winner this year.

  24. Wow, Blake’s vocal at rickey .org is amazing. Whoever says Blake can’t sing go listen to it.. So smooth.
    I will definitely be buying that MP3 for sure.

    Chris R and Lakisha sucked. JMHO>

    I also get the feeling they just want Lakisha to go. But Chris R deserves it much more. Just saying.

    TEAM PLAID feel proud tonight, Blake did great! At least for me.

  25. Blake did great making me drowsy. Once again, a snooze fest.
    Blake should go…just saying.

  26. Blake does NOT have a true à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Countryà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  voiceà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s nice enough but too cabaret for me.

    Umm… why would Blake have a true “country” voice? That’s not his style. Ahem.

    You mean Phil?

  27. “Blake does NOT have a true à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Countryà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  voiceà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s nice enough but too cabaret for me.”

    I don’t believe anyone ever said blake had a country voice…..

  28. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t believe anyone ever said blake had a country voiceà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦..

    Nostradumas did.

    Go Team Plaid! :)

  29. Sarah – I hear you on switching Lakisha and Chris. I had to think about it before I ranked. Frankly, my problem with Chris’ performance was flat notes and overall musicality. Having said that, I thought he performed it well. It’s the exact opposite regarding Lakisha – while I did think she shouted, musically she blew Chris out of the water. Yet her performance was nonexistent. So, since I need to remind myself that it IS a singing show, I had Lakisha just a bit above Chris R.

    Tonight I totally don’t get the Jordin love. Can’t remember who said it above, but if Lakisha gets called for shouting Jordin should have certainly as well. WAY too shouty for me at the end.

  30. General Comments
    —————-

    1. I don’t think that Idol will have any problems getting 50 million votes. They got 38 million last week when the phone lines were only open for 2 hours and their were no charities involved. I think they should have set the maximum number of votes that count to be a little bit higher.

    2. I don’t think that it was necessary to have Simon do his usual “Horrible/Unbelievable/etc” schtick with poverty. We’ve been told for years that it’s just an act. Try a new routine so that it sounds more sincere, Simon.

    3. What are Ford, Coca-Cola and AT&T doing? Are they donating bulk cash? Paying for admin costs? Dontaing a dime for every vote over 50 million? What? Tell us Ryan!

    4. There are people out there that doesn’t know there are foodbanks in North America? Pick a newspaper uniformed people.

    Performance comments
    ——————–

    1. Chris – “Change the World” – Chris gets that weird back-lighting that makes it look like his hair is on fire. He is the king of getting musicians on the stage with him. It’s a nice touch. His vocals were better than last week, but the bouncing dance didn’t go with the song. Nice glory note to end it. Great song choice for him. Judges thought it was better than me, but I did like it.

    2. Melinda – “There Will Come A Day” – Flawless us usual. Perfect pitch, exquisite phrasing, fantastic vocal variety. The crowd goes wild. I didn’t like the song choice, though. Did make the song her own.

    3. Blake – “Imagine” – Whoa! Reverb is set to 11. Fills out his voice. I liked that they just used the piano. A few pitch problems, but it was pretty good. I would have prefered if he had dug a little deeper.

    4. Lakisha – “I Believe” – Great dress. Started out a bit rough, but when she got going she was great. Nice softening at the end. Lakisha has found her groove again. Enough already with not singing songs some diva sang before. Ban the songs if you don’t want them sung. She was a bit shouty, but that song is designed for that. Big belting and glory notes. It’s a coronation song. The judges were way too harsh. It will probably backfire on them like it did last year on final 6 night.

    5. Phil – “The Change ” – Just piano again. I like all the simple arrangements tonight. Wonderful performance. Great song choice. Very inspirational. A few shaky moments, but a very heartfelt intro.

    6. Jordin – “You’ll Never Walk Alone” – Before the commercial: “Jordin has a show stopper” Pimping starts early. Holy pitch problems, Batman! It was emotional and a great song. Randy? The best vocals ever? Really? Maybe I need a new TV.

    Ranking: Melinda, Phil, Lakisha, Blake, Chris, Jordin

    Who should go home: Jordin
    Who will go home: Chris

  31. radname If’n yer curious… ;-)

    Go check out:

    Kelly Clarkson – Natural Woman (Season 1)
    Fantasia Barrino – Summertime (Season 3)
    Taylor Hicks – Trouble (Season 5)

    Or even:

    Melinda Doolittle – Funny Valentine (Season NOW)

    All of those are performances that absolutely stuck with me. I remember watching them and I remember literally being moved to emotion (and I’m a tough gal!) when I heard them. The combination of perfect song, great vocal, heartfelt and totally sincere stage presence/performance was there for me in all of those performances.

