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2/25: American Idol recap, second 12 of 36

This (ridiculous dramatic pause) is the American Idol recap!

A horrible start! More bad song choices! Too many runs! An alter ego! Cutesy body wiggling! And Adam Lambert being over the top but yet remains the anointed one.

Overall, nobody really wowed me but there were some very good performances and three definitively awful ones. Two of them were favorites (Matt Giraud, Jasmine Murray) who collapsed.

My prediction of the top 3: Adam Lambert (12), Allison Iraheta (5), Jesse Langseth (9)

Folks who have a shot: Megan (7), Kris (6) and Nick (4)

Very outside shot: Kai (10), Matt B. (8)

Folks who have zero shot: Mishavonna (11), Jeanine (3), Jasmine (1), Matt G. (2)

(I’m making these predictions without looking at dialidol.com, which shows hot blonde Megan far ahead of my “Bette Davis Eyes” favorite Jesse, who may have to settle for a wild card shot.)

My order of how I liked’em, which may not remotely resemble yours: 1 -Jesse Langseth 2- Allison Iraheta 3-Kris Allen 4- Megan Joy Corkrey 5- Adam Lambert 6- Nick Mitchell 7- Kai Kalama 8- Mishavonna Henson 9 – Matt Breitzke 10- Jeanine Vailes, 11- Jasmine Murray 12- Matt Giraud

The judges swapped sides, due perhaps to some lighting issues. And they rotated judging so Simon doesn’t have to wait so long to get his word in! The post-song parent interviews are gone, too.

First up: Jasmine Murray, the high school student from Mississippi, gets the opening spot. She goes modern with “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles. This is what I call a bad song choice. Pure pop? Not her place. She sounds breathy in the lower registers. Even in the chorus, she doesn’t sound right. In the end, it’s kinda boring. Randy: “It was pitchy throughout all out.” Kara: “It was all over the place.” Paula: “You tried to change the song but you sang all around it and caused you to go off pitch. The confidence you had is great.” Simon: “I”m disappointed because I like you. You have the right look and attitude. You just don’t have a great voice.”

Second up: Matt Giraud. This highly touted contestant is a dueling piano player from Michigan who did a great job with “Georgia on My Mind” on the keyboard in Hollywood goes for Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.” His voice sounds much thinner than Chris Martin’s. He’s also pitchy up front. His runs and vibratto are not helping the song. He’s not Justin Timberlake. The little hip shake is distracting. Bottom line: awful. Randy skipped saying anything. Kara: “You blew me away in Hollywood week. Tonight, I’m not blown away. You should not be singing that. You’re a bluesy guy but that was lost in this song.” Paula: “It was a risky song. You’re soulful… I saw your rehearsal. Your performance tonight was far better.” Simon: “It was verging on a horrible performance. Jerky, uncomfortable. It put me off you.” Randy ended for the first time and encouraged him to go back to Ray Charles.

Third: Jeanine Vailes, a Washington D.C. bartender who was not seen at all during the auditions or Hollywood round, is going to have to blow it away. She chose Maroon 5’s “This Love.” Bleh! This isn’t the type of performance that is going to allow her to stand out and get the votes. She’s doing the dang runs, too. Ugh. Enough! Paula: “It’s season eight.” Simon: “I thought it was terrible. You’re all choosing the wrong songs… you do have very good legs.” Randy: “The best part was the end when it was over.” Kara: “So overdone!:” She admitted to being under the radar and tried to compensate. (”Overcompensate!” Kara said.”)

Fourth up: Nick Mitchell (Norman Gentile). He decides to reprise “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from Hollywood. Is he truly that one note? But heck, he’s so dang entertaining, how can you not like him? Or hate him? He’s an utter joke but we needed this at least for a few minutes. Simon: “I hope I’m speaking on behalf of America. I pray you do not go through to the next round. It’s horrific comedy.” Randy: “The vocals were definitely not happening… that was funny.” Kara: “At least we remember you.”

