There's going to be an abbreviated American Idol results show tonight, so I'll make this a somewhat abbreviated post, too. I'm not going to comment on each and every performance from Monday and Tuesday nights, but some deserve mention, for various reasons.
Bo Bice and Anwar Robinson were outstanding, but the rest were fair to middlin', with the obvious exception of Travis Tucker, who was horrid. Even if one is a great performer, trying to channel Bobby Brown - and make him likable in 2005 - is not an easy task; Travis was not up to it.
I'm picking Mr. Tucker and the OK-but-nothing-special Nikko Smith to go this week, although Constantine Maroulis may be in trouble, if his groupies didn't call in. His Police tune was awight, but won't win him any awards.
Nadia Turner was astounding, absolutely mind-blowingly great, doing some old Otis Redding funk. Jumpin' Jehosaphat, she was good! Simon was right, she reminded every bit a young Tina Turner - as Paula would say, she brought it. The only other standout of the night was a fine bluesy number from Jessica Sierra. Neither of the above-mentioned ladies were on my short-list, going into the final 24, but I'm very impressed with both of them.
The Bad? Janay Castine emailed in her performance, in ASCII-only: it was bad, abysmal, wretched. She's got to be put out of our misery. If this had been Showtime At The Apollo, she'd have been boo'd off the stage in tears. The rest were OK, at best, with Mikalah Gordon delivering a suprisingly tepid performance. Still, I say she goes through to the next round.
The ones to leave this week, then, are: Janay Castine, and the pretty and sweet, but utterly forgettable Lindsey Cardinale.
But, as you know, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong.