Wednesday, June 2, 2010
American Idol 2010
I have been really behind on blogging lately. Look at me, blogging about the latest American Idol only now!
In the interest of not failing any papers, I opted not to watch the finale. However, I caved in after a whole afternoon of...Biology, I think it was, and flipped the TV on to catch the short clips of their performances towards the end. I also caught Lee and Crystal's respective last songs.
Lee, I felt, was mediocre in all three of his songs. His rendition of U2's awesome song Beautiful Day was, hands down, the most boring one I have ever heard. There was no oomph in him. There was no star power, no attractive quality about him at all. The only good thing I have to say is that I agree that he has somewhat pretty eyes.
Crystal, to be honest, wasn't much better with her first two songs. My sister and I actually exchanged horrified looks -- was she shrieking? But then she did her third song, Solomon Burke's Up to the Mountain (MLK Song), and that was lovely. After a whole night of depressingly so-so performances, she ended the night on a sweet, resonating note -- one that I hoped would remain stuck in voters' heads as they cast their votes.
However, Crystal's victory was not to be, although I truly believed she deserved it. Lee has a more commercial voice and will probably go on to sell more records. Also, the term is 'fangirls', not 'fanboys'. You can get people with similar voices to Lee's a dime a dozen, though, so we'll just have to see how long he lasts in the music business. As for Crystal, maybe she could pull a Carly Smithson/Chris Daughtry and front a band. I bet she's be awesome with the right people backing her.
To be fair to Lee, I haven't been following the season. It got incredibly boring, and I gave up on the lot of them, even before Siobhan got booted. (Siobhan was awesome.) So, in an effort to try and justify to myself his winning American Idol, I listened to his version of Hallelujah.
It's nice, I guess. What I don't like is how they dramatised it, although I don't suppose that was his fault. Hallelujah is, to me, a sad song sung by a broken-sounding person, not some glorified, epic, movie soundtrack-esque explosion of music. I've heard the Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, and Jason Castro ones too, and this ties with Leonard Cohen's (yes, the original, I know) as my least favourite. When it comes to Hallelujah covers, I'm Jeff Buckley all the way -- his is beautiful.
Back to American Idol. I'm still not over the moon about Lee winning, but I can live with it. They are talented (Crystal) and work hard (Lee), so both were deserving of the title, I suppose.Can't wait to see where their careers take them next.
On the (even) more frivolous side...
Am I the only one who thinks they would make an adorable couple?