Come Together with Some Help From My Friends (Beatles Week!)

Burnell has never heard Let It Be? (Crazy!) Candice attempts to find deeper meaning in ju-ju eyeballs? (Spoiler: Unsuccessful.) The girls outsing the boys? (Obvs.) All in a night’s work on Idol Beatles week.  Here’s how it went down:

1. Kree Harrison

top9_kreeA Little Help From My Friends 

Loving this song for her! I hoped for a little more crazy on those big solo notes (a la Joe Cocker), but it was arranged well, the tempo was great for her, and per usual, her vocal was right on the money.

RATING:teeth

2. Burnell Taylor

top9_burnellLet It Be

Like, who over the age of five does not know this song? It was a competent vocal, but I felt no emotion from the performance.

RATING:half

3. Amber Holcomb

top9_amberLeaving Home

Interesting song choice! I like it! She didn’t seem that comfortable with the song, though–she just needed more practice with it. I like the haunting melody of the song on her voice, though.

RATING:big

4. Lazaro Arbos

top9_lazaroIn My Life

Um, well, this was a bit of a mess. The low notes were too low, his enunciation needs serious work, and the vocal was just plain weak. He seems really disconnected from the song, as well. Just not too good.

RATING:straight


5. Candice Glover

top9_candiceCome Together

Rock On Girl! I loved her rocking out. And I agree with Keith, she could have gone even crazier with the riffs–she held back a little too much. I LOVED when Kris sang this (and even moreso his acoustic version) but this was great, too.  I went back and watched it twice, if that says anything!

RATING:teeth

6. paul Jolley

top9_paulEleanor Rigby

Meh – the vocal wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t fantastic. Everything with him feels very artificial and forced. I don’t think he connects with anything he is singing.

RATING:half

7. AngIE Miller

top9_angieYesterday

I loooved the arrangement and her at the mic, but for the first time on this show I didn’t care for the vocal.  Maybe it was too Broadway on that song?  She seemed to lack control of her head voice when she tried to pull back and be soft.  If this is the flaw in her ability, she needs to be careful of this moving forward.

RATING:half 

8. Devin Velez

top9_devinLong and Winding Road

His best performance, for sure. His vocal was fantastic!  But i still don’t like the aimless walking around the stage.  Get this kid a stool or something.

RATING:big


9. Janelle Arthur

top9_janelleI Will

Wow, a very solid performance from Janelle!  Definitely my favorite of hers.  I still think she is the weakest girl, but having the pimp spot should ensure her another week.

RATING:big


At minimum, no one can be chastised for poor song choice in this catalog (every song was Keith’s favorite, anyway!) That doesn’t mean that every performance was spectacular. I think Lazaro’s demise has been building for several weeks–he just doesn’t have the chops to keep up with the upper echelon of Idol talent. You can also file Paul in the category of hot messes. Other than those two, everyone else was solid…certain rocking performances may have been more solid than others (Kree! Candice! I’m looking at you ladies).

What do you think? Surprises? Disappointments? Sadness for the failure of the American public school system to incorporate Beatles 101 in the curriculum? Let me know in the comments.

 

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2 thoughts on “Come Together with Some Help From My Friends (Beatles Week!)

  1. ronzo

    The voting numbers are down, many like myself have boycotted American Idol and if they don’t get some really good sound judges then next year will be a total disaster. I hope the producers get the message from Main Stream America, the message to replace all the judges with some down to earth non controversial and or strange replacement judges. This year will have an astrick next to it do to the drop in the ratings and numbers.

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