So American Idol kicked off Wednesday night, and I first have to say that it was not as enjoyable for me since the show started at 9 p.m., and my kids had to be in bed. That meant that the only person who would be watching and critiquing the performances was yours truly. And let’s face it — it’s way more fun when you have a crowd with you on the couch playing armchair Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. But despite my co-judges’ curfew, I sat through the show and made my decisions about who is going to stay and who will go.
With eight guys left, the choices on who gave the worst performance is pretty tough. The reason: nobody was pitchy like Paige. They all played it safe and were on key, but there were a few standouts. Here are my favorite three performances:
Todrick — He sang “Somebody to Love” by Queen, and even though Simon compared him to a Broadway star, I say I will take that any day of the week over another cookie-cutter performance by a male singer who sounds exactly like everyone else.
Andrew — I love the fact that he’s completely different from all the performers; in fact, he kind of reminds of Crystal — would love to see the two of them do a duet. Andrew sang “Genie in a Bottle,” and he brought a lot of emotion to his performance. Don’t know if he’ll make it to the end, but I sure hope he sticks around at least for a few more weeks.
Big Mike — What can I say? He made Kara cry! The moment Mike opens his mouth, it’s sheer perfection. He can sing the phone book each week, and I think he’d still make it into the finals. Mike definitely has that Ruben Studdard vibe about him, but I hope if he does go all the way, that he achieves more commercial success.
As far as the other performances, I have to say there is nothing unique about the other contestants. They all sounded great but to not remember one performer to the next does not bode well for them. I do believe that Casey and Aaron will survive this week because they sang songs that everyone knows and they did it well (“You’ll Think of Me” and “I’m Already There”). On the other hand, Alex and Lee performed songs that I had never heard before (“Fireflies” and “Trouble”) and that never bodes well for me. Plus, they went first and second. which means that people may forget about them, and they could wind up being eliminated tonight.
Either way, I think my top picks will live to sing another week, and the rest is pretty much anyone’s guess. Judging from the ladies and men, I do believe the women are going to do quite well this season and by the time May rolls around, I predict a showdown between Crystal and Mike.
Visit American Idol for more details about your favorite performers or to catch what you missed. And tune in tonight to find out who gets eliminated. Looks like there will be more tears shed and this time, it won’t just be Kara who needs a Kleenex.