Blogging as I watch again.
Blake: “You Give Love a Bad Name”
Blake chose his breakthrough beat box remix of “You Give Love a Bad Name,” which was the coolest moment in Idol history when he first performed it. This time, the singing was a little off, but the audience dug it. He sells it well and he’s got smooth moves.
It was very smart of Jordin to choose an energetic song so she didn’t seem so boring next to Blake. I was thinking this was going to be sappy ballads vs. contemporary rock/pop. Jordin isn’t much a performer when it comes to high energy songs, but she did the song alright. She was forcing it a bit.
Blake takes the lead.
Blake: “She Will Be Loved”
Another Maroon 5 song for Blake. A chance to tone everything down and put his vocal in the forefront.
It wasn’t a blow-you-out-of-the-water finale song. Very understated. I don’t like the choice. The final song will most likely suck and not be a good match for his style, so this might be Blake’s last chance to give people a reason to vote for him; this song doesn’t do it. The door is open. If Jordin nails a ballad right now, that could put her on top.
Jordin: “On Broken Wing”
Good choice of song. That was a blow-you-out-of-the-water type finale song. The big note at the end was the kind of thing that Idol audiences eat up. And it wasn’t too sappy or boring.
Jordin ties it up.
Blake: “This Is My Now”
The first notes from the electric piano have just started and I already hate this song. Well, I hated it the moment I heard the title, but now I really hate it. Cheeseball song, but Blake is handling it fine. He’s actually looking like he likes it. Or at least trying to. Even if his vocal isn’t great, his performance is as good as it can be.
I’ll take the commercial break to say that I hate you, America. That song . . . Can it get any more corny or cliche? In past years we could blame it on the producers, but this year it’s all on you, voting public.
Maybe it’s my fault. I didn’t go vote for a less sucky song. I’m sorry to have let myself down.
Jordin: “This Is My Now”
Again. I still hate it.
This is her kind of song, though, and she’s owning it. The big note again. And the crying. You little devil! She just won. Sorry, Blake. Who can compete with big notes and tears?
What could Blake do? It was hopeless. He could definitely have done something more memorable and impactful for his second song, but no matter what he did for his second song, he was going to get blown away on that last one, and the last impression is what’s going to motivate voters. Plus the judges with the nonsense about this being a singing competition are doing Jordin a big favor.
I’ll just take this moment to tout my prognostication skills. In week 2 of the finals I predicted a Jordin/Blake finale with Jordin winning because of loudness. There’s not much question in my mind that Jordin’s going to take it.