Wednesday, March 14, 2007

MARCH 14, 2007

The thing I always find funny about American Idol (especially the last couple of seasons) is they always tell the contestants to pick songs that are familiar, but not too familiar. The reasoning is when you sing a Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, or Aretha Franklin song, people can’t help but compare it to the original, and the average contestant will probably fall short. Yet, at the same time, they pair the contestants up with musical legends and force them to sing their libraries during the theme weeks. Of course, most will fall short, and last night’s Diana Ross night was no exception.

Most of the contestants were forgettable. Some tried to “modernize” classic songs, forgetting the reason the songs are considered “classics” to begin with. Three forgot their words, which is odd, although I’m sure nerves play a part. Also, this week, the Idols were busier than ever before (more promotional appearances, filming the Ford commercial, etc.). In addition, for the last three weeks, the songs they picked were their choice, so they probably knew the songs coming in. This week, it seems many had to learn their songs from scratch.

As guest coaches go, I thought Diana was one of the best. She instantly pointed out each contestant’s strengths and weaknesses, and was usually spot on. For example, she immediately panned Chris Sligh’s version of “Endless Love” because she knew listeners wouldn’t be able to find the original medley. And simply put, she was right.

But Chris Sligh wasn’t the worst of the evening… not by a long shot. Brandon Rogers, Haley Scarnato, and Stephanie Edwards all forgot their words, Gina Glocksen and Phil Stacey were just boring, and Sanjaya Malakar struggled big time once again with his pitch and stage presence.

It wasn’t all bad, though. Another solid week for Lakisha Jones, but I thought the biggest stars of the night were Jordin Sparks and Melinda Doolittle. Jordin sang “If We Hold On Together” from The Land Before Time, and Melinda sang “Home” from The Wiz. So far, it looks like a three way competition for the title between those three ladies, and someone else is going to have to do really well next week to get themselves into the conversation.

So here’s the official prediction… Your Bottom Three… the three who forgot their words… Brandon Rogers, Haley Scarnato, and Stephanie Edwards. I know, I know… Sanjaya Malakar should be in there, but he won’t be. Trust me on that one. Of the three who will be, Haley probably is the weakest, but I don’t think she’ll go. I think it will be Brandon. It pains me, because I picked him to go far, but he went first last night, and performed poorly. I wouldn’t be shocked if it was Stephanie, because I think her performance was too rough last night in a field already crowded with a lot of singers with styles similar to hers, but I’ll stick with my official pick of Brandon Rogers.

Results tonight at 9 PM on FOX. Don’t miss it!

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