    Jordin tonight? Not so much. Screamy at the end – and if you go back and listen to it again (and close your eyes) you’ll hear flat and shaky in the first verse. Having said that, she’s miles ahead of others. I just don’t think her performance tonight approached the best of the NIGHT, let alone the best (or among the best) EVER.

  32. We had a huge thunderstorm so DirectTV went out for the last 10 mins. I did watch Jordin’s performance but didn’t see the judges comments although I’ve read enough about them.

    Chris: I love the song but he does the same thing he always does with his voice & runs so didn’t think it was that good of a performance. I didn’t get the judges comments at all.

    Melinda: She was very good tonight as usual. Liked the hair but not the dress.

    Blake: I really enjoyed his performance of Imagine. I’ve always loved the song and there’s really nothing more you can do with it. If he had changed anything up, everyone would have trashed him. I thought his voice sounded really good and look forward to the mp3.

    Phil: I’m sure the song has a lot of meaning but I don’t really like it and found his performance to be good in a boring way. Not even close to last week.

    Lakisha: I wasn’t impressed by it all that much but thought it was better than the judges did. They’re being too obvious at wanting her to be voted off.

    Jordin: She sounded good but not one of her best to me. She’s obviously the TCO so I doubt we’ll hear any real critique.

    My guess is that Phil or Chris will go home but wouldn’t be surprised at all if it were Lakisha.

  33. A must read- to be fair about the Jordin pimping:

    While Jordin may be getting “pimped” this season, you can’t deny that Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee were pimped last season. Katharine had some good ones like Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Black Horse and a Cherry Tree, but she also had some bad ones that got pimped such as The Voice Within. Same thing for Taylor. There were some times when he wasn’t that great and got some help from the judges. Even Carrie Underwood was with the whole “You will win this competition and sell more records than any contestant in the history of this show” comment.

  34. Blake does NOT have a true à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Countryà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  voiceà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s nice enough but too cabaret for me.

    Funny, I didn’t know that “Imagine” was a country song… Good try though. Forget to edit before you copied and pasted your Blake diatribes from last week?

  35. Sarah :)

    I’m out. Four hours well spent voting for Blake. I’ll pay for it tomorrow, but he’s worth it.

    Go Team Plaid!

  36. i have yet to hear something performed on american idol that is note for note perfect with a perfect stage presence and everything else.

    Hmm. I have a few.

    Kelly Clarkson – Natural Woman
    Clay Aiken – Bridge Over Troubled Water
    Fantasia – Summertime
    Constantine Maroulis – Bohemian Rhapsody

    Need I continue?

    Clay and Fantasia at least both PWNED Jordin tonight in every aspect – vocally, performance, presence, etc. TOTALLY.

    I’m tired of the pimping. Yes, TPTB, we know you want her to win. Got it. I’ll go vote for Blake and Melinda now.

  37. My take:

    Chris: I can’t be objective as I don’t care for the boy-band sound and he has it in spades. Yuck.

    Melinda: I love the look she has going right now. Her song was beautifully sung and she had passion to go along with the stellar singing.

    Blake: Meh. He seemed a bit wooden and unsure of himself. Maybe he can’t do a straight song…meaning he likes to move and do his little dance steps and this song didn’t lend itself to much creativity. I also am not a big fan of the song itself so that may color my opinion as well.

    Lakisha: Whoa. Once again she does an ex-Idol’s song. Does she not realize she will be compared to that ex-Idol? I wasn’t a big Fantasia fan but when she sang that song for her coronation, I got choked up with emotion for her. Lakisha seemed to be singing it note-for-note like Fantasia but without the distinctive helium voice. I wish Lakisha would make a song her own.

    Phil: I really wish he would put on a hat. That said, he sang very well and I voted like crazy for him b/c I’d rather he stay than Chris.

    Jordin: She has all the emotion/passion that Lakisha does not. While I don’t think the song was all that, she did feel it and sell it. There must be a big difference in hearing a song live vs. seeing it on TV. I will be eager to read the behind-the-scenes reports on this.

  38. Wow.

    Imagine all the beoble, living life in beace….

    Gives a whole new meaning. Why the hell won’t Blake enunciate the “pee” sound?

  39. RollTide
    Apr 24th, 2007 at 11:54 pm
    I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t believe anyone ever said blake had a country voiceà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦..

