Last week, if you watch “American Idol” television show, you saw some fun and
amazing signs of the 80’s:
There was the ankle bracelet with the ball that swung around and you could
jump over it, known as a “Skip It.”
There was the iconic basic colored cube called, “Rubik’s Cube.”
One of the young people called the night time sleeping toy, the Glow Worm,
a “centipede.” Not sure where they thought the 100 legs were?
There were the fun boxing guys who my babysitting kids broke within a week
or two after my son received it for Christmas in the 80’s: Otherwise known as,
“Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots.”
There was the two women who really ‘chant’ their songs, rather than sing
them, known as “Salt and Peppa.” They sang and performed in a sexy song
with some good looking guys, “Push It.”
(Yes, they also are part of Geico’s commercials which like to bring back
oldies but somewhat goodies.)
David Hasselhoff, who is going to be in another episode of the movies that all
are called, “Sharkanado,” stopped by to get some laughs and elicit some
memories of his show, “Bay Watch.”
There was Boy George, who was the mentor and coach for the young
contestants. He was looking great, gave sound musical advice and
showed his caring, empathetic character.
The Judges were very gregarious and giving good critiques I agreed with 100%.
Harry Connick, Jr. seemed quite happy and pleasantly complimenting almost all
of the performers.
Jennifer Lopez is always beautiful and kind in her appraisals. She had one moment
when she had ‘goosies’ her highest praise for being moved by someone’s singing.
Keith Urban was singing to all of the contestants’ songs and got up and danced to
a couple. He is a genuine and caring man. I feel the comment he mentioned during
Joey’s performance was honest:
“My wife, Nicole, and my two daughters are up and dancing at home, with you as
Ryan Secrest is still a gracious, likable host. He hugs, shakes hands or puts an
arm around each of the young performers.
I voted for three of the contestants.
They are down to only nine.
Here are some of the contestant’s names and the songs you will maybe wish to
check out how their renditions were. I enjoyed several ‘new takes’ on the songs
from the 80’s.
Joey Cook- She is quirky and sometimes a little off-key but her energy and
fun attitude made her rendition of, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” the perfect
song for her to sing. She did not sing this better than Cyndi Lauper did or
continues to to so. I just cannot see her going mainstream.
Jax- I liked her version and appearance in her style of dress fitting the period.
She sang her own version of Bon Jovi’s song, “You Give Love a Bad Name.”
I realize it may not sound like you expect it to, but there is an element where
this one really soared. She is looking like Cyndi Lauper in her style.
Nick- He is attractive, Italian looking in appearance and he sings well. He has
a great attitude. I had never really found him to be ‘deep’ but his appearance
this week, singing his song made him seem humble and the stars see this side
of him, the judges really like him. He chose the serious self-reflection song of
Michael Jackson, “The Man in the Mirror.” Nick and his group, Beach Avenue,
got cut on “America’s Got Talented,” but he is doing well on this show.
Quentin- I felt he captured the essence of Phil Collins’ song, “In the Air Tonight.”
I haven’t really become attached to Quentin, yet.
Tyanna- She has an effortless way of singing, which is one of the amazing parts
of watching this 16 year old ‘powerhouse.’ She chose a challenging song from
an iconic singer and did well, gracefully singing, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”
She is more of a stand and sing performer, but Harry gave her high praises, by
saying he could hear this song on the radio and feel she ‘made it current.’
-Clark Beckham, who I predicted early on, may win 2015’s, “American Idol,”
sang an original version of, “Every Breath You Take.” This is the song which gave
Jennifer Lopez her famous ‘goosies’ or ‘goosebumps.’ This version of the song,
Harry mentioned he took it away from the almost-stalker status of this song,
leading it into a more pensive and thoughtful one. It is more like I picture the
song to be supposed to represent. One of adoration for someone, with a sense
of wishing to protect and watch over them. Clark did very well in this. Although,
I did feel he should have listened to Boy George who suggested he drop his
song a key. He made a joke saying, “We will see if he goes for an ‘F’ or a ‘G.'”
I am not sure how many people noticed my comment but I have on a few people’s
blogs, mentioned how much I enjoy Clark Beckham.
On my own post, I mentioned in a “news snippet,” that Clark’s version of “Georgia
on My Mind” made me believe in him as a ‘winner.’ His rendition of, “When a Man
Loves a Woman,” made tears come down my face. He has also sung his heart
out in, “House of Blues” and impressed past American Idol winner, Taylor Hicks
in Clark’s performance of “Takin’ It to the Streets” in another week on the show.
I felt it was quite a great response from Taylor Hicks, since he himself nailed the
Doobie Brothers’ song himself during his year of victory!
Rayvon- He did a fantastic job on the song, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”
This Tears for Fears song is harder than one would think, listening to it, to show
emotional connection on. I felt it was a ‘tough sell,’ while Boy George said it was
hard to ‘read’ Rayvon.
-Qaasim Middleton- Since he got saved last week, he really wished to give a
great performance to show he deserved the ‘save’ by the judges. He chose
the song, “Addicted to Love.” This Robert Palmer song is one where it also is
hard to show an emotional connection. I felt he did an outstanding job and I
like his big smiles, he is one who I hope will be able to grow and develop into
a popular finalist.
I recommend if you liked “American Idol” in the past, to at least check the
season’s finale. The show will include the judge’s performing, past winners
and many major performers coming together to make a great show.
I enjoyed the commercial for “Home,” and my oldest daughter, sons Skyler
and Micah, included me in her birthday celebration yesterday.
We saw this clever and funny children’s animated movie together at our
local theater, the Strand. We headed home where I brought the delicious
famous Bun’s Restaurant Fudge Cake (along with I could not resist buying
some of their frosted egg cookies) and celebrated her #35 together, as well
as with her boyfriend, Mike.
Do you watch any of the performances of “American Idol?” Have you liked it
in the past, but given up more recently?
Do you watch, “Singing Bee” or “America’s Got Talent?” Do you have a show
in your own country where people try out while singing or entertaining?
I used to watch, “Dancing with the Stars,” but do peek in a few times during
commercials of another show. Do you like this one?