Thursday, May 21, 2009

IDOL FINALE!

It all comes down to this. Who will it be? Adam the crazy, fearless rocker or Kris the warm, friendly musician?


They are both talented (I know I said Adam was talented), but only one can win. Now, if you are a true American Idol fan like I am, then you probably check dialidol.com like yours truly! If that’s the case, then you know they are predicting Kris to win tonight, and they have been correct on their predictions for the last four seasons. Some say this would be an American Idol upset, I say it would be cool. In any case we will know for sure in two hours! Enjoy the following review I typed up as I was watching the show, and remember - it’s all just my opinion, nothing serious. And once again, thanks for reading!


I want to start by stating that I believe the group numbers are lame. I have always thought that, and they always look like the most awkward part for the contestants. That is probably why I have never been to an American Idols Live Tour, and I am a pretty big American Idol fan. The cheesy dance moves and terrible song arrangements are just too much for me to handle. I really can’t stand them. That being said, I did not think highly of the group numbers tonight. The only decent one was the one with Carlos Santa. It's also not good when the contestants sound better than the artist they bring on to do the group numbers. (Like Fergie for example, she sounded terrible when she sang by herself). Rod Stewart sounded good, but is it me or does he look really, really old?


And what is with these "Golden Idol" awards? I thought they would be over these and not be doing them this year. I guess I was wrong. I knew Bikini girl would be on here again. I though it was hilarious what Kara did to her and that she pulled off her dress. That was by far the funniest Idol moment for me. Of course I knew Norman would make another appearance and we all knew Tatiana would be back. All three awards were funny, but really not necessary and could have eliminated about 45 minutes of a two-hour finally.


There were some really good duets tonight and there were some not so great ones. Starting the duets off was Queen Latifah and Lil Rounds, and they sounded great. It was actually the first time I liked Lil Rounds and the first time she actually looked comfortable on stage.


Another great duet was Kris and Keith. I mean Kris had to be freaking out about that one. Come on, Keith Urban is an amazing guitar player and for Kris (who is also a guitar player) to play with him, that had to be an amazing experience.


I thought having her duet be with Cyndi Lauper cheated Allison. I just would not have paired those two together. Unexpectedly, it sounded pretty good.

Danny’s duet with Lionel Ritchie was awesome. I (and my boyfriend as well) thought that Danny sounded amazing. We both agree that he was voted off to early and my boyfriend actually picked him as the winner from his audition. I hope Danny gets a record deal!


And, of course, Adam's duet was too over dramatic for my tasting. I was shocked by what he was wearing. I give him props for not caring what others think about him. I wish I were fearless like that. I am also shocked that KISS was on American Idol. It’s amazing how much this show has changed since it first started. And I just want to note that it was totally random to see Steve Martin play an instrument seriously.


Which brings me to my final conclusion that America voted two totally different contestants into the season finally. They are both extremely talented and very different artists, and tonight was the most versatile American Idol finale ever. There was a nice mix of music and talent, although it wasn’t necessary for it to be two hours long, it was overall a great show.


(SPOILER ALERT) That being said - I am thrilled the title went to Kris Allen! I think his voice is ready for radio and that he will do fairly well with this win. Adam will most definitely have a career after Idol, and I am thinking it will be Broadway. Regardless, have no fear - he will not be forgotten.


I hope you enjoyed my reviews this season, and I can’t wait till January next year when I can start writing them again for you. Have a fantastic summer, and hopefully you will check in with me next season. Who knows maybe I will be on American Idol and can write a behind the scenes blog for you all to read! You never know!


xoxo,
Andrea

(Editor's Note from Lex: On behalf of Lauren and myself - THANK YOU, Andrea for doing these recaps! We really enjoy having you here on Sooperserial, and we're already looking forward to next season. You are amazing! And just in case you missed last night's announcement of the winner, you can watch it below.)


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Idol: Part 1 of the Finale

The final two - Who will be left standing?

Okay, so I would have never guessed this season would come down to these two contestants. It’s a surprise finale for me. But, I am always excited to hear the tunes each week on American Idol. The contestants will be performing three songs tonight. YAY, I am excited! Enjoy my review tonight, and I will also write a major review tomorrow night, so be prepared for that. It will be a recap of the entire finale, and I can’t wait! Anyway, enjoy the review, and I can’t wait until they post where they will be auditioning this summer.


