Thursday, February 19, 2009

AI: The Competition Begins, Group 1

I first want to say that I feel like Idol is working backwards here. Remember during Season 1 when they split the contestants up into groups of 12 and had them sing it out for the top 12? This is exactly what they are doing now and to be quite honest, I am upset they are changing it.

I don’t believe it’s fair; it does not give them the best of the top 36. Instead it gives them the best of each group of 12. It’s not fair to the contestants, and I feel that contestants that should go through are going to lose their chance now. I really wish they wouldn’t choose the top 12 this way, but I don’t work for Idol so I don’t have a say in how they run things. (Although I really wish I did work for them!)
Anyway, last night was a disaster for the first group of top 12 contestants. From the terrible song choices to the awful outfits, I was worried that Season 8 was going to be a big let down. However, some contestants did stand out and hopefully it won’t be hard for America to pick their top three from this group. Below I have listed a recap of what I thought of each contestant's performance, and then I have listed my picks for the top three to move on to the next round. Enjoy, and remember to leave comments as often as you like!

First up, Jackie Tohn sang A Little Less Satisfaction—Wow, what a disaster, from the outfit to the song choice and to the singing, she was just a mess tonight. It’s a shame, too, because she has definitely got the look to make it (provided she has a better stylist), but she blew it tonight.

Next, Ricky Braddy sang A song for you—Where did he come from? I don’t remember him from the earlier rounds. He performed really nice tonight, although I do agree with Simon that he seems like a shy nice guy and that may work against him, but I think he has a great voice.

Alexis Grace sang Never Loved A Man—She has been an early favorite of mine, and tonight she sounded good, as usual. I am not sure I agree with her new look as much as the judges do. I think she can look sweeter and still show off that great voice. The song choice was a little boring, but she did more than enough to make it through. The other contestants were not as good as her tonight. (Editor's note: Anyone with the name Alexis is automatically awesome!)

Brent Smith sang Hicktown—And yet another disaster. Brent not only looked nervous as hell but he also didn’t really choose a song that was good for him. I understand he is trying to pick songs that people haven’t sang on this show before, but that was pretty out of the ordinary and not many non-country fans are going to know that song. I don’t think its going to work out for him this time.

Stevie Wright sang You Belong with Me—I never liked this girl and I just want to throw that out there for everyone. I hated her audition and I still hate her voice now (I’m so harsh sometimes). This was probably the worst song choice in the history of American Idol. Seriously, it was that bad. Why wouldn’t the vocal people tell her this song was not only stupid but completely out of her range (It was way too low for her). Contestants should never change who they believe they are as an artist to please the judges or anyone else. I think that is what happened with Stevie tonight.

Anoop Desai sang Angel of MineAnoop is another one of my early favorites, and I liked him again tonight. He is one of those guys that makes it seem so easy and effortless to sing. He has a great tone and quality to his voice and I truly hope he goes far in this competition. I disagree with Simon saying the song seemed too grown up for him, I actually thought it was a wise song choice and I think it will put him through to the next round.

Casey Carlson sang Every Little Think She Does is Magic—She looks cute and she definitely has that star quality look to her but then she started singing and making really, really funny faces. I literally had to look away from my television because her faces were bothering me so much. Like Simon said, she just threw it away.

Michael Sarver sang I Don’t Wanna Be—Yet another one of my early favorites, but I don’t think he did enough to make it through to the next round. I am actually really surprised that he picked this song and that he didn’t do as well as I thought he would do. He was better than the other contestants, but he has more in him. I am curious to see how things turn out for him.

Ann Marie sang Natural Woman—I am not really sure about this one. I remember liking her a lot during the Audition rounds and then not really hearing from her during Hollywood week, but tonight was just all right for me. I think she picked a huge song and didn’t really do anything huge with the song. She has more of a calm, easy listening voice and this was not a right song choice for her. I hope some of these contestants have a chance to redeem themselves.

Steven Fowler sang Rock With You—What a disaster. I am also going to put it out there and say I never liked this guy from the beginning either. He is just a waste and in my opinion they should have picked Danny’s best friend over this guy. He stinks! Haha but then again this is all just my opinion. I wish him the best of luck in his future musical endeavors.

Tatiana sang Saving all my Love—OK, what happened to the annoying Tatiana girl we all saw during Hollywood week? This is strange. I actually always thought she had a decent voice but that she was annoying as hell. Tonight she sounded all right, I don’t think it will be enough to get her through. I miss the annoying part of her. She seriously was the most talked about contestant and then she went and changed her personality on us. Weird, weird night.

Danny Gokey sang Hero—AMAZING! They sure did save the best for last (I think sometimes Idol plans for that to happen) Thank God for Danny because seriously for a minute there I was worried this Season was going to suck. Danny will definitely move on and I can’t wait to hear more from him.

Moving on.......
Top Guy: Danny Gokey
Top Female: Alexis Grace
Third Top Contestant: It’s between Anoop and Michael



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