Arabian (arabian) wrote,

American Idol: Melinda & Jordin

I really do love both of them and I really, really think the show wants them in the final two. They are two of the three best singers (Lakisha being the other one), but I think they're pushing Jordin over Lakisha because (a) she's on par vocally (although, technically, I think Lakisha is better, but Jordin has better diction when she sings) and (b) Lakisha comes across as stand-offish whereas Jordin is just so utterly delightful. As for Melinda/Jordin as the final two, I think Melinda is a better singer, but I think Jordin is more marketable and she too has got a fabulous voice ... and the former is WHY I think the judges are pimping her to a RIDICULOUS degree!

Seriously. I love her to bits, she's been in my top five from the beginning auditions and my favorite since around the middle of semi's, and even *I* think they're overpimping her. They're doing to her the same damn thing they did to Kelly which turned me off of her in S1. Even when she was supbar, the judges kissed her ass. The difference that season is that I preferred Justin over Kelly, so I got so annoyed with the pimping for Kelly that it took post-Idol for me to truly and fully appreciate her. Now, I don't have anyone else on the show I love like I do Jordin (I love Melinda's voice and I like her lots, but Jordin just makes me smile), so I'm not annoyed with the pimping ... for me. I'm annoyed because it might turn OTHER people off because it's quite ridiculous.

I expect the recorded version of the song she did tonight will be AMAZING, but live, she was shaky and she did the same thing that Kelly does that drives me insane. They both have outstanding voices, gifts from God, and yet they both choose to sing notes that are JUST the bit out of their range, taking a performance that should be splendiferous and making it a bit off because they can't QUITE reach certain notes. It's annoying and I really wish there were people in the industry with clout who would tell these singers who have the voices to truly appreciate what they have and not reach for more. Taking aside musical taste, I think the only truly great singers in the pop market today who don't do this, but who understand, appreciate and fully express the still-incredible range of their voices without pushing it more than they should are Celine Dion and Christina Aguilera.

Still, I'm happy that it looks like Jordin is getting their pimp vote because I want her to win; she is my favorite. On the other hand, I'm just as happy that it's almost a slam-dunk that Melinda will be in the final two also and frankly, if either wins, I'll be happy because I expect that both will produce an amazing album. I just wish the judges/show weren't so dang obvious in the pimpage, that can't help but hurt Jordin and that makes me blue.
Tags: american idol, jordin sparks, kelly clarkson, music, tv

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