American Idol Season 6: And Then There Were 9Apr 4, 2007 Write an essay on this topic.
The Bottom Line Sanjaya likes to party all the time, party all the time. He parties all the time.
I'll have to admit it. I actually like Sanjaya Malakar. No, not in that way. But I admire his attitude towards this entire contest. People are spitting on him in the media simply because he's moving forward, not passing the blame on the three judges who helped get him to this spot. He's taking it all in stride, putting up a face that says, "I'm going to milk this for all I can." So what if America likes the kid? So what if people are trying to rig the vote? American Idol doesn't care. All it means is more attention. Sanjaya is water cooler talk. At the office, people are trying to come up with theories on why he's around. There's really only one theory. I'll let you in on a secret. More people are voting for him, than are voting for others. Big surprise huh? At the end of the day, that's all that really counts.
Oh yah, and Chris Sleigh left the competition. Not that big of a deal.
The Hot List
1. Melinda Doolittle - She'll probably be in this spot all season.
2. Jordin Sparks - She's making me a believer.
3. Lakisha Jones - Still good, but not as mind boggling of late.
4. Blake Lewis - Seems to be popular enough to not have to stand out every week.
5. Gina Glocksen - Finally showed what everyone thought she had last week.
6. Chris Richardson - I'm not sure what I'm not seeing, but he's boring me.
7. Phillip Stacey - Sweaty Phillip was finally good.
8. Haley Scarnato - I'm more interested in how revealing her dress is going to be than her singing week after week.
9. Sanjaya Malakar - The man, the myth, the legend. (I can't move him out of this spot so as not to jinx him.)
1. Young Brandon Rogers
2. Young Stephanie Edwards
3. Young Chris Sleigh
With me tonight are Epinions community stalwarts, Amy and Andrew Padget, aka Pearannoyed and Bob_Tomato to give their takes on the night's events. This week, the Idol contestants are mentored by the man who left his heart in San Francisco, Tony Bennett. He might've left his hair gel in San Francisco too as his hair is frizzy. Ryno calls him the master.
Blake Lewis is singing Mack The Knife. He's dressed to the nines. But I'm really sick of those white sneakers. There's a lot of personality in this performance, but it's almost as if he thinks he's better than he really is. He's got this smarmy look on his face. But I won't hold that against him. Good way to start off the show. Amy thought it was slow in the beginning but by the end of the song she was feeling pretty good about how Blake owned the song, the genre, and the plaid pants. Because I don't know what trill is, I'm block quoting what he said.
He's working that trill in his voice, using it to good effect, and does a pretty good job of building the song as it goes along. Nice jazzy run at the end, and all in all, a decent job.
There's no way I could follow up anything using the word trill, so I won't try. Randall says it was a very good way to start off the evening. Paula says he personified pizazz and he's just cool. Simon's chest hair says it was a good choice of song, but only a 7 out of 10.
Sweaty Phillip says Tony Bennett is his hero. He's singing Night And Day in his best Bennett impersonation. He automatically loses points for not wearing a hat. Hats were made for this guy and he's not using them out of rebellion. That must be it. Sweaty Phlllip sings the song very well, but it's near uninspiring. There's something about this guy that just doesn't resonate with me, and I'm guessing that if he's not resonating with me, he's not resonating with others either. I think Trilly Andrew inspired his wife as she says that it wasn't quite funeral parlor material, but this was not Phil's best week by a long shot. Funeral parlor material~! Trilly Andrew says that Phil can sing, but he sounds a lot older than he is and by that, not more mature, but more tired, and not good at all. Bleah. Randall says it really didn't hit him but it felt disconnected. Paula says he's reminiscent of a young Frank Sinatra and Simon's chest hair immediately says, "What?" in a way that would make Lil' Jon blush. Paula then tells him that he needs the personality to come through. Wait, Amy must've heard what Simon said because he said the same funeral parlor ditty. He also calls it slightly dark and gloomy. Sweaty P might've saved himself from getting the boot this week as he says he was just trying to sing the song to his wife and all the women went, "Awwwwwweeeeee." Melinda Doolittle is next with I Got Rhythm and if I found her even the slightest bit attractive, this is the part where I'd say that I wanted her to be my wife simply so she can sing me lullabies. Maybe I'll let her do it from two rooms away. I'm kidding! Let me win my readers back. She's the best singer in American Idol history bar none. Sorry Fantasia. Amy says, "Please book her HBO special now." Trilly Andrew says that he really don't know what else to say about her and that she's just incredible. Randall says she is giving singing lessons. Paula says it was a flawless performance. Simon's chest hair says it was a bit cabaret but he liked the beginning and the end and thinks they'll never be able to say anything negative about her.
Chris Richardson is next with Don't Get Around Much Anymore and he's rocking the fedora with the suspenders not really suspending. They are just hanging there by his side. Interesting look there. This song kind of tests his vocals. He's definitely not the strongest singer in the group and it kind of shows here. He definitely picked it up on the performance end though. He's not as smooth as Blake on the dance floor, but he's not Sanjaya up there either. Amy says that the pitch seemed pretty good overall, but his voice is bland and uninspiring. Andrew says he sounds fine, but he doesn't really connect to the song; he sounds like a modern performer doing his own tribute to jazz. Randall seems to think this was one of the best performances of the season. Paula says he connected with his eyes and that it was his best performance. Simon says it was very good and believable. All three of them liked it, the three of us didn't. Jordin Sparks is next with On A Clear Day. I'm not digging the outfit because it makes her look much older than 17, but I'm sure because of the age of the material, she didn't want to seem to young to be believable. And plus, that's what Haley's there for. Obviously, her vocal was really good. She's definitely in it to win it. Amy says something that I can't take bits and pieces from. So here's the entire thing.
