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American Idol Recap: 11 More Beatles Tunes

Last week's "American Idol sings the Beatles" show was so much fun, I figured this week would have to be a disappointment. What was weird was how many of the contestants seemed to agree with me, pointing out moments from last week's show that were their favorite parts of the season so far and wondering how they could top those performances. Which, to be blunt, they couldn't — unless last week's was a train wreck (I'm looking at you, Archuleta).

How do you think the top 11 fared in this week's Beatles redux? Vote for which singer you think is going home tonight, and to check out my thoughts, just


Amanda Overmyer — OK, I loved that when she talked about singing "Back in the USSR," she said she'd be "teasing it up really high and throwing some black eyeliner on it." I don't know what to even say about this performance: If you like her (which I do), then you liked it; if you hate her (hi Pop!), then it's reason No. 1 she should be gone. I will say that, while I like her looking more comfortable on stage, all the playing to the audience was a bit much. Randy called it pitchy and a 7 out of 10, Paula thought she was ahead of the beat, and Simon said it was predictable and she's getting boring.

Kristy Lee Cook — She talked about the stress of ending up in the bottom two, then explained that she'd never heard the song she'd picked for the week, which was the totally obscure "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away." Come on, Kristy. She sang it straight this week, no fiddles, and I give her credit for that — but she sounded way off. Randy called it an "interesting" arrangement (maybe he was as confused as I was), Paula thought it might have been better for her to keep the well-known melody, and Simon said she's "musical wallpaper." Kristy then declared forcefully that she could "blow you out of your socks" — and then looked like she realized how silly it was the second it was out of her mouth. Aw.

David Archuleta — He said the best part of the show has been singing "Imagine," so what would our young phenom pick for song No. 3 from the Beatles universe? "The Long and Winding Road," which surprised me, but this song really showed off the richness of his voice. It was a ballad, but an interesting enough ballad to still show some range. Too bad I want to punch all the screaming children who cheer for him. Randy said some unsurprising "Archuleta is back!" stuff, Paula said his sound is pure, and Simon declared it amazing.

Michael Johns — I've been wondering when I was going to stop seeing hotness every time I looked at Michael Johns and start focusing on the singing. Um, Tuesday was the night. Mistake No. 1 would seem to be cutting "A Day in the Life" down to the Idol-imposed 1:40 in the first place, and the second would be keeping a bunch of wailing. Randy charitably said it wasn't one of his good ones, Paula tried to blame it on an ear monitor (which Michael wasn't actually wearing, hee), and Simon said it was a mess. Then Michael said the song was dedicated to a friend who had died (which is sad, but also: sympathy votes?) and everything got weird.

Brooke White — Of course she'd sing "Here Comes the Sun," because she is nothing but a ball of the most pure, PG-13 light ever to grace the Idol stage. This performance managed to seem too practiced and too sloppy at the same time, and now I get why she's started so many song sitting this season: the girl can't move. She tried to cover that with a bunch of face contortions, but that didn't help. Randy called out the awkwardness, Paula babbled that you can't help but smile watching her, and Simon said it and lacked conviction. You know what else was horrible? The way Brooke kept interrupting the judges. At first I thought it was sweet, but then she just didn't stop talking.

David Cook — Man, just when I was starting to like him. So he said last week was the epitome of what he hoped for when he started doing music, which I guess should have been a sign that he'd come out all cocky. But when he started doing "Day Tripper: Whitesnake Version" with the electric guitar as nothing more than a prop — and with that stupid vocal effects microphone — I wanted to punch him. Randy said it felt like a David Cook concert (to which I'm not sure I'd be buying tickets, at this point), Paula said he's ready to go sell records, and Simon hit it on the nose by saying it wasn't as good as David thought it was.

