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28 January 2009 @ 07:58 pm
American Idol: Night 4/5/6 ... Ah, a new fave!!  
I know I said last week that Alexis Grace was my fave, and I do still like her, but she's got competition now. Uh huh.

TUESDAY NIGHT: First of all, not a pick of mine, although she might go far, but I had to write about her. I don't know if she sounds so much better live to them, but I was a little surprised that 16-year-old, pageant-queen-persona Jasmine Murray made it through without one comment because she sang EVERY FLIPPIN' NOTE through her nose. I hear stuff like that and I think either that live vs. television makes a huge difference in what we hear or these judges are tone-deaf. And, honestly, were it not for Kara's addition to the judging table I'd be a lot more likely to think it's the latter. I dunno.

One more non-pick (partially because he didn't make it): Michael Perelli. The freak-out was ridiculous and for that reason alone, yes, I'm glad he wasn't picked. However, based on his voice alone, it *was* interesting (Simon!), and it's definitely in vogue now. Still, that attitude and freak-out were RIDONKULOUS!!! I'm glad he wasn't picked.

Anyhoo, moving onto my actual picks ...

- Julissa Velor - She's odd, has odd inflections, BUT she has very strong voice and she's likable. I think she has potential.

- T.K. Hash - He has a very, very good voice, but he also sounds like a lounge singer (I'm shocked Simon didn't call him on that). I actually don't think he'll go very far unless he surprises us with some range, but he is good-looking and does have a good voice.

- Anne Marie Boskovich - My new fave (or tied for). Loved her attitude, loved her voice, LOVED HER. What I didn't love? That ridiculous round-about the judges made her run. Go and change and bring your star potential out! WTF?!? Seriously? They let people through without a fuss who showed less vocal talent in their whole audition than she did in the few lines she sang to Kara. Pffft! She was wonderful. Both times, judges! Grrr. LOVE HER!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: A few names, but a couple I really liked ...

- David Osmond - He has a good voice and we all know that the Osmonds can be voting machines (whether it will help him or just Marie, who knows?).

- Frankie Jordan - Okay, I'm not the biggest Amy Winehouse fan, but uhm, didn't she sound almost exactly like her? Or was that my imagination? And if she did sound just like her, have none of these four ever heard Amy Winehouse sing? Don't get me wrong, she sounded good, and it confirmed my belief that part of my problem with Winehouse is that she used such flagrant profanity in an entirely unnecessary way, in my opinion. Still, didn't she sound like Winehouse? How could the judges have not caught that? ::Shrugs:: Maybe I'm just on crack and I don't know it.

ETA: Okay, so she doesn't sound as much like her here in a song she recorded that's been available on itunes for years apparently. She sounds good.


Source: pantless_deacon from ohnotheydidn't.

- Meg Corkrey - Boy, could you hear her nerves and I'd like to hear her sing something contemporary, but she does have a lovely voice. I don't quite get why the judges practically had an orgasm over her, but she has a nice voice.

- Taylor Vaifanu - Pretty voice. Very, very pretty voice. I agree completely with the judges said about her voice. It was just lovely.

- Rose Flack - First, I'm gonna be Paula: This girl is quite beautiful. Now about her voice ... she's not the best singer, but she has a very affecting voice. I *felt* something listening to her. I agree wholeheartedly with Simon's comments about her.

ETA: THURSDAY NIGHT: Last night ... aahhhh!!!!

Jorge Nunez - Good voice and he's cute.

Melinda Camille - I like her, and lovely voice. (Happy pill/nudist person)

Jackie Tohn - Interesting voice, although the Jason Mraz song choice was horrific, she's lucky they gave her another shot.

Nick Mitchell (Norman Gentle) - He IS entertaining, LOL! and he can sing.

Monique Garcia Torres - I'm glad Simon let her through because she does have a sweet voice.

Patricia Lewis Roman - The first Whitney song had me shaking my head no, but the second Spanish song had me going 'yes.'
 
 
 
eolivet on January 29th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
I'm not the biggest Amy Winehouse fan, but uhm, didn't she sound almost exactly like her?

It wasn't just you -- I turned to my husband and said "She sounds exactly like Amy Winehouse...she's just a good imitator."

