That was a fun show. Pretty solid overall. Though I do want to strangle the director or producer or whoever it was who decided to keep showing that bawling girl. I can forgive once or twice, or maybe even three times, but that girl must’ve been on camera a dozen times. Now I’m worried about copycats. The desperate little girlie freaks are all going to start bawling so they can earn TV time and a trip on stage to touch Sanjaya’s hair with a hand they’ll vow to never wash again.
Say what you want about Sanjaya’s performance, at least he brought some energy. His best performance yet. My wife thought it was embarassingly dreadful, and I have to agree, but I say it’s way better to be embarassingly dreadful and energetic than somewhat-less-dreadful and self-consciously lethargic. That said, I hope Sanjaya is put out of his misery this week, though I think Phil is more likely to go.
I was so glad to see Haley not suck tonight. She’s a likable, pretty girl and it’s just been so excruciating to see her fail week after week. She’s still very limited and I don’t think she’ll be around for much more than two or three more weeks, but she did a really good job for once.
Last week I said I thought it was crazy of the judges to put Jordin in the same vocal league as Lakisha and Melinda, and I still think that’s true, but tonight I saw Jordin as a potential frontrunner for the first time. Her vocal was solid and her “acting” in selling the song was fairly convincing. I think she’s got the same youthful spunk that propelled Diana DeGarmo to the finals in season 3, plus very nice teeth and overall polished good looks. I predict she’ll be around for awhile.
Speaking of predictions, witness my renowned A.I. prognostication skills: I predict that neither Lakisha nor Melinda will be in the finale. Voter complacency plus a split vote will doom one of them early, say, with 5 or 6 weeks to go, and there will be much outrage and yelping about “it’s a singing competition” and “you must vote for your favorite.” Then two or three weeks later the fatigue will hit. The voting audience will grow bored of the same old style, no matter how well-executed. Besides lack of versatility, the other major knocks that apply to both of them are that, while they may be sentimental favorites, neither has a lot of personality, and neither has looks as an asset.
Who will be in the finale? That’s harder to say, but I’m going with Blake and Jordin. I kind of feel like I’m going out on a limb picking Blake because he hasn’t blown me away with his singing. His subdued smoothness works well for what seems to be his preferred brand of electronica, but the judges and A.I. live audiences really like loudness. That aside, he’s a really good performer and dancer, he’s a good looking guy, and most of all he’s unique in that it seems that he’s forging an identity as an actual artist by putting what is at least perceived to be his own personal contemporary touch on the arrangements. In the three-songs-each finale Jordin’s loudness will win over the crowd, the judges, and the voting public and confetti will fly about as she’s crowned. In two years her rise to fame and boyfriend history will be chronicled in an E! True Hollywood Story.
Those are my predictions. I’m kind of rooting for Gina, Blake, and Chris Sligh.