Tuesday, May 24, 2011

American Idol Finale 2011

A country/teen finale

This is the first final in a few years where the finalists weren't who I expected. James left early. But at least this is a reasonable competition, if a bit dull in being an entirely country competition.

1. Scotty - Gone

He's ripping this one like he did the first time he sang it.

2. Lauren -

This was a good choice for a reprise, though you can tell there are some laryngitis issues.

3. Scotty -
George Straight picked one of his songs for Scotty to sing. Not sure it's the right sound. It was pretty sleepy. Nice to see him play the guitar.

4. Lauren - Maybe it was Memphis

Good song choice by Carrie Underwood. I can hear the weakness in her voice but she carried it off well.

5. Scotty - Love you this big?

This will be his single if he wins? It's such a sleepy ballad? Are they trying to take him down? One bad note.

6. Lauren - Like my mother does?

Kinda pandering. Oops, painful note. A few off notes in there to me.

Hmmm... I think the better songs were Lauren's but in terms of vocals, I do think Scotty did a slightly better job.

I'll be happy with either kid.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

American Idol 2011 Top Five

American Idol Five Finalists

1. James Durbin
Sounded somewhat flat in a few places. He fits the 80s rocker style. Don't enjoy the song.

2. Jacob lusk
What a screaming, sharp, painful performance. I muted it

3. Lauren Alaina
Good song choice. Safe but fun performance. Liked it

4. Scotty McCreery
Went down range again. He worked the crowd. Loved his vocal play

5. Haley Reinhart
Some parts were good, but uneven. Not sure I liked the choice.

6. James Durbin
A ballad? Good range if slow. Ah there's his trademark scream. Emotional but imperfect.

7. Jacob Lusk
I don't get the falsetto and baritone swapping. Still flat. Please no more

8. Lauren Alaina
Nice when she got out of the quagmire low notes

9. Scotty McCreery
Slow Scotty again. This is his sweetspot but was almost too low. He's Boricua?!

10. Haley Reinhart
Nailed it. The glides were excessive but more than appropriate

1. Scotty
2. Haley
3. Lauren
4. James
5. Jacob

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

American Idol - April 27 - Six Finalists

Carol King Week

1. Jacob Lusk
His vibrato just seems to mask his flat and sharp notes to me. I just am not not there with him.

2. Lauren Alaina
A not sure about the song selection. Doesn't seem like one that set her apart.

Haley + Casey duet
Was just ok. Should have had a lot more zing.

3. Scotty McCreery
One of my favorite songs. Good high note. Ooh, nice ending. More range than I imagined.

4. James Durbin
Yowza. From one odd note to one great high note after another. Aced it.

Lauren + Scotty duet
Oh this is adorable

5. Casey Abrahms
Well that was different. Fine on its own merits, but the interpretation was odd to me.

6. Haley Reinhart
It was all about sex but vocally it was weak to me.

Jacob and James Duet
Oh this is not a good combo of voices. Who came up with this? James wailed fine I guess.

So, in order of my voting:
1.James Durbin
2. Scotty McCreery
3. Casey Abrahms
4. Lauren Alaina
5. Haley Reinhart
6. Jacob Lusk

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

American Idol - April 20 - Seven Finalists

1. Scotty McCreery - Swingin
Oh hello, that's fun to watch, though rather safe.

2. James Durbin - Uprising
OK he really is a straight Adam Lambert & David Cook merged. Theatrical. Sang "Uprising" but could have been called "Up an Octave".

3. Haley Reinhart - Rolling in the Deep
Competent. Not thrilled by the song choice, workable.

4. Jacob Lusk - Dance with My Father
America clearly likes Jacob, but seriously, I'd like him to do something different or else I'll just keep dwelling on the 2 or 3 flat notes, including the money note.

5. Casey Abrahms - Harder to Breathe
I liked it: unexpected, energetic, stretched. But will his supporters like it?

6. Stefano Langone - Closer
Another competent performance. Not memorable but workmable.

7. Lauren Alaina - Born to Fly
Energetic, mostly on target. Forgettable song and interpretation


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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

American Idol - April 13 - Eight finalists

1. Paul McDonald - Old Time Rock N Roll
His voice is too thin and reedy for this song. I don't think it worked for me.

2. Lauren Alaina - The Climb
Sounded lightweight to me. The money notes were good but the breathing was off.

3. Stefano Langone - End of the Road
Not fun to hear. Well the money note was good. But what an odd vibrato.

4. Scotty McCreery - Across My Heart
This song is dreamy with his voice. A sleepy choice, but he sounds good. Good money note.

5. Casey Abrahms - Nature Boy
Nice mood music. A couple of odd notes. Another odd choice.

6. Haley Reinhart - Call Me
Weak start. I like the sassy style but it was more screachy than melodic.

7. Jacob Lusk - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Ouch he slips flat on money notes. Agree with advisors: corny.

8. James Durbin - Heavy Metal
I don't care for the choice. His scream was flat. He performed it well otherwise.


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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

American Idol - April 6 - Nine Finalists

1. Jason Lusk, Man in the Mirror
They love this guy, but it sounded so karaoke to me. The hip grinding also didn't match the song.

2. Haley Reinhart, Another Piece of My Heart
That was ripping fun.

3. Casey Abrams, Have You Ever Seen the Rain
Quirky interpretation. Most original so far

4. Lauren Alaina, Natural Woman
Interesting country feel to a very difficult song

5. James Durbin, While My Guitar Gently Weeps
He really is sort of a butch Adam Lambert. Nice money note. It worked for me.

6. Scott McCreery, That's Alright
Tonight, Mad magazine's Alfred E Newman sang an Elvis tune and teenie bopper girls rushed the stage. I was surprised that he gave such an energetic and fun song

7. Pia Toscano, River Deep Mountain High
Lots of energy for singing a duo song as a solo. I liked the Glee version more.

8. Stefano Langone, When A Man Loves a Woman
It was sort of over the top on that one.

9. Paul McDonald,
Ho-down music for rock and roll

James Durbin
Scott McCreery
Haley Reinhart
Casey Abrams
Paul McDonald
Stefano Langone
Pia Toscone
Lauren Alaina
Jason Lusk

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

American Idol - March 30 - Eleven Finalists

Elton John night

01 Scotty McCreery - Country Comforts
Love his sound, though it didn't sound at all Like Elton John. The song itself wasn't one of the best, but he did it well.

02 Naima Adedapo - I'm Still Standing
Did it reggae, with a couple of odd notes. Not sure why she chose to do it this way.

03 Paul - Rocket Man
Didn't do anything for me. Seemed strained and not very melodic

04 Pia Toscano - Don't let the sun go down on me
Somewhat pitchy, started too strong and so couldn't go any higher. Good vibrato

05 Stefano Langone - Tiny Dancer
Good choice, though his vibrato seems unnecessary

06 Lauren Alaina - Candle in the Wind
Nice interpretation, close by enough variations. Great sensitivity.

07 James - Saturday Night
Rocked it out pretty well. Entertaining. Sort of a straight Adam Lambert

08 Thia - Daniel
Nice interpretation but it wasn't exciting or memorable. Hey she said Kuya!

09 Casey Abrahms - Your Song
Hmmm seemed just a little too karaoke to me

10 Jacob Lusk
Huge song and just overwrought to me

11 Haley - Benny and the Jets
I like her interpretation and sound

#1 Scotty
#2 Lauren
#3 Haley
#4 James

#9 Casey
#8 Thia
#2 Naima

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