Wednesday, May 14, 2008

American Idol - Choice Cuts

Top 3 Performance Night - Theme: Judges, Producers, Singers Choices

Final 3. Also known as, the final 2 David's and whoever else was left and made it through the rest of the weeks. Who would have thought it would have been Syesha, but here she is and peaking just at the right time. Maybe there might be a race! Well, maybe not...

David Archuleta sings judges choice "And So It Goes", his own choice "With You", and producers choice "Longer". I love his voice. Love it, and while his personal choice to modernize his sound might not have worked wonders, I still enjoyed it. It wasn't perfect and he could have used a bit more practice, but it was a sign that it was possible. Plus, as least he was mostly on pitch, which some current artists cant' even do when forced to sing live, so his minute pitch problems can be excused. His Idol would reach a Michael Buble kind of niche which may not be the most contemporary thing, but it can work, and I wouldn't turn off the sound of his voice no matter what he sang.

Syesha Mercado sings judges choice "If I Ain't Got You", her own choice "Fever", and producers choice "Hit Me Up" and she starts off as a real competitor, giving a hint that it may not be a David's only final, but then it got worse and worse with bad song choices. While she was fine, if overly dramatic (perfect for Broadway) in her "Fever", her last booty shaking song was abysmal and lost her any points she gained over the past few weeks.

David Cook sings judges choice "First Time I Ever Saw Your Face", her own choice "Dare You To Move", and producers choice "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing". Apparently, Cook's choices were to sing songs with long titles. Personally, I thought the judges and producers gave him horribly tedious choices, but he sang it like he normally does and made it as interesting as one could. He's the contemporary choice and would make a great current and relevant Idol, just get him a better writing team. Yes, that was a slight at Diane Warren.

Best of the night: David Cook with "Dare You To Move" and David Archuleta with "And So It Goes" and "Longer" and Syesha Mercado with "If I Ain't Got you"

Worst of the night: Syesha Mercado with "Hit Me Up"

Going home? Syesha Mercado

All the videos of the performances are after the jump:

David Archuleta - "And So It Goes"

David Archuleta - "With You"

David Archuleta - "Longer"

Syesha Mercado - "If I Ain't Got You

Syesha Mercado - "Fever

Syesha Mercado - "Hit Me Up"

David Cook - "First Time I Ever Saw Your Face"

David Cook - "Dare You To Move"

David Cook - "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing"

For more on American Idol Season 7:
Click here for the most recent posts.

Top 4 Performance Night -
Remember My Name, Fame (includes videos of all the performances), Results 4 to 3 - Thank You America

Top 5 Performance Night -
Diamonds Are Forever, And Ever, And Ever... When Are These Songs Going To End? (includes videos of all the performances), Results 5 to 4 - 1 More Down, 2 More To Go

Top 6 Performance Night -
[title of song] (includes videos of all the performances), Results 6 to 5 - Broadway Bound Or Bust

Top 7 Performance Night -
MC² = David x 2 = #1 (includes videos of all the performances), Results 7 to 6 - One Sweet Day Or When Idol Guesses Our Second Guessing On Our Second Guesses

Top 8 Performance Night -
Cause They Are Give'ers (includes videos of all the performances), Idol Gives Back - Giving Us The So You Think You Can Dance Dancers, Results 8 to 7 - Idol Gives Back SyeWHAT???

Top 9 Performance Night -
Dolly and the Two Big Ones (David and David) (includes videos of all the performances), Results 9 to 8 - Third Time Was A Charm

Top 10 Performance Night -
Okay, Now there Really IS A Race! Or I'm Just Getting Soft (includes videos of all the performances), Results 10 to 9 - Chikezie, Meet Daniel Powter... Back in Obscurity

Top 11 Performance Night -
That Old Awkward Phase (includes videos of all the performances), Results 11 to 10 - When The Stylists Finally Called In

Top 12 Performance Night -
Death Race 2008 (includes videos of all the performances), Results 12 to 11 - Strippers and Prostitutes Are Not The Same Thing

Top 16 -
Girls Night - Brooke's and Done, Boys Night - He Plays Piano Too?

Top 20 -
Boys Night - Who Are Those Hotties - American Idol Hairdo's Edition

Top 24 -
Boys Night- American, Should I Do Idol?

Thanks to Rickey for the photos.


-RM said...

....Are you going to do a post on Monday's shows? HIMYM, 2 & A Half Men, etc. I saw them, but I like your recaps.

Love the blog.

Anonymous said...

Can somebody explain to me how the Producers' choice works? Are the idols given several songs to choose from? Otherwise, how can the judges criticize song choice like they do?
Definately a David-David final!

Vance said...

Oh thanks! I usually dont watch Two and a Half Men but i was looking forward to HIMYM until the Buffalo station here postponed it to follow a LIVE BREAKING NEWS of some idiot in his car with a gun. for the WHOLE HOUR. WTF? So apparnetly they ran the shows last night at 2am (!????) so hopefully Ill watch it tonight (though I never actually double checked).

As fo the producers choice, yeah, I was never sure of that. Because they could totally sabotage it. Which is what it almost felt like last night with Syesha. Cause that was a BAD song choice. (From what I know, the singers don't get to pick).