AI week 9 – Hall of Fame Week

The judges don’t have to take notes this week, as all performances will be judged immediately.  Oh well, Paula can’t review dress rehearsal this week. 🙂

David Cook – “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran

A good performance of one of my favorite Double-D songs.  I guess I’m not surprised… 🙂

Syesha Mercado – “Proud Mary” by Ike and Tina Turner

She tried to give it the Tina Turner “nice and rough” treatment… the “nice” was kind of nice, but she’s really not capable of the “rough”.  Good, I guess, but she should have gone her own way.

Jason Castro – “I Shot the Sheriff” by Bob Marley/Eric Clapton

Nice lite-rock version, not quite Marley’s reggae and far from Clapton’s rock… he did go his own way, and it may pay off.  Considering he’s on the bubble, he *needed* a good performance.  Not sure if this was it, but it was OK.

David Archuleta- “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King

Wrong tone for the song, wrong style.  It was OK, and *just* OK, but I don’t think he gets the song.

David Cook – “Baba O’Reily” by The Who

Hard to live up to one of The Who’s best songs in the allocated 2 1/2 minutes… but once again, David made it work.

Syesha Mercado – “Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke

Interesting choice.  I’m not sure it was a good one.  Even the Idol Final Note couldn’t pull any emotion out of the song, it was just laying there… I wonder if she just took herself out of the competition.  It depends on how Jason does next, methinks… meanwhile, Cowell and Paula do their damndest to sell this… clearly Jason has the bullseye on him this week.

Jason Castro – “Mr. Tambourine Man” by Bob Dylan/The Byrds

EPIC FAIL.  A faceplant of major proportions, as he changed and forgot the lyrics.  Say goodnight, Jason, you’re done.  Nice of you to save Syesha like that.

David Archuleta – “Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley

I can see what he was trying to do, but if you edit out the edge on the young Elvis, you lose part of the song.  Still one of the better performances tonight, but it was not quite what it could’ve been.

THE BIG FINISH: David C. rocked the house.  Syesha came out a little better on “Proud Mary” in the review.  Jason is in huge trouble after an OK first song and disastrous second one.  David A. probably came over better than I gave him credit for (he did try to make the songs his own, which is what the judges seem to harp on).

ABSOLUTE STONE COLD LOCK OF THE SEASON: Jason Castro is going home tomorrow night.


Author: Rob Hoffmann

Occasional blogger, slightly less occasional improv player/ref/tech, full-time computer techie, radio producer (basketball, mostly), generally nice person (if you ask me).

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