I have never been a Mariah fan (not crazy about big ballads), so tonight was not that fun for me personally, and in my opinion, there were no stand-outs, no bomb-outs. I know you probably disagree.
I was struck again by just how young David Archuleta is. He looked totally scared and vulnerable tonight on stage, when he wasn't singing, that is. He looks like a young professional while singing, but once the performance stops and he's just standing there trapped in the limelight, you sort of want Ryan to put his arm around little Archie and keep him safe from the 30 million big people watching. If this kid wins, my prayer is, "Lord, please don't let the world chew him up and spit him out. Put him in a bubble." My husband says, "You know, maybe it's better if he doesn't win." (For the consequences of fame reason). Only two middle aged people with kids that age would be thinking along those lines.
I thought David A. did a wonderful job. I don't think he'll actually win the competition as I said he would in the beginning. I think he'll come in second.
Carly looked lovely tonight. I know I'm pretty hard on the entity known as her arm, but not tonight. I like her lower, softer range, so when she got to the chorus or "swelling" part, as the pros say, I thought it was "yelly," short on finesse, full on volume.
Syesha always looks lovely. And she hits big notes. And she has big hair. The same hair every week. But it's not a hair contest, or Jason would be crowned Emperor of American Idol.
Poor Brooke. It was not her best performance, and then there was the whole "Hamburger Debacle of Season 7." What is wrong with these judges? Are they sipping Paula's water? I know this is picky, but I am not the only one who notices this--someone should advise Brooke to stop talking to the judges and sticking out her bottom lip. It was cute the very first time. Only.
Well, Kristy Lee Cook has done gone and given Mariah Carey goosebumps. What other contestant can say that? (Answer: Sanjaya?) Kristy
Oh, I know there are legions of you who love David Cook. Wow. A standing O from Randy, when just a week ago, it looked like David might have allowed the competition to slip through his fingers. Because of reading how many of you love this guy, I think he will win the whole shebang. My personal favorite performance of his was "Billie Jean," and I thought tonight was derivative of that stellar performance. Sorry to all you "Cookies."
Jason completed the night with a sweet, soulful "I Don't Want to Cry." I love this style, but I don't think it's a pop icon style. So I don't think he'll win, but I think he is one of the few who could go on with a big ol' career. I feel the same about Brooke.
Well, guys, what do you think? Who's going; who's staying?
My guess: Brooke or Jason will go. I've stopped considering that Syesha will go. Scientists are still looking for her Kryptonite. Until then-she's invincible.