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17 February 2009 @ 11:03 pm
American Idol - first round of top 12  
Watched it, quick thoughts. (No really, they're quick, I swear!)

- Wow, what a sucktastic night!!!! SERIOUSLY SUCKTASTIC!!! WOW!! Song choices sucked like they have never, ever, EVER sucked before. EVER!

- Alexis Grace is quite lovely and she did sound amazing, but I didn't like the song choice. I knew there was a reason she was one of my faves, and her vocals and poise proved why tonight.

- Stevie and Casey were AWFUL! When you make Taylor Swift actually sound good in comparison? Don't get me wrong, while I've come to enjoy Swift for her charms, she's not a great singer, but Stevie's nerves got the best of her and she made Swift sound fabulous in comparison. Sigh. And Casey? Oy vey. Oh, and no Simon, the winks and over-the-top facial expressions WERE as bad as the singing. Actually, I think they were worse. They were THAT bad.

- I actually thought that Ann Marie did pretty damn good. I actually liked parts of it better than Kelly's live version and, oh, that's right, Ann Marie didn't have a horrifically so damn sharp and flat high-note that was praised to the heavens even though it was so horrifically sharp and flat as did Miss Clarkson. Look, I love my girl, Kelly, but it was actually the ridiculous praise that the judges gave her for that GOD-AWFUL note in season one that made me DISLIKE her until the finale, because it was soooooooooooooooooooooooo undeserved. Sorry, that's my one big Kelly soapbox issue. Anyhoo, Ann Marie was good, not great, but good and that last note was fabulous. Still, she shouldn't have done that song, she really shouldn't have. It's Aretha, and in AI-world, even if that note WAS horrendous, most are under the impression (because of the damn tongue-bath the judges gave her) that Kelly's take was perfection. Oh, a different song, Ann Marie, sooooooooo should have done a different song. *Sigh*

- Tatiana, I thought was actually worse than the praise the judges gave her, and definitely worse than Ann Marie. And I'm hopeful that her toning down the crazy is going to keep her from the top 12 because that's what people voting for through WOULD have voted her through for.

- The pimping of Danny Gokey is RIDICULOUS!! And I'm gonna say it. I don't like him. And it doesn't help that my brother-in-law pointed out that if he lost my sister, four weeks later ... he'd still be a complete mess and not a smiling, happy-go-lucky dude with a message about survival (because, yeah, apparently Danny is here to teach the world how to cope with loss!). In addition, he's also already trying to play to the Cookie-fanbase. Back off, Gokey (or Pimpkey as I've heard him referred to as) you're no Cookie! Anyhoo, yeah, don't like him. He can sing, but I don't think he's anything to write home about and I just, I don't like him. He comes across as so fake and preachy to me. Sorry, but there it is. Yet, already, he's clearly the Archie-pimp of this season. GAWD! And people are lapping it up like a kitten laps up milk.

Oh, and Pimpkey? I liked Brooke's rendition of "Hero" a helluva lot more.

So, yeah Pimpkey's the guy going through, of course. (Dial Idol has him with almost half of the male votes at this point.) And it looks like Alexis (per DI) is the girl chosen, which is cool as she was my second fave girl after Ann Marie, but I think it's going to Michael Sarver or Anoop over Ann Marie for the third slot. Damnit. I think her only shot is a wild-card round, but I'm not sure they like her enough. *Sigh* At least, one of my two girls looks like she has a real, legitimate shot of getting to the top 12.

Erm, I lied. So not quick.
 
 
 
eolivet on February 18th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
Hee, we're pretty much in synch with Idol last night!

Alexis Grace is quite lovely and she did sound amazing, but I didn't like the song choice.

I didn't like her choice either when I first heard it, but watching it back (the recap), it sounded A LOT better -- knowing what was to come after it. :shudder:

When you make Taylor Swift actually sound good in comparison?

Heh, Stevie's rendition actually made me appreciate the uniqueness of Taylor Swift's voice. She (Taylor) really does that jumping-high-to-low-notes (sliding?) very well, and Stevie...did not. Yikes. :/

I think Ann Marie's song choice doomed her, unfortunately. I think if you take on Aretha, you do what Alexis did, and do a lesser known song (just to avoid the comparison). Eeek!

And I'm hopeful that her toning down the crazy is going to keep her from the top 12 because that's what people voting for through WOULD have voted her through for.

Yep, I think she just lost her VFTW support with that performance. And the judges kept encouraging her to go back to the crazy (i.e., the "good TV") but if she won't, they will drop her.

I think Normund/Nick won't let them down in that regard. ;p

Hee, Pimpkey (good one!)...it was an OK version, but stop! pointing! at! me! :p

In addition, he's also already trying to play to the Cookie-fanbase.

WHAT? Sacrilege! Cookie would never! :/ TWP thinks Danny Gokey = David Archuleta in 15 years. Hee. ;p
Cynical Bitch: brooke - hoodieunicorn23 on February 19th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
We're pretty much in agreement with AI last night. I really thought Ann Marie was pretty good and I was shocked to hear the feedback from the judges. Maybe she should have sung Carole King's version of that song to deflect the Aretha comparisons; that way maybe the judges would have been more lenient. Who knows.

I was so disappointed with Stevie and Casey, the two worst performances of the night. Horrible song choices. I can't believe how awful some of the song choices were last night. To have such a broad category of songs to choose from and that's what they come up with? Just, no.

I'm tired of the Gokey pimping. I liked him when he first auditioned and during the Hollywood rounds but last night was such a turnoff. The performance was alright but the tongue-bath from the judges was sickening to watch. Enough already.

And yes, Brooke did Hero a lot better than he did! At least there was no preaching and pointing involved. :p

This season is going to suck if Ann Marie (or Megan Corkery) do not make top 12. If that happens, I'm done with the show for this season.