Strap on your bootstraps! We’ve whizzed through four cities since last week’s Idol Rants and I need therapy for some of the awfulness seen.
I mean, Magic Cyclops. Really? REALLY? That is 10 minutes that would have been so better spent showing us some real performers in Aspen. I’m all for a few whacked out auditions that are funny. Cue the pants on the ground man from a few seasons back. But this was a weird bordering on crazy person.
- The judges are smoking hallucinogens real early again this season because they are raving with love about many contestants that I sing as well as or better than. Don’t get me wrong. I’m neither slamming myself or excessively bragging. My background consists of stints in a women’s choir, acappella choir, gospel choir and several musical theater performances until my mid-20s (the majority of which were via audition). I had a pretty first soprano tone back in the day.
That said, when I think of someone rocking Idol to the win, I want to see someone who can blow better than me. Take Jordan Sparks. I can so take her on the dancing front, but I’d be served in a sing-off. Or Tamyra Gray, Elliott Yamin, David Archuleta or Clay Aiken. Yes, I know they didn’t win, but so could have.
- Is there some magical number the judges have to hit on the count going to Hollywood? Is it so they have enough to crash and burn each round and then have at least one room that doesn’t make it through at the end?
- I’m still way loving Steven Tyler. That is all.
- Jane Carrey. I wasn’t going to hate on the hoopla of having a star’s kid perform (her father is Jim Carrey). Then I heard stories that she was shown preferential treatment from the show’s producers. Instead of camping outside for a spot and then waiting in line for multiple auditions and hoping to get before the judges (I hear not everyone does), she was allegedly given a time slot to come in and sing. Way not cool. In her intro piece, she talks about growing up with celebrity and wanting to find her own way. Well, if she didn’t ask for the special treatment, she should have refused it. Mucho backlash via the voters could come from this.
Ones I’ll Watch
- Travis Orlando – Okay. Remember what I said last week about the Idol producers breaking my heart with contestants that are highlighted then taken away? Well, welcome back Travis (see above)! He was an early fave of mine last season only to be sliced away during the Hollywood rounds. I think his voice is divine (and he’s a cutie), but agree with the judges that something is still being held back. I hope he can let go of whatever that is. His back story is also compelling with family struggles, an ailing father and time spent in a shelter. I’m not so keen on the fact that he dropped out of high school.
- Erika Van Pelt – She’s a wedding singer and mobile DJ. Great sultry voice. I think she needs to work on her clothing style.
- Ashley Robles – Yes, I gave her 10 dings out of the gate for going for Whitney’s rendition of “I Will Always Love You.” That is one many attempt and never recoup from. Ashley surprised me by making me look up at the screen. She has a good voice and did a steady job with the song. I hope she doesn’t fall into the standard diva trap.
- Kyle Crews – His intro video pegs him as a stereotypical frat guy, but he sings Monica’s “Angel of Mine” with some serious soul. I could listen to him sing for a while.
- Curtis Gray – I liked his tone and want to see what else he can do.
- Shelby Tweten – She is good and has a pretty voice with control and honest emotion woven in. We also see she has a compelling back story from her intro video noting struggles with bipolar disorder. From what she said about the Idol audition being what has kept her on her meds, I am worried about what will happen from the stress of the future rounds and/or if she is kicked off.
- Bailey Brown – She’s back after a try back in Season 6. Then, at age 16, she made it to Hollywood, but not past the group round. I’d like to hear her sing something beyond her audition song.
Musical Selection – Kyle Crews’s Intro Video and Audition
So, do you have any faves yet? Anyone put through to Hollywood that has you scratching your head?