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Video of the Day: American Idol Performances

My favorite performance of the night was…….  Allison!  She did a great job.  Here is her video:

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American Idol Top 9 Recap

Welcome everyone to No Politics Tuesday at The Conservative Journal!  Glad you’re hear.  Tonight, as I did last week, I’m going to recap American Idol as the performances are aired.  Feel to comment on the performances and check out other articles at The Conservative Journal in between performances.  Once again, thanks for stopping by!

Any song, as long as it was popular on iTunes.  Is that a theme?

Any song, as long as it was popular on iTunes. Is that a theme?

It’s time!  American Idol Top 9 performance show starts now!  What’s tonight theme you ask?  Well, there has been much debate over this week’s theme which Ryan describes as “any song as long as it is a popular download”.  Huh?  That’s not a theme.  They’re running out of ideas.  Anyway, starting off tonight is…

Anoop Desai singing Usher’s “Caught Up”.  He did okay, though most of the song was either one extreme or another.  I think this was a weird song choice for Anoop.  I’m not a fan of Anoop really ever, but he is better suited with slower songs.  Randy thought it was a good performance, bad song choice.  Simon said the whole thing gave him a headache.  That’s kind of harsh; it wasn’t that bad.  This is going to be a night, I can already tell.  Next up is…

Megan Joy singing “Turn Your Lights Down Low” by Bob Marley and Lauryn Hill.  Wow, the little clip of her practicing sounds really good!  I really like this performance from Megan.  She sounds really good, and she looks great.  The song suits her voice really well.  She has the Duffy/Amy Winehouse sans drugs sound, which is really big now.  I liked this a lot.  Kara thinks she is in trouble because she doesn’t like the song choice?  I thought this song fit her so well.  I guess I’m crazy.  Paula thinks she’s not surprising enough, Simon thinks the song was boring and indulgent.  Well, hopefully the voters pull through for Megan.  She pulls some weird faces during the number call which make me love her more.  Vote for Megan at 1-866-436-5702!  Next up is…

Danny Gokey singing “What Hurts the Most” by Rascal Flatts.  Danny thinks everyone likes Rascal Flatts.  Wrong, I don’t.  Yet another reason I don’ t like Danny.  Kidding, only kidding.  Here’s my issue with Danny:  Once again, he is a good singer, but he’s not like able.  At all.  I get so annoyed by him every time he walks on stage.  But he sounds really good tonight, I’ll give him that.  As much as I hate to admit it, he’s going to be on my t.v. until the top 3 at the very least, most likely until the finale.  Paula said she’d hit repeat, Simon thought it was his best performance and he was miles ahead of the first two tonight (not Megan), Randy thinks the show starts here.  Next up is…

Allison Iraheta singing “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt.  Wow, Allison is bringing her guitar out!  Hopefully she nails

Allison Iraheta was one of the best once again!

Allison Iraheta was one of the best once again!

that.  I think this song suits Allison!  She sounds good as usual.  I think this song will probably sound even better in the studio.  She added some extra stuff into that song and I liked it.  Not as good as last week, but I’ll be her download tomorrow I’m sure.  Randy doesn’t like the clothes, Kara doesn’t like the clothes, Paula likes the clothes, Simon doesn’t like the clothes.  The judges conversation is all about her clothes and a little “Oh you sing great” discreetly thrown in.  That is frustrating.  Everyone vote for Allison too, 1-866-436-5704!  Next up is..

Scott MacIntyre singing “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel.  Scott is going to perform with just the piano tonight.  Scott is just never going to be a great singer, and at this point I’d say he’s definitely the weakest link.  I think it’s WONDERFUL that he has managed to overcome adversity and be a talented pianist and an okay singer, but American Idol is not the platform for that.  America’s Got Talent is much better suited for him.  Having said that, this performance is much better than we’ve seen him.  Good job Scott.  Still probably second worst, but good for Scott!  The judges liked his risk and thought it was his best.  Next up is…

Matt Giraud singing “You Found Me” by The Fray.  I have to say, that’s quite a risk picking a song that’s currently popular, though that could potentially pay off big time.  I can tell he’s really nervous, but I think it’s ok.  The goat vibrato/I’m-singing-on-a-washing-machine voice is kind of back, though.  Not really loving this arrangement of the song.  It’s not horrible, but it’s just okay.  Paula thinks he didn’t display what they loved and that it was bad like the Coldplay in the Semi-finals, Simon didn’t like it, Randy thought he should have done One Republic, Kara doesn’t think he should go home.  Next up is…

