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Thoughts and Impressions from American Idol, Week 8by David Bloomberg -- 08/05/2002
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This week featured Songs from the 70s. Gosh, I wonder what weeks 9 and 10 might be? I’m still waiting for Heavy Metal week.
Apparently, so is Nikki. That’s the only genre where she might be able to get away with her shouting. Well, okay, strike that. She’s gotten away with it so far, I guess. But somewhere Pat Benatar was cringing. While the song was a good choice for Nikki, the fact is that she’s not Pat. For one thing, Pat can sing. And, once again, as Dana once again noted, none of the judges actually addressed Nikki’s singing (or shouting). I don’t understand it. Are they blinded by her hair? Do they think this is the way she is supposed to sound? In any event, I think Simon was exactly right when he said she isn’t good enough to win and that it was a copycat performance. Nikki tried to retort that it couldn’t be because she only heard the song for the first time three days earlier. First of all – what?! You’d never heard the song before? Second of all, to me that makes it more likely it’s a copycat, not less. She hasn’t heard the song before which means she hasn’t had time to think about how to make it her own. She only has Pat Benatar’s version to go with. And she did. Well, she tried to. Incidentally, let me just point out that Paula needs to get real. I mean, I know the producers purposely put her there as the “good judge” to offset Simon as the “mean judge” (with Randy as the middle ground), but come on!
I thought Ryan’s choice of song was good, too. No, not because it was more in her vocal range, but because she sang about how it was her last chance. Yup, it was. And she knew it. Simon had a great line: “Last week’s performance was the equivalent of a musical train wreck,” though it would have been better if he’d actually gotten the phrasing correct. What he meant to say was: “Last night’s performance was the musical equivalent of a train wreck.” Ah well, live TV. Incidentally, in the results show Ryan was asked who she really is and went through a whole bunch of “half this, half that, half another thing…” Ryan is obviously not half mathematician…
Moving on to Christina, contrary to the judges, I found it boring. Then again, I’ve never been a fan of Sade, to whom Simon compared her. I still thought there was too much vibrato, too. Ah well.
Justin was good, as usual, but he didn’t give a terribly exciting performance. And while Dana has accepted him after his apology, the American voting public did not. As he was singing, my brother (who was in for a visit) gave Justin a thumbs-down. I said there was actually a fair chance Justin would win. He asked, “Why? Do teenage girls call in?” Yup. Although perhaps too many of them had phone privileges yanked last week. But while his apology looks to have been a mistake in the voters’ eyes, I think it was a savvy move. Whether it was true or not, he obviously was upset by what Dana had written, and that pushed him over the edge. The pen (or in this case, the glowing letters on your computer screen) is mightier than the sword.
Kelly gave the best performance of the night. I agree with Dana – she just keeps getting better and better. And I couldn’t believe it when Simon blatantly flipped off Ryan (the host) when the latter came over to talk about Simon snapping along. However, I didn’t hear him mutter anything. Once again, live TV! Wonder if Simon got in trouble for that one…
RJ had a pretty good song choice for him, and I knew immediately that he’d make it another week. In fact, I’d say it’s the best we’ve seen him, though in my considered opinion that isn’t necessarily saying a whole lot. Once again, I have to agree with Simon: “Boy band, yes. American Idol, no.” Remember my idea, RJ – get together with AJ and EJay and form “The Jays.” You heard it here first.
Tamyra was great, as always. ‘Nuff said there.
Once again, when all of them sang together it gave us a good few minutes. They must have gotten positive feedback from the group song last time. Let me just say that, once again, Kelly kicked serious butt with her portion. The solos just showed how much better she, Tamyra, and Justin really are compared to the others.
I was in complete shock when Justin was in the bottom three. He hadn’t done as well, but does the voting public really have that short a memory? Yes. And for him to do worse than Nikki and just “squeak by” against Ryan?! Yeesh. What a slap in the face. Maybe it will take him down a notch and cause his performance next time to get that much better. He needs to bring back the Justin we saw early on.
Or else the voters will get rid of the Justin we saw last week…
David Bloomberg is the Editor of RealityNewsOnline, and can be reached at email@example.com.
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