Thursday, March 10, 2011

American Idol's Top 13 Do Well In The First Live Performance Show Of The Season

The Top 13 performed live Wednesday night for the first time on this season of American Idol.

I do not remember any previous season of American Idol where I liked all of the finalists. Usually there is a big clunker. Or two.

I also noticed I made little use of the fast forward button.  This is an indicator I am being well entertained.

From what I saw, my opinion of who may be in danger of going home are Karen Rodriguez, Ashton Jones, Stefano Langone and Naima Adedapo.

With Simon Cowell gone, the critiquing has gotten was less critical. Is this a good thing? I don't know. Does it make for a more positive viewing experience? Maybe.

I like how Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson are all musicians ,with the camera cutting to them, at times, bobbing their heads with the music. You never saw that in previous seasons of American Idol.

Last up, on Wednesday was Naima Adedapo. This is the sweet spot usually reserved for the best of the night. There was a lot of production going on, with lighting and sound effects. And dance moves. Sort of wild dance moves. Which left Naima a bit winded part way through singing the Rihanna song "Umbrella." Steven and Randy did not like Naima's pitch problems. Jennifer did not care about the pitch problems.

Last week the judges told Ashton Jones she should be singing Dianna Ross. This week Dianna Ross is now Ashton's idol. So she sang "When You Tell Me That You Love Me." It did not go over well.

Stefano Langone did not read the memo that informed the singers that Stevie Wonder has been played out after 10 seasons of American Idol. Stefano chose to sing Stevie Wonder's "Lately." Last week Clint Jun Gamboa got the boot after singing a Stevie Wonder song. Got the boot, even though the judges praised him. But America didn't like it. So, Stefano then goes and picks a Stevie Wonder song that is 30 years old? Almost a decade older than he is?

Karen Rodriquez sang Selena's "I Could Fall in Love." Karen is very likable. And very good-looking. But, her singing was way off, noted as such by all three judges.

Of the ones who I don't think are in danger of going home, my favorites are Scotty McCreery, Haley Reinhart, Casey Abrams and James Durbin.

James Durbin was the big surprise of the night. He lost both his tail and his Tourette's Syndrome twitching. Stress usually causes Tourette's Syndrome twitching to get worse. James is handling the stress real well. James sang Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed." And sang it so well that the newly articulate Randy Jackson opined that "James Durbin is Dangerous, America!"

Methinks this may end up being the best season of American Idol ever.

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