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American Idol Reboot

haribobo

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1. Ada Vox- yassssssssssss :cheer::cheer2: Her talent is superhuman
2. Maddie Poppe- such a cool different song than our typical fare, done so well
3. Mara Justine- incredible pitch
4. Effie- WHAT A DIFFICULT SONG TO PICK. She hit them crazy notes incredibly. And emotionally, not much of a reward, especially given her starting order tonight. I think this was a choice better for a later round maybe, but then again I was blown away. She has shown fabulous versatility- same applies to the 3 singers above also. That outfit was kinda wack. I'd love her to go forward and get just a bit of a wardrobe makeover.
5. Marcio- this was just lovely, but somehow I found myself wishing for the Jasmine Trias version anyway. Go figure.
6. Jurnee- she is so special, that song is a big nothing IMO. That she made it sound that good, wow.
7. Shannon- singing what seems like her 48th Adele song in this competition. I could totally see this not going through even though it was a damn good vocal. She has not shown any versatility and I feel so terrible that she can't like save her family from bankruptcy or whatever. But yea, in this field, she is going to need a little more sparkle. Before people cry wuzrobbed when she inevitably gets cut tonight, go back and watch Kourtney Smith from her group performance, now that was a freakin star who got NO airtime.
8. Ron- super cool tone in many parts. Some pitch issues, and did the exact version of this song that so many others have previously, so not really showing his individuality. Its ridiculous that he won't fully smile. Way to kill your chances bro. Embrace your braces...
9. Caleb- sounds great, lame song choice. I already forget what he sang. But I do remember Baby Lock them Doors :p I will be fine with his advancing tonight because has been just stellar overall. In certain years, this guy has enough talent to win. Probably not this year though.
10. Alyssa- showing her inexperience by choosing a totally overdone song decently well, sorry but nobody will care. I hope the rules change and she can come back in a few years when she is actually ready to slay...
11. Garrett- 1. Still bitter about Laine not being here, I know its not Garrett's fault. 2. He just doesn't have that strong of a voice to begin with. 3. Shawn Mendes is not a great choice to cover because his voice is so haunting, and Garrett's just isn't. 4. If this guy wasn't a total hunky dreamboat, he'd have gone weeks ago. And he should have...still, somehow I liked it just enough to put him above last place. Sadly, he is probably going to make it over someone in my top 6 above...
12. Amelia- I mean, wretched song choice for her- that jam is so overdone and there is never a way to succeed, she would honestly be better off with anything else. She didn't do THAT bad of a job with it, but I forgot her so quickly.

MY picks for 7 to advance- Ada, Maddie, Mara, Effie, Caleb, Marcio, Jurnee
I could see one of the girls being dumped for hunky Garrett which is just a travesty. Already gnashing my teeth...we already have hunky Jonny and hunky Luke as a judge. We have enough. I miss Thaddeus.
 
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taf2002

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My rankings for tonight:
My rankings are similar to yours but I think I like Marcio & Effie more than you do:

1. Jurnee - has she made a mis-step yet? If so, I haven't seen or heard it.
2. Marcio
3. Mara
4. Ada
5. Effie
6. Maddie - this song may be a novelty but it was a huge hit for Janis Joplin so don't discount it
7. Shannon
8. Alyssa
9. Amelia

the last 3 are a toss-up - all pretty bad

10. Ron - he's been one of my favorites but this just sounded desperate & off-key to me - what happened to him?
11. Caleb - song choice did nothing for him
12. Garrett - why is he still here? he's not that cute

eta: @haribobo - Ron had some pitch issues? I didn't hear the cool parts you refer to.
 
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I don't remember Melanie at all but I was around during Janis Joplin's short career & I was always under the impression that she sung Brand New Key. It was a big hit in the early 70's, apparently for Melanie. :duh:
I found a good point in an online argument about this. Janis Joplin died in 1970. Melanie WROTE IT in 1971. So, no. ;)

Edited to add - p.s. - it's probably one of those urban legend thingies. Somebody says it and then somebody repeats it and pretty soon people think it's true. Maybe it's Melanie's sort of gravelly voice? I'm old enough to remember the song on the radio (and knew all the words last night <eek>. I think it would have been too peppy and happy for Janis to have sung.

