Alanis and Mama Sox

So, I kind of dropped off the face of the earth with American Idol, but I was voting for Crystal from day one.  I am very glad that Lee won – with each week, I became more fond of him.  Deana always like him, but I still think that Crystal is a better singer.  But we all know she will get a contract, and I am happy that Lee got a break as he IS a great performer.

In any case, I did enjoy the finale.  More videos to come, but my favorite was Crystal and Alanis singing together!  Enjoy!

American Idol – Beatles Night

Shout out to my childhood friend Jon, who LOVES the Beatles.  Hope you don’t cringe too much!  🙂

Aaron Kelly (o1) – Long and Winding Road – Aaron, your eyebrows don’t bother me as much this week.  Good sign?  I think you did a good job, I enjoyed this song more than your previous ones.  Some high moments, I suppose.  But it wasn’t GREAT.  You had a few weak moments.

Katie Stevens (02) – Let it Be – a favorite song for many.  Big shoes to fill.  I think your “modernization” steps were weak, out of tune, and messed up the song.  But who am I to judge?  You sounded good in a lot of places girl.  Remember, I am a fan.  But I am yawning a little.

Andrew Garcia (03) – Can’t Buy me Love – that’s what I am talking about!  You took a classic, well liked song that can live on its own merits, and made it your own.  Made it contemporary without bastardizing it.  I LOVED the change in time signature, too!  The musician in me LOVED it and the person who would buy a CD is pulling out their wallet!  The judges need to be kicked.

Michael Lynche (04) – Elinore Rigby – you have a great voice, man.  I really like it.  I actually liked your rendition and you’re right – the strings rocked.  You’re a good stage performer, too.  High five to you this week.

Crystal Bowersox (05) – Come Together – I love her voice!  So natural, so talented, so AWESOME!  Do we really need to keep voting because we have our winner!  I will admit this is nothing new, there were no style changes or anything, just her fantastic voice and natural talent.  I love her.

Tim Urban (06) – All My Loving – okay, is it wrong for me that I am hoping he goes home this week?  His hair almost looked styled tonight!  And I have to say, I liked how he started the song.  I think I just tapped my foot a little.  I actually am thinking I might even LIKE him after this song.  A hint of Plain White T’s.  I like them.  Sorry Tim, I don’t want you to go home this week, afterall.

Casey James (07) – Jealous Guy – great guitar playing.  Nice curley hair.  Rings on your right hand?  Didn’t like them too much.  And your singing was……okay.  I am not trembling with excitement like I did last week.  But your voice was good.  Bluesy.  Raspy.  But you didn’t connect with me man.  Okay.

Siobhan Magnus (08) – Across the Universe – Deana likes her, she’s got that “different” vibe about her.  Punk-ish.  Rebel.  But me?  I don’t get Siobhan.  I don’t especially like her singing either.  Her screams are not “amazing” to me.  And this song did nothing to change my mind.  Oh no!  Deana just said, “she picked a bad song”.  You’re toast, Siobhan.

Lee DeWyze (09) – Hey Jude – wow, dangerous to pick such a well-known song.  Deana, before he even started, said “I’m gonna like it.”  I have to say, his voice is well suited for the song.  That rasby throat thingy!  His ownership of the song and subtle changes were very nice.  The Scottish dude was a nice touch, reminds me of my recent trip to Scotland!  And he showed personality during the song – nice.  He kind of reminded me of Paul a little.  He just moved up a notch or two for me.

Best of the night – Crystal, Lee, and Andrew

Might be going home – Katie or Siobhan (I vote for the latter)

American Idol – R&B/Soul Night

So yeah, curse you Central Time again!  Missed the first performer!  At least it was not one of my top picks!

Siobhan Magnus (01) – missed this, but the tale end of her walking into the back room didn’t seem very, how shall I say, encouraging.  Hope she’s not stressing.

Casey James (02) – wow, do I need to change my favorite????  HE FREAKING ROCKED.  This is the first time I REALLY liked him.  He sounded great and the guitar ripped.  Hmmmm, Ellen?  No blonde comment tonight?  I totally agreed with Simon, this was his BEST performance so far!  And he didn’t seem nervous and seemed quite comfortable performing.

Michael Lynche (03) – while I need to admit this didn’t have the PIZZAZZ as Casey’s performance, it was very, very good.  I think he did an excellent job, his voice was right on.  His guitar playing was even good.  But…..I…..was……bored…….sorry.

Didi Benami (04) – Some very nice notes for sure.  She had way more depth of her voice than I’ve heard before.  But there were a few notes that were….uh……off.  I would say I will not be voting for her, but I didn’t hate it or anything.

