Wednesday, April 23, 2008

APRIL 23, 2008

It took three clues this morning to figure it out...

1) Find the girl next to the wide opening (Macy's is next to the Gap)
2) Beware of the grizzly construction going on (Build-A-Bear Workshop)
3) You won’t find the Crimson Cardinal, but close (See Red Robin)
4) Take a break at the watering hole (The Oasis food court)
5) It’s where Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny stop when they’re in town

Answer: The Valley Plaza

Okay, whoever came up with this theme last night needs to be fired. Don't get me wrong, I like Andrew Lloyd Webber, but these two genres (contemporary TV music reality show & Broadway) don't mix.

Syesha Mercado started us off with a snappy-jazzy roll through "One Rock and Roll Too Many" from Starlight Express. Randy Jackson said, "I feel tonight not only is this your element, but you could be a huge Broadway star." Paula Abdul gushed, "This is your happy place and you are really good at it." Simon Cowell said, "That was very sexy. I actually agree with Randy, one of your strongest performances so far."

Jason Castro left the guitar at home and got soft and whispery for "Memory" from Cats. Randy said, "I thought vocally it was a little bit of a train wreck. It's not your thing. Too much melody for me for you." Paula said, "I think it was a wise choice for you to do this because it allows you to put your influence in it. It sounds like a pop ballad." Simon said, "It felt to me that it was the longest two minutes of my life. Came over as a young guy being forced to sing that song at a wedding you didn't want to be at. It was a struggle."

Brooke White had the big blunder of the night. She faltered 15 seconds into "You Must Love Me" from Evita, and had to start over. Randy said, "There were parts that were okay after you got started. Vocally it was a little tough." Paula said, "You must never start and stop." Simon said, "It was so dramatic. You were so tense that your voice was straining. This is a tricky one. I think you are going to be very disappointed when you watch this back."

David Archuleta lifted up his big Broadway voice for "Think of Me" from Phantom of the Opera. Randy said, "You are exactly what this show is all about. Dude, it was the bomb. This boy is the one to beat." Paula said, "It was absolutely perfect." Simon said, "I thought it was pleasant, one of your weakest performances of the live shows. It isn't one of those performances you will remember, but it will get you through to the next show."

Carly Smithson pulled out all of the stops to do "Jesus Christ Superstar" with a booming chorus. Randy said, "I don't know if it was your best performance, but it was defiantly good." Paula said, "I love what you did in the chorus." Simon said, "It was actually one of my favorite performances of the night."

David Cook was in musical-theater mode for a soaring rendition of "Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera. Randy said, "That was an amazing vocal performance." Paula said, "This song just proved more and more that you are a well-rounded performer." Simon said, "You made the most of the song. It was too rounded off."

So here's the official prediction...
Bottom Three: Syesha, Brooke, and Jason
Out: Brooke

Marlee Matlin didn't get the fan support she needed to offset her low scoring mambo, and was sent home on last night's elimination show. Joining Marlee and her partner Fabian Sanchez in the bottom two were Mario and Karina Smirnoff, whose mambo got mixed reviews the previous night. Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough were the first couple sent to safety despite their low score and continuous whining about not being judged fairly. Internet sites have been buzzing that the fiery brunette and her cool blonde partner are having more than a "showmance." Reports that the couple have been seen canoodling on the beach in Malibu have surfaced on various entertainment sites, including Access Hollywood. Next week the remaining stars do double duty as they perform two dances to impress the judges.