Wednesday, April 23, 2008

American Idol 4/23/08

Andrew Lloyd Webber is one crazy cat. He doesn't seem to like to be touched. Whenever an Idol invaded his personal space he became more awkward than David Archuleta when he's swarmed by teenage fans. Well, except when Webber got to touch Carly Smithson. Maybe he just doesn't like Americans. Webber also has some of the strangest arm movements I've ever seen. When he talks, he seems like a puppeteer who tragically has lost his marionette.

The show began with the Idols singing "All I Ask Of You" from Phantom of the Opera. The girls had a slightly hard time recreating the Sarah Brightman part but so do most people. Minutes later, the kids performed in an A-Ha inspired video to "Tainted Love." Only on American Idol do you sing Andrew Lloyd Webber one minute and Soft Cell the next. Well, only on American Idol and every cruise ship on the Atlantic.

The Davids (Cook and Archuleta) were the first to be given the safe designation as Jason Castro yawned backstage.

Simon Cowell discovery Leona Lewis sang her hit song "Bleeding Love." All I can say is, "So this is the great Leona Lewis?" Average looks, below average song and slightly above average vocals. Her dancing, however, bordered on ridiculous. She moved like a dog wearing high heels. Oh well, at least her dress was see-through. That'll get her some play on You Tube. Some people can't get her song out of their heads. I couldn't get the song into my head.

Next up on the chopping block were Brooke White and Syesha Mercado. Shockingly Brooke was safe even after her false start-- the second of the season for her, though Seacrest claims it had never happened before. My first prediction from last night proves to be wrong.

Next was the pair of Jason Castro and Carly Smithson. Castro was safe despite having one of the worst performances in Idol history. It was Nikki McKibbin bad. So far, I'm 0-2 in my predictions. I feel bad for not voting for Smithson. I usually don't vote until the finals but I believe she deserves a shot at the title.

Both Mercado and Smithson got to perform their songs again. Mercado was pitchy, dog.

Carly Smithson is gone! I may have to stop watching the show. I think she'll actually have Daughtry success once the show is over.

Next week they perform the songs of Neil Diamond. I just hope nobody sings "You Don't Bring Me Flowers."


Al Romas said...

I was not a Castro fan till I saw him yawn. My sentiments exactly!

Traci Skene said...

I suppose it could have been a nervous yawn but I think he just didn't care if he was kicked off the show. For the first time, his demeanor matched the dreadlocks.

mireille luba said...

The only problem for Jason Castro is that he is shy, nervous, and inexperienced. His yawn was a stress yawn. He's a wonderful artist and singer, and one reason why he is disfavored is because he is so totally different. He's outside of the norm. Everyone has defined their safety zone, except for Syesha who broke her own mold. If all of the remaining contestants did that, we would return to a real contest.

Traci Skene said...

Actually, I think Castro gets very high praise from the judges when he does well. Plus the fact that he wasn't kicked off last week after a weak performance means that the public supports him too.

He was very lucky. So was Ms. White.

I'm still convinced Smithson was done in by her tattoos. Had she worn long sleeves, she would have made it to the finals. Now it will probably be a battle of the Davids.