Idol Recap: Eleven American Idol's Sing 3/19/08
this weeks performances on iTunes.com
March 18, 2008
“Eleven American Idol’s Sing”
Tonight the eleven American Idol contestants sang songs from The
Beatles whose influence on music and originality continues for over 40+
years. That kind of staying power makes me wonder if any of these
contestants will be around in forty years.
First up was blues woman Amanda Overmyer singing “Back In The USSR.”
She again wowed us with her blue vocals that remind me of western rugged
untamed mountain peaks. But that is all she is giving us---the raspy
blues. Perhaps that is all that has to offer but will it be enough to keep
her coming back as the weeks progress?
Kristy Lee Cook depressingly sang “You Have To Hide Your Love Away.”
I don’t get it with this singer. She is playing it so intensely safe,
that she is becoming boring. Her pitch was off, her low notes were painful
and she is, once again, in trouble.
Last week David Archuleta forgot his lyrics but this week he did
remember the words to “The Long And Winding Road.” Now understand
this---these singers only sing for 90 seconds, that’s all. David started
out flat and at times he seemed to force the words rather than feel them.
But, he is quite popular with both the judges and the fans and will
undoubted return next week. But we will expect him to give us a better
Michael Johns’ voice cracked like a dried desert cactus spine while
singing “A Day In The Life.” He was unable to recover and his ending
was choked. He was simply not prepared and that lack of rehearsal was very
evident. He may also be in trouble.
There was no sunshine for Brook White’s “Here Comes The Sun.” At
best, it was a partly cloudy performance lacking power and conviction. Let’s
hope that she finds the glow that will be needed to stick in this
competition. She needed to give us lightning but instead all we got a
David Cook sizzled with his rock funk version of ‘Day Tripper.” He
is confident and perhaps a little smug. But he has his rock style down to
a recipe and he serves it fiery and spicy.
Starting off singing a gentle uplifting version of “Blackbird”,
Carly Smithson then stirred in it a little of her magic to make the lyric
soar overhead. She was brilliant.
“Michelle” is a love song. It is a song about passion, about a
desire to be loved to give love, a song about yearning and wanting. But,
Jason Castro sang it without ardor. He could have been singing to a fire
hydrant as he made absolutely no connection with the words.
And with only three singers left and with over a half hour to fill, the
next singer was Syesha Mercado. Her version of “Yesterday” was anemic
and her high notes were scratchy. I think she was good enough to return
next week. And if she does return, she needs to work on making audience
contact with her eyes.
Chikezie’s “I’ve Just Seen A Face” started off dull and
listless, kind of like a dank pond. But then he whipped out his harmonica
and ended the song with a Louisiana Cajun style that saved his day. He is
an entertaining performer. He is not the best but he will be back next
Finally, the last contestant to sing was Ramiele Malubay singing “I
Should Have Known Better.” She has sung better than she did tonight. Her
attempt at dancing was forced and almost laughable. And that is tragic as
this singer’s eyes and face sparkle on stage and it is hard to not enjoy
her performance. But tonight, she just didn’t have that flash.
And there you have it with a review of the eleven remaining
contestants. Make your calls. Cast your ballots and return here tomorrow
night for the results of your votes with my commentary written just for
American Idol Results: Bye, Bye to an American Idol Hopeful
American Idol Recap: Twelve Idols Compete
American Idol: Four More Go Home
Recap: Eight American Idol Women
Recap: Eight American Idol Men
American Idol: Adios to Four More
American Idol: Top Ten Women Sing
American Idol: Top Ten Men Sing
Four Chops on American Idol
The Twelve American Idol Women Compete
Twelve American Idol Men Sing
The Twenty Four American Idol Survivors
164 Hollywood Singers in a Grueling Hollywood Week
American Idol in Miami
American Idol in Omaha
American Idol in Charleston
American Idol in San Diego