    Nostradumas did.

    Go Team Plaid! :)

    LOL, that is what I was responding to. No one other than Nostradumas did.

  40. Got in some votes for Blake tonight. Go Team Plaid. Tried to get some in for Melinda but it wasn’t happening. Go Team Humble Plaid:)

  41. I think it is time for Lakisha to go home. Nothing new to see there.

    My rankings

    1. Jordin
    2. Chris
    3. Blake
    4. Melinda (only because she bores me to tears)
    5. Phil
    6. Lakisha

    Hoping for a Jordin/Blake finale…

  42. I REALLY like tonight’s show and have no particular favorite so I consider my opinion unbiased. I will say that each week I have more RESPECT for Phil as a person and a singer and I do believe, no matter how he does in the competition, he has a country music career waiting for him in the wings.

    This is how I rate them:

    1. Melinda – She was flawless, I love the song…made me tear up.
    2. Phil – He really surprised me with this one. I didn’t know if he would really be able to pull it off but he nailed it and put his soul into it.
    3. Jordin – Yes, she was a little pitchy and the last note was off but it was only because she was so emotional and I prefer heart and soul over perfection any day.
    4. Blake – Simplicity at its finest. I think he did a good job with it and, vocally, Blake is improving every week.
    5. Lakisha – I think she did just fine. I don’t see what all the negativity from the judges was about. Maybe it wasn’t my favorite performance but she definitely deserves kudos.
    8. Chris – He did better than usual tonight. Pitchy in a few areas but still good overall and really good towards the end.

  43. Still, if you call Lakisha on shouting, you need to call Jordin on it too. That last note? Nothing but a wide-mouthed yell. Just loud and prolonged.

    Right! Sorrrrry, as Simon would say — what are they doing getting all up Kiki’s nose, when Jordin to me was shoutier, very sharp in places, and singing a song that begs for a softer, less shrieky treatment. (It’s from my fave Broadway show of all time, by the way, rodgers & hammerstein’s “Carousel.”)

    So here’s my little squib:

    Chris — I was worried about him murdering this great Clapton song, “Change the World.” He didn’t go that far, more like bruised it. But people! He has a thin, insecurely pitched voice and vibrato. He’s sweet and appealing, but vocally a total lightweight.

    Melinda — Great as usual. I hope they don’t sabatoge her because they worry she won’t sell. This gal can sing any style of music she wants, with gusto and flair. I do wish she would share a few tips with Kiki about showing her joy in making music. Melinda’s song choice tho was “just so-so for me, dawg” (what the hell has gotten into me tonight, that i’m thinking like this people talk?)

    Blake — He doesn’t have major vocal chops, but I think he does nicely with his light, airy tenor. And what big wowser finish can you past on a song like “Imagine”? A major crescendo, and then the choir comes out? It’s a quiet, sincere plea for a world without insane divisions and hate. Lennon sang it as softly, and meaningfully. It wasn’t a grand slam, but I thought Blake respected and caressed that great hymn.

    Phil — don’t get it, don’t get it, don’t get it

    Jordin — yup, the pimpage is in full gear. I’ve said it before: it’s the malleable cutie pie syndrome here. J-Records won’t get any guff out of her! She’s young, innocent, talented, pretty, and will probably do as she’s told — wouldn’t you at age 17? They’ll put her on a starvation Judy Garland diet, so she trims down to Beyonce-size, and tart up her vocals in the studio.
    Excuse my cynicism. But the judgely drooling over that performance is utterly perplexing to me. No doubt about her sincerity, or that she’s gifted. But that was really pitchy, really shouty, and really over the top.

    LaKisha — well, I’ve defended my girl enuf. And I think she’s the only one in the bunch who knows anything about poverty vis a vis the Idol Gives Back theme.
    But let me ask you: does every performer have to be all warm and fuzzy? Jeez, Van Morrison has just about zero stage presence. Bob Dylan stands there stiffly and plays his brilliant songs. Ray Lamontagne is a near-catatonic when he performs.
    I didn’t like the song — not because Fantasia did it, but because it’s one of those whip-you-in-a-frenzy-too-early tunes. But news flash! This lady has arguably the best pipes on the show. Her lower register in deep and rich, she’s got soul and muscle in that voice. I got into and thought she sang with such conviction, made good eye contact with the camera and was truly emotionally involved in her own way.
    But a lot of people just have written off Kiki — including the judges, though they weren’t as rough on her as I expected — not just because of her questionable song choices, but because she is REALLY DIFFERENT. She could survive another week, but who can ever tell?

