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'American Idol': 11 More Beatles Songs Mangled

"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest, the new King of All Media, gushes that this is the very first time in history the show has done the same theme two weeks in a row. Because the Beatles are Just. That. Good.

Judge Paula Abdul tells Seacrest that during last week's Beatles Week, Idolettes with "gumption" took risks, marking the first time in the history of "American Idol" anyone has used the word "gumption."


Brooke White (Frank Micelotta - Fox)

Correction: It's the first time in the history of the Fox network anyone has used the word "gumption." That word is at least twice as old as the Beatles, right?

Judge Simon Cowell now has winked at Seacrest twice. Seacrest calls him Mister Gumption. One of the jailbait in the audience holds up a sign saying "Simon Is Sexy." Seacrest says Simon is holding a sign-making class at his house again -- I ask you, folks, is there any doubt Seacrest is going to walk away with that very first Primetime Emmy Award for Best Performance by a Reality Series Host this fall?

Seacrest tells the Mosh Pit Blondes America's love affair with the Beatles never ended because their music and their magic live forever. And yet, the Idolettes last week mostly didn't seem to know who they were or any of their songs. Will this week be more of the same?

Amanda Overmyer assures us that performing on the "Idol" stage is much better than on a flatbed truck. She decides to "tease up high" and "throw some black eyeliner" on "Back in the U.S.S.R." and, probably, had someone explained to her what U.S.S.R. was an abbreviation for, it would have all come together wonderfully.

Judge Randy Jackson thinks it was the perfect song choice for Amanda; Paula thinks it connected with the quintessential authenticity of who she is, though it would be nice if she sang a vulnerable ballad every once in a while. But Simon says she's so hellbent on doing exactly the same thing every week she's "in danger of becoming boring." He's wrong -- she's there already. Amanda dismisses ballads as boring and explains to the judges she has just a minute and a half to show America if they bought a ticket to her show, here's what they'd get for their money and don't waste her time with no stinkin' vulnerable ballad nonsense. Simon points out, correctly, her tickets aren't sold yet.

Kristy Lee Cook notes she's been part of the bottom two for, like, forever now and America should remember this season's once dense population of Interchangeable Hot Blondes will, like the dodo bird, become extinct if she gets the hook. She sings "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away."

Oh, and all you Song Name Purists out there? I don't want to hear from you -- next thing you'll be telling me "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" must be called "The Christmas Song." Geesh.

Where was I? Oh yeah, Kristy Lee sings the "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" song while wearing a sparkly black baby-doll mini-dress and cowboy boots. But every time Kristy Lee gets to the "Hey, you've got to hide your love away" bit, The Post's Designated "American Idol" Backup Watcher Tammy Jones just noted, she says "Hey!" like some ornery coot with a BB gun just shot her in the heinie. Maybe it's Paul or Ringo, after hearing her brag she picked this song without bothering to first hear it, because she thought the title was snappy.

Randaula thinks it safe but okay-ish. Simon says the only time Kristy Lee has any impact on the show is when she's terrible -- like last week. She pouts to Seacrest that this "Beatles thing" is all new to her. And then, gloriously, she turns to Simon, points at him, gives him her best come-hither look and says she should be voted through to sing another week because "I can blow you out of your socks and you know it." Seacrest, while a Primetime-Emmy-caliber reality show host, is momentarily befuddled, no doubt trying to figure out whether he should just ignore her remark because the American Idol Decency Police will bleep it for the West Coast broadcast. Finally, he jokes it has suddenly become hot in the studio and could someone turn on the air.

"It is hot," Kristy Lee agrees.

This year's winner, David Archuleta, wants to remind everyone he forgot the lyrics to his Beatles tune last week, so they will be impressed when he does not this week. He sings "The Long and Winding Road" very sincerely. Mosh Pit Girls bill and coo as Randaula raves over his performance. Simon calls it "a master class." David A., on cue, goes into full aw-shucks mode and explains the public is a sucker for the sensitive songs.

Michael Johns picks "Day in the Life" because of all the Beatles' tunes, it sounds most like "Bohemian Rhapsody." And it was his dead best friend's fave. Given that dead-dad stopped working for another Idolette weeks ago, this move smacks of desperation. The judges pronounce his performance a mess.

Nanny Brooke is wearing a ruffled banana costume. She pronounces her performance last week of the Beatles' "Let It Be" the most memorable moment of her entire life, if not in the history of mankind -- bigger than she ever could have imagined; in fact, even bigger than her, which is very very big. And, she adds, she started playing the piano when she was 7.

But this week she's looking forward to singing "Here Comes the Sun" because it was well written, she explains. As usual, she nails about half the notes, but has no idea what to do with her arms. Or her legs, for that matter. Or her face. "Am I happy about the sun coming?" she seems to be wondering. "Am I sad?" "Maybe I'm a Little Girl?"

A charming prince has kissed the judges on the lips, releasing them from the spell Chiquita BaNanny had had them under for weeks. Now they can see that her singing isn't great. And her performance is, um, "awkward," notes Randaula.

"I am awkward in moving," Chiquita BaNanny says, smiling her patronizing smile, like she's speaking to a child who has just given the correct answer to a particularly tough math question. Simon tells her song choice is what it's all about in this competition.

"I agree with you a hundred billion percent," Chiquita BaNanny tells Simon soothingly. She explains this week's song choice "tortured" her. And she confides to Seacrest she will "probably be sad later" about her less-than-rave reviews.

"You have to love her!" Seacrest tells us, adding, "Bye-bye, sunshine!" We resist the urge to self-medicate with chocolate.

David Cook has spent hours perfecting his rumpled rocker look. He's growing a goatee, which will make him look even more like the Coroner Munchkin. He's also wearing more layers of clothing than the last three Idolettes combined. He sings "Day Tripper," which is so good, Paula says, he could cut a Geico commercial. David C. wants her to know he learned only yesterday how to use the voicebox that was part of his performance. It appears to involve putting your lips up to it and singing something. Simon's had enough and decides to smack David C. around a bit, telling him his performance wasn't as good as he thinks and that he's become smug and the middle bits were "just stupid" -- once again demonstrating why he is the only judge worth listening to. David C. reacts by winking at Paula, but you can tell he's shaken.


Carly Smithson (Frank Micelotta - Fox)

On a tear, Simon when whacks Carly Smithson for choosing "Blackbird" as her second Beatles song. Shocked, she tries to explain that she and the other Idolettes are all like the Beatles' blackbirds, with broken wings, learning to fly, which makes it the perfect song choice. Then, to drive home her point, she shows us the "7" she's had tattooed on her knuckle. It's bad -- but not as bad as her blood-red satin baby-doll peignoir with the rose-petal ruffle around the neck, which is so not a good look with an arm full of ink.

