SPOILER...the new American Idol is.....................
SPOILER...the new American Idol is.....................
Thanks Piel........Now that I know, I'm off to watch three plus hours of "Return of the King" and hope that they bring "Star Search" and "Fame" back on for another season.......:\ 42
Now I can really enjoy watching the show!
I'm so happy for Fantasia. You could tell that she was really touched from winning this competition.
I must say that Diana was a very gracious runner-up. It must have been so hard to put a brave face on after hearing that she hadn't won.
I can easily see Fantasia enjoying huge success. I hope we hear her music for years to come.
Regarding the overall show tonight I found it better than I expected it to be. Tamyra didn't do to well with the National Anthem but I think she was extremely nervous.
Ruben sounded very good, although his song was pretty lame.
Diana sounded much better tonight than last night. I think that she felt much more relaxed tonight.
Fantasia was her usual emotional, spectacular self.
The final twelve group number was pretty good. I give Leah props for looking and sounding a hundred times better than when she was still on the show.
George's Me and Mrs. Jones was very, very good.
Kelly was the absolute highlight of the night. She is the best contestant to ever emerge from this show. I don't even like that song but she sang the hell out of it.
I'm so psyched that Canadian Idol 2 starts mext week so I don't have to go through withdrawl for months.
Can't wait for next year. After the auditioning cities were announced I'm already predicting a winner to come from St. Louis!
Last edited by mike79; 05-26-2004 at 10:08 PM.
Diana was my last hope, but I'm glad Fantasia won even though I don't like her much. But it was deserved. She's really good. I still hope it was Diana.
As Fantasia would say (sing), YEAH! YEYEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEYEAH! YEAH! YEAH!
After hearing E! report that Diana had won the most votes in six out of last seven shows, with Fantasia only winning one, I thought Diana was sure to win. I ran into my neighbors, who are also Fantasia fans, and told them that, so we decided to all watch it together so we could console each other. Instead we all ended up screaming when they announced Fantasia's name--three 40-somethings jumping up and down like kids.
AI has REALLY cranked up the finale show, wow! This was big-time stuff.
But I must confess, I thought Ruben sounded and looked ridiculous during his new single. I've never been a Ruben fan, but I thought he was good within a certain genre. But now, yeesh. In fact, every time Ruben came on and sang I thought, "Well, here's one place where the difference between first and second makes a big difference." Clay is stuck at the level of Kim Caldwell in a hot, humid North Carolina stadium full of screaming Fantasia fans. When I still was sure Diana would win, I kept thinking, "Why, except for Kelly, does America keep getting it so wrong? Even when Kelly steamrolled Can't Sing Guarini, he still go 42% of the vote."
ITA, Mike, all the final 12 (almost all) sounded great. And they're bringing back some great R&B and Motown songs from the '60s, which of course I love. I thought George was terrific with "Me and Mrs. Jones" and I don't like that song. LaToya gave the most emotional performance I'd ever heard her give during the competition. I hope she keeps going in that direction. Kelly was da bomb both during the outside concert and inside as the piano chanteuse. But, ooh, poor Jasmine. First she tries to get people to sing along to a totally nonsingalong song, "Midnight Train to Georgia," and second, her pitch problems haven't gone anywhere. I listened to my tape of one of her early good performances and she really was good. I just don't know what happened to her.
BTW, about Diana sounding better tonight, she said on "Inside Edition" that there were sound problems with the band and the different accoustics with the bigger stage and theater. She said she had to keep moving around the stage to find the "sweet spot"--quickly adding, "Not to make excuses!" I also agree that Diana was very poised and I'll add that she and Fantasia seem to genuinely like each other, which was nice to see.
My favorite Q&A to Fantasia afterwards was somebody who asked her how she was able to sing "I Believe" in such an emotional state. First she said, "Well I couldn't sing for some of it, I was just a big ol' baby out there," and then, "I just kept telling myself, 'I got a story to tell, I've got to tell the story with this song.'" I love that answer because for me, that's what made me such a fan of Fantasia. She really knows, as I think every great singer does, that the most important thing is telling the true and honest story of the song through the music.
Not to cheese-off Diana fans, but because of her age, I think Diana will actually benefit from being under less pressure. She really is amazing, but she's got some things to work on--kind of like the 17-year-old Sasha Cohen. She'll still be putting out singles and albums, but I think this outcome will allow her more time to work on those things and grow as an artist. I know, Diana fans are probably thinking, "Oh, shut up, Rgirl."
Last thing, on NY Fox News they interviewed Fantasia's aunt and cousins who live in New Jersey. Her aunt looks about 50 or 60 and you can see EXACTLY where Fantasia got her lips and personality. In fact, when Fantasia is that age, she'll probably look just like her aunt. I loved it.
Now you lucky duck Canadians get a double dip, though frankly, once a year is all I can take.
So I'm off to bed doing the Bobo. Yippee!