Archive for February, 2010

AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 9: TOP 24 ANALYSIS (LADIES FIRST!)

February 24, 2010

After all the advance word that a woman would win “Idol” this year, ladies’ night was a bit underwhelming. One contestant, Crystal Bowersox, does stand head and shoulders above the rest, although I’m not sure such a rough edged performer can win the whole thing. Let’s see what we got…

PAIGE MILES – “All Right Now”

Came on like a blues mama, but it was strange that she didn’t change the gender of the song. Maybe she was fishing for the Ellen vote?

ASHLEY RODRIGUEZ – “Happy”

Good energy and a Mariah style voice, but she seems to be popping her P’s in the microphone.

JANELL WHEELER – “What About Love”

I had high hopes for Janell based on her audition, but those hopes are fading fast. I still like the mixture of gravel and sweet in her voice, but her voice wasn’t powerful enough for the song.

LILY SCOTT – “Fixing A Hole”

One of the most left field song choices ever. I did like the way she controlled her vocal dynamics from soft to loud. She’ll have to pick songs that will connect with the audience if she hopes to stick around.

KATELYN EPPPERLY – “Oh Darling”

A strong voice and she’s sexy without overplaying the role. Certainly in the top three best of the night, even though the song has never been a favorite of mine.

HAELEY VAUGHAN – “I Want To Hold Your Hand”

While I’ve never been one to worry about what the contestants are wearing, I thought Haeley’s little girl outfit didn’t do her any favors. And while the song was unusually arranged, it was a bit screechy at times.

LACEY BROWN – “Landslide”

A weird vocal that didn’t do anything for the song.

MICHELLE DELAMOR – “Fallen”

A very grown-up professional performance, if a little bit Broadway in her movements.  Still Syesha Mercado did well a few seasons ago, so Michelle may stick around a bit.

DIDI BENAMI – “The Way I Am”

A very ornate vocal that didn’t match the smooth delivery of the original recording.

SIOBHAN MAGNUS – “Wicked Game”

An interesting choice of song and a great vocal tone. Could she bring even bigger emotions to the stage a la my beloved Maria McKee. We’ll see.

CRYSTAL BOWERSOX – “Hand In My Pocket”

A great voice that lifts her way above all those subway singers Simon referred to. Is talent enough for her to triumph in the competition? It worked for Fantasia and Taylor Hicks, didn’t it?

KATIE STEVENS – “Feeling Good”

I bet the producers were surprised when the judges thought she hadn’t hit it out of the park, having gifted her with the last spot and intricate camerawork. I myself find it hard to judge her based on a jazz song, so I’ll just say she has a good voice with room for growth.

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MY BIG “LOST” DISCOVERY!

February 10, 2010

Season 6 of “Lost” has just begun, and fans everywhere are trying to get a handle on this year’s new story-telling device, referred to the producers as the “Flash Sideways.” How will the Flash Sideways world intersect with the timeline we’ve come to know? Well, I think I’ve made a discovery that holds the key to this season…

Like a lot of fans, I enjoy reading the recaps posted by such “Lost” experts as Jeff “Doc” Jensen at Ew.com, Jo Garfein at Jopionated and fishbiscuit of fishbiscuitland and docartz.com. In his latest column,  Doc Jensen mentioned a supporting character from Season One, a psychic named Richard Malkin, who lived in Australia. That reminded me that many fans have always thought that Australia was the key to “Lost.” And it well may be, because look what I found when I looked up the definition of “Dreamtime,” an important component of Australian Aboriginal mythology, on Wikipedia:

“Aboriginals believe in two forms of time; two parallel streams of activity. One is the daily objective activity, the other is an infinite spiritual cycle called the ‘dreamtime’, more real than reality itself. Whatever happens in the dreamtime establishes the values, symbols, and laws of Aboriginal society. It was believed that some people of unusual spiritual powers had contact with the dreamtime.”‘

If that doesn’t describe the relationship of the two worlds, I don’t know what does…