This might be the week that the "American Idol" judges regret using up their "save" for the year. Shania Twain may have been a top-selling artist in the past, but her songs are all very generic and poppy as far as country songs go. I was kind of bummed that there was no full-out "country"...
This might be the week that the “American Idol” judges regret using up their “save” for the year. Shania Twain may have been a top-selling artist in the past, but her songs are all very generic and poppy as far as country songs go. I was kind of bummed that there was no full-out “country” night, as usually there is someone who entertains me with a horrendously hokey butcher job, or at least picking a song so depressing that it makes it hard to watch (two contestants have been booted after singing “Jolene”–a song about a wife begging a trampy red-head to stop seducing her husband).
This week, though, everyone sang adequately, with no bad performances. So it’s basically up to the voting fan bases to do the job. And really, there is no telling what the people of America will latch on to.
For example, in my household, my two boys (aged 9 and 8) wanted us to vote for young Aaron Kelly. And what do you suppose their reason was? His emotional singing? His youth? His well-manicured eyebrows? No, they just like that his nickname is “Yoda” as explained in an earlier episode of the show, and they are Star Wars fans who like talking like the little green muppet (http://www.yodaspeak.co.uk/index.php). And here I thought that Aaron’s main fans were more into quilting bees than jedi masters.
So I wouldn’t be surprised to see anyone go, not even Crystal Bowersox, who actually sounded country on a night when they were all supposedly singing country songs. OK, she sounded a little too “old-timey” and that was big a decade ago (note that it’s been 10 years since “O Brother, Where Art Thou”), but there was nothing off-putting about her performance. Although, come to think of it, it was getting a little uncomfortable when they kept pushing the fact that her boyfriend needed to propose to her. It didn’t help that they continually showed her boyfriend in the audience and he was doing the “nothing to see here, get the camera off me” hand signals.
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I do think, however, if crazed comments from fans on a blog are any indication, that Crystal is safe. Same with Siobhan Magnus. Those two have their rabid fan bases going for them. I look forward to their wrath in a few years when I pick on their winning Idol in a future blog post. Of course, now that I said that, cue the Aaron Kelly fans to put down their plastic lightsabers (or knitting needles) and type a scathing comment to this blog. To that I say: “Ready for you, I am. Hmmmm?”