Jason Castro chose to sing "Michelle" because he thought it was about "my bell" and learned too late that was French for something else. He struggles with the song's French lines, but with his goofy smile and his pull-off dreadlocks, he's still irresistible to the Mosh Pit Blondes, and to Paula. She notes "a lot of these girls are falling in love with you," which sends the American Idol Decency Police into Threat Level Red because they know what "a lot of these girls" means in Paula speak. Calming down, Paula notes Jason's "intimate song became more like a polka." The American Idol Decency Police downgrade the Threat Level to Yellow.

Syesha Mercado somehow managed to snag the Beatles tune everyone wanted, "Yesterday," and doesn't kill it, though the studio audience does, screaming every time she hits a glory note, while the Mosh Pit Blondes do The Wave. Simon notes she picked the best song, adding it was the one Nanny Brooke should have chosen. Thank god she didn't, we say.

Chikezie Eze tries to repeat his previous week's down-home hit, this time with "I've Just Seen a Face" and a harmonica. Needless to say, it doesn't go nearly as well. But he gets a pass, because he was so good last week. Simon thinks it all a bit too "achy breaky."

And, finally, Ramiele Malubay butchers "I Should Have Known Better" -- a song that should never be sung by a perky petite chick in a fedora. The judges think so, too.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  March 19, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
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7:39 am Eastern - First!

Posted by: First! | March 19, 2008 7:40 AM | Report abuse

7:39 am Eastern - First!

Posted by: First! | March 19, 2008 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Kelly Pickler gave us "shoes" and now Kristy Lee has given us "socks" - thank you Kristy Lee, here's your bus ticket home.

And does anyone else think David A. looks like Mad's Alfred E. Neuman?

Posted by: Rob Iola | March 19, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse

So much potential wasted last night. If you can't find a Beatles song that you can do well, then get out. Despite the many uncomfortable performances over the last two weeks, it really does help separate the crap from the true talent.

I'm still tired of Amanda. Her voice is so raspy, I think it is blinding the judges that she can't sing. She doesn't want to avoid ballads because they are boring, it's because she can't sing them.

Still there are two others that can see their way out before her, unless Ramiele can find a genre that suits the big voice she supposedly has.

This year's Daughtry, David Cook, was pretty good but his solo was lame, no matter how cool the voice box is. You've got some big balls if you are going to learn to use it the day before and pull it out in a live performance. Someone is feeling safe. (Can you blame him?) I liked Daughtry before he came out with an album, let's hope David doesn't follow the same path.

Posted by: mdg | March 19, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Oh please, let Kristy Lee Cook go home tonight. She is just painfully awful.

-David A. really needs to stop with "aw-shucks" act. I can't stand it.

-Michael Johns' record company was right to drop him.

-Unless it improves fast, this is the worst A.I. ever.

Posted by: Brooklyn | March 19, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Oh please, let Kristy Lee Cook go home tonight. She is just painfully awful.

-David A. really needs to stop with "aw-shucks" act. I can't stand it.

-Michael Johns' record company was right to drop him.

-Unless it improves fast, this is the worst A.I. ever.

Posted by: Brooklyn | March 19, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Lisa - once again, LOVE your AI column! Doing the Beatles two weeks in a row was not a good idea. I thought Syesha probably did the best last night and I thought Chikezie was decent. Amanda is grating and should go, Kristy - ick. Brooke - ick. Should be interesting to see the bottom three tonight since most didn't do that well last night.

Posted by: WI | March 19, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

As a Beatles fan, I was extremely disappointed in last night's Idol. Usually I can find 3-4 good contestants but last night I struggled to name 2. It seemed like no one "performed" they just sang the songs (and badly I might add).

Love the name Chiquita BaNanny. Laughed out loud when I read that. :)

Posted by: Beatles Fan | March 19, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Lisa - You are OUR American Idol!

Chiquita BaNanny - LMAO

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 19, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Wow last night was a real snooze fest. So far this season is not shaping up to be the best Idol ever.

Posted by: NYC | March 19, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Talk about the long, winding, and boring road!

Posted by: the anti-Celine | March 19, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Amanda O. - she started singing 'Back in the U.S.S.R.' and it was so bad that I decided that it would be a really good time to go in the kitchen and wash the cat's food bowls. It. Was. Awful.

Most of the kids made a complete hash of their chosen Beatles song. A lot of it was painfully bad.

Chiquita BaNanny - bwahahahaha. She kept talking last night over the judges and that was really annoying. God, let them at least complete one sentence. And her performance was wooden.

There was a weird vibe all night last night; felt like everybody knew it was a train wreck. And it really seemed that way when David C. got knocked over by Ryan and landed on his butt on live T.V.

Not a good night. I think Michael Johns, who actually appreciates the music of the Beatles, was gutsy for trying 'Day in the Life' but lost confidence in it in the middle of his performance. He's really too arty for Idol; unless he can resign himself to the constraints of Idol (sing a power ballad, hit a high note, sign off, smile at the camera), he's not going to survive.

I don't think this is the best crop of Idolettes.

Chikezie is starting to grow on me, though.

Posted by: NW DC | March 19, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Props to you Lisa, and to WI and Beatles Fan. You guys are dead on with your comments above.
Even sock blowing won't help Kristy tonight. While she was better, she still needs to go for her past transgressions. Was anyone else bothered by Jason pronouncing it "MEEchelle"? Best vocals: 1. Carly and 2. David A. Worst performances: Jason and Remiele should be leads in HSM. Brooke's was plain vanilla yogurt. Others: Syesha, singing "Yesterday", and her cleavage, were poised to bust out but her version was plodding and out of sync with the guitarist. (See "Eva Cassidy" on how to sing that song and Over the Rainbow.) She missed a big chance on a night no one else really stood out. Chikizie has a strong voice and delivers it easily. He should start to get second looks for his vocals. Song choice and presentation are another thing. David C needs to be reminded this is a singing contest, not a talent show. He would win the latter. Michael did nothing to advance although his performance was not as bad as the judges said. Amanda-the-female-Elvis impersonator shot herself in the foot by dissing ballads. Not being able to sing even one would seem to be a handicap, don't 'cha think?!

Bottom three: Remiele, Kristy and Amanda. And in the end, the vote you take is equal to the song you make.

Kristy should go.


