American Idol Season 7: My Picks for the Top Ten Boys
The ten boys left really upped the ante tonight, with almost all of them giving stellar performances that shook up my own rankings compared to last week. It was seventies week, so the music selection was a lot more energetic and fun, allowing many contestants to demonstrate their singing abilities, provided they pick the correct song. Michael Johns started things off with Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way,” which was a poor song choice and even poorer performance, with some awkward microphone movements. I think he’s safe, however, since the judges still recognize that he has talent. Jason Castro was next, strumming the guitar to Andy Gibb’s “I Just Want to Be.” I think the guitar is a big bonus for Jason, since he can obviously play it, but like the judges said, he almost hides behind it. Paula challenged him to sing without a guitar next week – I’m interested to see if he’ll rise to the challenge.
When each contestant was introduced, they all answered the typical “Tell us something people may not know about you.” Luke Menard revealed that he’s been touring with an a-capella group for the past 6 years. The clip of him sing was not very flattering – hitting high notes and then cutting away is never a good thing. Plus, his performance left a lot to be desired, as his selection of “Killer Queen” was almost whiny, according to Simon. Robbie Carrico, on the other hand, revealed that he’s into drag racing, which fit well with his rocker persona. He belted Foreigner’s “Hot Blooded,” which I think improved him in the standings.
The next two contestants are the two males divas of the competition. Danny Noriega is a no-brainer in this category – with his head shaking attitude, argyle sweater vest, and emo-hair. I enjoyed his version of “Superstar” by Luther Vandross; much better than his Elvis rendition last week. As for David Hernandez, I had him really low last week because of his poor performance, but thankfully he pulled it out this week with The Temptations “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” He must of taken a hint from the ladies when he started his performance on the staircase and showed a lot of confidence that he lacked last week. And why is he a diva? He said he used to do gymnastics when he was younger. And now he can do a “killer cartwheel.” Sigh
Next, the worse performance of the night – Jason Yeager, sorry, but I think you’re gone. Singing the Doobie Brothers’ “Long Train Runnin’” was not a good idea and dancing like Ricky Martin was even worse. The ending too, was really awkward – doing some sort of air-drum bow after holding a note for a long time. Nooooo way, especially when sandwiched between two good performances….which leads us to….
Chikezie! He rocked some double polos and Donny Hathaway’s “I Believe,” which had the appropriate line “You better remember my name” which was pointed directly at Simon. He’s definitely safe for this week.
The David’s were the last to perform. First was David Cook, who brought out the electric guitar and turned on the lefty switch to belt “All Right Now.” I thought it was an excellent performance, but Simon says he doesn’t have charisma. I don’t know where he got that from the performance. Blah, maybe Simon’s told to deliberately cause drama.
And of course, last but not least, little David Archuleta. It was a big challenge for him to sing John Lennon’s “Imagine,” but he pulled it off and made Randy scream “Hot hot hot fire!” and bring Paula to tears. As Simon says, he’s the one to beat.
So with all of that analysis, here’s my list of the top ten boys:
10) Jason Yeager
9) Luke Menard
8) Michael Johns
7) Jason Castro
6) David Hernandez
5) Robbie Carrico
4) Danny Noriega
3) David Cook
1) David Archuleta