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Originally posted 05/12/2011 07:30AM
Thematically, Wednesday's American Idol show was a jackalope, a hybrid creature that didn't make much sense.
The four finalists were expected to sing two songs – one inspiring, the other moving. But isn't an inspiring song moving? Not only that, but the "moving" song would be from the vintage pop-rock catalog of songwriters Leiber and Stoller. At that point – the second half of the show – producer Jimmy Iovine, absent during the first 45 minutes, showed up with the funny, fabulous, totally non-vintage Lady Gaga as the night's mentor.
Gaga seemed to be wearing a wig made from a panda – something similar to her hair at the end of her "Judas" video – and was shot sitting against a white background.
Originally posted 05/05/2011 08:45AM
Elvis is back in the building.
Scotty McCreery made his mark on Wednesday's American Idol – which presented the final five, with Sheryl Crow mentoring – by bringing out the big guns: Elvis's sentimental chesnut "Always on My Mind." He sang it with the easy inevitability of bread browning in a toaster. Jennifer Lopez said he'd proven his versatility. "Beautiful," said Steven Tyler.
Each singer got to sing twice on Wednesday – one contemporary song and one classic. McCreery also covered Montgomery Gentry's "Gone," and it was a total smash and surprise, chugging along with locomotive energy. "I saw you dance with the devil tonight, and that's a good thing for you," said Steven.
Originally posted 04/28/2011 02:00PM
After a night dedicated to the music of singer-songwriter Carole King, the top six contestants remaining on American Idol spoke to reporters about the pressing issues of the night.
Who's that guy? And how was Miley Cyrus?
Did Lauren Alaina know Brett, the boy she pulled up on stage to sit next to her during her rendition of "Where You Lead"? "I wanted a cute guy up there and he's an intern for American Idol," Alaina said, "They said if he looked like he enjoyed it, he can't get fired because he's not getting paid, so it just worked out. I don't even really know him!"
As for meeting her idol Miley Cyrus (producer Jimmy Iovine more-than favorably compared her to the superstar when she sang "The Climb"), Alaina said, "I love her! She's got a lot of the same, what do you call it, sense of humor? We have the same sense of humor."
Originally posted 04/28/2011 07:50AM
It was a night of songs by Carole King – a great pop songwriter with a big catalog of hits reaching back decades, but with a pop style that must seem almost classically formal to American Idol's six young finalists. The result was a well-sung, not terribly dynamic 90-minute show.
James Durbin skipped the big theatrical statements for "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow." In rehearsal, he tried it as a simple ballad on guitar, but producer Jimmy Iovine urged him to go with his strong hand – rock – and the result, which was rhythmic and sweet, was his most satisfying performance yet. Jennifer Lopez bopped along as if she were alone in that magic disco we call romantic fantasy. "That was the first song I ever made out to a girl with," said Steven Tyler at the end of a (fairly) positive assessment. "It was in a bowling alley and, no, Randy, I didn't strike out." Jennifer called him "the star of the night." Randy Jackson made a bold prediction: "This guy just might win the whole thing," he said, before giving Durbin a hug.
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