It's important to remember that the judges hear the performances very differently than we do at home, the acoustics of the hall, the mob screaming behind them, the PA sound bouncing around, all these major factors can really change your opinion of a given performance. Thus Randy revising his thoughts on hearing Jessica at home. In the hall it's all excitement and echoes and weird mixes. At home it's clean and relatively naked, and you can totally hear when pitch is off. They can't fake their way though the TV audio. That's why the judges mis-judge pitch a lot live. They often call a singer out on pitch when at home you can hear it's fine. TV audio does not lie.
It's kind of ridiculous at this point: Jessica is 1,000% better than anybody else--Jimmy basically says it, the judges basically just said it during the save, there literally is no contest anymore.
But. Jessica does not sing anything a kid would want to listen to. She sings diva songs and mature R&B stuff, she sings like a polished 40-year old. Not hip at all. Adult music. What 14-23 year old would buy her records? Nobody. She's in that whole Whitney-Celine-Blige bag and truly kills it, but she's way out of her own demo, and that's a problem for a 16 year old.
Add to the confusion those at home voting on looks, age, gender, whatever. The home voters have proven themselves to be seriously flaky vis a vis being able to reward true talent over charisma and sex appeal.
Though I wouldn't mind if the voters would just do their job and cut through all the judges' crapola and simply vote for a true idol: someone beautiful, sexy and cool who can sing relevant, contemporary, ORIGINAL pop-rock with a 14-23 year old demo appeal. THAT is what American Idol is supposed to be about, but rarely is. It's more of an AOR Glee-fest.
And we hear there is this mass of hysterical 12 year old girls who do most of the voting. I wouldn't doubt it based on some of the bottom three groupings.
Gotta love Jimmy's Phillip analysis echoing what I've been saying from the very beginning: Phillip clones Dave Mathews. More to the point, he literally APES him. Style, voice, even looks somewhat. Even wardrobe. DM always wears those junky clothes on stage, hence Phillip's predilection for grunge duds. I mean, if you want DM, buy his music. Who needs a second DM? I can't even stand ONE DM, never mind two.
Skylar is just another in a long line of spitkicker trailer trash ugly Gretchen Wilson Redneck Woman clones. Idol cranks these out like a string of fat sausages, pandering to the evangelical gun-toting bible-thumpers. It's truly pathetic and demeaning to music in general.
Holly seems not to be getting a square deal. Weird criticisms from the judges over pitch. That's baloney, no pitch problems there. She's better than they give her credit for, they're doing a bag job on her. She was a little physically stiff in her last performance, but so was Joshua almost grotesquely, let's just call it, "stylizing".
An almost satirical stereotyping of a mincing, flouncing gay man. But the judges just ate it up. Now Joshua is an attractive, talented and exciting performer. But his stage act as realized on Idol is only appropriate for a gay club. Which is fine, no problem, that's beautiful. More power to him. But why are the judges completely ignoring that 800 lb. gorilla in the room? They're quick to savage anyone for stylizing with Broadway musical stage mannerisms as inappropriate for the show. So a performer's mannerisms are fair game. And Joshua's mannerisms are overt and extreme. I guess political correctness rules over sanity with the judges.
Now you might say Adam Lambert made that work. I'd say no, we're not talking at all about being gay per se, that's irrelevant. We're talking about only a performer's mannerisms on stage, what they communicate through body language. Adam didn't mince, flounce, skip or diva it up. He simply kicked ass every time out. He was obviously gay, but wasn't awkwardly trying to emulate or impersonate female mannerisms in his act. Two entirely different presentations. And sexual preference independent.
Colton's great, an all-too-rare actual POP-ROCK performer in the making on the show. As opposed to country-pop pap. He's top 3 for sure.
Elise, she's a band singer. A pretty good one. There are Elises all over America at Six Flags and in bars and at country fairs. She has neither the looks nor the voice nor the uniqueness to ever sell a single recording. There's just nothing special about her at this level. She's getting votes at this point on sheer likeability which is ok. But an Idol? Please.
Jessica obviously deserves it. But can she survive singing middle-aged lady material at age 16? And like they said of Obama, is America ready for an Asian American Idol? I hope so, because she's a freaking Phenomenon. And everybody knows it.
Edited by Maruuk, 14 April 2012 - 04:40 AM.