Songs from the year you were born tonight, which includes some of the greatest years for pop music ever! Charge!

RAMIELE MALUBAY – “Alone” (1982)

She hears the ticking of the clock all right… on her last day as an “Idol” contestant. Maybe she shouldn’t have chosen a song previously owned by Carrie Underwood on the “Idol” stage. Randy Jackson continues his year of being right, as he points out how off she was at times. Turns out she was sick, but that won’t be enough to save her, especially when she’s going first. Maybe she should have tried a song that wasn’t such a big ballad, like “La Isla Bonita” or “Don’t Dream It’s Over.”

JASON CASTRO – “Fragile” (1987)

Here’s a song off the beaten track. I have to admit the song wouldn’t have made me turn around if I heard it at a coffeehouse. While the background vocals gave it the island flavor, it might have been more impressive if he had done it solo (or tried an actual hit, like “I’ve Been In Love Before” by Cutting Crew).

SYESHA MERCADO – “If I Were Your Woman” (1987)

Nicely simple and soulful. Probably her best performance.

CHIKEZIE – “If Only For One Night” (1985)

Sure, it might have been more fun if Chikezie had tried “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits, but let’s face it… this is the kind of artist Chikezie will be. Unfortunately, he’s no Luther Vandross and pales in comparison. Oh, and didn’t Chikezie look like he was boiling when listening to Simon’s comments?

BROOKE WHITE – “Every Breath You Take” (1983)

Somewhere Sting is rolling his eyes. Doing “Every Breath You Take,” a song about obsession and desire, like a Lionel Richie ballad didn’t work for me, plus it seemed like she had trouble fitting all the words into each line. Even worse were the audience flailing their arms to the song.

MICHAEL JOHNS – “We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions” (1978)

I would have liked this better if he had skipped the “We Will Rock You” intro and just done “We Are The Champions.” Still, his best performance, but one all about vocal power, not emotion.

CARLY SMITHSON – “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” (1983)

I applaud the song choice, but doesn’t she seem scary when she starts screaming near the end?

DAVID ARCHULETA – “You’re The Voice” (1990)

Between talking about his prom and showing the video of dancing with his sister as a kid, David wouldn’t even have to sing this week to stay in. At first I liked his performance, but once the backing vocalists joined in, it seemed a bit like a performance by Up With People. I know this song was a big hit in Australia, but with all the of the great ballads from 1990 (“Praying For Time,” “I Don’t Have The Heart,” “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You”), I would have never picked this. David ended with a nice big note though.

KRISTY LEE COOK – “God Bless The U.S.A.” (1984)

To me, 1984 was the greatest year ever for pop music (well, I didn’t grow up in the sixties). So picking Lee Greenwood’s patriotic classic is a disappointment, but it will certainly keep her in the competition. What’s next, though? “God Bless America”? “The Star Spangled Banner”?

DAVID COOK – “Billie Jean” (1982)

Well, he mentioned Marvel Comics in the intro, so he’s got my vote. But unlike the judges, I wasn’t as impressed by this, considering we’ve seen the trick of slowing down and rocking up a song before from David. That held note at the end was a show stopper though, raising hopes that if he makes it to the finale, he can give David a run for his money with the bound to be a ballad “Idol” Song Contest winner.


One Response to “AMERICAN IDOL 7: TOP 10 ANALYSIS”

  1. Sophie Says:

    I didn’t get the arm flailing either but I didn’t think anyone else noticed. What ever happened to good old-fashioned lighters?

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