American Idol Season 8- Feb 25 Live Blog

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!

Ryan has dumped the Mr. Rogers look and is wearing a decidedly summer outlook.   Danny, Alexis and Michael are in the audience.  He introduces  Randy, Kara, Paula and Simon.   After a little judge banter he explains this season’s format and away we go  with Adam Lambert .

It is the Billboard Hot 100 again tonight.

And, to start the night, Jasmine Murray is singing “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles.  I really like this song.  A slow pitchy start and she struggles with this song that is wrong for her voice.  I don’t think it shows her strengths as a singer.  She seems to take the song over at the end, but the singing is still all over the place.

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.

Nick Mitchell (Norman Gentle) is performing  “And I Am Tellling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls as Norman Gentle!  This is great!  He gets my wild card!  He misses all of the big notes but who cares.

Simon is speechless.  Simon prays? [that he does not go through].  Norman takes the stage back calling Simon sassy pants.  Randy gets is right “one of the most entertaining performances ever”.   Kara  and Paula enjoyed it and everyone is smiling.

Allison Iraheta is next performing “Alone” by Heart.  This is a song that makes me want to forget the 80′s.  I think she may have the worst hair color I have ever seen.  It makes my eyes hurt.   Good start, very soulful and steady, but now the hard part and, wow girl!  Where did that big growl come from?  I think the best girl performance of the season so far.  Awesome!

And we get yo’s from Randy, “you just blew it out the box”.   I agree with Kara, “this girl is serious”.  Simon is smiling naming her the best tonight by a mile.  I think her mom is going to pass out.

Kris Allen, a worship leader/ college student, is one of our featured performers. He will be singing “Man In The Mirror” by Michael Jackson.  He is completely off pitch, can he pull it back?  The song is eating him up.   Toward the end he is showing off his soulful side but overall, I don’t know.

Kara hated it, But the other three liked it.

Megan Corkery is singing “Put Your Records On” by Corrine Bailey Rae.  This girl has a soulful voice but is struggling to get the high notes.  She kind of looks like a marionette up there.  It is okay.

Paula loves her.  I agree with Simon that she over sang the second half of the song.  The jusdges lover her but were lukewarm on the performance.

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.