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American Idol: Latin Heat

Jennifer Lopez was tonight's guest. While I appreciate these iconic performers they are getting to mentor the kids, I'm not entirely sure any of them have anything constructive to say.

J Lo reminded me of Gwen Stefani. She's beautiful, she's a mega-star, and she had very little to say to the contestants. Maybe she did and it got edited out. However, here are some of the highlights that actually made it to air...

Melinda Doolittle
Melinda Doolittle
Melinda always seems to start or end the show. J. Lo told her to get her freak on and act sexy. She looked very elegant, but frankly she could have worn a paper bag. Either way, Melinda is awesome. It was nice to see her show off a little personality during the comments portion, but I wish Simon wasn't always the punching bag. If she really wanted to stand out, she would have commented on how wiped out Paula looked.

LaKisha Jones
LaKisha Jones
One word: Boobalicious. With all of LaKisha's shaking during "Conga," I honestly expected one of those things to come flying out and injure one of the judges. LaKisha can really belt out the ballads, but I am still not sold on her uptempo abilities. Bonus points for her trying something different though, as well as showing off a bit of personality that I didn't know she had.

Chris Richardson
Chris Richardson
Chris wore a scarf to rehearse with J Lo. Maybe he was chilly or he has a big "I Love J Lo" tattoo on his neck; either way, it was weird. Even weirder was his performance. "Smooth?" Now that's some irony right there. The key sounded a bit too low, he sounded a bit too slow and the instruments were stomping all over his vocals -- which might have been a good thing.

Haley Scarnato
Haley Scarnato
Did anyone else feel like Haley was cheating with "Turn the Beat Around?" I know Gloria Estefan covered it, but it just seemed like sort of a copout. The judges were right about it being rushed, but I actually appreciated her not dragging it out. It was painful enough. I always feel sorry for Haley when she looks like she's going to cry -- and that's often. However, it was hard to feel for her when Simon said she has the cute, scantily clad chick thing going. How does she think it feels to be Phil?

Phil Stacey
Phil Stacey
Phil got himself a new hat. Unfortunately, in between learning new music this week, he did not learn how to wear it properly. I hate the cocked hat trend! When Ryan was talking to Phil, you couldn't even see his face. Phil seems like a nice guy, but seems to be hanging by a thread. I think that thread might snap this week.

Jordin Sparks
Jordin Sparks
Was Gloria Estefan not available to mentor this year? Jordin busted out yet another Estefan number, and while I couldn't believe that the Latin catalog was so limited, I think Jordin could go all the way. She's cute, she's bouncy, she can sing and wouldn't be too shabby subbing on "The View."

Blake Lewis
Blake Lewis
Blake picked Mr. Jennifer Lopez to perform. I thought it was a little blah, but in an evening of blah performances, apparently, he was the king. Overall, this week was a little weak and it could have been the perfect opportunity for Blake to bust out some of his beatbox magic.

Sanjaya Malakar
Sanjaya Malakar
I love how they save Sanjaya for last now. That, along with Gwen, Tony and now J Lo -- all of it is contributing to Sanjaya thinking he is actually good. He went for the unshowered, unshaven look tonight and also managed to get some of his lyrics out in Spanish. He actually wasn't bad, but tonight's performances definitely lowered the grading curve.

This week was a bit of an insult to Latin music. Someone might want to rethink the theme weeks -- or at least tailor them to the contestants. It's not even that the performances were horrible, but the selections were a bit safe, thus making them lame.

Of all of the lame performances, Phil was probably one of the lamest and seems to have been living on borrowed time as is. See you at the chopping block. -- Rachel Cericola


Posted by Rachel Cericola on April 10, 2007 9:19 PM
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I don't know if it's Phil's week to go. I think that crescendo at the end plus a little bit of sympathy will pull him through. Plus, according to DialIdol, he's in the safe zone.

I think poor Haley (who I respect for taking these last couple of weeks with class and stride, despite the trashy fashion ensembles) has been teetering on edge for too long. She was second-to-last twice in a row, and this time, I doubt it's any different.

Of course, I'm worried about Chris (who was one of the better ones of the night), LaKisha, and Jordin. Chris might be okay, in my opinion, but I still fret because all in all, the night was average. It's better to give a stinky performance to rally your fans rather than a mediocre one. Melinda and Blake should be safe, I HOPE, especially because their fan bases are passionate enough.

Sadly, I don't think a better-than-usual performance from Sanjaya will be the kind of subtle achievement that gets him the boot as it should. Maybe next week....

-- 1. Posted by: James at April 11, 2007 12:51 PM

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