Posted by: RedRocket | March 19, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Props to you Lisa, and to WI and Beatles Fan. You guys are dead on with your comments above.
Even sock blowing won't help Kristy tonight. While she was better, she still needs to go for her past transgressions. Was anyone else bothered by Jason pronouncing it "MEEchelle"? Best vocals: 1. Carly and 2. David A. Worst performances: Jason and Remiele should be leads in HSM. Brooke's was plain vanilla yogurt. Others: Syesha, singing "Yesterday", and her cleavage, were poised to bust out but her version was plodding and out of sync with the guitarist. (See "Eva Cassidy" on how to sing that song and Over the Rainbow.) She missed a big chance on a night no one else really stood out. Chikizie has a strong voice and delivers it easily. He should start to get second looks for his vocals. Song choice and presentation are another thing. David C needs to be reminded this is a singing contest, not a talent show. He would win the latter. Michael did nothing to advance although his performance was not as bad as the judges said. Amanda-the-female-Elvis impersonator shot herself in the foot by dissing ballads. Not being able to sing even one would seem to be a handicap, don't 'cha think?!

Bottom three: Remiele, Kristy and Amanda. And in the end, the vote you take is equal to the song you make.

Kristy should go.


Posted by: RedRocket | March 19, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who doesn't think Kristi is that bad? I actually kind of like her. I don't think she'll win the competition, but I don't think she's far and away the worst one out there.

Personally, while I think Ramiele is very talented, she's picking terrible songs, taking no risks, and is b-o-r-i-n-g me with all the talk of her newfound friends and how close they all are on the show.

Plus, Syesha clearly had the best song and, while she showed a vulnerable side, she started it in too high a key and it didnt' work for me AT ALL. She missed a LOT of notes and, quite frankly, butchered it, in my opinion. It'll never happen, but Syesha should go this week.

Posted by: Apparently on another planet | March 19, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

First!, Brooklyn and me were all victims of the "double post". Sorry about that, but is it a WaPo problem that after previewing, the "Post" button is slow?

NW DC and I are of the same mind on Chikezie. If one listens objectively, Chikizie has an effortless voice. But is he AI material?

If Brooke were to sing from a stool she would avoid all the clumsiness of what to do when she is instrument free.

Carly could win this thing if she gets a stylist (hair AND clothes) and presents herself as star instead of contestant.


Posted by: RedRocket | March 19, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I was stunned Syesha was in the bottom 3 last week, and I'll be even more stunned if she's there this week. I thought she gave the best performance of the night. I really hope Amanda goes, but I know she's the Vote for the Worst pick, so we'll probaby have to suffer through a few more weeks of her. Ugh! So either Jason or Kristy should go this week--both have very weak voices. Bad call on Idol's part to do the Beatle's again. The first week was really good, but last night it just seemed like the Idollettes were Beatle'd out and couldn't get another good performance out of the genre.

Posted by: Amanda | March 19, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

"Apparently on another planet": yes, I think you are about the only one around that doesn't think Kristy is "that bad". Come to think of it "that bad" isn't a ringing endorsement either!

Posted by: WI | March 19, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Apparently - No, you're not the only one.

She's not a great singer by any stretch of the imagination. But she's certainly not as bad as she's made out to be.

Posted by: Duffman | March 19, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Also, BaNanny isn't as good as she's made out to be. She has an awesome tone to her voice, but her range is small. She did a great job with Let it Be, but that's a pretty easy song to sing. I agree wholeheartedly with the column when it says she needs to learn to shut up when getting her critiques. I even Yelled "Shut Up" at the TV and changed the channel when she kept blathering on with the judges.

Horse Pawner is no worse than: Rocker Nurse, Pint Size, or the Man at Work.

David A. is a great singer, but his songs are getting boring and predictable, and his faux "shock" shtick when he gets praised is getting old.

IMHO, based on the performances last night, the Aussie should go. He hasn't done anything of note since Bohemian Rhapsody, and was plain atrocious last night.

Also, I think it's silly that Amanda is getting a free pass just because she's this year's Sanjaya. She's *easily* the worst of the bunch.

Posted by: Duffman | March 19, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

it can't just be me that screamed at the tv screen almost the entire 2 hours last night. and seriously, 2 hours??? i can't wait for the show to go back to an hour. and don't even get me started on the ONE HOUR ELIMINATION SHOW!

michael johns - you should be shot on site for not only trying to condense 'a day in the life' into 1 1/2 minutes - but to do so singing the WRONG LYRICS.

david a., carly, syesha: saccharine performances.

david c. - whitesnakes' version? really?
go away.

practically everyone else: stop reinterpreting the best.songs.ever. do you really think that you, little american idollettes, are better at arranging those songs than the BEATLES?

just because chikezie did really well last week doesn't mean that gives you all a license to f**k with the beatles, ok?

please let someone be good next week.

Posted by: amanda | March 19, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Getting up to another unfolding dreary gray dawn was bearable KNOWING that I would soon be reading your column. Thanks, Lisa, for helping me start my day with HUGE LOLs, especially with Chiquita BaNanny.

I agree with so many comments - a long, winding and boring night indeed. As a fan of Beatles music, I thought a second night would be an opportunity for redemption for most singers. WRONG! They got worse, exposing even more weaknesses - probably a good thing.

Tired of Amanda - one trick. Tired of Ramiele - can't perform up to her potential. Michael should have stepped up more, instead he blew it. Jason - no longer amusing. Yawn. None of them will be next AI.

And hello, was not surprised to see our 2 bottom ladies exposing more skin. Looks like Syesha decided to get help by exposing her "shoes". Kristi went with more girlish approach - give them some leg and a sparkle dress (left the cowgirl jeans at home). If its glittery, it must be Nashville, Dolly-style, who famously once said before performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London before the Queen, "It takes a lot of money to look this cheap."

While she should go home, I fear we have Kristi yet another week. Amanda, Ramiele, or Syesha (despite decent singing)are vulnerable too.

With David H. gone, his fan base will probably break for the other 2 Davids, but will provide little boost to weak females. He wasn't the best vocalist, but he was a reliable, smooth performer - something most of the women lack.

Posted by: Holly | March 19, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

First, go a little easy on the Idolettes on their hideous song choices. They don't get the full Beatles collection to select from, but some random subset of the songs. Then they have a lottery who gets to pick a song. Obviously Sayesha won the lottery and got to sing the song that everyone wanted. The others had to settle for second choices. David H revealed in his AI Extra exit interview last week that they had 24 songs (for 12 performers!) and that he lost his first choice "Let It Be" and had to settle for his second choice which he wasn't that familiar with. So due to royalties and the AI machine not willing to part with a little more of their beaucoup profit bucks, the idolettes get zapped with bad song choice from a limited pool with the fortunate few getting good songs to fit their voices.

