Tuesday, March 31, 2009

David Cook - WETM Exclusive: Full Interview w/David Cook- Mansfield University,3-19-09

First song he's ever written: Red Hot, and he says it's awful. *L*

Top 3 songs he's ever written:
Straight Ahead
Daily Anthem

American Idol - Season 8 - Top 9 - Performances

Anoop - Caught Up by Usher
He's drown out by the music. I like this style for him. A few too many runs for me, but I liked this for him. It was good!

Megan - Turns Your Lights Down Low - Bob Marley/Lauren Hill
I liked it. She sounded weird in the first half of the song, but the second half was good. I think this song suited her well, but she could have done a bit more with it.

Danny Gokey - What Hurts The Most by Rascal Flatts
I wish the judges would tone it down in their comments for Danny... It was a good performance, a good vocal performance, I mean, he gave me goosebumps... But it was not THAT earth shattering....

Allison - Don't Speak by No Doubt
I HATE her hair. The guitar playing was nice, but it threw her off. I felt like the first part was really, REALLY boring and kinda off key... But then when she started singing in a more powerful voice, WOW, it was absolutely awesome!

Scott - Just The Way You Are by Billy Joel
I LOVE Billy Joel. And I FLOVE this song. And OMG, I absolutely ADORED Scott's version. The beginning was a bit rough, and I thought the song was cut a little weirdly, but wow... Once he started with "I need to know that you will always be... The same old someone that I knew...." OMG!!!! GOOSEBUMPS!!!!! LOVED IT!!!!!

Matt Giraud - You Found Me by the Fray
I liked it. A lot. I thought this was a good choice for him, the only current one so far. The very beginning, with the low notes, was really bad.... UGH! But then he picked it up and I think he delivered, especially on the chorus, right up until the end. Good job!

Lil Rounds - I Surrender by Celine Dion
I HATE that song. I like her hair this week. But that dress make her look like a club bouncer with really large shoulders. Did not like her performance at all.

Adam Lambert - Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry
No, no, no, no, just no. The high notes with tongue sticking out is back. No, no, no, no, no. He lost all the momentum he built with me last week.

Kris Allen - Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers
WOW. Best of the night by a fucking MILE! That was a beautiful version, loved how he made this his own, the vocals were great, great, great, although I wish he had not ended with his falsetto. But other than that, gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

I am disappointed in the show tonight. The theme was so loose, they basically had any songs they wanted to sing to choose from. The only current song that was sung was by Matt with The Fray. None of them sounded original, aside from Kris and Adam. Vocals? Some were good - Kris, Danny, Scott - but most had sub par vocals tonight. I think all of them are really talented singers - but very few of them put emotions behind their vocals.

My top 3

My Bottom 3

Going home:

Thursday, March 26, 2009

American Idol - Season 8 - Top 10 - Results

Weird pre-recorded Motown medley...

Ford Video - Pocketfull of Sunshine

Ruben Studdard performs his latest single "Together"

On with results:

Adam is... SAFE, of course.

Matt is... BOTTOM 3. WHAT?????????????????

Kris is... SAFE.

Michael and Lil are up at the same time. Lil is SAFE (after Ryan beat around the bush) and Michael is in the BOTTOM 3.

Smokey Robinson sings "Your The One For Me" with Joss Stone.

Allison stands up. Ryan says she is... SAFE.

Anoop is... SAFE.

Danny is... SAFE.

Scott and Megan are standing up. Scott is in the BOTTOM 3, while Megan is safe.

Ryan sends someone to the couches of safety, and it is SCOTT, who's SAFE.

Motown Medley with Stevie Wonder. And that was AWESOME!!!

Michael and Matt are sending at center stage. And Michael is the one with the lowest number of votes. Matt is SAFE.

Michael is going to sing for his life. He does a great job with his song, better than the night before.

And of course the judges don't save him.

I hate that damn twist with the judges. It was evident they were not gonna save him. And yet they were all like "Oh we have not decided yet, blah blah blah" and shit.

