Thursday, March 6, 2008

I can't say I'm "saving all my love for you," Syesha

Brooke White's most embarrassing moment happened after church one day when she was 12or 13. She says she ran up to her dad and threw her arms around the back of him and she was hanging off of him, telling how hungry she was and she wanted to go home. The guy turned around to look at her and it wasn't her dad.

She sings Pat Benatar's "Love Is a Battlefield" and does it a bit different. She sings it sitting down, with just someone playing the guitar as accompaniment. It's actually really good. The original song is kind of an energetic song and she totally mellows it out and I'm surprised to say that for the second week in a row, I think Brooke White is really, really good. I mean, it's very difficult to stay in tune with just a guitar strumming chords - there's no note to guide you, no back-up singer to help you out at all - and she hit every note, she didn't falter once. She was fantastic - in a league of her own with these girls tonight.

In fact, I haven't done this for any of the girls yet, but I feel like if you missed it, you've just got to see it.

Randy tells her he really liked it, that he doesn't think she brought anything new to the song, but it was definitely very interesting. Paula says she made a very wise choice and that she loved the fact that it was very, very pure. She says she would have loved it if she had incorporated the band more toward the end. Simon tells her he couldn't disagree with Paula any more - that he thinks it worked purely for the reason that she didn't have the band, therefore doing an original take on the song. He says normally, the song would never ever suit her, but she made it into a completely different type of song and once again, two weeks running, she's done a great performance.

Looks like Brooke White may be a dark horse in this competition. We'll just have to wait and see.

Syesha Mercado is last tonight and she says her most embarrassing moment was in 2nd grade. She said she a crush on a boy and she wrote him a letter that said, "Do you like me? Yes or no?" and she put a strawberry-flavored piece of bubble gum inside of the note. And he told the teacher on her and ate her bubble gum.

She sings Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love for You," and it's a bit dull. I mean, I think she'll make it through to the top 12, but she may be just squeaking by. The trouble isn't her voice - it's her song choice. This song made her voice sound thin and whiny, when we know she's got a huge powerful voice - we've seen her nail other songs... This song just made her boring, in my opinion - it was so slow and I found myself wondering why it was taking so long to end.

Randy must have fallen asleep too and just been jolted awake to comment, because all he can manage to get out is "Good." Paula tells her it was sophisticated and lovely. And Simon says it was a bit predictable but good. They must have been running out of time, because she got absolutely no feedback at all, which may end up hurting her tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow night, let's get to the guessing. I think Kady Malloy is a given, but the second girl is a tough choice. I feel like it could be Kristy Lee Cook because there's nothing special about her, she's very blah... but it could also be Syesha Mercado - she's been kind of a disappointment since her huge knockout performance during Hollywood week. I may be making a mistake here, but I'm hoping to see Syesha knock it out of the park just one more time, so my official picks for tomorrow are:
Luke Menard and Chikezie Eze
Kady Malloy and Kristy Lee Cook

So far, my guessing record is 5 for 8, way better than I did last year - let;s see how I hold up after tomorrow night.


Danny said...

i don't know, i thought Syesha was easily the best last night while Brooke was only OKish.

Anonymous said...

Paula is such a ditz. If they had her go first she would have nothing to say because she just repeats what Randy says. The only one anyone cares about is Simon. There is suspense before he speaks that is the best part of the show. They have to stop with the booing of him, thats just childish.

Anonymous said...

My husband loved Syesha's performance while I thought it was so-so. Nobody can measure up to Whitney, so why even try? At least change the arrangement ad make it more original.

I thought Brooke's performance was by far the best of the night. She is so creative, like Jason and David C. and David A.

Still, it would be a shame if Syesha is voted off. She is extremely talented. The judges were selfish and childish by robbing Syesha of her well-deserved feedback.