Sure, this is one of those “Idol” years that has made a lot of people decide it was time to watch “The Biggest Loser” or “NCIS.”
But thank you blog fans who are still with me on this. Let’s pick apart what we like least about the remaining six contestants, because it’s always about focusing on the positive, right?
Crystal Bowersox: She may have this competition in the bag, but she is unlikely to become a superstar a la Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood. She will probably fall into the category of Taylor Hicks. Her style is reminiscent of Melissa Etheridge, Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt. I’m sure 19 Entertainment will have a tough time marketing her or coming up with an album palatable to her and the label execs.
And while the fashion and makeup folks have done their best to doll her up, she still evokes a bit of that hippie-I-may-have-taken-a-shower-this-week ouvre. I can’t ever see her being comfortable hobnobbing on a red carpet.
Plus, there are plenty of folks who aren’t enamored by her style, or feel she seldom stretches herself.
Lee DeWyze: He sometimes seems like a weak cross between David Cook and Kris Allen. He could potentially generate a few radio hits, but he’s far more entertaining if you close your eyes. In other words, excellent voice, leaden stage presence. While his stagecraft has improved a bit since the Hollywood round, he started from a very modest point and has a long way to go. He often fails to “connect” either with the song and/or the audience. Plus — you can only manufacture so much charisma.
Casey James: He’s boring. He’s a glorified cover-band singer with a cute smile and great hair. His vocals are okay but nothing special. He lacks sparkle, Kara’s crush notwithstanding. I don’t even feel like writing anything more about him.
Siobhan Magnus: She’s hard to read, her persona fluttering around like a butterfly. She looks and acts quirky and odd with her clothing and hair choices. She has a bit of Adam Lambert in her with that screech. Sadly, it’s hard to tell what her ultimate “sound” is. Does she want to be Mariah? Does she want to be Pink? Sure, she is Siobhan, a unique entity but all past winners had a solid persona at this point. She lacks a concrete persona to me that tells me who she is. Another sign of her problems: Vote For the Worst has picked her after Turban left. That shows some folks are really having a hard time taking her seriously as an artist.
Michael Lynche: Michael has a good voice but he has reminded me of a faux Ruben Studdard from Day One. While I’m sure he’s being sincere when he talks and sings, he lacks a certain genuine air about him. And when that happens, the word “cheese” creeps in. It’s as if he has studied all the best R&B singers out there (Luther Vandross, Maxwell, Marvin Gaye) and apes them but adds nothing new to the equation. That dooms him to Nowhere’s Land once he leaves the “Idol” bubble.
Aaron Kelly: He more John Stevens meets Anthony Fedorov than David Archuleta. In other words, he has a decent voice, a cute look and an earnest approach to his work but he lacks a graceful ease or a memorable stage presence, that extra something that can make him a star. He can develop to some extent given his age but his future is more Lisa Tucker than Archuleta.
- No surprises in the betting circles on who will win: Crystal. Lee is the only realistic person to have a shot at beating her at this point. As for who will get eliminated, the current bet is Aaron next, followed by Michael, then Siobhan, then Casey.
-L.A. Times reports that Lee, Siobhan and Michael all got new tattoos on Friday. Where was Aaron?
-I’m not that familiar with Shania Twain’s album cuts so most of these songs are not ones I know. But here’s the list of pre-approved songs the “Idols” could choose from:
“All Fired up, No Place to Go”
“Any Man of Mine”
“Black Eyes, Blue Tears”
“Come On Over”
“Crime of the Century”
“Dance with the One Who Brought You”
“Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)”
“(Don’t Gimme That) Once Over”
“Forever and for Always”
“From This Moment On”
“God Bless the Child”
“Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is (Anymore)”
“Honey I’m Home”
“I Ain’t No Quitter”
“If It Don’t Take Two”
“(If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here!”
“I’m Gonna Getcha Good!”
“I’m Holdin’ On to Love (To Save My Life)”
“It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing”
“It’s Alright (Club Mix)”
“Lost My Heart”
“Love Gets Me Every Time”
“Man! I Feel Like a Woman”
“No One Needs to Know”
“Party for Two”
“Rock this Country!”
“She’s Not Just a Pretty Face”
“Thank you Baby! (For Makin’ Someday Come So Soon)”
“That Don’t Impress Me Much”
“There Goes the Neighborhood”
“Waiter! Bring Me Water!”
“Whatever You Do! Don’t!”
“What Made You Say That”
“When You Kiss Me”
“When You Kiss Me (Green)”
“Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”
“Wild & Wicked”
“The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)”
“You Lay a Whole Lot of Love on Me”
“You Win My Love”
“You’re Still the One”
“You’ve Got a Way”