Ok, so none of my predictions about last night's American Idol were accurate. I’m the glam mistress not a fortune teller.
Anyway, here are my thoughts.
I’ll go out on a limb here and say that Blake Lewis earned the highest number of votes, followed closely by diva-in-training Melinda Doolittle. Blake took “You Give Love a Bad Name” and made it a modern, hip hop track complete with beat boxing. I don’t like people messing with glam standards, but this arrangement was so original, I have to give credit where it’s due. Blake knows his niche, and he bends songs to his formula which is the key to winning America’s largest talent contest. He also dyed his hair black and wore eye liner. I don’t know if this was supposed to be glam or emo, but I’ll go with the first option. Good for him I say.
Melinda Doolittle sang “Have a Nice Day.” She admitted to Jon Bon Jovi that she isn’t a rocker and needed help. He gave her a hug, and this made me very jealous. Melinda has a set of pipes, and she really sang her heart out. Plus, she tried to make the Metal horns, even if her hand was facing the wrong direction. She gets points for trying.
Jordin Sparks tried to sing “Livin’ on a Prayer.” Her rendition wasn’t very good and she knew it. She’s in real danger of going home. On a positive note, she was the most glam of all the contestants, wearing an outfit I’d be very proud to sport, sans cross necklace. Her hair was awesomely huge, a key component to any 80s rock show.
I knew someone would sing “Wanted Dead or Alive,” unfortunately it was Chris Richardson. The kid sings through his nose and he ruined one of my favorite Bon Jovi tunes. He’s also at risk for an exit (two contestants leave this week).
Bald and sort-of beautiful Phil Stacey sang a decent version of “Blaze of Glory.” In his pre-performance set-up piece, Phil admitted to singing the song into a comb in front of his mirror. I guess last night’s performance was the completion of a glam dream for Phil.
Then there was LaKisha. She selected “This Ain’t a Love Song,” a lesser known Bon Jovi track. It was good, but teetered dangerously on the edge of gospel. I don’t care for religious music and sometimes soaring high notes just sound like 10 am and the Sunday church choir.
Tonight, Bon Jovi will perform a song from their upcoming album Lost Highway. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Bon Jovi. The band isn’t one of my favorites; I don’t own all their albums or even t-shirt, but they are special nonetheless. When I was about eight or so, I went to the local pharmacy to buy a new record. I selected the 45 single “Bad Medicine” and paid with my own money. I played that record over and over again. I think my parents still have that 45 somewhere. Every time my friends and I listened to the record, we sang along like we were cool rock stars. In reality, we were just dorky kids.
I’m looking forward to hearing Bon Jovi tonight and I hope Jon and crew stay far away from the country tunes. Tomorrow, a review of their live performance and details on the two booted Idol contestants.