I really liked Michael's voice, his enthusiasm and his beautiful smile. While I knew he was not going to win, I'm still sad to see him go.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

American Idol - Season 8 - Top 10 - Performances & VIDEOS

Matt Giraud - Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye

Loved it. nice surprise that he didn't sit at the piano the whole time.. Great vocals, nice stage presence. Great job! Can they stop with the "I know there are other front runners, but... " UGH! At least Simon told him he is a front runner, too. I think he is...

Kris Allen - How Sweet It Is - Marvin Gaye

Wow, Smokey is giving him a lot of praise. I am really enjoying Kris' voice. It records SO WELL! This version of "How Sweet It Is" was really fun. His voice sounded really good, suited him very well. I love that he keeps playing the guitar, too. Very nice.

Scott MacIntyre - You Can't Hurry Love - The Supremes

I love that he stood up for himself, saying the piano is part of who he is as an artist, and that he won't just let it go because the judges said he should. Good for him!!! I love how he started. Then it got a tiny bit boring, but it was still nice. He has a beautiful voice, I love it. But once he started to let loose a bit, and the yeahs and all that? Loved it!!!! I just wish he'd move his body a bit more when he plays piano. But other than that? I really liked this performance!

Megan Joy Corkrey - For Once In My Life - Stevie Wonder

Most original on the show? Gimme a break, Smokey. Her voice is not back to where it was before she got sick - it still sounds pretty rough. Damn she looks great. I totally hate her shoes. I don't think this song really suited her style.

Anoop Desai - Ooh Baby Baby - Smokey Robinson and The Miracles

I did not like this song for Anoop. He's singing in his falsetto too much for my taste. He doesn't have any power behind his vocals at all during the first half of the song. The second half is much better. Gotta admit, I do not like this song. AT ALL.

Michael Sarver - Ain’t Too Proud to Beg - Temptations

I think there were really great parts in that performance and others that were a bit boring. Too bad something caught in his throat for the ending, because that could have been epic. It was not. I'm sad. :( All in all, I think he did good, but I wish he had put more grit, more desperation in his voice. It sounded too.... happy.

Lil Rounds - Heatwave - Martha and the Vandellas

Love her dress, HATE her hair... Blech. Loved the interaction with the backup singers. I think she did really good. Randy was right about rushing a bit because there was a lot of lyrics, but I think she still pulled it off.

Adam Lambert - Tracks of my Tears - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

Alright, now THAT I LOVED. Hated the hair, but he looks good in a suit. Wow. Tonight is the first time I really believed Adam. Loved the controlled vocals, loved the falsetto throughout - sounded almost Prince-ish, loved the emotional delivery. Seriously this was GREAT. I'll be buying his studio version of the song, for sure.

Danny Gokey - Get Ready - The Temptations

Oh, I love, love, love Danny's voice. That was a fun song, and his stage performance was good. Not his best, but it was still good. I just love his vocals, I seriously could listen to him sing all day.

Allison Iraheta - Papa was a Rolling Stone - The Temptations

Oh the song of my little stripper boy... :) She KILLED it. WOW! Loved the end... Awesome!

Best: Adam, Allison

Worst: Megan, Michael

Thanks to www.mjsbigblog.com for the videos.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

American Idol - Season 8 - Top 11 - Results

Group number - Trouble

Ford video - Here It Goes Again

Allison Iraheta and Michael Sarver are in the Bottom 3

Brad Paisley sings his single "Then".

Alexis Grace is in the bottom 3

Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis singing I Told You So

Michael Sarver is SAFE, Alexis is going home, as the judges don't save her.

Poor Alexis was very emotional and couldn't pull of her song properly. Her voice sounded nervous. I thought it was very cruel how the judges pretended deliberating about saving her or not. I don't really like this new twist.

Thanks to www.mjsbigblog.com for the videos.

