AI5 - The Top 4 Have Left the Building

Stay with me, folks... only a couple weeks left of this. I promise I won't do weekly recaps of Canadian Idol (which apparently starts later this month).

Last night on American Idol, the songs of Elvis (directed and critiqued by "legendary music mogul" Tommy Mottola). The contestants did two songs each, and I must say I was a little surprised by the outcome. On with the recap*.

Taylor Hicks: Jailhouse Rock, In the Ghetto -- I was slightly disappointed by the fact that Elvis didn't seem like much of a stretch for Taylor. Maybe he was just born to sing Elvis. Regardless, he did a fine job of Jailhouse Rock, and was tender and soulful (did I just say "tender?" Must be the bourbon.) on In the Ghetto. The judges? Not overly impressed, save Paula, who is impressed by all things shiny.

Chris Daughtry: Suspicious Minds, A Little Less Conversation -- Chris will see the final two. No doubt about it. I quite liked both of his songs this week. Suspicious minds was neither Elvis-y, or Dwight Yoakam-y (and not Creed-y, which is paramount). A Little Less Conversation was softly sung for about 80% of the song, and you just knew he'd go all Chris on ya. And he did. Paula swoons, Randy does that weird "dawg love" thing with his hand, and Simon is "honest with you". Do people really care what the judges think anymore? Or are they about as influencial as, say...bloggers?

Elliott Yamin: If I Can Dream, Trouble -- I was sure that Elliott would be the next to go, but he may have saved his hide last night with these two numbers.  Sure, he tries to turn everything into a Motown reproduction, and he has the charisma of a gnat, but damn that guy can sing. I think I was most impressed by him reining-in the vibratto on Trouble. He really did NOT oversing it. I was stunned. If he's safe, then there can only be one person on the block this week...

Katharine McPhee: Hound Dog / All Shook Up, Can't Help Falling in Love -- See, here's the problem: Most performers would probably choose not to do Elvis tunes, for fear of comparison (see also: Queen) to the original. No matter how you slice it, you're going to sound like you're doing an Elvis remake. Add to that the issue of Katharine being the only femal left, and trying to do justice to the King's work (Elvis, not Jesus), and it just doesn't seem fair. It would be like asking these four singers to all do Whitney Houston songs. Somebody's going to get rooked (wow, again no pun intended. But I'm on FIRE here people.) Katharine dropped a line in her first performance, but I doubt that will be what costs her a trip to the final 3. The screechy bits in her second number? Perhaps. For the first time, I wasn't wowed by her performance, but maybe it's just the female-Elvis issue at work.

Who's getting the boot? Too close to call. Chris is clearly safe. Katharine may go, if she doesn't pick up some votes from the Paris contingent. If Elliott goes through, he'll have but one more week of fame. And I just cannot peg the Taylor crowd, but they seem to be voting heavily, so he's probably good to go to the top 3.

*For more recaps, check out SassyGirl and JurgenNation's recaps.

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Posted bythemikestand at 9:35 AM  

2 stepped up to the mike:

Sassy said... 10:19 AM, May 10, 2006  

Oh great, now I HAVE to do a recap. :) J/k, I was planning on getting to it at lunch.

I actually was the least impressed by Chris last night, suprisingly. Elliott came out guns blazing, and I voted for him twice!!

coolbeans said... 11:48 PM, May 10, 2006  

I quit watching weeks ago and keep up by reading your reviews. I genuinely like Chris and want to have babies with him. I don't want him to work for the AI people, though. I wish he were doing the latest version of Rockstar INXS. Because I would be SO down with that.

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