Adam
Song 1: "Mad World"
Since we already heard him sing this song, there isn’t much to say about it. He sounds okay, but I guess I’m more concerned with what he is wearing, so dark and dreary. He is creeping me out tonight with his look and outfit. Nothing special for me so far. He will need to up the game in the next two songs.

Song 2: "Change is Gonna Come" (Simon's choice)
Wow, his look isn’t creeping me out on this song. He looks good, but I'm not sure if I would have picked this song for him. I don’t like this on his voice, and I’m actually confused as to why Simon Fuller picked it. He makes funny faces when he sings. Not so sure about that song for Adam tonight.

Song 3: "No Boundaries" (co-written by Kara, who happens to be an amazing song writer)
I can tell from the start that I am not going to like how Adam sings this song. This song doesn’t fit his voice, as is what usually happens with these Idol songs. Yeah, not a good song for his voice at all - I actually feel bad for him. I hope America doesn’t take this song into much consideration when voting tonight, because I’m pretty sure both contestants are going to sound bad on it.

Kris
Song 1: "Ain't No Sunshine"
I loved when he did this song before, and it’s a great song choice for him tonight. He looks great and sounds great tonight. Once again, it’s hard to say much since they already sang these songs on the show. I love that he played the piano as well and changed it up a bit from the first time he performed it on the show. He and Adam are so different. I have no idea how America is going to vote. Wow, Kara is really getting into the judging tonight.


Song 2: "What’s going on" (Simon's choice)
Great song for Kris. Good choice! He sounds great and I like that he is playing the guitar. He is really showing his talent tonight. Adam and Kris are so different. I don’t know how this season is going to end, but I know I am voting for Kris tonight. He is just amazing me tonight with each song. He is one truly talented guy. I guess Simon cant appreciate something stripped down and NOT over dramatic.

Song 3: No Boundaries (Kara’s song)
I was hoping he would play the guitar on this song, but I kind of figured he wouldn’t because Kara wrote it. He sounds much better than Adam did on this song. This song would do well on the radio if Kris released it because it just didn’t fit Adams voice at all. I will be voting for Kris tonight!

Well, it was an interesting night tonight and I feel that both contestants did fairly well this evening. I have no idea who is going to win but I know that I am voting for Kris Allen. Stay tuned for my biggest review of the season tomorrow night (or Thursday morning depending on when I get it all typed up!)


xoxo,
Andrea


(Editor's note from Lex: I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the show Glee last night. Anyone else? Also, please enjoy this video of a very.......different Adam Lambert singing "It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday" at his high school graduation.)


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Idol: Showdown of the Final Three

So, I almost didn’t write a review tonight, because I am so upset my girl Allison did not make it. However, I realized that I couldn’t stop writing just because my favorite is out, so I have put together a little review for you. Enjoy the review below and I will be back for my final recap next week - I cant believe its almost over! I’m anxious to find out where they will be holding auditions for next season, and I am hoping I can make it out to them. Anyways, enjoy and be sure to come back next week for the finale!

1. Danny
Song Choice 1: "Dance Little Sister" by Terence Trent D'Arby (Paula’s choice)
Song Choice 2: "You are so Beautiful" by Joe Cocker (his own choice)

The first song was interesting, but I didn’t expect anything less from Paula Abdul. It's different, and I think Danny sounds good on it. I think the band overpowered him a little but he sounded great on the first song!

The second song that Danny picked I think was an awesome choice for him. The way he changed it up sounds great! He gave it his own little touch and it sounded great! I think he is definitely moving on to the final round.


2. Kris
Song Choice 1: "Apologize" by OneRepublic (Kara and Randy’s song choice)
Song Choice 2: "Heartless" by Kanye West (his own choice)

Great first song choice, but I don’t know if Kris can pull it off. I like that he is showing how talented he is by playing another instrument at the piano. I think throughout this competition he was overlooked a little and he is actually extremely talented. Kris sounded pretty good on the first song!


Okay, Kris’s second song choice is a strange one - I am worried about how this will work out for him. I am thrilled he is playing the guitar. It definitely shows his talent. Great arrangement, I hope this puts Kara in her place for that comment on the first song. He is brilliant, and I think he deserves to go to the final round. I might have to vote for him tonight!


