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Ben talks so much in his intro about Top 10 this and Top 10 that, that I'm convinced they're faking us out and scaring us into thinking six people are going home this week, and then it's totally only going to be four and there will be a Top 12 and everyone will be happy. Because there are not three people performing tomorrow night that I want gone.
Tonight, however, is an entirely different story, as you will quickly see. This is the most lopsided lineup they've had this year.
Martin's up first singing "Fix You" by Coldplay, weakly, as he does most things. If he could maybe find his key, it would help. I would like for him to stop ruining songs I like by messing with the melodies to ill effect, and also to stop talking back to the judges. That seldom does one any favours.
Theo does "Bubbly" by Colbie Caillat. Hey! That's a girl song! He plays guitar, and we're informed he only started learning guitar four days ago. To be fair, he's a trained musician and the song has about four chords, so I imagine it wasn't a great feat for him to attempt. He's kind of cute singing it, despite his scarecrow hair, but it's... boring, even if he does seem to have a lot of fun doing it and has a great vocal.
Ben is doing a lot of talking, and very little of it is interesting or funny. I guess this is what happens when you only have eight singers to fill up the night.
Amberly sings Jason Mraz's "You and I Both" sans her guitar, and she's a little awkward without it. It's nice enough, but again with the boring. It's sort of like she's phoning it in.
Adam sucks his way through "If I Were a Carpenter," apparently the Robert Plant/Sheryl Crow version. No, it's not that I'm especially grouchy tonight; it's that the show is this bad tonight. I mean, he just stares blankly into the camera (and it's not even the right one most of the time), blinking a lot, looking like he needs to go to the bathroom real, real bad. Then he loses the key by the second verse and doesn't get it back. In fact, he loses it further.
Marie-Pierre oh-so-imaginatively opts for Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart." Sigh. She sings it fine, but seriously, who cares? Congratulations on not being bad at karaoke, Marie-Pierre.
Omar is singing "If Tomorrow Never Comes." By Garth Brooks. Yes, I know it's bizarre. You know what else it is? BORING. Also it's on the shrill side. I've been over Omar since he first appeared on my television screen and I've not once warmed up to him. Which is how you know he's going to at least Top 5.
Kill me now.
Mark does "Against All Odds." I THOUGHT I ASKED YOU TO KILL ME. You missed your chance, because I have officially died of boredom. Worst of all, it's not even pretty-sounding boredom. It's just bad and boring and out of tune and awful. I thought Mark said he liked to light up the stage or some such. Why doesn't he do that then? Jake likens him to Nathan Lane, I think.
OH THANK GOD IT'S MOOKIE. He's singing the Mark Ronson/Amy Winehouse version of "Valerie," only without Amy Winehouse. Bless. He's not playing guitar or anything, just sliding around on stage and selling it front to back, being as cool and awesome as he always is. I am so grateful to Mookie for existing right now, as are the judges.
Tomorrow: EVERYONE GOOD.
It WAS pretty awful. Do you think that if the votes are lopsided enough from Monday to Tuesday, they'll figure out that everyone from Monday sucks and just send six of them home? 'Cause that would be nice.
I would be so down with that.
I think Omar's a phenomenal singer, and despite Amberly's bland performance tonight definitely deserves to be top 10 / top 5 / my wife. Obviously Mookie is incredible, and should probably win the whole thing, and Theo has been consistently good throughout and certainly doesn't deserve to be sent home.
I think Martin will do much better outside of Canadian Idol, because he is indeed boring within these confines, but I really enjoy his YouTube vids playing coffee shops and small clubs. Mark really shouldn't have made it THIS far, but he's VFTW's pick, so who knows how long he might last!
Even without seeing tomorrow's performances, here are my choices for Top 10 -- and since I'm totally not the target demo for this show, nor do I like the same things out of it that most other viewers do, I'll probably not get my wishes: Mookie, Amberly, Theo, Omar, Sebastian, Oliver, Mitch, Drew, Martin, and Katelyn Dawn. I actually prefer Earl to Martin, but the numbers have to be even (most likely).
That's funny, because I honestly think Omar can't carry a tune in a bucket, and his tone is just... oof. Screechy or whiny or something -- I can't put my finger on it, but his singing really, really bugs me.