March 22, 2005

And Then There Were 11

By Michele

Welcome to tonight's live blogging of AI.

And tonight's theme is................Billboard Number One Hits.

How many repeats of previous Idol contenstant choices will we see? And how many "safe songs?

Federov up first, doing I Knew You Were Waiting. George Michael, I think?

Can we say BLAND?

Ok, Paula and Randy liked it?? There was NOTHING special about that. Not for this late in the show.

We've got double your pleasure tonight...Stacy is also live blogging, right over there.

Carrie is up, doing Alone by Heart. Is it me or does she look really uncomfortable tonight? Her voice is good, but she looks freaked out. Good vocal performance.

I agree with Faith in the comments about Carrie's hair. Maybe the hair made her look freaky? And why does Paula sound like she's talking in an echo chamber?

Scotty the Body (haha) up now. OH my. It's Phil Collins. Ian is going to love this, I know it.

Oh hell. Enough with the gangsta signs, Scott. You're singing Against All Odds, for chrissake. Adios, Scott. That was your swan song.

WTF?? I swear, Randy and Paula are on not just crack, but BAD crack.

Bo up, doing Time in a Bottle. With a weird calliope sound. What an odd choice. Too...drab. I am NOT liking this. And I think I'm the only one. I think it's just because I expect more of Bo.

Nikko up, doing Incomplete by Sisqo. I'm not a huge Nikko fan, but I think he's doing a really nice job with this song. Maybe his best performance yet. Yea, that was a really good job. Way to go, Nikko.

Vonzell up, doing Best of My Love. I'm not a big Vonzell fan. So when I say this isn't a bad performance for her, it may not mean a lot. In fact, it may mean very little. She looked alive at least.

And what the HELL is Paula on? I cannot take my eyes off of her. She is whack tonight.

Wow. Everyone is disagreeing with me tonight.

Constantine coming up. OHMYLORD. He's doing I Think I Love You ( a song that I admit to loving). If I close my eyes, it's not horrid. I just can NOT look at him. It's like he's constantly making love to himself in his mind. I will do the Dear Abby thing: I am better off with or without Constantine?

WITHOUT.

Nadia doing Time After Time. And she comes out with the runway model hair.

I am not liking this. What a disappointment tonight is turning out to be. And I still have Mikalah to go. Maybe I need a little hit of Paula's crack pipe.

Here we go. She's doing Taylor Dane.

I just can't. I can't like her no matter what. Her voice makes my soul shrivel up and die. BACK TO THE BOTTOM TWO WITH YOU!

Anwar coming up. Doing Chaka Khan. That was good. Better than last week. I'm just not feeling the heat for Anwar like I did a few weeks ago. I think Bo has more going on than he does at this point. He lost me somewhere along the line.

Jessica, doing Total Eclipse of the Heart.

That was nice. Not bad, Jessica. Not bad. Not winning stuff, though.

But you really need to see this version of that song.

Hey, they spared us the group song tonight!

That's it for tonight, thanks for playing everyone. Come back tomorrow for the elimination fun. I'm looking at Scott and Mikalah in the bottom two.

 

Comments

Reporting for duty, sir!

Posted by: Faith at March 22, 2005 07:59 PM

If Mikaylah is STLL there after this week I wil send a bag of VOMIT to Fox!

Posted by: Matty at March 22, 2005 08:01 PM

What kind of dork ass t-shirt is Seacrest wearing?!

Posted by: Faith at March 22, 2005 08:02 PM

Faith: I was wondering that myself.

Posted by: Ian S. at March 22, 2005 08:02 PM

Someone rip out his voice box. Please. Talk about PITCHY!

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:04 PM

Eh, not too bad, couple flat notes

Posted by: Matty at March 22, 2005 08:04 PM

So-so. Will Simon speak truth to power? Oh yes :)

Posted by: Ian S. at March 22, 2005 08:05 PM

BORING

Posted by: Faith at March 22, 2005 08:05 PM

Idol should have an alternate number for each contestant where calling it subtracts a vote. That would be awesome.

Posted by: Ian S. at March 22, 2005 08:06 PM

Naw, man, his notes were all over the place. He couldn't hit a high note in this song and get it dead on, his rhythm was messed up, and it was a terrible routine.

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:06 PM

80s rock song shouldn't mean 80s big hair.

Posted by: Faith at March 22, 2005 08:07 PM

She NAILED it.

