Just like the contestants on American Idol, I have a dream. My dream is to be able to blog about American Idol on Nashville Cream and have it be vaguely relevant. For another week, my dream lives on...
Due to some personal reasons, I've been in and out of town over the last few weeks and in and out of your lives with my American Idol/Melinda Doolittle updates. Well, from now on, I'm in it to win it. Speaking of in it to win it, our girl Melinda can't do no wrong. This week she delivered an expert performance of "I've Got Rhythm" that really brought it home at the end. This week was standard's week—which is often a recipe for bore-core—but the contestants managed to wring a fair amount of excitement out of some classics with the help of old—and not overly enthusiastic—coach Tony Bennett.
Let me pause here for a quick rewind: as many of you know, it's been quite the couple of weeks in the Idol universe. Last Tuesday, the Mohawk landed.
Sanjaya, the small bundle of irrational glee, bum notes and satiny locks this country has come to know and discuss, brought the world to a stand-still with his mohawkular hairstyle (which was actually seven small pony tails). My personal feelings towards Sanjaya have been rocky at best, and our interactions have mostly consisted of me screaming at the television screen things such as, "You Suck," "You are Terrible" or "You are Creepy." But, something strange is happening deep inside my insides—I think I might want him to stick around. I love pop-culture phenomena and I can already see myself watching I Love the 00's 10 years from now and wistfully recalling that magical spring when this naive, delusional Indian teen invaded our lives, and our souls. Plus, he's way less annoying than Haley.
My full run-down of this week's show, after the jump.
Other Highlights: - Chris Richardson was in the house! - Blake Lewis' version of "Mack the Knife" was really great—even if Tony Bennett seemed a little skeptical (I'll venture a guess and say he's not a 311 fan). - Jordin Sparks continues to win me over week after week, though she does have a tendency to make my teeth hurt.
You Can Do Better: - Oh Gina, Gina. You can do better.
Gotta Go: - Haley Scarnato—I saw way too much side boob for prime time last night. - Phil Stacey just gets creepier by the week. I still have no idea who he is or what his musical identity is supposed to be. I guess I'll stick with "The Bald Guy." It probably also hurt his chances that Simon said it seemed like he was singing in a funeral parlor. Ouch!
Sanjaya: - This has already been covered at length. The kid is a trainwreck, and I can't look away. The judges have given up even trying to talk about his singing.
And for you Doolittlites out there:The Qdoba Mexican Grill peeps in Brentwood, Tenn., are showing their support for Brentwood local Melinda Doolittle in her quest for the American Idol title by hosting Idol viewing parties on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. In addition to the viewing parties, Qdoba is offering free chips and salsa with the purchase of an entree along with $1.00 bottled domestic beer and $1.50 bottled import beer from 7pm-9pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Qdoba in Brentwood is located in the Target shopping center off Old Hickory Blvd at I-65. For directions or more information, please call 615.221.2152.I'll be heading out there sometime soon—and returning with a full report!