Celebrity Duets: 6 Perform
(S01E03) It's about 1:00 a.m. as I write this, so let's get down to the business at hand. To recap from last week, Lea Thompson was let go. I'm surprised, since I thought she did a fairly decent job. I'm guessing that a number of wives and girlfriends called to vote her off because they were tired of their husbands and boyfriends ogling Thompson in her mini-skirts. And now, this week's performances:
1. Lucy Lawless and Dionne Warwick: This was one of Lucy's better performances (this coming from the man who thought she should have been let go after her first week). She was a nice fit to Dionne's husky singing. Judge Marie Osmond liked her performance as well, but thought she was being a bit timid. Judge Little Richard also liked her performance (although it was hard to tell). Finally, Judge David Foster agreed with his colleagues, but requested that she sing her next duet in a higher harmony.
2. Alfanso Ribeiro and Denise Williams: It was Alfonso who had throat problems this time around (Jai Rodriguez had them last week). Still, his performance was very strong. Marie critiqued his moves rather than his singing, saying that his movements should match the song styles. Little Richard enjoyed Alfanso's performance, I think. David told him not to whine about being sick.
3. Carly Patterson and Jesse McCartney: Carly was in the bottom three last week and survived to return for another performance. This was her best so far, but her voice was drowned out everytime her and Jesse sang together. Marie requested that Carly loosen up a bit while singing, Little Richard said something about pushing and pulling, and David asked that she sing from her diaphragm rather than her throat. As those of you former high school choir participants know, you project stronger and further when you sing from your diaphragm.
4. Hal Sparks and Dennis DeYoung: A nice job by Hal; his singing style and energy were finally fitted to a proper song and duet partner. Marie said he did a great job, Little Richard said he needed to get more blues, and David thought Hal wasn't a rock star. Whatever that means. Personally, I wouldn't be surprised if he made it to the final four.
5. Cheech Marin and Aaron Neville: I may be wrong again, but I think Cheech will be the one leaving the show this week. Aaron Neville was the wrong duet partner for Cheech, especially with his falsetto singing style. Marie sensed that he was having a hard time finding a beat, Little RIchard was losing his voice, and David said Cheech didn't belong on the show anymore. I actually agree with David.
6. Jai Rodriguqez and Taylor Dayne: Jai was okay, but not as good as he was the first two weeks. Personally, I think Taylor Dayne was the wrong choice of duet partner. Marie thought he related well to the camera, but that he needed to work on his dance moves, which were particularly awkward this week. Little Richard said . . . oh, forget it! I have no idea what he said. Finally, David said that Jai's performance was a big miss this time around. I agree with David.
My pet peeve for the week is the way the celebrities bring on their duet partners. They sing two or three verses and then make introductions, which break up the logical flow of the song. There were some songs performed last week that had logical places where a singer could be introduced, but they seemed to miss the mark this week.