    I just think it would be a great disservice to people who love that voice, if she wound up back behind a teller’s window at that bank….I hope no matter what happens, a record contract comes her way.

  44. colette, I agree with you about Lakisha. I can’t even sleep this evening because her performance and the panning by the judges is on my mind. She has a fantastic,powerful voice and it would e such a shame if she fades back into oblivion.

    I have heard her compared to Mahalia Jackson and I can really see that. My hope is that she has been noticed. It is a darned shame,however,that the judges have thrown her over the cliff, I am so curious as to what happened or what was said among them. Do they just decide one day that this person must go and this one is their pick? It is quite sad and sickening to me. These contestants put it out there every week and for the judges to suddenly pan a performance unjustly or to give conflicting advice is disingenous and quite unfair.

    And by definition, isn’t a judge supposed to be nothing if not fair? Perhaps they should be renamed “the deciders.”

    I can’t believe I am typing this, but at some level I am missing Sanjaya’s up yours performance to the judges.

  45. Well I’ve listened to all the mp3’s my take for what it’s worth:

    Melinda – very good as always, but as boring as hell because of it. Broadway beckons and you’ll be a star.

    Blake – take’s a great song that doesn’t need a great vocal, should have been onto a sure thing. He didn’t bring it, totally flat emotionless vocal for me. He didn’t get the message across and that song has a serious message.

    Jordin – I know the song very well and not in a good way ( not a liverpool football supporter), the vocal gave me chills that girl can emote, not perfect vocally but she sold it.

    Chris – I started off amazed that he didn’t sound too bad, then he went and spoiled it all with the vocal diarrohea at the end.

    Phil – I’ve always liked his vocal tone, he’s good just needs to relax into it. At last he seems to be in his niche.

    Lakisha – Where as Jordin can emote, Lakisha seems incapable of it, she just sings at you. Yes girl you have a voice that needs toning down at times but you don’t make me believe a word you are singing however loud you get!

    Who goes? Anyone’s guess.

  46. So, if Lakisha lives to sing another week, will she be doing a Kelly Clarkson song next?

  47. Dial Idol has Blake-Melinda-Chris as bottom 3. Melinda??? Hope that isn’t true because they got it right last week and I’d hate to see Melinda in the bottom 3 after that performance.

    Sanjaya’s votes going to Jordin? Figures. She’s 17.

  48. Well, I totally didn’t feel very inspired last night.

    I voted for the sake of Charity. I totally bought into the shtick. I don’t know if I’m going to watch tonight because watch a bunch of people perform charity songs has never been my thing. I’m assuming they are all performing inspirational songs as well, going with the theme. I just personally want to see who gets kicked off so I may tune in the last few minutes and see.

    Overall, it wasn’t my favorite night by any means. It wasn’t entirely horrible, but well, it was just BLAH. No one “blew” me away.

    I can’t stand Chris. If there was any justice in this world he would go home this evening. Probably not. I thought his performance of change the world was as nasally as always.

    Melinda was good as always, but that’s nothing new, nor am I even excited about her.

    Lakisha screamed it. I walked out of the room and didn’t come back until the judges had began to rip her a new one. I think she goes.

    But if we are talking about screaming, Jordin needs to get the same comments. The ending of that song was so horribly pitchy and screechy that well, as good and as emotional as she tried to make it, it wasn’t ALL THAT GREAT. She did very well, but overall, it didn’t make me feel too terribly excited.

    I didn’t watch Phil’s so I can’t rank his honestly. I’m sure I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it though because even at Phil’s best I don’t feel he connects emotionally, EVER.

    Now on to Blake. I was pretty skeptical when I heard he was singing “Imagine” a song that I find shouldn’t be touched by anyway that isn’t John Lennon, and since John can’t, no one else should. However, it wasn’t as bad as I had anticipated. I think he stayed true to the sincerity of the song, but that didn’t mean it was necessarily good. It was pretty boring, and well, I mean, he tried I suppose. I did vote for Blake because I want him to be in the finale.

    Overall, totally not inspired by the Idols, now children in Africa and the US, that did make me vote.

  49. Bottom 3 could be anyone but I think it will be Lakisha, Phil, and Chris. My preference is for Phil to go but think it could be Chris even after the complements last night.

  50. My ratings for tonight – they come in two tiers for me, with each person within that tier very close.

    1. Melinda
    2. Jordin
    3. Phil

    4. Chris (it pains me to put that there)
    5. Blake
    6. LaKisha

    I know a lot of people don’t like Phil, but I just love the sound of his voice. If you’re put off by his appearance, try closing your eyes and listen. What a great voice!

