Last night it was time for the boys to sing for their place in the ‘American Idol’ 2012 Top 20. Usually an exciting time, it just felt like these guys didn’t want it as much as the girls. Could this be the year we see another female winner? Take a look at which boys may be able to stop that happening.
First, the unsuccessful boys:
Bryant Tadeo was very popular with the crowd on his rendition of “New York State of Mind” but the judges begged to differ. Nicki Minaj “loved that last note you did… I didn’t like anything else.” Randy said that the song “never quite went there for me.” So Mariah attempted to explain the the discord between what the judges were hearing and what the crowd were clearly hearing: “I think what people responded to is the fact that you sounded professional – the tonality of your voice.” Ummmm…I thought that was a good thing, but he was eliminated.
David Willis was immediately criticized for his Blues take on “Fever.” Nicki didn’t seem happy he was married either and snarled that he sounded like a kid who’d just received a guitar for Christmas, playing poorly in front of his family. Goodbye, David; I thought you were OK.
Gurpreet Singh Sarin (a.k.a the Turbinator) returned with his cover of James Morrison’s “Nothing Ever Hurt Like You.” Awful. Just awful. Nicki put it best with “Honey child: HELL NO.”
Josh Holiday took a massive risk by performing an original tune called “Better With You.” The judges decided he was better with the piano. Keith wanted him to cut loose more, telling him, “I don’t give a rat’s about skillful; I want to see your rawwwwwrness and passion at the end.” I thought he was better than a few guys who got through the vut but he wasn’t so lucky.
Mathenee Treco had plenty of energy on “A Little Less Conversation” but this glorified karaoke failed to impress the judges – or me.
So how about the lucky ones who get to do it all over again next round?
Burnell Taylor looks great now he’s dropped a load of weight. Nicki appeared moved by htis ake on John Legend’s “This Time” and his wish to improve his family’s life. He’s quite unique and should be interesting to watch.
Cortez Shaw took a leap at “Titanium” and did a whole mess of vocal and facial acrobatics on it. Most of the actual notes were casualities, though. I can hardly believe I’m reporting him progressing but hopefully he will chill out a bit next time. He looks nice, though.
Lazaro Arbos got through! Yes! “His heart and soul are in it!” announced Ryan as if that wasn’t the case with everyone else. This is a guy with an awful stammer who says he works as an ice cream scooper because “it’s the only job where I don’t have to do smart-people stuff, like talking.” I wanted him to be terrific but Lazaro’s cover of Keith Urban’s own “Tonight I Wanna Cry” was the worst of the night, for me. He got through, though, which I’m glad about. But I’m really worried about his musical knowledge (or lack of it); remember group night where he hardly knew any of the song options? This guy is going to need nurturing through the competition and I don’t see him getting that.
Nick Boddington covered James Morrison’s “Say Something Now” and unfortunately I have to say he was pretty boring. Maybe he’ll step up next round. I hope so.
Vincent Powell riffed his way through Lenny Williams’ “Cause I Love You,” and somehow did so without ever over-performing. He obviously knew exactly what he’d do but it all sounded completely natural. He’s not current and Nicki unfortunately had it about right when she distastefully said she could imagine “a whole bunch of 50- and 40-year-old women throwing their panties at [him].”
Is this your idea of the “American Idol” Top 5 Boys?