Tim Urban (05) – I have to confess again……his hair bugs me.  He signs way better than I do.  Some things even sounded…..nice…….a little.  It wasn’t painful or anything.  I think he could make a girl very happy.  I am not that girl, though.

Andrew Garcia (06) – Me gusta Andrew.  I have always like him.  He has had a rough time, really since his audition, where he wowed everyone.  He sound good tonight – it felt a little high for him – but he was not off or anything.  His voice was even pleasant.  But I didn’t get all excited and whoop and holler and such.  I think he will make it, but I am not totally convinced he should get the overall win.  I’m still a fan though!

Katie Stevens (07) – again, she was my fav during audition week – her story and her grandma gets me.  The last few performances I’ve chilled a little – she hasn’t risen to the level I expected I suppose.  But I think she was brave to take on a tough song like this!  Aretha?  Wow!  The neck movements helped a lot!  And her voice!  Wowzers!  I think this teenager just went up a few steps in my opinion of her, and I suspect the nation will agree.  Except for the judges, of course…..what do they know?  Except for that brunette that I can never remember her name……Cara?

Lee DeWyze (08) – he is not my fav.  Never really was.  I say that (along with the others) because I need to be real here so you know my perception of them influences my review of them.  It goes both way, I know.  But he hasn’t sung a word yet and I think I won’t like it.  There, being real again.  Although he HAS wowed me before (see earlier posts).  His raspy voice I dig this week.  I should add that I believe Deana REALLY likes him.  Hmmmmm.  Dilemma.  I liked him tonight too, he sounded great and his guitar helped, too.  I am a sucker for guitars.  But he is not at the top yet.  Dilemma indeed.  (Deana really liked it, for those keeping track.  Gulp)  Great, the judges thought so too.  Could D be right?!?!!?!

Crystal Bowersox (09) –  okay, she is my #1 pick for this season, at least so far.  Did I see with my own eyes that she was not playing the piano????  Well, okay, lame…..but the singing?  Wowzer x 100!  I would buy her freaking album people!  She seemed a bit akward without her guitar, but that voice of hers……holy moly!  Vote for her people!  She IS in it to win it!  Woohoo!

Aaron Kelly (12) – no comments about the eyebrows…..doh!  Epic fail.  Let me say here that Usher – who I don’t really listen to – did an excellent job helping the singers.  And my Mom (Rivera) LOVES him and thinks he’s sexy!  LOL  Aaron, the hair man…  But I can’t diss your voice – you sounded great.  But I think you tried too hard, because you started strong but somewhere you lost it.  Good, but not great.

My top pics for the night – Crystal, Casey, Lee.

My pic for adios – Didi or Tim.  Based more on the judges than anything else really.  Except maybe their singing.

American Idol – Top 12 and the Rolling Stones

So I missed the first ten minutes……sigh……Curse you Central Time!  Oh, and for my “friend” who deleted me from FB, funny that you still come to this page!

Michael – I missed his song, but I bet it sounded great!

Didi Benami (02) – I really REALLY liked her song!  She sounded on key to me and had a depth to her song.  Cheers for this.

Casey James (03) – at first I was like, this song is too big for him.  But when he went full voice, I was like…..Yeah, sing it brother!  I love the blues feel to it and his hair looks MUCH better down than in a pony tail!  🙂  Slide guitar wasn’t that bad, either.  Can I add that Ellen is HILARIOUS?

Lacey Brown (04) – so she is a church girl, huh?  That’s kinda cool, actually!  She has that hip hair AND can be a Christian, you know?  Anyway, her singing didn’t impress me nearly as much as her story and the way she looks.  She sounded……scared.  But I think she has potential…..though she may have tried a bit too hard……

Andrew Garcia (05) – no guitar tonight man?  But boy, do I love this man’s voice!  Nice use of the voice – soft one moment, rough and full the next.  The song itself…..not so much…..but I liked him very much.

Katie Stevens (06) – the story of her Grandma and her love for her touched me during the audition phase of this season.  Her voice, especially for her age, impresses me.  I think she did “okay” tonight….I liked her voice, but I am not sure I would sit and listen again.  Maybe it was the song, I don’t know.

Tim Urban (07) – a raggae version of “Under my Thumb?”  Seriously?  NOT…..A……FAN.  Oh, and the singing?  SUCKED.  Sorry.  Rediculous.

Siobhan Magnus (08) – word of advice from a woman with a big nose like myself – not a good idea to put a piercing to emphasize!  I have to admit, though, her voice was pretty good.  Much better at the higher notes.  A few pitch problems.  Oh wait, I was gonna say something nice, but that screaming at the end scared the crap out of me.  What the hell was THAT about?!?!!?!

