I couldn't help but feel bad for Anoop tonight. I mean, USHER as a mentor?? He woulda crapped his pants and never recovered. Instead you've got Dreads and Casey and DoubleD who most likely couldn't name 5 Usher songs between them. I couldn't either, mind you, but this isn't about me for once.
I can tell they are needing some way to fill the time as they shoot the breeze with Usher about his new lame album that is "droppin" here in the near future (Kramer vs. Kramer, was it?). And srsly, what is with the shades in the theater? Isn't that so cliche? I do like his moves tho. I likes me some Usher dancing. He should be on SYTYCD.
"Through the Fire" by Chaka Khan
Oy vey. What was that? The high notes were atrocious. She looked pained the entire performance. Her outfit was hideous (even for her). And then she copped a major tude when listening to the judges. She glared at them and then sassed Simon. But then the judges wouldn't stop yammering on & on & on. Again, the producers were probably doing that one sign that means "waste some time." And that following her backstage afterward with her slumped shoulders and dragging feet? Not even that table of cut up fruit could cheer up our little Ally Sheedy tonight. Or a hug from BigMike.
"Hold On I'm Comin'" by Sam & Dave
Smiley Smilerson. I've decided smiling is what he does when he's nervous. He can't help it I guess. That and purse his lips. I liked his performance. My boys loved it. I mean, there's really not anything to NOT like here. I was glad to hear he will always play his guitar. I don't want to see him without it. The guitar distracts me from his manic smiling.
"Ready for Love" by India.Arie
After finally seeing The Blind Side this last week, I started to wonder if BigMike doesn't like to be called BigMike. I shall now call him Michael with a slightly southern accent. K, now WHY is Michael set up behind the judges? I hate that little walkway thingy anyway. They shouldn't even have it. They need to get rid of that and those ridiculously dramatic stairs people like to sit on. But, you know, he did a great job. I have no issue with Michael's voice. I just can't imagine liking any album he would put out at a later date. Have I already said that?? Well, it's true. The last thing I need is an album full of love ballads sung by a large man in a falsetto voice. Plus, I just realized tonight that his wife reminds me of my crazy Zumba teacher. Take that for what it's worth.
"What Becomes of the Broken Hearted" by Jimmy Ruffin
Her performance was boring. It looked like she had taken a shower with a low pressure shower head. BUT....what was that with Ryan????? Craziness, I tell you. It was the most entertaining part of her performance. Him holding her hand. Him asking her to explain why it was such an emotional song a million times in a million different ways. Her saying "he (meaning Ryan) wants me to say him." I mean, right? Am I way off here or is there srsly something going on here? This would totally blow my Ryan Is Gay theory and subsequently make me question everything else in my life, btw. Someone do some googling and get back to me.
"Sweet Love" by Anita Baker
There had been some awkward Usher moments before his time with Tim, but this one was the worst. First of all, I guarantee our little Timmy has never been in love. But he didn't want to seem like a complete loser in front of Usher so he had to lie and say he had been in love. Then Usher made him sing to him as if he were the girl Tim was in love with. None of this helped, btw, due to the fact that, as I said, Tim has never been in love and c'mon, you can't fake that. So then he goes out there and is basically terrible as he turns this song into some kind of homage to Wham! as he sneaks around the stage. Man, I love Ellen. But he's cute & nice and Teflony which are all appealing attributes.
"Forever" by Chris Brown
He's bAAAaaaack!!!!! Best song choice of the night str8 up, yo! The string section in the audience was an interesting choice but I absolutely loved this. Loved the performance. Loved his suit. And then I loved him saying "Be nice Mama" about 100x as she approached Simon there at the end. Remember when she sat there like a deaf mute during his little family video? Apparently she does speak and, as a bonus, needs to be reminded to be nice. I like her.
"Chain of Fools" by Aretha Franklin
Man I wish I had Alzheimer's right now so I could forget about her outfit. It was like she had been playing dress up in her Mom's clothes and her Mom was a star on Jersey Shore. Her front wedgie was making me cringe. I couldn't concentrate. Horrifying. Her vocals? Ok I guess but that outfit.... ::hiding under a blanket and going to my happy place::
"Treat Her Like A Lady" by Cornelius Brothers
No, I had never heard that song before but I loved it. I loved his performance, his swagger, his raspy voice, everything. Definitely the best performance of the night as it made me completely forget about K8ee's outfit. It's like he is growing up right before my very eyes. And that comment Simon made about this night changing his life might have even made me a little teary.
"Midnight Train to Georgia" by Gladys Knight and The Pips
Ok, no. No on the piano. No on the stilettos. No on the prom dress & leggings. No. NO. NO! If she's gonna wear all that crap then she better pick out her dreads too and flat iron her hair. Simon was able to articulate what I had been thinking. Don't let the stylists take over here. Go back to your hippie clothes and flat shoes, Dreads. This seems fake. I did think she picked a great song though. I loves me some Gladys Knight even if it is just because she's Mormon.
"Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers
I realized last week that Aaron's "mom's" name is Kelly Kelly. Whatisupwitdat? Anyway, he obviously ignored Usher's advice to build on those "I knows" there in the middle. He just sang them normally which fit in with his windbreaker he was sporting I suppose. Who told him to wear a hoodie out there? I gotta admit, at this point I was tired & not taking notes anymore so all I can say is that I guess I agree with Kara here. I liked it ::shrug::
This week is gonna be huge for the picking of the bottom three and the one to go home. I think it could be several people here...no obvious standouts for suckiest.
My picks are as follows:
Bottom Three: Tim, Alzies and Shazaaam
Going Home: Alzies
::biting knuckle:: I don't knoooooow you gize!!!! So nervous. Make your picks and may the odds be ever in your favor.