"Round of 9: Classic
Musicals" - April 5-6
It's Tuesday, it's 8pm, it's time to party.
After loving the 90s to the point where Jessica Sierra just had to leave, we
get... Broadway Musicals! Not just any Broadway musicals, mind you. CLASSIC
Broadway musicals. Ryan notes that this week may put the contestants on edge, as
they have never seen the musicals or heard the songs.
First up, Scott Savol dreams "The Impossible
Dream" from "Man of La Mancha" after having a heart to heart with his mama.
Yeah, you always listen to mama, until...
What they say: Randy calls the song tough, and
the start shaky. "It was just a'ight for me." Preprogrammed Paula calls the
performance heartfelt and relates the way Scott picks songs that tell the story
of his life. Simon called it ordinary. Paula retorts with "extraordinary."
What we say: God, I wish Paula would shut up.
Yeah, way to a) be flat all the time, b) forget the words, and c) just be
undesirable all around. Of all the ways to start the show, why start it like
Next up, Constantine Maroulis, who was an actor
in a lot of musicals, entertains us with another Rogers and Hart tune, "My Funny
Valentine" from "Babes in Arms."
What they say: Randy keeps it most real. "I
didn't really buy the whole rocker thing. THIS is the best you've sang anything.
Unbelievable! I was like 'What?!'" Paula admits that she's falling in love with
him. "You're the perfect role model for guys to get into musicals." Simon thinks
he's grown in confidence, and calls it the "best pouting performance ever seen
on American Idol," giving it a 9.
What we say: Not the best Constantine
performance, but among the best. The arrangement was pretty hard, and
Constantine made something of it, and for that, he gets mad props. But he
sounded a little bit out of energy at the end. Hope that doesn't hurt him.
And he toured with Rent? Well.. got my vote.
Next up is Carrie Underwood, who found this theme hard. She stretches herself
outside of her bounds again with "Hello Young Lovers" from "The King & I". Not
the Chow Yun-Fat version, mind you.
What they say: Randy thinks the song is
boring... but she sung it well and well-controlled. Paula says she looks simply
stunning and sounded elegant. "The audience is swelling with you." Simon agrees
with Randy, as he relates it to "a dishwashing soap commercial from 1965."
What we say: That was as cellophane as it gets.
Sure it sounded good, but I saw right through the heart of it and what Carrie
was selling, I wasn't buying for a second. I can tell that she was very
uncomfortable, as I saw the "deer in the headlights" in her eyes. It's all in
Seven weeks until we name a successor to
Fantasia, who, as luck would have it, is on the show tomorrow. Meanwhile,
Vonzell Solomon on deck with "People" from "Funny Girl". I always loved this
song. Let's see how she does.
What they say: Randy says "You just keep getting
better and better every week. I think a girl might win this year. Brilliant."
Paula calls Vonzell on her high note and says something about her being
unbelievable. Simon thought it was good (not great) and controlled, but was left
kind of cold, relating to last year's performance of "Summertime."
What we say: Vonzell was dead on tonight. She
sang the arrangement. She told the story. If I had one beef, it would be her
stage presence, as she was kind of stand-offish tonight. But maybe it was just
Now to Anthony Fedorov, who wants to "Climb
Ev'ry Mountain" ("The Sound of Music").
What they say: Randy did not like that. "It was
flat all over the place." Paula called it "interesting." Simon has only one
What we say: I didn't think it was possible, but
Anthony sounded worse than he did last week! The song was in his range, but
still his voice is too weak for it. And it looked like the band was feeding him
shots. Again, agreeing with the guys on this one.
Nikko Smith, please save us with "One Hand, One
Heart." He remembers seeing this from "West Side Story."
What they say: Randy says he keeps it
contemporary. "Wasn't your best performance, but it was good." Paula calls Nikko
the comeback kid. Simon calls Nikko on the big note savior, saying that the
first part was out of tune.
What we say: Hard to sing two parts of one duet,
isn't it? Nikko started a bit shaky, but found a groove and got into it. And he
played around with it. A good thing. But again, you have to play ball all the
Anwar Robinson should have a field day with "If
Ever I Would Leave You" from "Camelot". He sure KNOWS of the song, at least.
What they say: Randy: "Welcome back, baby. You
are one of the best singers tonight." Paula agrees with Randy, calling Anwar
brilliant. Simon says "You seem very comfortable." And Ryan cuts him off.
What we say: Anwar is back in his form. He did
what Nikko couldn't, which is go from start to finish. The tone is right there,
and he's telling the story. My only thing is that he's stationary. He needs to
start interacting, or else voters will interact with him. Sure America's a bit
off, but we're not stupid. At least I don't think so.
Bo Bice has song choice down to a science, "I
close my eyes, point to the page, fingers crossed." End result: "Corner of the
Sky" from "Pippin."
What they say: Randy calls him "consistently
great". Paula: "You deserve to be on this stage. You're a winner." Simon thinks
that he had two bad weeks and needs to pick up.
What we say: I like this arrangement. And Bo's
in his element, but he's missing something from his previous performances that
made him what he was. Kind of like he was forced to do it. And I'm calling him
on it right now. It sounded forced.
And finally, it's Nadia Turner with "As Long As
He Needs Me" form "Oliver!". She's coming off of a high so far, let's see how
What they say: Randy calls it a great
performance. Paula calls it beautiful. Simon calls her the strongest she's been
in weeks, but will see to it that Ryan doesn't choose the themes anymore. Hear
What we say: Better than Vonzell. A great ending
to the show. Just bang on right there, and she reached a part of her audience
that Vonzell didn't. The latter could be in a bit of trouble.
So to sum up...
Tony winners: Constantine, Anwar (he's back), Nadia
Obie winners: Carrie, Vonzell, Nikko
Grand opening, grand closing: Scott, Anthony, Bo
But that's just me. Let's see what America
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