I don’t know if I’ll do this each week out, but here are all of the things I posted to Facebook while this week’s American Idol performance show was in progress:
1. Time for IDOL! Which means three minutes of Awesome (Crystal) surrounded by generous helpings of Meh, with a couple of nice-sized dollops of FAIL.
2. Siobhan: Why is she good, again? Because all I hear is a damn screeching machine. Bleccchhh.
3. Casey James: Way better than Siobhan. His eterni-grin is a bit distracting, and this song is exactly vocally demanding. This guy isn’t made to sing the kind of stuff an Idol winner has to sing, though.
4. Michael: Huh. I liked that performance a lot. Good job for him.
5. Didi: Now, there’s the Meh.
6. Ahhhh, Tim is singing now. And somewhere in America, Lilly Scott just emptied a revolver into her teevee.
7. Andrew seems to have found some of his mojo again. This is actually a pretty good performance after he was staggeringly awful last week.
8. Katie: Meh. (But to be fair, I’ve never been a big fan of this song, so it would have to be an extraordinary performance to trip my trigger. I guess she’s doing OK with it.)
9. HEY IDOL JUDGES: Great songs are great songs. Screw the “Do something contemporary” nonsense.
10. Lee: I didn’t think he was as good as the judges do, but he was pretty good. This episode has been the most enjoyable of this season. Only two Meh’s and one disaster thus far!
11. Crystal: Yeah, that’s the stuff! (And Randy? Nobody gives a shit if you like the outfit. Shut the f*** up about what everybody’s wearing.)
12. Every time I see Aaron, I have flashbacks to the first season of “Malcolm in the Middle”. And he’s got his hair in a faux-hawk. And he’s not that good a singer. Meh!
13. Flip a coin: Didi or Tim should go.
Why Randy Jackson feels the need to comment on everybody’s clothes is beyond me. I also tire of Kara Dioguardi’s tendency to say stuff; the show would be better served if the camera just panned past her. And I’m really tired of hearing judges tell contestants that they should do something “more contemporary” or that what they did is “old-fashioned”.
Anyhow, there it is. This season has so far been a lot less good than previous years, because the singers have been awfully mediocre. But this week’s show was better than it’s been thus far.
"I also tire of Kara Dioguardi's tendency to say stuff; the show would be better served if the camera just panned past her. "
Wow Jacquandor. I think that came off a lot more sexist than you meant it to.
But I do enjoy the image of Lilly putting a couple of bullets in her TV.
I'm not sure why that should come off as sexist; it's an observation that she has nothing of any import to say at all, nothing insightful, nothing that adds anything at all. Nothing to do with the fact that she's a woman; I simply find her the most useless of all the judges.
You don't want her to comment, but you still want her to sit there and look pretty? That's what I got from "the camera should should pan past her" as opposed to, eg, a suggestion that they shouldn't have added her to the show. I know it's not what you meant, but…
Anyway, I think she takes herself a little too seriously, but the show doesn't work without someone who's willing to argue with Simon.
Well, no, if she has nothing useful to say, she's best not there at all. The camera just panning straight from Ellen to Simon would put Kara on screen for all of .4 seconds, hardly enough time to ogle her whilst keeping her silent, no?
Okay, I guess you meant "pan quickly past" rather than "pan slowly across", so that's okay then.
I like Siobhan a lot better than Casey, but I admit that's partly because she's a glassblower who has a Mary Poppins tattoo. I find her geekiness very endearing.