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American Idol: The Boys Are Back!

elliot.jpgPaula was showing off some boob-age tonight, and I even caught Simon's eye wandering during the intros. How could he not? They were out there and very pushed together.

Paula's rack aside, it was time for the guys to shine. And after last night, they really didn't have to try too hard.

Taylor Hicks kicked off the show, which was no good for me because it gave me nothing to look forward to for the rest of the show. He performed "Easy" by The Commodores. Simon was the only one that hated it -- and by that I mean the only one in the country.

Elliot Yamin -- WOW. I stand corrected that there was nothing to look forward to. This guy is really good. But is good enough to win "American Idol?" I'm just not convinced. You also need a face. And it's not like he doesn't have one, but it doesn't seem to match his voice. It was a beautiful performance though. Unfortunately, Randy had to dumb it down with his goofy "dawg pound" comments.

Ace Young is supposedly the favorite. He just didn't make it for me tonight. The song was a little sappy, and frankly, Elliot was just too much of a tough-ass act to follow.

Gedeon McKinney likes to enunciate in his interviews. He also doesn't like to button too many buttons on his shirt. He did a decent job with his song though. It was very soulful, and showed a much better range than last week's "Shout."

Kevin Covais is another guy whose voice doesn't match his face. However, I really enjoyed his rap on his newfound sex-symbol status. I have to side with Simon on this one though. The guy can sing, but I thought he sounded a little too shaky tonight. Maybe because he was too busy trying to get jiggy.

Jose "Sway" Penala chose Stevie Wonder, who is a real favorite already this season. Unfortunately, he's hard to perform. Sway was the equivalent of Heather Cox doing Mariah last night -- it just didn't work.

Will Makar figured he needed to represent -- with Kenny Rogers. Has anyone ever uttered those words ever before? Will was OK, but I found myself laughing when he was singing and looking into the camera. Not sure what that says, but I don't think it's good.

Bucky Covington is another person that doesn't understand food in LA. Unfortunately, he's just not as cute as Kellie Pickler. He did a good Garth, but the water effects in the background were not a plus. Also, is it possible to vote his hair and mustache off?

David Radford did Frank Sinatra, which was not only not a surprise, but it didn't evoke any sort of originality. He definitely seems like a goner tomorrow. I love the crooners, but this guy isn't even as good as John Stevens -- and his one-note persona just won't be able to hack it on disco night.

Chris Daughtry wanted people to feel like they were at a rock concert. Mission accomplished, big man. I really like this guy and it isn't just his smooth head and genuine persona. It's because he doesn't sing the same stuff that I've heard 30 times already on this show -- and he sings it well.

Tonight redeemed the 90 minutes that I wasted last night watching the ladies. Good job overall by all of the guys. However, if I was David Radford and Will Makar, I'd start packing. -- Rachel Cericola

Posted by Rachel Cericola on March 1, 2006 8:11 PM
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I just can't stop thinking about how rotten and mean Ryan Seacrest was to hurt and humiliate Kevin Covais with that horrible "Chicken Little" comparison. What could provoke such hatefullness. As if the poor kid hasn't already heard such comment his whole life. What's next- a picture of a whale for our overweight singers. This tops anything evil that Simon has ever done-- and I never liked him. Bad move Ryan.

-- 1. Posted by: anthony santurri at March 2, 2006 1:38 AM

Anthony: I have to agree with you about that... I mean, of course, the whole thing about Kevin being a stud was done in a jokey manner, but it was also sort of good-natured. I don't think I'd want to go through the rest of the competition known as Chicken Little. I don't think that's going to get him too many votes!

-- 2. Posted by: Rachel at March 2, 2006 6:03 AM



-- 3. Posted by: ROBERT ROEMER at March 2, 2006 9:41 AM

Nice choice Robert! I wouldn't be surprised if we hear him do some Joe Cocker later in the competition.

However, I also wonder if he's afraid of being compared too much to Joe -- or to Ray Charles -- so maybe he will steer clear of those artists.

-- 4. Posted by: Rachel at March 2, 2006 9:45 AM

The chicken little thing was lame. I think the "Idol" crew sometimes forgets that many of these contestants are *very* young. As such, being embarrassed -- even in a good natured way -- in front of MILLIONS of people really isn't something anyone should go through, let alone a newbie who's undoubtedly dealing with all the crap that comes in your late teens and early 20s.

-- 5. Posted by: mac at March 2, 2006 1:06 PM

Check it out! Some fan sites of Taylor Hicks has a short pre idol video of him w/his band. HOT! THATS what we fans want to see him do. This guy CAN rock the house, so DO IT Taylor,no more ballads!! Something uptempo. Even his 20 sec. Swanee River Rock audition was uptempo and full of such musical joy that sent us all searching for more of Taylor! He makes our hearts smile!

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