And Kristy isn't that bad. She's got a decent voice. Her problem is that she has really bad judgement. Other than Amazing Grace, she really can't pick a song that suits her voice and she is awkward and uncomfortable on stage. However, if you were to give her a song that suits her (are there 12-step programs to help you with bad judgement?) and put her on a radio, she wouldn't be that bad. She's just painful to watch as she sings a bad song choice.

It's interesting that it isn't just about singing. The ones with the weakest voices out there (Jason on the boys side, Brooke on the girls side) are in the top third of their side. They clearly have a lot more going for them. They know how to perform. They know how to choose good songs to feature themselves. And they know how to interpret music. They know how to make the most of their talents (and their talents exceed their singing voices). That's why they do well. Amanda is also a lousy singer, but there are people who are voting for her image of hot rocker nurse and keeping her on. Also VFTW is helping her to survive.

There are several with great voices that are just flops on stage. Those include Carly, Ramielle, Michael. These guys have the vocals, they just don't have anything that makes them stand out. And they become forgettable.

Posted by: DadWannaBe | March 19, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

First, go a little easy on the Idolettes on their hideous song choices. They don't get the full Beatles collection to select from, but some random subset of the songs. Then they have a lottery who gets to pick a song. Obviously Sayesha won the lottery and got to sing the song that everyone wanted. The others had to settle for second choices. David H revealed in his AI Extra exit interview last week that they had 24 songs (for 12 performers!) and that he lost his first choice "Let It Be" and had to settle for his second choice which he wasn't that familiar with. So due to royalties and the AI machine not willing to part with a little more of their beaucoup profit bucks, the idolettes get zapped with bad song choice from a limited pool with the fortunate few getting good songs to fit their voices.

And Kristy isn't that bad. She's got a decent voice. Her problem is that she has really bad judgement. Other than Amazing Grace, she really can't pick a song that suits her voice and she is awkward and uncomfortable on stage. However, if you were to give her a song that suits her (are there 12-step programs to help you with bad judgement?) and put her on a radio, she wouldn't be that bad. She's just painful to watch as she sings a bad song choice.

It's interesting that it isn't just about singing. The ones with the weakest voices out there (Jason on the boys side, Brooke on the girls side) are in the top third of their side. They clearly have a lot more going for them. They know how to perform. They know how to choose good songs to feature themselves. And they know how to interpret music. They know how to make the most of their talents (and their talents exceed their singing voices). That's why they do well. Amanda is also a lousy singer, but there are people who are voting for her image of hot rocker nurse and keeping her on. Also VFTW is helping her to survive.

There are several with great voices that are just flops on stage. Those include Carly, Ramielle, Michael. These guys have the vocals, they just don't have anything that makes them stand out. And they become forgettable.

Posted by: DadWannaBe | March 19, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

First, go a little easy on the Idolettes on their hideous song choices. They don't get the full Beatles collection to select from, but some random subset of the songs. Then they have a lottery who gets to pick a song. Obviously Sayesha won the lottery and got to sing the song that everyone wanted. The others had to settle for second choices. David H revealed in his AI Extra exit interview last week that they had 24 songs (for 12 performers!) and that he lost his first choice "Let It Be" and had to settle for his second choice which he wasn't that familiar with. So due to royalties and the AI machine not willing to part with a little more of their beaucoup profit bucks, the idolettes get zapped with bad song choice from a limited pool with the fortunate few getting good songs to fit their voices.

And Kristy isn't that bad. She's got a decent voice. Her problem is that she has really bad judgement. Other than Amazing Grace, she really can't pick a song that suits her voice and she is awkward and uncomfortable on stage. However, if you were to give her a song that suits her (are there 12-step programs to help you with bad judgement?) and put her on a radio, she wouldn't be that bad. She's just painful to watch as she sings a bad song choice.

It's interesting that it isn't just about singing. The ones with the weakest voices out there (Jason on the boys side, Brooke on the girls side) are in the top third of their side. They clearly have a lot more going for them. They know how to perform. They know how to choose good songs to feature themselves. And they know how to interpret music. They know how to make the most of their talents (and their talents exceed their singing voices). That's why they do well. Amanda is also a lousy singer, but there are people who are voting for her image of hot rocker nurse and keeping her on. Also VFTW is helping her to survive.

There are several with great voices that are just flops on stage. Those include Carly, Ramielle, Michael. These guys have the vocals, they just don't have anything that makes them stand out. And they become forgettable.

Posted by: DadWannaBe | March 19, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

First, go a little easy on the Idolettes on their hideous song choices. They don't get the full Beatles collection to select from, but some random subset of the songs. Then they have a lottery who gets to pick a song. Obviously Sayesha won the lottery and got to sing the song that everyone wanted. The others had to settle for second choices. David H revealed in his AI Extra exit interview last week that they had 24 songs (for 12 performers!) and that he lost his first choice "Let It Be" and had to settle for his second choice which he wasn't that familiar with. So due to royalties and the AI machine not willing to part with a little more of their beaucoup profit bucks, the idolettes get zapped with bad song choice from a limited pool with the fortunate few getting good songs to fit their voices.

And Kristy isn't that bad. She's got a decent voice. Her problem is that she has really bad judgement. Other than Amazing Grace, she really can't pick a song that suits her voice and she is awkward and uncomfortable on stage. However, if you were to give her a song that suits her (are there 12-step programs to help you with bad judgement?) and put her on a radio, she wouldn't be that bad. She's just painful to watch as she sings a bad song choice.

It's interesting that it isn't just about singing. The ones with the weakest voices out there (Jason on the boys side, Brooke on the girls side) are in the top third of their side. They clearly have a lot more going for them. They know how to perform. They know how to choose good songs to feature themselves. And they know how to interpret music. They know how to make the most of their talents (and their talents exceed their singing voices). That's why they do well. Amanda is also a lousy singer, but there are people who are voting for her image of hot rocker nurse and keeping her on. Also VFTW is helping her to survive.

There are several with great voices that are just flops on stage. Those include Carly, Ramielle, Michael. These guys have the vocals, they just don't have anything that makes them stand out. And they become forgettable.

Posted by: DadWannaBe | March 19, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Agree with much of what has been said. And,

Love Carly, hated the blouse. Great color on her, but enough with the tattoo. If she wants to win this, she has to expand her clothing style, and have less of a punk look.

I don't think Kristi is as bad, talentwise, as comments suggest. She has some nice tones to her voice. But she has made more poor song/style choices, and I get Simon's point - musical wallpaper. But that could also apply to Syesha and Ramiele, arguably better voices, but weak performers. Also Brooke on a bad night - like last night.