(And maybe I'm biased, but a stay-at-home mom at 23? Really? Not even a part-time job? What does her husband do...print money? :/ )

I don't quite get why the judges practically had an orgasm over her, but she has a nice voice.

I was actually cringing because I thought they were going to kick her to the curb. She was lovely and memorable, but her personality trumped her talent, IMHO.

Taylor did have a great vocal, but I can tell I'm going to have the same problem with her as I did with Jordin: fine voice, no ability to perform.

I really liked Anne-Marie, too -- she's got spunk, and a great voice to boot!! :) Hope Hollywood doesn't chew her up... :/
Arabian: Kelly_Stararabian on February 1st, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Thank goodness, it wasn't just me.

As for the stay-at-home mom? Honestly, I think that's fabulous. If someone CAN be a stay-at-home mom (and, of course, has the temperment for it, not all women do), I think it's wonderful. It's rare in this day and age that it's possible, but if it can be done, I think it's great.

As for Taylor, well, you know I DID like Jordin, LOL! So that's not an issue for me. It's kinda funny how we can feel the same thing but about different performers. One of my problems with Archie was his lack of ability in performing for me, and I know that prior to your lurve of Cookie, Archie was your fave.
I really liked Anne-Marie, too -- she's got spunk, and a great voice to boot!! :) Hope Hollywood doesn't chew her up... :/
There's a possible spoiler floating around that she is one of the ones who made it to semi's. I hope so.

BTW: Instead of making a new post, I just edited my Thursday/Night 6 thoughts into this post.
eolivet on February 2nd, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
One of my problems with Archie was his lack of ability in performing for me, and I know that prior to your lurve of Cookie, Archie was your fave.

Ah, my double standards coming into play here...but watching Archie felt like watching my younger brother for a while, so I'll fully admit my bias there. ;p

I was amazed they gave Patricia another chance...they seem to be a lot more...forgiving this year. :)

(And I saw your comments about Taylor Swift below -- I get the criticism, but I think her songwriting ability helps carry her voice. At least, for me. And IMHO, it's nice to see 16 year olds that are actually writing for themselves, unlike many of the teen pop clones out there. :x )
Arabian: Billie Piper_05arabian on February 2nd, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
Hah, when one can happily admit their double standards, I can not help but respect them, LOL!
they seem to be a lot more...forgiving this year. :)
I wonder if they've had less great entrants than they'd hoped for.

RE: Taylor Swift, that is a very true point. It is.
Cynical Bitch: brooke - loveunicorn23 on January 31st, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
Eeek, I think we might be on the same boat with regards to Anne Marie. I missed the actual show but I just finished watching a clip of her audition and I think she's my new favorite (trumping Casey Carlson, Jessica Furney, and Stevie Wright). I saw her carrying a guitar so we know she probably plays it - that's definitely a plus. I would have loved to have heard her version of Umbrella but Bubbly went pretty well. Her voice is really good and I wish she'd make it to top 12. If she does, she's the horse I will be riding on. Her occupation amused me because along with being a waitress, she's also a nanny and we both know who else was working as a nanny before she came on the show.

I also liked Megan Corkrey. Really pretty face and interesting voice. I also agree with you about Rose Flack. I was a little disappointed when she started singing because the voice wasn't really there but everything else seemed to be.
Arabian: BrookeWhitearabian on February 1st, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
My love for Brooke does remain strong and true though because when she sang "Bubbly," my first thought was, 'oh, that's the song all the Brooke fans wanted her to sing when they were supposed to do top I-tunes songs.' But, yeah, I do really, really like Anne Marie.

Re: Corkrey and Flack, yeah, agree.

BTW: Instead of making a new post, I just edited my Thursday/Night 6 thoughts into this post.
Cynical Bitchunicorn23 on February 1st, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
Anne Marie FTW! Btw, did you hear the great Brooke news? Her record is due June 2nd and will be called High Hopes and Heartbreak. Exciting stuff!

