April 29th, 2008 11:32 pm |
Hello everyone, THIS is American Idol! We’re down to the Top 5 tonight as last week’s surprise departure of Carly Smithson has us all scratching our heads.
This week music legend Neil Diamond is in the house to mentor our Top 5 hopefuls in the quest to be the American Idol. Tonight each contestant will be singing TWO songs. Ugh. All this in the quest to stretch it out to an hour. The judges will hold their critiques until after the performance of the 2nd song.
First up tonite, Jason Castro
Forever in Blue Jeans
Dude…you forgot the words in front of Neil Diamond? Nice beginning. I know you feel more comfortable with the guitar, but how bout putting it down for once and interact with the audience. Move boy! I think the song choice is an easy one for you. There is nothing about the performance that seemed challenging at all.
David has the raspiness in his voice to kinda match Neil Diamond’s unique voice. Nice exciting opening, lots of energy. I said this of Jason, put the guitar down and interact with the audience and enjoy your time up on the stage.Â One could close their eyes and believe that it is Neil Diamon singing the song back in the day. On a technical note, the singing was on spot!
I’m a Believer
Interesting that Neil Diamond wrote I’m a Believer that was popularized by The Monkees. I don’t know, the song started off kinda hokey and you have that stupid smirk on your face.Â I just don’t think this song offers any music challenges. This was your cop out song. You know the judges will critique your second song more. I just don’t “believe” that this was the right song for you. Yes it was peppy, yes it was fun, but it was not Brooke White.
Neil calls him a prodigy. This is a classic Neil Diamond song. There was some pitch problems at the beginning of the song. It even sounded unsure.Â This song was very telling. Here is a fast paced, pop-type song and I think you struggled.Â You like the long, stretched out notes and it seemed out of place with this song.Â It looked and sounded like you were struggling with how to “fit” into the song. Probably one of my lowest scores for you this entire season bro. I wasn’t feeling it.
Neil thought she picked out the right songs. Neil wanted to give her a hug and probably the only one that he said he was “pleased” with. Nice opening. Last week and this week, you took the time to connect with your audience. You’re not wearing shoes again this week! How funny. Don’t rush..you’re getting a bit ahead of the band. Nice strong vocals. Actually one of my favorite performances of the first 5.
Randy’s favorites David Archuleta and David Cook. Paula is on drugs and thought they sang their 2nd songs already. Simon called Brooke’s performance a nightmare, David Archuleta as amateurish and Jason as forgettable.
It sounds “real”. Thanks. There was a point where there was a music note shift and it was done nicely. I think the tempo of your song is a bit fast. This song was originally sung more slower. Watch the pitch there in the bridge to the 2nd part of the song. Definitely better than the 1st performance, but there were pitch problems.
Randy said it was just “ok”. He wants to hear the best at this point of the competition. Paula felt he was safe and that he needs to get out of his comfort zone. Simon says they don’t recognize him. No attempts to make the song his own and that they were both forgettable.
All I Ever Need is You
Seacrest addressed him as the rocker, yet the song was more a ballad. Soft opening, some pitch problems, but you pulled it together. We’ve gotten to the 2nd part of the song and here is the rocker side coming out. Neil was right when he said you picked out two songs that weren’t that well known but that’s a good thing. Good performance David you made this your own and I think the judges will make notice of that. For a song I didn’t know, I really liked it. So far tonite, the best song.
Randy said he is a fan and that he rocked the house. Paula is proud of him. Paula called him the American Idol. Simon thought the second song was brilliant.
I Am I Said
You wrote the lyrics on your hand? The feel of this song defintely has that Neil Diamond feel. Compared to your first song this one is definitely better. America will remember this song more so than you being a “Believer”. I think you put a little spin of your own making it “folksy”.
Randy said nice job. Paula said what she just did it and connected with the audience. Simon said he really hated the first song. He said this is the Brooke we like and that it was better than the first song. Well done.
Somehow when I heard that Neil Diamon was the mentor this week, I knew that Arculeta was going to sing America. I want to like you tonite, but it seems like you are trying so hard this week and adding all those flourishes to the song where it doesn’t need it. I think the tempo was a bit rushed and really feel that if you took it down a notch you would have a well-played performance. It just felt like you were dying to get to the end of the song. Compared to David Cook’s 2nd performance, he did better in my opinion.
Randy said he was in the zone. Paula said it was the perfect song for him. Paula loves him. Simon said it was a smart choice and that it was very good.
Thank the Lord for the Nighttime
I honestly feel that Syesha is the only one who has put any effort to the “look” of her performances. Peforming also means making a connection to the audience. She works the stage and flirts with the audience. Vocally I like this song better than your first. You go girl!
Randy said she finally realized herself. Paula said her first song was vunerability was touching. On the second shows her fun said and love the theatrics. Simon appreciates the theatrical part but thinks she may be in trouble.
So who will be leaving tomorrow as we narrow down to the Top 4.Â It’s hard to tell. Will America reember the 1st songs while they dial the phones tonite. Here is who is definitely staying tomorrow: David Cook and David Archuleta. I think Brooke will make it just barely. So this leaves Jason and Syesha. Syesha has never done well in the popularity contest, yet Jason’s performances were very bland.
I’m going to go with Jason Castro going home tomorrow.