American Idol - Season 8 - Top 11 - Performances & VIDEOS

The Music of the Grand Ole Opry

Michael Sarver - Ain’t Goin’ Down Til the Sun Comes Up (Garth Brooks)

I enjoyed that performance from him. His voice suits the country style very well. Not his best, but a fun performance. The fact he went first probably didn't help him. Loved the harmonica! A song with perhaps too many words for him to really sing them properly.

Allison Iraheta - Blame it on Your Heart (Patty Loveless)

Good vocals, good energy, good performance. Not my fav, I guess that's because that's country, and I don't like country... But I think she did good.

Kris Allen - To Make You Feel My Love (Garth Brooks)

Kris' voice is gorgeous on record. And this live performance is no different. Beautiful vocals, heartfelt performance. He keeps getting better and better every week... Love his version. Another one of my fav tonight.

Lil Rounds - Independence Day (Martina McBride)

I did not like this. She sang alright, but it would have been so much better if she had infused her own style into the song.

Adam Lambert - Ring of Fire ( Johnny Cash)

WTF? That is truly a hate it or love it performance. I like his voice when he doesn't go into all that crazy high stuff. I loved that he put his own spin the song. Finally someone who's taking a risk and running with it. I loved the weird "oh oh oh aha ah" stuff at the end. This version reminded me of Dilana's on RockStar Supernova. Can't say I absolutely adore the performance, but I liked it. And it was for sure entertaining!

Scott MacIntyre - Wild Angels (Martina McBride)

Nice performance from Scott. I love him at the piano. A few rough spots in the beginning. His voice sounded more powerful than the week before.

Alexis Grace - Jolene (Dolly Parton)

I actually liked her performance. Her vocals were a bit weak in the beginning, but once she got into it, I think she sang good. I would have liked her to inject a bit more of her bluesy stuff into the song, but all in all, I thought it was good.

Danny Gokey - Jesus Take the Wheel (Carrie Underwood)

I absolutely adore Danny's tone. He sounds amazing on record. What I always appreciate of Danny's performances is that he always seems to really feel the words he's singing. The transition from verse to chorus was a bit rough, but that chorus? Wow, he rocked those vocals! I disagreed with the judges that he should always sing in that power house voice of his. We'd grow tired of it. I am with Paula, I like that he built the momentum on the song. Very good indeed.

Anoop Desai - You Were Always on My Mind (Willie Nelson)

Now THAT was what I was waiting for from Anoop. Beautiful, emotional vocals. No antics, just his gorgeous voice soaring and shining. The arrangement was a bit old fashioned, but it suited the kind of performance Anoop wanted to put out there. I really appreciated he didn't go with the huge glory note at the end, or the falsetto. My fav of his so far.

Megan Joy Corkrey - Walking After Midnight (Patsy Cline)

She really is a truly beautiful girl. I like her choices of songs, quirky like her. Her voice had no power at all. The judges said she was sick, so under those circumstances, I thinks she did good.

Matt Giraud - So Small (Carrie Underwood)

First, I hated that the judges told Scott not to hide behind the piano, but they didn't say anything to Matt. Inconsistent judges FTL! Ok, onto Matt's performance. His voice was AMAZING on this. Not too many runs, a little bit of grit here and there, powerful, emotional vocals. LOVED it. His best so far! Beautiful. I hope he keeps improving like that.

The Best:

The Worst:

Thanks to www.mjsbigblog.com for the videos.

