We get the 'embarrassing' moments tonight. I wonder if we get to hear about the male on male stripper? Do the embarrassing moments for the producers count? Speaking of embarrassing, for some reason the last article did not publish even after it said it did. Ah, the vagaries of the Newsvine.
Luke Menard - Mr. Falsetto was on pitch and rhythm at the end. He likely would make a good female signing impressionist. He is not a Michael Jackson one.Randy says "Corny" Paula brags about choreographing "Michael's Tour" Simon "Wasn't very good. He won't make it"
David Archuleta - One of the early favorites, uses the piano to good advantage. Singing with a piano is difficult, it is a 'tempered' key instrument. It made him seem to be off key. He did his usual good job. Nice clean vocals. Randy "Like one of your concerts" Paula "Perfectly wonderful for this competition" Simon "Not as good as last week, too sad"
Grade A -
Danny Noriega - He worked too hard on his 'cute' moves. He forgot to remember the pitch to his notes. He is going to "pack his things and go" - good idea. Randy "Started out rough... I liked the end." Paula says her usual nothing useful. Simon "I thought it was horrible...absolutely useless"
Grade C -
David Hernandez - He has more support for his falsetto and can even sing the high notes naturally. He had some pitch problems that were made a bit more obvious because of the piano behind him. He shouted a few of the closing notes. Randy "Nice sound...some pitch problems" Paula "you are becoming a very good performer" Simon "wasn't as good as last week... you are secure into the finals"
Michael Johns - He chose a 'safe' song. He missed the pitch and timing now and then. Not very challenging for his talent. Randy '"good song choice" Paula "You are defining yourself" Simon "I liked it, I didn't love it...you haven't connected with your talent"
David Cook - He used his guitar which seemed to be a bit out of tune. (Maybe from the hasty setup?) He screams the high notes. He insists on being a rocker. Rockers have not gotten deep into the competition. Randy "Nice Arrangement" Paula "That was fabulous" Simon "that was a very brave thing to do and I...loved it."
Grade B +
Jason Castro - His embarrassing moment sounded like he was high telling it. He missed his first pitch but corrected the problem. He let the mike get too close and 'spit' on it a few times. This was another 'safe' performance. Randy "great degree of difficulty" Paula - "blah blah" Simon "I thought it was absolutely brilliant"
Grade B +
Chikezie - He starts out a bit shaky but corrects the flow. He makes the key change well enough. He gets through it well enough to be able to survive. Randy "Interesting song choice" Paula "Vocals good tonight" Simon "I don't it worked...it was ok in bits...more cabaret than last week"
Grade C +
Paula still does not concentrate on the idea that it is a SINGING competition. Randy and Simon try to give criticism that focuses on that. Many times Simon has to interrupt her diatribe - "Did you like it or not?". It is good question many times because one is not sure. She likes to hear herself talk. Randy even had to stop Paula to let Simon talk. Paula thought the men were great. Randy thought they were ok. (Randy is right) Most of them have sung much better.
Luke Menard has been on my list to go home - he did not 'disappoint' me tonight. Danny Noriega has also been on the short list. The early voting on MSNBC has Danny Noriega the 'favorite' to go at 44% Luke is next at 38%. Chikezie is a distant third at 10% I agree with the poll. Chikezie is the only other that would deserve an early shower based on the total body of his performances.