Is anyone else tired of David Cook's smugness? Simon was right as usual - not as good as he thinks he is. Thus, he will eventually fall.

Reluctantly, I admit to liking David A. best last night, because, I too, am sick of the gee, golly gosh bit. I wouldn't go so far as to call it phony, but I cringe whenever he is interviewed - or else snooze.

My suggestion to all: record on dvr and start watching at least one-third to one-half in and then fast forward through ads, Ryan blather, Paula blather, idolette blather. etc. You'll feel better. Trust me.

Posted by: Idle fan | March 19, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Un. Believ. Able.

Who would have thunk that "Michelle", just because it has some French words in it, should be performed as a cabaret number?

And, I'm probably the only Beatles purist annoyed by this, but I was screaming at Ramiele's happy-go-lucky performance of "Should Have Known Better": "It's NOT a happy love song, dip-sh!#! It's about a girl/guy who's all about someone who doesn't care as much about them! You're supposed to be hurt and confused -- not happy sing-songy -- that when you asked him/her to be yours he/she replied 'I love you, too'. Quit singing like that's a GOOD thing, you moron!"

Posted by: WoW | March 19, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Dadwannabe,

I wish your point about the idolettes getting a limited songbook choice would be more clear, especially since the contestants get beaten up by the judges on this point, first. I think the musical team of the show should be held accountable. If there are only about 24 songs for about 12 singers to choose, they don't have much choice. I thought they got robbed too, when All My Loving and Can't Buy Me Love were used for last week's medley. Both would have been good to showcase one's voice and performing style.

Frankly, I'm tired of theme weeks. I'd just like to see the contestants come out and do what they do best. No star is asked to fill every niche, or even most niches, so why are we demanding that of these singers?

If the show insists on some arbitrary categories, than how about giving them a choice between two genres each week? Decades themes were annoying because most of the performers weren't even born until nineties.

I think the idolettes should listen to the advice "just sing the song well." Few have done that. They shouldn't remix song until they have mastered song as written and originally performed. If they can't do that, then toying with it will not work. Their vocal coaches are letting them down.

And btw, Amanda and David C. were mostly drowned out by the band. It didn't matter what their voices sounded like. Kind of misses the boat, doesn't it? They each offered only a brand of showmanship which either you liked or didn't. But recording vocal quality? I don't think so..

Posted by: Holly | March 19, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Duffman: technically, none of them are as bad as they're made out to be when one (see: Cowell, Simon) uses words like horrific, awful, and worse. They're just not 'great' but shouldn't be excoriated for the effort. Save horrific and awful for the truly bad auditions -- the ones who honestly (and pathetically) think they can sing in tune, etc. So we are left with comparing the finalists relative to each other. In a nicer Cowell-less world we would hear judges say they liked someone least, better, or best.

Amanda: get a grip, girl! Breathe into a paper bag. I understand your point that we want to like someone, but agree -- WHO? I too have lobbied for Syesha before but am steadily losing faith each week that she fails to really impress.

Four who can actually sing a song: David A, Carly, Brooke, and lately, Chikizie.

Duffman, I disagree about Brooke. I think she has a pleasant voice and I also think she gets involved in her songs (except last night) and sings with emotion, and not just the words.

I can't support
Jason (too daffy)
Remiele (too young and boring)
Kristy (too forgetable)
Amanda (too trite)
or Michael (too bland).

That leaves these folks, and here's what they need to do to adopt mantle of AI.
Chikizie (needs to develop stage presence)
David A (needs to grow up emotionally) Brooke (needs only experience, seasoning)
Syesha (needs a breakout performance)
Carly (needs a stylist)
or David C (needs depth beyond just a rocker)

Posted by: RedRocket | March 19, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you WoW.

HATED both Jason's and Ramiele's performances last night. As soon as each began first few bars, I knew they were disasters. Neither singer understood his/her song. The tempo of "Michele" was also completely bizarre.

"Should Have.." is one of my favorite Beatle songs. Ramiele was once again, clueless about how to perform it. Time for her to go because she is proving that she is even more stupid than other contestants.

I think both of these contestants have shown how musically immature they are, and won't last long as a result. It's not enough to have pleasant vocal pipes.

Modern musical history is full of successful recording artists with limited vocal talents who nevertheless sell out concerts and break sales charts because of their musicality and emotional connectiveness. (I hate to admit that Paula actually has a good point about this, since she is usually incoherent and full of unwarranted praise for mediocre performances).

Jason has lost serious ground and Ramiele is almost flamed out. I'll be surprised if she isn't in the bottom whatever tonight.

Posted by: Idle fan | March 19, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Chiquita BaNanny! That is utterly priceless. One of your best epithets ever.

Some week Carly will appear with a new tatoo on her forehead, to match her Queequeg hubby. That week will be her last one.

Posted by: Christin | March 19, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Syesha's *shoes* were out in full force last night. She was rockin' the crowd looking for the pre-pubescent teen boy vote.

Posted by: 17th & L NW | March 19, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Jason has lost serious ground and Ramiele is almost flamed out. I'll be surprised if she isn't in the bottom whatever tonight.

Posted by: Idle fan | March 19, 2008 12:37 PM

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I would be surprised. As lackluster as her efforts have been, she still has some popularity. First, there are a lot of Asian Americans out there voting that will help. And she wasn't nearly as bad as Kristy Lee or Amanda. Both of them clearly deserve to go before her and are likely to go. In fact, I personally think that those two and Jason were the bottom 3, but Jason is way to popular to make it into the bottom three yet. So, Ramielle will probably end up in Bottom three with Kristy Lee and Amanda with one of those two going home.

Posted by: DadWannaBe | March 19, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Jason has lost serious ground and Ramiele is almost flamed out. I'll be surprised if she isn't in the bottom whatever tonight.

Posted by: Idle fan | March 19, 2008 12:37 PM

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I would be surprised. As lackluster as her efforts have been, she still has some popularity. First, there are a lot of Asian Americans out there voting that will help. And she wasn't nearly as bad as Kristy Lee or Amanda. Both of them clearly deserve to go before her and are likely to go. In fact, I personally think that those two and Jason were the bottom 3, but Jason is way to popular to make it into the bottom three yet. So, Ramielle will probably end up in Bottom three with Kristy Lee and Amanda with one of those two going home.

Posted by: DadWannaBe | March 19, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Jason has lost serious ground and Ramiele is almost flamed out. I'll be surprised if she isn't in the bottom whatever tonight.

