Interesting week on American Idol. Glad each contestant sang two songs because the first round certainly showed my age. Talent is talent, no matter what song they're singing, but it's hard to judge originality and style when I've never heard the songs before. Round two was much more my cup of tea - or Diet Coke, as the case may be.
I judged it as a three-way tie. Joshua, Colton and Skylar each received 9 out of 10 points on my personal rating scale. After Joshua's first song, Dave said, "He just set the standard for every other contestant to try to reach." His second song, Change is Gonna Come, didn't quite hit his own high mark.
Colton started with a Lady Ga-Ga song that I've heard but wasn't terribly familiar with. The low notes in the verses were a little off pitch, but the rest was great. For his second number he chose Earth Wind and Fire's September. Wow! Just, WOW!! The judges, didn't like it, but what do they know? It was original, it was beautiful, it was Colton. The consensus at our house - the judges are certifiable, Tom Cruise NUTS!!
I have consistently berated Skylar because she sings basically the same song every week. While I would still like to hear her try something slower and quieter (even Alice Cooper sings a ballad on occasion), her two choices last night were "different". Different from what she usually sings, and different from the original. A reviewer for the New York Times said Skylar sang Lady Ga-ga's Born This Way "in a way that made it sound like her own personal anthem".
Jessica was close behind the leaders, with 8 points. Hollie held her own, though she may have proven that R&B is not her thing. My prediction for the bottom two would be Phillip (every song sounds the same and he never makes eye contact) and Elise...poor Elise. I really WANT to like her, she has great technical skill, but every song leaves me flat. Oh, except her rendition of Let's Get it On. Marvin Gaye's version is smooth as butter - hers was vinegar!
Dancing With the Stars held Latin Week. At the risk of sounding 15, Katherine Jenkins was awesome! She has a second career as a dancer if that opera thing doesn't pan out. Also loved Donald, William and Jaleel. No one, Gavin included, was surprised that he went home. He's a talented singer and enjoyable, but rhythm escapes him.
But the biggest news? Little Laura Ingalls got bleeped! :)