Warning my fellow Idol Worshippers. This recapper is quite the cynical being as of this publication. And with Idol hopefuls left with one final shot (that’s a lie, Ryan), cynicism could be trouble. In fact, in the spirit of last night’s Idol, I’m going to model this recap in the same fashion. First off, though, let’s take a quick look at the jaw-dropping (/sarcasm) twist we were presented with tonight. Traditionally, after in the infamous splitting into rooms for the “final” decision, we’re given the top tier to start voting for before hitting the big stage. This season, they’re hitting the big stage without our votes and it won’t be live. In a “never-before-seen” stage of the Idol competition, the contestants will be heading to Vegas to perform songs from the Beatles songbook, likely as a cross promotion with the new themed Vegas show. That and of course we’re “doing away” with theme nights, so we’re going to need to use this one as an excuse. Wouldn’t be Idol without someone obliterating a classic Beatles anthem. Once that round is over, we’re apparently going to meet our Top 24 this season!
Now, back to last night. We were gifted with another presentation of Idol fast forward. Names zipping across the screen, notes flying to your ear. Because of the mashing of auditions one after another, the notes started to get all inter-tangled making nearly every audition seem like a William Hung special. Ok, maybe it wasn’t that bad, but the episode just seemed like it was in over drive, trying to overcompensate for the little things in life. Know what I’m saying? Cuz I don’t.
As I said, because I’m cynical and in the spirit of tonight’s episode, here’s what I can come up with. Haley Reinhart. Thia Megia. Flashback to last night. Clint Jun Gamboa. Chris Medina. Carson Higgins. Julie Zorrilla. Colton Dixon. Babble, babble. Someone crying. Brett Loewenstern. Robbie Rosen. Chelsee Oaks. More tears. Jacob Lusk. John Wayne Schultz. Couple bad auditions. Ashley Sullivan. I forgot the lyrics. Jaycee Badeaux. Scotty McCreary. Yup, that’s about how fast we were blown through these auditions. And what do you know? People we’ve already seen during these auditions, even though we’re bound to get some new faces pop up in the voting stage of the comp.
Speaking of new faces, we were introduced to a couple tonight and let me tell you, they were welcomed introductions! Ashton Jones decided to sing the token “belt-it-out-loud-anthem-of-late” Dreamgirls hit made famous by J Hud. In true Idol fashion, before you could formulate an opinion, whisk the camera away to another newbie. All a ploy to confuse you. Enter Kendra Chantelle. And ya, unfortunately that’s about all we can discuss with her because her little snippet was short lived on the small screen. Idol really tried to shove all the “final shots” into one short hour brought to you by everyone’s favorite soft drink.
Before we call this one quits (because I’m making a statement), I have to say the audition of the night for me – by far – was Casey Abrams. There were quite a few other standouts, I won’t lie (Jacob Lusk) but when Abrams incorporated that bass fiddle in his audition, it’s like that arrangement couldn’t get any better. When he could have relied on his musical instrument crutch, he gave you just enough to think that he’d sacrifice his singing for it, and then take you by surprise, making you want more all the while making you almost forget the instrument even existed! Now, this couldn’t be a complete Idol recap without a mention of Lauren Alaina. If you remember correctly (which you should), Lauren is Nigel Lythgoe’s star power quarterback, the talent that’s supposed to rival that of Kelly Clarkson. Let’s take you back, shall we? This 15 year old got Steven Tyler to sing at her city audition. She, as a 15 year old, was able to seductively dance on stage for Steven Tyler in a chair during Hollywood group round. Tonight, we were reminded of her special connection with the judge’s, especially Steven, as she belted out “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing,” reminiscent of the first time we saw her. Ironically enough, she garnered one of the longest clips of the night too. Imagine that. That said, well deserved. She’s got the chops…and look, I spent more time talking about her than Idol spent on any of tonight’s auditions. Mission accomplished as far as they’re concerned.
So did I make a statement? What’d you think of Idol tonight? Happy with the rushed clips? Do you want Hollywood to end badly? Let us know!