May 4/5 - Finals Round 8
It's true what they say,
there's a moon out tonight. And not just because it
happens to be full, but because it's Big Band night on
Idol. Somewhere, John Stevens is kicking himself. Here
backing up the music sounds like the same band from
season one, when Kelly came to play, RJ messed up the
words, and Christina just plain fainted out of the
competition. Diana DeGarmo hopes not to make the same
mistake. Now this week, each singer has a two-song set,
so I'm firing up a new Idol Chart for that. She starts
out with "Someone to Watch Over Me". The dress is an
improvement. Too bad I can't say the same about her
vocal range. Seems like she does the best when she's
hyper, and you just can't do that with this song. It's
mediocre at best to start, but it gets better. Once she
stops talking through her mid-set blurb ("Thanks you
guys! You guys rock!" Feh.), she tells everyone to "Get
Happy". I'm still not a fan, but you have to appreciate
the way she owns the performance. Still a couple of
notes that I'm not a fan of. Basically, a 7 that offsets
a 3. It was just okay. Better, but not quite the power
player she SHOULD be by now.
Randy: I never think of age, I just think that yo,
this girl's the bomb. Like a seasoned talent already.
Paula: This is the night for you. You picked two
songs that suit you beautifully.
Simon: Well let's be clear; I didn't choose that
[dress]. I think this is your style of music. My only
slight reservation is 16-year-old sounding like a
50-year-old in a contemporary singing competition. You
are an old soul.
And a jolly old soul was she. And we call for our George
Huff to sing "Cheek to Cheek". He sounds more old
school, more Ben Vereen. Still a little "having to
grow", but the song choice suits him on this and his
second selection, "What a Wonderful World". Again,
beautiful tone, good song choice. Chances are he'll get
some of John's votes from last week, judging from
singing alone. BUT I have one concern here... He's a
very good singer, but the performance itself reeked of
safety. Come on, man... Give me a run, give me a high
note. Bounce a little! DO SOMETHING!!!
Randy: You picked two great songs. They were
really good, but really safe. I was looking for
something. George, give me a high note or something! I
didn't feel George in this song.
Paula: I found it truly enchanting. (from here,
Paula's mic becomes muffled).
Simon: I have to agree with Randy. I love this
kind of music. Tonight is about being cool. You could go
on any Caribbean cruise liner and hear that.
True dat, true dat. Next up, La Toya London, who's "Too
Close for Comfort". Obviously, now. What can I say that
hasn't been said already. Is it possible that she could
be too good? Or are we past that phase of the
competition? In any event, definitely came to play
tonight. Reminds me of Natalie Cole. And she's honest.
You gotta love that. Second song: "Don't Rain on My
Parade" from "Funny Girl." Definitely Big Band-ish. And
she suits it nicely. Again.
Randy: For me to you, right now, this is the kind
of music you were meant to sing. All the personality we
were waiting to see is right here. This is your groove,
Paula: It's just another type of album that would
sell millions and millions.
Simon: This is meant as a compliment. I will give
you 10 out of 10 for a very good Broadway performance.
That'll do. "The Way You Look Tonight" is Jasmine Trias'
first song. It's trademark Jasmine, starting off strong
but delicate, ending weak but delicate. You know, it's
nice, but you know, so what? She makes up for it (in
presentation) in her second song, "Almost Like Being in
Love". Vocally, it was the same. Like, eh, she's a good
singer, but then again, so are the other four. And she's
not really that great either.
Randy: Very good performance. I'm looking for
"Dude! I feel it! Bring it on!"
Paula: I've seen tremendous performance. It's a
thrill for you and I've enjoyed it.
Simon: I don't think Jasmine has grown. She's
been steady, consistent. You had to pull something out
of the hat tonight, and she didn't. It was predictable.
I don't think "very pleasant" is good enough in this
stage of the competition.
Ryan disagrees to the point where Randy and Simon are
challenged to sing on stage. They get up... and go back
down. They're either chicken or they got the red light
from Fox and/or Coca-Cola. I'm betting on the former.
One more for you, as we get Fantasia Barrino putting a
swingin' spin on Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called
Love" Personally, I didn't think it could be done, but
props to her for being a risk taker. She starts going
into the nasal thing again, and falls flat a couple
times, mostly on strata and the tailing off note at the
end. Will she do better on Frankie's "What Are You Doing
the Rest of Your Life?" In a word, yes. Still a tad
whiny, but this is the Fantasia I like, the one that
shines through the performance with raw talent. Don't
know why, really.
Randy: That song was absolutely brilliant. It's
that tone. It's about tone, people! Even though that was
a subdued Fantasia performance, still unbelievable.
Paula: I don't know what to say. Just good.
Simon: Honestly, it's so clear to me. You and La
Toya are just in a different league.
True, but is it on talent or something else? We'll see
with the vote, won't we? We're on that phase where every
elimination will be quite deserved. On that note: Should
and will be in the bottom two: George and Jasmine.
Chico's Idol Chart - Big Band (or: "Waaah waaah waaah
1 - La Toya
2 - Fantasia
3 - George
4 - Diana
5 - Jasmine
And the second chart...
1 - La Toya
2 - Fantasia
3 - Diana
4 - George
5 - Jasmine
After one final five round.
1 La Toya (10)
2 Fantasia (8)
3 George and Diana (5)
5 Jasmine (2)