Yeah, call me a soupy female, but I absolutely love that song the genuine Bee Gees version....not the Destiny's Child version.
We are in the home stretch, y'all. We're rapidly heading toward home. I have said it before, and I'll say it again. Regardless of who is in the finale, I am 10 miles past ready for it. After doing surprisingly well with Bon Jovi's music last week, the contestants were strangely in a rut tonight. I was kind of shocked to be honest. I really wanted to boogie...with Barry Gibb.
"Love You Inside and Out" - Barry Gibb was confused by Melinda's song choice. I was confused about why he was confused that she was singing a song that was originally sang in a falsetto. Hello. Hell-O!!! Your falsetto can be the natural, comfortable vocal range of a female. Tsk. Anyway, the problem with songs like this, from the 1970s, is that they are feel-good songs. They don't require much, and paired up with her polished vocals, Melinda's performance was taken down a notch. Technically, it was great. But, while her average is someone else's homerun, it left me wanting more. I understand that she was uncomfortable with the lyrics initially, so that might have hampered her a bit. But this one felt forced, like she was trying to emote and it just wasn't happening. It wasn't my favorite performance. It wasn't her best performance. Even then, it still ranks among Season Six's best.
"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" - I had completely forgotten, up until this moment, about Melinda's OCD admission. Hehe. But when I heard that she had changed the words "how can a loser ever win" and simply sang "how can you stop the rain from falling" because she doesn't want to say the word "loser" on American Idol, I couldn't help but laugh. I can't say that I blame her because some of those songs are prophetic. That was funny. Well, with this song, Melinda took me back to Top 10 Girls, week 2 semi-finals, when she sang "My Funny Valentine." This was simply beautiful. I almost cried because I wanted so badly for her to do well. With Simon Cowell, it's all about the second half of the song. He said that the second "half" put her in the semi-finals. Why he doesn't appreciate her stunning ability to build to the climax of a song, I'll never understand, but I hope he's right. It's all about delayed gratification, Simon. Paula says that Melinda should abandon her technicality and blow us away. Melinda is a brilliant vocalist with amazing control, and she's proof that a great vocal coach is an absolute must. She should completely let go emotionally and couple that with her polished sound. We would forget about every other contestant in this competition.
"You Should Be Dancing" - Now Blake has a blonde streak that looks like premature gray. I'm still on the fence with the darker hair. First of all, allow me to say that Blake Lewis has some major fans. I also feel that with Chris and Phil leaving last week, he's at a massive advantage for their votes. Now, last week, the beatboxing and technical arrangement worked wonders for him. Hey, I'm still listening to that!!! But, this time, I just don't think it gelled. Falsettos aside, these are simple songs. Blake's head voice was okay, but when he added all of the vocal effects and beatboxing, it was just too much. His diehard fans will love it regardless. But, to me, him heaping so much on it was like a used-car salesman trying to get rid of a piece of junk. I felt robbed of the Blake I admired seven days ago.
"This is Where I Came In" - Barry Gibb is shocked because the song is a little bit obscure. No kidding. I've never heard this one. Well, he did his best to marry the contemporary and current with the past and solid. This wasn't a hit Bee Gees song, but although it wasn't my Blake-ized performance of choice, he did make me want to hear the original. I didn't really like it - with all of the beatboxing and electronic sound - because he struggled with his pitch. Randy tells him not to "beatbox on every joint." Paula calls him the "contemporary rebel in this competition." She also says it was spot-on pitch. Simon says it was "completely tuneless" and that he did not have a good night. With all of the sounds effects, he reminds me of that guy from the movie Police Academy. If it doesn't work with the song, it becomes comical.
"Staying Alive" - We've all known people who we just can't quite figure out. There's something about them, but we can't put our finger on it. Meet LaKisha Jones. With "This Ain't a Love Song," I personally believe that she saved herself from elimination. But, in the words of Simon Cowell, "No kiss tonight." Why did she pick this, of all songs? I feel like I need to hire a private investigator just to solve the mystery of her poor song choices!!! "Staying Alive" is so cheesy and so good at being cheesy that no one should be allowed to sing it but the Bee Gees...and someone in a dark karaoke bar. The "AH ah AH ah AH ah AH ah"? No, ma'am. I know the talent's there. Why does she play the dangerous game of rationing it out?
"Run to Me" - She describes it as a beautiful ballad. The lyrics are gorgeous, in fact. Is anyone else noticing how she's working so willingly with the mentors now? I'm seeing a more personable LaKisha. Is it too little, too late? Her tone at the beginning is very warm...emotional even. She even sounded slightly similar to Whitney Houston (don't hit me!!!) at one point. But, the first transition into the chorus was rough. She's definitely hoarse, and she did a couple of key changes that didn't pay off too well because her vocal chords probably couldn't handle it. She allowed the background singers to carry the second half of the song, and they didn't sound too hot with her yelling over them. The final note faded out because it was impossible for her to sing anymore. Due to a time restraint, the judges couldn't say much, so she was probably glad.
"To Love Somebody" - Let's call it a bonus, but Jordin gets the last spot after three okay performances. I heard the usual vocal glitches, but if this was the finale, I would call her the winner. This was one of my favorites from her, but I'm beginning to wonder if she can sell an up-tempo song. Know what I mean? Anyway, she's back in the game after last week's talent show performance. It's like this...there are no guarantees. None. In my opinion, at this point, these four very nearly have an equal chance of winning. I said nearly. One misstep and you're out. Jordin's back in the game, last spot and all!!!
"Woman in Love" - Barry thinks she is going to be one of our greatest female recording artists. Whoa. I really would have to agree. After all, as Randy LOVES to remind us, she is only 17, and she does have many, many, many more years of singing to go. I absolutely love this song...the lyrics and music are hauntingly beautiful. Now, Jordin was nowhere near her almost flawless first performance. This one was a little more vocally straining on her. Randy didn't like it, and neither did Paula. They praised Barry Gibb on his beautiful songs. Excuse me? Was he performing? Simon says it was "pageanty." I want to see his dictionary.