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Thoughts On American Idol: Top 8 Results

April 5, 2012

Image from Mike Licht, Notionscapital.com via Flickr, used under Creative Commons

Wednesday night we got another vague theme (music from the 80s) but in a shocking turn of events, a lot of the performances were pretty good! Let’s see who didn’t click with the voters….

Note: They were playing “Shout” in the intro montage!

First, here are the musical performances in order they were on the show.

1. Ford Music Video: Was the saccharine rendition of Supergrass’s “Alright” worse than the contestants’ half-assed acting? I just don’t know!

2. The Wanted – “Glad You Came” So boy bands are back with a vengeance! This crop of Spice Boys has all the key ingredients: The Dangerous Yet Sensitive One, The Cute One Who Looks 13, The Cute One’s Slightly Uglier Older Brother, The Dark Mysterious Stoic One, and The Attainable One Who Looks Like He Might Ride The Bus (props to Kathy for coming up with the labels.) That said, this isn’t too bad of a song. The melody is high, catchy, and vaguely reminds me of In-Grid’s “Tu Es Fotou.” Also, they seemed to be doing things live with minimal vocal accompaniment. Onstage seemed a little stiff compared to the NSYNC and Backstreet Boys performances of yore, but they’ll probably grow into that if they stay popular.

3. Kellie Pickler – “Where’s Tammy Wynette?” The season 5 middle-ran kicks out a fairly serviceable uptempo country shuffle number. Her twang is hard and nasally, but she’s on-key and sorta entertaining. This could have been a lot worse. The big knock on her stylistically was her hair. It looked like how Amy Poehler’s hair is styled on Parks and Recreation whenever Leslie Knope needs to appear tired and frazzled. It wasn’t the best look for her.

Bottom 3
1. DeAndre Brackensick: I actually liked the risks he took last night. He got pushed aside by the rising tide of improved singing from his competitors. Bad timing, bro, bad timing…

2. Hollie Cavanagh: Ah shit! She was actually starting to be interesting. If she survives it will be back to the pageant for her. Stay focused on pop tunes, Hollie!

3. Elise Testone: You pick a stiff song, you get a stiff arm. Elise wasn’t as bad as the judges made her out to be, but as her “Whole Lotta Love” performance demonstrated, she can be so much more engaging!

The Loser
We had a little nail biter this week. First, the judges made it clear that they though Elise should be on the bottom and not DeAndre. Then when he was identified as the lowest vote getter, DeAndre whipped out “Master Blaster” and bounced around the stage like one of those super jet balls. So it came as a surprise to me when he got the boot. That said, I was not angry about the result. DeAndre put on some pretty entertaining performances from time to time, but he couldn’t quite overcome his core shortcoming of relying too much on his falsetto. His song choices ranged from fun to boring, but it was ultimately his singing that could have used some maturity. Keep on practicing, DeAndre!

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