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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