Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Everybody Loves Chris

Daughtry, Daughtry, Daughtry. As the pressure mounted on "American Idol" last night, it was all Chris. Over and over, the AI judges tell us it's about song choice and performance, and Chris took two great Elvis songs and showed the other contestants how you win this thing. There's a reason why "Suspicious Minds" has been covered by everyone from Dwight Yoakam to the Fine Young Cannibals, and "A Little Less Conversation," one of the King's most underrated hits, has also aged well. By contrast, Katharine botched a "Hound Dog/All Shook Up" medley and seemed to be in the wrong key for "Can't Help Falling in Love." The low notes were too low and the high notes sounded flat. And her second outfit revealed her belly, at least I think it was her belly, I mean I was hoping it wasn't her belly, but, yep, that's her belly. Not a good look for her, but a good metaphor as her AI run goes belly up tonight (or maybe she exposed her soft underbelly).

Either way, it looks like it's going to be a stag affair for the final two weeks, but my surprising choice for second place right now would be Elliott. Taylor should have done much better on Elvis night. "Jailhouse Rock" was fine, but "In the Ghetto?" Come on, Taylor, that's not the song that's going to bring it home. I mean, good idea to choose a ballad as your second song for contrast, but again, with all the possible choices, I had higher expectations. "Heartbreak Hotel" or "Viva Las Vegas" for your opener and "Love Me Tender" or "It's Now or Never" second would have done it for me. Elliott took a chance and went away from Elvis songs everybody knows with "If I Can Dream" and "Trouble," which Taylor had already performed this season, and I think that risk will pay off. His talent has ever been an issue and, if his confidence carries over for another week, he could be onstage next to Chris in the finals.


Empress Baggie said...

Dear Fitz,

Good points, good points.

Don't you think the final showdown is gonna come down to Mr. Clean and The Soul Patrol?

Chris has "the look" -- he's a hearthrob -- and the voice to go along with it. Taylor has a unique voice and the charisma/cuteness to reign in the teenybopper gals and their grandmommas.

Her Majesty may be wrong, but Taylor is probably getting the male vote as well. Too many guys' girlfriends are swooning over Rock-n-Roll Skeeball Head. Gotta count in that jealousy factor.

Every one of the top four contestants has it made now anyway, top spot or not, don't you reckon?

Very truly yours,

P.S. Tea is at 2 daily.

jon said...

So how come Chris got the boot tonight? Conspiracy? Perhaps. But have you noticed that it's the same week that the CIA is getting decimated? Again. Coincidence? Ha!

Bill Fitzgerald said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Quite a shocking result last night. I am a somewhat reluctant AI watcher. Search back in my archives to learn how I got hooked. I think it's Taylor's show now.

I've never been big on conspiracies, but if Porter Goss shows up in next week's audience, you may have a point.