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:08 PM

Big HAir, still too Country

Posted by: Matty at March 22, 2005 08:08 PM

Good performance by Carrie, but the hair is terrifying me.

Posted by: Ian S. at March 22, 2005 08:08 PM

Shit, was that Donny Osmond?!

Posted by: Faith at March 22, 2005 08:08 PM

See, I liked the look. It fit the song.

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:08 PM

OK some chick has a "Scott is Hot" sign?!?! Is she BLIND?

Posted by: Faith at March 22, 2005 08:10 PM

Faith: after the comment thread elsewhere on this site where the Nikko and Mikalah fans showed up I no longer have any faith in anyone else's taste.

Posted by: Ian S. at March 22, 2005 08:12 PM

I like Carrie's hair too--totally 80's rocker

Posted by: Amanda at March 22, 2005 08:12 PM

Can we just give that kid a Federov Five boy band and make him go away?

Carrie's hair totally flummoxed me, and I thought it was an odd choice of song, but I loved it. I shamefully admit to loving that song,and she hit every note perfectly. Who knew she could rock?

Posted by: Tanya at March 22, 2005 08:13 PM

These people should not be allowed to choose songs based on some emotional attachment. Bu-bye Scott.

Posted by: Faith at March 22, 2005 08:14 PM

OK, WTF with the taking off the glasses and tossing them? Ack.

Posted by: Faith at March 22, 2005 08:15 PM

I think I'm going to projectile vomit.

Posted by: Ian S. at March 22, 2005 08:15 PM

God save me. He's painful to listen to. He has an artificial ceiling and floor...I think around the low A and the high F or so. Range of about eight notes.

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:15 PM

Oooooooooo -- I LOVE LOVE LOVE this song. Go Bo!

Posted by: Faith at March 22, 2005 08:17 PM

I didn't like Scott's song, but I can't say why. It sounded overprocessed to me, somehow. Someone else already ruined this song a few weeks ago, too.

Posted by: Tanya at March 22, 2005 08:17 PM

Not sure what to think of this. Carrie was better, but I just love Bo. And this is a challenging song, he's mostly hitting the notes...

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:18 PM

Anyone think Bo will marry me?

Posted by: Faith at March 22, 2005 08:18 PM

OK, this is my favorite Jim Croce song, I hate how they make them butcher the ending

Posted by: Matty at March 22, 2005 08:18 PM

I have way too much sentimental attachment to the Croce song to comment fairly, but I think he did it justice.

Posted by: Tanya at March 22, 2005 08:22 PM

OMG - is anybody besides me noticing lots of extra touchy-feely between Simon and Paula tonight? Y'all reckon Simon finally got Paula to lay down the pipe long enough to, erm, do something else to her, also involving the laying of pipe?

I thought Anthony was so-so, but he leaves me cold anyway. Carrie? NAIL it, girlfriend! She actually expressed some emotion while she sang, too. Amazing. Scott? Gone - just a matter of time. Bo? Love him, am iffy with his song choice.

Too many commercials! Gaah!

Posted by: Kelley at March 22, 2005 08:22 PM

I'm with you Michele: it's a good song and he did a great job on it, but I kinda would rather see him RAWK.

Posted by: Ian S. at March 22, 2005 08:23 PM

Nikko's going for the pimp vote. That will actually probably go over really well in St Louis.

Posted by: Tanya at March 22, 2005 08:25 PM

Growl.

So little talent, so much time.

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:25 PM

No bad at all Nikko. Just ditch the gangsta thing next time.

Posted by: Faith at March 22, 2005 08:26 PM

I actually think Nikko's not doing a terrible job on this. He still sucks though.

Posted by: Ian S. at March 22, 2005 08:26 PM

Trippin? Randy's trippin alright. Just not over Nikko.

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:26 PM

See, I thought Nikko sucked, and I actually kind of like him.

Posted by: Kelley at March 22, 2005 08:27 PM

Someone just...change the channel. Please. This hurts.

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:28 PM

Watching on DVR (God I love this thing)....

Carrie was AWESOME. Who cares about the hair? She showed she can sing something other than a country song and she did it very well.

Federov - First he sings a Neil Sedaka song. Now he's doing George Michael. Not good.

Bo - Okay, but borrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrring.

Scott - Go away.

Posted by: Jay at March 22, 2005 08:28 PM

MMmmmmmm VonZELL!! I don't care what she sounds like, she is ONE Sweet piece of chocolate! PANT PANT

Posted by: Matty at March 22, 2005 08:29 PM

Hey, Vonzell was actually good. I'm stunned.