David Cook - Souvenir - Unreleased song


Hope you had a good time while you were here
such a beautiful view for a beautiful girl, this time
of year
Now here we are looking back, through wasted
Blank pages filling up our past
No, it’s not funny, but all that I can do is laugh

You can keep my heart, the one you took when you ran
You can keep my heart, it’s got no use here, call it a
souvenir, call it a souvenir

Quite a trip that we never should have taken
I just can’t believe how you’ve broken me since you
went away
Now all you do is promise everything, tell me you’ll
So many signs of decimation missed there (So many signs
I guess I missed)

You can keep my heart; the one you took when you ran
You can keep my heart it’s got no use here. Call it a
souvenir, call it a souvenir

So many pages that got filled up
So many lessons to learn about love
So many days, so many ways, so many suns, so many rains
All you got was my broken heartHope you had a good time
while you were here

You can keep my heart, the one you took when you ran
You can keep my heart, it’s got no use here, call it a
souvenir, call it a souvenirYou can keep my heart
You can keep my heart
Call it a souvenir

David Cook - We're Only Honest When We're Sleeping - Unreleased song

We're Only Honest When We're Sleeping

You're a broken thing
Your cracks are showing through at your best attempts
At making nice with the world
So keep on dreaming
Cuz someday soon the thing that keeps you at bay will fade away
Or so I've heard

We're only honest when we're sleeping
We're lying wide awake and dreaming
Wishing that we were someone else
This bed is cold as hell when you're lying next to me

It's a twisted game
A brief and off-repeating prose that never
Seems to resonate
Still to think of our blame
It's always on the heart that kept on beating
While the other pulled the blame

We're only honest when we're sleeping
We're lying wide awake and dreaming
Wishing that we were someone else
This bed is cold as hell when you're lying next to me

The ceiling paints a picture
And everything's a welcome work of art
Convince the chaos in the mirror
The lasting lipstick red

We're only honest when we're sleeping
We're lying wide awake and dreaming
Wishing that we were someone else
This bed is cold as hell when you're lying next to me

We're only honest when we're sleeping
We're lying wide awake and dreaming
Wishing that we were someone else
This bed is cold as hell when you're lying next to me

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Dunes @ The Great Hall - Toronto

The Dunes will host an album release party April 25th @ The El Mocambo (Toronto). BE THERE!!!

Here's a taste of what they can do live (recorded at The Great Hall)

Do It All The Time

Cacophonic Lullaby

Let It Go

Thinking of You

Throwing Knives

Shock Yourself

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Chris Daughtry update

The gist of it is:

*Lots going on
*Finished the record last week
*Recorded 19 fantastic songs, 12 or so will make the record
*Is on to mixing the record
*June or July-ish release
*Looking for album title
*Last minute writing "sesh" with Chad Kroeger (Nickelback) in Vancouver as well as with Richard Marx
*Writing "sesh" with Jason Wade from Lifehouse for the song “Long Way”
*Writing session with Pat Monahan for their next Train record, as well as with Lifehouse for their record
*Lots of writing
*Home for a little bit
*Thankful for the fan support
*Up for a Kid's Choice Award

Taylor Hicks - What's Right is Right - Ellen Degeneres - VIDEO

American Idol - Season 8 - Top 13 - Results & VIDEOS

Results night...

The kids sing a Jackson 5 Medley

Ford Commercial to Queen's "We Will Rock you"

Jasmine Murray and Megan Joy Corkrey are at center stage. Jasmine leaves the competition.

Kanye West performs Heartless. Meh.

Kelly Clarkson performs My Life Would Suck Without You. This song is much better live than it is on the radio!

Anoop Desai and Jorge Nunez are at center stage. Jorge leaves the competition.

Next week? Grand Ole Opry. Oh joy.

Thanks to www.mjsbigblog.com for the videos.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

American Idol - Season 8 - Top 13 - Performances & VIDEOS

The Music of Michael Jackson

Lil Rounds - The Way You Make Me Feel

Wow, she looks great! I enjoyed her performance a lot. I didn't think she had it in her to be such a performer. Good vocals. The falsetto? No please. I agree with Simon - her outfit was not great, but the colors really suited her.

Scott MacIntyre - Keep The Faith

Oh, Scott's at the piano. Love his soft falsetto... He is so much more comfortable at the piano. While the last part was not totally on pitch, I LOVED it - Scott was getting into it, letting go, was caught in the moment... Loved it!

