Well, here we are for week two of the American Idol Season 8 semi-finals. We will see how tonight’s performances stack-up to last week’s pretty sorry showing. It is all about song choice, song choice, song choice. Last week I heard too much, “I was trying to show a different side of me”. Remember, tonight is your audition for America, give us your best shot.
At One21music, we are covering Christian music artists competing on America Idol Season 8. Tonight we have three singers who have declared themselves believers: Kris Allen, Mishavonna Henson and Kris Allen. It is going to be a tough night for them with some strong competition from Adam Lambert, Jessic Langseth and Jasmine Murray.
So here we go!
Randy doesn’t really like it, wrong song. Paula says “Jasmine, Jasmine” and that is bad. Simon says she does not have a great voice and is hurt when he gets booed. He even says she is not ready.
Yeah! No parents tonight?
Coming back from commercial we get Matt Giraud, the second of our featured performers tonight is singing “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay. Really, Matt, did you not watch the show last week? If you pull this off you will solidify your position as one of the favorites and saunters up to the mike and starts very smoothly. The song doesn’t go anywhere and he really doesn’t take it anyplace new. The singing is all over the place. He didn’t pull it off.
Kara starts it off and she is not blown away. SONG CHOICE! Simon says horrible performance, jerky, uncomfortable.
I like the new rotating judge cycle.
Jeanine Vailes is singing “This Love” by Maroon 5, she brings a little reggae vibe, but she is really struggling to sing it. What is she wearing? Cut-offs and a blazer? This performance is really bad.
Paula follows the philosophy of if you cannot say something good, say nothing. Simon does not know that philosophy. They do all love her legs but hate the song choice. Randy says “best of the part of the song is that it is over.” Randy lobs several bombs at her.
Thank you American Idol for losing the creepy upper room interviews.
Kara does not think this showed his talent, but Paula liked it. She said he nailed it and Simon agrees! Randy likes him as well. Very nice!
Matt Breitzke, the welder, is singing “If You Could Only See” by Tonic. Nice shirt. He is singing kind of weird at the first. I don’t know this song, is that how the Tonic guys sing it. It is okay, but nothing that blows us away. Kind of boring.
Simon is trying to be nice but absolutely hates that song. Randy likes the song but thinks the performance was boring. There are some contestants that the judges really seem to like. No of them liked this.
Jesse Langseth, one of the favorites, is stepping up to sing “Betty Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes and what is she doing? Her voice is all over the place. Good stage presence and she is beginning to pick it up at the end. She is very soulful, but just okay tonight.
Randy thinks it is only okay, but not really big enough. Paula finds her captivating with unique phrasing. But Simon thinks she is forgettable. “Too cool for school?” Really, Simon?
Kai Kalama kicks off the last half hour with 60′s tune “What Becomes of a Broken Heart” by Jimmy Ruffen, a great, great soul song. And it looks like we have a soul singer singing it. Great pacing, nice big notes. He is actually taking a very cool song a performing it. Very good.
Judges are lukewarm using “old fashioned”,”wedding singer” and “pitchy” as descripters. Randy is screaming at the contestants about being safe.
Mishavonna Henson, one our featured Christian music artists, is singing “Drops of Jupiter” by Train. Very nice start with this soulful, contemporary song. Oh, very, very nice. She is showing off a big voice and is really controlling the song. Good job, Mishavonna, but no “oh wow” part.
Paula’s not exciting and Simon has been left cold. He thinks she acts too old. They all think she was a little boring and not as vibrant as she should be.
Adam Lambert closes the show singing “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones, as musical theater. I don’t know. This dude can sing but this feels like and Elvis impersonator covering the Stones. But he does have, as Randy would say, “a big old voice. Can anybody say Hair Metal cover band?
Paula loves it beyond words. Is he really in a league of his own, Paula? Simon is a little more mixed. Randy drops “da bomb”. Kara is going all crazy about his range.
Mostly disappointing tonight. One big standout, Allison Iraheta.
I am afraid that our Christian music artists did not stand out tonight but let’s see.
Check back in the morning for my wrap-up and predictions. It will be on your desktop by the time any normal person gets to work.