There is a price to pay for reading my re-caps: Time that you have squandered and can never redeem, that is the price. But at least you're only paying once this week. *By the way, always, ALWAYS expect spoilers when you read re-caps.*
The theme Tuesday night was “Choose a song from the year of your birth,” or as I came to think of it, “Choose a song that will make viewers over 40 feel completely decrepit.”
Ramiele: No subtlety, trying to compensate for illness. Felt bad for her, but it wasn't AI worthy.
Jason: Just OK, but I have faith that this slump was temporary, like the pesky monthly zit that's threatening to ruin the prom but doesn't after all.
Syesha: She never has blown me away like she has some people. She's pretty, so if she gets voted off, she could model. (I know; that's probably not her dream. But don't you just feel sorry for talented AND beautiful people?!)
Chikezie: I didn’t know this song, and I agreed that it was back to the cruise ship revue for Chikezie this week. He is at his best when he pounds out a powerful song which unleashes his inner Chikezie. And that is a phrase I never thought I'd say: "unleash the inner Chikezie."
Brooke: “Blip.” Oops. Do-overs! My heart sunk when she re-started because the judges are notoriously unkind about any mistake of that nature. However, you could have knocked me over with a feather when they praised her for being so professional, as if she started over for perfection’s sake. Anyway, I liked her rendition of “Every Breath You Take,” although it pained me to realize during this performance that I was in college when this song was popular and that full-grown Brooke was just beginning to sleep through the nights when this song was popular. Ugh.
Michael: Great job, but I wondered if people didn’t just also love the song itself and therefore went wild when he finished. Again, when I was cheerleader in high school, we used this song as a chant. (I’m sure Queen would have thought that was way cool.)
Carly: “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” I always have the strange feeling that while Carly is really good, she’s oblivious to the audience. There’s a disconnect. Therefore, I would re-title this performance, “Total Eclipse of the Audience.” And I loved her baby pictures the best and the story of how her mother chose her name. So sweet. But I looked at those pics and then cringed when I thought of all those permanent tattoos all over her arms. Do not be offended if you sport one; that is your decision. I’m just saying sometimes when she comes out on stage, for me, there’s a total eclipse of Carly by her tattoos: “Man, is that ever going to look bad when she’s my age.”
David A.: Did you recognize his song? I did not. And Simon’s remark about it being like a Disney parade performance cracked me up. As soon as he said that, I got the exact picture. As much as I love little David, I think Simon was on the mark here. In fact, because of his age, I could see David being the King of Disney productions for a while—musicals, special appearances, concerts, etc. Anyway, it was a great performance, proving once again that David A is no Sanjaya. But then again, there will never be another Sanjaya. (Sniff.)
Kristy Lee: For me, it was the same old Kristy; I was not blown away like the judges were. And I thought for sure Simon would roast her because of song choice. Remember when Mandisa sang “Shackles,” and he derided her because he found it “indulgent?” I believe he meant she was playing the "religion card” (just guessing here). So I thought he would also say that Kristy Lee was pandering to patriotism with “God Bless the USA.” Nope. Everyone loved it. ‘Cept me.
David Cook: The baby picture explains the current hairdo-hairdon’t. This performance should be in the official AI Guide to Viewers listed under, “What they mean when they say, ‘interesting song choice.’” Did you enjoy this? Sometimes I did; sometimes I didn’t, but I’ll say one thing, it wasn’t boring. It kept my attention on him throughout the entire song. Some people’s performances free my mind to wander—not a good sign. And my girlfriends all said they loved this interpretation. I wonder what Michael Jackson thought of it?
I'm predicting Ramiele will go.
Amurica, I can't believe you kept Kristy Lee and Ramiele and dismissed The Big Ezie. Looks like I'm going to have to do my patriotic duty next week and actually vote. But not because of Kristy Lee's song.