Danny Gokey - Pretty Young Thing

Wow... Danny surprised me! I LOVED the way he started the song - i adore his falsetto... And then he kicked into high gear and tore into his song. I thought the vocals were absolutely amazing! Performance wise... I thought the beginning was really weird and uncomfortable, and then he started to let loose and you could tell he was having fun. I liked it better when he jumped on the cat walk and interacted with the judges and the crowd. Overall... GREAT vocals, a bit of a weird performance, but enjoyable all the same. In other words.. I agree with Simon!

Michael Sarver - You're Not Alone

I'm glad Michael sang a ballad. He's got a very, very, very nice voice, and I'm glad he showed it off. I think he did great. Maybe a little less smiling all through the song, but I think he did great.

Jasmine Murray - I'll Be There

Jasmine and her Disney tune... She sounded good until the chorus, which sounded really, really off... I liked that she ended in the falsetto; that was unexpected as I thought she'd finish with a huge glory note. But something's missing. She's a good singer, but I don't feel the passion coming off of her.

Kris Allen - Do You Remember

I have always loved that song. The guitar adds a little touch, kinda latino... Great vocals from Kris, nice stage presence, I do wonder and hope that people will remember him tho... I think he did good. Sounds like the crowd really enjoyed it! I did, too.

Allison Iraheta - Give In to Me

Allison is the little rocker chick of this season. I love her tone. Her vocals tonight are really good. I just really hate that song!

Anoop Desai - Beat It

Nice haircut Anoop. I did not like this at all. His voice sounded thin, and he went off pitch a few times. His voice doesn't have the angriness necessary to pull of that song. Totally agree with Simon - no aggression and that song requires it.

Jorge Nunez - Never Can Say Goodbye

Good choice for him. Good vocals, good performance. He looked a bit... sleazy in the beginning... Reminded me of a lounge singer. While it was not my favorite, I don't think he was as bad as the judges said he was...

Megan Joy Corkrey - Rockin' Robin

Oh wow, I never expected that from Megan... I LOVED IT! Totally stupid song, but she did it really well. I think this was her best vocals since the beginning. And the song really fitted her personality - fun, quirky, young. I don't know... I loved it!

Gordon Ramsay is in the audience...

Adam Lambert - Black and White

Until he stepped on the cat walk, I thought it was really boring. But the part on the cat walk? WOW! The rest of it... He's too theatrical for me, too over the top, too screechy... But on the other hand, I think he's awesome! I'm in awe of him because he can really, really, really fucking sing! And he's comfortable on stage and everything.... So in other words, I really don't know what to think! *LOL*

Matt Giraud - Human Nature

I think Matt did really good. It was very nice to see him at the piano. Great vocals, beautiful controlled falsetto... I hope he sticks around!

Alexis Grace - Dirty Diana

WOW! Alexis! That was awesome! She produced a few bum notes, but WOW! The first half was amazing.. But then she kind of over did it a bit in the second half.

The Best:

The Worst:

Thanks to www.mjsbigblog.com for the videos.

Monday, March 9, 2009

David Cook Vlog #4 March 7, 2009

David Cook Interview on 96.5 TIC

Pork Beans - Questions With Terry!

Ryan Star - Last Train Home - VIDEO

Official Video for "Last Train Home"


You can download "Last Train Home" from iTunes, and will get "Right Now" with it.

Go! Now! It's Good!

Here's a live version from Conway:

Friday, March 6, 2009

American Idol - Season 8 - Your Top 13

Here is your Top 12, oh, no, wait! Top 13! :)


Alexis Grace

Michael Sarver

Danny Gokey

Allison Iraheta

Kris Allen

Adam Lambert

Lil Rounds

Scott MacIntyre

Jorge Nunez

Jasmine Murray

Megan Corkrey

Matt Giraud

Anoop Desai

Thursday, March 5, 2009

American Idol - Season 8 - Top 36 - Week 3 - Wild Card

So the 8 contestants the judges brought back sing tonight. Let's get to it already!

