American Idol Recap-Toya
It is getting harder and harder to keep up with this blog but we are going to do our best. It is 11 o'clock and I have so much I want to write about but I just don't have the time. However, we have got to get the ball rolling on the Final 12.
I'll be very honest and say that I am a little leary about writing about American Idol now that I am officially a signed artist (shudder). It occurred to me yesterday (and this almost made me want to curl up in the fetal position and rock back and forth like an insane person) that people may very well start writing things about me and my group. That scares me to death. I know the kind of things I say and there is not one artist in the world that EVERYONE likes. Well, maybe except Stevie Wonder, tonight's featured artist on American Idol. Let's get started:
Those that know me might be surprised to find out that I really am not impressed by Ace to be honest. I mean he's pretty and all but he aint no Constantine (*sigh). I really paid him no mind until he shocked the mess out of me last week and fooled around and sang Michael Jackson's "Butterflies". His falsetto is ill. Couple his falsetto with his pretty boy looks and you would think that he would pick a classic ballad out of Stevie Wonder's catalog and sail right through to next week. Instead, he went and made the biggest song choice mistake in history behind Tamyra Gray's choice of Patti Labelle's "New Attitude", "Do I Do". I walked out half way I was so mad. Did they only have 12 songs to choose from? If so then that would explain a lot, including why Kevin (Chicken Little) sang "Part Time Lover" (I'll get to that). Why in the WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD would he not pick a ballad from STEVIE WONDER? ANY ballad? Uptempos are not his strength and this is the final 12. Being pretty might get you through the final 24 but it's do or die now. I hope he makes better choices in the weeks to come.
You know what? Not even I am that mean so all I will say is this: I am really sad, PISSED actually, that Gideon and Sway missed the chance to sing with Stevie Wonder and Bucky who has never listened to Stevie Wonder let alone is not a fan of his got the honor of getting to do so. Good for him, though. I mean, I'm not mad at him. I'm mad at America. That's all. Good for Bucky, good for Bucky. I don't see him making it past this week though, honestly.
What's funny about Elliott is that he really reminds me of some of the guys that have tried to holla at me in Nashville (minus the bling). That one guy in the spot that you somehow just know they hang with a lot of brothas? THAT guy. And then, he goes up on open mic/karaoke and belts out some Donny/Al Green/ Brian McKnight and then you are like "Hey, um, I was just playin hard to get. So you work at UPS, huh? Tell me about that. That sounds real interesting."
Elliott has an incredible voice but I was not bowled over with "Knocks Me Off My Feet" as I thought I would be. I actually liked his rendition of Bryan Adams' "Heaven" that he did last week better. Regardless, he got the best compliment of all from Stevie Wonder hands down. Any artist could just live off of that no matter what criticism they got afterwards. That's like if I made some cupcakes and Betty Crocker said they were the bomb, you could not tell me that I did not make the BEST cupcakes in the free world. Wait, was Betty Crocker a real person or is she like Aunt Jemima? Or Uncle Ben? I digress and I'm sleepy. Let's move on.
Kellie, Lisa and Melissa- Not impressed with any of them tonight. I am not going to rag on Melissa for jacking up the words to "Lately" in front of Stevie Wonder cause well, I would forget my name in front of Stevie Wonder. And even though she jacked the words up on stage, look: I am a DJ, not a singer. I can't even imagine that kind of pressure.
This is our HOMEGIRL right here! First of all she got up there and witnessed to Simon, remember? When she told him that if Jesus can forgive her then she could forgive him too? Incredible! And did anybody else fall off the couch when Ryan Seacrest bent down and took her shoes off for her??? Tia, WHEN ARE WE GETTING TIVO!!!!!???? I think she did a great job on "Don'tcha Worry About A Thing". I am really anxious to see how far she is going to go in the competition.
I'm with Simon, this performance was appalling. Not because he can't sing because he can. He hit some nice ones while singing Part Time Lover. It was just that: He was singing PART TIME LOVER!!!! Again, did they only get to pick from 12 songs? Did they have to draw straws and did he and Ace get the shortest ones?
We are undercover passion on the run
Chasing love up against the sun
We are strangers by day, lovers by night
Knowing it's so wrong, but feeling so right
I better not ever hear these words come out of this child's mouth again, I am so serious. Honestly, it's like hearing Pee Wee Herman sing "Eye of the Tiger".
I can't even begin to say enough about this little girl. She is PHENOMENAL! When she did that Dixie Chicks song for her audition, I was like "End the competition now, for real." "All I Do" is one of my favorite songs by Stevie. It really is in my top 5. Hers was my favorite performance of the night.
First off, this is NOT Jay Leno's brother? No? Can we get a professional opinion on that? We love Taylor cause Taylor is just all about the music for real. I like people that just flat out get ugly with the music cause that's when you know you are SANGIN and this boy SANGS. I knew before he got up there that he was going to do "Livin' for the City" because he knows music. Holy Michael McDonald, Batman!
DO NOT sleep on this girl lest she roll up on you like Kelly Clarkson. She came up tonight with "Until You Come Back to Me". I remember when they were half way through the competition before I even noticed Kelly Clarkson. It was the night that she sang "You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman)". I didn't even know who she was until then. I have a feeling about this one...
And last but not least, ladies and gentlemen, your next American Idol...
Chris had me when he did Fuel's "Hemorrhage" which to date is my favorite American Idol performance of all time. I completely agreed with Simon (as I often do) that his performance of that song was the only performance done thus far that could stand up in the real world. He is perfect as is.
I knew he was going to sing Higher Ground before he even came up there mostly because the Red Hot Chili Peppers did it. Chris, like Taylor, knows who he is and what he is capable of, thus making wise song choices. He was born for this and I just want this competition to get over so he can put a record out immediately. So yes, Chris is my pic for this year's American Idol.