Posted by: Idle fan | March 19, 2008 12:37 PM

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I would be surprised. As lackluster as her efforts have been, she still has some popularity. First, there are a lot of Asian Americans out there voting that will help. And she wasn't nearly as bad as Kristy Lee or Amanda. Both of them clearly deserve to go before her and are likely to go. In fact, I personally think that those two and Jason were the bottom 3, but Jason is way to popular to make it into the bottom three yet. So, Ramielle will probably end up in Bottom three with Kristy Lee and Amanda with one of those two going home.

Posted by: DadWannaBe | March 19, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Jason has lost serious ground and Ramiele is almost flamed out. I'll be surprised if she isn't in the bottom whatever tonight.

Posted by: Idle fan | March 19, 2008 12:37 PM

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I would be surprised. As lackluster as her efforts have been, she still has some popularity. First, there are a lot of Asian Americans out there voting that will help. And she wasn't nearly as bad as Kristy Lee or Amanda. Both of them clearly deserve to go before her and are likely to go. In fact, I personally think that those two and Jason were the bottom 3, but Jason is way to popular to make it into the bottom three yet. So, Ramielle will probably end up in Bottom three with Kristy Lee and Amanda with one of those two going home.

Posted by: DadWannaBe | March 19, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Jason has lost serious ground and Ramiele is almost flamed out. I'll be surprised if she isn't in the bottom whatever tonight.

Posted by: Idle fan | March 19, 2008 12:37 PM

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I would be surprised. As lackluster as her efforts have been, she still has some popularity. First, there are a lot of Asian Americans out there voting that will help. And she wasn't nearly as bad as Kristy Lee or Amanda. Both of them clearly deserve to go before her and are likely to go. In fact, I personally think that those two and Jason were the bottom 3, but Jason is way to popular to make it into the bottom three yet. So, Ramielle will probably end up in Bottom three with Kristy Lee and Amanda with one of those two going home.

Posted by: DadWannaBe | March 19, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

AI proves the adage that when chased by a tiger, you don't have to be fast, just faster than the next slowest person.

Amanda: Atrociously, comedically bad. Not good enough for the 4-H carnival bad. Eighth best singer at the karaoke club bad. Dr. Kevorkian bad.

Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad.

Posted by: Doorknob | March 19, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Best Performance:
David C. *is* smug, but I liked his performance last night best. He's had some great performances--and when you put those up against most others, he can afford to be smug. He has a strong voice, and his stage presence is entertaining.

Best Vocals:
Carly also does have a strong voice--you can't take that from her. But, she isn't as entertaining. If it was strictly singing, she's have only to compete with David A., who BTW, is killing me with the ballads needs to show he can do other styles.

Best Sex Appeal:
Jason Castro, like Brooke, is not the best singer. But they both have good vocal ability with the right songs, and they are both charming and adorable. As an older woman, I can tell you there is something strangely (and perhaps inappropriately) seductive about Jason Castro and his tight jeans, goofy smile, long eyelashes, and well, I digress. I suspect many men would feel the same way about Brooke. BUT, I don't think older men are watching AI and/or voting--therefore Jason will do better.

Best Cleavage:
Syesha is so boring. Several times during her song, I was like, "Is she CRYING?" She practically whined through "Yesterday."

Best Outfit:
Ramiele is adorable, but also boring.

Best for Another Audience:
I agree, as commented above that Michael is in another world--an artsier one than what AI allows. I can see him as a performer, but not for the AI audience (which, as you know from my comment, is made up of lusty older women :) I can see him with a cult following performing at academic coffeehouses...

Best Effort:
I like Kristi and Chickezie because they keep trying really hard to be stand-outs (Chickezie has thus far been more successful). Whatever you can say about Kristi, she always gives something different--and really tries to be awesome, an "A"--not just passing, like say Michael or Brooke who often do play it safe because they feel favored perhaps.

I think Ramiele is a goner :(

Posted by: Sam | March 19, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Paul McCartney lost $50 million in a divorce settlement, and it wasn't the worst thing to happen to him this week. The Beatles song collection, even at bare bones, is as rich as it comes -- and they still can't get it right? Don't blame the producers. Blame the singers.

I hope there's a doctor on the set, because Jason Castro looks dangerously close to passing a kidney stone when he sings.

Michael Johns was born to sing "Oh! Darling" or "Don't Let Me Down" but condenses "A Day in the Life" for a dead friend; he may join him soon in the Idol Great Beyond with more performances like that. I admire the concept of shrinkage: I wish that I could just burp the entire show like it was a bloated baby.

Amanda is looking less like a Special Guest Villain on the old "Batman" series, but why buy a ticket to her show when you can get screamed and snarled at for free?

Other than her pretty face, I never got Brooke's appeal to Simon because her range, to paraphrase Dorothy Parker, runs the gamut from A to B. To top it off, she looked like the lead in a Raisin Bran commercial. (Incidentally, anyone else know why she was allowed to butcher a Harrison song? I thought this was Lennon/McCartney.)

Yoo-hoo, Carly: You can sing, but now you need gloves to go along with those sleeves.

David A. was perfect until he stopped singing. David C. was perfect until he started singing into a voice box.

Chikeze was victimized by the template he set last week; he just painted by numbers this time.

Ramiele should have known better.

Syesha's cleavage display buys her at least seven more yesterdays -- and it doesn't matter what Kristy does to de-sock Simon.




Posted by: JD | March 19, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

"Duffman, I disagree about Brooke. I think she has a pleasant voice and I also think she gets involved in her songs (except last night) and sings with emotion, and not just the words."

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I agree that she has a pleasant voice. I even said that. My point was that her range is almost non-existent. I don't see any difference between Brooke and any girl I can find at an Open Mic Night at any Coffee Shop in America with a guitar who thinks she's Jewel.

Posted by: Duffman | March 19, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

RedRocket, I'm on the same page with you. I actually like Carly alot last night and David C. If he's smug, its only because the others were sooo bad. However, it is never good to show it. I still don't get the hoopla about David A. He is too young too sweet and too much success will ruin him I'm afraid. Also I think his Mom and Dad should take him to see the opthamologist. Notice how he squints all the time??

On a lighter note, who will wear the fedora next week?

Dadwanabe, what's up with the quadruple posts? (watch this one post x5--hope not)

Posted by: hodie | March 19, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I think Amanda may go home instead of Kristi. Because: Kristi is more likable. Her self-effacing, good-humored reactions may turn her votes around. Call it a "sympathy" vote, but mom types like me would prefer to see Kristi rather than Amanda eating up pages in feature magazines aimed at our teen daughters. And, while my teen daughters think she is only marginally okay, have like me, gotten over their initial amusement with Amanda. Now, Amanda's sass comes across as simply b****y and witchy, not to mention trashy. She really is cartoonish. Biker chicks don't all dress or style themselveslike her, nor do rock chicks. She is now a shallow stereotype. The breath of fresh air is now stale.

