American Idol Final 9

This week on American Idol the theme was classic show tunes/musicals. While I am a big fan of musical theater the show was actually disappointing for me. Every single performer left me with the thought: "surely you could have picked something better than that."

Nikko got voted off, though he was far from the worst performer on Tuesday night. It was probably because the song he picked was a duet and hearing the recorded second soloist come in on top of his voice was a little eerie. Duets are fine until the second vocalist is invisible.

Carrie had one of the strongest performances of the night but sang a song from one of my least favorite musicals - The King and I. The song was called "Hello Young Lovers." Carrie's rendition sounded significantly better than the rendition we are subjected to in the movie version of the musical which is why it didn't put us to sleep.

Vonzell picked a song from one of the few Barbara Streisand movies that is actually worth seeing, Funny Girl. "People who Need People," was the song and happens to be one of the most annoying songs in the whole movie, but it did sound nice with Vonzell singing it.

Constantine sang "My Funny Valentine" from Babes in Arms, which I have neither heard nor seen. It was a nice performance and one of the few of the night that wasn't focused on being melodramatic or awe-inspiring. It was certainly a nice variation from all the climatic "why haven't you climbed the mountain yet" songs.

Speaking of which Anthony Federov sang "Climb every Mountain," and actually admitted the following night that Simon was correct in calling it hideous. It was. Anthony messed up another song that I once believed would be challenging to badly mess up if you knew how to sing.

Anwar sang a boring, and uninspiring song from Camelot called "If ever I should leave you." I guess it was a significant improvement over last week's nightmare.

Scott Savol sang "To dream the impossible dream," and ended up in the bottom 2. Proof that much of America dislikes cheesy songs as much as I do (or at least I'd like to think so :mrgreen: ).

Bo sang a song from Pippin which was pretty good. I had never heard the song before so it was good as far as I could tell, though certainly not one of his best performances.

Nadia sang the worst song from my absolute least favorite musical of all time, Oliver. The song is called "If he needs me," and is basically an affirmation of that particular character's attachment to co-dependent relationships. Nadia said the song was about being there for somebody and loving them no matter what, but actually the song was about that particular character's major flaw - a flaw that ultimately gets her killed. That flaw was the fact that the character was willing to love and support someone who was entirely evil simply because he needed her (and she liked to be needed). So if I hadn't seen the musical and known what the song was actually about, I might could have gotten something from Nadia's performance. That's the ultimate problem with having show tunes as a theme, there is more meaning in the songs than the words themselves express. There are all the connotations that the context of the play from which they came imbues into the words.

Thus Nadia passionately and dramatically singing a song about the love of evil because it cannot exist without you was really kind of disturbing. As for Nikko, he wouldn't have survived country week anyway, but I really would have liked to see Anthony go this week instead.

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I was surprised to see Nikko

I was surprised to see Nikko get booted. I'm not a big fan---he sounds just like every other worthless sack of shit Brian McKnight clone out there. I've met far too many black guys in my everyday life who can sing about as well as this, it's nothing special. However, he was far, far more enjoyable to listen to, simply based on singing ability, than that nerd Federov and Fatty McRedneck. When I saw the bottom 2 last night, I was excited, because I thought, hey, finally, Fatty McRedneck is finally goin' down, where he belongs. But no, now we have, at the least, two more weeks of at least one of these jagoffs screwing up already bad songs.

Let me save you bitches some time: just drop Anwar, Fatty, and Federov right now. :behead:

Though I was a bit surprised

Though I was a bit surprised Nikko was eliminated this week, I thought he was definitely lower-tier material. He would usually start off pretty badly, then "recover" as the song went on.

At this very point, if I had to predict the rest of the weeks and who would be eliminated in each week, I would say...

8. Scott
7. Anthony
6. Anwar
5. Vonzell
4. Bo
3. Nadia
2. Constantine
Winner: Carrie

If Scott picks somewhat more uptempo tracks, he might live a couple more weeks. If it's another slow one, he's gone next Wednesday.

#8 through #6 are all close, and can be mixed around. Then there's a reasonably large gap between #6 (Anwar) and #5 (Vonzell). Then #5 through #2 are tight and can be mixed around. But at this point, I believe it's Carrie's competition to lose.

There are about 3 or 4 others who have better voices than Constantine, but he's got the stage presence and female fan nation going for him.

I TOTALLY DISAGREED WITH ALL

I TOTALLY DISAGREED WITH ALL OF THE OPINIONS POSTED ON THIS PITIFUL EXCUSE FOR A WEBSITE. EVERY CONTESTANT WHO WAS WORTH MY TIME OF DAY HAS BEEN ELIMINATED, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF VONZELL AND BO. NIKKO, NADIA, AND ANWAR ARE BY FAR SOME OF THE MOST STRONGEST VOCALISTS THAT IDOL HAS SEEN THIS SEASON. CONSTANTINE BECOMES MORE BORING BY THE WEEK, AND ANTHONY SHOULD HAVE LEFT A VERY LONG TIME AGO. FRANKLY, I DONT GIVE A FLYING FUCK WHO WINS BECAUSE THIS IS THE WORST SEASON OF IDOL THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN. AND SUCK OFF TO EVERYONE WHO DISAGREES WITH THAT-- ITS THE TRUTH!

ANTHONY FEDEROV WILL ALWAYS

ANTHONY FEDEROV WILL ALWAYS BE MY AMERICAN IDOL...: