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American Idol: Now and Then

May 5, 2011

I think I’ve reached the end of my American Idol rope because the show is getting a little boring for me and I’m more than ready for the finale. Blame it on the lack of proper judging which has turned a semi-competition show into something less than a popularity contest, or blame it on all the commercials and fillers, I don’t know, but I’m ready for the finale.

Was that Sara Ramirez I saw in the front row at the beginning of the show?

James Durbin: I like James a lot, but that “Let me hear you scream” to the crowd was pretty cheesy. I’d also like to see him stay out of the crowd and remain on stage because he doesn’t sound as good when he’s bouncing around. I’m not sure that I could ever sit through a full James Durbin concert unless he toned it down some, but I thought this was very good. My only suggestion would be to maybe shave his armpits if he’s going to keep on wearing sleeveless shirts and raising his arm.

Note: If I have to hear Randy say that someone is, “In it to win it” one more time I’ll… I don’t know what I’ll do but it won’t be pretty!

Jacob Lusk: I’ve fallen off the Jacob bandwagon. This one just sounded like a lot of really loud shouting to me. The type of shouting the drunk guy sitting behind you at a football game might make, and no amount of stage smoke or crotch-grabbing or rock posturing can make this one good for me.

Lauren Aliana: One of the keys to a successful American Idol performance for me is that the backup musicians shouldn’t upstage the singer. So, about the song – I thought the violin player – or I guess it’s the fiddle player since this was a Country song – was pretty good but I don’t know what that bandana thing was around his thigh. I haven’t seen guys wearing that since the 60’s. As to Alaina, yeah, she was good.

Scotty McCreery: I’m not really sure what to say other than I loved it. I thought the beginning was a little rough but when he jumped off the stage I was hooked. If this is Country then I’m missing out on some good music! And thanks, Randy, for letting us know, for the bazillionth time, that someone is in it to win it.

Haley Reinhart: I’ve been a harsh critic of Haley all season but I liked this performance a lot and I don’t know why the judges were so negative. That whole business about it being a bad idea to do an unreleased song was nonsense, in my opinion, and the panel illustrated in their critiques of Haley why the American Idol judging is so absolutely meaningless. If they were really judges then they’d forget about the song and be critiquing her singing and her performance. But they didn’t do that last night, they just criticized her and her decision and her motivation and as far as I’m concerned, they have no right to judge or criticize either of those. And the three of them are horribly inconsistent, too. Singers do a song too close to the original and it’s karaoke or they didn’t do enough to make it their own or they weren’t original. So Haley does a song that no one knows – in effect a brand new song, a song that couldn’t be more original – and no one likes the performance and no one judges the song or her singing. Cut her some slack for being gutsy and having the courage to do something different and for being the only singer this season who does something different every week.

James Durbin: I didn’t really like James’ second performance. It was impossible not to be swayed by his emotional investment in the song, but I didn’t think it was the greatest thing he’s ever done. And I hated the close-up of his eyes at the end of the song. Yeah, we get that he’s crying and we feel for him. We don’t need to give him a retinal exam.

Jacob Lusk: What’s that saying about if you can’t say something good about someone then you shouldn’t say anything? OK, with that in mind, I’ll say that on the plus side, this performance made me appreciate his first performance a little more. A little.

Lauren Alaina: I guess I would call this a serviceable vocal. There was nothing wrong with the singing or the arrangement, but there was also nothing there to grasp on to and I didn’t “feel” the song and this is a song a person should feel.

Scotty McCreery: Willie Nelson. Blech. Thank you Scotty for making me forget Willie Nelson. Except for the cord to that ear plug thingee sticking out at a funny angle and giving him what looked like a cartoon ear, I thought this was, again, great.

Haley Reinhart: To use a baseball analogy, Haley hit a homerun with this one. A bases loaded homerun with two runners standing on every base! A stunning performance, in my opinion, and since my TV memory is limited to about one week, I’ll say this was the best performance of the entire season. Take that judges! Haley’s in it to… oh, no, darn you, Randy!

Best of the night:

Worst of the night:

Going home:
I see James and Scotty in the finals so they’re safe. Of the other three, it should be Jacob going home, and I hope it is, but – and not because of last night, but because she’s in the bottom three every week – it’ll probably be Haley.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 5, 2011 8:09 am

    I completely agree with you about Randy Jackson. He needs to get voted off if he can’t come up with new material.

    I’m still a James fan but I thought last night was his worst night so far.

    I haven’t really been a Haley fan but she impressed me last night.

    I hope Jacob goes home. My dog’s ears can’t take it any more.


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      May 6, 2011 10:48 am

      Adios, Jacob! I like Randy the person alright, but Randy the Judge has to go. Maybe they can dump Seacrest and Randy can act as host? I think Haley has a good chance to win now.


  2. May 5, 2011 9:46 pm

    I watched last nights AI on DVR today and wasn’t too excited with the exception of Scotty and Haley. Haley had me up and singing and playing air guitar when she was singing.

    And then I watched tonight’s show. Oh, I hate those awful group and duet songs they make them do. Anyway.

    I wasn’t at all surprised or upset that Jacob got canned. I can’t understand how he stayed so long. I never really enjoyed him.

    It’s getting close to the end Mr. Fishman!

    Talk to you next week!



    • Michael Fishman permalink
      May 6, 2011 10:48 am

      I have no idea why they do the group songs but if they’re trying to get me to buy tickets for the summer tour they’re having the exact opposite effect!


  3. Sherece permalink
    May 7, 2011 6:36 pm

    I agree that Haley had the best performance of the night. It’s the first time I’ve said that all season. But, I did get weepy with James’ last song. I’m a sucker for the tears. Somebody cries. I cry. Something happy happens. I cry. Somebody goes home…. well, I didn’t cry – this week, but usually have tears well up with the g’bye package each week even though I know it’s gotta be SOMEbody. lol

    I can’t find a lot of details about the rest of the season. It looks like Gaga mentors next week with songs by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Why Gaga for that theme??? and Jordin Sparks and Steven Tyler perform on the results show.

    Not sure what happens the week of the 18th. Do they go home the week with 3 people left? Is that when they’re in their hometowns and the judges send a msg saying what one of the songs they’ll sing is? Or is that when there’s just 2 left? You’d think I’d know this after 9 seasons!!!

    The Finale is May 26th…. I heard Aerosmith, Gaga, Stevie Nicks, Casey sings with Jack Black…. and more performances yet to be announced. I agree, I think it will be Scotty/James in the finals. I hope James can with this! He’s been “in it to win it” the longest! 😉


  4. Michael Fishman permalink
    May 10, 2011 7:20 am

    My guess is that Lady Gaga either has a new album coming out or is about to start a tour which is why she’ll be on the show. I’m not a big fan of hers but I’ve heard her talk a couple of times and I liked her and I also liked the duet she did with Elton John at the Grammys. During the Twins pre-game last night the announcer said the Twins were “in it to win it”! Twice!


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