    Jordin was not the best last night or one of the best ever. That being said, she’s still my favorite, along with Melinda, who was great as usual. Loving this new hairstyle, btw.

    Chris, I still just don’t see it. I’m ok if he goes.

    I thought Blake was boring last night, and he shows a disturbing lack of emotion on his face in ballads, similar to last week. I’m not going to say he didn’t connect with the song, but he didn’t show it.

    LaKisha, why?

  51. I was bored & wanted Sanjaya back. At least he was something I could look forward to. I never got Chris. He wasn’t horrible, but nothing special. Phil I just don’t get either, but I admit his eyes were very blue last night. Melinda nailed it as usual. Blake did pretty much my favorite song by my favorite artist, so there’s no way it could live up to anything. Kiki chose the wrong song (waiting for her to do Sinatra’s “My Way”). I don’t know about screaming, but she does have that BIG voice. I agree she doesn’t connect. Jordin connects, and I’ve thought for weeks she would win it. She did have some pitch problems, but when she was on it was lovely. But still not Melinda.

  52. I think it will be Chris that goes. They put him in the first spot and gave nice and bland comments so his fanbase wouldn’t be panic’ed and gave Kiki enough hell that it might keep her safe for another week.

  53. I appreciate and am happy Idol is trying to do good work; however, the show last night was dull. The results show for DWTS was more fun and I never thought I’d say that!

  54. Blake – Phil – Blake……..so I transposed a name…..sue me.

    They both don’t deserve to be in the final so take your pick which one leaves……….

    I say Blake………you know, the thin lipped, affected voice, pitch challenged, two step / transition challenged, looking down his nose, Amateur…..

  55. Can I just say how much I HATED Jordin’s vibrato-laden, drawn out, oversung performance. Never Walk Alone is a beautiful song with a melody that got completely got lost last night. I am surprised that Simon didn’t pull out his “funeral dirge” comment.

    Marco5ny says:

    I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t really think Phil has changed that much. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve always liked him. I just think people are finally starting to separate his vocal ability from his (somewhat creepy) looks. Philà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s official MP3 downloads are all amazing. His and Blakeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s are the only songs Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve bought.

    Truer words were never spoken. Phil’s mp3’s are fantastic and Phil’s was the only performance last night that made me tear up a little. You could tell it affected him and his “please vote” really struck me because you could tell it wasn’t “vote for me” it was “vote for charity”.

  56. Last night was very blah to me, I don’t think anyone was particularly great or anyone was reallly bad. So I will break it down like this

    enjoyed – Blake, Chris and it pains me to say it and Phil (would’ve liked it better had he thrown on a cowboy hat!)
    good but boring – Melinda, Jordin & Lakisha

    I think Lakisha will be going home.

    I think I will tape tonight’s show and fastforward the crappy parts and the cmmercials.

  57. Blake – Phil – Blakeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦..so I transposed a nameà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦..sue me.

    They both donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t deserve to be in the final so take your pick which one leavesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    I say Blakeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦you know, the thin lipped, affected voice, pitch challenged, two step / transition challenged, looking down his nose, Amateurà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦..

    ouch..Nos…so you like Blake eh?? I would love hear your description of my fav..Chris R?

  58. Last night, for me, was like an alternate reality. I thought Jordin sucked big time. Screechy and sharp. And Melinda was good but boring. I thoughh they were both overpraised. The best of the night, for me, was Phil. PHIL! Blake sang the song well but was a little boring. Chris was good for Chris, but still… not good. And Lakisha was no where near as bad as they made her out to be. Fantasia did the song with more passion but Lakisha did sing it well.

    I would not be suprised to see Melinda or Joprdin in the bottom 3, and those 2 are my favorites. I think Chris should go home though.

  59. ealbino,

    Chris R. huh,

    “Boy band-er”…seen it all before…..nothing else really to say….. :shrug:

  60. Truer words were never spoken. Philà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s mp3à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s are fantastic and Philà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s was the only performance last night that made me tear up a little. You could tell it affected him and his à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“please voteà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  really struck me because you could tell it wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“vote for meà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  it was à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“vote for charityà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ .

    It is so good to see Phil’s confidence soar! I loved his performance! He is being ranked in the Top Three by many peeps and critics.

    Chris really needs to go home before Lakisha, but I don’t see that happening. Why do the judges continue to praise him? Lakiska is in trouble for not listening to the judges. Personally, Diana gave the best performance of “I Belive.”

