What an underwhelming, uninspiring, and generally disappointing final performance show for American Idol this year. After a season of great promise and reinvigoration for the American Idol franchise, last night left me – well – flat.
The Internet was all a swirl with rumors before the show that Lauren had lost her voice and would be unable to sing. Hailey was reportedly brought in to rehearse in the event Lauren had to withdraw from the competition (dodged a bullet there, didn’t we…) Luckily, she was okay and the producers were able to drum up a ridiculous amount of drama (and sympathy for Lauren), by bringing stylish-black-scrubs-doctor-guy out to tell us “just how bad is was”. Think they want Lauren to win?
The songs last night were one from earlier in the season, one picked by the contestants’s Idol (although we never got to see either George Strait or Carrie Underwood), and the eventual singles both Scotty and Lauren will release. (Believe me, no matter who wins, both songs will be released – notwithstanding Ryan’s repeated assertions otherwise.) We also got performances from David Cook and Taio Cruz – one good and one bad (more on that later). If there was one saving grace, it was that the show was over quickly – almost too quickly. At any rate – let’s dive in with a few random observations and then on to the songs…
- Celebrities in the audience – David Archeletta, Camryn Manheim, and Rick Schroeder. I guess the A and B list celebs held out for tomorrow night in hopes of an entertaining evening.
- Anyone else notice that Hailey was sitting next to Casey in the audience? Holding hands perhaps?
- Jennifer looked great, wearing something that looked like it would have been more in place at a dancer’s convention in the merry old land of Oz.
- I know the auditorium was much bigger, but the sound quality really suffered on the broadcast as a result.