Motown Throwdown

Detroit Rock City tribute tonight. I was personally a bit disappointed to get no Eminem or Kid Rock, but I will take a Motown night anytime. It invokes memories of Idol seasons of yore. (Oh Kelly, it has been so long!)

It was another night of the girls killing the boys, and if there is any justice left in the idolverse, Miss Amber Holcomb will live to see another week, and either Burnell and his tighty whitey suit or Lazaro and his poor enunciation will be hitting the road. And though Devin may be increasingly boring me, his vocal chops earn him at least one more week.

Angie was off her game tonight, but will hopefully get back on track next week. But the other ladies? All killed it. I was especially impressed with Janelle–her arrangement was fantastic. Stay tuned for my full recap in the morning, but in the meantime, what did you think? Who will get the boot tomorrow? And shall we hope for an Eminem group ditty? (I kid, I kid.)

 

It’s a Jolley night for an elimination

On a night with two memorable alumni performances, it just further emphasizes Paul's downward spiral and it would be doubtful at best to see him in a career outside the Idol bubble. Not that we savvy idol viewers ever thought that, but perhaps Nicki needed a dose of reality. But lets back up a little.

Tonight we get to see a glimpse of behind the scenes Jimmy, acting like a total douche. But while he may be a douche, he is a correct douche. All of the reviews he gave of last night's performances were spot on. Although calling Lazaro a flat out liar may have crossed the line–I mean the kid may not be a great singer, but he is just a scared kid on a reality TV show. Go easy on him, Jimmy. I especially want to commend Jimmy for his spot-on review of Angie. Last night's performance was too broadway, and I didn't see that note from the judges or anywhere on the interwebs, either. It can be corrected, but needs to be addressed asap.

So alumni performances? Casey Abrams is better than any of the guys in the top 10. I was always a marginal Casey fan, but in comparison to these male idol contestants, he is a phenom! Loved his performance.

When I heard Jessica would be on, I was hopeful for a Jessica/Candice reunion moment on camera! But alas, there was no time to do the weekly ranking, not to mention have a meetup stage left. Maybe they can duet in the finale? A girl can hope. The thing about her single is I know this is the type of music that gets radio play, but she is so much better vocally than that song. At least she can dance, so the whole dance track thing works for her.

But lets talk about the reason we actually tuned in tonight: the killings. Paul leaves on a jetplane tonight, and while he was somewhat deserving of another week (It was Lazaro's turn for the boot, clearly), I am not at all shocked he went home.

But the other members of the bottom two were awful for me. Amber? really? Devin? He is the best guy left. I know the wonders of Candice and Kree might water down the fan base for Ms. Holcomb, but get on the Amber train, people! She sings through smoke machine malfunctions! Girl needs a BREAK. OUT. PERFORMANCE. stat. With Motown week next week, she has the potential for greatness. She needs to pick out an unexpected song with an Amber twist. I know this can happen–you've got this, Amber!

So is anyone out there that was shocked about Paul's departure? Please identify yourselves in the comments.

 

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

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Idols sing the Idols.

Tonight’s new and creative theme? Songs of The Idols, aka, our song clearing staff went on spring break.  Here’s how it went down:

1. Curtis Finch


curtis_tenI Believe
by Fantasia

Oh geez. I’ve said it before and I say it again–I hated all of it. He cannot do Fantasia.  This performance was set up for failure from the beginning.  Where is Nicki to tell him how it really is?

RATING:straight

2. Janelle Arthur

janelle_tenGone by Montgomery Gentry

Snooooooze. The whole thing was so boring.  The tone, the tempo, the arrangement.  That song is high energy, and I don’t exactly see Janelle as high energy.  She might be in trouble tomorrow.

RATING:half