“American Idol” lost much of its sparkle this week without Brooke White (watch her exit interview)…however, the show was full of laughs. Choosing songs from the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, the Top 4 sang two classic hits. Except for Jason Castro. I’m not sure what he was doing. Why on earth couldn’t the show have picked this theme earlier and replaced Mariah Carey week? We could have all done without that disaster of a show.
David C. looks like he’s growling like THE wolf.
David Cook, the resident rocker was in his element, singing “Hungry Like the Wolf” (Duran Duran) and “Baba O’Riley” by The Who. The latter was the stronger of the two performances. Being a big Duran Duran, I loved Cook’s cover of “Hungry Like the Wolf”. Although I thought it was called “Hungry Like A Wolf”… Paula cheerfully said that she was left with a big appetite for more David Cook, to which most human females cheerfully agree.
America just loves him tender. Isn’t that shirt great?
Then there’s 17 year-old cutie pie David Archuleta who regaled the audience with his own spin on “Stand By Me” and “Love Me Tender.” Teen girls everywhere went wild, fainting and swooning. I just happened to like his black and white bird shirt. It came as no surprise that neither of the Davids were in the Bottom Two.
Syesha’s got great stage presence. Unfortunately, I doubt she’ll make the finals. It’s going to be a battle of the Davids.
Syesha rocked out to “Proud Mary” (Credence Clearwater Revival did the best cover of this song) and “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke. I had never hear the second song before, but apparently it was written during the CIvil Rights movement. And since Brooke wasn’t there to cry this week, Syesha took over when Paula complimented her graciously.
At least Castro didn’t further degrade the songs by actually playing the guitar he was holding.
Then there was Jason Castro, who should have gone home weeks ago. Not only did he murder Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff,” he also ruined one of my fave Dylan songs, “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Both performances were so painful I thought about sticking a popsicle stick into my ear canal to puncture my ear drums (I couldn’t turned off the T.V. or walked out of the room, but that would be far less dramatic). And, uh, what was with Castro holding a random guitar that he didn’t appear to play? Simon was horrified saying, “That was like a first round audition massacre. I don’t know what you’re thinking.”
To which Jason, who in all fairness was probably stoned, replied, “I was thinking, ‘Bob Marley!'” Right.
After mucking up and FORGETTING THE WORDS TO “Mr. Tambourine Man” (how can you forget a great like “on that jingle jangle morning I’ll come following you”?), Simon told Jason to pack his suitcase. Seriously, it’s sad when Bob Dylan sounds better singing his songs than a Top 4 “American Idol” contestant…that’s saying something.
Finally on tonight’s elimination show, JASON CASTRO WAS SENT HOME!!! The best part was that he didn’t look like he cared…at all. While he was being eliminated he said that someone told him that he “shot the tambourine man. I thought that was pretty funny.” Yeah, it was stinkin’ hilarious. As if he couldn’t act any stupider, he then says, “Three songs next week. I don’t know what I would’ve have done.” Me neither. There aren’t enough popsicle sticks in the world.
Not only did were we subjected to Castro’s swan song, we also had to hear Maroon 5 playing their latest radio single. It sounded like the lead singer was sucking on a helium balloon while he was waiting in the green room. During the band’s performance, Sarah says to me, “I thought Maroon 5 was supposed to be good.” The lead singer did redeem himself offering the remaining contestants this advice, “You’re gonna get jaded and say, ‘I hate this’, but you really love it.” For a balloon sucker, he seems like a nice guy.