Lil Rounds singing “Surrender” by Celine Dion.  Big song, Lil!  This could be really bad or really good.  It’s just kind of meh.  She has a good voice, she’s just not original.  This whole diva R&B soul jam has been done SOOO many times before on American Idol, and everywhere else.  The performance was good though.  The judges thought it was good vocals, wrong song choice.  Simon thought it sounded like a wedding singer.  I don’t think Lil has anything to worry about, but we’ll see.  They just showed her kids so that will earn several hundred thousand votes.  Dang producers meddling in the vote.  Next up is…

Unfortunately, Adam was back to his screaming self.

Unfortunately, Adam was back to his screaming self.

Adam Lambert singing “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry.  Oh man, I can already tell this is going to be absurd.  Just when Adam was beginning to be bearable!  Maybe I’m wrong.  Nope, I’m right.  More of that shreiking such.  The old Adam is back in full force.  Blah.  Several seconds go by at a time with nothing but incoherent banshee caterwauling.  Everyone’s going to love it though.  Paula thinks he’s got staying power, Simon thought it was original and great, Randy thought he “worked it out”, and Kara loved it.  He’s probably going to win, unfortunately.  Last tonight is…

Kris Allen singing “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers.  Kris seems like a nice guy and he’s got a good voice.  I don’t think I’m going to remember this performance, but it’s good!  Not anything ground breaking, but he did take an old song and make it modern, which was his goal.  Actually, this is quite good.  Probably one of the best of the night.  Randy loved and thought it was one of the best, Paula loved it, Kara thought it was “artistry” (I thought Simon said that was forbidden?), Simon thought he showed confidence and he liked the arrangement.

I personally think Scott, Anoop, maybe Matt, and(unfortunately) Megan are all at risk.  I could be completely wrong, but that is my prediction.

Alright that’s it for tonight’s episode of American Idol.  Who do you think is in troube tonight?  Who did you really like?  Look for the American Idol in a few minutes, and leave your comments below or e-mail us at theconservativejournal@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading!

Rick

  • *Tomorrow night I won’t be able to recap the results show, but I should be able to post somthine when I watch it on Thursday.

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American Idol Top 10- Recap

Allison Iraheta NAILED her song tonight!  My favorite of the night.

Allison Iraheta NAILED her song tonight! My favorite of the night.

Alright, so finally we can get this inaugural not-political post rolling tonight!  It’s about time.  Basically how this is going to work is every week I’m going to post my recap of the show.  It’s not going to be in-depth recap by any means, just a short summary of the song, how a think they did, and maybe a smaller little tidbit.  I’m probably just going to do it in real-time; updating the post as each contestant sings.  It’s kind of like a play-by-play of sorts.  Also, the Poll of the Day is going to be American Idol related.  And without further ado, here’s the show:

Tonight’s theme is Motown (Oh gosh, this is going to be eventful, I’m sure.) and Smokey Robinson is mentoring.

Starting off tonight’s show is Matt Giraud, who occasionally sounds like he’s singing on top of a washing machine.  He is singing “Let’s Get it On”.  My first question is “Is that American Idol appropriate?” :).  He starts out sitting at the piano, but then rises up for the ending.  Overall, I thought it was good, but I’m not a huge fan.  I am still a little hesitant with Matt because his audition was not good, and neither was his first Semi-final performance.  All the songs that he sings are the same kind of thing, so I think he might be a one trick pony.  The judges loved him and I’m sure he’ll be back next week.

Second is Kris Allen singing “How Sweet it Is”.  Kris is a likeable guy and I imagine he is going to go quite far in this competition.  He did a good job on his song and brought out the guitar again.  Really upbeat, entertaining performance.  I like this much more than Matt.  The judges love this one too, though Simon says he should become more conceited.  No Simon, no more ego is needed on this show.  You use it all up.  Thank you.  I know he’ll be back next week.

Next up is Scott MacIntyre, who is nearly blind.  He’s singing “You Can’t Hurry Love”, and I’m not going to lie.  He’s not good at all.  He’s almost kind of horrible.  I admire him for overcoming his obstacles and persevering, but I don’t know that American Idol is the best thing for him.  America’s Got Talent, however, is something that I think he would have no problem with.  I think at this point, the considerable majority of his votes are coming from people voting based on his backstory, which is compelling.  He’s just a bad singer in a singing competition, which doesn’t jive.  The judges didn’t really like it, and Simon said he could do better.  I doubt he’ll go home at this point, but I could be wrong.  His backstory alone can get him to probably Top 8.

