—I’m going to write as I watch this week. Change of pace.
—Tony Bennett night? This could be boring.
—Blake with “Mack the Knife?” This is such a great tune that you almost can’t help but sound good. Blake’s delivery was still a little too cool, but at the end he showed some real “pizzazz,” as Paula says, for the first time. It’s a welcome burst of energy from Blake.
—Bennett’s right that Phil is a really good singer. He just doesn’t have it, though.
Phil’s trying to channel Bennett. He would be a good lounge singer.
Paula doesn’t know that you shouldn’t compare an Idol contestant to Sinatra.
—Bennett of Melinda: “She’s great.” I’ve been waiting for that. Great, great, great, great, great, great.
Melinda looks better than she ever has. Something about her hair makes her look less oompa-loompa-ish than ever.
Ho hum. Another great performance.
—Chris isn’t so good in the middle-to-low range. His voice doesn’t fit the style, either. And he doesn’t have enough power to stand up to the band.
Randy and Paula think it’s his best performance. Simon calls it “believable.” Meh.
—Bennett of Jordin: she sang “very much in tune, which is rare these days.” High praise, indeed.
Jordin was good.
I love that Simon’s snickering as Paula calls Jordin a “magnet of joy.”
Simon’s right that it wasn’t too special. I still think she’s a frontrunner because of what the space case Paula perceived, but of course couldn’t express without fumbling and bumbling: that Jordin is radiant and peppy, in a way that’s just short of too annoying.
—Gina as Snow White. With a tongue piercing. I don’t know if I like the sweet, smiley, deep red lipstick Gina. I’m bored by her performance, for sure. Competent.
—Bennett to Sanjaya: “I’m a big fan of yours.” Surely he means that he’s a fan in the same way that the Vote for the Worst crowd are “fans”? Bennett of Sanjaya: “He’s got a sense of humor.” Let’s hope so.
I dig the slick look. He only sucks a little bit this week.
Simon’s desperate to send Sanjaya home: “Let’s try a different tactic this week. Incredible.” I love it! I don’t think that Sanjaya got that he was being sarcastic.
—Haley’s dress could have been cut from window curtains in the Von Trapp house.
I wonder how well the crowd response correlates with vote total. Haley, Phil, and Chris got pretty lukewarm crowd responses, as I recall.
—Lakisha is one of the few Idol contestants ever to sound good in the lower register.
—It wasn’t a boring episode. But it was nothing special. Bennett was a boring “mentor.”
I won’t be surprised if any of these five end up in the bottom three: Phil, Haley, Chris, Gina, Sanjaya. I think it’s gotta be Phil or Haley who goes. Though it was serviceable, I don’t think Phil’s performance is one that will induce many people to vote for him.