On Idol, it's a woman's world
So this week I spent my days in "The Big Easy," celebrating Mardi Gras like it's supposed to be celebrated! I'm not sure if it was the loud music in New Orleans that damaged my ears (or maybe it wasn't) but the boys vs. girls week had a clear winner. One thing is for sure -- this is a woman's world from here on out. The girls blew the house down ... with the boys in it.
I'm going to go over the people who stood out to me the most this week (good and bad). Going through all 24 would be a pain in my ass and honestly, I still don't remember all their names. So let's start with the boys:
Sundance Head: I was hoping he memorized his lyrics this week since that was a problem for him in Hollywood. But, no matter if he remembered them or not, where oh where has Sundance Head gone? He's No. 1 on the bad list for me this week, and he joined most of the fellas unfortunately.Next on my list is Chris Richardson. He apparently brought sexy back to Idol! The girls don't mind at all, and he can sing too! A great version of Gavin's, "I Don't Wanna Be."
Now lets move on to beat boxing hall of famer Blake Lewis. He seems to be fan favorite as well and not bad on the eyes at all. He surprised the hell out of me by showing up the original artist, Keane, with his version of "Somewhere Only We Know." He kind of reminds me of Sting ... anyone agree? OK, the last guy that stood out to me was AJ Tabaldo. He has an amazing voice and is a great performer and a total cutie! So let's touch base on this whole Chris Sligh and his apparent non-hatred for Simon, which was funny!
Simon's "thinking" face is not like that at all and we all know it, he was pissed that someone was giving it back! That was the greatest thing in Idol history right there, it will be in history books forever, I promise.
Ladies night was a good time and that is because Stephanie Edwards brought the room to their knees (literally) with her amazing rendition of Alicia Keys' "How Come You Don't Call Me." This girl has an amazing presence on stage and I see her going far in this competition. Miss Sabrina Sloan sang "I Never Loved a Man" by Aretha Franklin and sang the hell out of it. She had a very Christina Aguilera like vibe and can even hit high notes.
Jordin Sparks is next and sang "Gimme One Reason" and was very lively and had a great stage presence. For a young girl at the age of 17 on stage, I'd say she can tango with the best of them ... from experience. Next is Nicole Tranquillo, I would let you in on what song she sang but I couldn't understand the words at all and she looked like she was trying too hard with all the attempted "dance" moves she was doing. I am told it was a Chaka Khan song but who knows and really, who cares ...
Melinda Doolittle really does belong in the spotlight and she did a great job, Gina Glocksen sang "All by Myself" by Celine. She went for the notes and I say she totally hit the note even if Simon said otherwise. Lakisha Jones – the next American Idol according to Simon -- earned the pimp spot from the judges and we all know what that means. The girl can sing and she maybe even did "And I'm Telling You" better than J. Hud. It was a pretty emotional performance and she did fabulous. She is in it to win, for her daughter, and that is great.
I think America got it right for the most part in their voting off this week. Though some people who were really bad should have gone home, we all know that Votefortheworst.com is tricky when it comes to picking people. Just look at season four, they had some great people on it then.
The top 24 is a really rough week for the Idol contestants. You are in front of your first actual crowd, you know that people might not like you or what you sing, and you have to style your hair yourself and God knows that is always an issue with the guys hogging the mirrors (seriously).
Thanks for becoming American Idol alumni with the rest of us, Paul, Amy, Nicole and Rudy. Start pounding the pavement and trying to make a name for yourself. They say the sophomore slump is bad in the music business, but wait until you try the "You've just been kicked off the No. 1 TV show, how do you feel?" slump. Just use the best answer ever: I'm going to Disney Land!
[Mikalah Gordon was a contestant on the fourth season of "American Idol." Visit her Web site, mikalah-gordon.org.]
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