05-02-2012 08:52 PM
This will be the 60’s and then some Brit Pop!
Steven VanZant is our guest mentor this week – he rocks.
Also - side note...sorry to not follow up with everyone last week....I lost my pupper Cheyenne after over 14 years together last Thurs night....and with Dakota and her being partners - and him having Cancer....it has been a difficult week. Positive thougths everyone - THANKS! :0)
Hollie – River Deep Mountain High
She really needs to be careful of the low notes, relax her tummy and keep her larynx in neutral. Both will help her pitch across both highs and lows. She also lost the key in the middle of the song…..not enough on the end belt, either….not her best.
M: B+ S: 8
Phillip – The Letter
So – this was NOT The Letter..it was some other very kewl song…just not even close to The Letter…the melody was completely destroyed and again – we have his pitch thing – all sorta near the pitch – but just never really embracing the pitch…the band did a good job – but this was not a Phillip vocal stellar thing. If you can’t sing the melody – don’t select the song.
M: B+ S: 8.5
Skylar – Fortunate Son
Dang, diction girl, diction. I know this song and I can’t understand half the words she is singing – and it is nothing to do with her accent she is just really all over the place with the words and phrasing them in the melody. Some pitch sliding in places – good stage presence.
M: A- S: 8
Joshua and Phillip duet on You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
Could they look more uncomfortable? Poor guys….decent job most of the vocals – lost some harmonies and pitch – but never really loved singing this – Phillip cracked me up – ha!
Jessica – Proud Mary
This felt a bit karaoke for me…..pitch was off in some spots, and her timing on the big belts at ends of phrases was delayed – a bit too much grit – good stage presence.
M: A- S: 9
Joshua – Aint’ Too Proud To Beg
Overall pretty good….just felt a lot of ONE NOTE kind of thing..same texture, same dynamic, all vocally the same…..eh, ok….boring after a while.
M: B S: 8.9
Hollie- Bleeding Love
Some of her phrases are being cut off too short – extend and breathe through the phrase – you can get the breath before the next phrase – you have time. I don’t want to hear any cheated notes, either…she has the range – but she didn’t go up with the melody where it needs to go in parts…her head voice was lovely and great pitch there. I think she chickened out – but….in all honesty – she did a very nice job and had good control overall – I enjoyed it.
M: A- S: 9.5
Phillip – It’s The Time Of The Season (for Loving)
A lot of pitch issues – a lot of them…head voice was not his strong point –and there were too many instrumental breaks and interludes…this was not really fun at all to listen to or to watch.
M: C+ S: 7.75
The LADIES come out with “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me…Higher and Higher” – and their voices do not even come close to blending together – they are new to this song…and it just kinda hurts – so….I am fast forwarding this…sorry……I am sure they are great but….oy.
Skylar – You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
Stunning start to this song – her diction was clear, her pitch was fantastic – and I really believed her – she lost a little pitch in the middle – but just killed the ending. Nice.
M: A S: 9.5
Jessica – You Are So Beautiful
She has an amazing voice – there were just a few pitch problems – but….c’mon – who can sing all curled up on their side like that…American Idol this season needs to quit all the “stage” theatrics – let people sing….we don’t need the fake backup singers and horns on stage – or people curled up in front of candles….let the girl SING! Stunning ending – chills in spots!
M: A S: 9.75
Joshua – To Love Somebody
He showed more of his range with this and I believe he felt it – a few pitch issues, but he really moved through this song better. Nice!
M: A- S: 9.8
Good job everyone – GOOD LUCK!
05-02-2012 09:23 PM
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.....
agree with most of your scores..as a jessica fan i like your score on" proud mary" better than mine..i felt wrong song choice.
other than that pretty much agree
thanks again for this/
05-02-2012 10:17 PM
Thank you! As a "furparent"....one who has no kids, just alot with "fur"....it is hard on me....Cheyenne was with me since before I owned a house...before alot of things....and...she was just the sweetest girl ever...Dakota, my baby furboy...has never been without her...and...when they diagnosed him with cancer....they said he had 3 weeks to live...so...we are on week 9 now...and I just never expected Chey to go.....I know...she was 14...but she was so strong. Dakota was there for me - like Chey...last year..when I was diagnosed with cancer...so - all I can do is be there for him :0)
On Jessica...she is...literally - a voice of a generation - I would like to compare her to what Whitney was to the kids when I was growing up - a voice to grow with...she is so young - but her voice speaks ages more....so - whomever is coaching her - help her remember to stay young while she can - enjoy life - find love..and live it in her voice - she can influence EVERYONE! She is truly one of the most gifted singers I have heard in a LONG LONG time......she can change the pages of history - if given the chance....I hope she has this opportunity to make the change in favor of a REAL voice...not that of the over "dubbed" stuff we hear....
Kelly Clarkson is amazing.....Carrie Underwood is stunning.....I hope Jessica gets to add her name to the list..... :0)
05-03-2012 07:47 AM - edited 05-03-2012 07:58 AM
05-03-2012 09:42 AM
I almost think Phillip wanted to throw the competition with "Season..." I was honestly upset listening to him do that song. When I saw the set list, I was so hoping he would be the one doing "You are so beautiful." (P2 has an element of Lee DeWyze to me... anyone else get that? and I <3 Lee)
That is really the only thing I have to say about last night... I wasn't blown away by anyone, but I was entertained by the boys duet. Funny...
05-03-2012 12:08 PM
05-03-2012 12:09 PM
Thankyou ALL again for your kind words and thoughts. Each day is a little better, but never the same.....
I have been hearing rumors that Jessica is in trouble - wow...hope not! And, yes, I felt like Phillip was tossing in the towel like "I am in pain, can I go now?"
M: is my score for marketability - I consider this as their package, as well as what they did with the individual song....sometimes the song may be ick...but they are still marketable - sometimes they song is great, but not so marketable, etc....I think of it as the "curve" on which I would sign them
S: Score - 1 to 10 - and I use the decimals - hahaha!
I also had a week where I included "Buy it" and "See It" - just because - for instance - I would SEE Joshua - but you can't RECORD what he does the same way - it would be boring.....same thing for Phillip - sure...I migth go see him - but I am not buying the CD. Which was one of the reasons I thought Colton went home too soon - he had both SEE IT and BUY IT value....but - hopefully he will still have both! :0)
Also - Idol should consider going forward with the wardrobing - it is TOO Pageanty - and older looking - on the girls.....period. I like pageants (not the bad ones - lol) - but c'mon - those clothes are often from the overdone 70's and 80's pageants....whoa! Back off on the bedazzling!
HUGS TO ALL! PEACE!
05-03-2012 03:25 PM
Love your recaps, agree most of the time. I know this is American Idol, but I'm curious what you thought of Melanie Amaro? I feel that Jessica, Joshua along with Melanie are three of the best new voices out there with almost unlimited upside. I'm just a fan don't know any of them, just wanted a professional opinion off the three. thks!