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American Idol: Top 12 Boy Toys

Five hours. That's what "American Idol" is commanding from our lives this week. However, I don't expect you to invest the same amount of time into this write-up, so let's get to it...

The recap reminded me of two things. First of all, Randy is a man of few words -- "yeah," "dawg" and "baby" are pretty much his complete vocabulary. Secondly, Paula looked like she had hit the colorist at some point this week. Also, Farrah Fawcett called and she wants her hairstyle back.

Tonight the top 12 men performed. It's going to take me a while to figure out who's who. But here's who did what tonight...

Rudy Cardenas
Rudy Cardenas
Separated at birth: Rudy and Jai from the "Queer Eye" guys. Throw in a sprinkle of Ray Romano too. Unfortunately, Rudy doesn't have the voice that Jai has (remember him from Fox's "Celebrity Duets?") or the comedy stylings of Ray. He did have some balls to kick off the show with "Free Ride," though. It was very energetic, but it just wasn't "American Idol" quality.

Brandon Rogers
Brandon Rogers
This guy is smokin' hot, and I certainly wouldn't mind gazing into his deep brown eyes for the next few weeks. Part Sam Cooke, part Lenny Kravitz, Brandon pulled the Michael Jackson out of nowhere and rocked "Rock with You." Maybe I was blinded by his beauty. There's no doubt that he can do better, and I can't imagine he will be packing his bags anytime soon.

Sundance Head
Sundance Head
I'm not a fan of the Moody Blues -- at all. Strike one. This guy destroyed his good name (literally) tonight. It had nothing to do with song choice; it was just a little cabaret for my taste. Hey -- sort of like the Moody Blues! I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Sundance makes it through this round, but he'd better pull his burly self together; his audition is starting to seem like it was eons ago.

Paul Kim
Paul Kim
Glad to see an Asian American in the running -- and he's actually good. I'm not down with the barefoot thing, and I wasn't down with Wham either. Both got too much airtime as far as I'm concerned. Put some shoes on guy. Not to sound harsh, but maybe the cold floor was why he sang off-key.

Chris Richardson
Chris Richardson
Chris was looking good, like he was in an 80's ska band or something. Of course, the music was not ska (too bad!). By the time he finished, he probably put out the best performance at that point in the evening. He mixed the *NSYNC thing with some rock 'n roll, and it made him stand out for me -- and for the life of me, I don't remember him from any of the audition shows. (Maybe they were too busy focusing on the freaks!)

Nick Pedro
Nick Pedro
I should be sporting some hometown pride for Nick, but I can't get over that he is the guy that bowed out last year. I guess he dropped out before he was kicked out for forgetting his lyrics. However, he was the only contestant tonight to get screams during his song, so that's certainly positive. He was good, but I have to agree with Randy that it was a bit on the boring side. It looks as if the "Vote for Pedro" T-shirts might make a resurgence; bust yours out while you still can.

Blake Lewis
Blake Lewis
The beatbox guy slowed things down this week, and it worked for him. Randy gave him bad advice by saying he should have brought out the beatbox. You know if he did, it would have blown up in his face. I suspect we will see it again at some point though, and I can't wait. Blake gets my vote as an early favorite.

Sanjaya Malakar
Sanjaya Malakar
If you close your eyes, Sanjaya's speaking voice conjures up images of Michael Jackson. His song choice was Stevie Wonder. While I don't agree with the criticism that the song was too big for him, it sounded like the guy couldn't hear himself, and he ended up going all over the place.

Chris Sligh
Chris Sligh
This big teddy bear can really belt it out. Will his looks be his eventual downfall? His attitude at the end might have won him some anti-Simon fans, but it sort of came off as jackass-ish to me. As much as people don't like him, Simon is the show. Don't piss him off. It sort of rubbed me the wrong way, and I am actually a fan of this guy. Anyway, I hope Chris makes it far in the competition -- at least until his jokes start to come off as corny.

Jared Cotter
Jared Cotter
Jared lost his waiter job to be on "American Idol." Doesn't sound like too much of a loss. He made me think I was watching Brian McKnight, and I can't imagine that could ever be a bad thing. This kid seems humble, and pulled off a very impressive first performance, hand motions and all.

A.J. Tabaldo
A.J. Tabaldo
The fifth time could be a charm for A.J. I didn't expect much out of this guy for some reason, but I appreciated his uptempo performance. It woke me up at a point in the show where I really needed a little nudge. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but was this the first sighting of Paula up and dancing this season?

Phil Stacey
Phil Stacey
Way to bring the room back down, Phil! I was hoping to end the show on a high note, since I wasn't quite ready for bedtime. He seems nice, has a good voice, and even hit a pretty great high note. However, Phil sort of put me to sleep, especially after A.J.'s surprising performance.

Tune in tomorrow night for two hours from the ladies. I'm expecting to hear a lot of Mariah, Celene, Whitney, Christina and the other oversung standards. Prove me wrong, ladies! -- Rachel Cericola


Posted by Rachel Cericola on February 20, 2007 10:02 PM
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Comming in to tonight I was a Chris Sligh fan; however, there are two things you are NEVER supose to do. First, never dis someone's mother. The Second and most important NEVER NEVER NEVER dis 'Sweet Home Alabama'
Why Sligh would try to tick off the Alabama vote is beyond me. I really wanted to pull for him but forget it.

-- 1. Posted by: Chris H at February 20, 2007 10:44 PM

How can someone bash the Moody Blues when so much crappy music is shoved down the throats of music listeners today? Contrary to what the reviewer thinks, the Moody Blues are one of the most successful bands in rock history. This is a band that raised the bar during the most extraordinary time in pop music (the 60s & early/mid 70s.) They are in a class by themselves. Sundance shouldn't have touched "Nights in White Satin"! It's not an easy song to sing & his performance was completely uninspiring. Only the Moody Blues can truly do the song justice. BTW: I'm no babyboomer just a 28 year old who loves great music!

-- 2. Posted by: Kim at February 21, 2007 2:21 AM

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