Posted by: guiltypleasure | March 19, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

"As an older woman, I can tell you there is something strangely (and perhaps inappropriately) seductive about Jason Castro and his tight jeans, goofy smile, long eyelashes, and well, I digress."

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I didn't know Paula Abdul reads this blog! Toss aside David A's head and dangle Jason's "tight jeans" from your rear view mirror!

Posted by: need a date, Sam? | March 19, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

JD- Are you a columnist? If not, you should be one. LOL over your on point wrap-up. Total agreement here.

Posted by: guiltypleasure | March 19, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

It will soon be back to a flatbed truck for skunk girl. I can't carry a tune in a bucket, but I'll be d@mned if I couldn't stand on a stage a scream a song every bit as good as biker chick. She's a one trick pony. Give me strength.

Tattoo girl needs serious help. That getup she had on last night was downright fugly. Her tats, her clothes, her hair are all a distraction from her voice (which is also getting on my nerves.)

Kristy - Suck! Suck! Blow is just an expression! Although she will probably go tonight, I would love to see Amanda get the boot instead.

David A. has the purist voice. I think he did the best.

Chikezie is finding his footing. Except for the awkward part with the harmonica, his was a very entertaining performance. He's upbeat and energetic. Could be the sleeper.

It's too bad we can't get rid of three or four tonight. My adios votes for tonight - Amanda, Kristy, Chiquita BaNanny and Jason Castro.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 19, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Amanda at least looks happy to be performing. Kristy looks like she's been forced into it.

Posted by: tomtildrum | March 19, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Apologies for the quad-post. Fun with the WaPo site that was hanging my browser. I tried the "Stop (X)" and reload a few times and obviously the reload also resubmitted the post. :-(

Posted by: DadWannaBe | March 19, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

"Amanda at least looks happy to be performing. Kristy looks like she's been forced into it."

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Are you talking about the same girl who spends her entire performance staring at the floor and was chided the other week for "never smiling?"

Posted by: Duffman | March 19, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I think that as the group shrinks, voting patterns shift in new ways. I think the niche candidates lose out if they can't attract crossover. Which is why Amanda may be more at risk now than Kristi.

At the beginning, I tend to spread my votes out to all contestants if I like what I hear and see potential. But those who underperform more than 1 week in a row are wasting my votes, so I begin to concentrate them on those who I want to see in top 6, and who, if they make it to top, I might actually buy their music.

I agree that cultural identity politics probably plays some part, especially in earlier votes, but that the concentration of these votes tend to dilute as weeks go by. And btw, I think that racially based voting is very little black/white race-based. However, racial groups which have had limited success in mainstream music, such as Asian, or Indian (as in Sanjaya)may be stronger advocates for their contestants. And by culture, I also include religion and regionality. Ramiele probably does have a secure fan base among Phillipine-Americans, thought not necessarily all or even most Asians, but her vocal talent attracted many voters, most of whom don't care about identity. However, her failure to perform well is likely to see those votes disappear. I was an early voter of hers, and now have written her off. Great voice, but needs to grow-up musically.

I also think there are country, pop, rock, and r&b camps to AI, but any contestant who is grounded in his/her style and can bridge successfully into some other genre can win. I think the trajectory of rockers in AI is improving, witness the high finishes of Bo Bice and Chris Daughtry. I don't think of Dave Cook as being the next AI, but he could come close (2 or 3), but then who would have figured on Taylor Hicks, who successfully sold himself as a performer.

I thought Michael Johns was the lead horse for rock-pop role when this started, but he is fading even before the stretch. If he doesn't get his act together in next week or two, he won't have sufficient momentum to build vote base. David C. has that momentum for now.

Posted by: guiltypleasure | March 19, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Amanda may be getting stale, but we're gonna have to gag on that stale air for several more weeks.

Chiquita BaNanny got a needed reality check this week. But have to admit I still enjoyed her Sunshine (especially vocally--just can't resist her voice somehow), and still think she's Going All the Way. Unless unsufferably cute little David A. and his legions of Tweenie-Teenies get in the way. Brooke has "It" in Hearts.

Carly sings well, and belated Sleeves could put her in the Final 3, unless that dreaded hubby-matching forehead tattoo appears.

David Cook has superior talent, but seems to be falling into a Daughtryesque puffed-up ego rocker smugness. We'll see soon if Simon's attempted corrective can save him.

Chikesie Eze is showing remarkable resiliance and talent. I always look forward to hearing him now. But he's so highly unlikely to go to the Final 3 (what a story that would be!).

I like Michael Johns, but he just doesn't seem to have "It".

The rest really aren't worth discussing (neither was Amanda).

Posted by: Christin | March 19, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

JD, you weren't paying attention. LAST week was Lennon/McCartney; this week was Beatles.

And, uh, replacing an "a" with "@" in certain words isn't exactly subtle. Let's keep it nice, y'all.

Posted by: loulou | March 19, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Comments:
Yes, David A. looks like Alfred E. Newman

I'm surprised that Simon knew who Eva Cassidy was. Comparing Syesha to the late, great Eva C. was an insult to Eva, may she rest in peace.

Biker Chick-Go home.

Posted by: Pooky Fan | March 19, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Christin, you and I need to convert Duffman. Despite agreeing that Brooke has an "awesome" tone he dismisses her because of alleged lack of range. Duff, that may be so (I don't fully agree) but at the end of the day she has wonderful phrasing and seems to know and adopt the songs, unlike many comments about Jason and Remiele, who many say are unknowledgable about the song meanings and therefore can't faithfully project any life into them. It's not a contest to test range, it's a contest to deliver songs. I'll stick with Brooke for a while longer at least. To each his own. I respect your right to opinion.

all- I see many comments also supporting Chikizie's ascent, which is largely based on the fact that he can carry a tune and is effortless in doing it.

hodie - great minds think alike!

guiltypleasure- you raise good points about gaining crossover votes each week.

Pooky Fan and others - someday they'll make a movie about Eva C's bittersweet story (and voice). Too bad none of these girls would qualify to "sing" her in the movie. Sting declared her cover of Fields of Gold to be the definitive version, even over his. And you know his ego! (DYK -Eva is from Bowie, MD) David A's rendition of Imagine earlier this year was Eva's phrasing, not John Lennon's. Look what it did for him!


