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American Idol: 5 Contestants

American Idol is down to five contestants. Prior to having watched the show, I'm going to say this: Josh should be the one voted off this week. Then Trenyce. And then things get interesting. But I've got an hour to kill, so let's see how this whole thing goes, shall we?

The folks will be singing two songs this week, and the guest judge is Neil Sedaka. Never heard of him - I was hoping for Neil Diamond when Ryan said "Neil…" A household name since 1960? Not in my household I guess, though I know Calendar Girl and Breaking Up is Hard to Do. Oh well, hopefully he can be critical. I'm sick of fluff judges.

I just saw a sign that said "Clay is Adorkable."

Ruben Studdard is up first and is going to sing Ain't Too Proud to Beg. He's doing alright, sounds a bit like he's talking instead of singing in certain parts. Maybe it's the song choice. It's tough to nitpick him, he's clearly top three, so I'll actually attribute that to my lack of familiarity with the song.

Ooh a Beverly Hills 90210 Reunion, May 9! Blast from the past, man!

Lashundra Cobbins or whatever her name is singing Proud Mary. What a terrible outfit. It's the sixties but I don't think picking Creedence Clearwater authorizes you to wear an outfit like that. Uhh, she just flipped it into "weird fast paced screaming mode" and I don't like it much at all. She's fourth best at this point, and that's all I can really say. Let's see what the judges say. They loved her.

Joshua Gracin is singing Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye in a country voice. Blah. Go away already. Guess I'll have to wait until tomorrow. Suuuuuuurvey says? Randy: Good song choice, "just okay." Neil: Nice shy quality about you, keep trying. Paula: Beautiful song, be more free. Simon: Dreary, and Josh has a problem.

Kimberley Locke with I Heard it Through the Grapevine is next. I don't like this version really. Patti LaBelle did Ryan say? I dunno, but I don't like it. I haven't liked anything I've heard tonight, come to think of it. Bah. Kimberley sings like she's off just a little on some notes, talking a tad more than singing, but surely the judges will be able to tell more than me. Randy: It was "good." Neil: Ear delicious. Paula: You look sexy. Simon: You're capable of better, it wasn't your best. Yeah, okay, so about what I said.

Clay Aiken's gonna sing Build Me Up Buttercup - a song I know. He's hitting his notes, fine, and he's moving a little more than usual, but he still looks a bit silly, yeah. That won't ever change. Clay is the best talent in this show, but he looks a bit funny: good thing he's got some geek appeal and is going against two overweight people (I think that'll help - that's all I'm saying). He's singing the song well and danced a little, good for Clay. He didn't look as weird as when he just stands there leaving you nothing to look at but his face. Randy: Tonight you tried to change it up, you did a great job. Neil: You sing like Andre Agassi plays tennis. I would kill to produce your first CD. (I think Neil is gay and wants a bit of Clay.) Paula: I want to get up there and hug you. Simon: You made the effort and I was entertained. Cool - one of Clay's best performances yet.

And now we're back for more Neil Sedaka hits. I'll be a bit more brief this time, I think.

Breakin' Up is Hard to Do by Ruben: a bit off in parts, but Neil is entertained with a goofy grin. Entering the chorus Ruben doesn't hit the notes, succumbing big time to the "talking instead of singing" thing. He's better at the higher notes. Randy: You already won. Neil: Thank you for making me proud. Paula: Stellar performance. Simon: Sensational. (Apparently I'm hearing talking too much this week or something.)

Love Will Keep Us Together by Trenyce or whatever her name is. Better outfit - she looks kinda cute this time. One of her best performances, I think. Her voice may not be 100% suited to it (I know the original, so I may be biased) but she looks like she's having fun and she's hitting her notes. Very good. Randy: Fantastic. Neil: Winning. Paula: Brilliant. Simon: Fabulous.

Bad Blood by Josh Gracin is next. How about "Bad Singer?" Bah. Shut up Josh and go home. Neil said it was "fine." Paula liked it, Randy liked it, and Simon says that Josh's two performances were not going to keep him in. Like, DUH.

Kimberley is gonna sing Where the Boys Are. Hmm, and a guy wrote this song? Yeah, I'm gonna go with "gay." 🙂 Her voice cracked once or twice, but she's better than Josh, and in a way, that's all that matters this week. I really don't care for this music or something. That or I'm just in a crummy mood. The judges really liked it. Really liked it.

Clay's second song is Solitaire. Another "stand still ballad." Yawwwwwwwwwwwn. The judges entirely loved it. Simon's comment: Fantastic.

Best: Clay.
Worst: Josh.

Bye Josh.

P.S. As I mentioned on Nick's entry, a lot of my disenjoyment of this week's show stemmed from the fact that I knew about two of the songs.

12 Responses to "American Idol: 5 Contestants"

  1. Actually, the first song they sang were not by Neil Sedaka. They were just songs of the 60's. Only the second song were written by Neil Sedaka. You must be very young not to have heard of "Neil Sedaka". He was big in the early 60's I think. I was born in the 70's and I was from the Philippines but I've heard of "Neil Sedaka". I just like all kinds of music, I guess.

  2. I must say that there was a BIG difference between tonight's performance of Solitaire and Clay's previous ballads. Before, it was just Clay singing a pretty song. (even if he did it very well) Tonight, he BECAME the song. For an entertainer this is a huge difference, and as a music lover and a singer, it was a huge difference for me.

  3. oooooh, i hear laughter in the rain, walking hand in hand with the one i love! ooooh, how i love these rainy days, and the happy way i feel inside......

  4. I thought Josh Puke-cin should have been voted off last week, but I hated Carmen more, so I was glad to see her go first. Thankfully, Josh held true and sucked, so it's his turn.

    Personally, I think it's between Ruben and Clay, but Kimberley's gonna make it interesting. If I had to put money on it: Ruben.

  5. Effusive

    adjective 1. Unrestrained or excessive in emotional expression; gushy. 2. Profuse; overflowing. Possible spoilers: American Idol Holy crap, Erik B.

  6. If you don't know who Neil Sedaka is then you don't know much about American pop music. Yawn re Clay's rendering of Solitaire? My goodness, go back to your Mudd Puddles.

  7. I think it's quite possible to know a lot about something without knowing the same things as someone else, Jack. Besides, nobody said they knew a lot about American pop music.

  8. 9 out of 10

    Whenever I was particularly frustrated with either the state of the world in general, or the type of music...

  9. 9 out of 10

    Whenever I was particularly frustrated with either the state of the world in general, or the type of music...

  10. Presage

    noun 1. An indication or a warning of a future occurrence; an omen. 2. A feeling or an intuition of

  11. actually I just wanted to comment on the part where you said good thing clay has some geek appeal and is going up against to overweight people. What did you mean by that just because they are overweight they have no talent or that they just wouldn't make a good idol. I think you are so wrong for saying that . You see who don't you sure wasen't the little skinny geeky guy now was it. Even though he has much talent Ruben deserved to win.

  12. I would like to suggest that the backup singers get out of the picture. You can't hear Clay's beautiful voice with them and also get rid of the drums and other loud instruments. Clay's voice needs to be heard, so get keyboards, and some string instruments. We have heard Clay's voice for nearly a year and it was wonderful, but I am sorry his new CD does not do him justice, through no fault of his. Please give him a chance to hve a second CD. Thank you