Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Top 13 Recap

Holy Moly!! This is the BEST first night we've ever seen of ANY season to date!

One of the most overused lines on this show is "This is the best Top 12 we've ever had" but man this may well be! Well, 13.

Seriously, what a night! WOW! I had SO MUCH FUN watching that!!

Who's in the bottom 3? Jasmine, Megan, and Michael (Anoop, sadly, would be deserving but since he's a favorite, I don't think he'll see the bottom 3 for a while).

Going home? Who the heck knows if the judges are going to mess with it. This show is 'jumping the shark' WAY too many times this season already. Now this? Honestly. If they make it not worth voting, they'll ruin the integrity of the show. Grrrrrrrrr.

My favorites: I TRULY liked most everyone! That's unusal for me. There's no one I don't like, but there are a few I think weren't as good as others, but seriously, WOW, what a show. My top favorites are Adam, Danny, Adam, Scott, Adam, Matt, Adam, Kris, Adam . . . I pretty much can't get enough of Adam. I love Anoop even though this wasn't his night. But I DIG Adam.

Other observations:

The camera people never quite get it together the first night.

This show wouldn't be what it is without Paula--I love Paula.

It drives me NUTS that they do so much stupid banter in the beginning and then rush through their comments for the final few singers. So stupid. It's Season 8. They should have this down by now. Forget jumping the shark and do your normal job already.

Quick Recap:

1. Lil Rounds - Wow! I think we might tire of her without more originality, but she can sing.

2. Scott - What a voice! I love to hear him with the piano--he's so much more comfortable. I think he'll go far. I hope so.

3. Danny - I love Danny! I love his raspy voice, his presence, his singing--he's fabulous! Love, love Danny.

4. Michael - Nice guy, good voice, I think he's out of his league and knows it, but I like him. He reminds me of someone and I don't know who and whoever it is is someone I don't like, but I'm trying to get past that bias, because it's not even clear what that bias is. He did a good job but is overshadowed by this group.

5. Jasmine - I'm not a big fan. They're constantly telling good singers that they don't have enough personality (Simon: "charismar") to make it through, so it puzzles me when they put through an inconsistent, mediocre singer/performer who doesn't have a lot of personality. Huh?

6. Kris Allen - He's SO CUTE. And I'm loving the crusties his wife sends the camera every time they say he's cute or shouldn't mention his wife. I REALLY like him and I dig when he plays guitar.

7. Allison - She has GOT to be the first authentic, REAL rocker chick we've seen on Idol. Okay, maybe Carly. But this girl is the real deal when it comes to rocking. And she's 16! Heart and now Michael Jackson? Wowzers.

8. Anoop Dawg - I like Anoop and was so excited to hear that he'd sing "Beat It" but it was just aw-right, unfortunately. I think he has a following and will stick around, thankfully.

9. Jorge - It was okay. I like Jorge. How can you not? But it was good, not great.

10. Megan - I laughed through the whole thing. Something about her (and thinking about how uncomfortable Mark gets when she sings) makes me not be able to help it. She did a good job, though. She's a feel-good artist. Weird song choice, but she's likeable.

11. Adam - HOLY SMOKES. I can NOT get enough of Adam!! I have ALWAYS liked him and I like him even more now. I love how he carries himself. I love his confidence. I love his look. I love his personality. I love his chutzpah, stage presence, and voice. I love how he hits "ridiculous" notes and his screechy way. He's like a male Fantasia and I can get down with that. LOVE him. He's giving us what we've been missing since Constantine's untimely exit.

12. Matt - I really like Matt. I love how he plays piano. I love anyone who can play like that. WOW! He did a good job. He really hit some notes, fell off a bit, but it was still good. I like him and want to see more of him.

13. Alexis - HOLY. That little petite thing can seriously SING. Dirty Diana? Are you FREAKING kidding me? She looks like she's 11 but sings like she's a cross of Tina Turner/Fantasia/I don't even know who but I am speechless at the power and control that girl has. She NAILED that song and was stunningly amazing on it. An Adam-Alexis finale would be incredible.


April (Thorup) Oaks said...

I was hoping you would have a recap to read! Thanks.

1.Lil – so true.

2.Scott – I love him on the piano too.

3.Danny – Wow. This boy is amazing!

4.Michael - I like him a lot but don’t think he is star material.

5.Jasmine – She is an amazing singer, but she is too shy to make me really like her.

6.Kris – I didn’t like him playing the guitar with last night’s song. I am sure I will like him playing the guitar in the future, but last night the song didn’t seem to match the intensity of the way he was strumming. I didn’t get why he was picked for the top 13 until last night. I really did like him last night!

7.Allison – I love her. I hope she sticks around a long time.

8.Anoop – I didn’t like last night’s song, but I do like him. He isn’t on the top of my list though.

