Round of 6: Love Songs - April 25
One of our favorite catch phrases at the net is
Spread the love. And thats what the six finalists are doing, as we are one
month, give or take a day, away from crowning your next American Idol.
Tonights class: classic love songs. Tonights all-star tutor, set to perform
tomorrow night: classical music artist Andrea Bocelli.
Ill give you a moment to compose yourself, as you are no doubt in bated glee
over the news.
Joining Bocelli, who resembles God if he had a singing voice, is uberproducer
David Foster, who produced his latest opus, Amore. I own the CD, and I love it
As for David Foster, well, I think 14 Grammys speak for themselves.
The six Idols meet Andrea and David, and get right to work, warming up and such,
as if this were glee club class. And already, David Foster is my hero. If you
cant cut it in my studio, youre gone. Period. If you cant bring something new
to the table, youre gonna die in the
Words of wisdom from Andrea: You become great only if its your destiny.
We start with a Kat. Katharine McPhee starts the show with I Have Nothing by
Whitney Houston. Playing from the book of David Foster. Sounds like another move
of sheer bravado. A round of Russian roulette if you will... Watch your step. I
think Katharine has a great... GREAT future. That parlays into a bit of an
operetta duet with Andrea.
What they say: Randy was a bit worried. He liked the song choice, but complains
that this song is too big for her and that it didnt come close. Paula said that
there were pitch problems and that she should know what her money is (her
intimate vocal). Simon: By choosing that
song, you are saying that I am as good as Whitney Houston. Youre not. That was
What we say: The lower register seems to pose a challenger for our favorite
female here. But the meal ticket is the power note. And while she may not
realize it, shes showing a lot of bereavement... This whole performance, we
come to realize while we should rename her Katharine McPh34r. Because everyone
has reason to ph34r her. Not necessarily because that was good... but because
shes playing Russian roulette every week.
Yaminions unite, Elliott Yamin is next. He sings A Song For You by Donny
Hathaway. It was the first song he sang to get his foot in the door during the
first audition. He wanted to honor Donny Hathaways music as well.
What they say: Randy hated the arrangement... but he loved Elliott. Paula was
moved to tears... literally. And Simon is laughing. But he calls it a vocal
What we say: David was trying like hell to make Elliott come out of the song and
bring himself forward... It worked... but just that well. Will it be too little
too late for our Elliott? Time will only tell. But still, his best performance.
Next up, time to see what Kellie Pickler picked. Shes dedicating her
performance of the Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody to a future
boyfriend. I dont personally give a flip about future boyfriends, but this
song is an Idol mainstay. Its made and/or broken some
contestants. Keeping it strictly on the real. If she messes this up, itll be
over so bad, shell have to dig up to come down from the amount of suckage.
What they say: Randy: You think you butchered this one too, huh? Kellie: I
dont know. Im just really scared. There were pitch problems from a poor song
choice. Paula doesnt see her raising her game at all. Simon: I think that
deserved tears but for a very different reason. I thought it was like the
neverending song. It was so monotonous and so bland. There was no warmth from
What we say: Kinda boring, flat, and robotic, actually. I defer to my twin
What Dangelo says: Alright. Ive heard this song defaced enough.
Next up, Paris Bennett meets David & Andrea to train on Barbras The Way We
Were. She said that she has to choose this song wisely. She has volume like
me. Thats good, Andrea. I would sing the first eight bars softer, David
notes. Lets see if she takes the less-is-more approach.
What they say: Randy thought it was pretty good. Paula thought she oversang it.
Simon thought she was impersonating an older artist.
What we say: Sounds like the softer side of Paris is taking its toll on her
instrument, because shes not tapping into ranges that she knows that he can
perform in. Shes not used to going down into the mezzo piano, and its going to
Next, its the General of the Soul Patrol, Taylor Hicks. He sings Just Once by
James Ingram. David says that this could be the big score of the night. He has
the most charisma, but how will it play tonight?
What they say: Randy thought it was the wrong song, calling it weird karaoke.
Paula thought it was perfect. Simon compared it to hotel lounges.
What we say: Not Taylors best moment. Lots of pitch problems.
One more on deck, its Chris Daughtry. He sings Bryan Adams Have You Ever
Really Loved a Woman. He tries laying down singing it... Actually came out
better, as Chris is forced to use his diaphragm.
What they say: Randy says amazing. Paula loved it. Simon said good song choice.
What we say: Wait for it...
Wait for it...
The diaphragm is money. Performance of the night.
And thats the performance as watched by two eclectic music fans... to the sumup...
Spreading the love: Elliott, Chris
Holding back the love: Katharine, Taylor
Spreading ... well, something else: Paris, Kellie
Now we hear from two more eclectic music fans, one of which has a grandmother
who is ALSO an eclectic music fan.
Eclectic music fans are cool, arent they?
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