Fifth up: Allison Iraheta, a 16 year old from Los Angeles, decides to do “Alone” by Heart, a big risk considering Carrie Underwood blew it away three years ago. Ramiele, Carly and Gina have sung it, too. She has a memorable personality and honestly, I do like her a lot. She has a grainy voice, like she’s already smokes two packs a day. More pitchiness. (Evokes Kelly Clarkson) But overall, well done. Considering the crap we’ve heard so far, it was great. Randy: “You blew it out the box.” Kara: “This girl is serious. You don’t even know how good you are… You have serious chops. With the right song, you could have a hit on the radio.” Simon: “You’re the best tonight by a clear mile. It’s like the competition just started right now.”

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Sixth up: Kris Allen, who is from Conway, Arkansas, hasn’t gotten much airtime either. Just a week after Paula Abdul said do NOT sing Michael Jackson, he proceeds to sing “Man in the Mirror.” I love this song and shockingly, he’s solid. I really enjoyed his performance through and through. He had confidence and was NOT pitchy. Kara: “It still does not come close to what you did in Hollywood week. This was just the wrong song.” Paula: “I”m going to disagree completely. You showed your personality… You nailed it.” Simon: “I’m going to agree with Paula… I’m not going to say you’re the best singer. But what you did tonight. You showed some confidence and personality.” Randy: “You did it without the guitar.” (NOTE: This is the first time Kara has ever gone against everybody else to that extent.) He’s good but I’m not sure he’ll have a real shot at the top 12, especially given the competition among the guys.

Seventh up: Megan Joy Corkrey. She goes for “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Balley Rae. She’s pretty but wow, that is one ugly tattoo, uglier than anything Carly showed. Her body wiggling is awkward but she has a lovely voice. She ended a bit weak there but I like her. Paula: “You picked the right song. You’re just beautiful. The camera is in love with you.” Simon: “You’re a funny little thing, aren’t you? It started off really well, then maybe you got overexcited, you oversang the second part of the song. I hope America votes for you. You are relevant. You are current. I wish the vocals were a little bit better.” Randy: “I’m interested to see you in the other rounds… the smoky jazz thing.” Kara: “You’re a package artist. You’re very pretty. You stand out. You’re unique. With the right song, you could be a breakout hit artist on the radio.”

Eighth up: Matt Breitzke, the welder, picks a really dull ’90s hit by Tonic “If You Could Only See.” He does a perfectly faithful version. I don’t think he really adds anything to the song. Simon: “I really like you…but I absolutely hated that song. It was boring. It didn’t suit you.” Randy: “You needed something more exciting for me.” Kara: “It didn’t show us any side of you.” Paula agreed with everyone else.

Ninth up: Jesse Langseth, a single mom from Minneapolis, beat out Frankie Jordan in a singoff during the final 36 episode two weeks ago. She goes for “Bette Davis Eyes,” a song nobody has ever song before on the show. She has that strange Mikalah Gordon enunciation but otherwise, she is a pro. I loved it! Randy: “I thought it was okay… in this round, everyone here has to blow us out of the box… it was a five-note range.” Kara: “This is your best look. Your performance was slinky and sexy and interesting to watch. You took some risks you hadn’t really taken through the audition.” Paula: “I found you captivating.” Simon: “I think you’re forgettable… it was too cool for school.”

Tenth up: Kai Kalama, from San Clemente, Calif., didn’t get a huge amount of airtime. He goes for a classic by Jimmy Ruffen “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.” His moptop hair is more memorable than his singing, which is good but not distinctive to me. Didn’t feel modern. I liked him, did not love him. Kara: “You had some pitch issues but you went out there and gave it your all. The song was a little old fashioned.” Paula: “You have a lot in you. You got the chops to do well in this business.” Simon: “The performance was quite corny. Something you’d hear at a wedding or hotel.” Randy: “It was so safe.”

