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American Idol: Pop Goes the Idol

Tonight might have been the greatest moment in American Idol history. "Why is everyone so excited?" Ryan asked at the beginning. Um, didn't he see Sanjaya's hair backstage?

Tonight's guest mentor was Gwen Stefani. Gosh she is cute. I want to be her. Instead I am sitting on my couch, frantically typing comments. Please read them. Let's get on with it...

LaKisha Jones
LaKisha Jones
This was my most favorite LaKisha outfit, but least favorite LaKisha performance. I thought she kind of cheesed out on the pop performance by picking Donna Summer. The notes were big; I guess I was just expecting something more current. However, she knows her strengths, and you have to give her props for that.

Chris Sligh
Chris Sligh
Chris looked extra sweaty this week. This is his best stage outfit? However, it is a singing competition, so let's talk about that disappointment. The Police is one of my all-time favorite bands. I thought the chorus was weak, and he looked like he was having no fun performing a song that oozes fun. Also, what happened to the funny guy that we met back in the auditions?

Gina Glocksen
Gina Glocksen
All of the judges were slobbering over her, but Gina has really cemented her suckiness in my mind after tonight's performance. She has vocal talent, but aside from her highlights, she has no real flair. She had the opportunity to bust some funky moves from No Doubt, and she chooses one of the sappiest Pretenders songs, and managed to make it even sappier.

Sanjaya Malakar
Sanjaya Malakar
Ryan's face before the break said it all. After the break, he appeared towards the back of the audience. I wonder if he was seeing how far away he could stand and still see Sanjaya's hair. Did anyone tell Sanjaya that this style choice might not be the best idea? Maybe he figured he had Howard Stern and the Vote for the Worst crowd behind him, so he might as well go balls to the wall. Also, Gwen is just so damn nice, her best thing to say about Sanjaya was "good luck to him." I think I could feel Simon cringing during his performance. I do like the judge's patronizing him that "c'mon" he could do it -- it's like they need to justify why he is still there. I also have to give Paula props for use of the term "faux-hawk."

Haley Scarnato
Haley Scarnato
Gwen told Haley to stop trying to Mariah-up Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors." It seemed like she listened up, and it actually turned out to be one of her better performances. Of course, the judges hated it, because it was still sort of a boring performance. Unfortunately, I think that's just Haley.

Phil Stacey
Phil Stacey
The hat is back! All of Phil's hats (it doesn't matter which one) seem to hold all of his singing superpowers. With the hat snuggly back on his head, Phil managed to pull off "Every Breath You Take" with ease. It is one of the lamer Police songs (thanks P. Diddy!), which made it perfect for Phil -- one of the lamer "American Idol" contestants.

Melinda Doolittle
Melinda Doolittle
Is it weird that Melinda also chose Donna Summer? It's like Melinda and LaKisha had their own disco-themed night. I think Melinda might be the frontrunner in this two-person power-vocal race. They both have big pipes, but Melinda can handle uptempo a lot better.

Blake Lewis
Blake Lewis
Blake chose the 311 version of The Cure's "Love Song." The original is great; I'm kind of sour on the remake, which made this not my favorite performance. He replicated the 311 version perfectly, but I would have loved to see him pick something like "Why Can't I Be You" or even a quirkier Cure tune like "The Love Cats."

Jordin Sparks
Jordin Sparks
Hooray for Jordin! Like Gwen, she is cute, and has a real star quality. That said, I'm not sure if I liked the melodic version of "Hey Baby." I think she could have killed if she had done "Spiderwebs" or something like that. Even though it wasn't my favorite Jordin moment, I was psyched to see someone finally pick a No Doubt song, and do it some justice.

Chris Richardson
Chris Richardson
Chris did a nice version of the song, and the guy can definitely sing. It was a good choice for him, but man -- he is Justin Timberlake's boring twin. He needs to pick up a few non-whitey dance moves and maybe learn some of the beatboxing from Blake.

Tomorrow's elimination is a tough call, considering the save Sanjaya movement. Despite being an early favorite, a weak week can do you in, so I am guessing Chris Sligh might get the axe. Like Paula at the end, I have run out of comments. See you tomorrow. -- Rachel Cericola


Posted by Rachel Cericola on March 27, 2007 10:10 PM
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The Sanjaya thing has gotten out of hand. This latest Mohawk and his song choices are over the top. Is he playing into the vote for the worst and Howard Stern supporters expectations? What's next spandex, a hula-hoop, and talking a song?
http://idol-mania.com/american-idol-fan

-- 1. Posted by: Vote Off Sanjaya at March 28, 2007 12:53 PM

I would actually prefer him to speak a song. It would be an improvement.

-- 2. Posted by: Rachel at March 28, 2007 3:45 PM

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