Carly Smithson — After two (or three, even?) great weeks of rock songs from her, it's weird to hear her go back to a ballad, but "Blackbird" was an interesting pick for her. I actually really liked it when it stayed in the low, quieter verses — but taking it up for those Idol glory notes bugged me. Who knew she had such a cool low range, though? Randy said it was great and controlled, Paula liked this side of her, and Simon thought the song was indulgent. Carly then explained that she was singing it for all the Idol contestants who'd spent so long being beaten down by the recording industry, thus proving Simon right.

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Jason Castro — First off, he totally owned up to the bum last note on "Hallelujah," which I respect. But then he sang "Michelle" with the dopiest grin (and goofiest French) ever. It seemed to go on forever — was it really just a little over 90 seconds — and I kind of started to fall asleep. Randy didn't get it and didn't think Jason seemed into the song, Paula said he has a distinct charm but wondered why he turned an intimate song into basically the polka, and Simon used this performance to declare it had been a bad idea to do a second night of Beatles songs.

Syesha Mercado — Wow, cleavage. Sorry, but that was all I could think about for the first half of her performance. She said being in the bottom three was a kick in the butt for her, and she definitely did come out better this week than I've seen her be since at least Hollywood. It was a good call to do "Yesterday" as a quiet song — it was the least screechy she's been, and when she did take the song big, it was surprising and warranted. Randy said it was very good, Paula liked her vulnerability, and Simon said it was her best.

Chikezie — I. Love. This. Kid. Sure, it was a bit silly to go for the bluegrass thing a second week in a row, especially out of a classic ballad; it was silly to play the harmonica when he didn't know how. But I. Love. This. Kid. Was that a little Elvis in his voice there, even? He's definitely not going to be forgettable again. Randy liked the fast part better, Paula liked seeing his range, and Simon said there was atrocious harmonica and then some "Achy Breaky Heart" and it was basically a mess.

Ramiele Malubay — Hat! She sang "I Should Have Known Better," and I hate to say this, but I'm starting to wonder if Ramiele's boringness/overall karaokeness isn't a song choice issue but a Ramiele issue. Sigh. I do like her voice, but I just had so little to say about this performance; it was so dull and amateurish. All the judges seemed to think it was mediocre, and Paula said she should do a ballad again but pick the right one.

My favorites: David Archuleta, Chikezie, Syesha

Bottom three: Ramiele, Kristy Lee, Amanda . . . though Michael should be worried.

Going home: Kristy or Amanda, but I really think it's Kristy's time.

