OK...I'm going for it. A.I. live blogging....here we go...
I love Dolly. Please God, let me sing with her sometime this side of glory. So gracious and perfectly down home.
Brooke White - my favorite contestant singing my favorite Dolly song. "Jolene" is one of the best marriages of melody and lyric of any song I've ever heard. The thing about Brooke is - you can critique her pitch here and there. But you can't attack what is her greatest strength - her approachability, likability, and overall artistic vibe. She just IS. And she is awesome. Let me take a number...I'll stand in line for that record.
David Cook - no doubt - he is amazing. I might even like him more than Chris Daughtry. That was a great performance. He has great control of his falsetto, like Randy said. Can I have some of that, please?
He is a contender - for sure.
Ramiele - who would have thought that Ramiele would have her strongest performance on country night? It wasn't great...but pretty good. I was crazy about her after her first audition...but she has not kept up her end of the bargain. She is not as strong as I thought she would be. But she is still cute and a pretty good singer. She needs some hyped up pop production - a la Mariah, Beyonce, and JLo...and she would be great.
Dolly rocks. These kids have NO IDEA what a privilege they have received.
Jason Castro - He is sounding great. his voice has bends and twists (and, yes Paula, COLORS) that are very cool. He does stuff that I couldn't navigate my voice through. Wow - Jason - bring on the Jesus song! I loved it.
Are these judges saying the SAME THING every week of every year. I am finding myself tuning out all three of them. Paula has 11 sentences from which she draws.
And Simon is not usually wrong. But he is WRONG about Jason. I think Simon automatically tunes any song out that talks about Jesus.
Carly - Smart, Carly. Very smart treatment of this song. Way to go. But the thing about her is she needs to dress a moment like this up a little bit. She looks like pop star diva moment from the neck up, and sound check from the neck down. I think she's cute...but she could have diva'd up this night. The high note - KILLER. Hey, Simon agrees with me on the wardrobe. But I think she sounded better than what he is giving her recognition for.
David Archuleta - THIS KID. He was made to sing. Chills on the first line. O MY GOSH. His licks are perfect. Every note in tune. Wow. He is going to be a MONSTER singer. I need a moment.
Kristy Lee Cook - Lucky her to have country week now. Hey, it's not so bad. She is doing great tonight. Her best so far.
Once again - brilliant and original lines from Paula.
Uh oh...don't ever talk back to the judges. And don't EVER blow them kisses.
Syesha - Dolly is funny - "She's not SHY-esha, that's for sure." Haha. I am nervous for her choosing "I Will Always Love You." In tune so far. I like this - I think it's compelling. Wow. I'm shocked. Shocked. I LOVED it. They'd better not throw the Whitney thing at her. I think she changed it up enough to avoid that. She sounded great. OK...Paula is right - she is growing. Did I really say that - Paula is right? Wow.
Rats. They threw the Whitney thing at her. They are right I guess - it's tough to avoid comparisons when you choose one of the best and most recognizable pop female performances in history. I still think she was great, and deserves to stay.
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Michael Johns - Smart choice. Wow. Brave with the scarf. Could you see me sporting that at a Living Proof. Haha. He sounds AWESOME. I think he is having his moment. Chills. ON COUNTRY WEEK? Wow. Dolly is one heck of a songwriter. That was his best performance yet.
OK...here are tonight's top 3 for me:
1. David Archuleta
2. Michael Johns
3. David Cook
But let me say that I think everyone did well tonight. Thanks to the great songs of Dolly.
Get ready for the 9 to 5 group number tomorrow night. Not even a horrid group number can keep me from loving that song.