Eleventh up: Mishavonna Henson from Irvine, Calif. is another person without a lot of airtime. Her “Drops of Jupiter” was perfectly good but she didn’t blow me away. Something is missing but I can’t quite place it. Paula: “It just didn’t excite me.” Simon: “It’s a great song. What we’re having an issue. It sums up you. You’re very serious. Technically quite a good singing. Something left me really cold.” Randy: “You feel so much older and you’re 18.”: Kara: “I didn’t mind the song. I love that song. It’s just you’re very put together. I want you to loosen up a little bit.”

Pimp spot, up 12th: Adam Lambert, from Hollywood, Calif., is Mr. Musical Theater. I always found him over the top. He goes for a little Mick Jagger. It’s not my taste but I appreciate his theatrics and his vocals. Paula: “I’m watching an Adam Lambert concert. You’re in a league of your own.” Simon: “I’m finding this one difficult. There are parts that were excruciatingly bad and some that were brilliant. This will be one of those love it or hate it performances.” Randy: “I loved it.” He calls him current. “A little manic. Just don’t overdo it.” Kara: “Your vocal technique and ability is outrageous.”

302 comments Add your comment

harriett

February 25th, 2009
8:09 pm

harriett

February 25th, 2009
8:10 pm

I hope Matt does well.

Andi

February 25th, 2009
8:10 pm

Wow that was disappointing!

Nana

February 25th, 2009
8:14 pm

I will repeat… On the count on Randy, he used the word “Yo” three times on Jasmine.

RK

February 25th, 2009
8:14 pm

BTW, nice of Ryan to dress up tonight.

Nana

February 25th, 2009
8:15 pm

Hey Andi. Hope you are feeling better this week.

RK

February 25th, 2009
8:15 pm

Gutsy choice here…Coldplay

Nana

February 25th, 2009
8:16 pm

Has the sixties sound , but I didn’t care for him. Think he is gone.

Andi

February 25th, 2009
8:16 pm

Progressing steadily. Should be back to work in about 3 weeks. Thanks, Nana.

RK

February 25th, 2009
8:17 pm

I guess he tried to do his own thing…but…ug.

War Eagle

February 25th, 2009
8:17 pm

RK

February 25th, 2009
8:18 pm

BTW, awful arrangement.

Andi

February 25th, 2009
8:18 pm

Oh boy. We’re not off to a good start so far.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
8:18 pm

harriett

February 25th, 2009
8:19 pm

The spoilers were right. They said he’d sing this song, and Jasmine’s too. If they are right, Nick/Norman will sing Crying.

Andi

February 25th, 2009
8:20 pm

Harriett, that song should go to Nathanial

Lar

February 25th, 2009
8:20 pm

Hi group, very disappointing so far

RK

February 25th, 2009
8:21 pm

Not that it is a big deal — I don’t even know that song — but you might not want to post spoilers.

Nana

February 25th, 2009
8:21 pm

harriett, would that ne Roy Orbinson’s Crying?

harriett

February 25th, 2009
8:23 pm

Yes, it is Nana. And, Andi, LOL

Nana

February 25th, 2009
8:23 pm

My last post should have asked, “would the BE”….. Sorry.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
8:25 pm

It isn’t really a spoiler. Nobody knows what in heck he will sound like, but, ok, I won’t.

Nana

February 25th, 2009
8:25 pm

Won’t help but to compare him to Roy. Roy had a range that I’ve never heard anyone match.

War Eagle

February 25th, 2009
8:26 pm

So is Jeanine a man or woman? Looks like a tranny.

RK

February 25th, 2009
8:26 pm

MUCH better choice here.

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
8:27 pm

ever notice the real talented ones don’t have to act like a$$ clowns? just an observation is all

Cadre

February 25th, 2009
8:27 pm

Based on what we have heard so far tonight, we might get 3 wild cards from last week. This is BAD!!

RK

February 25th, 2009
8:27 pm

Yeah, I know — it isn’t like you are telling us the end of Lost or something :)

harriett

February 25th, 2009
8:27 pm

I don’t like her. Think she’s awful.