9.Jorge – He is so cute and sweet, but I don’t like him as much as the others.

10.Megan – I disagree. I really like her. I was actually really impressed with her song choice because before she came on I wondered how in the world she could show her personality and talent with any Michael Jackson son. I thought her song choice was perfect and I’m so surprised others disagree. I don’t like her dancing so much, but I do really like her. She is the type of person I would buy a CD from.

11.Adam – I agree he is awesome, but I have a hard time getting past his look. His personality doesn’t seem to fit the black fingernail polish thing at all. I hope he changes up his look soon!

12.Matt – I LOVE MATT! I was so worried he wouldn’t make the top 12.

13.Alexis – Wow. She is great. The skimpy outfits drive me nuts because she looks so innocent to me, but who cares what I think. She is an incredible singer.

Personal Favorites? Matt, Danny and Alison (Adam may grow on me)

Least Favorites? Jasmine and Jorge

April (Thorup) Oaks said...

By the way... I thought it was hilarious when Simon said, "It's fine being artistic. Just not on this show."

Swawaeve said...

Wow, it sounds like this season is going really good! The only season I actually watched was season 6, and I enjoyed that one, which you then told me was kinda boring...maybe I should watch this one. :P

J Fo said...

1- lil can sing, but I was too distracted by her horrible pants!
2-Love Scott! I think it's so cute how they work with him on the group mumbers.
3-LOVE Danny. He seems so sincer and authentic. Plus...cool glasses!
4-i agree. Nice, but over his head.
5-Jasmine. It was time to go!
6-Love Kris! Love the guitar playing. Love his cutre little wifey!
7-Every seeason needs a rocker and Alison is GREAT. Such a natural.
8-Generally I like him, but he's coming off a bit cocky.
9-Jorge. I was ready for him to go. Always so serious and sappy.
10-I love her style and how unique she is. I think she would make a good Indy Musicartist and that's one of my favorite genres. She does need some body movement coaching!
11-Okay, I like Adam, but I don't love him. He's a little too theatrical and over the top. His style doesn't bug me, but his facial expressions do sometimes.
12-I love Matt's bluesy style. And I love his easy, funky piano playing. He's a major talent.
13-I think that Alexis is my favorite! Anyone that small, that can pull off as big of a song as "Dirty Dianna" gets my vote. I love how her feet don't touch the floor when she sits on the couch. Can you relate, Stacy? ;)

terahreu said...

Okay, you are killing me here! I am dying to watch. In fact, that was one of the best parts about being in Thailand, they had AI on Star TV. I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

Sounds like an amazing season. So sad I am missing it. Thanks for keeping me up to date. I just pray my computer will stream some of the video. I am dying here.

bythelbs said...

My favorite moment of the night had to be Megan's "Caw! Caw!" at the end of her performance. Clas. Sic.

I had actually picked Jasmine, Jorge and Anoop for the bottom 3, and I'm not really sorry to see Jasmine (yawn) and Jorge (holy eyebrows! So very sweet, but HOLY EYEBROWS!) go. I'm glad Anoop has another chance, but he's a short timer.

Adam is cool, but he was just a tad manic for me this past week. I'm excited to see what he'll do next, though.

Boquinha said...

Yay, April! I'm LOVING hearing your thoughts on this and am so glad you're watching!! Seems we agree on a lot of stuff! As for Kris, I'd like to hear his Buble stuff. I love Michael Buble. I actually like Adam's look for him. My friend and I were discussing that it's not that he's good looking so much as it's that he's very sexy and confident in the way he carries himself and I like that.

Sierra, you're coming over to watch, right?

Jessica! Alison really is a natural. Unfortunately, I think you may be right about Anoop. Ugh. And Indy Music for her! That's BRILLIANT!! She really does have that sound! What a good call. You should tell Simon. I agree about Alexis pulling off that song. DUDE!

Terah, I so hope you can find a way to watch!! It really is an amazing season. They say it every year, but usually you can safely predict the first 6 or 8 exits. Not this year! After the first maybe 2, it's anybody's contest, which makes the competition that much more intense and exciting! Let me know if you get to see any of it.

Lbs, how could I forget the "Caw! Caw!"?!? I laughed SO HARD at that. I was practically crying as I said, "Did she just caw?" ROTFL! Adam is a tad manic, but he totally keeps my interest. Off to check next week's theme . . . ;)

Boquinha said...

Oh, heaven help us. It's "Grand Old Opry" week. Holy holy crap.

J Fo said...

Grand Ol Opry?! Wow. Now they are just trying to force them to have a bad week! I bet the guest will be Dolly Parton on Wed.? Did they say?

Boquinha said...

Oops, Jess, I forgot to respond here. I wrote it in my other post. Randy Travis. But of course you know that by now. :P