Jesse Langseth - “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus and Chaka Khan - VIDEO

Weird performance. I like her voice but this was... yeah, weird.

Matt Giraud - “Who’s Loving You” by the Jackson 5 - VIDEO

AWESOME! I absolutely adore him singing the blues like that. It showed he was comfortable with that song. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Megan Joy Corkrey - “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall - VIDEO

Good song choice for her voice. Too bad she doesn't go in her higher voice a bit more, because it sounds good. That last note? OUCH! Simon has such a hardon for her... Blech.

Von Smith - “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” by Elton John - VIDEO

Seemed like his performance was cut short... The beginning was so shaky... The ending was getting better, but I think he overthought this one and it'll be costly.

Jasmine Murray - “Reflection” by Christine Aguilera - VIDEO

Boring and indulgent. Not liking this. She has moments her voice sounds beautiful, other moments it sounds thin and flat. Meh.

Ricky Braddy - “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder - VIDEO

The music is really loud and kinda drowning his voice at times, I think this was a good choice for him and he did it really well. He's putting everything into it, and hopefully it'll pay off for him.

Tatiana Del Toro - “Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston - VIDEO

Lower range is not great, but damn she can belt with the best of them. Damn drama queen. I almost, ALMOST kinda wanna see her go through so she can argue with Simon and make him go crazy. *L*

Anoop Desai - “My Prerogative” by Bobby Brown - VIDEO

Alright, the beginning was rather sexy! He seemed so very confident tonight. I hope he can find other songs similar to this to really show off what he can do. I enjoyed this performance.

My predictions - Anoop, Matt, Megan

And now, our results!!!

Jasmine is up first - and she's IN!!!!
Ricky is next - but he's OUT.
Megan and Tatiana are up together - Megan is IN, Tatiana is OUT


Jesse at center stage, and she's OUT.
Von Smith is up, and he is told by Paula that he is OUT.
So of course, it's Matt and Anoop left for the end. Matt is IN!!!!! WOO HOO!!!! Everyone thought that meant Anoop was out... But no, he's IN! We have a Top 13!


Thanks to www.mjsbigblog.com for the videos.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

American Idol - Season 8 - Top 36 - Week 3 - Results

WOO HOO!!!!! A Daily AntheM from David Cook is being used for the montage at the beginning. YEAH!!!!!


The 12 contestants sing "Hot and Cold". I'm glad they are using more current songs for the group sings, but they are still corny and cheesy to the max!!!!


And here we go with the results...

Lil - IN (is that really any surprise?) And she sings her song again, "Be Without You" - good job!


Ariana - OUT
Taylor - OUT
Alex - OUT
Kendall - OUT
Scott - IN Scott sings again, and he did a great job again with "Mandolin Rain"


Nathaniel - OUT
Kristen - OUT

On to

Felicia - OUT
Von - OUT

Ju'not - OUT
Jorge - IN A little surprising, but good for him. He will sing "Don't Let The Sun go Down On Me" later.

Now onto the wildcard thing.... We will know tonight who is coming back for the wild card show tomorrow night.

8 people will come back for tomorrow's show and sing again.

Randy picks Von Smith
Kara picks Jasmine Murray
Paula picks someone from the first round - Ricky Brady
Simon picks Megan Joy Corkrey (not surprising, Simon has a hard on for her...)


After the break, Randy picks Tatiana (OMFG - not really surprising tho, as she's such a drama queen she makes for good tv - and she can sing, even if she's fucking annoying!)
Kara picks Matt Giraud! YEAH!
Paula picks Jesse Langseth
Simon picks Anoop Desai (no surprises there)


Jorge sings us out with "Don't Let The Sun go Down On Me".

Seacrest out!

Of that group, I'm thinking Anoop, Matt and Jesse will make it...

Thanks to www.mjsbigblog.com for the videos.

