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American Idol 4, April 12: They Were Just Babies Then!by Sting7 -- 04/13/2005
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Iíve been away for a bit, and it seems there is plenty to talk about. So, I will.
There has been plenty of discussion about Scott Savol and the domestic abuse charge. He was charged with it at one point, so some people want to make him a domestic abuser. Iíve read some recaps where folks blatantly called him that. I hope they have lawyers, because they are committing slander. Scott was never convicted of domestic abuse, he was convicted of disturbing the peace.
What went on in that house, only he, his ex-girlfriend, and the big man upstairs know for sure. I personally donít see the point in judging a man based on a website that makes its living finding nasty, dirty little secrets, gleefully publishing their mugshots, and openly admitting reality stars are its favorite targets. I wonder how many of them have arrest records, or things they regret and would rather the world didnít know? I also donít think any man can be defined by one single event. And, letís not forget, itís none of my business. Or yours. His ex-girlfriend has forgiven him. She didnít even want him arrested. Why should I carry a grudge that she isnít?
If it feels like Iím taking the high road, Iím not. The road is rather low Ė I donít care. I want to hear the contestants sing. Sing well, show that star quality and charisma, you get a record contract. You donít get to be president, nanny, my employee, my friend Ė you get a record contract. Scott would not be the only entertainer with an arrest on his record. Far, far... far from it.
Thatís what I think. On with the show.
Ryan welcomes us in an eerily quiet auditorium. He says there are eight contestants left and, "tonight, itís gonna get personal." Hmmm. What does that mean? Flashback to last Wednesday when he told the Idols this weekís theme. He teases them with adorable baby pictures of Constantine (smoldering, even then), Vonzell, and Carrie. The gang will be singing songs from the year they were born!
Interesting! I like it! Weíre sure to get some Ď80s music now! The contestants tell more amusing anecdotes Iím sure you donít really care about, so letís get on with the singing, shall we? Up first...
Nadia Turner, "When I Dream"
Randy - "Wow, a yearís worth of song and you picked that one... it was just an okay performance... I didnít love it."
Paula - "You look outrageously stunning... I am not crazy about the song choice... I was kind of like mmh."
Simon - "That was like the musical equivalent of wallpaper Ė you see the wallpaper but you wonít remember it. It was an appalling choice of song and you could go home for that."
Sting7 - Judges are waaay to hard on Nadia here. I think it was her best vocal performance in a few weeks, and though itís not a song I know all that well, she performed it very well. Isnít that what they are supposed to be judging? I would be dead-shocked if Nadia goes home tomorrow. I was impressed!
Bo Bice, "Free Bird"
Randy - "I love that song, Iím one of your biggest fan... you could have a hit with that song again, man!... excellent dude excellent!"
Paula - "See you at the finals, Bo, see you at the finals!"
Simon - "Iím going to disagree with Paula... I think a huge part of the audience is going to say, "what the hell is that?"... if you walk across the stage and sing a sacred song like that, I donít think youíre gonna get many votes." (Paula and Randy are stridently disagreeing.)
Sting7 - Iím leaning closer to Simon here. There was just something kind of effortless and lazy about Boís performance. I didnít feel him feeling anything about the song. He just sort of paced around, hoping to get a few screams. Itís as disconnected as Iíve ever seen him. Big time disappointed.
Anwar Robinson, "Iíll Never Love This Way Again"
Randy - "Technically I think youíre the best singer in the competition... Iím proud of you tonight."
Paula - "Your consistency is great... the openness of your voice is mesmerizing."
Simon - "One of your best performances in weeks... you are the equivalent of a blanketing Ė just comforting and safe, arenít you?"
Sting7 - Anwarís rendition adjusted the key a bit more to suit his voice, and it was a smart choice. It was the best Iíve heard Anwar sound in weeks. I still think itís risky for a man to sing a womanís song, but Anwar pulled it off. Good for him.1 2 3 Next-->
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