Fun is overrated on AI 9. Each time a contestant was asked how he or she performed, the answer invariably was “Oh, I had fun.” If it’s fun you’re after, you should go to the amusement park. Come on guys, you’re there to be crowned the American Idol and fun should be the last thing on your mind. For the next season, the word FUN should be banned from the vocabulary. Even if you really had fun, don’t ever say it on air, not when a million others are saying it too.
On the whole, this season has been quite dull. The front runner is Crystal Bowersox, she with the dreadlocks and her guitar. She may be a good singer, but she lacks star power. Siobhan Magnus is one different gal. She dresses differently, sings quirky songs and likes to hit the high notes. However, the scream at the end of each song is getting quite stale. As Simon said, perhaps she should shake-up the order a bit, scream at the beginning and end on a mellow note. The guy I was rooting for – Andrew Garcia – was brilliant with Paula’s Straight Up but unfortunately, nothing he sang later could hold a candle to it.
Ellen is getting better at judging. In the beginning she was trying too hard to be technical like the other judges and it didn’t go down well with the audience. I remember coming across this comment on the internet, “Ellen, you’re paid to be funny, so be funny.” That really hit the nail on the head. Now that she’s doing what she’s good at – i.e. making witty remarks, I really enjoy listening to her comments which come as a breath of fresh air compared to Randy’s “Yo dawg, listen. That was hot!” or “It was kinda pitchy and running all over the place,” or Kara’s preoccupation with the singers being able to identify with what they sing la-di-da, which as Simon pointed out is Rubbish. But she was spot on in saying that Paige Miles’ rendition of Against All Odds is the worst singing of the season. She murdered that great, big song. Phil Collins, please arrest her.
Oh dear, what a dismal season, but I’m still a fan. Don’t know if I’ll still be watching it with Simon gone next season.