Photos courtesy of Fox

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rock-rules rock-rules 9 years
Ok people, David Cook was not using the guitar as a prop! He is actualy a very good rock guitar player with really good tone and whenever he stopped playing, the guitar sound was instantly much thinner and weak. Then when he started playing again, it was much thicker and heavier! That is how you can tell if someone is playing, otherwise you just sound ignorant. (Yes, I am a guitar player!) Also the effect he was using is called a Talkbox, and has been used in many famous rock songs by people such as Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, the Scorpions, etc. I hope David Cook wins because I am so sick of the r&b style of oversinging and the boring, lame songs. And people, there are NO bad Beatles songs, and Simon hates rock and really knows very little about music!!
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 9 years
Thanks for the response, Buzz. I'm glad to hear you're a Brooke fan!!!
sarahbeee sarahbeee 9 years
the song chikizie sang is so NOT supposed to be a ballad. it is actually one of my fave beatles songs and i think he massacred it. i was really disapointed, because i adored his performance the week before. and ramiele, what are you doing??? bad song choice.
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 9 years
i can't believe KLC made it through for another week!
orisugar orisugar 9 years
DAVID A is AMAZING! That kid is so talented and ADORABLE. I want to reach into my television and squeeze him! :-D
nadya226 nadya226 9 years
I agree with!! Brooke White sucks, her voice has no range whats so ever, and the whole pretending to be cute and innocent act has to go!! and Paula who the hell cares what she has to say about anything?? Thank god i have Tivo and i just fast forward her!!!
knumf knumf 9 years
Am I the only one who thinks Brooke is extremely overrated? C'mon even kristy's got more power to her voice. Might have sort of a different voice than the others, but vocally she's just mediocre. And I hate her cheerish personality. RCL: Who cares if Brooke can play piano and guitar(barely)? Most of the contestans can play multiple instruments, and even if Brooke was the only one it's still irrelevent. Maybe you should have voted for Jason Yeager..? Archuleta is kind of a boy-version of Jordan. Good voice, will probably be in the top 3.. But god is he annoying. I just want to smack his little babyface everytime he laughs. And his fans will eventually turn me into a serial killer. And please make him stop licking his lips. Cook is great, but including the guitar just for show was ridicolous. Love him though. Castro.. What the hell? Simon is right, what's up with everybody's songchoice? I don't have the energy to comment on the other contestants. Cheers
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Oh and I forgot to add that I loved Jason Castro's performance too, and Michael Johns should have picked a different song because it is way too difficult to cut down "A Day in the Life" to 1:30.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I actually really liked Brooke's performance despite her awkward moves (but I can't really dance either :) David Cook is a good singer but he seems really cocky, as does Amanda and Chikezie. Like they feel they are too good for AI. I'm not really digging Carly either, I think she is okay. Does Paula's opinion even matter? She just spurts out utter nonsense. Finally someone covered "Yesterday"! My top 3 for this week: David Archuleta, Syesha Mercado, and Brooke White Bottom three: Kristy Lee Cook, Amanda Overmyer, and Chikezie
inmyjuicysweats inmyjuicysweats 9 years
michael is breaking my heart. i loved him 24 week. i'll probably keep rooting for him to break out until he is sent home. i havn't liked his performances and song choices the best, but i still like his voice the best.
htiduj htiduj 9 years
they really should have moved on to a different theme...doing the beatles again was ridiculous. and lasts night show was SO BORING and had SO MANY commercials that I actually took out my scissors and started making paper snowflakes to pass the time. I used to love amanda, but shes really getting boring. everything she sings sounds the same..and she cursed on stage -- which is inappropriate. i mean it was on the "s" word, but still there are little kids watching. Kristy did better this week, but what was with that leg raising?! She looked like a peeing dog. And the BEATLES are new to her?!?! thats just wierd. She needs to go home. David Archuletta did an amazing job. He has a wonderful voice. He's ultra sensitive though. Michael Johns picked the wrong song. That song just cannot be cut down into 1:40. i agree that it sounded like a trailer. I'd like him to stay though, because I think he's really good. Brooke -- shes so cute and sunny, I can't help but love her. But Simon was right, she should have sung Yesterday. David Cook - I loved his performance. Carly -- AMAZING. Jason -- First of all has anybody noticed that he has the best skin on the planet?! Anyway, the song was goofy, but hes a bit goofy. I think he pulled it off. It was cute. He and Brooke are like the goofy smiley kids. I love it. Sayeesha -- I WANT HER TO GO HOME. i think the "sayeesha was in the bottom three" comment last night was worse than that annoying "I'm a working actress". And yeah, serious cleavage. That outfit was horrible. But aside from that, she is so boring and annoying to me. I really did NOT like the way she sang yesterday. Chikezie -- I was really put off by his "I'm going to learn a musical instrument in a day" comments. And the song was a complete mess. I don't want him to go home though. Ramiel -- she just has to go. she just does. that was awful.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
