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Idol - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
General consensus is that the guys were weak and the girls were stronger. Agreed, though I'd point out that going first means they hadn't gotten an example of a national shaming to kick their butts into gear.

I didn't see most of the guys because of falling asleep before the show yesterday, but I saw the girls today. Not wild about any of them. Lakisha gave a good performance, but any time I feel like they're trying to sell someone's personal life as part of the package, it's like sand stuck between my toes, so my teeth are a little on edge. Predictions for going home: Antonella and Amy. Alaina wasn't as bad as the judges treated her as, but her outfit for some reason really accentuated a kind of bony thinness that didn't look healthy. A lot of fairly bad clothes.
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From: arclevel Date: February 22nd, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I actually really liked a few of the girls. Because my geekiness knows no bounds (and because there's no other way I'd remember who sounded like what in order to be cheerful or irritated about the result) I wrote down a quick opinion on each person, along w/a number 1-10. Based on that, I listed Antonella and Nicole as the bottom two girls. I also had Hayley and Alaina listed near the bottom. With Alaina, it wasn't that it was horrible (like Antonella), it just seemed to be a little off the whole way through. It would have been above average on the guys' night, but not on the girls' night.

Jordin was in her own "good but irritating" section, being the first contestant of this season to take a song I really like, sing it on-key and otherwise competently, but to sing it in such a way that it removes most of what I really like about the song. "Gimme One Reason" is a deep, rich blues song, and Jordin sang it as a bright pop song, with very little depth.

I also listed Brandon and Nick as the bottom two guys, but I remember that was a lot blurrier, and I don't think Brandon would be going home at this point. I was pleased to realize that my top male scores were for two of the three guys I'm rooting for (Blake and Chris Sligh), but song choice played a pretty big factor in what I thought of the guys. I really disliked quite a few of those songs. Did you catch the part where Randy basically told Sanjaya that he wasn't good enough to sing Stevie Wonder -- never mind that he'd auditioned with a Stevie song and done at least one during Hollywood week? I know Randy's the generally sane, middle-of-the-road judge, but sometimes he doesn't make any more sense than the other two.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 22nd, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Simon was actually making a terrifying amount of sense last night. The girl who he told looked way out of her league and uncomfortable on stage? While she was performing, my roommate and I had both been commenting on how twitchy and uncomfortable she looked.

Randy took the cake with Nicole, though, informing her that her song was "too urban" for her.
From: arclevel Date: February 22nd, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, Simon was doing the best last night, which really is rather scary. Randy's been a little weirder than usual the last couple days, and I've disagreed with more of his judgements than usual. The "too urban" girl was, I think, Nicole? I really, really didn't like the song and thought the tones she was using to sing it didn't work either for the song or for her own voice -- but yeah, "too urban" seems to translate as "too black", and even without that, it just seemed like a weird and entirely unhelpful thing to say. That's the other thing; a lot of Randy's comments about a song being too ____ or not risky enough for a given singer don't actually tell them anything about what they *should* be singing, or how to better sing it.

Paula looked perfectly sober to me, as she usually does -- but that doesn't mean she made any sort of sense. And her whole, "Oh, you were just wonderful. But it was a bad song choice," thing got old very quickly. She also was blatantly propping up contestants because she liked their other performances, rather than commenting on this one.

What got the biggest laugh from me was after Simon was talking to the dogwalker (she's the one you mean, right?) and then **Ryan** actually chimed in to agree with him and help him clarify his point. What he was saying wasn't at all insulting, and did constitute good advice, but it still just seemed so out of place for Ryan to chime in with a judge's less-than-positive opinion. Also, I realized I'd probably like Simon a lot more (or at least mind him a lot less) if people didn't boo him, and if Paula didn't start smacking him or shrieking over him, and with even Randy now jumping in at the first negative comment. I mostly find the whole "let's beat up on Simon because he's mean" thing to be really obnoxious and childish, and not at all entertaining. Even though he is frequently far nastier than the performances should warrant.

And I really was only going to write a two-sentence agreement, honest. :-)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 22nd, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, it's one thing to jump on Simon when he pulls a "You look like a bush baby" kind of comment, which, even if completely true, is so utterly useless that there's no point in saying it. What's the guy going to do, get plastic surgery? But when he points out a problem that it's possible to solve by taking some concrete steps, that's called "being helpful." It's like comments on fanfic--if someone commented on Shifts, "I hate R/T and your writing's teh suck," there's not much I can do about that, but if someone says, "You're using too many adverbs" or "You've got the sequence of events in this canon scene off," I'll sputter and kick and curse to myself for a minute, then I can, you know, FIX THE PROBLEM. Simon--actually, more often than not--comes up with actual problems, and frequently can suggest actual solutions.

Randy's "pitchy" makes sense if you're used to it--you know it means that you're not on key--but "too urban"... what the hell are you supposed to do about it when the judge basically says that your ethnic group shouldn't try such-and-such a song? Not helpful, dawg.
prplhez8 From: prplhez8 Date: February 22nd, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, I was so stoked for guy's night and it left me unimpressed and minus a few notable exceptions, girl's nite left me feeling the same. About the only one's that really did it for me were Lakesha and Stephanie and then the cute little girl who used to be a backup singer.

What is UP with AI this year?

From: arclevel Date: February 22nd, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree. So far I haven't been terribly impressed, which isn't a good sign. Last season was the first whole season I watched, and I remember being the *most* impressed by all the contestants in the semi-finals and before, and finding the actual finals generally disappointing by comparison. Of the guys this week, Chris Sligh and Blake were the only ones I really *liked*, and they were far from perfect. (As a complete tangent, what's up with the judges, especially Simon, repeatedly telling Chris that he's only made it this far because he's funny? Every single time they've shown a clip of him singing, he's spot-on and singing beautifully!)

I believe the backup singer is named Melinda; I like her, too. I'm a little worried that Lakesha may turn people off because her personality seems rather dry, even though that performance was amazing..
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