American Idol – Guys’ First Night Out

February 20, 2008 at 3:42 pm 4 comments

So I’m not sure if anyone reading this actually cares about my thoughts on American Idol, but I enjoy giving them so here goes…

Best performance of the night goes surprisingly, to one of the most under-hyped contestant ever. Yes, that dred-locked character who’s been lurking in the background for the past few weeks can actually sing. As the judges correctly assessed, Jason Castro was natural, effortless, and contemporary with his rendition of Daydreamer. He was also adorably shy and just might steal a few grandma votes from little David.

Michael Johns did a steamy version of Light My Fire and even though I’ve seen him belt that one before, I thoroughly enjoyed the performance. I think he has an incredible shot at being in the final.

The obvious favorite of judges and producers is David Archuletta. As I’ve previously mentioned, he’s got vocal skill far beyond his years and he showed it off quite well with Shop Around. His greatest asset, I think is an ability to choose good songs and then figure out the right way to perform them. There were some really obvious vocal slip-ups that I’m surprised weren’t mentioned by the judges, but overall it was a great performance. Also, I’m not going to say it’s happened quite yet, (because I totally still just want give the kid a hug and pinch his cheeks) but David’s constantly blushing demeanor reminds me a little too much of Melinda Doolittle and has the potential to wear a bit thin after a while. I’m just saying that if you’re great (and he just might be), a little confidence doesn’t hurt.

And then there were the rest. Honestly, not one of the remaining guys stood out all to me. I’ll give a quick rundown anyway.

David Hernandez – decent vocals but effortless it was not. He strains too hard and makes weird faces and by the end of the song I was really ready to not hear his voice singing the chorus to Midnight Hour anymore.

Danny Noriega – I can get behind a flamboyant and fabulous performer as much as anyone, I just really doubt that Danny’s got the vocal talent to back up the show. After a mediocre version of Jail House Rock, his sassing of the judges was amusing if not a bit uncomfortable. I think I’m going to have to join the bandwagon and call a Sanjaya on this kid.

Colton Berry – I thought his vocals on Suspicious Minds were great but he smiled and mugged at the camera through the entire song. He could take a lesson from David Archuletta on how to perform a song in a way that actually makes sense with the lyrics.

So who else…

Oh yeah, that kid with the long curly hair. Garret. He was cute. I totally would have had a little crush on him in high school despite the kinda gross peach fuzz hanging out on his upper lip. His attempt at humor was endearing and after an incredibly boring performance he was sufficiently humble and took what I thought was some overly-personal criticism really well.

The “rocker” guy…what was his name?…Robbie something. Anyway, he wasn’t particularly rocking except for the outfit which he later pointed to as proof of his rocking nature. I think I agree with Simon, I just don’t buy it. He has a decent enough voice, but there’s nothing about him that particularly wows me.

The other “rocker” guy is David Cook. I mentioned him before. He did a fairly uninspiring version of some sixties song that I can’t remember right now. I do remember that he used that same old shout he’s been relying on up to this point. I assume he’s got the Daughtry contingent behind him and will do fairly well, but for some reason I’m just not getting it.

So what about the dude who looks a lot like a paler version of that guy from Windtalkers and Flags of Our Fathers. Apparently he has a son. I think we’re supposed to like him because he has a son since the fact that he has has a son was the extent of the information given in his back story and they cut to reaction shots of said son about 20 times during his segment on the show. He sang Moon River. It was less bad than the judges gave him credit for. Sadly, he was also the victim of poor sound mixing because I couldn’t hear his vocals over the music until the very end of the song. I suspect he’ll be gone soon. Oh yeah! Jason Yeager. That’s his name.

Oh Chikezie. Where did your totally awesome and rhyming last name go? Please bring it back. I have to tell you though that was one of the worst arrangements of a song I’ve ever heard on Idol. I think Chikezie Eze (I can at least use it) did a decent job vocally (meaning he held notes and was in tune) but the song itself was unrecognizable. Why would you completely and totally remove all melody from such a great pop tune? I kept waiting for the catchy chorus of I Love You More Today Than Yesterday to kick in and all I got was the same R&B tone from one bit to the next. Simon labeled it old-fashioned and he was right. However, I have to admit that I did kind of like the orange suit once I saw it up close.

Luke Menard – I actually thought he had some nice tones to his voice and I could imagine him doing really well with a more upbeat song, but his performance didn’t do any favors to the slow and sad ballad he chose. He wasn’t completely forgettable but did seem really nervous and the whole thing just wasn’t up to par for a nationally televised, watched-by-millions, singing competition.

So there you have it. I have zero clue who will be knocked out first. My best guesses are Luke Menard and Jason Yeager. Garrett Haley is another that might head out on Thursday. However, usually as soon as I think I have it figured out someone like Melissa McGhee, or Scott Savol, or Haley Scarnato makes the top twelve. Remember them? No? Me neither. I had to look them up. Don’t worry, a few forgettables will slip through this year as well.

So tonight it’s the ladies’ turn. I’m still putting my money on Brooke White for a great/unique performance, but we’ll just have to see…

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  • […] Corie wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptSo I’m not sure if anyone reading this actually cares about my thoughts on American Idol, but I enjoy giving them so here goes… Best performance of the night goes surprisingly, to one of the most under-hyped contestant ever. Yes, that dred-locked character who’s been lurking in the background for the past few weeks can actually sing. As the judges correctly assessed, Jason Castro was natural, effortless, and contemporary with his rendition of Daydreamer. He was also adorably shy and just might steal a few grandma votes from little David. […]

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  • 2. Randy W  |  February 29, 2008 at 12:12 am

    I can’t get away from American Idol.. and I haven’t even tuned in to watch it.. it’s everywhere all at once.. spookier than the thought of Santa seeing you while you’re sleeping.

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  • 3. Whitney  |  March 5, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!

    (I’m original.)

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  • 4. Idol Fan  |  March 25, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Got to love Idol this year, so much talent, and so many great performers. I just hope that Kristy Lee Cook is voted off this week.

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