RCL — I actually really like Brooke, so my sarcasm comes from a place of love! Haha. I didn't think she was very good this week, but I'm sure she'll be back next week, and with any luck I'll be back to rooting for her!
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 9 years
Buzz, why don't you like Brooke? I agree that she's awkward, but I think overall, her voice is one of the most unusual for Idol, and the fact that she can read music and play an instrument (or two) is kind of a big deal. Please give her another chance!
Meka_suga Meka_suga 9 years
Yay Syesha Mercado!
fashionmimi fashionmimi 9 years
I have some serious issues with people singing Michelle, as I was named after that song. And to be honest I don't think it is a really smiley song, but then again I suppose the Beatles were stoned when they wrote it.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
Kristy will probably go home although I wish Ramiele would. I'm not a big Ramiele fan but she's got every Filipino in the country voting for her - just like Jasmine Trias. My parents are big Ramiele fans because she's Filipino. "We hab to bote por her beecos she is juan ob us."
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I'm becoming increasingly convinced that Jason Castro is always high. I like him and all, but I'm just saying.
juju4 juju4 9 years
I totally think of Michelle as a smiley song. I always interpretted it to be about a boy that "falls in love" with a french girl but can't speak any french. So, he just keeps saying the same french phrases over and over again. Which, obviously if they can't communicate it isn't true love....just a boy with a crush on a hot french chick. Kind of silly! But, I agree that a 2nd week of the Beatles was a bad idea.
xrawk_starrx xrawk_starrx 9 years
David Archuleta needs to go away. Now. I can't stand him, everything about him annoys me. I love David Cook though. I like his attitude and his style of music.
ann418 ann418 9 years
I think everyone was a little predictable this week, but Idol usually is a little predictable. We've been spoiled! Next week I'm hoping to see David Archuleta be amazing at something other than a slow song, he may be good, but I'm getting bored with him. And Kristy just needs to go. I almost feel bad for her! She's continually kept on the show and torn apart by the judges. I wouldn't be surprised if she wants to go, I would!
lizzylu49 lizzylu49 9 years
Syesha bothers me for some reason. She had (by far) the best song to work with and she still managed to make it forgettable. I would have been much happier to hear Michael or Jason sing it. Bottom three: Kristy Syesha and Chikezie or Ramiele
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
I thought Syesha was the best of the night-- amazing performance! I'm starting to wonder a little about Ramiele, too.... love her voice, don't love the song choices or the style in which she sings them... Brooke White seems really awkward without her instruments-- she should work on moving around on stage. HORRIBLE song choice by Michael Johns... just.... ugh. No. I love that song, it should never be butchered on the AI stage like that. It just doesn't fit with the show and cutting it down like that did it injustice IMO. David A. was amazing.... Kristy Lee Cook seriously has never heard that song? Seriously? Wow. Well, her performance was very... Vegas. Jason Castro is totally cute but seems a little stoned and not that involved with the song-- I don't see "michelle" as that smiley of a song. Weird. Just an odd night! But for me the highlights were David A. and Syesha!
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
Amanda: I agree with Simon. It was predictable and boring. Kristy Lee Cook: She's just not as good as the others. I think it's her time to go. David A: He looks so uncomfortable after he's done singing. It was good a performance. Michael: Uh oh. Not so good, and that ear piece bit was embarrassing. I think he could be in danger if a lot of people stepped up to support Kristy. Brooke: I really like Brooke, but was distracted from her singing by her awkwardness. David C: I missed this one. I'm not disappointed. Carly: Love her, I think it was a good performance, she has a pretty voice. Jason: I missed this one too. Again, not disappointed. Syesha: Agree with buzz on the cleavage issue - the camera panned to her and it was 'hello boobs'! The song was good. She'll stick around for a while. Chikezie: I liked it. He was cute and seemed to be having a lot of fun. Ramiele: I was bored with her. Her voice doesn't seem to be on the same level (like Kristy). I think she's in danger tonight.
ktc71 ktc71 9 years
I'm loving David Cook. :) I like the Beatles, but they should have moved on to something else for this week. Kristy needs to go home!
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
sappy, or not, to me...brooke white can do no wrong. and i loved that she asked to sing "let it be" again. and while i constantly mock him for dropping his last name, i kinda love chikezie now too. and i think it was the harmonica....ahh, echoes of one taylor hicks, who i ADORE. ramiele is boring, so is syeisha, so is michael johns. no "wow" factor...just lameness. and i gotta admire amanda's attitude...she's giving the people "the amanda show" no matter what the venue might her. and she FINALLY smiles!!
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