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American Idol 2008 Week 6: Top 10
Tuesday, 2008 March 25 - 8:31 pm
Amanda went out last week. This week's theme: songs from the year of the singer's birth.

Ramiele "Monique" Malubay: 6.5
"Alone" by Heart. Starts pretty nice; controlled and on-key. The chorus is, hmm, shouty and waaaay off key. Kinda mediocre; if she was counting on this to be a breakout performance, she's in trouble. She's sick, so maybe we can cut her a little slack. And I think she has enough of a fan base to keep her alive. I give her a 6.

Jason "Battlefield Earth" Castro: 6.7
"Fragile" by Sting. He's got the guitar back; that's helping him not seem so awkward. It's an interesting song, and it's a nice performance, if perhaps a little safe. He'll be back next week. I give him an 7.

Syesha "Whitney" Mercado: 7.3
"If I Were Your Woman"... uh, by Gladys Knight, and later Alicia Keys. It's a pretty big song, and she's singing it well. My only criticism is that it sounds a little bit old; it's like something you'd hear at a Las Vegas show where you're surrounded by grey-haired couples. Still, maybe as good as she's been all year. I give her an 8.

Chikezie "Weezy" Eze: 6.5
"If Only For One Night" by Luther Vandross. I don't think this is a good song choice... it's kind of loungy and boring. He's singing reasonably well, but I find myself wishing the song would end. He's got a good voice, but he needs to remember to connect with the audience. I give him a 6.

Brooke "Granola" White: 5.8
"Every Breath You Take" by The Police. Hmm, she changed her look; nice. Uh, false start at the beginning there. It's okay. Again, a little loungy for my taste; it's like being at the piano bar at the Holiday Inn. Not very exciting, and she didn't do a whole lot with it. She sounded okay, but it's still not a breakout performance. I give her a 6.

Michael "Aussie" Johns: 6.0
"We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions". He's back to singing Queen, his favorite band... but for some reason, he's decided to sing the most clichéd arena rock songs in the repertoire. He's singing it powerfully, but he doesn't hit the really big notes, and he suffers by comparison to Freddie Mercury. The crowd seems to like it, and the judges like it, but I think this was self-indulgent. I give him a 6.

Carly "Potatoes" Smithson: 6.7
"Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler. Right in her wheelhouse. Not quite as on-key as in previous weeks, and not terribly original... and in fact, kind of shouty. I don't like this nearly as much as I've liked her other performances. I give her a 6.

David "Cheeks" Archuleta: 4.5
"You're the Voice" by John Farnham. Weird song choice. And it's kind of, well, awful. It's like a high school music recital. The pitch is all over the place. Is he just phoning it in? He's popular enough to be safe this week, but he's gotta improve. I give him a 4.

Kristy Lee "Jessica Simpson" Cook: 1.5
"God Bless the U.S.A." by Lee Greenwood. UGH. UGH. Are you freakin' kidding me? You might as well sing the national anthem. Wrapping yourself in the flag is not going to save you. I give her a 1 just on principle. She's gotta go this week.

David "Shaggy" Cook: 8.8
"Billie Jean", the Chris Cornell version. Wow, very nice start. He's starting to stand out as the only one who can sound modern. He's just become the one to beat. I actually got a chill. I give him a 10, my first 10 of the year.

Hard to pick a bottom three this week; a lot of mediocrity out there. How about this: Kristy Lee Cook, Brooke White, Michael Johns. David Archuleta is using up his charisma points, but he should hang around one more week.

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Comment #1 from Julie (Guest)
2008 Mar 26 - 6:33 pm : #
i think your rss feed on lj is screwed up ... although now that i've finally stopped by, wading through the whole american idol thing ... lord, man, go back to vegas or something ... also pls send someone to fix your lj rss feed! for i, alas, cannot, as i was introduced to D&D later in life ... (does freshman year of college count as later? i think it does.)

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