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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

Nana

February 25th, 2009
9:07 pm

What is she all about? Very bad song choice.

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
9:08 pm

ugh, never mind

RK

February 25th, 2009
9:08 pm

I wish she would grab the mic, because her arms are flailing about…

RK

February 25th, 2009
9:09 pm

Bad song choice? Are you kidding?

Andi

February 25th, 2009
9:10 pm

She seemed a bit strained to me. Reaching for the notes way too hard.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
9:11 pm

I did not love her, but she has been a lot better. I did not love her song choice either.

RK

February 25th, 2009
9:11 pm

Wow, judges weren’t as excited as I expected.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
9:12 pm

I think it was a bad song choice, too, Nana. She can sing much better than that. She did not choose a song that showed her voice to the best advantage and was much better in the audition and Hollywood.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
9:13 pm

RK, that is because they were being realistic. They liked her but knew she could be better.

Nana

February 25th, 2009
9:13 pm

I just didn’t like her song choice…that’s all. She is a pretty girl with an amzing smile. So far, she just may be in the top 3.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
9:13 pm

WE, have you liked anyone yet?

RK

February 25th, 2009
9:14 pm

Her mom ain’t bad, either!

Sarah B

February 25th, 2009
9:17 pm

Darn I’m caught up now I have to sit through commercial. Last girl was good

War Eagle

February 25th, 2009
9:17 pm

harriett, I am just waiting on Adam. He is my pick to win this whole thing at this point. Unless he blows tonight.

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
9:17 pm

c’mon big boy! bring it

Sarah B

February 25th, 2009
9:18 pm

The back up band is baaaad tonight. They are ruining his song.

RK

February 25th, 2009
9:18 pm

Best guy tonight — much more memorable than…um…whoever that was before.

Cadre

February 25th, 2009
9:18 pm

Best of the night so far.

Sarah B

February 25th, 2009
9:18 pm

Good singing bad band!

Nana

February 25th, 2009
9:19 pm

Not the best, but was okay. I wouldn’t vote for him.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
9:20 pm

Matt the welder did not live up to his talent

Nana

February 25th, 2009
9:20 pm

Like he was moving in slow motion.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
9:21 pm

I have hopes for Adam, too, WE. I hope he chooses a song that is not “theatre,” or whatever.

Andi

February 25th, 2009
9:21 pm

I thought it was a bit boring too. If we hadn’t seen him so much in Hollywood week, I would have forgotten him in 5 min.

RK

February 25th, 2009
9:22 pm

Adam — is that the theater guy? He is in the pimp spot.

Andi

February 25th, 2009
9:23 pm

There seems to be an abundance this season of the husky voice girls.

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
9:23 pm

is adam the blind guy?

Nana

February 25th, 2009
9:23 pm

I do like her. The song suited her, IMO.

RK

February 25th, 2009
9:23 pm

The redheads have it tonight…

War Eagle

February 25th, 2009
9:24 pm

These girls suck.

Woodpappy

February 25th, 2009
9:24 pm

Anybody see D in the audience????????????

harriett

February 25th, 2009
9:24 pm

I did not love this song choice either. Performance was very nasally

Sarah B

February 25th, 2009
9:25 pm

WE – I likes this one

harriett

February 25th, 2009
9:25 pm

And, she is talking back and arguing. Not attractive at all. I did not see D at all, Woodpappy. She is probably diguising herself.

Andi

February 25th, 2009
9:26 pm

She’s starting to annoy me.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
9:26 pm

Can’t spell–dis-guising

Rodney Ho

February 25th, 2009
9:26 pm

I really loved Jesse!

Sarah B

February 25th, 2009
9:26 pm

D is there tonight? I wondered where she was.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
9:27 pm

Simon’s right, as usual.

Woodpappy

February 25th, 2009
9:28 pm

Most of the folks tonight just stink !

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
9:30 pm

hey i saw a kind of freaky movie last night when i got home from work around 1 AM. it was called ‘the boost’ i believe with sean young and james woods about a couple that came crashing down due to a cocaine habit.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
9:30 pm

I agree, Woodpappy!

Nana

February 25th, 2009
9:31 pm

Hey Sarah B. Did you bowl tonight?

harriett

February 25th, 2009
9:31 pm

and that relates how?

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
9:33 pm

ok, now i think i really like this kai person. his story is sweet with his mama. hope he does well

Andi

February 25th, 2009
9:33 pm

What is up with the boring songs tonight?

War Eagle

February 25th, 2009
9:34 pm

Kai Kalama?? The thinking man’s Sanjaya!!

Woodpappy

February 25th, 2009
9:34 pm

Now…Kai is pretty good

Lar

February 25th, 2009
9:34 pm

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
9:34 pm

yea end of the song rocked!

Nana

February 25th, 2009
9:35 pm

Now, we’re cooking with ol. He’s the best of the guys tonight. Loved the song and his style & voice.

RK

February 25th, 2009
9:35 pm

He did well. Not too memorable but good enough for tonight.

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
9:35 pm

haha, just commercial break musings, harriet

Nana

February 25th, 2009
9:35 pm

Should be Cooking with OIL in my last post.

