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American Idol: The Top 12 Guys

jcastro.jpgSeveral thoughts came to mind while watching the Top 12 Guys perform songs from the ‘60s tonight. First, why must anyone attempt to sing Elvis songs? Second, despite a few bad karaoke moments, these guys were pretty good. Lastly, I was thanking the heavens that there was no Sanjaya 2008. Unless one of these guys struts on stage with a pony-hawk next week, I think we're good to go.

Having said that, I ranked the new crop of crooners into three categories, from great to on-the-fence:

The Sure Bets:

-David Archuleta, 17 (sang 6th): After listening to this teen belt out Smokey Robinson's "Shop Around" I'm convinced he's the one to beat. If he can overcome his extreme shyness, he'll have the whole package. All three judges loved him, with Simon saying "when you got it, you got it." Plus, he's totally got the tween vote on lock.

-Jason Castro, 20 (sang 11th): At first I expected "the guy with the dreadlocks" to start singing a bad Bob Marley cover, but he proved he could sing and play the guitar during his rendition of "Daydream." He reminded me a little of Jack Johnson and was one of the most original performers of the night. Strangely, both Paula and Simon loved him.

-Michael Johns, 29 (sang 12th): I knew I liked this Australian-born singer when he sang an awesome version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" during Hollywood Week. He proved his star power again tonight by channeling the Doors. Once again, Simon said "you've got it."

Pretty Darn Good:

-David Hernandez, 24 (sang 1st): I thought this guy was awesome during Hollywood, but a little boring this time around. Don't get me wrong, he can totally sing and he hit some high notes in "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," but he looked like a deer in the headlights. Hopefully he'll get the votes he needs to stick around.

-David Cook, 25 (sang 3rd): What is "American Idol" without a requisite rocker? A snoozefest, that's what! Cook, who at times sports what looks like a deflated Flock of Seagulls hairdo, rocked the house with his own customized version of The Turtles' "So Happy Together." His voice is cool, he's got an interesting look and the judges liked that he's an original.

-Robbie Carrico, 26 (sang 5th): Would you look at that, we have another rocker in the bunch. Robbie, to me, was like an American Idol science experiment. It's like the producers borrowed that machine from "The Fly" and combined Bo Bice's bandana, Bucky Covington's hair, Chris Daughtry's rock voice and, according to Ryan Seacrest, Justin Timberlake's face (not so sure about that last one). Another strange fact about Robbie: he used to be in a boy/girl band that opened for Britney Spears. Otherwise, he sang a decent version of "One (Is the Loneliest Number)" and should stick around this week. Maybe the producers will let him sing Fuel's "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" again like he did in Hollywood. Now that was cool.

-Colton Berry, 18 (sang 9th): Honey I Shrunk the Blake Lewis! Actually he sounds nothing like Blake and doesn't beatbox, but does have a passing resemblance with that crazy hair of his. Out of the two Elvis songs sung tonight, Berry's was pretty good. I agree with Simon that it was a bit too karaoke. It was funny to learn, though, that this kid hums the Teletubbies theme song to himself when he's nervous!

On the Fence (a.k.a. "It was a little pitchy"):

-Jason Yeager, 28 (sang 4th): I hate to put this guy in this category. It's not that I don't like him, I'm just guessing that the mostly young audience who watches this show will completely forget his performance of "Moon River." This is not the kind of music they listen to, so they may skip him completely. Bummer of a song choice buddy. Having said that, I think he'll be a contender if he can make it through the cuts this week.

-Luke Menard, 29 (sang 8th): My girlfriend put it best when she said: "Hey look, it's Orlando Bloom!" Let's hope there's a lot of "Lord of the Rings"/"Pirates" fans in the viewing audience, or this off-tune, sorta pitchy singer is a goner.

-Garrett Haley, 17 (sang 10th): This kid may get some of the "aw shucks, he's so cute" vote, with people comparing him to former teen idol Leif Garrett (it's weird they'd have the same name). Unfortunately all three judges thought he was too boring, and so did I.

-Danny Noriega, 18 (sang 7th): Let's start with the good: he seems like a fun guy and he's a good performer. Let's end with the bad: He sang the worst Elvis cover ever!! I beg you, if you're gonna sing Elvis, don't do the lip curl or the hip thing! Please!! Simon summed it up by saying: "It was grotesque, hideous and awful." Maybe some of his charm will spare him this time.

-Chikezie Eze, 22 (sang 2nd): Despite having a cool name, he messed up his whole performance. It was out-of-tune, old-fashioned and completely unoriginal. Paula loved the throwback vibe, but Simon said most of it was "hideous." I'm betting he'll be one of the first to go.

Who's your favorite so far? Who's going to be the first to go? Post below and remember to check out the ladies tomorrow night! –Chris Sardelli

Posted by Chris on February 20, 2008 1:01 AM
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He actually bears no resemblance to Blake.

He's a Macaulay/Ellen hybrid, with a dash of emo and a pinch of albino.

-- 1. Posted by: James at February 20, 2008 8:54 AM

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