Posted by: Faith at March 22, 2005 08:29 PM

Who is this and what did they do with Vonzell?

Posted by: Ian S. at March 22, 2005 08:29 PM

Randy and Paula are just gushing all over everyone tonight, even the patently mediocre. Yes, Vonzell stepped it up a notch, but she's still gone within a month. Word.

Posted by: Kelley at March 22, 2005 08:29 PM

I want what Paula's smoking.

Posted by: Faith at March 22, 2005 08:31 PM

Paula is smoking whatever Randy is "trippin" on.

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:32 PM

I actually liked both of those. Neither of them blew me away, but they were both very good. Vonzell is freaking adorable.

And Paula clearly needs to get laid.

Posted by: Tanya at March 22, 2005 08:33 PM

Maybe we should send Paula some batteries.

Posted by: Ian S. at March 22, 2005 08:34 PM

Constantine?!?!?! This is going to be so karaoke.

Posted by: Faith at March 22, 2005 08:34 PM

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:34 PM

GAH! Danny Partridge Flashback!

Posted by: Matty at March 22, 2005 08:35 PM

I hate this song and I'm not big on Constantine, but I like what he's doing with it.

Posted by: Ian S. at March 22, 2005 08:36 PM

Someone call a doctor, I didn't HATE it.

Posted by: Faith at March 22, 2005 08:36 PM

Thank god Constantine sucks again.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I love that song, because I never heard it until like 1998.

Posted by: Tanya at March 22, 2005 08:36 PM

Poodle in a leather jacket. Brilliant.

Posted by: Ian S. at March 22, 2005 08:37 PM

Okay, I'm with Faith - I *seriously* want some of whatever Paula's on. She's wasted, and obviously enjoying.

Posted by: Kelley at March 22, 2005 08:38 PM

OK, Carrie, I'm sorry, your hair looked gorgeous.

Posted by: Faith at March 22, 2005 08:38 PM

That's it. She just won all my votes.

How can I not vote for that mohawk?

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:38 PM

I LIKE tHe Mohawk, but she's AWFUL!

Posted by: Matty at March 22, 2005 08:38 PM

Oh geez!

That song was written flat, for a long-ago t.v. 'band'.

There's a reason it has no depth, and trying to do with it more than was originally intended...

Not so easy to do.

Posted by: jmflynny at March 22, 2005 08:38 PM

I'm loving the mohawk, but this is nowhere near Nadia's best vocal.

Posted by: Ian S. at March 22, 2005 08:39 PM

*cheers loudly*

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:39 PM

Aaarrghh! They keep doing songs I love. I hate that she forgot the words, she did it really well, otherwise.

Posted by: Tanya at March 22, 2005 08:39 PM

She has that Holly whatsername from 21 Jump st. thing going on. Cute butt!

Posted by: Matty at March 22, 2005 08:40 PM

I agree with Simon, not all that great. Please lose the hair.

Posted by: Faith at March 22, 2005 08:40 PM

She didn't forget the words...her mike pack fell down.

Still my favorite. I loved the energy.

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:40 PM

I think we need to send Matty the batteries.

Posted by: Faith at March 22, 2005 08:41 PM

Constantine>>I think I HATE You...

That was not the song for him. I think the song he needs to sing is 'happy birthday'...when he performs for 6 year olds in a clown outfit. Bleh. Constantine...you're fired. Oh, wrong show...sorry...

Posted by: Joel at March 22, 2005 08:41 PM

Not a good performance by Nadia.

Posted by: Jay at March 22, 2005 08:41 PM

Argh. I am a big Nadia fan, but I find myself in agreement with Simon - my least-favorite performance of hers so far. That hair took guts, though.

Posted by: Kelley at March 22, 2005 08:42 PM

I'm sorry. I loved her. It's a curse.

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:43 PM

Paula is a handjob short of being over the top with her praise for these male performers. Insane...

Posted by: Joel at March 22, 2005 08:43 PM

No, she put two different lines together, at the very start.

I'd believe she was flustered, if that was when her mic pack fell, but she did say the wrong words.

Posted by: Tanya at March 22, 2005 08:44 PM

Hm. Don't know the song as well as I thought...Just looked up the lyrics...You're right.

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:45 PM

Die Mikalah die! (Am I being too harsh on The Nanny?)

Posted by: Ian S. at March 22, 2005 08:45 PM

Oh God! Make it stop! It burns! It burns!