Sarah B

February 25th, 2009
9:35 pm

Nana, started out really good: 141, 145 then all heck broke loose and I couldn’t pick up anything in the 3rd and ended up with 118 yuch!

harriett

February 25th, 2009
9:35 pm

Kai’s song choice was not the best, but he has a decent voice. I agree with Kara about song choice. He’s middle of the road, IMO

War Eagle

February 25th, 2009
9:36 pm

Maybe a different year and Kai Kalama rides his sick mother right into the top 10. Sure the antagonists will say who is taking care of his mom now, but either way he is overshadowed by the blind guy and the guy whose wife died.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
9:37 pm

thanks, vol fan. My gamecocks beat the H out of KY tonite

Woodpappy

February 25th, 2009
9:37 pm

So far…I’m thinking 5, 6, and 7 were the best ?????

harriett

February 25th, 2009
9:38 pm

WE, the blind guy really, really bothers me. I don’t like him, but I know I am supposed to.

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
9:39 pm

yea, i agree WE. and i’m lovin’ the ‘cocks this year in hoops – all alone at the top of the SEC East! it’ll be interesting to see them in the NCAAs

Andi

February 25th, 2009
9:39 pm

WE that is just sad. Sad because it’s true.

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
9:40 pm

now see, i like the blind guy. but i’m like you and i really don’t know why

Sarah B

February 25th, 2009
9:40 pm

Michigan State = final four!

harriett

February 25th, 2009
9:41 pm

Yes, volfan, I am quite excited. We have been cellar-dweller for sooo long. I only see one contestant tonight so far that I am voting for. It’s not over yet.

RK

February 25th, 2009
9:42 pm

Go Gamecocks! No NIT again this year ;)

Nana

February 25th, 2009
9:42 pm

WP, you are right in that number 5,6,7, & 10 are the best so far. I added 10 because he is one of the better guys.

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
9:42 pm

now, i think i like this girl

Lar

February 25th, 2009
9:42 pm

I am sitting here watching the show and I can’t remember who I liked. Not a very memorable show. Can I pick 3 more from last week?

Andi

February 25th, 2009
9:43 pm

Lar I was thinking the exact same thing. And I took notes!

Lar

February 25th, 2009
9:43 pm

War Eagle

February 25th, 2009
9:44 pm

Paging Kathrine McPhee…paging Katherine Mcphee. Ok here is the problem with looking exactly like a former contestant who did well. Everybody is going to make the comparisons and if you can’t hang vocally or looks wise you’ll get torn apart. Nobody wants to vote for a 2nd rate version of somebody else. It’s Idol 101 really.

Andi

February 25th, 2009
9:44 pm

This girl’s not too bad.

Sarah B

February 25th, 2009
9:44 pm

This is good!

Cadre

February 25th, 2009
9:44 pm

I am watching more of the Duke-Maryland game than AI. Just not doing it for me tonight

Nana

February 25th, 2009
9:45 pm

Not sure if I like her or not. So far, there are only two that I will vote for.

Woodpappy

February 25th, 2009
9:45 pm

Nana, hope the last guy kicks it… we’ll see

Lar

February 25th, 2009
9:46 pm

I disagree with the judges on this one

harriett

February 25th, 2009
9:47 pm

I’ve seen the promised land (gamecocks vs kentucky) and there are no more games for me tonite. All Idol.

Mishovonna was just ok, IMO

Andi

February 25th, 2009
9:47 pm

Here comes the pimp spot…

Cadre

February 25th, 2009
9:48 pm

as a cocks fan, does that mean you do not like Clemson?

harriett

February 25th, 2009
9:48 pm

WE, I have my fingers crossed for Adam. He’s a really good singer, and I hope he nails his song choice.

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
9:48 pm

yea i like that vasquez kid from maryland. he did the dang thing on saturday in OT w/ carolina

Lar

February 25th, 2009
9:48 pm

I don’t like this guy, oh wait he has not sung yet

Sarah B

February 25th, 2009
9:49 pm

What’s with the pages tonight? And nobody answered my question is D there tonight????

Nana

February 25th, 2009
9:49 pm

We haven’t heard from Anne24 tonight. Anne if you’re here, let us hear from you.

harriett

February 25th, 2009
9:49 pm

I live in Columbia and work at Carolina. Enough said, Cadre? LOL. Really, though, I pull for Clemson in basketball, but not if they are playing us and never in football!

RK

February 25th, 2009
9:50 pm

Clemson, the team that lost to UVa?

harriett

February 25th, 2009
9:50 pm

D is missing in action. No, really, she said she’d be gone until tomorrow. We’ve all been playing “were’s D?”

harriett

February 25th, 2009
9:51 pm

Woodpappy

February 25th, 2009
9:51 pm

Sarah B….she may be there, we’ll find out when she she joins us Thursday..

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
9:51 pm

oh yea i like him

Sarah B

February 25th, 2009
9:52 pm

Thanks, tought you were all ignoring me :(

Cadre

February 25th, 2009
9:52 pm

Last I checked, Clemson was losing to VaTech. And i am really hoping Maryland pulls another upset. I HATE overated Duke.

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
9:52 pm

yea he should be in the top3

Sarah B

February 25th, 2009
9:53 pm

Oh this is the Elvis kid…

RK

February 25th, 2009
9:53 pm

Wow, he is ready for primetime.

War Eagle

February 25th, 2009
9:53 pm

Adam can do things with his voice that nobody else in the competition can do. So sure the blind guy, the guy whose wife died, Anoof, Norman Gentile will all hang around for a couple quarters but when push comes to shove this guy can take over a game anytime he wants to. He’s like UNLV in the early 90’s. So as long as he doesn’t go totally Goth on us I just don’t see anybody who can stop him

Lar

February 25th, 2009
9:53 pm

Sorry not for me tonight

tnecvolfan2001

February 25th, 2009
9:54 pm