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American Idol - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
American Idol
Umm... are the judges watching the same show I am? They ripped into Federov, who was at worst a little dull, then heaped praises on Savol, who phoned it in and looked utterly bored to be on stage.

Sigh.

Nadia really was good and Mikalah was horrid but most of their judgments... I don't know.

Carrie Underwood just opened her mouth, and if she doesn't get bad reviews, I'm going to be convinced the judges are trying some kind of weird psychology experiment with the American public. Oh, my Lord. I was hoping that with the '60s theme, country-girl would try some folk, but she's doing something country style and, yuck. Flat, flat, flat. Twangy and nasal and irritating.

Speaking of which, this is kind of limited on the '60s. There's been a ton of Motown, which is good--I like Motown. But I also like British invasion and beach music and folk. Where are the Beatles and Herman's Hermits? Where are the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean? Peter, Paul, and Mary? The Motown sound is lovely, but it's not synonymous with the '60s. Is it just because Motown gives more chances to growl into the microphone? What?

For the contestants, I think my money is on Anwar Robinson, though I've liked Constantine since his band gave him grief (go for doing what you want instead of giving in to peer pressure! At least until you let someone process your hair, man). However, both Constantine and Bo Bice have a little problem in this kind of competition, and I suspect Carrie Underwood does as well: They've decided what exactly they want to do, which is going to get them in trouble in the weeks whose themes don't really leave room for it. Now, I'm all for knowing who you are, but part of the competition--and a part I really like a lot--is that people who make it all the way through are supposed to be versatile, and be able to adapt to what's thrown at them. It's a relief in the world of people who just won't consider listening or performing anything other than their own preferred styles, and I respect the contestants who make it through nine to twelve weeks of this. I don't consider refusing to display versatility a good trait--especially since these are young performers and they may discover something new that's really a good match--and I think if they do a country week, Constantine will be gone. And if the reason there were no Supremes songs in the '60s week is that there's going to be a Supremes week, I can't see Bo surviving it. And G-d help Carrie if they do a Pat Benatar week. Maybe they'll surprise me, but they'll have to decide to do so.

I think Jessica Sierra will be gone this week. I don't even remember what she sang. I think the men will do better than the women, because the talent pool this year was stronger and the six guys they picked were weeded from tougher competition, though Nadia (what is her last name???), Vonzell Solomon, and possibly Carrie Underwood will make it into the top eight.

Cracked crystal ball out.
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thunderemerald From: thunderemerald Date: March 16th, 2005 04:40 am (UTC) (Link)
It's Nadia Turner, and she totally rocks my world. My money's on Anwar too because I think I'm a leetle bit in love with him. Constantine bothers me though, but I do like Carrie. Totally agree on Scott Savol though -- he sounds nice, but he couldn't have less stage personality if he tried!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 16th, 2005 05:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Lindsey Cardinale has the same problem. Her voice is fine, but I keep looking for whoever is really singing.

Anwar is a beautiful, beautiful specimen of the human male, isn't he? ;) And a music teacher. That doubles the hot factor right there.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 16th, 2005 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Erg, except that I just flashed on my music teachers--perpetually drunk (and perpetually and visibly aroused) Mr. Hughes, and funny-looking little Mr. Bish. It doubles the hot factor if there's a hot factor to begin with, I guess.
thunderemerald From: thunderemerald Date: March 16th, 2005 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, of course. If you double a zero, you still get zero. *shrug*
thunderemerald From: thunderemerald Date: March 16th, 2005 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Aye, Lindsey has a nice voice, but she's an uninteresting performer. And she still needs to find that One Song to rule them all that'll really make her voice pop.

And Anwar... oh yes. As my mom said this evening, he's absolutely gorgeous from head to toe.

Rar.
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: March 16th, 2005 06:53 am (UTC) (Link)
You're making me jealous... I never miss watching television under normal circumstances, but American Idol commentary always makes me wish I had cable. I did make a point of watching the 24 finalists when I was home on reading week, just so I'd have a vague idea of who everyone was... I agree that Anwar is beautiful Nadia is great. ;)
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 16th, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Almost all of the music they did was harmony, though--most Motown groups were, well, groups. Lots of Temps.

It's just a question of picking up the melody line and re-arranging it, which is what they're doing anyway.
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vytresna From: vytresna Date: March 16th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't watch American Idol, but I would dearly like to see some folk for the '60s. Even if it's Pete Seeger or something. And how could anyone resist Dona Dona?? Oh, yeah, they probably can't sing it better than Joan Baez did. D'oh.
ozymannedias From: ozymannedias Date: March 17th, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here via your very interesting comments on junediamanti's latest post, and squeeing with delight over a chance to talk about AI.

Anwar = love. You know all the girls (and probably a fair number of the boys) in his music class have the biggest crushes on him. I've had a soft spot for Bo Bice since the Whipping Post show, but Constantine is a rodentine poseur as far as I'm concerned. I hate his smoldering look. None of the girls interest me except Vonzell.

And then we get to Federov, who will henceforward be referred to exclusively as The Singer Who Lived (am I the only one who thinks he looks like a blond Harry Potter?). He is absolutely repellent. His voice is unrepentantly mediocre, and he is as charming as that John Stevens guy from last year. Every time he opens his mouth I want to take points from Gryffindor (I don't know if there are any Harry Potter fans here, so I'll try to to sound like any more of a dork).

I was happy to see Lindsay go, though I wanted Michayla off more.

Thanks for giving me a chance to vent. Mind if I friend you?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 17th, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Be my guest. :)

Yeah, I'd definitely rather have pitched Michayla, henceforward to be spelled properly--Michaela--because I don't have the brain cells to remember which specific goofy spelling she uses, but Lindsey wasn't exactly a surprise.
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