Last nights performances and who will go home tonight?
May 16, 2007 10:46am CST
Last night was an overall gret show with the three finalists singing three songs each and the judges had plenty to talk about and plenty of comments over the songs that they sang. Here is an article that I read earlier online as to what the judges picks were. Read it and see if you agree!! ROUND #1 -- JUDGE'S CHOICE: JORDIN ("Wishing on a Star" by Rose Royce picked by Simon) -- Jordin's hair looks shorter, and this is the shortest, and sexiest dress we've seen her in. After a couple of "yo's," Randy calls it "a very good vocal" and says that "the run at the end was hot." Paula thinks Simon picked a good song, and it was a "great way to start the show." Simon thinks Jordin "sang it brilliantly." Unfortunately, Simon didn't like the weird jazz arrangement and says it wasn't one of her better performances. BLAKE ("Roxanne" by The Police picked by Paula) -- Blake is still sporting dark hair, and is one of the few guys in the world cool enough to pull off a sweater vest and tie and not look like a dork. Once again, there's a lot of Reverb (I would say "echo effect" but I've been corrected by a commenter) on Blake's vocals. Randy calls it a "great, great performance." He calls the vocal "pretty good," and gives Blake an "A." Paula says "you did me proud ... it was fresh, I really loved it." Simon doesn't think it's an earth shattering performance. He calls it "good, but not great." MELINDA ("I Believe in You and Me" by Whitney Houston picked by Randy Johnson, er Jackson) -- Melinda has longer, sexier hair, and a comfy dress, and is definitely going for a younger look. Randy says, "I wanted to throw a little difficulty at you ... that was hot, you rose to the occasion, very well done." Paula says, "one of your best performances this season." Simon says it's a difficult to song to sing, and he declares Melinda as the winner of Round #1. Then Ryan says that Randy wanted Melinda to accept the challenge and in Randy-speak, Ryan says, "yo, yo, yo, she did, did, did." This prompts Simon to ask Ryan if he is drunk. Ryan claims that he is "totally sober." ROUND #2 -- PRODUCERS' CHOICE: JORDIN ("She Works Hard for the Money" by Donna Summer) -- This times Jordin is dressed in a halter top and jeans. Randy says "It doesn't matter what song you sing ... that was hot too." Paula thinks Jordin was fantastic. Simon agrees it was a good performance, but thinks the arrangement was old-fashioned. And then Paula and Simon giggle like two school girls sharing some stupid inside joke. BLAKE ("This Love" by Maroon 5) -- This time Blake is dressed in white hoodie, white jacket, and gray slacks. He also pulls out the beatboxing for Round #2, which I think is unnecessary because this song suits him really well, and doesn't need anything fancy. Randy says, "when you make a record ... that's the kind of record you should really make ... very nicely done." Paula agrees the song was totally in his element. And she declares this a "good night" for Blake. Simon prefers this song to the first one. He thinks Blake sounded comfortable, and it wasn't a copycat performance. MELINDA ("Nutbush City Limits" by Ike and Tina Turner) -- This time Melinda is sporting bangs and is wearing a vibrant top and jeans. And she's not only channeling Tina's singing, she's channeling her energy, as well. Randy says, "another great solid performance." Paula declares "we love you," and not much else, prompting Simon to snark, "that's why we hired you for this show, Paula." To Melinda, Simon says he loves "that side of you." He calls it "another brilliant performance." Randy gives Round #2 to Melinda. But Simon and Paula call it a tie. When we come back from the commercial, Paula is pretending to make out with Simon. Ewww. Ryan says, "That's not LaKisha. Stop." And I swear Simon continues to look at Paula as if he is completely smitten by her. ROUND #3 -- FAVORITE SONGS: JORDIN ("I Who Have Nothing") -- Jordin is definitely dressing better tonight. This time she's wearing a simple, yet elegant pink dress. We've heard Jordin sing this song before during British Invasion week. Randy says, "That's another great performance, your best performance of the night ... very, very hot, nice control." Paula thinks it "sat well" in Jordin's voice and "it sounded really great." Simon says, "there is no disputing that you sang it very well," but he wasn't loving it. He calls it an "incredibly old-fashioned" song and performance. BLAKE ("When I Get You Alone" by Robin Thicke) -- Blake is wearing the plaid pants I think we've seen a couple times before. He also throws in some beatboxing at the very end of the performance. Randy says, "It was cool ... it was awright." Paula says, "I think you had three great songs." Simon says, "I actually really liked that." Simon also likes that Blake doesn't play it safe, takes risks, and looks like he's having fun." MELINDA ("I 'm A Woman") -- This time Melinda is wearing a light grey pantsuit, and like Jordin selects a song we've already heard her sing before. Again, Melinda is really playing up the "performance" aspect of her singing tonight. During this song she tosses her suit jacket and interacts with the background singers. Randy says, "I'm seeing the range of Melinda Doolittle ... that was hot again." Paula loves that Melinda stepped out into the spotlight with this performance, as if celebrating her whole Idol journey. Paula calls her "awesome" and fantastic." Simon loved the little striptease (that's what he calls it when she tossed her jacket). He says. "If I'm gonna award a place in the final to the person who has consistently delivered week after week -- it's YOU." So which two will advance to the finale? Ryan asks the judges for their final predictions. Randy says: "It's gonna be two girls, if it's based on singing." Paula says: "I'm not gonna say anything, I think they're all great (which Simon calls a "cop-out"). Simon says: "I want to see my girl Melinda in the finals." I really want to see Jordin and Blake in the final show and I think that Jordin has a great chance of winning it this year!!! What do you think????
• United States
16 May 07
I totally agree with you. I think Jordin and Blake would make for a great competition. Jordin will most likely win it, she deserves it. I love Blake and I will buy his records whether or not he becomes the next Idol. I just really hope that America gets it right and Melinda goes home. If it comes down to Melinda and Jordin, I won't be excited because Jordin is going to win hands down and that's not as exciting. Is it just me or does Melinda seem old and boring?
• United States
16 May 07
As much as I love Melinda, I have to agree with you. I think her talent is amazing, and she will go places, just not as the American Idol. I think her viewers are in an older demographic, and most of the people who vote are younger and can relate to Jordin and Blake much better. My favorite is Jordin, but I have to say I didn't think she did her best last night except the last song.
• United States
16 May 07
I didn't like Blake when he first started the competition, but he is starting to get more of my votes. I really liked Melinda, but I am tired of the fact that week after week, the judges never find anything wrong with her. It seems as though they constantly see nothing wrong with her performances. I don't know if Melinda seems old to me or just that I want them to say one thing about the performance that they don't like.