I’ve gotten a lot of comments and emails about my taken-as-negative opinion of JD Adams from American Idol 2. So I thought I’d go ahead and put down ALL of my thoughts so as not to be misconstrued in any way.
JD Adams is a good singer, from what I’ve seen. A great singer? No. But a good singer, yes. He didn’t “wow” me in his first audition appearance, but I did comment that he was much better than a few others they had let through. I didn’t think he was worthy of the “Thank God!” cry from Simon. But good enough for the first round? Absolutely.
So now we’re down to 234 or so people, and they want to narrow the group down to 60+ people. They ask people to come up with melodies to lyrics with which they are provided, and I don’t recall seeing JD sing his, but it must have been decent, since he made it through that cut.
My problem comes when the group is asked to sing in groups of three and four. They made a point of showing Simon explain to them that KNOWING THE WORDS is about the most important thing for a singer. The first duo was great, and from then on it was downhill as they showed a montage of men who did not bother to learn the words. And that includes JD Adams. And frankly, he didn’t even sound like he was on-key that much as he searched for something to sing.
Having said that, knowing how poorly ALL the men did (Simon even said something along the lines of, “We’re going to have a tough time coming up with enough men to go to the next round because frankly most of you sucked”), they obviously chose men based on the initial rounds, not this round. Because with the exception of a handful of men they showed during the trios, most of them were awful. This, in my opinion, is why JD Adams made it past that final cut to the 32 chosen few.
So tomorrow night it’s all on the line. It’s live, it’s 2 out of 8, and JD Adams has to show me that he’s worth voting for. Because based on the trio episode, the best male on tomorrow’s live show is Bettis.
So based on the trio episode, which was the last viewed episode, here are my two picks for tomorrow night: Bettis Richardson from Florida, and Julia DeMato from Connecticut. Runners up: JD Adams from California (if he can surpass his nerves) and Kimberly Caldwell from Texas.