Wednesday, May 09, 2007
'Idol' chatter: And then there were three
We're at the point of "American Idol" where you can be fairly certain that all the remaining contestants will get record deals.

So as we say goodbye to LaKisha Jones, who was the most amateur of the final four, I wonder where she fits in. She can do great singing gospel; Christian-themed music suits her low-key personality better. And I think her records will be solid because her studio voice will be much more controlled than her live voice.

But now it's on to Blake, Jordin and Melinda. Next week they'll each get three songs, with music executive Clive Davis picking one song for each contestant (probably after a five-minute video montage showing how great he is). Davis gets a lot of criticism for his song choices -- justifiably, because they're usually awful choices. I can only surmise that he intentionally takes the singers out of their comfort zones.

Which means Blake Lewis could a chance to shine, since he's easily the most inventive of the three. The most pressure is on my favorite, Melinda Doolittle. I hope she breaks out a little "Chain of Fools" to get back the momentum she's lost over the past few weeks. But then again, Simon will probably call her old-fashioned.

Jordin Sparks still seems the odds-on favorite, which is a'ight with me, dawg. And she is young, so she has room to grow.

Song suggestions, anyone?
I wish Idol would go back to genre instead of a specific artists work. I thought the choice of songs (while legendary) were not suited for solos. I'm not sure how the finalists would have made these songs stand out. But if they could have chosen music from the "disco" era, Gibb could still have mentored and there would be many wonderful songs to choose from.
I'll be glued to the TV to watch who wins. What an interesting group of finalists....Melinda is so talented but not high on stage presence. My guess is that it'll be Jordin or Blake to win the final.
I'd like to see Blake sing some Sublime . . . he's just got that look about him.
Tough week for the idols. However, they sang the Bee Gee songs better than Barry Gibb. He looked terrible and sounded worse. The songs were distinctive Bee Gees, so it was hard for the idols. I thought Blake did much better on his first song, than the judges did. That's probably why he made it through. His beat-boxing was needed on his first song. However, Randy is right, it does not have to be on every song. Blake will have a solid recording career, but his idol career comes to an end next week. Which leaves Mindy-Do and Jordin. Melinda has become boring. She sings great, but as Simon would say, "so what?". Jordin has great energy and is fun to watch and listen. Also, her stature means that girls can literaly look up to her. Melinda has been the favorite all season. However, as it comes down the wire, Jordin looks and sounds more like an American Idol. She wins in the end!
Blake's beat boxing gets old. He will have a solid recording career, but his American Idol career is over next week. Melinda has been the favorite, but she is boring. She can sing, but as Simon says, "so what?". Jordin looks and sounds like what an American Idol should be. 17, and a stature that girls can literaly look up to. Jordin wins it all!
So many people claim that Blake has such "originality." Ok, he beatboxes ... so what? Every song he sings sounds the same. And they all sound like they're being performed by Coldplay. I've yet to be wowed by any of his notes.

I like the two ladies. Of the two, Jordin seems to be more "American Idol" material, but I'll be all over Melinda's CD when it hits stores.
Let's see Jordan attempt a little Fergie... kidding. Anyway, I think Blake could do a little LIVE or TONIC, or even... the FREY??

Melinda should pull out a little Beyonce, Whitney, or delve into a more gospel country song with a Faith Hill classic or Martina genre.

Jordan, well... I am hoping she makes another bad song choice. My inner anti-Jordan would like to see her screaming banchee voice and heart shaped cuteness on the ride back home.

She has a gospel feel... so I can't help but wonder if maybe something by Michelle Branch- I think she could be perfect...

Just end this season already... I can't say as anyone's CD is all that appealing to me!
Blake-"Keeping My Head on Straight"
Melinda- "When the Lights Go Down (Faith Hill)
Jordan- "1,000 Miles"

I could see it.
I'd like to see Melinda sing some Tina Turner. At times her voice and style of singing is similar.
I just don't get it. Blake is mediocre at best. He is not original, he is like something from junior high. The other contestants have quality and prescence and the talent to go on to careers in the music field. They have depth in their range and the are so far above Blake in talent he should be embarrassed
The winner had better be either Jordin, or Melinda...Blake is a 'one trick pony'. He is not versatile enough...So much so that he has to tweak each song to fit his style.

Melinda isn't as marketable as Jordin. Jordin is the odds-on favorite. -- It's her's to lose!
3 songs for each? Is that within one hour or two hours? Idol producers need to shorten the programs. Results night need not take one to two hours.
Melinda needs to sing "Proud Mary". Game, set, match.
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