American Idol Journal – Week 6 (Top 8)

Porter Wagoner

Hmmm… first, can we all agree that N’iffer is about to experience the downside of over exposure? Sadly, I’ve started to tune her out.

Paul McDonald sang That Old Time Rock and Roll.  He was channeling a Porter Wagoner with that suit, I liked it.  I suppose it was ok for the type of evening it is, but I thought this was a competition for ‘contestants’ not blonde sax players. And ‘Niffer said, “Blah, blah, blah, blah…”

Lauren Alaina sang Miley Cyrus tonight.  Although it wasn’t a bad performance I don’t think will be remembered.  Too much was made of the Pia votes too (oh puleeze!), Toscano‘s fan will go somewhere and if the judges have their way we won’t see another female off the show for about five weeks.  Further, it’s a bit of a slap to take a shot at Miley Cyrus, Lauren would be lucky to ever be half as popular. And ‘Niffer said, “Blah, blah, blah, blah…”

Stefano Langone sang Boyz 2 Men, End of the Road.  Risky business since it’s such a vocal harmony rich hit. It didn’t work for me tonight.  I finally saw some of ‘Niffers blubbering last week at Pia’s demise, a slap in the face to all the contestants but especially Stefano. So I thought his performance was average but they fawned over him with comments like “best performance ever”… it wasn’t.

Scotty McCreery sang pure country tonight, George Strait.  He is the most consistent of the contestants this year.  To be fair, it wasn’t his best, I’d have enjoyed the Glen Campbell song more I think.  Now, if they’d just stop stealing the lime light from the performers with ‘Niffer Worship.

Casey Abrams sang The King… Nat King Cole that is.  Casey has finally settled into his own groove, it works for him like no other on the show.  Tonight I have one word… brilliant!  And ‘Niffer said, “Blah, blah, blah, blah…”  Ok, Casey, the whole “…I want to educate” is a bit much too.  Let us decide what we want to learn.

Haley Reinhart sang Blondie, Call Me!  She’s the one female this year that has a chance to make it to the Boys Club, she certainly brings a lot of energy to the stage.  I thought the lead guitar player was a bit off a one point, I hate when that happens.

WOW, ‘Niffer finally gave up the obvious… she doesn’t want any more girls to leave. Is anyone surprised?

Jacob Lusk sang Bridge Over Troubled Waters, deep waters to swim in.  A couple of previous Idol’s  have had “moments” with this song (i.e. Clay Aiken). Jacob seems to sing much better with gospel style songs.  Tonight wasn’t exactly an Idol Moment, it was just ok for me. And ‘Niffer said, “Blah, blah, blah, blah…”  I think the judges want Jacob to last longer than he should.  Hey, and Jimmy dressed down Jacob a bit on his preachy rudeness from last week, there is a God.

James Durbin sang Sammy Hagar‘s Heavy Metal.  Lots of energy on the stage again tonight.  It’s not the best of the night, but is very true to James Durbin He’s still the singer to beat! Jimmy is sure taking a lot of  guff tonight too, what’s that all about.

Standouts this evening were Casey Abrams and Paul McDonald (‘Why so serious?, I liked him tonight!)

Average performances were turned in by Scotty McCreery, Haley Reinhart, James Durbin, Lauren Alaina (even if forgettable)

Disappointments were Stefano Langone and Jacob Lusk.

We’ll see Stefano Langone and Jacob Lusk visiting the bottom three, being joined this week by Lauren Alaina.  Flip a coin on the boys, one of them is going.

Thanks for reading this far.

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2 comments for “American Idol Journal – Week 6 (Top 8)

  1. Mitch Hull
    April 14, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Tim, good evaluation. Overall I liked last nights preformances. Scotty is ready to go pro (with much help and production) regardless of AI. Stefano is milk toast to me and lacking some stage presence/charisma? He should go soon. Jacob too. Great singer but not so interesting. Haley I thought did better than the judges thought. Lauren did well and I don’t think she’s leaving yet. Casey is incredible but I’m not sure how long the folks will keep him in? He may be going over America’s head? James brought it all and enough said. He’ll be around awhile. Paul, paul, paul? He’s special and unique, but I’m suprised he’s still in. I’d take Pia over Paul and day! What are these judges about? It’s like a fan club board, no more!

    • April 14, 2011 at 8:10 am

      I liked Paul in the beginning, after Hollywood week but until the past two weeks he was a disappointment. I don’t think he’ll go far either. His wardrobe choices are more interesting than his performances. Casey will make the Top 4 but likely won’t go farther. Stefano is our home town boy… still, he’s so inconsistent that when he goes most will say it was finally his time to leave. For the time being I’d like to see Jacob and Lauren… and ‘Niffer… gone. Two bad they can’t have another double elimination night.

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