LTV Mom actually watched the show real-time, and thought it was one of the best finales to date. Both Davids were spectacular. But you don't care what I think... you want to hear from Dixie, who is calling this her "goodbye blog."
Poor Ryan! Michael Buffer stole his moment! He LIVES for “This… is American Idol!” And on this, the eve of the holiest of all Idoldays. The whole boxing analogy was kind of lame, although David Cook looked very cool in his robe and gloves, and even moved like a real boxer. What cracked me up was the little montage at the beginning which explained what they were battling it out for… they showed Kelly, Carrie… and Daughtry? DAUGHTRY DID NOT WIN, TPTB. You can say that it happened, but it totally didn’t. Get over it. And don’t make the same mistake again.
Randy thinks its 2007? I guess he’s too far up David Archuleta’s butt to find a calendar. Once again, he mentions the phone book… could he be any more pointless? And what was Paula wearing? She looked like a drugged out Barbie in her finest pink bedazzled couture.
At the beginning of the show, Ryan asked the judges what it would take for a contestant to win, and they replied that it would take “stepping out of the box, stepping out of the comfort zone”. Archuleta never left this little box, yet they eagerly handed the night over to him. I’m not sure if the judges are trying to sway the vote OR if Archuleta has been getting such an overwhelming number of votes that the judges just want to be on the winning side. I can’t recall Simon ever getting a winner prediction wrong.
The amount of “bus-throwing” tonight was incredibly disgusting. I think that Cook both out sang and out performed Archuleta. All of Cook’s songs, including his “non-winning” coronation song, floored me! With as much gaspy potential as Archie has, he sang nothing but ballad-y type songs all season long. And he feels he “connects” with every single one of them? Sorry boy, there’s absolutely no way you could connect with just about every song you’ve sang in your short life, let alone “Imagine”. Besides being a better vocalist, Cook has shown versatility, and has a thesaurus so he doesn’t have to say “he connected with” every song.
“Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
Great opening song and Cook sang it to the hilt!
For the first time in seven seasons, I actually thoroughly enjoyed a coronation song! Simon said it didn’t sound like a winning song- has he HEARD the past seasons’ songs? They were dreary and dreadful. This song has life, the lyrical content was inspiring, and the pop/rock arrangement was ALLTHAT! I did notice that he flubbed a lyric in the final chorus, singing the “have faith” line instead of the “dream big” one, but if the song hadn’t have been so catchy, I wouldn’t have noticed. I still haven’t got the song out of my head. LOVED IT! Can’t wait to download it! If this wasn’t stepping out of the box, then what is?
“The World I Know”
Cook singing a completely new song was pretty cool, and I thought it was really unfair of Simon to slam him for not singing “Billie Jean” or “Hello”. “Yeah, I know we changed it this year and said you could pick anything you wanted… but what we really meant was we want you to reprise something you already sang, like we’ve always done.” Cook’s final performance was beautiful, heartfelt, and moving. I was even touched by his tears at the end, whatever the reason for them- happiness in getting this far, seeing his brother in the audience, knowing that the bus was about to run him over…
“Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”
Although it didn’t hold a candle to Clay’s version in Season 2, I do agree that it was Archie’s best performance on this show. What ruined it for me was the way he stood there quivering as he listened to the judges. I can’t even put into words the way he acts during the judges’ critique. It’s like they starve him or deprive him of water until after the show is over. He looked like he was about to pass out.
“In This Moment”
In a word: painful. This coronation song was more wretched than “My Destiny.” It’s like Simon is just used to crappy, boring, ballad-y coronation songs.
LOVED that David Cook basically called Archuleta out by saying “I didn’t want to sing something I had already sang”. Songs never have the same impact the second time around. I didn’t like Archuleta’s performance of this song the first time, and I basically hated it tonight. I’m no Beatles/Lennon fanatic, but besides leaving out most of the verses, I’m pretty sure Archie flubbed many, many lines. Am I right? He should be ashamed!
If Cook hadn’t delivered, I am woman enough to admit it. But he did… and I hope and pray that he wins! Even if Archie pulls off a win, what kind of album would he have? Either way, Cook will definitely sell more albums have a long, successful career. Let’s all say it together: DAUGH. TRY.
Like all good things, this too must come to an end. It’s been a pleasure blogging “American Idol” for the past three seasons, and I appreciate all of your positive comments…