And it begins…the huge time-suck of manufactured drama, courtesy of American Idol. I hate to admit it but, damnit, Ryan Seacrest looked great. He then explained how Thursday night’s show would reveal the top 10 vote-getters (5 guys and 5 girls) and then the judges would get a wild-card vote or some crap…I don’t know, I lost interest already.
This week, the American Idol contestants got to pick any song they chose — and each one got a video camera to shoot some footage at home so we could get a feel for who they are.
Reed Grimm was up first and sang “Moves Like Jagger” with a wild, jazzy twist. He did pretty much as I expected he would — a little unpredictable and all over the place. But it was good and the judges liked it. I think his likability will help him.
Adam Brock was next, singing “Think.” I wasn’t terribly impressed. He didn’t do anything wrong but it just didn’t “hook” me. I’m tired of him referring to himself as “White Chocolate” or saying that there’s a big black woman trapped inside his body. Bo-ring.
Deandre Brackensick then sang and, truthfully, I think my mouth was hanging open the entire time. I thought he did average, at best, but the judges went nuts! When Randy Jackson said he was “pulling” for him on American Idol, I almost fell off my chair.
Colton Dixon performed a Paramore song (“I Think I Know”), starting out at the piano (naturally). I was duly unimpressed. He is cute, though, so that should get him some votes.
Jeremy Rosado then sang “Gravity.” I felt like he kept missing the mark. He’s another one who pulls the “high note” card, which has been done to death. The judges thought he sang beautifully…and I had to wonder if they are hearing the same thing I am.
Cut to Steven Tyler, who made a remark about Jennifer Lopez’s alleged exposure at the Oscars. I don’t care what anyone says…I saw something.
Aaron Marcellus tried his hand at “Never Can Say Goodbye.” I actually thought he was doing a good job until the closing, a high-pitched squeal that I disliked. The judges gave him a standing ovation. I swear, I don’t know what’s going on here.
Chase Likens hit the stage next. He sang a country song (which I suffered through in order to write this) and did so pretty well. I actually have no complaints other than the fact I can’t stand country music. Sorry.
Creighton Fraker sang “True Colors,” which was a great choice to show his range. Loved it. I thought he did incredibly well, as did the judges.
Phil Phillips played the guitar and sang “In the Air Tonight.” He definitely put his own twist on it — so much so that it didn’t even sound like the same song. Randy Jackson, however, said he wasn’t thrilled with the way he reworked the harmony, even as he said he was his biggest fan.
Eben Franckewitz was next. I love this kid. Love love. He sang an Adele song, which wasn’t my favorite but he did pretty well. Not perfect, which the judges pointed out, but good. Steven Tyler threw out “pitchy,” which took me by surprise.
Here we go: Time for Heejun Han. He sang “Angels” and I thought he did a helluva job. Not perfect…but the judges were not thrilled with the song choice, saying it did not properly showcase his abilities.
Joshua Ledet then hit the stage with a Jennifer Hudson song. He played the high note card, too. The judges went n-u-t-s. I personally thought he yelled a little too much. Apparently, his nickname is “Mantasia.” He is terribly sweet, though.
And, now, for the big reveal — the judges reinstated…Jermaine Jones.
I so, so wanted David Leathers, the 17-year-old, who kinda channeled a young Michael Jackson.
So, Jermaine Jones performed a Luther Vandross song and, I admit, it was one of the strongest performances of the evening. See? I’m no hater.
So, the five guys with the most votes will be safe…and they’ll be joined by one more guy who will be the wild card? I don’t even know. Apparently, by Thursday we’ll have our Top 10? Or something? Who knows.