Thoughts On American Idol’s Top 12 Men

March 1, 2011

Note: I love Ryan Seacrest. He’s ubiquitous, but he doesn’t take himself too seriously. Props for meeting Steven Tyler head on with the f-bomb.

Here are the Top 12 male performers in order of appearance on the show.

  1. Clint Jun Gamboa – “Superstition” He looks so small on the stage without the backing band and either he wasn’t projecting or he was mixed too low. He looked like he putting some effort into the deal and he seemed to rock the held notes. His stage presence was very active, which is good considering how bouncy this song is. It’s probably good that he kicked things off. Compared to some of the other guys his talent is moderate, but he seems to have a sense of fun.
  2. Jovany Barreto – “I’ll Be” I hate this song. That said, Jovany’s smooth tenor robs the song of any rootsy rough edges the Edwin McCain original had. The whole thing reeked of early 90s schmaltzy shit. He’s dressed fabulous, though more disco fabulous than Justin Timberlake fabulous. Could he be going for the desperate housewife vote? I agreed with Randy’s criticism, and that doesn’t happen often.
  3. Jordan Dorsey – “OMG” Wow! A modern song! And he’s actually singing it and doing cool R&B affectations and using the full power of its range. And unlike the Usher original, there’s no autotune. Props for picking a fun song, dude. Don’t knock yourself down. Now just work on the dance moves. Also, the judges can go fuck off.
  4. Tim Halperin – “Streetcorner Symphony (Come On Over)” His song choice had a little bounce to the ounce, but overall it was very low key and unengaging. His belting could rival the guy from Train so I suppose he’s going with what works. He just rubs me the wrong way.
  5. Brett Loewenstern – “Light My Fire” His eye-fucking at the start was really creepy. I give him props for taking on a Doors song, and his singing got more daring as the song went on. I just wish the performance had a little more energy. If you’re doing a rock song, do some rock power moves (though he scores points for the hair tossing). He’s trying to have some fun, and as he gets more comfortable he will hopefully come out of his shell.
  6. James Durbin – “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” I’ll concede, it takes guts to take on Judas Priest and the legendary Rob Halford, the greatest singer in heavy metal. James is a guy who knows some rock power moves, but his histrionic belting not matching the music continues to dog him, so he’s not the most fun. He’s off the rails, but if he sticks to the metal he could still shake things up, at least on such a schlock fest like this show.
  7. Robbie Rosen – “Angel” And we have the only guy to sing a song originally performed by a woman, so kudos for that. Still, I thought the arrangement was a little haphazard and his singing sloppy throughout the song. It made me itchy and impatient. I didn’t hate the performance so much as I feel sorry for this kid. Still with that hair and that suit jacket he’s cute like a Jonas, so he might split the teen power vote with Tim.
  8. Scotty McCreery – “Letters From Home” Well, he didn’t sing a Josh Turner song. He sticks to his roots/pop-country and his singing was ok. It’s not a style I tend to care for, but I respect where he’s coming from. From what I know about early 90s pop country sung by guys, he held his own. As Lopez said, he stayed in his lane. It was mellow and not painful to listen to.
  9. Stefano Langone – “Just The Way You Are” He sings very nasally. Otherwise his cover was note for note, and that just makes Bruno Mars end up on top (that’s what she said). He gets points for singing current music and for emotional exuberance, but otherwise it was meh. Not shitty, not solid, just meh. Also, people were singing Bruno Mars songs a lot during the audition and group rounds, so this was not very creative.
  10. Paul McDonald – “Maggie May” Look at him stagger around like a drunk, it’s like he’s channeling Rod Stewart in more ways than one. Seriously though, he picked a good song to fit his high, raspy voice and under-the-influence mannerisms. His ass is gonna get beat in the themed rounds when there aren’t any songs to make drunk singing sound good.
  11. Jacob Lusk – “A House Is Not A Home” ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Boring. Jacob, the song seems difficult to sing and you have the traditional vibe about you and channeling the late Luther Vandross (but sounding like Aaron Neville) might score you a few points with R&B-pop purists (how is Ruben Studdard doing these days?), but that was just no fun. Remember what happened to Anoop Desai in season 8? The man needs to loosen up and channel more Cee Lo Green, or at least Jamie Foxx.
  12. Casey Abrams – “I Put A Spell On You” Dude gets props for picking a Screamin’ Jay Hawkins classic, and he nailed the song’s requisite crazy, sexy, cool growls like a pro. He stumbled a little bit due to his vamping in the competition’s limited format, which left a lot of empty space. I still feel that he’s the most fun and endearing contestant of this bunch.

My Top 3 Performers

  1. Casey Abrams
  2. Jordan Dorsey
  3. Clint Jun Gamboa

Bottom 3 Performers

  1. Jovany Barreto
  2. Jacob Lusk
  3. Robbie Rosen

Overall I was slightly disappointed with some people, but overall the real show is off to a good start!


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