AI: The Men
With the viewers casting the votes now, how will the men do in this competition? Here are my thoughs:
Patrick Hall - 27
The men are started off by Patrick Hall. His choice for tonight is "Come to my Window". He thinks he can identify with the angst in the song, but can he realte to the performance of the song as sung by Melissa Ethridge? I thought it was an okay song. It didn't blow me over, but he could belt the song out. He did a fine job, I'm sure that in the coming weeks he may do better. I guess we'll have to see. God, I'm agreeing with Simon again??? 3 stars
David Redford - 17
Labeled, the crooner' he's seemingly trying to find his nitch in this contest. I've loved the 'rat pat' songs he's done in the past, however this week he's decided to bust out with "This Thing Called Love'. Does it work? Well, that's hard to say for me. I think the song was nice, he sang it great but you could tell he was wanting to get back to his 'crooning' type of singing. Certainly the wrong song for him, even though he seemed to enjoy singing it. Randy really didn't like it and I have a hard time agreeing with him this time. David was better than a High School performance. The women certainly disagreed with Randy, I was half expecting them to be throwing their panties at him. So it seems I don't totally agree with Paula as well. Going for a hat trick I didn't entirely agree with Simon either. I didn't think it was a joke of a song. David just needs to sing what he's good at. He'll do fine in the coming weeks. 3 1/2 stars
Bucky Covington - 28
Bucky has trouble remembering his lyrics at times. The other few times he is hard to understand. This 'gold ol boy' decides to sing 'Simple Man' from Lynyrd Skynyrd. It as a simple, yet ok song for me. It really didn't make me stand up and notice him. I think he'll be a female fan favorite, but not doing much for me. 3 stars.
Will Maker - 16
Paula referred to him as Bobby Brady, I think what she meant was Peter Brady because that was exactly what I thought as soon as I saw him. His choice for a song? "I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5. Another one of those songs where you can't help but to compare it with the original. I kept half-expecting Michael Jackson to come strolling out on stage to join Peter Brady. Serioulsy though, I'm glad Will has always wanted to sing this, now that he's done that perhaps he'll move on to a song next time that works better for him. A mediocre performance, I have to agree once again with Simon, 'it was just average'. Nothing more. Will needs to get some rest, have some pork chops and apple sauce and think seriously what he's going to sing next. 3 stars.
Jose 'Sway' Penala - 28
Another singer that likes to forget his lyrics. He didn't do such a bad job with lyrics this week, but that's the good news. Yes he picks a song from Earth Wind and Fire, but I would have a hard time listening to him over the radio or (gasp) in my CD player. 2 1/2 stars.
Chris Daughtry - 26
I love the song Chris picks out tonight. For the men, a good rock song really draws me in. He does a fantastic job on this, he'll go far in this competition. Odd how it might sound though, he looks the part of the song he's singing. What's really starting to scare me is how much I agree with Simon, not only about who he likes, but why. Chris does have charisma and a nice recording voice. He gets my first 4 stars.
Kevin Covais - 16
Up to this point I had never been a big Kevin fan. Paula has always pointed out how cute he is, and I guess she loves his singing voice. But does she love his singing voice or does she just think he is 'cute'? Granted, I have to say that I go a lot easier on some of the women if I think they are cute, but the men don't have that luxery with me. No matter what, I totally hated this song. One passing thought going through my head, 'how did he get here'? Dare I say it was excrutiationg? Well, Simon seems to agree with me so I'm in good company I guess. I doubt we'll see him next week unless all the 90 year olds cram the phone lines. Randy liked him? What was he thinking? 2 1/2 stars.
Gedeon McKinney - 17
Again, like Kevin I've never been a big fan. But to this point we have not seen everything they have to give. Tonight Gedeon sings "Shout", hmmm what is he thinking? Simon certainly did not like this performance and it seems that Simon and I have agreed on everything so far. However, this time I will disagree with him. Gedeon had fun with the song and it showed. He didn't have a bad voice and he did a very good job. I was entertained as well. I'm not sure how he'll top himself next week though. I guess we'll have to see. 3 1/2 stars.
Elliott Yamin - 27
Another Karaoke lover. So, he's going to sing one of his favorie Karaoke songs, "If You Really Love Me" by Stevie Wonder. I love Stevie, I"m hoping Elliott will not mess this song up. One thing I hate more than anything is someone singing a song you like and having them massacre it. I don't know how the AI Trinity endure it. But Elliott does a nice job. He gets all the notes, doesn't forget his lines and really vocalizes this song. 3 1/2 stars
Bobby Bennett - 19
Copa Cabana for me was a surprising song to want to sing in this competiton. Once again, we have someone singing a song for a reason other than they know they can sing it. I didn't find the song awful though and he had fun with the song. I surprisingly liked it. From the start I thought I was going to hate Bobby and his singing but I didn't so much. Does he have staying power? To be honest I'm not so sure we'll see him go very far, but he should last a few weeks. I have to disagree one last time with Simon, the song was not a trainwreck. Love the catfight between Ryan and Simon though. 3 stars.
Ace Young - 25
I think he'll be another female fan favorite. He has that look that just about all women love. Ace decides to treat the female audience with "Father Figure" from George Michael. The women loved him, the audience loved him, and the judges loved him. I think Randy liked to have thrown his panties at him. I must have dozed off for a bit during the song then because I felt the performance was very wooden. I didn't like it, I wanted to run away from this "father figure" 3 stars.
Taylor Hicks - 29
Hard to describe why he's such a fan favorite. I like him, and it seems so does many other people. I didn't particularly like the song he sings, but he does a fantastic job with it. The electrocution was down to a minimum and yet again I have to agree with Simon, Taylor is really "just into the singing" He certainly has a style all his own, and is interesting. Very refreshing. 4 stars.
There you have it. Agree with me or don't, those are my views. So who will be the next American Idol? Stay tuned....