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
8:27 pm

and also, can we get a good R&B song on tonight, please?

Nana

February 25th, 2009
8:28 pm

What the heck is she wearing? Long legs!!!!

Lar

February 25th, 2009
8:28 pm

This is going down hill

harriett

February 25th, 2009
8:28 pm

Heaven forbid anyone should tell the end of Lost, RK!!!!

Cadre

February 25th, 2009
8:29 pm

tn, at this point I would just settle for a good SONG period LOL

RK

February 25th, 2009
8:29 pm

Cmon judges…it wasn’t -that- bad…

Andi

February 25th, 2009
8:29 pm

Is it me, or are the acoustics really lousy? I know their song choices haven’t been so hot, but they sound like they’re getting swallowed up by the background.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
8:29 pm

Puleeze give us some talent. At this rate Nick/Norman might be the best of the night!

harriett

February 25th, 2009
8:29 pm

And they keep talking back

Lara

February 25th, 2009
8:30 pm

Why oh why did she do Maroon 5? Whatever, that was AWFUL!!!

RK

February 25th, 2009
8:30 pm

Andi: absolutely. That’s why Coldplay sounded so awful. It isn’t like Chris Martin is a great singer — that music is just so important to the song (as opposed to being a singer’s song).

Where are the parents tonight?

Nana

February 25th, 2009
8:31 pm

Didn’t like her at all.

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
8:31 pm

nick/norman = ‘a$$ clown’

Nana

February 25th, 2009
8:33 pm

So far, they are batting a zero.

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
8:33 pm

yea i know i’m throwing out alot of opinions tonight, but last week’s family fest was really awful. i liked the concept, but it was awkward, with the contestants walking in front of the shots and ryan asking questions and getting interrupted by the hug-fests going on. it really took away from the rest of the show

harriett

February 25th, 2009
8:33 pm

But he’s a good singer

Mike S

February 25th, 2009
8:33 pm

OMG Cats everywhere are screaming in pain. MAKE THE BAD SINGERS STOP!!!!!!!

Do these kids even watch the dam show????? How many times do we have to scream SONG CHOICE SONG CHOICE SONG CHOICE!!!

2 of my favs – jasmine and Matt – UGH very disappointing, and then the total train wreck.

Tonight is PATHETIC so far.

Lar

February 25th, 2009
8:35 pm

I get to take a break now. I don’t care to watch Nick

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
8:36 pm

well, harriet, i will totally give you props if nick’s performance is really good

RK

February 25th, 2009
8:36 pm

I bet he does well. Relatively.

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
8:37 pm

oh god, awful

Andi

February 25th, 2009
8:38 pm

Nana

February 25th, 2009
8:38 pm

Oh what a joke… :( Maybe a wildcard, but he will never have my vote.

Rodney Ho

February 25th, 2009
8:38 pm

Geez. What the heck is going on tonight?

Lara

February 25th, 2009
8:38 pm

Why did Norman have to show up?

RK

February 25th, 2009
8:38 pm

wrong show. but I love the confiidence

Lara

February 25th, 2009
8:39 pm

Wait, will he get the VFTW calls?

Lar

February 25th, 2009
8:40 pm

one word STUPID

harriett

February 25th, 2009
8:41 pm

It was great show business, but he doesn’t belong on this show. I still think he can sing, but his act wears waaaay thin!

Nana

February 25th, 2009
8:41 pm

the VFTW calls will carry him. He was terrible. The spoiler had his song choice wrong.

Cadre

February 25th, 2009
8:41 pm

It would be ashamed if he makes it through and singers like Anoop & Ricky does not.

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
8:42 pm

–It would be ashamed if he makes it through and singers like Anoop & Ricky does not.–

i agree, totally!

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
8:43 pm

they’re already wasting tooo much time on this clown

Lara

February 25th, 2009
8:44 pm

They are wasting too much time on everyone. They could have made this into a 1 hour program.

