12 American Idol Gents Recap: Oldies Sound Too Old Fashioned!

With the judges in true form and the male contestants beginning to form a true fan base, season seven has officially started... for the viewers who hold idol fate in their hands - us.

All 12 guys were tagged a number.  And it's up to the viewers at home to dial in for their favorites.  If you're anything like me, there's still a lot of work to sway me in a particular direction.  Some have, however, already started that process.      

The contestants chose a song from the music of the 60's.  And of course many of them were criticized for making it sound "too old fashioned."

Most performers take that to heart and give the 21st century argument.  After that there's the judges'feedback to make the song unique and current no matter what the time period is. 

American Idol is looking for a recording artist for today's market.

What is important in this show is to take a song and make it your own.  Individualize it as much as you can... from style, look, scene, etc.  And don't corner yourself into a particular genre.

They didn't play up the female contestants in the dawg pound like I recall from previous seasons.  I always like to see the looks in the girls' eyes when certain guys sing... and vice versa.

No doubt they'd be gazing at the bloke who set the night on fire as the end act.

Michael Johns!  From the scarf to the vocals and the accent, “Light My Fire” was yet another song the Aussie sang that was dead on fabulous!  He very well might be amazing us until the finale week.  I’m particularly excited to hear a love ballad!          

 

A flabbergasted David Archuleta was wowed by the judges -- just about as much as he wowed them.  What a sweetie pie!  No need to “Shop Around.”  This kid is the real deal.  Seventeen, recovered from “vocal paralysis” and the most fun!


Remember when season 6, Sanjaya Malakar was considered an amazing vocal talent at first?  That was until he became the biggest joke for people like Howard Stern and the votefortheworst.com website.  Don't get the wrong idea (because this guy is promising), but Archuleta reminds me a bit of the “Sanjaya from the beginning.”  He’s the impressive young kid.  Yet he doesn’t have any of the negative image qualities Sanjaya did. 

 

“What a Day for a Daydream” Jason Castro!  Simon told him it was one of the top two performances of the night.  (That was before he heard the final singer, which happens to be Michael Johns.  I digress…)  I was getting into the whole guitar playing lightness of Castro’s performance too… maybe not as much as Paula who was “blown away” and said, Jason was a blend of all her favorite colors. 

 

I get that they were allowed to play instruments during Hollywood week, but will this continue throughout the competition?

 

The ever-so-colorful Danny Noriega played it safe with “Jailhouse Rock.”  But Paula has no doubt we’ll be seeing a lot from Danny’s pallet in future shows.  Simon told him, “If you’re going to take on Elvis, you better do it well.”

 Chikezie Eze was in a jazzy mood and dressed to be seen in an orange suit.  Simon called his get-up hideous.  Chikezie threw it back -- at the British judge -- commenting on his traditional white, grey and black costume.

 

Chikezie sang “More Today than Yesterday.”  But I’d say he had more of my attention yesterday, than today with this act.  And I have a feeling I’m not alone.


Garrett Haley says his mom always told him to “go big or go home.”  So why the “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” yawner, I ask?  I didn’t remember Garrett from the auditions and now I know why.  It was, however, “big” of Garrett to take all three judges criticism – and say he’ll learn from it.  That’s the spirit!

 

Hmmm.. Simon told Garrett he looked like he was shut up in his bedroom for a month and needed fresh air.  He also called him boring, winy and terrified.  I wonder which of that Garrett will tackle first?

David Hernandez has an insane amount of control with his voice.  With that said, I found his performance of “In the Midnight Hour” boring.  Simon thought it was better than he thought it would be.

David Cook and the judges tonight were “So Happy Together.”  I'm talking simpatico!  Cook rocked that song like it’s never been rolled before.  (And that mic...  Check that out.)  Paula gushed it was worthy of priase.
  

Yikes, “Moon RiverJason Yeager?  You killed it.  I think you might have offed yourself.  Hope not.  You have such a great voice too.  Yeager’s late grandmother taught him that song when he was 16.  It had sentimental value to him.  Enough said.

 

“One” would be a lonely number – if four American Idol contestants weren’t being voted off this week.  Robbie Carrico should feel safe though.  He gave us a tid bit of intelligence on himself.  Carrico once was in a band that toured with Britney Spears.  Hu?

Forget the pop-sensation turned rocker concept!  Let's move on from there...

 

What’s going on with the whole faux-amateur spiel?  Do you think it’s fair that some of the top 24 have professional singing experience?  Carly Simthson released an album with MCA Records in 2001.  And the clincher is that AI judge Randy Jackson was Carly's talent scout. 

 

Contestant Kristy Lee Cook signed with BMI in 2001.  And David Archuletta was the Star Search junior champ in 2003.

 

American Idol RULES: contestants are not permitted to have any CURRENT recording or talent management agreements.

Luke Menard’s presence is a bit unforgettable.  His song tonight is quite the opposite according to Simon.  You know what I had forgotten… that he auditioned for season six in Memphis and was cut.  Tonight he sang, “Everybody’s Talkin’”… If I were him I’d be anxious about what they are saying after this performance.

Colton Berry lets us in on a little (not-so) secret – he looks like Ellen Degeneres from certain angles… like front, right and center.  He let me in on another (not-so) secret... he's a great singer! 

 

I couldn't remember Colton.  And I'll admit I was bitter because last week he got the last spot as one of the 24 semifinalists.   Josiah Leming was up before him and didn't make it.  I took it personally.  You have to understand, my favorite pick (Josiah) gets picked off... and then this guy comes slipping in.

 

Tonight, I do see the talent as well as much room for improvement.  Growing during this competition is always exciting.    

 

What all this noise boils down to (According to me):

 

Top two male performers: Michael Johns, David Archuleta

Bottom two of the night: Garrett Haley, Jason Yeager

Most surprising tonight: Colton Berry

 

Wednesday night we hear from the chicks.

On Thursday, the two males and two females with the least votes are knocked off.

 

NEW to IDOL and EXCLUSIVE to iTUNES:

Apple is now carrying the iTunes of American Idol’s 24 semifinalists.  It’s the first time we can download from the iTunes store the day after they are performed on TV.

 

The music tracks will cost you 99 cents each. 

iTunes videos will be available for $1.99 beginning March 11 – for the top 12 contestants. 

We should start looking for Apple products integrated into future episodes.


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