Am I the only one who detests the watered down time frame for the performances by the American Idol finalists? Yes, they can squeeze in two songs in two hours but, after watching the full – length performances on The Voice, I much prefer the “quality over the quantity” mentality of arranging songs.
The 90-minute time frame barely allows for a singer to gain a sense of direction or momentum for their song choice and, oftentimes, the arrangements do not do justice to the song or performance. Is it any wonder that American Idol have problems receiving clearance for cover songs? A composer’s song is a work of art, an entity and, if it were me, I would have second thoughts permitting clearance for a diluted version of my song.
This is not to dismiss the fabulous work accomplished by coach/arranger/pianist Michael Orland and bandleader Rickey Minor, but rather it is something that American Idol needs to bring to the table.
Because it is real life, that’s why!
It is more important to hear and see how proficient a singer can handle him or her self on stage while showcasing a full-length performance. This is what happens in a real show, right? I mean – nobody does 90 – second versions of song when they are in concert.
And, while we’re at it, wouldn’t it have been beneficial to see the Top 5 singers perform a group number on Wednesday evening? After all, they will be touring together and I would expect to see some group numbers on tour. And what ever happened to the duets and trios on performance night? Oh my goodness – the list of “what evers ” is a mile long here.
Heaven help us! This show, which started out so promising this season, turned in to a nightmare. So many things went wrong, the first of which was Ryan Seacrest goading eliminated singer, Quentin Alexander, to expand on his feelings when he learned that his two fellow contestants, Joey and Rayvon, were in the the Bottom 2.
Why even go there? Why? Just move forward with the bloody show and ignore the rumblings of a young man who was probably feeling stressed out after sitting for the majority of the two hours wondering if he would be eliminated. This is a performance show. And the singers are worried if they will be eliminated. Pretty counter – productive if you ask me.
But no – American Idol loves the drama! Oh the drama! The confrontation that ensued between Quentin and Harry Connick Jr. was one of the strangest things I have ever seen on this show. Like it was totally set up. Like Ryan knew which buttons to push to get Quentin to react.
And then, to add fuel to the fire, they used the incident as promo for their show. Wow. Talk about desperate!
And, the manner in which Tyanna was eliminated on Wednesday was one of the cruelest, heartless things I have ever seen on this show. To me, she is a star and they dismissed her like yesterday’s bread. The poor kid. She didn’t deserve this.
Why couldn’t all the singers perform and then just do the elimination at the end? I mean, seriously? It’s not rocket science! American Idol is changing the rules every week, making them up on the fly.
And, here I was wondering why my TV listing stated that the Top 4 were performing last evening, instead of the Top 5. I found that strange but it turned out that that was indeed the case. Whatever Idol.
And that little tete a tete with Scott Borchetta’s team with Clark Beckham was – well – not good. I am sure that, at one time or another, all the singers have butt heads with the mentors, so why single out Clark? I do think that Scott did make some valid points but why should we see all this? It’s not fair and it certainly jeopardized Clark’s performances this week.
And so, with two weeks remaining, the bickering and the disillusionment is in full swing. Yep. That seems about right? Weren’t we at the same discouraging place last year at this time? Same story, different cast.
Sound off your insight and thoughts in the comments section. I need another coffee! Over and out.