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The episode of "American Idol" that aired on Tuesday night (April 27) was about par for the course for the ninth season of the show. There wasn't anything truly spectacular, but nobody really broke away from the pack either (which was unfortunate, as the leaderboard was ripe for the picking because of Crystal Bowersox's first real hiccup of the year).
On the bright side, Shania Twain was a great mentor (her well-spoken nature and natural charisma make her a not unreasonable candidate to take a permanent place behind that Coke cup). Unfortunately, she fell short in one area: Convincing the contestants to make good song selections. Even though some of the performances were perfectly fine, the six remaining "Idol" contestants really missed the boat on their Twain tunes. Here is everything they did and everything they should have done.
What He Did: "You're Still the One"
What He »
- Kyle Anderson
Country is coming and Shania Twain is coming back to "American Idol" next week. Fox previously told Zap2it that she was not confirmed, so we're glad they got Shania locked in to mentor, as she was an excellent guest judge.
We do have to say that we wish the catalog was just country music and not specific to Shania. She's great, very talented vocalist. But her songs are in that beautiful-woman-pop-country vein and it really limits the contestants. We fear there could be some bad Kountry Karaoke in store. It will certainly be an interesting week, to say the least.
We definitely think the Idols need to steer clear of the really well-known Shania songs because we've all heard them a zillion times, plus then tend to be Women Power songs ("Any Man of Mine, »
Wednesday night's (February 24) "American Idol" was bad. Really bad. Like, makes-you-question-the-meaning-of-life-bad. The debut of season nine's Top 12 boys (no men here) did the impossible: It out-sucked the girls' tepid outing from Tuesday. By a lot. Let's just get to the carnage.
Song: "Since U Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson
Verdict: The Wizard of Odd
Todrick opened the show on an offbeat note by putting Kelly Clarkson's signature anthem in a blender with fuzzed out synths, jangly African guitars, Morris Day R&B, atonal background singers, gospel vocal inflections and a dollop of a spoken word. It was as close to a Dirty Projectors song as we'll ever get on "American Idol." It may have left the judges scratching their heads (Randy used the word "obliterated"), but Pitchfork would give it an 9.2. Personally, I dug it. He may have been trying too hard, but I thought his vocals »
- Jim Cantiello
3 items from 2010
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