BWW Recaps: IDOL Rocks Out with the Band w/ Full Recaps & Pictures
Last Thursday when I heard about this week's theme, "I'm with the Band," I have to admit that I just didn't get it. However, now that I've seen how the American Idol Powers-That-Be implemented it on stage, I still really don't get it. The contestants sing with Ricky Minor and his band every week, however, to switch it up, this week the finalists will be singing with Ricky Minor and his band ON STAGE.
While all of the contestants did sing songs most famously performed by bands, it's not like they were all rock bands, or the songs were even really that band-driven. They were just songs by a group, rather than a solo artist. So, while I am glad that the new producers are keeping the themes open-ended this season, I'm not sure what the point of having themes really is if they are all going to be this vague. Might as well just let the contestants pick any songs they want.
After the traditional open, the finalists had a quick session with Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump before performing a mash-up of rock songs from U2, Rolling Stones, and Fall Out Boy (one of these things is not like the others). For the most part, all of the contestants appeared to hold their own, and some even thrived. Malaya looked remarkably comfortable with the hard pounding "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light 'Em Up);" however, Majesty still seemed to have the fear in her eyes that JLo pointed out last week.
Now on to the performances:
"Don't Speak" by No Doubt
Three-Word Review: Dude is Cool
Full disclosure: Gwen Stefani was one of the biggest crushes of my teenage years, so I will always be partial to No Doubt stuff. That being said, without any bias, I genuinely enjoyed Alex's arrangement of this song. The judges always tell the finalists to be true to themselves, and this was a quintessential Alex performance. However, I did agree with the panel that Alex's chill vibe has the potential to become stale week after week. He has such a command of his skills and artistry that I wish he would use his creativity to go in a non-Jason Mraz/Jack Johnson direction, even if it is only for one week.
Creepy Moment Alert #1: Not since the days of Simon Cowell flirting with Ryan Seacreast have we seen something this disturbing on AMERICAN IDOL. After Ryan got Harry Connick Jr. to admit his fondness for ankles (that was just the beginning of the weirdness), Harry convinced Ryan to take off his right shoe and sock to expose his ankle. Presumably overcome by lust, Harry bolted onstage, grabbed Ryan's shoe, and ran backstage, I guess so he could lock it in his dressing room for future personal use.
"Shake It Out" by Florence and the Machine
Three-Word Review: One Step Forward...
It is always difficult to see a loveable frontrunner take a tumble from the top of any reality show. Ever since she crashed and burned trying to tackle "Let it Go," Majesty has indeed been tumbling in terms of both performance and confidence. This week, I felt like she took great strides forward in one of these categories; unfortunately, it wasn't the one I had hoped. Majesty was back to her fun, upbeat self throughout this song, but still fell victim to poor pitch, alternating between flat and sharp notes. I hope that the glitz of the performance will be able to keep her out of the Bottom Three this week, because I'm not sure that her vocal will.
"Boondocks" by Little Big Town
Three-Word Review: CD Was Better
A few weeks ago when Dexter sang "Sweet Home Alabama," I said that I found him to be little more than a really talented karaoke singer. Since then, he has done little to dissuade me from this opinion. Keith claimed that had Little Big Town not recorded this song and it had been Dexter who released it on the radio instead, that it still would have been a massive hit. While that might well be true, Little Big Town did record it, making Dexter's rendition little more than a good solo cover that lacked the killer harmonies of the original. Dexter said that he was capable and ready to go out of his comfort zone if he is still around next week, but if past performance is the best indication of future results, I don't know that I believe him.
Creep Moment Alert #2: After Harry called Dexter on his tribute artist act, Keith gave him a giant gummy bear to hopefully sweeten him up. Of course Harry, then Jen, took a bite, no big deal. It only got weird when Ryan asked for a slow-motion instant replay of Harry nibbling on the bear's ear.
"The Long and Winding Road" by The Beatles
Three-Word Review: I'm Sorry Malaya