Next up is Megan Joy, the artist previously known as Megan Joy Corkery.  She sings “For Once in My Life”.

Unfortunately, Megan Joy was not at her best.

Unfortunately, Megan Joy was not at her best.

Megan is interesting to me.  She’s a gorgeous girl, and her voice is very original.  However, this vocal is not really good.  It’s kind of all over the place.  Actually it’s very all over the place.  BUT, let me say this:  I like it regardless.  I think Megan is one of the most enjoyable contestants that have ever been on the show and I really would hate to see her go.  It would be a shame.  The judges rip her to shreds, but she takes it smiling and laughing all the way through.  Good job, Megan!  Simon says she’s in trouble, but I might vote for the first time in my life to make sure that doesn’t happen.

After Megan is Anoop Desai, who is still on the show by sheer luck.  He lost out in the Semis, but was put back in on Wildcard.  He then had the worst performance, in my opinion, of the Top 13 show, but lucked out and made it through.  I don’t like Anoop at all.  He just seems like he takes himself entirely too seriously.  His song is “Ooh Baby Baby”, and he did okay.  Parts were good, parts were dreadful.  His falsetto notes sound like forks scratched across a plate at some points, which is never good.  The judges think Anoop did great, though Simon said to liven it up.  He’s likely not going anywhere.

Next we have Michael Sarver, who, in my opinion, has no business being on American Idol.  Not at the stage, at least.  He said he’s been sick, and he is singing “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”.  Oh man, this just proves my point about his not deserving to be here.  He is not good.  Not at all.  The performance hurt my ears in places.  I think Michael is just a likeable guy that would be good at a karaoke party.  His voice cracks and he is just not doing a good job.  The judges attacked him like they did Megan, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go.

After Michael is Lil Rounds, or “Little Rounds” as Simon would say.  Lil chose “Heatwave”, which was a mistake.  She did not work it out, as Randy would say.  I expected Lil to blow it out on Motown night but this is lame.  I think she is trying to see if she yell loud enough to not require a microphone.  My lil problem with Lil (Had to) is that she is not at all original.  Her sound can be found in hundreds of other artists, and, quite frankly, there is no need for more.  The judges weren’t crazy about it, but I don’t imagine she is going home.

Next we have Adam Lambert, who weirds me out with his banshee wailing.  This week, however, he chose to change it up and is, for the first time, without nail polish.  For the first time this season, I kind of like Adam’s performance.  He toned down the wailing, and actually sang this like a normal human with a killer range.  Some of those notes were RIDICULOUS.  He did great.  Honestly, if I had to pick a winner at this point, it’s Adam.  He got the praise he deserved from the judges and he is CERTAINLY not going anywhere.  Hopefully next week he’ll bring back the less eccentric, more *conservative* Adam.  And there is my political refernce for the night.

After Adam is Danny Gokey, who is my least favorite contestant to ever be on the show.  For those that don’t know his backstory (I don’t know how you could miss it), his wife passed away before his audition, and I feel like he’s used that a little too much for his advantage.  I think his late-wife deserves a little more respect.  But anyway, about his performance:  He sang “Get Ready”, and It was okay.  I don’t like it really at all, but it wasn’t terrible.  I’m just horribly biased.  Simon said it was not good, the others liked it (I think.  I phased out during the critque).

Finally, is Allison Iraheta, who is my favorite.  This girl is incredible.  Her song is “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”, and though she had lyrics trouble during rehearsals, she NAILED this performance.  This was my favorite performance of the night by far.  Allison has a truly amazing voice, and she sounds years beyond her young age of 16 (Which the judges are more than happy to remind us of EVERY WEEK.).  I will definitely be buying this one on iTunes tomorrow night.  Can’t wait.  The judges loved it, and then the show is over.

Tomorrow night’s show is going to be FULL of special performances:  In addition to the group meddley (Meh.) we will get to see Ruben Studdard, Smokey Robinson dueting with Joss Stone, and Stevie Wonder.  What a night!  That wraps up our American Idol recap for this week; hope to see you tomorrow for our results show follow-up recap!

What did you think of tonight?  Who was your favorite of the night?  And who do you think will go home?  Don’t forget to leave your comments below or send us an e-mail at theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Also, look for the American Idol “Poll of the Day” in just a bit.

Thanks for reading!

Rick

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