    Melinda is a professional, as always! I liked Blake’s performance and would love to see him work with Jon Bon Jovi.

    Randy needs to get his ears cleaned. I think he had notes prepared before she even hit the stage. Jordin did a nice job – and she’s still 17 years old. Egads!

  61. Nos..I agree..but I still love him…Maybe it’s the twang I hear in some words, or his shy smile but he is endearing to me.

    I know I’m in the minority here but it’s just a matter of taste I guess. Loved his the boss, geek in the pink and last nite the best.

    Phil has the best male voice but I wouldn’t buy his CD or see him in concert. Melinda, the same. If this contest were all about singing it could be star search where the judges votes play the main part but yet not ONE winner has sold as much as the 5 or 6th place idol. You need something else for fans to pay 50/60 bucks to see you or buy the cd. I could see Blake, Jordin and Chris on mtv tomorrow. Melinda’s album would sell less than Justin Guarini I bet.
    Phil will do well in country and Lakisha well in gospel.

  62. I agree with you guys. I’m not sure what Kool-aid those judges were drinking but Jordan’s performance was one of her worst in a while. She missed several notes throughout the song and the last few notes were too high for her voice. It came out sounding screechy.

    I wish Blake had more than one facial emotion when he sings. He voice lacks a power and emotion and he really needs to emote with his face and body a bit more.

    Never have liked Chris’s voice much, I didn’t get into the song last night either.

    Phil has a good voice but last night he was having some problems with transitioning between notes and seemed to run out of air at times.

    Lakisha was okay but she doesn’t command the stage like she once did. It doesn’t help that she has zero personality off-stage.

    Melinda was good as always. I almost felt something towards the end of that song. For American Idol this year, those moments have been few and far between for me.

    Sanjaya sucked as usual. Oh wait. Nevermind. Those were the good ol’ days when I had something to distract me from the boredom.

  63. any theories on what the shocker tonight will be? didn’t ryan allude to one?
    perhaps no one is voted off, and the votes were simply charitable?

  64. Sanjaya sucked as usual. Oh wait. Nevermind. Those were the good olà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ days when I had something to distract me from the boredom.

    No doubt!! I was bored to death…almost. If our votes were just for charity and no one is going home, I’m not sure if I’ll like that but the only reason I voted was for the little hungry kids so, on second thought, I don’t think it will be that big of a deal anyway. The Idols that are left aren’t doing it for me. Maybe it was the theme. I’ll still watch but I’m not blogging about it anymore (not that anyone was reading my blogs anyway :wink_ee:).

  65. Nostradamas tell us what you really think about Blake, lol.

    I wonder what the exact theme is next week with Jon Bon Jovi mentoring? Finally it’s the divas who will be out of their comfort zones again. It may not be Blake’s type of music but he should be able to have more fun and be himself again. I think it’s hard for him to hold back.

  66. I also saw it quite differently from the judges. I thought Phil had the best overall performance. Melinda is always good, but the song itself is not a classic.
    I actually found myself liking LaKisha’s take on “I Believe”, and did not hear shouting. I did hear problems in Jordin’s song.
    I really despise how the judges try to curry favor with the voters for certain contestants. I’m optimistic that the voters will vote as they heard it, not as the judges TOLD them they heard it.

  67. Top 5 week is Classic Rock week, right? I mean Bon JOvi is the mentor but it doesn’t have to be his songs only I think.

    Also isn’t Top 4 week the week when Robin Thicke is supposed to be on? What is the theme for that? R&B?
    That owuld be a great theme for Blake. We will see.

  68. DVLS:

    Yeah, I’m not at all disputing how bad Kiki’s song choices are. Just sayin’ the girl can sing and for that reason alone deserves a recording contract and some guidance.

    I’m curious about one thing though: does anyone else think that the boys aren’t required to have a lot of showmanship, while the girls are? I mean both Chris & Phil do very little in the way of stage movement, or intensity. And the one thing you can say about Sanjaya for sure is that the boy had stage presence!

    Not tryin’ to burn a bra here, just wondering if there are more expectations on women to put it out in a certain way while singing….

    Also wonderin’ — if so many folks on this board have the problems I did with Jordin, is she going to be in the bottom 3? Now that would be a real “shocker”……

  69. Colette – This is an interesting question:

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m curious about one thing though: does anyone else think that the boys arenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t required to have a lot of showmanship, while the girls are?

