Top Seven – again
By: Eddie U
The theme this week was “Now and Then”. Each singer performed a hit from now, and one from then… an old soul song. All of the contestants performed well with the now hit, however I’m sorry to say that they all fell short with the songs from the past. I’m sure each of the singers would have done better on the soul songs if they had more time to learn them. Tough??? Yes… that is part of the show. I’m sure being on A.I. is BRUTAL! And you have to hand it to the kids for standing up to the challenge. Jimmy Iovine mentioned that the singers are getting tired at this point of the show. Even Kelly Clarkson’s voice started to get hoarse towards the end when she won her series. The singer that seems to be doing just fine is Skylar… she’s not only kicking ass, she is getting stronger with each week. She has her confidence going for sure… and I’ll say it again – She could win this season. I will stick to the NOW songs that the contestants sang this week as the THEN soul songs quite frankly hurt each and every one of them. The old soul theme was a bad idea for this episode; some songs were more of a challenge than others. You could really feel the energy drop in the second half of the show, in spite of what the judges had to say. Here we go again… some of the comments by the judges were way off the mark. Please read on.
A tribute to Dick Clark
You just can’t get much bigger than Mr. Clark’s impact on the music business. There are countless giants in the music business that got their start on his show – American Bandstand. His show helped break down the racial barriers between black and white, which our country desperately needed. That alone puts Mr. Clark in the top tier of the who’s who of influence in the music business, not to mention American History.
Mr. Clark was much beloved by America, and I’m sure that America will miss Mr. Clark. Happy trails Dick!
In order of appearance:
Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep
Score – 8
WOW… the judges finally gave Hollie a break. What got into them this week?
Jimmy Iovine: (Jimmy gave some great coaching to Hollie this week, to get her to focus, and to concur here fears.)
You finally did what American wanted you to do. You came out of your shell, and ruffled your feathers. I can’t judge it… it was perfect. (Steven… aren’t you one of the judges?)
I’m so happy you did it.
Close to perfect… (Randy had to knock her down in spite of her stellar performance.)
You sang with feeling and emotion. Good start.
Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance
Good song for Colton – he kicked it hard.
Looking into the camera gets you votes.
You got to get low to get high. Lady Gaga knows the secret – if you want to get to the other shore… you gotta lose sight of this one. (Another Steven-ism… WHAT???)
It was exciting.
You are in the zone… job well done.
(I love the girl band. Good song for Colton – he kicked it hard.)
Alicia Keys’ “No One,”
Score – 9
Elise is a fabulous singer that can’t afford to slip up.
I love your voice – you sang your little tushie off.
When you smile, your eyes come alive.
You stayed with the melody this time, which was a lesson of restraint.
Usher’s “You Got It Bad
Score – 8
Phillip surprised me this week as he did everyone else with the Usher song. Very original… but was it worth a standing O??? NO! The judges love this kid, and I’m not sure why. Phillip is finally starting to sing for a change. He is growing…
Great interpit of the song.
We never know what we’re gonna get (from you) – No chump love sucka. (Another Steven-ism)
That was sexy.
I smile… we have a true artist… you’re da bomb.
Alicia Keys’ “Fallin’,”
Score – 8
I think the really stupid stunt that the show pulled last week backfired, and took some of Jessica’s confidence away. She still had a very strong performance this week, and will definitly go through to next week.
She has to feel the music. (Dah…)
With your talent… you have a right to get mad.
I’m glad we saved you last week.
You talent is so other worldly – brilliant.
Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”
Score – 10
It’s very cool when the contestant does a better version of the song on the show than the original artist. Skylar NAILED it again this week. I think she is going to be a HUGE star)
(Jimmy did some great coaching here, with some very good arranging.)
I’m so glad that you were born that way. You’re so good.
I love that version – you’re like a boxer.
You have cross-over appeal. You are so ready. (to cut a record)
Fantasia’s “I Believe.”
I think Joshua had a bit of a rough week. And I agree with Jimmy… I think Joshua is getting tired. He better dig down deep or he will lose his momentum. This song didn’t do him a whole lot of good in my opinion, not to mention some rare pitch issues. I can’t believe the judges gave Joshua a standing O. What the…???
You gatta be stellar.
You could sing the phone-book. You could win this whole thing.
You leave it all on the stage – I feel blessed that we get to watch you.
You are truly one of the most gifted singers ever – on the show. Well done!