American Idol Season 8 Top 10 Post-Show

picture-29Wow, what a suckfest of a start to the show last night. We ended up going to bed last night after the 6th performance and watching the rest this morning. The difference between the two sets of singers was striking because when they showed the recap at the end of the show, we didn’t really have any recollection of them as we were watching the last 4: Lil, Adam, Danny, and Allison.

I had some major disappointments with some styles and the execution of some of them, namely Megan Joy’s “who the heck possessed her body for those 2 minutes?” and Michael Sarver’s shaky-quaky hand and body movements inside every beat of the song making it look like he was having a seizure. I won’t even go into how Lil Round was supposed to dominate because that would be racist to expect a black person to blow it outta da box on Motown night, wouldn’t it? Yeah. Didn’t stop them from saying it, though. Racists. 😀

Adam, Danny, and Allison are for sure Top 3 material, and the rest can try to duke it out for #4, but it doesn’t matter, because no one else will win it with those 3 in the running. Kris and Matt, “dude” you guys blew, and not outta da box. Scott wasn’t far behind in the “wanna go home” category and Megan completely self-destructed by tossing her unique voice in the garbage and shouting the whole thing at 120 beats per minute. Her rehearsal with Smoky got me looking forward to hers and she figuratively jumped off a bridge.

I’m going with Megan going home, with Michael in a close second. It is all up to sex appeal and fanbase at this point for those two. Kris could go at any time, but I think those two might have saved him this week unless they have more fans than I’m accounting for.

Season 8 Show 2 Post-show Predictions

Sorry about the delay on this week’s post, but my wife considered the pre-show post a bit much for a non-American Idol blog. Since I always listen to my wife, like any good man does, I’m sticking with post-show predictions and post-results reactions from now on.

Group Two… hmmm. So many mixed feelings about these people, but there were some standouts and made my Top 3 so easy to pick out. I always have to leave in a 4th for standby just in case America screws up to show that I know that I have a pulse on the singing, though.

As you might recall from my Hollywood Week Recap, Adam Lambert was right up there in the Danny Gokey/Michael Sarver grouping of the top singers and he was clearly the undisputed winner of last night’s show. Kai Kalama was in that group until he sang last night, and I don’t think he will be going anywhere until his second chance in the wildcard show.

For the women, Allison Iraheta rocked the stage, crowd, and TV audience. The Twitter reaction was immediate after collectively falling asleep after the first three performances and either loving or hating “Norman Gentle” ditching Nick Mitchel during the commercial break.

For the 3rd spot, I’m placing Jesse Langseth (unfortunate girl with the boy spelling… poor thing) to take the spot for her song choice, good performance, and her pop qualities. In a very close 4th is Mishavonna Henson for her performance, though I don’t think her song choice was that good because I fell asleep. Sorry. Pick better songs.

What to do with Nick Mitchell? I think he was highly entertaining, but my wife would like to see him ripped off the show by a C-130 tow line by his britches, I think. I don’t think it matters when you stand him up against the other performances, unless the Vote for the Worst people are in full-force again to rescue him from the 50% crowd who hates him. Her prediction is one that I must agree with: he will be one of the last two to be announced tonight to make everyone sweat.

American Idol Season 8 Hollywood Week Recap

I am genuinely impressed with the raw talent that the contestants have this year. There are more singers that left me saying, “wow,” after their rounds during Hollywood Week than past seasons when there were usually only 3-4 standouts and the rest had to step it up as the season progressed, or risk not getting votes.

A quick update: Joanna Pacitti has been disqualified as “ineligible to continue” with no further explanation. She has achieved moderate success as a recording artist, so that may finally have had enough of a backlash from viewers this year. My wife believes it’s nudie photos, though. I ain’t going looking for them, so I’ll leave that to some newspaper lackie to find.

There was just way too much drama going on this week with idiots, sexually confused teenie-boppers, and a flat-out jerk or two. With all of that over I have quite a few opinions about the top and bottom contestants, though there are still quite a few in the middle as mush.

Let’s start with the annoying, soon to be leaving contestants, in order:

  • Tatiana Del Toro: OMG! How annoying  can you be? She sings when she receives bad news to try to impress, she has a horrible laugh, she’s “all about her,” she looked like a 4 year old about to wet her pants when the judges came into the holding room on Tuesday this week, and she nearly got Simon to change everyone’s mind when she got selected on Wednesday. She HAS to go.
  • Nathaniel Marshall: Another freak’n Sanjaya, only way worse. I’m going to say this once this way, and lots more ways later: HE WEARS HAIR BANDS WITH SPIKY HAIR!
  • Stephen Fowler: He’s getting a second chance that he shouldn’t be allowed to get. He tried twice to do his final audition, but quit after screwing up his second attempt and walked off the stage as he should have because forgetting your words is instant bye-bye. At least it used to be.
  • Alex Wagner-Trugman: He had to battle his new friend to get his spot… only he sucked and still got in. Then when you look at who did get sent home JAMAR!!! you have to fight off an anurism. Let’s look at the Idol requirements that he lacks: hot, good song choice, potential pop star. Nope on all three counts for sure.

Right in the middle, I have to put Nick Mitchell/Norman Gentle. He has a heck of a voice, is infinitely entertaining, but is not acting like an American Idol. You can’t say he won’t sell tickets, though, so I have to respect that for now.

Now for my absolute favorites in order:

  • Danny Gokey: Paula has already said it, he is ready to record an album now. He changes the songs just right and has such control of his voice. Forget his sad story, he still merits incredible attention.
  • Adam Lambert: As far as making a song his own goes, he’s a Blake Lewis without the beat-boxing. Raw, natural talent.
  • Michael Sarver: The roughneck with the silky voice. My jaw hit the floor during his audition because you do not expect a big, tough dude like that to have such a smooth, pleasing singing voice. I’d like to see him go far and at least get a recording contract.
  • Lil Rounds: Finally a woman makes it onto my list. Put her up there with Jordan Sparks’ caliber, but you still have to put those three guys up higher, though for their own qualities.
  • Kai Kalama: He’s exciting and brings a great tone into the mix. I’ll be sad to see him go unless he goes off the deep end during the season.
  • Anoop Desai: I put him in the same boat as Kai and say that my respect for his talent is for him to lose.