Tonight is the top 12 plus one boys. I have pretty much ignored Idol this year, so most of them are complete strangers to me. This, I feel, is a good thing.
Also, I’m pretty much ignoring the “judges” as they are not judging.
The new set is very sparkly and active and X-Factorish. The girls (not singing tonight) are very blonde.
The first singer is Reed Grimm, who sings Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger.” Which he does not. It sounds overly jazzy to me. Next is Adam Brock. Who is a trained chef and who wants to sing. Okaaaay. He’s singing Aretha Franklin’s “Think” and he’s…okay.
Deandre Brackensnick. He auditioned last year. He’s singing Earth Wind and Fire’s “Reason” and he so, so, SO flat. And the judges still love him.
Colton Dixon, another returnee, has dyed his hair like James Durbin. He’s singing Paramore’s “Decode.” He says he’s going to get out from behind his piano, so he starts out playing on the piano (huh) and then climbs on it. Steven thinks that makes him a relevant singer.
Jeremy Rosado sings Sara Bareilles’ Gravity, and does it nicely, if unexceptionally. On the other hand, Aaron Marcellus does a lovely job singing Jackson 5’s “Never Can Say Goodbye.” Chase Lightens sings “Storm Warning” by Hunter Hayes and it’s country.
Creighton Fraker pings hard, but that’s irrelevant. He’s also funny and charming and I like the way he sings Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.”
And here’s the winner, Phillip Phillips, who does a really good job with Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” in a very different arrangement. And Randy gave actual constructive criticism. I am in shock.
Eben Frankenwicz, who is 15, sings Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” and does it badly and innappropriately. Heejun Han has a totally charming mother and is charming himself. He does a creditable job with Robbie Williams’ “Angel.”
Joshua Ledet “You Pulled Me Through” by Jennifer Hudson. Young man can SING.
Then they bring back Jermaine Jones as number 13. He’s very, very tall and has a rich, deep voice, which he uses to sing “Dance with My Father” by Luther Vandross. I love that.
All but six of these young men will be gone by the end of the week. That’s harsh.