Hey, friends. I hope you are having a good week. I am still working on my story from my Haiti trip with Compassion International last week. I hope to post it tomorrow.
I was going to live-blog during Idol last night, be it was project night at our house (Jack had a big project due today). So I didn't get to watch until late. It was a pretty good show. of course you already know that Michael jackson is one of my all-time favorite artists (pre-messed up MJ), so I was excited to hear some of these kids' takes on the songs. As much as I have liked this crop of contestants, they have a SERIOUS song-picking deficiency. What in the heck? Keep The Faith? Never Can Say Goodbye? Give In To Me? ROCKIN' ROBIN? Where was She's Out Of My Life or I Just Can't Stop Lovin' You or Say Say Say or even that Free Willy song?
I have to start with telling you my favorite so far: Kara DioGuardi. Let's hear it for Kara! Bringing complete sentences back to the female judge contingency! For real, she is very smart. And, like Simon, I agree with just about everything she says. She knows what she's talking about, and it's nice to hear her say things to the contestants that will actually help them move forward and get better.
I am actually starting to feel for Paula. I think she knows the heat is on, and she's trying to step it up a little. A very little. But still.
My favorite, Anoop, didn't have a good night. he shouldn't have sung Beat It. He is a REAL singer and should've sung something that would have let him throw it down. But he didn't. And now I'm just a little bit worried. Another favorite of mine, Matt Giraud, had a great night. From the first notes of his piano on Human Nature, I knew it was going to be awesome. This is one of my favoirte MJ songs, and Matt killed it. He was a little busy with the runs and the falsetto at the end was flat, but still he was solid throughout.
Lil Rounds is without a doubt the best female contestant on the show this year. There will be no stopping her, I don't think. She should have a free pass to the top 3.
Danny KILLED it. Awesome. This thing is his to lose. Unless something massively unexpected happens, he will undoubtedly be in the finals, and will most likely win. Count on it. And let's give it up for P.Y.T. I love that song. And I felt the need to go ride the Himilaya at the Myrtle Beach Pavilion.
I thought Kris Allen did a good job. I like this guy's voice, and I like his demeanor. I disagree with Simon; I thought having guitar on the song made it unique and current and cool. I hear that he is a worship leader somewhere in Arkansas. I am a little bit fearful that he won't make it too far, but I hope he does.
I always reserve the right to love a contestant that everyone thinks I'm crazy for thinking is great. To me, it's always refreshing to have a voice that's different, that doesn't always try to go for the big notes and the big songs, and whose vibe is unique. That person for me this year is Megan Joy Corkrey. I know. Go ahead and call me names. Say Say Say what you want. See if I care. I think she's awesome. Angela does, too. In fact, Angela has made the comment that she thinks that she is one of the most beautiful people she has ever seen. She is not the greatest singer in the world, but we find ourselves liking every one of her performances. Even when it's a ridiculous song choice like Rockin' Robin.
That's really all I have to say about last night. I am anxious to see who makes it through tonight. I am VERY anxious to see what this new "twist" is that the judges are implementing. I'm glad they're changing it up. But if they cut my Carolina boy NoopDog for singing Beat It, I'm coming after 'em. That would be BAD. :-)