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Buzz about American Idol — Season 8

By Dr Matt 

Top 36 Group #2

Dr Matt's weekly review of Americal Idol from the Top Thirty Six Singers to the Final Two:

36 - 1      Top 36 - 2      36 - 3       Wild Card        13       11     
  10       9       8       7       6       5       4       3       Final 2

Hi There, American Idol Worshippers:

It seems the judges have their favorites, and are trying to sway America's vote in obvious directions: Their favorite excuse for dumping a contestant: Whoa, dude, you chose the wrong song! It's all about song choice this year?

Allison was awesome, but Adam Lambert stole the show!

Dr Matt's Red-Hot Rankings

3 Best Girls:

1 - Allison Iraheta"Alone"
        Home Town: Los Angeles, California
        Audition City: San Francisco, California

Allison Iraheta, took on "Alone" by Heart. But first we had to endure an awkward interview with Allison, which prompted Simon to say that she needs to work on her "personality"—Simon got that right! Allison exhibited the personality of a rock. Maybe she was nervous?

While Allison's an excellent singer, if America doesn't also enjoy her personality, then her days will be numbered in the final elimination. Allison needs to remember that IF she doesn't open her mouth, she CAN'T stick her foot in it. My advice to Allison: don't say much and smile and laugh a lot, . . . and then JUST SING BABY!

2 - Megan Joy Corkrey"Put Your Records On"
        Home Town: Sandy, Utah
        Audition City: Salt Lake City, Utah

Megan Corkrey made a great song choice for her voice with "Put Your Records On" by Corrine Bailey Rae. Her singing voice was good when you closed your eyes—she has that "smokey jazz" sound that Randy Jackson likes! But her visual performance was awkward.

But her quirky body movements, in the end, may add to her uniqueness. Her biggest asset is her beauty and a charming personality. Now if you could combine Allison's singing and performing technique with Megan's face, figure, and personality — that would be a winning combination to good to be true. But alas, Megan appears somewhat performance challenged (so far), and Allison seems personality challenged (so far).

3 - Mishavonna"Drops of Jupiter"
        Home Town: Irvine, California
        Audition City: Phoenix, Arizona

Mishavonna . . . cool name, very exotic sounding. She sang "Drops of Jupiter" by Train. I like her but Allison has the #1 girl spot for sure, and I don't think Mishavonna will be the NEXT highest vote getter. I say . . . she's gone!

3 Best Guys:

1 - Adam Lambert "A Song For You"
        Home Town: Los Angeles, California
        Audition City: San Francisco, California

Mr. Musical Theatre, Adam Lambert make a surprising pick in "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones — definitely NOT in the musical theatre tradition. Anyway, this guy can really SCREAM. His performance was OFF THE CHARTS exciting! I expect him to easily advance to the Top 12. Especially in THIS group.

2 - Matt Giraud "Viva La Vida"
        Home Town: Kalamazoo, Michigan
        Audition City: Louisville, Kentucky

Matt Giraud wowed everyone in Hollywood with his Ray-Charles-like singing style and piano playing. But tonight he un-wowed everyone with "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay. I'm thinking: "get this guy behind a piano PLAAAAEEESE!" Matt was a hot mess. I think he's very talented, but this performance will not advance him in this round of the competition.

3 - Nick Mitchell"And I Am Telling You, I'm Not Going"
        Home Town: Brookfield, Connecticut
        Audition City: New York, New York

Nick "Norman Gentle" Mitchell did the campiest "And I Am Telling You, I'm Not Going" ever! It was more like a Saturday Night Live skit than an American Idol performance. On entertainment value alone, Nick could be a threat to beat out a legitimate singer? Having said that, you know it's a slow night when "Norman Gentle" is mentioned in the top 3 Best Guy performances.

Dr Matt's Buzz about the other contestants in Group #2 - Top 36

Jasmine Murray was the first singer to perform. The #1 spot is a GREAT position to SET THE STANDARD, . . . that's IF you can deliver a GREAT performance. On the other hand, if your performance is just good, then the #1 spot is the kiss of death—because memory fades and fades as the show proceeds. It's should be the kiss of death for Jasmine, she's a very good singer, but . . . we're looking for a Fantasia-like performance that grabs us by the throat, and get our attention. Jasmine didn't do that tonight!

Kris Allen made a strange song choice with "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson. Again, when you sing Icon songs, you will suffer from the inevitable comparisons. I'd say the performance was pleasant, but not a WOW by any stretch. However, it was one of the better vocal performances of the night. But that wasn't good enough for Ricky Braddy, and I'll be surprised if it's good enough for Kris.

Jesse Langseth put in a real yawner of a performance with "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes. I'd rather get a root canal, than listen to this song. Jesse is likeable and talented BUT this stinkin song choice just didn't turn my crank. She's gone!

According to the judges, Jeanine Vailes picked the wrong song: "This Love" by Maroon 5. I thought the perfomance was GOOD, but the judges so disliked it, that the only positive thing they had to say . . . was that Jeanine had great legs and lips. She got rave reviews during Hollywood week.

Big welder-man, Matt Breitzke, sang"If You Could Only See." All the singers are GOOD at this point, and so welder-man become UN-memorable because he doesn't deliver like Adam Lambert! Holy smokes, talk about a performance grabbing you by the throat!

Kai Kalama also picked a song that didn't do him many favors: "What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted" by Jimmy Ruffin. The judges all agreed, this song was too safe and too old-fashioned. Kalama is no . . . Obama! He won't win the popular vote.

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If it's NOT Allison and Adam who are voted through, then America will have got it wrong. The NEXT highest vote getter: I predict Megan Corkrey — but not because she's a great singer, but because she's interesting, cute, and quirky. I think America will like her. But then again, I'm a guy and if young girls comprise the bulk of the viewing audience, then . . . the girls just might vote in their favorite male heart throb.

From Left to Right: Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert

Dr Matt's Results Show Recap

After a pretty predictable elimination show last week, American Idol Producers found a way of adding intrigue to this week's results show. They brought out 3 or 4 singers that seemed pretty close in ability, THEN announce: "ONE of these contestants has made it to the finals" — drum roll please!

This way of eliminating nine losers was a MUCH better compared to last week's method of announcing the the stayers versus the goners!

Last week the first person invited on the stage was an obvious GONER. So, to keep the viewing audience guessing, this week, American Idol producers change things up; their first person out was SAFE: It was Allison, and the moment they called her name, I knew she was IN — and not OUT. She's my #1 Female Singer of Group #2.

Again, in my veiw, Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert were obvious candidates to make it to the next level. But I was surprized that quirky Megan got eliminated and Kris Allen turned out to be the male "heart throb" that the female-dominant audience voted in. Clearly, because I'm a guy, I don't notice the pretty boys who sing good . . . but not good enough to KNOCK me over as Adam Lambert did.

Dr Matt

Check out the next week of American Idol -----> Top 36 - Group 3


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