|by Sue Mulcahy
Last night’s elimination round of American Idol had something for everyone. For fans, having last year’s winner Fantasia perform reminds us why we watch the elimination show each week. Frankly, it’s torture. Not only does the Wednesday night show have no live performances, it showcases why many believe Ryan Seacrest can be incredibly annoying.
Fantasia’s performance was wonderful and brought the audience and judges to their feet. For Fox, it has to be satisfying to know that they had truly allowed America to vote for a real star last season. The question remains if the network will be lucky enough to crown someone equally talented this season. While these nine finalists have talent, I’m not sure any of them have the “it” factor the show and record companies are hoping for.
Tuesday night’s show had an interesting theme. To tell nine people who probably knew little or nothing about musicals to sing a song from a Broadway show proved for some of them to be a tough challenge. Coming from someone who knows a lot about musicals the key to Tuesday’s voting rested a lot on song selection. When it came to song selection, some of these contestants failed miserably.
The opening montage on Wednesday had me believing that I had made the right voting decisions on Tuesday. Constantine, Anwar and Nadia did an excellent job taking a show tune and making it their own, something typically rewarded on Idol. Other than Constantine trying to make bad love to the cameras, I thought for sure they would all be safe.
Carrie and Bo both surprised me this week by making poor song selections. Here are two people who had a chance to really shine in this category. Both were ordinary at best but I still believed they would make it to the next round.
Vonzell selected “People” from the musical Funny Girl. To me listening to someone sing Barbra Streisand’s “People” is the equivalent of bad lounge acts bellowing Barry Manilow’s “Feelings”. I mean does anyone really need to hear those songs again? Still I thought Vonzell really showcased how far she had come in the competition.
I personally thought all of the bottom three would be men this week; Nikko, Anthony and Scott. But as usual when it comes to American Idol, I was wrong. Nikko was the first to be called into the bottom three. In a move that seemed to surprise the audience Vonzell was also facing elimination. They were quickly joined by Scott, who I felt was just awful on Tuesday.
When I saw that Anthony was “safe” on the couch, I couldn’t help but think that the American people have some kindness in them after all. How anyone could forgive that horrible rendition of “Climb Every Mountain” Anthony sang on Tuesday I do not know. But we all love The Sound of Music and Anthony will live to sing another week.
Vonzell was told she would continue. That left Nikko and Scott. Scott was told he would go on and Nikko was sent home. Scott seemed surprised but I was shocked. For me, this competition has nothing to do with what these people do or have done off the show. Scott may have had some past troubles, but I would rather focus on his current troubles. And in my opinion his current problem is that he can’t really sing. He just was not better than Nikko this week or really any other week for that matter.
Scott went first this week and selected a weak song that he couldn’t sing on key. Maybe America tuned in late. Maybe people were getting a snack. Maybe they were getting in their pajamas. One thing is for sure the voters were not listening closely on Tuesday. And for that we might have to listen to some more bad tunes next week.
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