Tuesday, April 03, 2007

AI Review, 2007/04/03

Very solid night tonight. That was good entertainment. However, if Paul persists in her STOO-pid, sexist habit of complimenting the girls almost exclusively on how purty they are, as if that's the most important thing about their performances, I will have to hunt her down and impale her on her own manicured fingernails.


Terrific vocal! Probably the best vocal we've heard from him yet, I would say. This genre suits his voice surprisingly well, and he threw in some great vocal business, too. My ears were delighted. However, it was somewhat lacking in charisma.


Here's another guy whose voice is superbly suited for this genre. Superbly. That's what I believe Paula was talking about when she brought up the Frank Sinatra thing. Now, some of his longer belting notes wavered off-key a bit, and I do think he could have connected a bit more, but it was still pretty sincere and I believed it. The only other nitpick I have with it is that the tempo could've been more snappy. Oh, and I take back EVERYTHING I ever said about the bald thing. He had stubble in the intro and oh, man, the pattern baldness does NOT suit him. Keep shaving, Phil - it makes you look weird, but it's better than the alternative. I'm behind you now.


Well, really - who COULD ask for anything more?


Weak vocally. His voice just sounded weird and amateur in this. But you know, if we could somehow combine his style/charisma/performance with Blake's vocal, oh, MAN, would we ever have had something. Very good working of the audience. If only he had sounded good.


What is HAPPENING to this girl?!? Every week she seems to make new leaps and bounds with her professionalism, pre-possession and star quality. Nicely done. The only quibble I have is that her outfit (while great) clashed with her vibe tonight. The way she played it, a gown would have worked better.


Vocally, I thought that was very good indeed. I think Simon may have been on a wee bit of crack there. But I was kinda bored.


This was actually a very smart song choice. The song choice meant that he didn't have to be vocally great (and he wasn't), he could be totally cheezy and goofy (and he was), and he could legitimately flash his 1000-watt teeth throughout the whole thing (and he did). But although yes, the boy has youthful charm, he ain't no Fred Astaire. Overall, I thought it wasn't painful, but it was pretty underwhelming.


Okay, what is with Simon and the look of death? Bitch. Anyway, back to Haley...great song choice. I especially thought she did a good job of breaking out of her shell in the first half - nice and flirty, perfect style match. The transition to the second half was awkward, though - it didn't make too much sense and there was no build to it. But overall, I think definitely one of her best performances and I thought she kept decent pace with the rest of the pack this week. Simon needs to stop being such a prick to her.


Now THIS is the kind of LaKisha I remember from the top 24 week! Back on form and "sassy" indeed. Awesome.

Masterful: Melinda, LaKisha, and also kinda Jordin
Solid: Blake, Phil, Haley, and also kinda Gina
Weak: Chris, Sanjaya

Yet another week where Sanjaya is the clear logical choice to be voted the heck on outta there. And he will probably remain safe AGAIN, sigh...probably leaving Phil, Chris and Gina at risk.

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