Okay, y’all – I’m a little unprepared for the Idol tonight because I’ve been very busy watching the 100th episode of Dancing With The Stars, so I’m just going to jump feet first into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show and see how it goes.
I hope I don’t get some form of reality show whiplash.
That would be terrible.
David Cook – “Hungry Like The Wolf” – Aside from the fact that I’d like to openly discourage David Cook from wearing a v-neck t-shirt with lots of necklaces (it disturbs me on levels I can’t even begin to articulate), I was kind of excited to hear that he was singing this song, which takes me RIGHT BACK, OH YES IT DOES. However, it seemed like he was too loud – I could barely hear the band – and while that certainly wasn’t his fault, the fact that I couldn’t hear the music took away from the performance from me. Not his best.
“Baba O’Riley” – It seems to me that David C. is at his best when he gets to do songs that have a certain element of angst to them. So in that sense this song was right up his alley. But I don’t think vocally he was as strong as he has been in weeks past – and again, the cadence of this song was so odd that it was difficult for the audience to know how to respond.
Syesha Mercado – “Proud Mary” – NOW HOLD ON – CAREFUL ABOUT TREADING INTO TINA TERRITORY. And all kidding aside, I just thought this was a’ight, mainly because I felt like she was screaming a whole lot. There’s absolutely no way to surpass Tina Turner’s version of this song, and because of that this felt like an impersonation, not an original performance.
“A Change Is Gonna Come” – I thought Syesha looked absolutely beautiful and sounded great. I thought Randy was a little hard on her – and I actually thought it was smart of her to sing a song that’s not typically sung by female performers. So I say well done.
Jason Castro – “I Shot The Sheriff” – I loved hearing Jason with the horns behind him – that was sort of a fun, funky change of pace. But I think this is a hard song for a crowd (and a performer) to handle. There’s no way to really clap or sing along – and because the audience didn’t really know what to do, the whole thing felt disjointed.
“Mr. Tambourine Man” – Okay. I’m sort of thinking that Jason may be ready to go home. And when you combine his song choices with the fact that he forgot the lyrics, I think going home this week may be a pretty attainable goal. I really do love this guy, but it just seems like he’s over it. Did anyone else feel this way?
David Archuleta – “Stand By Me” – Okay. Contrast this song to Jason’s first song. Note the audience’s response. It’s a night and day difference. Anyway, I have contended for a few weeks that David A. doesn’t seem to be enjoying himself, but there was a little more life in him tonight. And he sounded great singing this song, even if he oversings a little bit for my personal taste.
“Love Me Tender” – Does anyone think that David is playing to his teenage audience just a smidge? This was definitely an interesting arrangement, and he sang it well…very nice job with a more understated performance. But even still – and I can’t really explain it – I just wasn’t feelin’ it, dawg. I wanted to triple love it forever and always, but I didn’t. And for some reason I feel like I should apologize for that, thought I have NO IDEA WHY.
Should go: Jason
Will go: Jason
Best of the night: David A.
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