Nana

February 25th, 2009
8:44 pm

His counterpart, Nick, should have been present tonight.

Lar

February 25th, 2009
8:45 pm

I am starting to look forward to the commercials

Andi

February 25th, 2009
8:45 pm

He reminds me of a bad Saturday Night Live parody.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
8:45 pm

They are wasting too much time between contestants, period, just to stretch the advertising dollars. I hope we can move on from this and have someone step up. I hope the spoiler song choice was wrong for some of the rest of them, too. They were awful.

Cadre

February 25th, 2009
8:46 pm

I don’t think VFTW can pull Norman through. They had Tatiana last week and she was not that bad and they didn’t help her. I don’t see too many voting for Norman outside of VFTW.

I agree he is entertaining but does not belong on AI

Nana

February 25th, 2009
8:46 pm

It’s bad when the baby commercial is better than the performances.

RK

February 25th, 2009
8:47 pm

Cadre: that’s assuming there are 3 others worth voting for.

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
8:48 pm

–It’s bad when the baby commercial is better than the performances.–

nana, get out of my head!

RK

February 25th, 2009
8:48 pm

I gotta tape-delay Lost and Top Chef for this?

RK

February 25th, 2009
8:50 pm

Alone (Heart)…this has been sung really well before.

Good choice.

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
8:50 pm

she’s got a unique and gifted voice

Nana

February 25th, 2009
8:51 pm

The best so far. I like her.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
8:51 pm

Andi

February 25th, 2009
8:52 pm

Finally something worth listening to. Like the voice.

Lar

February 25th, 2009
8:52 pm

Nana

February 25th, 2009
8:54 pm

tnecvolfan.. sorry about that.

She will be in the top 3. She sounded much older than 16.

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
8:54 pm

simon is right nearly 100 percent of the time

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
8:56 pm

i think i’m gonna like this kid

Nana

February 25th, 2009
8:56 pm

Oh no, a Michael Jackson song.

Lara

February 25th, 2009
8:56 pm

I am gonna have to leave in a couple of minutes. Lets hope I get to see a better performance. I think Alone by Heart has been sung on here way too often. She was ok, a bit screamy for my tastes.

Lets see if they make the Michael Jackson comment on this guy.

Sarah B

February 25th, 2009
8:57 pm

Hi ya’ll just tuning in.

War Eagle

February 25th, 2009
8:57 pm

Blah. There is nothing worse than being blah in American Idol. You better be pretty, orca fat, ultra dorky or something. You need to stand out from the competition. Kris Allen is the guy whose name you can’t remember at your high school reunion.

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
8:57 pm

hmm, nice voice. awkward version of this song

RK

February 25th, 2009
8:57 pm

harriett

February 25th, 2009
8:58 pm

I don’t care for this one, but he is better than the first few

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
8:58 pm

i agree with kara

Nana

February 25th, 2009
8:58 pm

Not half bad.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
8:58 pm

WE right on!

Rodney Ho

February 25th, 2009
8:58 pm

Thank goodness for Allison Iraheta! I hope she continues to says song titles with that strangely odd sarcasm!

Andi

February 25th, 2009
9:00 pm

Do like his voice. Have no idea what he did in Hollywood so these comparisons are meaningless. But at least he was better than the first 3 tonight.

Lar

February 25th, 2009
9:00 pm

not bad but top 12? nah

Andi

February 25th, 2009
9:01 pm

Yeah, the sad part is I probably won’t remember him after this either.

RK

February 25th, 2009
9:03 pm

He’s top 3 right now!

Jackofalltrades

February 25th, 2009
9:03 pm

Paula is whacked out on scooby snacks tonight

Cadre

February 25th, 2009
9:06 pm

Last week I bought 5 DL’s from iTunes, so far tonight I have not heard one I would DL

Sarah B

February 25th, 2009
9:07 pm

thank God for fast forward… at least I didn’t have to keep listening to the first 3 Allison wasn’t bad.

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
9:07 pm

hmm, here’s someone refreshing!