The tearful singer-songwriter type Didi Benami couldn’t get fans to dial in after the judges pilloried her “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” Tuesday night. She was nixed last night, landing in 10th place.
She reminded me a bit of Megan Joy Corkrey last year, who finished in ninth. A wee bit quirky and cutesy at the same time, she would twist words around and mess with the melodies of songs in a way that didn’t always sit well with listeners. Her best performance went back to Hollywood when she sang Kara’s “Terrified” with heart and passion. She never quite reached those heights again.
Tim Urban, after a cheese-irific take on Anita Baker’s “Sweet Love” Tuesday night, escaped the knife yet again. The folks at Vote for the Worst are certainly rejoicing again because he’s been their candidate for many weeks now. And that site, for those not in the know, picks people who they think makes “Idol” look the stupidest. And Tim is doing a good job of that.
Katie Stevens, who embodies blandness, landed in the bottom three for the second week in a row but was the third-lowest vote getter again. She won’t be around much longer.
Funniest moment: After Ryan told Michael Lynche to come over to him, implying he was in the bottom three, he told him he was safe. Michael, a physical trainer, lifted Ryan up like he was a 50-pound rag doll.
Not-so-funny moment: Ryan teasing Simon and Simon getting supremely annoyed. In years’ past, the Ryan -Simon interplay was often teasing and playful. With Simon not playing along anymore and counting down the days until his “Idol” life is over, it now just seems annoying.
In other aspects of the results show:
The “Kung Fu Fighting” Ford ad: Cute, fun to watch. I give it a B-plus.
Ruben Studdard. The Velvet Teddy Bear is now on a Vegan diet and looks a bit thinner. He’s also going to tour with Clay Aiken this summer. Ahh…those were the days, eh? His song, “Don’t Make’em Like You Anymore” was pretty mediocre but he sang his heart out as always. We miss you, Ruben! B
Usher. Oh my gosh, what was that? His song “OMG” lacked a memorable hook, and his perfunctory dancing broke no new ground. The whole routine felt belabored. At least he sang it live as he danced. C-plus
Diddy. It’s hard to tell if Diddy was singing live but what did it matter? He was more talk-singing than actually singing. But “Hello Good Morning” had a fun beat and tons of energy, which made it more entertaining to watch than Usher. B-plus
Kung Fu Fighting Ford ad. Grade it! A- 27% B- 27% C- 18% D- 14% F – 14%
Ruben’s return: 35% loved him 47% said he was okay 18% didn’t miss him
A Ruben-Clay reunion tour: 19% I’m there! 56% Good idea 25% Bad idea
Simon and Ryan’s interplay: 11% Modern day Abbott and Costello 89% Tiresome beyond belief
Usher’s performance. Grade it! A-0% B-10% C-5% D-45% F-40%
Diddy’s performance. Grade it! A-13% B-38% C-6% D-19% F-25%
Of the bottom two, who will go home? Tim 46%, Didi 54%
Didi going home: 68% should have been Tim, 28% it was time, 4% should have been someone else besides her or Tim