Posted by: Jay at March 22, 2005 08:45 PM

Just shoot me. No, wait, shoot Mikala

Posted by: Faith at March 22, 2005 08:45 PM

Pain. Serious pain.

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:46 PM

Well, I think that you just might have your wish come true.

Oh, just gawd!

She's terrible!

Posted by: jmflynny at March 22, 2005 08:46 PM

OH PLEASE GET RID OF HER!!

Posted by: Matty at March 22, 2005 08:46 PM

I don't think a single note of this has been on pitch.

Posted by: Ian S. at March 22, 2005 08:46 PM

Okay - not trying to be snarky (I don't care for Mikhala), but does she sound sick to anyone else but me? Like, sinus infection or cold sick?

Posted by: Kelley at March 22, 2005 08:46 PM

mikalah>>She wants to be the next Barbara Striesand...well, she has the nose and the jappyness.

Posted by: Joel at March 22, 2005 08:46 PM

Tomorrow's results cannot come fast enough.

Posted by: Jay at March 22, 2005 08:47 PM

Don't shoot Mikalah, shoot Paula.

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:47 PM

anwar needs to do "hello" by lionel richie.

Posted by: tony at March 22, 2005 08:49 PM

Nothing like an infant singing about LOVE as only an ADULT can experience. Another fulfilling moment for me. Goodbye Mikalah

Posted by: Joel at March 22, 2005 08:49 PM

Ugh

Posted by: jmflynny at March 22, 2005 08:49 PM

If you lined them up properly, you might could manage to hit Mikhala and Paula, kind of a Governor Connelley thing?

I'm sorry. That was in poor taste...

Posted by: Kelley at March 22, 2005 08:49 PM

Flat flat flat, he just don't seem into it

Posted by: Matty at March 22, 2005 08:49 PM

What is it? Opposite week? Anwar, that was horrible.

Posted by: Faith at March 22, 2005 08:49 PM

I know what I don't like about him...He reminds me too much of an ex of mine. Too smooth. Too cool. Too much of a playa.

It freaks me out a bit.

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:49 PM

Ok, *that*'s the Anwar I love. Much better than last week.

Posted by: Ian S. at March 22, 2005 08:50 PM

and so far, i'm rooting for scott.

Posted by: tony at March 22, 2005 08:50 PM

Anwar must be in the driver's seat becauase paula praised him :/

Posted by: Joel at March 22, 2005 08:50 PM

Paula needs to stick a sock in it while the other judges are talking. Ahem.

Posted by: Kelley at March 22, 2005 08:51 PM

Or something in it.

Posted by: michele at March 22, 2005 08:52 PM

I wasn't crazy about Mikalah either. She needs to do younger, and the whole beginning was off to me.

Anwar seemed really uncomfortable with that song. I love him, so I'm not really a good judge. I think he did fine, but he's so much better with reworking old songs.

Posted by: Tanya at March 22, 2005 08:53 PM

Okay, now.

I came here, sort of like a drunk to A.A., a place where I could come clean, anonymously.

I never expected to run into someone I know!...Kelley....

Posted by: jmflynny at March 22, 2005 08:54 PM

No way! I can't believe she's doing this!

I have to go bang on my stove!!

Posted by: Tanya at March 22, 2005 08:55 PM

Jessica, you have entirely the wrong voice for this song.

Posted by: Ian S. at March 22, 2005 08:55 PM

I think I'm the only one here who likes Jessica. And I love this song, so it's a good combo for me.

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:56 PM

This is the best fit of a song tonite!

Posted by: Matty at March 22, 2005 08:56 PM

that arrangement of total eclipse is funky not cool

Posted by: tony at March 22, 2005 08:56 PM

At least Jessica still sucks.

Posted by: Faith at March 22, 2005 08:56 PM

Is she forgetting the words or is it just clumsy editing for time?

Posted by: Ian S. at March 22, 2005 08:56 PM

they were like, "you only get 30 seconds to sing."

Posted by: tony at March 22, 2005 08:56 PM

Jessica>>Roommate stated she reminds him of meatloaf. God, now I can't get his face out of my head when I see her

Meatloaf. Wow...

Posted by: Joel at March 22, 2005 08:56 PM

I liked Jessica, but she's hurt by the fact that they're doing trunctated versions of the songs. "Total Eclipse" so depends on the build-up, that it just seemed stunted.

