American Idol 4/24 Quick Thoughts - Idol Gives Back, Idols Give it Their All
The first week of American Idol without Sanjaya!  It's in one sense liberating, and in another deflating. At least we don't have to struggle for new iterations of 'tone deaf'.  American Idol also kicked off its humanitarian efforts while managing to get a full set of performances out of the remaining American Idol hopefuls.  General feeling, it was a mess.  I know they are trying to do something great, and for all that matters will do something great with this thing, but it would have been wise to give the competition a little respite.  Read on for the quick performance ratings.

In the spirit of their 'making the world a better way through bad music' theme, American Idol asked their competitors to choose songs that made a statement about the world we live in.  So naturally, the selections were a little predictable.   Here's what we got:

  • Chris - "Change the World" by Eric Clapton. Totally and completely blew it.   I was grimacing through half of the song.  Surprisingly Randy praised Chris!  I thought it was absolutely horrible.

  • Melinda - "There will Come a Day" by Faith Hill.  Wow, it's Melinda, what do I have to say?  Definitely the favorite early on, and still the favorite.  She will be tough to beat tonight.

  • Blake - "Imagine" by John Lennon.  Here's one of those predictable songs, but hey Blake hammers the hell out of it.  Nice rendition.  Why do I get the feeling Blake could do more, though?  It's not that he isn't incredibly talented, I'm just waiting for him to move to the front.

  • Lakisha - "I Believe" by Fantasia.  Ugh, I do not like choosing a former contestants tune, but Lakisha is up to the task.  Of course she gets herself in trouble by asking to be compared to Fantasia and as awesome as she was, she just didn't reach that height.

  • Phil - "The Change" by Garth Brooks.  I was way surprised by this choice, Phil was off key for most of the song, and it just was not him.  Pack your bags Phil.

  • Jordin - "You'll Never Walk Alone" by Patti LaBelle.   Whoa.  This was intense.  The paradox of young singers going for older songs is of no relevance here; Jordin brought her tone to the song and got some much deserved Kudos from Simon.  I think Jordin is my favorite teen singer, next to my buddy Kevin of course.
And there you have it.  Predictions?  Idol raises a whole ton of money, and Chris, Phil, and Lakisha will be the bottom three.  Honestly, I would not be surprised to see Chris go home, but Phil is safe money.  Clearly this is heading for a Jordin, Blake, and Melinda show down.

- Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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