Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Three entries in one!

It's hot, I nearly got mowed over by traffic attempting to cross Everett Rd to get to the grocery store, and I need to unpack my entire life today. I am doing none of these things and instead am sitting in front of an oscillating fan listening to American Idol radio on getting ready for tonight's yawnfest of a Finale. Wake me up if David Cook is performing.

Final Idol Post of the Year! Well, this season.

If this show was any more of a lovefest I would have to puke. This fawning over Simon and these two weeksauce contestants was ridiculous.

Each contestant sang three songs. First was contestant's choice of a song they had sung previously.

Lee sang "The Boxer," which Laurie strenuously objected to. I found it lacking compared to the clipped version we'd heard the previous week during his hometown visit. It just wasn't working for me.

Crystal did "Me and My Bobby McGee," which led me to yell at Randy Jackson because he's an idiot. (redundant, I know). The slowed down part of the beginning of the song was the best part of said song. She turned into a shrieking mess after that.

Lee went next with Executive Producer Simon Fuller's choice. (This used to be Clive Davis's choice, but I guess he's not BFFs with 19E anymore. Simon Fuller chose "Everybody Hurts" by REM for poor Lee. First the backup singers emerged, and destroyed the song. And Lee got covered by the music. And he was a bit out of key. And uh, this is not how a finale should go.

Crystal got saddled with "Black Velvet." Which has been destroyed by anyone who ever tries to sing it. Thousands of auditioners each year get tripped up by such a difficult song. And Crystal's no exception. She completely annihilated the song, and her breathing was off. It was difficult to watch.

So the final song is one that they'd release as their single as the winner. This is usually one song written by a) a songwriter from 19E b) winner of a songwriting contest c) Kara DioGuardi. So what did Lee sing?

..."Beautiful Day." By U2. And the band and backup singers swallowed the poor boy whole. Kinda harsh. He still looked like a deer in headlights, but all we know is that he's a "nice guy." Great critiquing there, judges.

Crystal did a song called "Up Over the Mountain," and it opened beautifully. Until the lurking backup singers came in to ruin it. IDOL. Not everything needs a freaking choir.

So if I had to pick a winner, I'd say Crystal. While she was shrieky, she pulled it out at the end. Then Will Young, Pop Idol Series 1 winner schooled them both and sang a wonderful live version of "Leave Right Now." Complete with footage of what could have been from this season if Katelyn, Lily, and Alex had made the top 12. Jerks.

What did you think? Will you tune in for season 10, despite the lack of Simon Cowell?

Day 01 - Your favorite song
Day 02 - A song that makes you happy
Day 03 - A song that makes you sad

Day 04 - A song that reminds you of someone
Day 05 - A song that reminds of you of somewhere
Day 06 - A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 07 - A song that you can dance to
Day 08 - A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 09 - A song from your favorite band
Day 10 - A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 11 - A song that describes you
Day 12 - A song from your favorite album
Day 13 - A song that you listen to when you're angry
Day 14 - A song that you listen to when you're happy
Day 15 - A song that you listen to when you're sad
Day 16 - A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 17 - A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 18 - A song that makes you laugh

Day 2 -- A song that makes me happy!

It's a newer song so I'm sure I'll get sick of it. Try this one:

Kris Allen - Live Like We're Dying.

I think I like this song just for the line "We've only got 86400 seconds in a day / to turn it all around or they'll throw it all away"
Runner up: "we should be careful who we let fall out of our lives"

Kris Allen was the winner of Season 8 of American Idol, and I am so incredibly late to the bandwagon for him. This man is so talented. If you haven't checked out his cover of "Heartless," by Kanye West, you are MISSING out on a real audio treat. Do it!

An Australian band that my only Australian friend did not introduce me to, The Whitlams are "piano rockers," according to Phil sent me one of their songs years ago, I think it was "You Sound Like Louis Burdett," and since he's probably Australian I don't know who he is, but the song was catchy. I found this track by them around the same time and it brought me to tears. It's so incredibly moving.
It also has the ability to make me think of Lost and the character of Charlie Pace. To be fair, I'm certain this song came out before the show, but it fits.

The Whitlams - Buy Now Pay Later (Charlie No 2)

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