If I wanted to be cynical I could probably find a lot to complain about or make fun of in last night’s “Idol Gives Back” episode. But I don’t want to be cynical right now. I’ll just be glad that some people in need will be helped and I’ll be thankful for the people giving the help.
I actually intended to vote for the first time last night to help make sure that the 50 million vote total was reached, but I forgot. I hope they reach the goal anyways. Did anyone vote for the first time because of the promised $0.50 donation?
I probably would have remembered to vote if someone had blown me away with their performance. But nobody did. Overall it was a good enough show, I think. I don’t love “inspirational” music, or whatever they called it, and I hate some of it (“Imagine”) for reasons that are not appropriate to discuss in the sanctuary of fun that is Kulturblog, but the contestants were into it and the performances were solid.
I’ve felt the same way as Randy and Simon, that the competition is really starting now. All of the people who really needed to go (Haley, Sanjaya, those other two guys whose names I don’t remember) have gone. Everyone who’s left is at least decent most of the time. At this point the only people remaining who I don’t think have a shot at winning are Phil and Chris. Lakisha is sucking it up lately, but she could resurge if she survives this week, which she might not.
I don’t have much to say about specific performances. The weakest was definitely Lakisha, I think. Phil and Blake were competent but boring. Melinda was super professional and boring. Jordin kind of stood out with her impassioned performance, but the music was boring. I probably liked Chris the best, but he didn’t do anything amazing.
Up ’til now I’ve kind of been seeing Jordin as a Diana DeGarmo type, but better: a peppy, spunky teen with talent beyond her years. But now I’m kind of seeing her as more of a DeGarmo/McPhee hybrid: a good looking, polished performer who’s been groomed for this her whole life, who is also young and spunky. She doesn’t have the stunning Hollywood good looks of McPhee and she doesn’t have or use sex appeal like McPhee did (thankfully, since she’s just a kid), but the polish is definitely there.