American Idol - Season 8 - Top 36 - Week 3 - VIDEOS

My take on tonight:

Von Smith - “You’re All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye - VIDEO

MUCH better than Hollywood week. He looked comfortable on stage, and that made it really enjoyable for me. He was still shouting a bit near the end, but all in all, I can say I liked his performance.

Taylor Vaifanua - “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys -

Shaky all over, no power behind the voice, not a good performance.

Alex Wagner-Trugman - “I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues” by Elton John - VIDEO

I like Alex's personality and quirky sense of humour. But his vocals tonight were weird - what was up with throwing that weird growl all over the place? And his physical performance was equally weird.

Arianna Afsar - “The Winner Takes it All” by Abba - VIDEO

That was a hot mess of epic proportion. It's too bad - she's got a nice tone to her voice, but her talent didn't shine threw with this performance. Bad, bad, bad all around.

Ju’Not Joyner - “Hey There Delilah” by The Plain White Ts - VIDEO

I actually really enjoyed the subdued arrangement and vocals. But I'm with Simon - I think it would have been even better if he kept it stripped down all the way through. I'm not crazy about his voice, but I enjoyed this very, very much.

Kristen McNamara - “Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman -

I like Kristen's voice. I did not, however, like this arrangement, nor did I like the performance. No, no, no, no, no.

Nate Marshall - “I Would Do Anything for Love” by Meatloaf - VIDEO

First - Nathaniel is a huge drama queen. Second, he has a nice voice, but not enough power and gusto to sing such a diva song! Absolutely dreadful.

Felicia Barton - “No One” by Alicia Keys - VIDEO

I hate that song, but I liked this. I too thought it was a bit copycat, but I still thought it was good.

Scott MacIntyre - “Mandolin Rain” by Bruce Hornsby - VIDEO

I really, really enjoyed this one. Scott was a bit shaky at first, produced a few bum notes here and there, but all in all, I thought he did good. He sang with passion, and those higher, big notes were simply fabulous. I frankly love his voice - and he's got one. If he didn't, I'd be sympathetic to his story, but nothing more...

Kendall Beard - “This One’s for the Girls” by Martina McBride - VIDEO

I don't like country, and she has the generic country blonde girl lok, but she did pretty good. Not sure it'll be enough to go through, but it was enjoyable.

Jorge Nunez - “Don’t Let the Sun go Down on Me” by Elton John - VIDEO

I'm not liking the overly dramatic performance and vocals, but he had some really strong vocals in there nonetheless. Very nice. But let me rant a bit here - I hate that the judges told him before tonight to work on his accent. I hate that when he sings, there is not much of that accent showing through. He's from Porto Rico, he speaks spanish - what is so wrong with having an accent when he speaks/sings in english?? GRRRRRR!

Lil Rounds - “Be Without You” by Mary J. Blige - VIDEO

By far the best of the night. On pitch, great performance, both physically and vocally. She's in, for sure.

Thanks to www.mjsbigblog.com for the videos.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Pigott Borthers with guest vocalist Earl Stevenson - Rich Man

Lukas Rossi on Sunday Night Stu

Good Enough


Lonely Ones

American Idol - Season 8 - Top 36 - Week 2 - Results

The night starts with a group sing of Ne-Yo "Closer". The boys were much more featured than the girls....

And on to the results:

Allison - IN
Jesse - OUT
Matt B - OUT

Allison sings and encore of "Alone" - VIDEO

Megan - OUT
Kris - IN
Matt Giraud - OUT
Jeanine - OUT

Kris sings "Man in The Mirror" once again. - VIDEO

Brooke White is back on the Idol stage to perform her single "Hold Up" - VIDEO

Mishavonna - OUT
Kai - OUT
Nick - OUT
Adam - IN
Jasmine - OUT

Adam then sings us out to his encore of "Satisfaction" - VIDEO

Nextg week's group:

Arianna Afsar, Juno Joyner, Kristen McNamara, Nathanial Marshall, Lil Rounds, Jorge Nunez, Kendall Beard, Scott MacIntyre, Felicia Barton, Von Smith, Taylor Vaifanua and Alex Wagner-Trugman.

