I had to travel for work last week and my Slingbox decided not to cooperate with me. I wasn’t able to watch Idol on Wednesday or Thursday. No worries, I thought – I would just catch up over the weekend, write my reviews, and move on. Well, that didn’t quite work out the way I planned. Seems my family actually wanted to spend time with me after being gone all week, so I got precisely zero work done on the reviews.
I had just begun watching this week’s performance show when I realized I still had not written anything for last week. That just wouldn’t do, but I also didn’t have the time to recap 2 ½ hours from last week AND 1 ½ hours from tonight (I have to get to bed sometime.) So, faithful readers, you are about to experience a speed review from last week. Quick and to the point, but still filled with sarcasm and incredibly insightful observations from yours truly. Hope you enjoy it!
- Sheryl Crow was the mentor this week and “Old Song / New Song” was the theme. I wonder if they provided her with more than one square of toilet paper in her dressing room?
- James sang “Closer To The Edge” by 30 Seconds to Mars for his first song. Sheryl sang back-up for him in rehearsal and seemed pretty excited about it. It wasn’t James’ best performance, but it wasn’t bad.
- Jacob sang “No Air” by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown for his first song. Bad song choice, bad dance moves, and a bad performance. He sounded like a muppet on crack.
- Lauren sang “Flat on the Floor” by Carrie Underwood for her first song. Lauren sounded good, and broke out the Farrah Fawcett hair for the number. Rock and Roll Fiddle Player Guy was back in full swing.
- Scotty sang “Gone” by Montgomery Gentry for his first song. He brought his eyebrows and his hip-hop country mannerisms in full force. I’m still off the bandwagon.
- Hailey sang “You and I” by Lady GaGa for her first song. I actually liked the song – unfortunately Hailey was the one singing (and growling it).
- James’ second song was “Without You” by Harry Neilson. He filled the song with emotion and seemed genuinely moved when he was finished. I think Idol means more to James than anyone left. He deserves to win.
- Jacob’s second song was “Love Hurts” by Nazareth. By the time the song was over, my head hurt.
- Lauren’s second song was “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers. At times it was hauntingly beautiful, but she shied away from the high note at the end. Big miss on her part.
- Scotty’s second song was “Always On My Mind” by any number of people. Jimmy gave him some surprisingly good advice – stay true to himself. Scotty put on his serious face and turned in a pretty good performance.
- Hailey’s second song was “House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals. She got the pimp spot again – they must really want her to make the finale. The judges loved it – calling it the best of the night. Uh – no, not so much.
- On the results show – Steven plugged his book, the group number sucked, so did the Ford music video, the Idols visited “Hell’s Kitchen” (which was the high point of the show), Lady Antebellum performed, Jimmy critiqued the performances from the night before, Jennifer “performed” her latest single, and Jacob went home.
And that was that. I guess America just wasn’t ready to look itself in the mirror after all. Until later tonight – Word Zombie out.
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