Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tarantino: Vocal Coach???

Quentin Tarantino might be able to make a good mix tape, but that does not make him a good vocal coach. Unfortunately, American Idol feels otherwise. I'm not at all a fan of Anoop, but Q's comments to him were comically inappropriate, and thankfully he ignored them.

Although the theme tonight was movie songs, it seems like they were limited to rock song from the last 15 years or so (except for "The Rose" and "Born to be Wild"), which meant a lot of crappy songs. Bryan Adams, Aremegeddon, etc. Songs no one in their right mind would pick. One thing that they do not explain on the show is that although they do give choices to the contestants, they are from a very short list of songs. Since the songs are being used on TV, they have to get synch rights from the publishers, who in some cases are the artists, and the rights have to be affordable. In addition, the show's producers want them to pick songs that will go over with contemporary audiences as they sell the performances on iTunes.

Unquestionably, the best artist on the show is Adam. He picked the best song, "Born to be Wild," and did the best cover, making it contemporary (with drum loops and samples) yet hard-edged at the same time. He's far more mature than any of the other contestants, and phenomenally talented. He has a huge career ahead of him.

After him, it's somewhat of a tossup for the next few slots. I like Allison a lot, but she's so young, she has a lot of developing to do. Her song choice tonight was terrible. But her singing is great. Her history on the show is not great, she's repeatedly been in the bottom 3.

Until the last three rounds, I would have said Lil Rounds should be up there in the top 3, but has has faltered several weeks in a row, especially tonight, where she was very pitchy. I've always hated that song ("The Rose") and she did not do it very well.

Danny "Karaoke" Gokey is, stylistically, not at all my favorite, but he's at least consistent and will probably make it to the top 2 or 3. Anoop is weak and should probably be in the bottom 3, but did well tonight and may avoid it.

Kris gave his best performance yet, but ultimately he's one of the weaker performers and I expect him to be in the bottom 2 with Matt, who is ultimately the most forgettable singer left. I think he'll be the one to go, or at least should be.
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