This week had the four remaining singers on American Idol season 6, performing Barry Gibb tunes. It was decent night, but not spectacular. There were a couple of individual performances that came close, but that was. Each contestant sang two songs a piece.
It was a night where the idea of making the song your own, came back to bite you. After a singer comes out and just sings a song, they are scolded with things like, â€œcopycat performance,â€ â€œkaraoke,â€ â€œnothing originalâ€ and other such comments. Then the judges tell the singers that they need to â€œmake the song your own.â€
So, then the singer attempts to do so and the judges, like Randy told LaKisha tonight, that she did too much with it and that these are classic songs that donâ€™t need to be changed. This is one aspect of the show that always bothers me.
After two relatively boring performances by Blake, last week he came through with a great performance. It was original and he totally made it his own. He was applauded for it by all the judges, the idea that the Blake they loved was back, was put forth. Then this week he injects a bit of the beat boxing into both of his songs and Randy tells him that â€œyou donâ€™t have to do it every time.â€ So, I guess you should just make it your own about half the time or something. I donâ€™t know. What do you think of the judges being all over the map on the, be original and make it your own, while singing someone elseâ€™s classic songs?
So, how did the night go?
American Idol Season 6 â€“ Top 4 Performance Rankings:
- Melinda Doolittle â€“ She was first to go and chose â€œLove You Inside and Outâ€ as her first song. Randy called it â€œsolid.â€ Paula told her that her â€œvocals are always spot on.â€ Simon thought that she almost reverted to background singer. I thought it was really good. For her second song, she went with â€œHow Can You Mend A Broken Heart.â€ Randy thought is was â€œmuch betterâ€ and had a â€œbeautiful ending.â€ Paula thought it was a â€œbeautiful vocal.â€ Simon told her that the â€œsecond half of that song has put you in the semi-finals.â€ She really finished strong.
- Jordin Sparks â€“ She was the last to take the stage and chose, â€œTo Love Somebodyâ€ as her first song of the night. Randy thought it was the best vocal of the first four. Paula agreed. Simon thought that the competition had finally started back up again. For her second song she sang, â€œWoman In Love.â€ Randy thought it was â€œpitchy.â€ Paula told her â€œyouâ€™re absolutely beautiful.â€ Simon thought is sounded â€œold fashionedâ€ and â€œvery pageanty.â€ It is weird, as it sounded really good to me. I actually thought it was better than her first song.
- Blake Lewis â€“ He was second to hit the stage and went with â€œYou Should Be Dancingâ€ for his first song. Randy thought he had just left a â€œweird disco tech in a foreign countryâ€ after hearing Blakeâ€™s version of the song. Paula thought it continued to show he is â€œuniqueâ€ in this competition. Simon thought it was â€œabsolutely terrible.â€ The worst part of the song was the weird reverb echo that it had on almost every line Blake sang. For his second song he chose â€œThis Is Where I Came In.â€ This is where Randy told him that â€œyou donâ€™t have to do it every time,â€ referring to the beat boxing. Paula thought that he is the â€œcontemporary rebelâ€ in the competition and that he â€œsang spot on key.â€ Simon thought it was a â€œreally weird bizarre choice of song.â€ I thought this one was really good.
- LaKisha Jones â€“ Was the third to go and sang, â€œStaying Alive,â€ which she may not be after this week in the competition. Randy thought it was â€œweird.â€ Paula thought that her version â€œbrought the mood downâ€ in the auditorium. Simon said, â€œno kiss tonight.â€ For her second song she went with â€œRun To Me.â€ Randy thought it was â€œmuch better than the first.â€ Paula said something that I donâ€™t recall. Simon also thought it was â€œbetter than the first,â€ but that she â€œand Blake are vulnerable tonight.â€
I think that Simon is right and that Blake and LaKisha will be the bottom two. I think that neither of LaKishaâ€™s performances last night was very good. I think that Blakeâ€™s uniqueness in the competition keeps him in it another week and LaKisha is the one to go. Who from the final 4 do you think will be leaving American Idol Season 6 after last night?