American Idol: We’re there… finally!
Season 10 of American Idol has been touted as the season with the richest and deepest talent pool in the show’s history and I don’t dispute that. But I think season 10 has also been the most boring – and predictable – in the show’s history.
Bottom line for me: I miss Simon Cowell and American Idol isn’t the same without him. Yes, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler were fun to look at and, at times, listen to, but as talent judges who were on-hand to, one would assume, offer feedback and criticism to the competitors, they were useless. Jennifer less s0 than Steven for obvious reasons.
Oh well. I knew all that going in and I still made the choice to watch and here we are over four months later and the show is set to crown the season’s winner. But not before we get to hear the two finalists sing for us again. A coin flip determines the order of the singers and we’re off.
Round One: Favorite Songs
Scotty McCreery: I liked it the first time he sang it and it was alright again last night. Would it still be good if I had it on an album or was hearing it for the 1,000th time on the radio? That’s the key question and I think the answer is no.
Lauren Alaina: (A doctor, complete in scrubs just like on Grey’s Anatomy, is brought on stage to explain to us how Lauren blew out a vocal cord or something and he compared it to a sprained ankle. He doped her up and all is well and we can all thank him for saving Lauren’s life… and the show.) Lauren’s song: I liked it the first time she sang it and it was alright again last night. Would it be… blah, blah, blah, you get the idea.
Round Two: Idol Choice
(Random thought to self: Why am I watching this show?)
Scotty: If this were a concert I’d be fidgety and wanting the headliner to come on stage already.
Lauren: What can I say that matters. The song was pretty, she was pretty and she sang it well. Beyond that I don’t care.
The judges begin the laborious – and meaningless – task of deciding who “won” each of the first two rounds. The most relevant comment goes to Steven who said he gives the edge to Lauren because she’s prettier than Scotty. I think Randy said something about someone being in it to win it. “In It To Win It” t-shirts, bandanas, temporary tattoos and bumper stickers available for purchase in the lobby after the show, folks.
Round Three: The Original Song
The icing on the cake; the original song the winner will be saddled with singing for however long. I was ready to turn the volume down at this point, but honestly, I thought both songs were pretty good. Scotty’s was a little corny (“I Love You This Big”) but it was also tender and sweet and he sang it well and he made it believable for me. Lauren’s song (“Like My Mother Does”) made me think this was the song Lauren was born to sing. I loved it, and maybe I’m a sap, but I loved Ryan trotting over to escort Lauren down the stairs so she could hug her mother mid-song. The hug was a beautiful American Idol moment that I think transcended the show and into the hearts of everyone watching. Love Lauren or hate her, I think it’d be difficult for anyone watching not to feel connected to her during that song.
Best of the night:
Scotty is Scotty. He’s a good singer and he seems like a nice kid and he’s already got an “image”, but I’ve been bored with him for the last few weeks and he didn’t do anything to change that for me last night. I imagine Scotty to be the type of performer who will give concerts where the exact same set list will be performed each and every night and the songs will be, note-for-note, identical. His stage banter between songs will change only with the name of the city he’s performing in and he’ll make hundreds of millions of dollars. I think Lauren has the ability, at least after what I saw last night, to rise above that and be a performer who actually connects with fans. I’m not sure I would have thought that about her a few weeks ago, or even last week, but now I blame that on the fact that she was singing songs – and being judged on songs – that weren’t hers. With a song of her own it’s a completely different story. I guess that’s a long way of saying I thought Lauren was the best of the night, besting Scotty in all three rounds.
Who will win? Nigel Lythgoe.
Which singer will come out on top? The smart money has to go with Scotty, but my prediction is Lauren had enough going for her last night (the medical emergency, the doctor’s appearance, playing through the injury, two good performances and an emotional third performance) that when combined with what I see as a less than reputable voting system, should put her over the top and make Lauren Alaina the 10th American Idol.
If you’ve stuck around and read my American Idol thoughts over the weeks here I’d like to say thank you for doing so!