<span style="color:maroon;font-family:helvetica;font-size:small;">The way they were talking about this being THE week, I eagerly watched and waited... and waited... and waited... Geesh, on the whole, it was even worse than last week.
The judges were right on the money about people OVERSINGING. Whatever happened to SUBTLETY? To SENSITIVITY? Why does everyone feel he/she has to SCREAM at us? It's the karaoke syndrome run amok.
SYLVIA: Two words: OY VEY. I mean the song says "Didn't we almost have it all?" It's plaintive but you have to remember that in just about every sad song you will find moments of REMINISCENCE. These moments are when you relive JOY. When you relive a happy time, that would be reflected in your voice, face, etc. You cannot go through an entire song with one emotion. This kills a song. This could be said about every single one of these singers (and heck, just about everyone I've seen on this show).
CHIP: Decent voice, stop licking your lips, dude and stop waving at me. You know, everyone always feels the need to do something with their hand(s), which is stupid. I, as audience, only look at your hand(s) if YOU MAKE ME by waving at me with empty and meaningless gestures. Otherwise, I'd never notice a hand by your side. I agree with the comment about doing runs without emotion. Again, these types of stylizations only work when there is a MEANING behind it.
JUANITA: Two words: OY VEY. She started out okay, soft, then went into scream mode. The tone had no roundness or fullness or color to it. It was flat, not just in pitch. Arguing with Simon put the lid on the coffin. Oh, and whoever let her go on stage in stripes should never be allowed to dress another human being ever again.
PATRICK: Interesting fellow, good voice, seems like a very nice guy. Wants to sing rock but should be thinking Michael Bolton.
NASHEKA: She also killed her chances by arguing with Simon. She might have stood a chance if she'd taken it on the chin like Ashley did. Could have done without the [color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color] outfit. Good voice, did nothing extraordinary with the song, no emotion behind it.
JOSHUA: Best of the evening. He needs to get rid of the tongue tension--it's really bad--but could easily be corrected with some of Auntie RealtorGal's exercises (yikes, I actually wrote my real first name here before I caught myself!). Great personality, true passion, great song.
ASHLEY: Two words: POOR GIRL. How the heck did she get there? Not arguing with Simon was the smartest thing she could do because now America will feel sorry for her and maybe she can get into modeling or acting.
COREY: Sorry, but I thought he was AWFUL. He was completely FLAT most of the time (despite Paula telling him that he was on pitch) and his voice cracked several times. It was a poor imitation of the original song. This is the first time I've completely and utterly disagreed with Simon. But he'll probably get selected based on what the judges thought.
My choices were: JOSHUA and PATRICK
Now here's the thing I've been thinking about: This really is a karaoke contest, isn't it? I mean, we're not seeing artists. We're seeing singers repeating the same kinds of vocal stylization over and over and over with almost no originality whatsoever.
If Norah Jones made her debut on American Idol, would she have made it? I doubt it. Yet she is a true artist.</span>