American Idol addiction is rampant across the country and my house is no exception. All four of us get into it. Everyone in our family is musical. I sing, play the flute and am learning to play the piano. Tristen, my 10-year-old daughter, sings and plays the piano. My 13-year-old son, Bradley, plays saxophone and is in jazz band. My husband is a very talented pianist/keyboard player. With all the scary things going on in the world, having music in our home is one of the biggest blessings we have, and American Idol affords us a few hours a week where we can relax and enjoy ourselves as a family.
We usually have different ideas about who should win, but we all agree the women this season are outshining the men.
My opinion is that with the exception of one woman, Antonella Barba, all of the women are better singers than the men are. Sex scandal aside, she needs to pack it up and go back to New Jersey. America needs to stop voting for her, and start voting for the real talent that is overflowing. There are a few men, as bad as the men are, who are all better than Antonella. I can’t even pick a favorite woman, because they’re all so good. But if I had to pick one at this stage of the game, it would be Melinda Doolittle. She’s got a big voice, a happy smile and a good attitude.
One of my favorite men, Nicolas Pedro, got voted off March 1. It’s a lot easier to pick favorites with the men, because there are obvious choices. I think the most obvious choice is Chris Sligh, who is not only a great singer, but he’s smart, has a unique look, and a lot of confidence. Next in line is Blake Lewis, who is from my home, Washington state. Rock on, Blake. Blake is daring enough that he did music last night that none of the judges even knew. The man I would vote off is Sanjaya Malakar, also from Washington. I appreciate that whole “he’s young and inexperienced” thing Paula’s got going, but he’s either a star or he’s not, and I say he’s not.
Speaking of the judges, I think Simon gets a bad rap. Yes, I know he can be harsh, and I suppose he needs the rest of them to level him out some, but I think Ryan is getting out of hand to the point of boredom. He’s borderline childish at this point, berating everything Simon says. Simon says, “Shut up, Ryan.” Aside from how harsh Simon can be, he usually has good reason for his opinions, and I admit that more times than not, I agree with him. I wish he could be a little more like Paula, who at least gives constructive criticism when she actually gives criticism. I’d like to see her give constructive criticism more often and stop sugarcoating everything. Randy needs to use the word “pitchy” more sparingly. I think he hears things that only “dawgs” can hear.
I’m looking forward to the results, tonight. Be well.http://www.americanidol.com/