In no particular order:
David Archuleta – loved him at the piano, agree that he should have stayed behind the piano. And am I the only one that prefers hearing him sing with my eyes close? He’s not a bad looking kid, but he has some really weird mouth mannerisms when he sings. But his voice is pretty much amazing.
Jason Castro – I LOVE LOVE LOVE Jason Castro. I love that he picked one of my top three songs of all time (Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”). Despite the hiccup at the end, this was a perfect performance. PERFECT.
David Cook – when Ryan said he was going to sing “Hello” I was VERY nervous. However, he rocked it! Has anyone covered “Hello” as a rock song before? He, too, makes weird faces when he sings (kind of a half-smirk), but it was great.
Danny Noriega – our Tivo was out for this one due to the storms in our area, but from the 20 seconds they showed at the end of the night, it was atrocious.
Chikezie Eze – I fast forwarded through most of this. He has an okay voice, but he picks awful songs. And his teeth are VERY tiny and thus VERY distracting.
Michael Johns – I just don’t like this guy. And am I wrong – didn’t Simple Minds sing Don’t You (Forget About Me)? I laughed when Randy said it was INXS. In any event, I just don’t like this guy even though he seems the most natural onstage.
David Hernandez – Oh David. Your time on Idol, despite being a great singer, will be short because of the recently announced news that you were an all-nude stripper in a gay club before auditioning for Idol. Methinks the demographic of AI won’t like that at all. Pity, too, since you are a GREAT singer (despite singing Celine Dion).
Luke Menard – poor Luke Menard. A face for magazines, a voice NOT for radio. And hello – of all the songs you had to pick Wham’s Wake Me Up? What were you thinking? Were all the good songs taken? (I know, there are precious few GOOD songs in the 1980s, but there are a couple)
My picks to go: Luke Menard and Chikezie, with Danny “Tainted Love” Noriega close behind and LUCKY to be in the top 12.
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