AI5 - Ten guys, eight chairs

We sat down last night to watch the guys "Round of 10", hoping to the gods above that it would be more entertaining than the women the night before (check out SassyGirl's recap and her comments section). And I'm not sure if brianna watched/TiVoed it, but if she did, I'd just like to apologise for what it turned out to be, namely, a karaoke-fest with a few glimmers of hope for the American pop industry. Hey, at least people stopped choosing songs because their grandmothers wanted them to "sing that song" if they get famous.

The 'Deets on the Men's Round of 10

Taylor Hicks: ("Easy") - Woo! Actually not bad, but possibly a mismatched song for his soulful and gravelly voice. Hopefully not the one to go (psst, Sway! I'm looking at you.) this week, even though I think his weeks are numbered.

Elliott Yamin: ("Moody's Mood for Love") - I didn't know the song very well, so i can't really comment on the arrangement, though his range was pleasantly surprising. Steady, sturdy, and charismatic. Big fan, this reviewer.

Ace Young: ("If I'm not made for you") - Ace, Ace, Ace.... you just didn't bring it tonight. Clearly you picked the wrong song, or rehearsed it in the shower, or you've got some inner-ear condition that prevents you from hearing your own voice even during playback. Maybe the smile and luscious hair will save you for another week, (What am I saying? Of course it will!) but you'd better get some better material for the future. Maybe do "Father Figure" a few more times?

Gedeon McKinney ("Change is gonna come") - What can I say about Gedeon? (other than that the spelling of his name is bothersome.) He's a talented young man who can do pretty much anything he puts his mind to, musically. His never-failing smile is going to land him record deals and pigeonhole him at the same time as some happy go lucky R&B star (think Lionel Ritchie). Regardless, I hope he sticks around for a while. He adds talent and class to this competition.

Kevin Covais ("I heard it through the grapevine") - There seems to be a disconnect between what the judges think Kevin's key audience is (the octogenarian crowd) and what he thinks it is (Paula's Kitty pound). I can only hope Kevin doesn't find out that the cute one with the pinchable cheeks never gets any action from the ladies -- at least not until he's legal in all 50 states and can buy a razor without getting quizzical looks from the drugstore clerk.

Jose "Sway" Penala ("Overjoyed") - This is one of Stevie's songs that I both know and like, and you know what? I think he did alright. (that flapping sound you hear is my tongue coming off its roller) And though the judges thought you didn't bring your "A" game tonight -- or possibly you don't have much of an "A" game to begin with -- I think America will keep you around another week. You've probably dodged another bullet, but the hunters are growing in numbers, and will soon outnumber the prey.

Will Makar ("Lady") - My mother probably cried when she heard this. Also, I went to see Kenny Rogers (with my mom) when I was 11 years old. Needless to say, Will's performance coupled with the joys of nostalgia was a winner for me. Yeah, sure, it was safe. But it wa s done very well. Even my wife, who doesn't know the song, said, with some trepidation "Huh. Now, to me, that sounded really good!"

Bucky Covington ("Thunder Rolls") - Bucky, you did well to go with your strengths. Pop Country is big, and Garth is on the top of the heap when it comes to recognizeable crossover acts. I liked the subtle changes in arrangement that you worked in, but the fact that you stayed more or less true to the melody showed that you understood what "worked" about that song in the first place. Tonight was the night your personality really shone through.

David Radford ("The Way You Look Tonight") - Well, David...the way you sang tonight could spell the end for the crooners on Idol altogether. Frankly (ha!), you're good. Really, I mean it. But sadly, you're getting conflicting advice from the judges. Some say you should go with your strengths, but the rub is that your strengths just don't sound very challenging for you to sing, and thus it doesn't look like you're ever going out on a limb. You don't bring the "power" that the judges demand, but it's not part of your musical love. So what's a crooner to do?

Chris Daughtry ("Hemorrhage") - My man-crush comes through again with a pounding, energetic rendition of a Fuel song that probably 80% of AI5 fans have not ever heard. He's totally in his element, and probably loves the fact that he doesn't fear other contestants stealing his song choice. He's probably already breaking hearts in the Kitty pound, and breaking hearing aides in homes across America. Who cares. This guy rocks, and I hope Idol fans have it in their hearts to send this guy all the way to the finals. Rock on, Chris. Rock on.

I did my unofficial rankings last night, and if memory serves me, it looked like this:
(from best to worst)

1. Elliott Yamin
2. Chris Daughtry
3. Bucky Covington
4. Will Makar
5. Gedeon McKinney
6. Jose "Sway" Penala
7. Taylor Hicks
8. Kevin Covais
9. David Radford
10. Ace Young

So, who'll leave? I predict two of the three: Jose "Sway" Penala, David "doo bee doo bee doo" Radford, or Taylor "woo!" Hicks.

(also, it's only coincidence that I did a full review of the guys this week but not the girls. Time constraints, people!)

Posted bythemikestand at 9:25 AM  

3 stepped up to the mike:

gingajoy said... 11:18 AM, March 02, 2006  

you got ace at the bottom? hmmm. personally, if i close my eyes i hate his voice, but when i look at him... (it's pathetic, i know). the complete opposite can be said for *gedeon* (whose name spelling also bothers me).
elliot is still overall m'man. and i really hope hicks sticks around for a lot longer (there is so much scuttlebutt on him, he's just go to). But the gray bowl-cut has just got to go...

themikestand said... 11:25 AM, March 02, 2006  

I had Ace at the bottom for last night's performance only. I just didn't think he did that well.

Do I want to see Ace at the bottom of the list? Hell no!
Do I think Ace is talented? Heck yeah.

Sassy said... 3:09 PM, March 02, 2006  

Ace is gonna get lucky tonight, simply because of his looks. If some of the other guys had pulled that, they'd be gone.

BTW, Mike, I must clarify something about girls night..I LOVE the Gretchen Wilson song..just didn't like the way Kinnik did it at all. :-D

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