The finals of American Idol have concluded and I’m glad the Idol days are over. I still enjoy the show but the thrill is gone. I’m feeling Idoled out. Twelve seasons of never missing a show (OK, I missed one or two over the years but less than four) have just fatigued me. The parade of wannabe stars whose names I will forget within a few months, if that long, the emotional manipulation by the judges and producers, the
The three rounds were Idol producer, Simon Fuller’s choice, the singers’ choice of a song they sang before and the single they will release should they win. Does the loser not get to release their song? What a waste.
Simon Fuller’s choice for Jena who stupidly chose to go first was Dog Days Are Over. It was a great way to start the show. I thought I heard a few wonky notes but they didn’t distract from her performance. The judges loved her but at this stage at the competition, they’d have to be real dicks to criticize her too much.
Caleb got Dream On because we all know what a natural he is with slow songs. NOT. And then the rocker gets a string section, are they trying to kill him. He rose to the challenge of an overblown arrangement by amping up the histrionics. And the audience ate it up. Harry had some constructive criticism but nobody was listening. It bothers me that the judges are so easily wowed and so easily moved to effusive praise by volume and sheer power.
Jena chose Can’t Help Falling In Love With You which probably was her best song of the season. And it was still beautiful. And the judges still raved about it.
Caleb went with Maybe I’m Amazed which overpowered Jena’s performance but lacked her subtlety and her finesse. And I think Caleb was still grappling with his vocal cord issues. Keith, Jennifer and Harry felt his performance lacked heart.
Harry polled the judges and they sort of agreed that Caleb won the first round and Jena won the second round. But Keith thought round two was a tie.
Jena’s last song, her winner’s single, We Are One wasn’t the worst Idol winner song. It had a good beat. It was easy to dance to.
As Long As You Love Me, Caleb’s winner’s single, was sort of AC/DC lite. The song was made for his high intensity, rock vocal style. This was definitely a more radio friendly song. The judges didn’t say much about his song preferring to say what a tough decision America has now.
Unfortunately they fucked up the whole thing by having them duet on Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway and they both sucked at it. And they were joined by all the others in the top 12 so it was hard to tell who was really the offkey ones. But it was easy to see how lucky we all were that they didn’t do very many group performances this season.
I have no idea who will win. If the winner of Idol were chosen based on power, Caleb would win. If art and creativity mean anything, Jena would win.