Posted by: Eric J at March 22, 2005 08:57 PM

I actually like Jessica, somewhat reluctantly and against my better judgement. Actually kind of how I feel about Idol as a whole. Like, if I had a Jessica album I'd keep in in the glove box. Under the tissues.

FLYNNY! Howzit hangin'?!?! New blog of your own, I see! You go, girl.

Posted by: Kelley at March 22, 2005 08:58 PM

I just realized I've started talking through Paula and Randy. I have no desire to hear their crap.

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:58 PM

michele, the group song is tomorrow. Not tonight.

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 08:59 PM

Damn it. Foiled again.

Posted by: michele at March 22, 2005 09:01 PM

I win.

Now lets see if I win any batteries tomorrow =D

Posted by: kat at March 22, 2005 09:02 PM

Regarding the judges... Time pauses when the first 2 lunkheads talk, especially Paula.

Paula: "I think you were GREAT! GREAT JOB! Good for you!"

Ryan: "Um..Paula, he hasn't sung yet"

Paula: "You were terrific and had FUN out there!"

She's a crackhead...

Posted by: Joel at March 22, 2005 09:03 PM

It was overprocessed to me, just like Scott was. It's hard to make an 80s-rock song into a pop song without making it sound like dinner theater.

And she needed to either wear pants with a looser waist, or a shirt that's not see-thru.

Posted by: Tanya at March 22, 2005 09:04 PM

Didn't someone call Randy 'Ryan' last week? Quit doing that. It always takes me 30 seconds to remember what his real name is.

Posted by: Tanya at March 22, 2005 09:06 PM

Well, in my scenerio, Paula is staring into space as Ryan is about to introduce somebody...

As for Randy 'DAWG HOUSE' Jackson...he's another nightmare.

Posted by: Joel at March 22, 2005 09:10 PM

Thanks, Michele! Feels so good to get it all out.

Posted by: Kelley at March 22, 2005 09:14 PM

I'm late, but here's my take:

Anthony: yawn
Carrie: Had the Janay Castine "terror" look, but kicked ass vocally.
Scott: I'm sorry, but I love him. I do. It's a curse.
Bo: Love him. Love that song. But I didn't love him doing that song.
Nikko: His best performance to date, but he still doesn't move me.
Vonzell: I thought she did great tonight.
Constantine: Make. It. Stop.
Nadia: Horrible faux-hawk. Poor song choice for her. It didn't work for me.
Mikayla: As my little boy says, "It burns! It BURNS!"
Anwar: Somebody else said this, but he's losing me. In fact, after watching his attempt at dancing, I've got to say it: Axl Rose aside, Anwar might be the whitest man ever to wear dreads.
Jessica: I may be in the minority, but I think she's terrific, even without a neck.

Kathleen - out.

Posted by: Kathleen at March 22, 2005 09:24 PM

Mikalah sings at bottom pitch and sounds like that breathy voice one gets just before that violent diaphragm twitch that brings up one's lunch.

What was with Nadia's hair? She looked like a Hoplite, sans helmet.

I do not think Scott will win, but he continues to exceed expectations.

Pretty mellow song for Bo, but he did it justice.

Vonzell did great. I think she was best tonight.

Constantine. Go. Now.

Carrie. Awesome.

Posted by: Impacted Wisdom Truth at March 23, 2005 01:45 AM

Personally I was outstanded by Carrie last night! Here is my list.

Anthony:Make him go away!!!He was doing the grossest dance moves I have ever seen!
Carrie:Excellent! I voted for Carrie 15 times!!!
Scott: He did OK I guess but he isn't one of my favorites.
Nikko: HE's back!! THis guy did very well tonight but I missed my time to vote.
Vonzell: I voted once for her because I thought she did very well.
Nadia: Wut's up wit da mohawk! It won't even fit on the TV screen! It wasn't her best performance.
Mikalah: I thought she did better this time but here and Anthony will most likely be in the bottom 2 tonight.
Constantine: I think he has a really nice voice(bonus:cute) but I don't think that song was right for him. MAN!
Anwar: I think no matter wut this guy is going to win. But tonight wasn't his best performance.
Bo: This song was really boring.
Jessica: SHe did alwite. Not the best but Im still rooting for her.

Leaving tonight:
Anothony

Abi

Posted by: LuverUvAmericanIdol at March 23, 2005 11:29 AM

OK, people. Think about these people as if you were a record producer:

Anthony is a somewhat nerdy looking, very clean-cut and proper-looking boy, who somehow reminds me of a Charlie Brown character (those glasses are just too small for his round face!)He is not exactly a ball of fire onstage. When you look at and listen to him, think CHRISTIAN music. He would excel at this genre. He is not American POP Idol material, but he could have a successful career in Christian.

