Wednesday, March 30, 2011

American Idol Top 11: Overall Recap

I'm new to the blogging world, so hello out there. It's 4 in the morning, so it's the perfect time to start a blog, right?

My posts will mostly be about American Idol, which I am absolutely obsessed with right now. There are some good talents, I'm enjoying the judges, and I'm in love with a contestant.
Without further ado, I'll start my overall recap/opinion of the Idols.

The Girls
Thia Megia: Oh Thia... First of all her name is awesome and hilarious, she sounds like she should be a cartoon character. And she dresses pretty cute on stage. But her singing...well I've been a little bored. All these ballads from the girls have bored me to death! I'm not really sure in which genre she belongs. Maybe it's the Disney genre, because after "Colors of the Wind" she is suited for a Disney Princess movie. She needs to step out her game or she's following Haley out of here.

Pia Toscano, a.k.a. Perfect Pia, Celine Dion Wannabe: First of all, Pia, I have a bone to pick with you. You need to back off of my man Paul. I called dibs on January 27th during his audition. Plus, he's clearly not interested in you. Second, stop being so perfect. WE GET IT!! With her perfect hair (weave??), in it's perfect glossy shade of black, and her skin the perfect shade of orange...I'm over it. I gained some respect for her during the wrestling montage with Paul and James, but it's tentative. Onto the singing, she needs to stop with the ballads. I don't want to see her stand behind the microphone like a robot again. When she sang "I'll Stand By You," I was a fan. But now, I'm over it. And I didn't like her year of birth song either, so I'm not sure what to do with her. Oh Perfect Pia...

Lauren Alaina, a.k.a. Steven's Pet: Please stop flirting with Steven and Randy or dancing next to them while they're in a chair, it looks like she's about to give them a lapdance or something. It's kind of creepy, seeing as she's 16 and all. And apparently, so is her mom, or at least she's trying to be. Look, I liked her in her audition. I tried to stay with it, but it was kind of hard to. Lauren has been getting slowly better, but if she wants to stay in the competition, she has to step it a bit.

Haley Reinhart, a.k.a. Mariah Barbie: Again, I tried to like her. I tried closing my eyes when she sang, which helped a bit, but not much. She just doesn't know who she is yet, which is fine and all, just a little confusing for everyone. Quite frankly, I'm surprised she wasn't booted out of the competition yet. Even Haley was surprised she hasn't left yet! She needs to stop experimenting and get down to business. Seriously. Or else Haley is out. In fact, I predict she leaves tonight.

Naima Adedapo: I loved her audition, loved her story, loved her uniqueness, but now.... Naima has fallen a little flat for me. The only performance I liked was "Dancing in the Street" because I loved the African dancing she did. I thought it was especially cool when iy started raining in the studio. Wowzers. I like her ethnic vibe because it brings something different to the show, but I think if Naima doesn't spread her horizons she'll be stuck.

Overall: The girls aren't very strong this season. I'm not really a fan of any of the girls, but I can only imagine how much people love Perfect Pia and Stephen's Pet. Fortunately for me, and everyone else, that means even more of the talented boys. Eff yes! But unfortunately for me, since people love Perfect Pia's Perfection, I'll be seeing a lot of her this season. Isn't it bad enough I have to see her on tour too? Booo.

The Boys (a.k.a. The Talent)

Stefano Langone, a.k.a. Lucas Lanes: "What the eff does his nickname mean??" is what you're thinking right now. At my house he is referred to as Lucas Lanes because he looks like the adult version of my brother's friend, Lucas. (Deal with it, it's his nickname for the short time he remains on the show.) Where to begin? Oh, yes, I think he needs to go. Last weeks performance was hard to watch and listen to. Snoozefest! Look, I'm not one who compares Idol performances to past ones, but David Cook did at least 50 times better with "Hello". Then again, David Cook is 50 times more talented. Stefano is rather boring, and when he whispered "I love you" at the end of last week's performance, I gagged and laughed at the same time. Super creepy. Good bye, Lucas Lanes.

Jacob Lusk: To be quite honest, we don't really listen to Jacob over here (mostly because I talk through it). He's getting on my nerves with his flamboyance, nothing wrong with that, I'm just annoyed. The judges seem to LOVE Jacob so much, but it's hard to hear him sing when you're busy cracking up over the ridiculous faces he makes when singing. I don't have much else to say. Just go back to singing at church, that way I'll never chance running into.

Onto the cream of the crop...

Scotty McCreery, a.k.a. Alfred E. Newman: Scotty looks just like the cartoon guy who is on the cover of MAD Magazine! No joke. Look it up, because I have no clue how to post pictures. Anywho, Scotty has the deepest voice known to mankind which always seems to startle and surprise me when he opens his mouth. For goodness sake, he's 17!! That's effin insane. Justin Beiber will never reach his level (speaking of the Beibmeister, I saw on Twitter that Paul called Scotty the country Beiber. Hilarious! And true). Stealing lines from my orthodontist, Scotty is almost too good... He is so consistent, it's almost annoying! But that doesn't stop the 12-14 girls (maybe even later, because most teenage girls don't know talent when it slaps them in the face) from voting for him because he's super cute. Give it up, girls! Scotty doesn't care about you all anyway. According to his Twitter, it was all Holy Sweet Jesus H. Christ that got him where he is today, not his fans, family, or even his own talent. Nope, it was Jesus. Of course it was, Scotty...