Lee DeWyze (09) – I will be straight with you, this guy is not my fav.  I see him, and I start by not liking him.  He has a steep road to climb to impress me.  But I have to tell you – I loved his song!  His raspy voice was……NICE!  He seemed so  WITH the song, comfortable, and I really enjoyed listening to him!  This was the first song I really thought “I need to vote for him” tonight!

Paige Miles (10) – another church girl – right on!  I don’t have strong feelings for Paige, but I have to say, I love that she always sings songs that don’t necessarily fit the stereotype for a young black woman.  And this song seemed so effortless for her.  And dang it girl, she was in tune for the whole song and dammit, I think I will buy her freaking iTune song for that performance!  What?!!?!!?  She was struggling with her voice this week?  NO WAY!  Amazing.  She gets my vote for SURE!

Aaron Kelly (11) – again, sorry, I can’t get past his eyebrows.  When he was younger, they looked FINE!  His hair looked cool tonight, though.  And I resent this, but I can’t say one bad thing about his singing tonight, either.  He even sounded…….gulp…….GOOD.  I agree with Randy, those “tender moments” were very good.  And, have I mentioned that ELLEN IS HILARIOUS?

Crystal Bowersox (12) – Another transparent moment – I love her.  She is one of my favs, if not my very favorite.  Her voice is so…..timeless.  She could be in the 60’s a la Janice Joplin.  She can be in the 90’s a la Melissa Ethridge.  I could sit for hours and just listen to her.  She is naturally talented and so entertaining.  HER VOICE IS AMAZING.  Freak.  I think I want her to win, seriously.  VOTE FOR HER WOULDYA?  Oh, and she made the song her own, you know?  I love her.

American Idol – Boys Night

Lee Dewyze – okay, I love the song he sang.  I listen to it almost everyday on the radio.  And my reaction?  He screwed up a song I love.  There, I said it.  Dude, you sucked.  Sorry.  Although, apparently, the AI Judges see things differently.  😦

Alex Lambert – excuse me, do I need to clean out my ears?  So far, both boys so far seem to be singing in the key of y.  Sorry Alex, maybe I’m still irritated with Lee, but I didn’t like your song AT ALL.

Tim Urban – first, what is the deal with your hair?  But, your guitar playing is good.  And wow, you are singing IN KEY!  I actually liked what you did with the song…..a bit different.  You get a thumbs up.  But I didn’t have a David Cook moment…..sorry.

Andrew Garcia (5704) – he has been high on my like list so far this season.  He has his own style.  Wow, Genie in a Bottle?  He looks so RELAXED!  He sounded SO GOOD!  His stylings are his own!  I have nothing to say other then I loved it!  But, of course, the judges just didn’t see it.  I have no idea what they’re seeing tonight.

Casey James (5705) – okay, he’s cute.  I give him that.  I was not sure about his song choice – Keith Urban is a fav and well, has big shoes to fill.  But I have to say, even though he had a few pitch issues, I think he did a pretty good job – especially with tonight’s fair.  He has a nice, natural voice.  But, alas, he hair was bugging me.

Aaron Kelly – I have to get this off my chest…..his eyebrows bug me to no end.  But beyond that, it would have been nice if just ONE NOTE was not in the wrong key!  If I had the remote, I would have muted that sucker!  I expect the judges to have loved him……

Todrick Hall – GREAT start to a classic song!  Then, as the lights turn on and the background singers get projected on the big screen behind him, I have no idea what the hell came out of his mouth!  There were admitedly some good parts in this song, for sure, but many that were BAD.  I don’t know how to process that.

Michael Lynche (5708) – “Big Mike” and a high voice…..hmmmmm……but it was soothing to my ears.  His suit was a nice touch.  I really didn’t resonate with the song he sang, but his voice was nice.  And he has a nice stage presence.  That mike looked tiny in his hands!  Wow, and the judges saw it too!  Are the planets aligning??????

Notice the names with the numbers – if you are reading this within 2 hours of the end of your broadcast, I’d appreciate it if you’d vote for them.  🙂  Because I have a problem – my cell phone is a California number and in PST.  But I am living in CST, two hours later.  So, AI won’t accept my vote after I watch the show and I am NOT staying up until 11pm to vote!  So, help a girl out!

American Idol – Yes, I am hooked again

So I started a new season, dropped off of it due to the home situation, but am back watching it again.  I have to say there were some good performances (so far) that I’ve seen.  But I started this post to say, Crystal Bowersox (text 5707!) (despite her bad teeth) is the most amazingly talented young woman I’ve seen in a long time!  I mean, her voice is great.  Her stage presence is great.  Even her guitar playing was pretty darn good!  Even though I really like the 17-year-old whose grandma has alheimerz, I think Crystal may be my pick for the season… least for the women!  But I reserve the right to change my mind since it IS pretty early in the season.

Who is your favorite?  What do you think?