Archive for May, 2008

AMERICAN IDOL 7: TOP 2 ANALYSIS

May 23, 2008

Even though it doesn’t matter anymore what was sung, I still thought I should write this up so as to have a complete record of the season. Although after hearing many of the contestants this season say how they were annoyed with (as one of the Top Ten said) fat guys in their underwear with no life writing about them, I feel bad about being tough at times on the kids. Now that that’s going to stop me…

CLIVE’S CHOICES:

“I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR” – David Cook

David has brought a bit of Bono to some of his earlier performances, so it was fitting he sing U-2. This didn’t show his smarts when it comes to arranging, as it hewed to the original, but it was still enjoyable.

“DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME” – David Archuleta

Nice touch starting the song sitting on the stage, which gave it a thoughtful feel. But Clay Aiken still owns this song, as it’s obvious David A. hasn’t lived the heartache of the lyric.

SONG CONTEST:

“DREAM BIG” – David Cook

Well, I’m glad they didn’t sing the same song. Unlike Mr. Cowell, I thought this was catchy with a good lyric. The key seemed a bit high for David, but it was fun.

“IN THIS MOMENT” – David Archuleta

I hated this song. It makes me want to vote against David A. just so “Dream Big” would get released! Let’s hope they put out “Angels” instead…

CONTESTANTS CHOICE:

“THE WORLD I KNOW” – David Cook

An O.K. performance, but I don’t know the song and it didn’t knock me out. But David C. has been saying he designed the season as a set list for one of his concerts, so this is a nice thoughtful encore.

“IMAGINE” – David Archuleta

Great tone, and another great performance. David A. wins the night… and I thought “American Idol.” But we all know how that turned out!

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AMERICAN IDOL 7: TOP 3 ANALYSIS

May 20, 2008

Yes, one of them is on the brink of superstardom and that singer is David Archuleta. That doesn’t mean that David Cook won’t win the title though. Here’s what we got:

JUDGE’S CHOICE:

“AND SO IT GOES” – David Archuleta

This isn’t the most exciting song. David did the best that he could with it, but it’s no knockout punch.

“IF I AIN’T GOT YOU” – Syesha Mercado

Well, she can sing. She’s certainly up to the standard of R&B divadom, but doesn’t bring much imagination beyond that.

“THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE” – David Cook

For a guy who always rips the ladies for choosing a song originated by a man and vice versa, I thought it was funny for Simon to choose this song for David. Still, Simon had Leona Lewis record it for her album, and the song works just as well here. In fact, why don’t we crown him the “Amercian Idol” right now? As always, David brings more depth and more emotion to a song than any other singer this year.

CONTESTANT’S CHOICE:

“WITH YOU” – David Archuleta

David has been wanting to do something contemporary, and here it is. I thought David singing about little mamas and boos was hilarious, but his voice sounded great and shows that with the right song, he might make it onto Top 40 radio.

“FEVER” – Syesha Mercado

Again, this sounded great, but was more theatrical than emotional. Off to Broadway with you!

“DARE YOU TO MOVE” – David Cook

Slightly shaky vocally here and there, plus only being able to perform a verse and a chorus didn’t allow for much excitement to build. David’s a rocker, and that isn’t always fun.

PRODUCERS’ CHOICE

“LONGER” – David Archuleta

As usual, David sounds good, but could they have picked a more boring ballad?

“HIT ME UP” – Syesha Mercado

The Motown sound returns. This is not the kind of dramatic song she needed to put her in contention, but the funny thing is, her sound is the most likely of the three contestants to find a home on the radio.

“I DON’T WANT TO MISS A THING” – David Cook

The funny thing is, at one point over the course of the show, David Archuleta almost sang this, a song he often included in his pre-“Idol” performances. David is not too bad, but it’s chaos by the end.