Someone on my live coveritlive blog tonight said “Idol” has yet again become a “sausage fest.”
For the first time in “Idol” history, the first four out are women! (That’s with an asterisk since Casey last week was the bottom feeder but was saved.)
Tonight, we lost precocious teen Thia Megia and quirky Milwaukee mom Naima Adedapo.
Neither was shocking departures. In fact, the consensus on Zap2it’s expert panel of “Idol” viewers had Naima and Thia as most likely to go home. My prediction was Paul McDonald and Naima gone with Stefano Langone as the third one in the bottom three. I liked Thia’s performance last night so I let my personal biases keep me from thinking she’d go home.
Let’s study why:
Thia had one of the purest voices ever in this competition. But she had the problem of being a teen who spent a lot of time on stage while not developing her own personality. That lack of connection with the songs she sang limited her fan base. Even though she did connect with “Daniel” last night, a lot of folks had written her off as boring and could not find the emotion last night. She is one of those singers you have to wonder might have done better on “Idol” if she had waited a couple of years.
Naima reminded me of Nadia Turner a few years ago. Both had a very defined, vibrant personality and a good (though not great) voice. Unfortunately, Naima’s appeal was limited, though she did pull off some good performances. Last night’s reggae vocals were risky and may have turned off more people than turned them on to vote. “Idol’ is a mainstream crowd. She is not mainstream.
Why did Paul land in the bottom three? Vocally, he is the oddest of the bunch but also lately has been the weakest. Nothing he did with “Rocket Man” changed that impression. He has good stage presence, though, and that’s gotten him this far.
Chuckles[tm], who is a regular blogger here and seems to have some inside ties with “Idol,” said the 1980s theme we were expecting last week will be this week. Then word that the PR folks made a mistake and jumped the gun a week early on the 80s theme makes more sense. Fox usually sends out the theme and next week’s performers around midnight EST (after the show airs on the West Coast.)
The producers made a good choice dispensing with the group sing and doing smaller duet/trio/quartets. The Lauren Alaina/Scotty McCreery take on the Carrie Underwood/Randy Travis duet “I Told You So” was especially good. It filled more time but in a good way.
Fantasia captivated some, repulsed others as usual. (She has been back on the show more than anybody, hasn’t she?). The Jamie Foxx/will.i.am promo for an upcoming movie was painful.
Here were results from the coveritlive polls
Lauren/Scotty’s “I Told You So”: A- 78% B- 6% C-17% F-0%
“Kryptonite” music video: Cute -59% Bleh 41%
Naima and Jacob’s “Solid” : A-0% B-37% C-47% F-16%
Fantasia’s “Collard Greens and Cornbread” – Delicious- 21%, Mute button- 79%
Thia, Haley and Pia’s “Teenage Dream” Dreamy – 13%, Just okay – 75%, Nightmarish 13%
Who will take up the final bottom 3 seat:
Casey – 5% James 10% Paul 30% Stefano -55% (whoops!)
Which Haley do you prefer?
Reinhart- 67%, Scarnato – 33%
In retrospect, should Kris Allen have beaten Adam Lambert?
Yes! America voted correctly- 33% No! A true injustice! -66%
The backgrounder video of the “Idols” week:
Edifying: 8%, Entertaining but not edifying: 42% Time filler at est: 50%
House band’s “Band on the Run” (Paul, James, Casey, Stefano): A-41%, B-23% C-32% F-5%
Should Paul have been in the bottom three?
Yes -62%, No- should have been Stefano 32%, No-should have been someone else -6%
Jamie Foxx/will.i.am’s “Hotwings”
Great fun- 8% Painful to anyone with hearing – 92%
Group sings vs. what they did tonight:
97% what they did tonight 3% group sings