Carrie could probably walk into a Nashville music agent's office tomorrow and walk out with a contract. She needs polishing, but she's what Country is looking for. She's not anything unusual in country, but I don't think they care much for unusual anyway. There is a reason she looked scared this week - she was. This was not a song she probably performed much, if at all, back home. But it is easy to fix her facial expressions - all she needs is one or two sessions with a drama coach and voila! no more scared look, even if she is scared.

Scott may have that white boy gangsta look going, but he has an incredible voice. He has so much CONTROL. I really like Scott for his potential to revive "smooth" R&B (ala Barry White or Marvin Gaye.) If AI were a radio show contest, and you couldn't see the singers, Scott would win hands down. His voice is that good. In fact, I suspect he has had classical training and a great pop coach.

Bo is a commodity already. He can sing anything. I think this week he may have gotten a little "big for his britches" and didn't work the song in rehearsal as much as he did his stage movement; he could have done better with the vocal. My money is on Bo to win this competition because he is so poised on stage and his performances are unique and consistent.

Nikko is ok, but he has obviously worked very hard at mimicing his idols' sounds: Stevie, Michael, Bobby Brown. He doesn't seem to have his OWN sound. If you've seen Ray you may remember that someone once gave him the same comment - he needed to find his own sound. If Nikko really works on this, he could one day be a great singer. But right now I feel he's what every Las Vegas casino lounge is looking for: someone who sounds like the stars and has no style of his own.

Vonzell is doing better lately, and that says to me she is a hard worker and really wants this. Her pitch was so much better this week, and her stage presence so comfortable, I was very impressed. If only she had come out of the gate this way, I think she could have been a serious contender. She may still be, we'll see. However, I still feel she's "performing" rather than just enjoying herself and the music. If she can beat that, and keep the pitch, she may give Bo a run for his money.

Nadia is great to look at, and often has good stage appeal, but she is not consistent in her vocal performance. Ultimately this competition is about selling records, and her voice just isn't of that caliber. Again, if she played an instrument or wrote her own material, and it was good, she would be more of what a record producer is looking for. As it stands, she's just a pretty face.

Constantine is a cheeseball with a barely passable voice. He sounds like the drunk guy I try to get away from at the karaoke bar. Sadly, 14 year olds love cheese and a big smile, and he knows it. Someone out there will produce approximately one solo album for him, and it will sell, but then he will fade into obscurity.

Anwar has a good voice, a little more natural personality than Nikko, and certainly a great knowledge of the history of music (pulling "Moon River" out of his hat was brilliant.) He has grasped the concept that he should take a song, any song, and make it his own, but my problem with him is that he still sounds like a Stevie clone to me. But he hasn't loosened up yet - I still see the "Deer in the Headlights" look in his eyes and body movement. If he could conquer the fear of not being perfect and just let it flow, he could be great. The potential is there. But like Nikko, he needs to consciously work on making his sound be less like Stevie's. Anwar gives me the impression that he is desperate to please others and is not singing for himself. People love to watch and listen to performers who sing for themselves, for the pure joy of singing out loud and hearing themselves, and knowing it's good.

Mikayla is very young, but it is easy to forget that when looking at her on stage, with that sexpot look. With age she will become more consistent in her performance, I'm sure. She can positively sparkle on stage sometimes, and then sometimes she's a scared child. But she would be easy to coach into something truly amazing - it is simple when you're handed that much great raw material. And she already has a signature sound (or should I say, method of pronunciation?) when she sings any song, which is totally unique. Ultimately she will not last much longer, in my opinion, because she hasn't embraced her uniqueness and tried to mold it into something that people want - she doesn't realize when she annoys. I hope she will come back if they do another AI, though. She will kick butt in a couple of years.

Jessica is a bad version of Carrie, in my opinion. She can sing, but lacks that star quality. She's like Anwar, more concerned about singing the song the "right" way than enjoying it. If Carrie is nothing unusual in the country market, Jessica is even less so. And I don't see her making it in the pop market, either. She's just not powerful enough in any particular genre - or maybe I should say she hasn't tried to commit to one. Maybe she's meant for jazz or blues? That would be interesting to hear.

-rizzir

Posted by: rizzir at March 23, 2005 10:55 PM