Casey Abrams, I call him Cabrams: Oh Casey, who plays the bassy... I'm a fan, of both Casey and his parents. They were frickin hilarious, and his dad looks like Mr. Magoo. Casey is a very talented performer, he can sing and play different instruments, yadda yadda. I loved his performance of "I'll Put a Spell on You," it was my second favorite of the Top 12 guys. Then "With a Little Help From my Friends" (or whatever the title is), he did a good job. And JLo called him sexy again, which is debatable. I thought his performance of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was better than the judges said. He took a risk and looked psycho in the process, but I thought he pulled it off. Then, Motown week was just weird for him. First of all, what was up with his whole look? His hair looked ridiculous, and he looked uncomfortable in what he was wearing. Second, I didn't think his performance was that great. The judges gushed over it, explaining their shock to his almost elimination. I wasn't too shocked. But the second best moment of the results show was when he was saved and said, "Oh my effing god." Classic! He deserved to stay just for that alone. He's in my top 5 favorites, but I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't win. Although my dad did call his win during his audition, and he's usually right about who wins. He predicted David Cook and Daughtery, and he should have won.

James Durbin, a.k.a. Twitch: Yeah, I know his nickname sounds a little mean, but it's term of endearment. My mom started calling him Twitch during Hollywood because she couldn't remember his name. Now it's become his nickname, and it sounds like badass wrestler or rockstar name. Plus, his tourettes are awesome. They really are (especially when Hulk Hogan came onstage, Twitch's reaction and facial expressions were amazing. This is not sarcasm, I love that James has tourettes, it makes me respect what he's doing that much more). My only issue with James is the scarf tail. I've been saying fRor quite some time that it looks like he's pooping a scarf when it's really long. Onto his singing, Twitch is very talented. Thank goodness Adam Lambert helped pave the way for musicians like James, because it adds something special to the show. When he rocks out and really gets into the song, he is fun to watch and listen to. I want James to go far so that we can see him sing with Steven Tyler. But if James starts going all poppy (pop-y, whatever) on us, he'll face my wrath.
Oh! And I loved the wrestling montage. I loved seeing that my two favorite Idols are buds and can have fun doing stupid stuff like that together. The pan was the best part! Not to mention Paul was excellent with his falls.

And last but certainly not least, my favorite Idol...
Paul McDonald, a.k.a. P McD and My Future Fiancé: Where to begin with Paul? I guess from the beginning (I'll try and condense). I originally refused to watch American Idol this season, but my darling mother convinced me otherwise, so I first watch Milwaukee and Nashville auditions. During Nashville, I saw this rather attractive guy sing "Maggie May" in a raspy, unique, and stunning voice. I was floored. Hollywood week rolls around, and I search for this Paul person. With no luck, I turn to the internet only to discover he is part of this AMAZING band, "The Grand Magnolias." I immediately bought it on iTunes. The next week he made it to the Top 24, finally featured on the show, and that's how I feel in love with Idol (again) and Paul McDonald.
Obviously, P McD is super cute, has a blinding smile, is charming, and all around amazing. Paul is easily one of the most talented this season, and possibly on the whole show. He can sing so well and stunningly, can play multiple instruments (guitar, paino - which hopefully he busts out tonight - harmonica, etc.), writes songs, and can dance, although it's not great dancing, I love it. Anywhoo, onto performances. Top 24, "Maggie May" = many hearts melted. He truly tells a story when he sings, and when he smiles he just pulls the audience in. His voice wss made for this song. "Come Pick Me Up" was not his best. At the beginning he was a little pitchy, but he picked it up at the end. The studio version of this song is great. "I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues" was a great performance, despite him being sick. Although it sucked to see him mess up the last note, and just a few other notes, overall this song was done beautifully. "The Tracks of my Tears" was probably Paul's best yet. He made it his own, busted out his rad new guitar, and melted hearts with his rendition. His eyes sparkled when he sang, and he really did sing it with the same passion he does with his own songs.
I cannot wait to see what P McD does tonight, but I really want to hear him do "Levon." Paul will make it pretty far in this competition, as long as America accepts unique artists. When Paul has his moment on the show, I bet we'll all be blown away.
I hope I've made my love and support of Paul abundantly clear.

Overall: Easy enough, the boys are the talent. A guy is going to win again, it's just inevitable. I'm very impressed with the boys this year, especially Paul, James, Casey. I bet the Top 5 will be 4 boys + Pia (unfortunately). You heard it hear first folks (folk?), there will be another male winner of American Idol.

So my Personal Top 5?
1) Paul
2) James
3) Paul
4) Casey
5) Paul

But if I take the other two Pauls out, I guess Scotty would take one place...

So there ya go! That's my take on American Idol so far. I shall post a review of their performances tonight or tomorrow.

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