Thanks to www.mjsbigblog.com for the videos

Sunday, March 1, 2009

American Idol - Season 8 - Top 36 - Week 2 - VIDEOS

I am just getting around to watching this week's performance show. Yeah, that is how interested I am in Idol this year. *yawn*

Jasmine Murray - “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles - VIDEO

I thought it was nice that she chose a fun, young sounding song, but boy oh boy did she do it all wrong. She was off key a lot, and her expressions were really weird. Not liking this at all.

Matt Giraud - “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay - VIDEO

I like Matt a whole lot. His performance Hollywood Week really was great. But this? Not so much. It's a simple song to sing... No need for runs that never ends. Matt used way too many of them, and he did not use them very well, I should add. I was expecting much more from him. Still hope he goes through.

Jeanine Vailes - “This Love” by Maroon 5 - VIDEO

Absolutely awful. She certainly will suffer from lack of exposure on AI, and with a performance like that, she's not helping her case. Blech.

Nick Mitchell - “And I Am Telling You” - VIDEO

I just love him. I can't help it! He does not belong on American Idol, but damn, he still can sing! He's so funny and entertaining. His deadpan ending on the song was absolutely hilarious! I hope he gets some offers from his time on AI.

Allison Iraheta - “Alone” by Heart - VIDEO

I really like her looks. And I like her attitude, too. She didn't impress me performance wise - I thought it was a bit too manic at times - but WOW on the voice. That song is so overdone in those type of shoes, and yet, I wanted to hear how she'd sing it. When she started with the chorus... AMAZING. Love the raw-ness of her voice, the raspiness.

Kris Allen - “Man in the Mirror”- Michael Jackson - VIDEO

Hated the ending. Other than that... WOW!!!! I loved it. Kris might be one that could go through even without all the exposure that the favorites have had. This was a really good performance, both physically and vocally. That song was perfect for him - loved how it started low, and gradually got more exciting until Kris exploded in the chorus. Really enjoyed this. I would have loved to hear his take on that Michael Buble song he did in Hollywood...

Megan Joy Corkrey - “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Baily Rae - VIDEO

I like her voice - it's different than what we have heard so far. She chose a good song for her voice. The physical performance was really weird, almost uncomfortable tho... I don't know. Not bad but not great.

Matt Breitzke- “If You Can Only See” by Tonic - VIDEO

I like his voice and his song choice... But the performance was boring and cheesy. I disagree with Simon - I think it was a good choice for him. I just wish he had put a bit more power and passion in his vocals.

Jesse Langseth - “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes - VIDEO

Meh. I think at times there were moments in the song where I went "Oh wow, this chick can sing..." but most of the times it was "why did she pick that song?" I did not enjoy that performance very much. And it's too bad because she can really sing... and she's got a really interesting voice.

Kai Kalama - “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” by Jimmy Ruffin - VIDEO

Hum. First half I thought the performance was sleazy. Second half, he seemed more comfortable and I saw much more passion put into the singing. Voice was good throughout... But boring song over all.

Mishavonna Henson - “Drops of Jupiter” by Train - VIDEO

Seems like this could have been a great song for Matt Giraud... The beginning was good, and I liked her take on the song. But then she got over excited and she started going off pitch... Meh at best. I do like her and her voice, hope she makes it somehow.

Adam Lambert - “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones - VIDEO

I quite liked the slow, sexy beginning. But when he kicked into high gear, he lost me. I hated the high pitched "singing", the physical performance was weird and uncomfortable, and Adam just didn't touch me at all. There's only Mick Jagger that has the bravado needed for this song... Adam didn't have that. I have to admit that he does have an incredible range and he can really sing! But it's not really reaching me yet.

Of course now the results are in and all, but before knowing the results, I'd say Adam, Allison and perhaps Kris or Matt will go through.

Thanks to www.mjsbigblog.com for the videos.