It's very interesting to me how a song like this can really highlight the vocal problems a singer has - even when they have a good, solid performance. Jordin sang with style and power and I thought sounded very nice - but in the first half of the song she was blowing out extra breath on the end of every phrase which means her breath control and support were not what they coulda woulda shoulda been. Still, that's a really minor thing as her performance was very enjoyable overall.
See, this is why I have guest judges. I couldn't have seen that if the coulda, woulda, shoulda hit me in the face. Andrew says that it's a theatrical performance, it swings, and she puts some power into it and he thinks this can come down to Melinda and Jordin, unless the power of Sanjaya comes through. We can only hope Andrew, we can only hope. Randall says she's hot. Paula says she's so frickin' proud of her. Yes, she used the word fricken'. I think Fox will have it's hand on the 7 second delay for the rest of the show. Simon's chest hair says she sang it well, but he didn't like it as much as Squidly (Paula) and Didly (Randall).
Gina Glocksen is next and she's singing Smile. I think Michael Jackson covered the Charles Chaplin tune on his HiStory album. For the second time in as many weeks, she's completely with the audience. And she's pretty contemporary sans the wacky one braid going across the top of her head. Amy says that it's good to see Gina able to see across the spectrum, but she admits to missing the edgy rocker chick. Andrew says Gina does a good job with it but she doesn't have as wide a dynamic range as the front runners. Randall says it was a very nice and controlled performance. Paula says it was flawless. Simon says she didn't sing up to Melinda and Jordin tonight. Ryno says that two legends meet next. Tony Bennett. And Sanjaya. He's singing Cheek To Cheek. His hair is slicked back and I miss the wackiness. I think it's probably Sanjaya's best vocal performance, but I think he also sang behind the music at times. He did go get Paula and dance with her. He'll get points for that. Tonight he was dapper Sanjaya. And guess what? He's sticking around another week. Amy says that she liked him better tonight than Phil even though there were some sour notes at various points in the song. She also thinks he's sticking around again. Andrew says that he's cute, he can sing, and sure, he is charming, but he's not anywhere near as good as anyone else left in this show right now. Sanjaya just said to himself, "I'm cute, I'm cute, he thinks I'm kyoooooottttt." Randall says that he's an entertainer now, rather than a bad singer. Well, he didn't say bad singer, but that's what he meant. Paula says he's charming and thanked him for the dance. Simon says it was incredible. I think he was trying reverse psychology on the fans.
Haley Scarnato is next and she's showing off her cleavage. She's singing Ain't Misbehavin'. Tony schools her on her performance during her preparation. She seems very nervous tonight. It was really amateurish. Almost like she didn't believe that she could pull it off. Again, I can't really summarize what Amy's trying to say, so here you go.
Once again Haley is playing the costume card. It's an interesting arrangement. It has interesting staging. The singing is not fabulous. But she plays up the sex kitten image, has on a teeny weeny dress, is showing lots of leg and booby, and flirted heavily with both the audience and the camera. She probably wins another week of safety, but her singing is not improving and I hope she goes home soon.
Leg and booby. That should be the number 3 special value meal at Kentucky Fried Chicken. Andrew asks you to look away from all the jiggle and just listen. He thinks she sounds pretty good tonight. Randall says he figured this would be a good week for her and rather than critique her, he just throws it to Paula. Paula says she looks good in green. And Simon says that Randall and Paula should actually say what they think of her performance. Paula says that Haley wants to know what he thinks. He says that she has great legs. That was so awesome that it might've been staged.
Lakisha Jones is taking us home tonight. She's singing Stormy Weather. Lakisha was on par with Jordin tonight and might've been even a bit better, but she still doesn't touch Melinda. It has been said that certain great players in the NBA would have their worst games against Michael Jordan because he intimidated them. I wonder if the Melinda factor is going to start showing up anytime soon. Lakisha is only measured against Melinda (she's right on par with Jordin), and that might be her downfall. Amy says that she started horribly and off pitch but ended strongly. Andrew says it started out odd and ended odd, but he liked the middle. Randall says it was pitchy in the front but loved the middle and the end. Paula says that she looked beautiful. Simon says she was back on form and was great and sassy.
Amy thinks that Phil might go home but doesn't rule out Haley, Chris, and Gina. Andrew thinks that Gina will go home. As for me, I think that Haley is going home, mostly because I thought her look was a little sloppy and I don't think she sold me on the sexy singer look. But one thing remains very clear to me. The limousine ridin', jet flyin', kiss stealin', wheelin' dealin', son of a gun, the dapper Teflon Don, sweet Sanjaya "On Fiyah" Malakar is sticking around at least one more week.
The Rest Of The Shows
American Idol Season 6 Preview
American Idol Season 6: And Then There Were 12
American Idol Season 6: And Then There Were 11
American Idol Season 6: And Then There Were 10
|Read all comments (26)|Write your own comment|