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20 January 2009 @ 08:53 pm
American Idol: Night 3  
To start with, a quick something that I've been meaning to mention. I generally fast-forward through most of the stories before the singers sing. In fact, I rarely listen to all of their conversation with the judges. I pretty much stop fast-forwarding about thirty seconds or so before they sing, listen to them sing, listen to the judges' comments and then fast-forward away again. I despise the fact that some contestants get such early favoritism by their stories being shown, while others in the semi's don't, so I like to judge them based pretty much on their singing, their showmanship and the brief glimpse of personality I see. Obviously, I pick up on the main stories being plugged, but I don't actually watch the heart-tugging stuff. With that said ...

Only an hour, so just a few names. There were some singers they liked that I was meh on and no one I liked even remotely as much as they did, but there was one I liked more than them.

- Tatiana Del Toro: Honestly, I didn't particularly like her, nor do I think she'll make it past Hollywood week based on the judges' treatment of her, but because of that treatment, I wanted to vent on her behalf a bit. I thought they were INCREDIBLY unfair. No, she wasn't fabulous, but she COULD sing and certainly better than some they've let through quite easily. Yes, she was annoying, yes, she was over the top, yes, she was a little ridiculous, BUT she could sing. And well. Still, she's actually not a pick, I was just REALLY annoyed with the judges.

My actual picks ...

- John Twiford: My favorite of the bunch until Kai, (and this is, of course, based solely on his voice and how he looks because we got no "personality" camera time with him, not even the few seconds or so I generally do watch). From what we saw, though, I'd say that he's potentially really good and a real cutie-pie.

- Adam Lambert: Hyped a TAD much. Yes, he was good and hit the notes, but (a) Simon was right: He was theatrical and (b) he sounded a tad feminine. He did look slightly like Cookie though, and he CAN sing, but I was much more impressed with his personality (he's a charmer!) rather than his voice. I'll see how he sounds singing other songs.

*- Kai Kalema: I liked him. I did. He was nervous, you could tell. He oversang that song badly. That is a BEAUTIFUL song, but it's subtle, understated and he was just over the top with it. It wouldn't have been so obvious on many other songs, but that one? No, you need to bring the subtle. Still, I LIKED his voice; I liked his tone. I pretty much agreed with Kara 100%. Speaking of Kara ...

I like her mostly. I like how she stands up for herself and does not let Randy and, especially, Simon trod all over her opinions. I like the opinions she gives and I generally agree with her. What I do not like? Is that, like Simon and Randy, she has a nasty streak that comes out, as if she's making fun of the contestants. Now, to be fair, this is coming out during long days of listening to tons of people sing (quite a bit of them badly). If she continues to display this streak during Hollywood, the semi's, etc. (as Simon does, and Randy sometimes does), she'll drop lower in my estimation because it's a different arena and the judges aren't listening to drones of singers, some of them not even deserving that title. So, we'll see. I like her, but I'm withholding full judgment.

And that's all she wrote.
eolivet on January 21st, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
I totally understand your perspective about the backstories, but I think what the show appears to be trying to do is to recapture some of that "getting to know the contestants" magic from a few years back. It seems like recently, they've gotten caught up in guest mentors and 30 second soundbytes from top 24 that are supposed to encapsulate a contestant's entire personality (David Cook and crosswords, anyone?)

While I agree that sob stories aren't the reason to vote for someone, I think they're stacking the deck with so many that it will be impossible to single out just one. I missed S1, but I remember in S2, didn't we find out Clay used to teach young, mentally challenged children? The show never milked that as a reason to vote for him, but it made him seem less like A Voice and more like A Person. :shrug: I only watched the end of S1, but wasn't the reason Kelly Clarkson became so appealing was not just that she had a pretty voice, but she was a waitress who'd always wanted to go into the music business -- she was a real underdog to root for, I thought. :)

I just remember last year, when Brooke mentioned she was missing her sister's wedding, I thought "...Brooke has a sister?" Just even basic details like that. We knew all about Fantasia's church singing and her daughter and Carrie coming from a small Oklahoma farm town. We knew David Cook did crossword puzzles and Brooke didn't like to swear. Not exactly the same level of "getting to know you," IMHO. :)
Arabian: Brooke&Cook_04arabian on January 21st, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
I don't have a problem with the stories once we read the top 12. It's when they do them for random people early on ... THAT lends an unfair advantage with that extra face time to THOSE contestants who DO make it into the top 12.

ETA: Regarding season 1, no, we barely knew anything about the contestants. Kelly just had a likable personality, down to earth and, of course, the voice.

Edited at 2009-01-21 11:03 pm (UTC)
Cynical Bitch: brooke white - seriousunicorn23 on January 22nd, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
I didn't like anyone last night. Kai was okay, hyped up way too much with his back story. I'm not entirely sold on Adam yet. My gaydar pinged when he was onscreen.

Btw, have you heard the Michael Johns/Brooke White duet yet?
Arabian: BrookeWhitearabian on January 22nd, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
Oh, sorry, I did like Kai. And I DO agree about Adam.

NO!!! I hadn't known about that. I generally check Brooke news every couple of weeks because there's pretty much been nothing forever. So thank you, thank you, thank you!! It would have been another week or so before I'd checked the site and found this out.

Listening right now. Obviously, I would have preferred Brooke and Cook, but Michael was, by far, my favorite male after Cookie so this is AWESOME. I really like it.

WOOHOO!!!!!!!! And album news, a single soon and she is working on an album. Yay, yay, yay!!!!

ETA: Have you heard the Brooke/Carly duet on "The Reason?" -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3bzJM-BEqk I'm not horribly impressed with Carly -- big shocker! -- but Brooke sounds amazing!!!!

Edited at 2009-01-22 02:11 am (UTC)
Cynical Bitchunicorn23 on January 22nd, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
The song is fab and they sound really fantastic together! I'm so excited that she's working on a new CD, so much excitement all around. :D

I have seen that and like you, I wasn't thoroughly impressed with Carly (never been a fan of hers), because she seemed to over-sing the song (as is her tendency) and she sort of drowned Brooke out. Boo!