'American Idol' Recap: The Boys Disappoint Again As Sudden Death Ends
March 1st, 2013 11:23am EST
This performing every night thing is fun, but it is tiring. Let’s just get to the recap.
Mathenee Treco Sang “A Little Less Conversation” by Elvis Presley
Keith Said: Don’t underestimate the power of your voice. You can make a connection – the entertainment gets so assaulting.
Nicki Said: It felt very cheesy and karaoke.
Randy Said: I don’t know what kind of an artist you are.
Mariah Said: There’s a quality about you that’s like a real person.
I can tell you one thing. Nobody in the world likes this performance as much as Mathenee does. His confidence goes past arrogance and into possibly thinking he’s a god. I really think he may have a statue built to himself in his apartment. Maybe of him as a centaur. I’m not sure.
That would be borderline acceptable if he could sing. Problem is that he can’t at all. He can scream kinda. He can get angry at the song and bob his hatted head, but there’s not a whole lot of singing going on. It was like a vocal battle with himself as he tried to keep from fawning over his self-perceived brilliance and sing at the same time.
Couldn’t do both at the same time. Not sure he could do either by itself. Except for maybe making out with a full-length mirror.
The Turbinator Sang “Nothing Ever Hurt Like You” by James Morrison
Keith Said: I didn’t think that was a great song for you, but I love your voice.
Nicki Said: You should have come back out with your guitar, you’ve left the intimacy behind.
Randy Said: Honestly? That was terrible.
Mariah Said: I missed your soft voice.
I’m inclined to like the Turbinator, but I don’t know what he’s doing here. Other than the color-coordinated Sikh get-up, he doesn’t have much going on.
The voice is kind of there, but not all the way. The performance isn’t much beyond him in an awkward-half bend as he fails to pull the mic stand up high enough. I’m not sure why he couldn’t adjust it correctly. Seems like something you’d want to get right.
He tries to break out a bit with the mic off the stand, but it just got more and more awkward the more he tried to seem less awkward and the voice never broke out either. Turbinated.
Vincent Powell Sang “Cause I Love You” by Lenny Williams
Keith Said: You came out here and just sang. I loved it.
Nicki Said: Today it was a good old-fashioned. It was a sexy old-fashioned.
Randy Said: This is what I would call the whole complete package.
Mariah Said: All I have to say is…finally.
If you’re going to wear that velour jacket, you better bring the 70s sex-soul. You better bring it hot and buttery sweet and not let it go.
Vincent may have not brought the full sex, but he did get to vocal third base and just about stole home by the end as he hit some unreal soul notes and really brought it back home into the bedroom there at the end.
It looked like Zoanette was ready to make a baby. Let’s hope she didn’t spawn.
Nick Boddington Sang “Say Something Now” by James Morrison
Keith Said: I kept waiting for a feeling of being connected to you as a person.
Nicki Said: It wasn’t your best.
Randy Said: I don’t know if that was the correct song for you.
Mariah Said: I feel like you weren’t connected to the song.
Fedora. Skinny jeans. Straight up can’t sing. The one-in-the-top-twenty performance that can’t sing at all. That wouldn’t have made it past the initial audition.
Worst. He had swag. He owned it. He was pointing as he failed to hit a single note. Failed to find the pitch, the tone or the melody. Wow. Just as bad as it gets.
Josh Holiday Sang An Original
Keith Said: Sometimes I wish you would cut loose.
Nicki Said: I felt like if you would have just chilled, you would have stayed in it more.
Randy Said: I just don’t know if I was wowed by it.
Mariah Said: I would have liked to see you stay at the piano.
Here’s the problem with original songs. They just about always suck. This is no exception. This song sounds like the rough draft of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” when they said: “Okay, now we have to make it good.”
So that’s the first problem. The second problem is that he can’t sing at all. A mix of rough basic vocals and a falsetto that just sounds weak and lilting.
The third problem is that his performance level was on par with an awkward nerd trying to impress a girl by singing to her at lunch.
Just nothing worked at all for Josh.
David Willis Sang “Fever” by Peggy Lee
Keith Said: You had a moment right at the end.
Nicki Said: It sounded like you just got a guitar for Christmas and were just up in your family having a good old time.
Randy Said: I kinda liked that you were a little bit different.
Mariah Said: The crowd seemed to love it.
I just could never get past the fact that he made “Fever” sound exactly like “The Letter” by the Box Tops. It was like he changed the words to the latter. It just completely drove me crazy.
I guess that’s kind of a compliment since he sounded like such a seminal classic pop song. I just don’t know how right it was for this song choice.
Bryant Tadeo Sang “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel
Keith Said: I think it was a really good song for you and I thought you handled it really well.
Nicki Said: I love that last note that you did, but I didn’t like anything else.
Randy Said: I loved the beginning, but I was waiting for it to go somewhere by the end, but it never quite went there.
Mariah Said: I felt like you got a little bit lost in the excitement.
Wow. I thought I’d seen some musical theater performances on this show before, but Bryant’s hands really may have outdone them all. Celine Dion thinks he needs to keep his hands a bit quieter while he’s performing. I was really expecting him to beat his chest at some point.
He’s got a good voice, but not for rock and not for pop. It’s a Broadway voice. It’s a musical theater voice. It doesn’t belong on this show.
He’ll be great in a Broadway chorus next year, but he’s not a recording artist.
Burnell Taylor Sang “This Time” by John Legend
Keith Said: I like the whole vibe you had.
Nicki Said: Right now you could be number one on the chart.
Randy Said: You got the whole package. I would sign you right away.
Mariah Said: This touched me.
What is this? Hands time? It’s like the competition has turned into who can use their hands the most. Though at least Burnell incorporated his hips a little bit, but couldn’t get past the whole musical theater vibe. His voice was fine, but it again came out of a theatrical environment and doesn’t really fit in this competition.
Though with those glasses and blow tie, he’ll be great in the Malcolm X Musical.
Lazaro Arbos Sang “Tonight I Wanna Cry” by Keith Urban
Keith Said: You’re a really great singer. Period. I don’t think that was a great song for you though.
Nicki Said: You gave us what we love. It was very truthful to you.
Randy Said: You’re a great singer. You know what I’m sayin?
Mariah Said: There’s a purity and simplicity about what comes through in your singing.
I would say this was a cabaret performance, but I think that would imply that he could actually sing.
This sounded more like the guy they get to record elevator music versions of real songs. Like if they could hire the guy who does really bad overdubs when they bleep curse words in R-Rated movies on TV to do the same thing with music – just take all the teeth out of it.
That’s what Lazaro did here – just wreck the song with a very poor vocal that sounded like a mud puddle had been dumped over whatever he was singing.
Cortez Shaw Sang “Titanium” by David Guetta
Keith Said: That was a really bold and brave move.
Nicki Said: I liked ya a lot. Good song choice. Sexy.
Randy Said: Your range surprised me today. I’m a fan.
Mariah Said: I have enjoyed you since the very beginning.
I really want to have a reaction to this, but it was just so safe and mediocre that I just can’t.
Check back Wednesday for a preview of the top 20 with the return of the Molly DeWolf Swenson Scale.
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