    I don’t know – I think that Phil, prior to country week, got a LOT of negative feedback about being “dull” and “boring”. By the same token, I haven’t heard that criticism of Blake or Chris. Now, I don’t find Blake boring but I DO see what you mean when I think about Chris.

    I think about the three girls that are left, and they are all kind of diva in their own way – BIG voices. BIG potential. BIG notes (questions of shoutiness aside). I wonder if those kinds of voices also demand a requisite level of stage presence and performance to compliment them – in other words, if Lakisha and Chris are both kind of “not feeling it”, does it show more on Lakisha because her voice is so good? Let’s face it – Phil has a BIG voice. He’s the only boy in the competition with that BIG voice imo – and he’s the one who has received the “dull” comments along with Lakisha.

  70. Very interesting point, RenaRF.

    You think of Aretha — in her glory years, she did very little onstage except blow your mind vocally. Most of the emotion went into the song, not into the presentation. (Her wardrobe has been so wild over the years that AI judges probably would have made mincemeat out of her! I just kinda love it that she wore low-cut dresses when she weighed 300 pounds….the Queen has her way!)

    But nothing could mask Aretha’s genius. I’m not sayin’ LaKisha is in the same ballpark, but the raw talent is so compelling I just wish she had the savvy about her material. I vote for Aretha as her personal mentor!

    Here’s typical Aretha in the 1970s — a few gestures, a few smiles, and everything else is poured into the song. Wonder what the judges would say about her today…..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtC-Wa-CE1o

  71. Grammie Kari
    Chris really needs to go home before Lakisha, but I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see that happening. Why do the judges continue to praise him? Lakiska is in trouble for not listening to the judges. Personally, Diana gave the best performance of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I Belive.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Grammie, I couldn’t agree with you more about Diana and “I Believe”. Evidently we are the only two…

  72. Stefunny
    Apr 25th, 2007 at 1:14 pm
    Popwatchà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s take on the events from an audience memberà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s perspective:

    http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2007/04/on_the_scene_id_6.html#more

    Chris was the first to take the stage and, just before cameras started rolling, he had to make an adjustment in the crotch area, prompting Debbie the stage manager to gasp audibly. (There were plenty more ladies who caught it too, albeit delightedly.) :shock_tb:

  73. 1) I would add to the list of best Idol performances ever: Clay Aiken, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

    2) Someone mentioned a couple of weeks ago how LaKisha always chooses a diva’s signature song….obviously, this is a poor strategy. She is like the oppositie of Melinda; instead of being too modest she seems too full of herself (Tony Bennett week, anyone?)

    3) Speaking of picking a signature song, how ballsy is it to pick John Lennon’s “Imagine”. I think I am the only person on the planet who doesn’t love that song. But geez, don’t mess with a song like that.

  74. LoveU, I said those same things in a discussion with a friend earlier today. You hit the nail on the head w/ regards to Lakisha and Blake. I think they both set themselves up big time to fall last night. But Lakisha doesn’t like to take advice (whether she was given any this week is not known to us) and Blake, I think, seriously thinks he can sing really well. But, I don’t think he can and so that was a major letdown for me. He’s a performer, not a singer, and that song was not about performance.

    Clay’s BRIDGE was one of the best things I’ve ever seen on Idol ever :) And I’m so far from being a Claymate. But it was special!

  75. GAH!!! MJ, I did the same thing (duh – yeah, I have a graduate degree! LOL) I guess I have to multiply my text votes by 10 cents and add that to my donation! Oh well. At least Team Plaid will be happy I voted!

  76. I am glad someone else besides me commented on Jordin’s performance and pointed out the pitchy and screechy parts. Normally I am OK with Jordin’s performance but think she did not earn the extensive tonegue-bath the judges gave her in-toto.

  77. Okay, on the one hand, I think it’s awesome that money is being raised to help those in need. However, we see and hear what Newscorp/the sponsors for this event are doing and what they are giving, and viewers are being urged to donate via the official AI site and by phone tonight. But, aside from facilitating this mass of giving, what exactly is AI and 19E contributing? They can certainly afford it. I mean, why – when Ryan, Simon, Paula, Randy visited the impoverished areas – didn’t they bring anything (such as food, clothing, medicine, etc.) with them and start with that? It’s not like they didn’t know that those things/every little bit would help.

    I sense that MJ is with me a little in the grassy knoll dept. here. Is this a gimmick for a major ratings blowout?

    I just want to see them walking their talk. And I’m not saying that they aren’t, per se, I just think that if they were doing something to contribute, they’d certainly be tooting their horn about that. So what gives?

