Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I think this is the week we’ll see Colton take a chance and move up the ranks. I also think Jessica will bounce back and at least one of last week’s bottom 3 will become a contender.
I also have to say the Jimmy Iovine clips are entertaining, if not for their blatant attempt to fill the Simon gap and hear what a record executive really thinks about the contestants. Do I wonder sometimes if they give a contestant a hard time in order to rally their fan base? Yes, sometimes. But more often than not, Jimmy is the only voice of reality. The judges continue to refrain from judging. It pains me when Seacrest asks them to select who is in the most trouble and they downright refuse (J Lo, you are the worst offender!). So I may begin referring to them as cheerleaders until they show some sign of doing what they’re paid to do.
Here are my rankings for the Top 10 and my hope for what song they will select tomorrow night:
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
This blog is all about keeping it real, and in that spirit I will admit each week where I was wrong…and where I was right. First, I was probably the most wrong about pint-sized Hollie Cavanagh, having placed her at the bottom of my rankings. Where I was right, or pretty close: Jessica Sanchez stole the show with the best Whitney of the night.
This week’s theme is “songs from the year you were born,” which doesn’t seem to give anyone an advantage or disadvantage. It’s anyone’s guess this week who will shine. I think the burden will be on the younger contestants to prove that they can be authentic on songs that might be older than they standard fare.
The fact that 8 of the 12 remaining finalists were born in the 90s makes me feel so horribly old I can barely stand it. On the other hand, it means that I should know most or all of the songs since you could consider the late 80s/early 90s to be the formative years of my youth. Let’s just say you’ll be a lock for my vote if you can pull off a classic tune from Collective Soul, Cranberries, B II M, Natalie Merchant, Seal, Verve Pipe, Chris Isaak, Mariah Carey, Counting Crows, Duncan Sheik…wow, I am set adrift on memory bliss just thinking of the possibilities!
What do you think? Am I completely off my rocker this week? And just for the record, I couldn’t help but look it up, and three of the top four songs in my birth year (1978) were from the Bee Gees. Well, one was from Bee Gee baby bro Andy Gibb. Alright, here are my predictions for the Top 12!
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
It’s time to strike up some Idol conversation, and this seemed like the best way now that we have the top 13 for the season. Each week, I plan to offer my best guess of how the finalists will perform and who will be voted off the show.
This being my first blog on the topic, I’ll admit my biases up front. First, I was disappointed last season that the final two were young country singers because I felt like neither of them was a true “artist” – far from it. I think country artists have to do a lot more to distinguish themselves because there’s only so much they can do to reinvent a country song other than pour their emotions into it. I’m not bashing the genre; more like making an observation about the artistry of previous Idol contestants.
My other bias: I think the judges are utterly useless since Simon’s departure. They are cheerleaders, not critics anymore. I do my best to ignore their comments in order to actually assess the contestants. The three wild card singers – DeAndre, Jeremy and Erika – already didn’t survive the first vote, so I don’t expect any of them to make it to the final round no matter how much support they get from the judges.
That said, I have a lot of hope for this season. This week the girls will be singing Whitney Houston, and the boys will tackle Stevie Wonder. Here are my predictions for the Top 13!