The John Lennon - Paul McCartney songbook was opened for the very first time on American Idol.You could tell which of the hopefuls passionately felt the songs in their heart and soul tonight.
Chikezie Eze, Jason Castro, Carly Smithson, Brooke White, David Cook (he's smashing), Amanda Overmyer and Michael Johns made remarkable impressions. Kristy Lee Cook (no surprise) and Ramiele Malubay (quite the shock) didn't. One of them will go home tomorrow.
Rameile has a hearty voice with great range and cries too much. Kristy Lee has an ok voice and killer body.
Which one should make it this week? Who would you buy a ticket to the AI tour for? Either contestant? Why? Please, let us know by commenting below. The Beatles sensation of the night was Chikeze Eze. Simon commended him for taking control of the song rather than the song taking control of him.
"Who knew you had the falsetto," questioned Randy who also declared, "Chikezie smashed it!" He took a chance and made it happen for himself with "She's a Woman." Unique, fun and shazam!
Jason Castro is inching up to be my number one Idol! Tonight he and his guitar were reunited with, "If I Fell."
I thought for sure we were all falling for Castro's bit. That was until Randy and Simon called it boring.
"Boring" was passed around between panel members -- to a few other contestants as well. Paula disagreed about Castro, saying he connected with the audience on this one. She brought up the fact that he's always had an emotional connection with the songs he picks. I second that. Always.
Ryan didn't have time to be bored. He was too busy jetting around enjoying all the new elements of the set. The studio audience sat on new bleachers and stood crowding the stage too. It seemed everyone there took in the brand-spanking new atmosphere that was showcased on AI tonight. From the stage, lights and teaser bumpers to the band's new setup in what they are calling the "penthouse," the experience has a real freshness to it.
David Archuleta couldn't really work it out tonight. He actually did more of a Stevie Wonder version of the song. But not even really. It's good to see he's human, but we all know what a superstar he is.
Syesha Mercado and David Hernandez did an alright job. They both have outstanding vocal talent, but this was their worst performances to date. Both singers should go on the road with AI's best.
I'll tell you right now. I'm buying tickets to this season's live AI Tour.
Tonight was a great showcase of the diverse and fabulously talented American Idol contenders.
What I consider the true test of this particular show's draw was that it tore me away from the news. Who's not completely fascinated with the international prostitution sting involving NY Governor Eliot Spitzer? A NYS superdelegate for Hillary Clinton in bed with hookers! (Man, that woman can't cut a break with adulterors.)
The details revealed from the federal wiretapping of the Governor's cell phone are incredibly ironic too. The hypocrisy of breaking the laws he enforced for eight years when he was the NYS Attorney General! Spitzer, the highest ranked NY democrat, was known as "Client 9"... in a high priced call girl operation, "Emperor's Club". He squandered upwards of $80k for sexual trysts. Must be nice to not miss $80 thousand dollars from the family budget.
I admit there is no stopping this mind of mine sometimes.
And although I feel I should put out a disclaimer that it is not funny for his lovely wife, three daughters AND the entire state of New York.. I couldn't help but to relate this scandalous news with American Idol's Lennon/McCartney night.
The disgraced Spitzer has been very open... about his admiration for the Beatles.
What do you think his song would have been tonight?
I'm thinking, "Revolution #9."