Oh, Idol. I had such high hopes.
First off, Idol is mighty proud of itself. It is every season, but that opening tape was incredibly smug and self-congratulatory. Too many shots of Kara speaking absolute bullshit. And RyRy… well, he’s Seacrest. We know he’s a douche.
Anyone one else here had nightmares at the start about the fact Kara co-wrote the coronation song? I did.
So Adam’s parents tell the story about how Adam would scream as a baby ( some things never change…), and Adam launches into ” Mad World”, which was my favorite Adam performance of the year. His vocal was spot on, but I could have lived without the smoke machines ( I did like the Goth ensemble he was wearing, and that he decided to change up the performance from his original one). We ignore the judges again, as they have nothing new to add.
Kris performed ” Ain’t No Sunshine”, which was my third fave Kris song of the season ( behind ” Falling Slowly” and ” Heartless”). He sounded great. Unlike Adam’s theatrics, Kris was simple and wonderful. Simon gave round one to Kris. I think it was close, but I agree with Simon. I love how Kris’ songs hit me in the small emotional center of my cynical soul.
Simon Fuller picked songs for Adam and Kris, and they were both socially concious soul classics. Adam got Sam Cooke’s legendary ” A Change Is Gonna Come”. Now, as everyone who has read my posts know, there are certain songs that should never be attempted, or at least avoided on Idol. I like Seal’s version of the song, but it still never moves me the way Sam Cooke’s version did. And Adam fell short. Yes, it’s a song that can show off a vocal range like Adam’s, but I found it less soulful and more screamy than necessary. He over sang it.
Kris landed ” What’s Going On”, which is also on that ” don’t sing” list ( I am a devout Marvin Gaye fan- do not mess with his songs). I didn’t like the arrangement, and Kris was flat. Neither of the guys were served well by the songs Simon Fuller picked. I give the edge to Kris still, but it’s still really close. I just liked Kris’ song slightly better than Adam’s. At least Kris was restrained and I felt it in that soft center part of me again.
Kara’s song- ohmigod, what horrible claptrap that is. And it’s impossible to sing, proven by the fact both Adam and Kris were wildly pitchy. When I heard Adam, I was confused as I have never heard him miss that many notes in a song ever, so I wasn’t sure if it was his choices or the fact Kara’s song sucked. When Kris sang and had similar issues ( in a different way), I decided it was Kara’s song. I think the style of song suits Kris better than Adam ( both are really above that sappy sentimentality), I think Adam was slightly better due to the fct he wasn’t nearly as nervous than Kris. But both were off key for significant parts of the chorus.
I suspect the vote is going to be very close. Look for RyRy to use words like ” biggest vote totals”, ” largest number of calls”, etc. tonight. Idol loves to pump itself up. To be sure, last years finale was a million times better ( and David Cook had nothing to do with that… who am I kidding?).
Tonight will be interesting.