Guest Author - Ingrid Stamatson
The latest American Idol news from this week: It was down to six and the songs were, in order of the performances:
Syesha Mercado: "One Rock 'n' Roll Too Many" - Starlight Express
Jason Castro: "Memory" - Cats
Brooke White: "You Must Love Me" - Evita
David Archuleta: "Think of Me" - Phantom of the Opera
Carly Smithson: "Superstar" - Jesus Christ Superstar
David Cook: "Music of the Night"- Phantom of the Opera
This week's mentor was Andrew Lloyd Webber. There was plenty of good music to choose from and Syesha Mercado came out strong, garnering praise from Webber as well as the judges, with Randy stating it was her best performance to date. It was a shock to see her in the bottom two on Wednesday!
Jason Castro was admittedly nervous with his rendition of "Memory" from the wildly popular musical, Cats. Randy called it "a train wreck" and Simon called it "miserable."
Brooke White seemed to deliver the worst performance on Tuesday as she forgot the lyrics to "You Must Love Me"' from Evita. Paula and Simon disagreed on whether or not she should have called for a do-over, but the end result was a weak and unpopular performance. By some miracle, she avoided being voted out of the competition!
Randy and Paula both loved David Archuleta's "Think of Me" from Phantom of the Opera. Simon disagreed, saying it was weak and forgettable. I understand what he means by this - a performance that is ho-hum and does not stand out in any way. While David's voice in phenonmenal, he is not a performer - as opposed to the other David (Cook) whose actions on stage keep us interested.
Carly Smithson was the other bottom scorer (along with Syesha Mercado) on Wednesday. She also was the one voted off this week. Her song choice changed from a ballad to "Superstar" from Jesus Christ Superstar. Simon really liked her (I do think he is/was biased towards her) and Carly presented, as if by magic, a t-shirt emblazoned with the words: Simon Loves Me (This Week).
David Cook was the final performer with his version of "Music of the Night," from Phantom of the Opera - which he really did as it was written, stating that he likes to be unpredictable and what is more unpredictable than he, David Cook (known for his successful re-makes of songs), doing a song just as it was written!
Now down to five contestants, every performance and every vote counts!