Did Fantasia drive the nail into the coffin of Jordan Sasser’s dreams of stardom? That performance in this week’s American Idol was not a duet, it was a duel. She pounded that poor boy with everything she had, which with that voice was like using a sledgehammer to kill an ant. She mopped up the floor with him. What happened to the kind and generous beginning behind the scenes? The camaraderie?
To begin with, this was a match made in hell not heaven. Jordan Sasser has a good voice. A special voice. You could hear it when he was allowed a few moments to showcase his talent alone. But it was never meant to vie with a powerhouse like Fantasia. The real duet between her and LaPorsha was awesome and finally brought out in LaPorsha what I had failed to hear before. Real emotion, not just power and runs. It gave me chills and I was yelling and clapping. And I thought both ladies were beautiful.
What was Fantasia’s motive in killing this kid? Was it BECAUSE they were both from the same state and she wanted to let her fans know there would be NO competition for her singing supremacy? Off with his head, she is queen. Or was it because he upstaged her at the beginning and she felt challenged? Did he mean to do it? I don’t know. We don’t have enough information to judge intent from either him or her.
At one point she let run after run go on and on like a tsunami washing over the young man, and he smilingly conceded her unprecedented gift by just saying, “Okay”.
Then the judges. There was high praise for Fantasia, and all of them, especially Harry, putting down the boy for trying to keep up with her. (???). You could barely hear him when they sang together, even when he was giving it all he had.
The judges also said that he wasn’t consistent. How could he be when he could never really find his place. He was in a bloody duel fighting for his life.
No wonder American Idol started down the path of no return after Simon Cowell left. Harry was a hopeful that struck out, memeing the same old tired words and phrases that go on year after Idol year. There is no one left to tell the truth that’s staring them in the face. Truth, my friends, takes courage on television, and that’s why Simon was revered and why his opinion meant more than any of the others.
JUDGES! This “duel” not duet, should have been brought out in your comments. Ask if he upstaged on purpose. Ask Fantasia if she clobbered him on purpose. Have the guts to speak up for God’s sake. When you don’t, your respect quotient goes in the toilet. Be original sometime. Go out with some grit in your grout. Speak the TRUTH, not the same old time-worn words that no longer have any power.
And I hated to see Jordan Sasser go.