I wasn't too impressed by anyone during the NY/San Juan auditions. Jackie Tohn was interesting but the ringer label will be hanging around her neck if she makes it to the top 12. She does have an interesting voice and I wish she did a different song.
Arabian: BrookeWhitearabian on February 2nd, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
Thrilled about the Brooke news (and I love the graphic she made up for the title!). Yay, Kelly in March and Brooke in June. WOOHOO!!!
boundaid: FNL - Crazy say what?boundaid on January 31st, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
Your idol commentary is always a favorite of mine but I never get how you can do it so well. Like I can't really start getting into someone until they've made top 50 and so forth. I don't think I'll fall as fast as I did for David Cook/Sayesha (like BOTH Hollywood round). Jordin Sparks comes in 3rd. I loved her after Top 18 I think. Kelly was a no brainer. Though I felt Tamyra never got her fair hype. Besides that like each idol winner/runner up usually has ONE performance that stuns me/gets me.

I'm kind of upset. I was just thinking the other day. But Taylor Swift is HUGE. I think Brooke White has a BROADER range and yet she isn't out there for the masses to consume. Like she would make it if people want a lyricist/instrument player. But...
Arabian: Mr. and Mrs. Coacharabian on February 1st, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you. I do get my faves early on -- S1, I liked Justin from moment one and he remained my fave to the end, Clay, S2, and through the end (until I found out -- after the show had finished -- what an A+grade a-hole he is). Now Diana, Daughtry, Jordin and Brooke didn't get me until the semi's.
I felt Tamyra never got her fair hype.
Really!?! She got more hype than ANYONE that season, even early fave Justin, and then Kelly later on. It was Tamyra, Tamyra, Tamyra ... and it drove me insane because she was SUCH a boring animatron to me. Listen to EVERY song she sang, and then listen to the original. She sang them note for note the way the original artist did. No creativity, no originality, no personality, no attempt in making the songs her own. Yeah, she could sing, but it was completely soulless, but yes, the judges and the press kept singing her hosannas as if she was the be-all and end-all of Idol performances. To this day, when her name comes up, the press and so forth still lament her 4th-finish placement. Really, really NOT a Tamyra fan, LOL!

Dude, Taylor Swift CAN NOT SING!!! I like the lyrics to her songs, but she CAN NOT SING!!! Even with the voice-fixer technology. But live!?!? Gah, she's ghastly. I don't think she's actually capable of hitting a note on-key on her own. And it just SUCKS because, yeah, someone like Brooke, who is SO VERY TALENTED, isn't even signed. Grrrrr.

BTW: Instead of making a new post, I just edited my Thursday/Night 6 thoughts into this post.
boundaid: KC - Three monthsboundaid on February 2nd, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
Read your new thoughts but I just YouTubed their performances I didn't watch NY/Puerto Rico.

I KNOW. Taylor very much so has autotune on EVERY single time. When it's just her and her guitar it's less ghastly but she gets easily drowned on (on songs SHE wrote) when there is heavier production. She needs a better vocal coach if she is going on tour from like now till October. :/
Arabian: Kelly_Stararabian on February 2nd, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
She really was horrid on SNL, but the clips you linked to below were better. Not by a huge margin, but they were better.
boundaid: KC - Upboundaid on February 3rd, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
Oh GOD. You brought SNL into this. Over on KCE, in the Off Topic thread there were SO many Taylor Swift fans that were like GET IT! SO GOOD! GREAT! and I was like ..No? With any sound louder than a pin dropping, Taylor's minimal range gets easily drowned out. The same fans are talking about her winning a Female Vocalist award at CMA next year, etc and I'm just like ..if she meets with a voice coach! I swear. She was needed for radio but I just wish with what little she DOES have, she could sound close to okay live. Like, sell us a product that performs. Kelly has had vocal ticks or messed up in songs (usually it's lyric-wise) but she is 98% consistent. Even Carrie (who is reaching her saturation point with me) is pretty good almost always.

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I went back and watched like 3 Tamyra videos and ... yeah. She really is just doing a good cover. Nothing new.
boundaid: FNL - Crazy say what?boundaid on February 4th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
P.P.S: Jackie Tohn reminds me of Katy Perry/Zooey Deschanel in looks and Kelly Clarkson sort of in personality. I'm loving her a lot.
boundaid: J - Date rapeboundaid on February 2nd, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
http://community.livejournal.com/ontd/87641.html#cutid1

Proof Taylor can KIND of sing when it's just her. I like her but I just think Brooke is superior and obviously more talented (vocally/piano by EAR?!!)