BWW Recaps: IDOL's Top-10 Full of Hits and Misses: FULL RECAP w/ pictures
Tonight's theme on AMERICAN IDOL was replete with symbolism reminding us that being in the Top-10 of something is a big deal, no matter what that something is! This week, the top 10 contestants sang Top-10 hits that have graced the charts since 20........11. Really? They couldn't go with 2010 to round out the theme?
Anyway, I realize that I am a 32-year-old theatre dork, and perhaps not the demographic for these things, but I don't understand the selfie obsession that opened the show, and I have even less of an understanding about what a "nae nae" is. Anyone able to help me out here?
Ok, my obliviousness aside, on to the business at hand:
"(F****n') Perfect" by Pink
Three-Word Review: Definitely Not Pink
The only thing "Pink" about this performance were the highlights in MK's hair. The artist Pink is an extremely passionate, powerful, and confident performer and none of those qualities came through in MK's performance. She had a major timing issue with the band, and rather than attacking it like Pink would, she seemingly just dropped out and, for a moment, quit; definitely not the message she was hoping to communicate with this empowering song. Also, it is never good when the vocal you give pales in comparison to that of your background singer, even if said background singer is the fantastic Allison Iraheta.
"Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line
Three-Word Review: Not One Consonant
Heaven help me; I actually agreed with a critique Randy Jackson gave a contestant. Other than the extremely popular chorus, I couldn't understand a single word that came out of Dexter's mouth. He definitely has a good voice, but I often find his performances lazy, and this was no exception. Perhaps it is his laid back Southern sensibility, but he didn't show much energy, and that really impacted his pitch. He sounded flat at times and seemed to be phoning it in. These first two performances were not the follow-up I was hoping for after last week's enjoyable outing.
"Clarity" by Zedd featuring Foxes
Three-Word Review: Let it Glow!
In her pre-performance package, Jena mentions that electronica hasn't really been done on IDOL before, and this song pretty much shows why. Despite what Harry and the other judges said I did not think that she sounded all that strong. The opening was too low for her, and her higher notes sounded shrieky at points. That being said, the performance aspect of the song was great. She had all of the confidence that MK lacked and the energy that Dexter desperately needed. An audience full of glow sticks probably didn't hurt either. She is one of my favorite contestants, but this wasn't one of my favorite performances.
"Story of My Life" by One Direction
Three-Word Review: Hits the Target!
I loved his analogy that his season of performances are like a concert; he must vary his song choices so that the set-list as a whole doesn't become stale. Going from the mellow folkiness of "Falling Slowly" last week to an acoustic One Direction track this week proves that Alex is one of the most original artists in recent IDOL memory. Or to paraphrase Harry, he hit the bulls-eye on the thingy at the fair that you shoot with a water-gun to get the horsey to move in front of the other water-gun bulls-eye horsies.
"When I was Your Man" by Bruno Mars
Three-Word Review: Keeps Getting Better
Over the years on singing competition shows there has been a debate about whether female contestants should sing songs written specifically from a male's perspective, and vice versa. Well, as far as I'm concerned, if you sing it well, and commit to the character, I could give two flips what pronouns you use. Malaya has gone from that annoying girl during Hollywood Week (that I was hoping would get cut), to that annoying girl that I think has a shot to win this thing. As Keith alluded to in his critique, she has learned to control both her quirkiness and her insanely powerful voice. I genuinely look forward to her performances each week; who'da thunk it?