Oh, how I adore it when we get to the phase of the competition where everyone is singing two songs. My level of happiness if off the charts, I tell you, because THIS IS ALL VERY EXCITING.
I will try to calm down a bit before I start talking about the actual performances.
I JUST NEED TO GET THE CAPITAL LETTERS OUT OF MY SYSTEM FIRST.
AND ALSO: I NEED ME ONE OF NEIL DIAMOND’S SPANGLY SHIRTS.
All better now.
Jason Castro – “Forever In Blue Jeans” – This is not one of my favorite songs – and I think the lyrics are sort of dated – but it was good to see Jason back in his comfort zone with guitar in hand. I’d have to consult the honorable FryDaddy to know for sure, but it sounded to me like he never found a range he was comfortable with in this song. And honestly, it was kind of boring. Perfectly nice – but kind of boring.
“September Morn” – HEY. WHAT THE HECK WAS GOING ON WITH PAULA EVALUATING THIS PERFORMANCE BEFORE IT EVEN HAPPENED? I mean, I know she could have taken notes during rehearsal or whatever, but I do think it was unfair for her to pretty much tell the world, “What’s coming up isn’t going to be very good” before we even saw it. That being said, Jason seemed really uncomfortable, and part of me wonders if he’s not ready to fly, fly away from the Idol coop. I’m just sayin’.
David Cook – “I’m Alive” – He’s just good, y’all. Even when I don’t love the songs he sings, I love to hear him sing them. Because he can sing anything and put an original twist on it. The end.
“All I Really Need Is You” – Well done with the thoughtful half-grin at the beginning of the song, Mr. Cook. And as far as the actual song, he delivered once again. He’s consistent, original and super smart about his performances. Love him.
Brooke White – “I’m A Believer” – Is it me, or has Brooke seemed really nervous the last few weeks? She seemed sort of hesitant at the beginning of this song, and like Jason, it felt like the song wasn’t in her range. I kept thinking of “The Partridge Family” when she was singing – and she didn’t seem comfortable at all.
“I Am, I Said” – I think Brooke is totally at home behind a piano, and I actually really liked this performance. The first part of the song especially came across as totally sincere – I even had goosebumps. Total rebound on Brooke’s part. Good for her.
David Archuleta – “Sweet Caroline” – For some reason this whole performance felt dated to me, almost like Bobby Brady was trying to win a talent show so he could replace the family portrait that Jan hit with her bike when she wasn’t wearing her glasses.
“America” – Eh. I wanted to like it. I feel like I should have liked it. But I just didn’t like it. I’m sorry.
Syesha Mercado – “Hello Again” – Okay, THIS was a modern take on a Neil Diamond song, which is exactly what Jason, Brooke and David A. were missing in their first songs tonight. I don’t think she hit it out of the park, but it was a solid double. And what in the sam hill am I doing using baseball metaphors? I have absolutely no explanation.
“Thank The Lord For The Nighttime” – LOVED this arrangement – it felt retro, not dated, and yes, there is a difference. I thought Syesha’s performance was fun, but I’m not sure it was her strongest…sometimes the song felt a little big for her. BUT, she was having fun, and for that reason alone it was enjoyable to watch.
Should go: Based on tonight? Jason.
Will go: I have no idea. I just know that it won’t be either of the Davids.
Best of the night: David Cook
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