Real Deal Dexter Roberts was eliminated last night. And he took it like a man, leaving his fans with “Lord Knows I’m A Lucky Man” as his final song. Dexter was popular and I was disappointed he had to leave at this point in the show. I hope he will work at having a future in the music industry. He wouldn’t have made American Idol, but his performances have been consistently good even without a breakout performance. I think he should have been able to step down a little higher up.
That said, if there has been a worse season for contestants on American Idol, I can’t recall it. By this stage of the game we should have some definite front runners that pack a powerful performance. We do have two front-runners. One — Caleb Johnson, who is a gifted singer and entertainer, and New Hampshire’s Alex Preston, who sings beautifully in his own way. But he’s a performer, not an entertainer, as Harry Connick, Jr. once said. Jena Irene, who has never been consistent, did one wow performance the other night, and now “she’s the one to beat”. That performance had as much to do with her energy, as her singing. She woke people up. It’s time for these last contestants to wake us up or go home.
However, those contestants who won’t learn about stage presence, pitch, and projection have no chance to make it to the top. It’s like the judges have had to use cattle prods (not the electric kind) to move them along inch by torturous inch. We have heard some fair to good singing, but nothing that moves us to get on our feet and scream, except for Caleb. And, of course, Alex’s unique version of “A-Team”, simply because of his awesome voice control. His voice is truly a work of art.
Going home in the next few weeks will surely be — barring a miraculous break out — C.J., Sam, Jessica, and Jena. I still don’t think Jena is an especial favorite in spite of her great moment. Which leaves Caleb and Alex, in my opinion, as the top two. And well deserved.
On to other things, I give a thumbs-down on Jennifer’s thigh-high boots and wool pullover sweater — and nothing else The sweater barely covered her pelvic region. I also nix her baby-doll dresses that look like those worn by Shirley Temple at age three. Not only would they look ridiculous on a Twiggy-type, but, J-Lo ain’t skinny, hon. I like the fact that she has brought back the voluptuousness of Marilyn Monroe rather than the stick figure as the model of feminine perfection, but the tops without bottoms she’s been sporting look — in a word — awful. I did like the backless yellow sheath she wore the other day that distracted Seacrest so much. It covered, yet revealed.
Again, I think these are the best judges in American Idol history. They are intelligent, informative, and entertaining. Maybe next year, however, they will choose contestants who don’t have to be continuously prodded.
I also enjoy Randy Jackson better as a tutor and I enjoy hearing his opinions. He calls it quite often. Okay. Anything I forgot? Probably. But, I’m outta here. Ciao, y’all.