    And on that (albeit skeptical) note, go team plaid!

  78. Am I one of few people that has actually heard Faith’s version of the song on the 9/11 CD and found Melinda’s version to be lacking and not at all the original that Simon said it was?

    Not to diss on Melinda, but the judges were crazy last night. If Lakisha was shouty than what do you classify Jordin as? I’d go with a skreetch fest because at least Lakisha was mostly on key and had some variation in her volume, at the end Jordin was just loud. And I like Jordin! Crazy judging last night……my tinfoil hat was on.

  79. Of course, this Idol Gives Back deal could be merely a way to boost ratings and maybe even finally win that coveted Emmy (would not be surprised if they finally do).

    MJ, I hadn’t thought of that but bad kitty probably did! Terrific analysis, BTW!

    Grammie Kari:
    Chris really needs to go home before Lakisha, but I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see that happening. Why do the judges continue to praise him? Lakiska is in trouble for not listening to the judges. Personally, Diana gave the best performance of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I Belive.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    t2 I tried to go back immediately and correct my spelling, but it didn’t work. Oh, Shannon agrees with us. What I found ironic is that Simon mentions Lakisha’s screaming. I don’t think he remembers Fantasia’s screaming, especially when she returned back to the show after winning.

    MrsTrep, I totally agree the judges weren’t hearing the same things I heard! Jordin’s performance was fine but full of flaws. What’s with Ryan and the tie for Jordin? Was that a scripted moment?

  80. MJ. I loved your review, you were spot on,imo. I had forgotten about Simon and his surprise that there are food banks in LA. Hello, there is also homelessness,poverty,people without health care and no safety nets.

    It kind of reminded me of Ryan’s comments to Simon last year after one of Taylor’s performances,I can’t recall which. Anyway, Simon said “in the real world” blah,blah,blah.

    Ryan retorted, what do you know about the real world with your private jets and with limo drivers? Lol, word Ryan!

    For the first time this season, I too voted because of the charity. I split between Blake and Lakisha, my two favorites from the beginning.

    Go team Plaid and go Big Mama!

  81. Whatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s with Ryan and the tie for Jordin? Was that a scripted moment?

    My impression was that Ryan was being his usual sweet self and upon seeing that Jordin was a little weepy was offering it to her to use as a hankie. Jordin misunderstood. Perhaps they were crocodile tears to begin with…. :sad_tb: :wink1_tb:

  82. I was completely baffled by Chris’ suit jacket…what was the extra flappy thing on it. I thought his tie had gone thru the buttons and was sticking out but my son said the jacket was supposed to be that way???????? Either way, it was strange. Can someone explain it to me? I’m a little slow with current dress trends. I, myself, wouldn’t mix a suit jacket, dress shirt, and tie with cargo pants-but that’s just me. I like my socks to match my slacks and all that kind of stuff:)

  83. I don’t care what TPTB’s motivation is for the fundraising, I think it’s terrific. A show this powerful is reaching several million people all at once. It’s going to raise a hella amount of money for great causes, and hopefully spur people to volunteer in their own communities as well.

    bad kitty–we saw very tiny clips of their visits, so who knows what went on. From the little I know about international aid, however, The International Aid Powers That Be prefer that donations go through official channels like the Red Cross so goods are donated fairly and (hopefully) avoid theft through corruption. They also prefer money to goods, partially so the money can be used to improve infrastructure and farming. Plus, how would Simon etc. get heir hands on medicine? How would they know how much food to bring and how were they going to transport it? Getting the food closer to the source is much cheaper than lugging it from the U.S.

    Anyway, unless they’re total jerks, their experiences in Africa and poor U.S. communities surely spurned them to donate money if not time. If not they’re heartless. You can’t be around that kind of poverty and fail to act in at least a small way.

    I’m just sayin’. :-)

  84. While I think the donations to charity, etc is a good thing, this is American Idol and they will do anything to get ratings, pimp their show, etc.

    Oh and while I agree with folks choices of some of the best songs and performances on Idol I would like to add one of my own.

    My take on a best idol moment was In a Dream done acapela (sp) by Bo Bice, Season 4.

  85. I got caught up in the Jordin hoopla last night.

    She chose an excellent, excellent song that perfectly fit the theme — that is why I ranked her number one.

    I thought she sang it well but she DID oversing. It does not need embellishments — that song is perfect the way it is. Compared to the Carousel soundtracks I’ve heard, Jordin’s version was syrupy.

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