I didn't even get a chance to talk about how he has two of the most attractive parents I've ever seen and yet.... he was adorable though. In his own quirky way. Sad to see him go.
::moment of jubilation that the AI posts are back!!!:: Please feel free to add your two cents in the comments as this is the first time we've discussed this season!! I've missed you.
A quick word about the judges before we get started.
My mom loves Steven Tyler. <---- this is a sentence I never thought I'd think/write/ type/believe. But how can I blame her? He is nice. He is fun. He can even be tender (do NOT remind me of him hugging what's his face's girlfriend in the wheelchair. I've cried my tears and I can't go back to that place). During auditions, if he didn't think someone was good, he'd usually just say "No" rather than the degrading, one-liners we are used to from that Brit Who Must Not Be Named. Glad Mr. Tyler is here. The following is an actual conversation between a friend and his dad. The Dad: Wow... Paula looks awful. The Friend: Dad, that's Steven Tyler.
JLo: Sincere. Knowledgable. Kind. Helpful. Gorge. Not on pain meds. I could not have asked for a better female judge. Nigel Lythgoe is a genius of epic proportions for bringing her in.
Randy: Oh boy. Randy is trying to be the "bad guy" and is looking like a doof in the mean time. But what else is new? It's actually kind of comforting. Like your favorite bwankie that you got to bring with you when you slept over at Gramma's house. Makes it seem like home even though things are different. I'm glad he stuck around. Every panel needs a doof.
And no, Ryan is not a doof. He has grown on me over the years. No Ryan bashing.
Now, the contestants. Love the theme tonight, btw.... "SONG BY THEIR PERSONAL IDOL" This will show me the kind of artist they wanna be & I will then be able to hate/love/mock accordingly. They make it too easy.
Personal Idol: Shania Twain
Song: Any Man of Mine
Is it just me or did that look like I was watching the talent portion of a Toddlers & Tiaras episode? Too much winking, fluffing her hair and cheesy smiling. She's cute and she's talented but I can tell right now her taste and mine are not gonna get along. You all know my aversion to country. Plus, ::checking clipboard:: yup, we already have a Carrie Underwood. Sorry Lauren.
Personal Idol: Joe Cocker
Song: A Little Help From My Friends
I. Love. This. Guy. He is a genius. There, I said it. It's out there now. And I don't think it's an overstatement. He has yet to let me down going all the way back to his audition. The perfect song choice to show off his personality and sense of humor. And he has a great voice which is exponentially more pleasing that Joe Cocker's voice. This makes for a beautiful, nay I say, magical thing. Absolutely my favorite this season. You know, so far.
Personal Idol: Diana Ross
Song: When You Tell Me That You Love Me"
So the hair is because of her love of Diana Ross? Or she's doing Diana Ross because her hair looks like that? I'm confused. But yeah, she was obviously nervous. Then was better toward the end. She's definitely pretty. I don't know how much she & I have in common musically but I don't loathe her.
Personal Idol: Ryan Adams
Song: Come Pick Me Up
Too much movement up there. It's disconcerting. It almost comes off as him being so nervous he doesn't know what to do with himself. He skipped at one point fhs. I really want him to tone it down though because I do like his style and musical tendencies. Does he play the guitar? Cuz I'd love to see him sitting on a stool with a guitar. Not moving. At all.
Personal Idol: Celine Dion
Song: All By Myself
Yes she done sang that song. Hit all the notes. Showed the right amount of emotion. "Slammed it" as Mr. Tyler said.... and yet.... ::sigh:: I don't know. Can't get past the cape. And can't get past the name Pia. It shows poor judgement is in the genes. ::chanting "Pia, Pia, diarrhea" in my head and can't stop:: Not scratching me where I itch. I'm realizing this is my feeling for all the girls though so don't hold it against her too much.
Personal Idol: Paul McCartney
Song: Maybe I'm Amazed
::checking clipboard again:: Yup, we already have an Adam Lambert. ::reading fine print:: Oh wait! But not a straight one with ADHD. Yay! You can stay. No, not one of my favorites but I do find him interesting. He did a great job with this song that I enjoy. And, as Jenny has mentioned, he never takes it quite over the top. You think he might...then he doesn't. He's teasing us. I think 86% of America likes being teased so he's not going anywhere for a while.
Personal Idol: LeAnn Rimes
Hmmmmmmmmm.... interesting. She kinda made me like country and yodeling for 2 minutes. Is that weird? And this is the best she's ever looked by far. But I agree with Randy a bit... she's confusing me. Only 8% of Americans like being confused so we'll see how this shakes out.
Personal Idol: R.Kelly
Song: I Believe I Can Fly
This boy has dressed up in drag before. I would bet at least $20 on it. He would give RuPaul a run for his/her money. I don't judge him for that but I just wanted to let YOU know that I know. A GOSPEL CHOIR ALREADY???? That's supposed to be finale material only! What the? He can only go down hill from here. Unless he brings in bagpipes or something. I'm personally not a fan of this one. This is an example of taking it over the top & making us all go with him even though we might be prone to motion sickness. Ugh. I felt woozy afterward. Next.
Personal Idol: Michael Jackson
I liked it. I reeeeally liked it. This girl is good. I didn't even hear the "pitchy" that the judges talked about. I thought it was perfect for her age and persona. I'm not sure she has much of a personality but I can't be picky when it comes to the girls this year. If I don't curl my lip or get up and go do something else while they sing then they are deemed "good" this year. And so it must be.
Personal Idol: Stevie "You Are A" Wonder
I'm so glad Tony Danza's son is finally getting his chance to shine. The first part was weird. Then the end got better. He's adorable but not in my top three guys. I have nothing else to say about him. Which speaks volumes.
Personal Idol: Selena
Song: I Could Fall In Love
If she didn't have those Selena barbie dolls I would think this was a blatant attempt to kiss JLo's butt. Side note: That movie was the first thing I remember seeing JLo in. I remember at the end of the movie they showed pictures of the actual Selena and I was like "Wow, she is buttugly compared to the actress that played her." I was literally shocked. I kinda wanna see that movie again now. Side note over. Oh boy this was bad. It had a couple of nice moments but they were fleeting. No chance of her having a fan club let alone getting killed by the president of it. <--- super bad Selena joke. My apologies.
Personal Idol: Garth Brooks
Song: The River
Now this is come country music I can get on board with. This little 12 year old George W. Bush looking kid done stoled a piece of my heart. Doesn't it sound like his voice is being dubbed in? I mean, that voice can't be coming outta him. I don't believe it. It makes me laugh liltingly with enjoyment. And eeeeek! Did you go back and pause it on his baby pic?? His widdle red cowboy hat?? C'mon! I won't buy a single one of his songs later but I love him. I do.
Personal Idol: Rhianna
Woooooooow. That was... um, something, huh? Little piece of advice Naima, show us you can sing first, dance moves later. We are still getting to know each other here. Too soon, N. Too soon. I didn't hate the Snow Patrol-esque bit though. It was definitely the highlight. The rest was lame. And anyone over the age of 16 and under the age of 14 is gonna hate it. Thirteen contestants may have been one too many me thinks.