Which reminds me for some reason, back in the audition days and other times -- these "younger" people go on and say they are singing a song by, I don't know, someone current who did a remake recently. One that always bugs me - A Song for You, I can't even remember who they say it's by. It was a hit by The Carpenters (beautifully), written by Leon Russell (great version too). (I know, who's Leon Russell, huh? ha ha)
 
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Ada!! :cheer2: And she looked so much better with the toned down makeup. I really don't like the over the top campy style. Stick with the more subtle style please. :p

Jurnee, Ada, Effie and Maddie better make the cut. :p I don't know who that last guy was, but he's out. Sorry country boy (what's his name?) but Scotty McCreey is much better than you. :p
 

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I don't remember Melanie at all but I was around during Janis Joplin's short career & I was always under the impression that she sung Brand New Key. It was a big hit in the early 70's, apparently for Melanie. :duh:
The 50's and 60's (and somewhat into the 70's), many different artists used to record and release the same song at the same time. There's examples of five (or more?) artists in the 1950's who all charted with their release of the exact same song. I couldn't come up with the right wording to get a good result with google. But in more recent times, Trisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes both had a hit with "How Do I Love". And soundtrack songs (Frozen's Let It Go and Moana's How Far I'll Go) both had chart success by two different artists. So I wouldn't have been surprised if multiple artists had recorded Brand New Key. :)

One that always bugs me - A Song for You, I can't even remember who they say it's by.
It seems like the young people on these shows most know the song through Donny Hathaway's version. I think Elliott Yamin was the first to mention Hathaway being an idol of his. Hathaway is most known as having hits with Roberta Flack (Where Is The Love, The Closer I Get To You).
 

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I thought tonight was the best night of the season and one of the best nights ever for American Idol. So many strong performances! Numerous people gave their best performance ever, on the night that they most needed to. Some random comments instead of ranking everyone because that would be too hard:

Jurnee, Ada, Amela and Mara were tonight's highlights for me.

I'm okay with Ron and Effie going home, even though Effie's song sounded really good, but I wonder if that's because the background vocalists mikes were turned up as loud as the two lead performers. So it was like a really strong choir instead of one duet.

I think Amelia, Shannon and Alyssa should have stayed and Caleb, Maddie and Garrett should have gone home. Although Alyssa wasn't strong tonight, but I think that's because the song "Yellow" suited for partner more than it did her. I can't imagine that's the kind of music she'd record when/if she someday makes an album. Caleb and Maddie gave their best performances tonight, but I feel they should have gone home based on looking at previous performances and marketability. Although Caleb is their male country star, so that's why he's still here. Garrett was good in a high-level karaoke competition kind of way. Just not equal to so many others he's competing against.

Overall, I'm very happy with the top 14. But I'm disappointed that there's only five weeks left and they're going to be cutting a lot of people quickly:

7.1 Week 1: Top 14 (April 22 and 23)
7.2 Week 2: Top 10 – Disney Night (April 29)
7.3 Week 3: Top 7 (May 6)
7.4 Week 4: Top 5 (May 13)
7.5 Week 5: Finale (May 20 and 21)

That is going to feel really rushed. :(
 

taf2002

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Edited to add - p.s. - it's probably one of those urban legend thingies. Somebody says it and then somebody repeats it and pretty soon people think it's true. Maybe it's Melanie's sort of gravelly voice? I'm old enough to remember the song on the radio (and knew all the words last night <eek>. I think it would have been too peppy and happy for Janis to have sung.


Janis sung the Mercedes-Benz song which is peppy & happy. Brand New Key is more sexual than happy. Btw I knew all the words too.

Melanie writing the song the year after Janis died is a pretty good argument for Janis never singing it. :blush:
 

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Janis sung the Mercedes-Benz song which is peppy & happy. Brand New Key is more sexual than happy. Btw I knew all the words too.

Melanie writing the song the year after Janis died is a pretty good argument for Janis never singing it. :blush:
I was a kid. We thought it was about roller skates and having fun. :) la-la-la-la-la............

Janis does laugh at the end of Mercedez-Benz!
 

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Marcio- this was just lovely, but somehow I found myself wishing for the Jasmine Trias version anyway. Go figure.
Nah, I never did like Jasmine Trias. She robbed LaToya London of 3rd place.

Garrett- 1. Still bitter about Laine not being here, I know its not Garrett's fault. 2. He just doesn't have that strong of a voice to begin with. 3. Shawn Mendes is not a great choice to cover because his voice is so haunting, and Garrett's just isn't. 4. If this guy wasn't a total hunky dreamboat, he'd have gone weeks ago. And he should have...still, somehow I liked it just enough to put him above last place. Sadly, he is probably going to make it over someone in my top 6 above...
Missing Laine:( But I don't know if his voice can handle it week after week. Yeah, he'll end up further than he should be based on his looks. Oh well, I'll hit the mute when he sings and watch him (can't deny that he's a handsome young man :D, more manly than Laine, but I prefer to watch Laine sing.) Nice surprise from his girlfriend to show up. At least Garrett doesn't seem superficial based on his girlfriend. Usually jocks go for the hot chicks, but his girlfriend seems down to earth looking.

I think Amelia should have made it to top 14 over Garrett.

Best solo acts:
1. Maddie (that was a fun song)
2. Mara (nice tone)
3. Ada
4. Marcio
5. Effie (I like her voice, but somehow didn't really fit the song)
6. Jurnee (I would put her higher if this was the first time I heard her sing, but it seems to be the same every time)

Best Duet
1. Ada (loved the harmonies)
2. Amelia
3. Ron
 

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