Thursday, March 24, 2011
AI10 Top 11: It's The Same Old Song
The only contestants to really do it, though, were Scotty McCreery, who turned "For Once In My Life" into a country song; Paul McDonald, who sang a Rod Stewart-esque "Tracks Of My Tears"; and Naima Adedapo, who put African dance at the end of "Dancing In The Street". Everyone else picked the same old Motown songs that get sung all the time on Idol - including songs that have historically put almost every singer in the bottom 3 ("You Keep Me Hanging On" - auto elimination for a female singer. "Heat Wave" - auto bottom 3.) and songs that previous contestants have had "moments" with - "Hello" and "Tracks Of My Tears". Honestly, I don't know why these people don't learn their Idol history before picking songs.
Casey Abrams - "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye
Here we go again - another Casey axe murderer performance. Grunting, growling, menacing walk, intense stares into the camera ... check, check, check, check. Rinse, lather, repeat.
Thia Megia - "Heat Wave" by Martha & the Vandellas
We didn't quite get the recycled Burger King flames that Kimberley Locke and Jennifer Hudson got when they sang this song, but I bet we do get the recycled bottom 3 slot that people who sing this song usually get! Bonus points to Thia for going up-tempo, but she also performed it like she was at a junior high talent show. And I think she kept repeating the same lines. I don't think the blood pressure line comes up more than once in the original.
Jacob Lusk - "You're All I Need To Get By" by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
It started off sooooo slow with the lousy backup singers, I was starting to get bored, but then eventually it became my favorite Jacob performance of the season. Although it's much better heard than seen because his dancing and facial expressions were so lulzy. I'm glad he toned down the vocal antics but he should also work a bit on toning down the hammy movements.
Lauren Alaina - "You Keep Me Hanging On" by The Supremes
This song eliminated Vanessa Olivarez and Leah LaBelle in Seasons 2 and 3, respectively, then Blake Lewis broke the curse in Season 6. I don't think poor persecuted Lauren has anything to worry about, and she did a pretty good job on this song, although I cringed at the "And there ain't nothing I can do about it" spoken line.
Stefano Langone - "Hello" by Lionel Richie
Well this just dropped Stefano from first last week to one of the worst this week. He sounded like a lounge singer and totally forgot the lyrics and had to sing in circles. And then Chef Gordon Ramsey cracked on his mom's cooking. Ouch. On a more positive note, the last falsetto note was nice, and he kept his eyes more open (although I think it was better closed. Open, he looked constipated.). And I cannot believe that he has never heard this song before. Which makes me wonder just who is picking these songs ...
Haley Reinhart - "You Really Got A Hold On Me" by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Oh yikes. Schlumping down the staircase and around the stage, moving around like she got into Paul's stash, growly sex kitten voice, Haley Scarnato hot pants ..... Bye, Haley!
Scotty McCreery - "For Once In My Life" by Stevie Wonder
Finally! Someone this season making a song completely his/her own! Scotty stuck to his guns and did a completely country version of this song. Props to him for that. Having said that, I have no desire to listen to a countrified version of "For Once In My Life" ever again.
Pia Toscano - "All In Love Is Fair" by Stevie Wonder
Well, hello Katharine McPhee v2.0, minus the screech. Pia is killing me with her song choices. She picked the snooziest Motown song she could have possibly picked, and although she KILLED it vocally, I was bored. I'm so glad Jennifer and Randy told her to liven it up. If she doesn't do it next week after getting that advice, she won't last much longer.
Score: 6.75 (docked for song choice)
Paul McDonald - "Tracks Of My Tears" by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Paul broke out the guitar for this one and put a bit of a Rod Stewart-esque spin to this song. While I find his voice to be quite grating at times, I actually kind of liked how he did the song. He still smiles way too much on songs that aren't appropriate to smile on, but he seemed to tone it down a little bit this week. Still not a fan of his "what's going on, yo?!" greeting when he comes on stage. It's just a little too casual.
Naima Adedapo - "Dancing In The Street" by Martha & the Vandellas
Naima's voice is back! I almost forgot she could sing in tune! Also back? The Boom Fiyah dance break! This time, Naima busted out the African dance. It was a bit wild and conjured up flashbacks of the dance scene in Can't Buy Me Love, but it was entertaining, that's for sure!
James Durbin - "Living In The City" by Stevie Wonder
I thought he was pitchy in this song. Give me Taylor Hicks' version any day. And I'm not even a Taylor fan.
This week's bottom 3 is going to be verrrry interesting. Someone new is going to hit the bottom, and I honestly don't know who it's going to be. Probably Thia, but possibly Stefano too. I can't see Haley surviving another Bottom 3 trip.