I’m watching American Idol and thinking I might as well live blog the show because y’all are probably tired of hearing about the wonderful [Jeep] weather we’ve been having here in the hills of West Virginia. I love watching Idol it and even if the singing is bad, I can always talk about what kind of get-up Steven Tyler is wearing. I’m thinking perhaps Tommy Hilfiger might need to give Stevie T. some advice this week.
Tonight, the contestants will be singing Billy Joel which makes me so happy because there is a chance I might hear The River of Dreams and We Didn’t Start the Fire. And I realize the whole We Didn’t Start the Fire bit is probably a little lame, but it is one of my favorite Billy Joel songs. On top of that P Diddy is mentoring this week. I listened to P Diddy (or was it Puff Daddy?) just this morning while I was at the gym? Diddy, daddy, I’m so confused!
DeAndre Brackensick (Only The Good Die Young) – I think ol boy missed the mark tonight. I was sure he would do a big, catchy ballad. The performance seems a bit karaokish to me. The fact that he’s singing first doesn’t help matters much, either. On the bright side though? I love the big live band playing along with his voice. Makes me wish I could bust my saxophone out.
Erika Van Pelt – (New York State Of Mind) – Okay. First of all. Tommy Hilfiger was so right about her hair. I love it! And secondly, I think she is doing a great job on New York’s state of mind. I loved everything about the performance. In the words of Randy Jackson, “Yo! That was hot!”
Joshua Ledet – (She’s Got A Way) – Joshua was an early favorite of mine. I love his take on this tune and I think he felt the song deep down inside. He totally killed this song. So happy for him! Jennifer, I like you, but I think you’re wrong on this one.
Is it just me or do the judges overuse the words, “You’re one of the best singers in this competition” because they say it after every other performance?
Skylar Laine – (Shameless) – Huh? I assumed that Shameless was a Garth Brooks original. I had no idea until now that Billy Joel ever sang the song. Each time that Skylar sings I get the impression she is mad at somebody. She screams and screeches and I’d rather hear her just simply sing. I’m also kinda surprised that Tommy H. approved of the big honkin’ chandeliers hanging from her ears. Skylar better hope someone drops the ball tonight, or she might be sent home.
Elise Testone – (Vienna) – This is the first Billy Joel song I’m not familiar with, but it was a great match for Elise’s raspy voice. For the first time, I get why Elise is in the competition. I think she did a fine job tonight. Apparently the judges agree because they are on their feet.
Okay, P-Diddy is a trip. I don’t think Phil is feelin’ or heedin’ Diddy’s advice. Good for him.
Phil Phillips – (Movin’ Out) – I don’t think I’ve ever heard this one, either. Phil Philips (who names a kid Phillip Phillips, anyway?) is another of my favorites because he is versatile. He reminds me of Casey Abrams (remember the song he did with the stand-up bass?) from last season. Love, love, love his performance. That right there is why I love this show.
Hollie Cavanagh – (Honestly) – So, apparently I don’t know as many Billy Joel songs as I thought I did because I’ve never heard this one either. Tommy H. did a great job of “styling” Hollie because those pants are the bomb. I can’t put a finger on it, but a few of the notes sound like they are just a tad off. Hollie seems nervous and scared to be on that big stage.
HeeJun Han – (My Life) – First of all, McDaddy has maintained that HeeJun’s “glasses” don’t have lenses in them. I was hoping Tommy Hilfiger would call him out on it so we’d know once and for all. What the heck? He just stopped the piano player. So HeeJun has lost his darn mind right here on the Idol stage. I am hoping he leaves tonight because I don’t think he has even the slightest grasp on what this competition is all about. It aggravates me that Jeremy Rosado is gone and we’re still forced to watch this clown. Yes, I said clown.
Jessica Sanchez – (Everybody Has A Dream) – This is just a prediction. I predict that Jessica Sanchez will be standing on the stage in the finals. That girl can SANG. She is sharing her dream with us. Period.
Colton Dixon – (Piano Man) – That red piano (it is red, isn’t it?) makes me smile. I am of the opinion that the piano is the most beautiful instrument there is and Colton is making that thing sing. I’ve not been a huge fan of Colton’s in past weeks but he sold me tonight. Great job at the piano and great job singing. I suspect Billy Joel is sitting somewhere with a big smile on his face, too. Oh my word, he gave a testimony right on live television. And guess who’ll be voting for Colton tonight? And every other night.
Best of the Night: Colton, Jessica and Phil.
Going Home: HeyJun or whatever his name is.
What say you?