I wondered in my recap of Tuesday’s show if the kids were singing to backing tracks, because I could not find the band anywhere on the Idol stage.
Update:Ãƒâ€š I’m not at all clear right now whether there’s a hidden band on the Idol stage, or if the kids are singing to backing tracks.Ãƒâ€š Either way, the current set up sucks.Ãƒâ€š And if there isn’t a live band? Hey, let’s party like it’s 2004!Ãƒâ€š Way to cheap-out Idol producers…
I really miss having the band front and center!Ãƒâ€š Check out this video of David Cook singing “All Right Now” from the Season 7 semi-finals.Ãƒâ€š Cook is playing guitar, and at points jams with the band.Ãƒâ€š I also really like the camera shots fromÃƒâ€š behind the drummer, giving the performance a concert feel.
After David finishes, Paula says, “The band is hot tonight!”
Now, watch this video of Stephen Fowler’s performance from Tuesday.Ãƒâ€š Where is that disembodied music coming from?Ãƒâ€š It gives the entire enterprise a cheap, clinical feel.
After Stephen biffs the performance, he confesses that he feels more comfortable singing at his keyboards, making me wonder if instruments have been banned during the semi-finals.
Well, if keyboardist, Matt Giraud doesn’t sit at the piano while he performs Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” Wednesday night (Joesplace has confirmed this spoiler!) then we’ll know something is up…Ãƒâ€š ETA: And now I’m hearing that Matt WILL NOT be playing piano this week.
I am so not digging Season 8 so far….