Posted by: RedRocket | March 19, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

If it is true the Idolette's choices are so limited, why are they so berated by the judges for song choice??? I recall seeing an episode on a previous season where they had thousands of choices. Of course just using Beatles or Lennon/McCartney will limit somewhat but it really shouldn't be as hard as it is to come up with a good choice. I suspect there is more to this...

Speaking of weird song choices, Jason's song choices and performance seem so incongrueous (is that a word?)with his image. He kind of puts a Lawrence Welk spin to his songs that is just so.....weird. Still, can't help it...I'm a fan.

Next time, everyone close your eyes when David A sings and then tell me you're still a fan. I think it is his Bambi looks and innocence that win people over. I really dislike his singing. Sounds as if something is caught in his throat at times.

Amanda, well I have my big bottle of 500 ibuprofen that I keep handy but I also have a mute button on my remote. She would not be a good winner because her vocal cords will be shot before her contract is up (or this show is over). Whys did Paula challenge her to a ballad? Is she a glutton for punishment or what??

Sorry for the rambling....

Posted by: hodie | March 19, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Is it me, or is Jason Castro a dead-ringer for Lisa Edelstein (from "House").

LOL at today's column.

Posted by: qtm | March 19, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I also thought Kristy Lee wasn't that bad, her voice to me sounded more mature than her age. I'm surprised no one has touched on my favorite part of the show - Paula's screw up with the earpiece monitor - you suck because you are depending on it too much - and Michael biting his tongue. He and Ramiele are my favorites, but they didn't impress this week.

Posted by: HP | March 19, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

"Is it me, or is Jason Castro a dead-ringer for Lisa Edelstein (from "House")."

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OK, that made me LOL. I would agree with you on this observation 100%, except for the fact that DreadHead is Prettier than Cuddy.

Cuddy has way better shoes, though.

Posted by: Duffman | March 19, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

btw - what's with season and all the piano/guitar/harmonica action? Is this because of all the Guitar Hero/Rock Band hype? It seems to becoming a 'Solid Gold'/Garland & Rooney - "look we threw together a talent show to save the orphanage" type show.

Posted by: HP | March 19, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

RedRocket,

Brooke does have a very limited range. She has a range of about an octave and a half. Listen to some of her songs. When she branches outside her comfort zone notes, she gets even more warbly than ever and has trouble keeping her pitch. So this week, she changed up the melody in several places to go down on some of the high notes instead of up. Likewise, she has a nice lower range but when she gets too low, she flattens out the notes, loses what vibrato she has (some would just call it a warble) and has pitch problems.

Compared to Carly, Ramielle, Sayesha and even Kristy, she has about half the range that they have.

However, that isn't her forte. Her forte is picking songs that suit her (at least until this week) and finding a way to make her own style work. She has the folky, coffee house, open-mike sound that she does well. She's chosen songs that highlight her ability and her charisma. This week, she stepped too far out of her comfort zone and then tried to put down the instruments and get up and move and revealed how awkward she is. She'll survive, but she should stick with what works. She is not going to outsing some of the other finalists, but she could easily out-perform them.

Posted by: DadWannaBe | March 19, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

RedRocket,

Brooke does have a very limited range. She has a range of about an octave and a half. Listen to some of her songs. When she branches outside her comfort zone notes, she gets even more warbly than ever and has trouble keeping her pitch. So this week, she changed up the melody in several places to go down on some of the high notes instead of up. Likewise, she has a nice lower range but when she gets too low, she flattens out the notes, loses what vibrato she has (some would just call it a warble) and has pitch problems.

Compared to Carly, Ramielle, Sayesha and even Kristy, she has about half the range that they have.

However, that isn't her forte. Her forte is picking songs that suit her (at least until this week) and finding a way to make her own style work. She has the folky, coffee house, open-mike sound that she does well. She's chosen songs that highlight her ability and her charisma. This week, she stepped too far out of her comfort zone and then tried to put down the instruments and get up and move and revealed how awkward she is. She'll survive, but she should stick with what works. She is not going to outsing some of the other finalists, but she could easily out-perform them.

Posted by: DadWannaBe | March 19, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

hey hodie, think it should be Amanda with the fedora! LOL

Posted by: just me | March 19, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Dadwannabe -

I appreciate and agree with your analysis. I also happen to like Brooke because of her phrasing and tone of her voice, albeit limited range. She is good at compensating when others (Ramiele and Syesha)have greater range and strength to their voices but lack musicality. They seem like they are trying to impress us rather than reach us. Carly reaches for us. Amanda wants to smack us. ;-)

Posted by: Idle fan | March 19, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I don't think anyone on this blog is ready to concede that David A. will win this despite his strong vocals and poll popularity. I think he will easily be in top 4, but, he completely lacks personality, or the "It" factor.

Does anyone else think that his persona, or lack thereof, is a liability, that could hurt him in the end? It's hard to see votes from many other contestants, once bounced, flowing his way. Think of Taylor and Kat. She was pleasant to listen to, with greater vocal range, but was BLAND and boring, despite great looks and shoes. David A is arguably a better singer but is even less interesting than she is. David A has absolutely no zing, though I agree he is vocally talented. ??

Posted by: guiltypleasure | March 19, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Chiquita BaNanny--yeah... ^^;; That was awfully predictable of her, huh? And that little twirl...made my toes curl a bit. But all that with the silly performance was okay, until she KEPT INTERRUPTING THE JUDGES. Nearly all the brats on this season have been kind of rude/ungraceful about accepting the judges' (usually) excellent criticism, but the way Brooke wouldn't let Simon say a single word--jeez, woman, fix the hormonal imbalances if you're afraid you'll cry onstage the second you hear any criticism! David A. is just about the only one who knows how to take constructive criticism for real, without being smartalecky or just brushing it off.

Both the Granola Girls (Brooke and Jason) should've just stuck to their granola girl game...

Btw, you didn't notice the blatant (almost tongue-in-cheek) product placement segment Seacrest and the judges stuck in the middle of the show? I mean, I know they were making fun of it/themselves, but it still struck me as disgusting. AI has become just unbelievably overly-commercial lately, and even the formerly endearing banter and flirtation between the judges and Seacrest is becoming not-fun...largely because Seacrest seems to be becoming more soulless/commercial himself lately... Too much bad influence from KOST103's resident sell-out and now-soulless ex-nice guy Mark Wallengren...

Posted by: Cy | March 19, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Chikezie has the best vocals, great strength and range.

Posted by: Vodka07 | March 19, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Rob Iola said: "And does anyone else think David A. looks like Mad's Alfred E. Neuman?"

He bears a striking resemblance to Eddie Munster, as well.

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