Category: Music Reviews

American Idol, Season 10: Top 3 Performance – “I missed my key change. Dang.”

American Idol, Season 10: Top 3 Performance – “I missed my key change. Dang.”

Only one more week until we crown this year’s American Idol.  Last night saw the top three put in their last performances for America in a bid to secure one of the top two slots.  Each contestant performed three songs (making for a 2 hour show again…) – one of their choosing, one chosen from them by Jimmy Iovine, and one selected by the judges.   There were some interesting selections, but nothing really blew me away.

This week’s “mentor” was Beyoncé.  I say “mentor” because Hailey let slip in her time with Beyoncé that the sessions with her were actually filmed earlier that day.  By that time, I’m pretty sure the performances were pretty well baked.  I don’t think Beyoncé had that much to add.  That being said, it was still a good excuse for her to premiere her new music video and appear on the live show.  Hooray for Beyoncé.

Before we get started, a few random observations about people in the crowd and the show in general:

  • Congratulations “Fuzzy Gray Dog Costume Guy” – you got yourself on camera.  Unfortunately, all of your frat brothers are now going to call you Spot and ask you to lick yourself at parties.
  • Was that Didi Benami standing next to “Fuzzy Gray Dog Costume Guy”?  Sure looked like it.  More on Didi later.
  • How sad is it that one girl in the audience held up a sign that said – “Thank You Ford”?
  • Looks like James had a pretty good crowd at his homecoming this weekend.  I still think you screwed the pooch last week, America.
  • Lots of Hailey signs in the audience.  I sense a disturbance growing in the Force.
  • Was that Lisa Marie Presley in the audience, or just some woman with an uncomfortable amount of plastic surgery in her past?
  • Beyoncé has sold 75MM albums?  Really?  She premiered her new video on the show.  From what I could tell during my TiVo’s fast forward, it was some sort of Mad Max affair with dancing.
  • Neil Sedaka was in the audience with Jimmy Iovine.  He’s still alive?  Who knew?

Not that’s out of the way; let’s see how the remaining three contestants fared…

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American Idol, Season 10: Top 4 Results – “You screwed the pooch on this one, America. Give metal a chance!”

American Idol, Season 10: Top 4 Results – “You screwed the pooch on this one, America. Give metal a chance!”

Last night it was time for the top four to become the top three.  Who would it be?  Who would get to go home to fanfare and camera crews next week, and who would just get to go home?  72MM votes decided the fate of James, Lauren, Scotty, and Hailey – the largest vote total for a top four in Idol history.  It was a night packed with surprises, quite a few performances, and big disappointment for fans of one of the top four.  Let’s jump right in and see what happened.

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American Idol, Season 10: Top 4 Performance – “If you don’t stick your tongue down my throat, we’re through.”

American Idol, Season 10: Top 4 Performance – “If you don’t stick your tongue down my throat, we’re through.”

So last week I was travelling and missed the shows thanks to my Slingbox.  This week my power decided to go out about 30 minutes into the show and I had to catch some of the show via americanidol.com – so bear with me if I missed something exciting during one of Ryan’s intros.  Oh well, such is the life of an intrepid purveyor of sarcastic and insightful opinions on American Idol.

It was an important week this week – the final stop before the top 3 (and the ensuing visits home).  Ryan pointed out this was the same week that Chris Daughtry went home in his season, and reminded everyone to vote.  Each contestant sang two songs – one that “inspires them”, and one from the catalog of Leiber and Stoller.  So who was the guest mentor?  Lady GaGa, of course.  I know that’s who I think of when I think of Leiber and Stoller.  How did they do?  Let’s go to the big board and see…

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American Idol, Season 10: Top 5 Performance – “I saw you dance with the Devil tonight.”

American Idol, Season 10: Top 5 Performance – “I saw you dance with the Devil tonight.”

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!

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American Idol, Season 10: Top 6 Results – “I may be good, but when I’m bad I’m even better.”

American Idol, Season 10: Top 6 Results – “I may be good, but when I’m bad I’m even better.”

I’ll just be honest with you all this week – I’m exhausted.  I have a headache, I’m not in the best of moods, and my foot itches (okay – maybe that last bit was a little bit of TMI).  Suffice it to say, I don’t have a witty opening for my recap this week.  I’m saving what snark I have for the recap below.  I’ll just say this – tonight’s show had some musical performance, some filler, a little more filler, and then someone got eliminated.  Want more detail, and more snark, than that?  Then read on…

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