3. Adam
Song Choice 1: "One" by U2 (Simon's choice)
Song Choice 2: "Cryin'" by Aerosmith (his own choice)

OMG I hate U2 - they have to be one of my least favorite bands in this world and now my least favorite Idol is singing it, great. I don’t get why people like him at all. He sounds terrible in my opinion. I am concerned that my understanding of music has been misguided or something because I hate him so much. The hype over Adam has got me all kinds of confused. Sorry guys, I just don’t get it.


Okay, totally my favorite Aerosmith song, and I’m pretty sure he is going to ruin it for me. I can’t even comment on him anymore because I will have all of his fans wanting to kill me. I will just say that I hope he does not make it to the finals.


Who do you think will make it to the finale? Make sure to leave your comments!


xoxo,

Andrea

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Rock on, American Idols!

So it's Rock and Roll Week on American Idol - this should be exciting. What I was expecting out of some of the contestants tonight, I did not get. The performances were way more boring than I thought they would be. I was hoping for some of the contestants to shine a little more this week since rock and roll is such a great category, but some of the song choices were strange. It will be interesting to see what happens Wednesday night. Enjoy the review and please don’t hate me for my opinion!

1. Adam
Song Choice: "Whole Lotta Love," Led Zepplin

Okay Adam looks scary, and I don’t like the song choice. He could have done so much with this week, and I think he chose a song that did not do it for him. I know, I haven’t been a supporter of him, but this week he really didn’t do as well as I expected him to do. I thought it would be a standout performance for him and to be honest, I didn’t like it at all. His screechy voice and his ability to always look like a freak is starting to weird me out.
(And sorry, Randy, but I still thought Broadway when I saw him, because he is way too dramatic and over the top!)


2. Allison
Song Choice: "Cry Baby," Janis Joplin
I love her! I really want her to make it to the finals in this competition. She looks awesome and sounds awesome tonight! This is a great song! A little boring in the middle, but she sounds great. I thought she could have picked a different song to showcase her rock side more, but overall she sound good. Not my favorite performance from her, but it was pretty nice. Could have been edgier but it was good vocally, but still a little disappointing for me.


Duet number 1: Danny and Kris
Song: "Renegade," Styx
Uh, why the hell is Idol doing duets?! I am not so sure what is happening here. Kris and Danny actually sound good on this song. Kris hit a few bad notes and Danny sounds great when he hits is higher notes. It was different and interesting. I think they should leave this out next season, though. There was really no point in having them do duets.
(Editor's Note: Click here for my personal favorite version of this song! It fills my heart with so much joy.)


3. Kris
Song Choice: "Come Together," The Beatles

Interesting song choice since I don’t consider it to be rock and roll, but whatever. Haha - he said he wanted to pee his pants in his video clip about meeting Slash. That was funny! Kris sounds great tonight! I really like how he took a genre that wasn’t really his and chose a song that he could make sound more like him. It showed how talented of a musician he is. It’s a shame because most Americans won't pick up on that and we will lose a great talent. Not only is he one of the best voices in this competition, but you can tell he is also a talented musician, and knows how to stay true to his musical style.


4. Danny
Song Choice: "Dream On," Aerosmit
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Oh, Lord. I am nervous for him. This is a difficult song to sing - all of Aerosmith songs are. I am not sure if he can pull it off. He sounds good, but you can tell he is definitely not rock and roll. That last note was a little off for sure, but it was a nice try. Not one of my favorite performances from him, but I think his fan base will save him this week.


Duet number 2: Allison and Adam
Song: "Slow Ride," Foghat

Allison sounds great on the duet, and Adam is, of course, way over the top. But overall, I guess they sound good together. I just don’t like that they did this duet thing. It's not that exciting, and they ended up going over on time again. I am going to have nightmares of Adam's screeching vocals all night now. Wow, he is annoying me more and more every week.


Bottom two: Okay so I am guessing on a bottom two this week because I don’t know if I can pick three. I am going to say that Kris and Adam will be in the bottom two with Kris going home. I know you all might think I am crazy for putting Adam there, but I just think he may have disappointed some of his fans this week. I guess we will see. Thanks for reading!


xoxo,
Andrea