This is the finale the whole world (ok, the whole Filipino nation here and abroad as well) is waiting for. I myself is very excited. Since the top 4, or probably even after she got saved, most of us are hoping she’ll be safe each week so she can continue on until the finale. And when the prayers were answered, we all rejoiced! I was tweeting yesterday while watching the results show via live streaming, and it felt like my heart stopped beating when Seacrest was about to announce the results. And when he called Jessica’s name as first one to be at the finale next week, I hit the wall! Not too hard though, but it throbbed for a few minutes. That’s how excited, and proud we are of Jessica. I have to admit, her being on the show is the main reason why I am watching it, again, religiously. I am glad she made it through!
And now that it’s down to two of them, since they offer two different sound, I am expecting a sort of a more varied finale. I’d be honest to say that I’ve not been a Phil fan ever since, but I gotta give it to him with the last episode. Like what Randy Jackson mentioned, he’s peaking at the right time. Of course, I am for Jessica in this. All the way. I hope she wins. Although Phil’s got a big fan base, too.
And in the spirit of my now defunct (haha) Idol posts Who Did It Best?, I will include a poll as to who do you think will win this season. I’m eager to see who you guys will be rooting for.
So, will Phil continue to shine and be named the new American Idol? Or will Jessica make history as the first Asian-American Idol, and the first grand winner who got saved? We’ll all find out next week. 🙂
I would have love to see either Pia or Paul take this season’s AI title, but sadly they got axed out too early on the show. I am not that big of a fan of Pia, but among the girls in their batch she stands out for me – she’s got the pipes, the looks, the total package so to speak. I am actually rooting for my “tukayo”Paul McDonald. Aside from having a hunch that a guy would again bag the title, I thought it would really be cool to have someone like him win. I love his unique voice, his quirkiness on stage while performing, and his amazingly white set of teeth LOL! 😀 But I guess America is not yet ready for that to happen, or is not yet ready to embrace the fact that someone unique like Paul can actually win a competition like AI. I think it would also be great to have a namesake as a grand Idol winner. But I guess it won’t happen this season.
Here’s a video of Paul with Kendra (who I seriously believe should be in the Top 13 instead of Haley. Just sayin’.)
Lovely, isn’t it? 🙂
Now that it’s down to the top 7, I hope Casey would sail through the finale. He’s the only one I believe who’s worth the title. I know this season is a good one and the talent’s variation is great and wide, claiming the word “worth” to someone might be too early to tell. But Casey is such an amazing artist. It’s always fun to watch him perform. I also like Lauren from the start, although she’s becoming a bit boring nowadays. Scotty’s ok too. His voice is just woooow! Totally digging this Country lad.
Basing on the voting trend, the girls’ slim chance of winning is dwindling even more. For five straight weeks, most of them girls are hitting rock bottom – Ashthon, Karen, Naima, Thia, and the last casualty Pia. Paul is actually the first guy to be voted off. I hated it when Haley kept on surviving being booted out. Sorry, not a fan. I was even surprised she made it to the Top 13. And that Jacob Lusk guy? Not a fan, too. He can sing alright, but nothing special for me. And don’t get me started about James Durbin. To me he’s just an Adam Lambert wannabe. As if Adam’s screaming is not annoying enough, sadly we’re getting a second rate version of it every single week. Ugh! Stefano, on the other hand, is becoming annoying as well. His singing, I mean. It’s like he’s trying his very hard each time, but failing altogether.
First of all, I miss Paula. I wish they never let her go. Ellen should just stay as a host of her own show. Seriously. Next, I want Siobhan Magnus to win the season. But duh, she got voted off too early in the competition. I really hated it when she left the show and it bored me even more. And that Michael Lynche? The big guy with the big nguso? Gad, I can’t stand him. I loathe him. The judges shouldn’t have saved him in the first place.
Weakest season ever. I can’t believe I’m even posting a blog entry about it.
Anyway, it’s now down to Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze. They’re both good, I must say. They delivered and performed pretty well since the top 6, I believe. But I want Lee to win. Not that I don’t like Crystal, but I love Lee’s distinct and unmistakable voice. And he moved me even more.
Let’s all find out who’d be the next Idol on the finale. One more day. So, would you want to be Crystalized or be Dewyzed? 🙂
Two more days and it’s Election Day here in the Philippines. And what better way to welcome the voting fever by bringing back “Who Did It Best?” here at The P Spot, now in its eighth part. This would be like a sort of my election version via a singing match. The song I’ll be featuring is from this season’s Michael Lynche and season 7 grand winner David Cook. You probably have already guessed it right. Yes, it’s Eleonor Rigby which was sung, of course, on Idol’s Beatles week. They both rendered two different version, so it’s up to you who do you think did a much better version.
Few days ago, I had the itch to watch my American Idol Season 4 dvd and run a marathon again. I believe it’s one of the best season ever! Carrie Underwood and Bo Bice has got to be my most favorite Top 2 finalists. Although I admit I rooted for Bo back then, I still believe they’re the best final 2 and if only both of them can win that time. Watching it made me realize two things. First, I really really miss those great and early Idol seasons. I also got to watch the first three seasons, and even though not all of them sings and performs really well, you can feel the show’s sincerity and authenticity. Second, it’s making me sad, however, because now the show’s slowly losing its touch. I don’t know why or what’s happening, but it’s not giving me and most of its viewers the kind of excitement we used to feel before. Is it because of Paula’s absence? Because of the contestants not giving their all and not meeting the judges’ and viewer’s expectations? Because it’s Simon’s last season? Probably. And one can actually enumerate more reasons, which I won’t be discussing in this post. I’m just a bit disappointed on how this season is shaping up. I hope it’s not too late to save it though. I love the show and I’ve been a fan since the third season. Oh well, I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see.
American Idol is back with it’s ninth season, and so is “Who Did It Best?”, a segment here in my blog where I feature two or three past Idol performances where people/viewers decide as to who’s version they liked best by voting at the poll. Yes, just in case you forgot haha! It’s been a while since my last post about this and since AI is back, and since it’s still the love month, I will feature a love song. A classic one, that is. But first, let me just acknowledge the past poll winner, Adam Lambert’s version of Feelin’ Good.
For the main feature, I chose Dusty Springfield’sYou Don’t Have To Say You Love Me. First up, let’s hear it from Season 4’s Nadia Turner:
And now, from our very own Ramiele Malubay from the 7th Season. Watching this video still never fails to make me heave a sigh and go, “Sayang..” If only she continued to be this strong throughout the competition, she could have made it to the top 5 at least. Anyway, here it is:
It’s the first AI poll for this year! But before I proceed with the new one, let me just send my warmest appreciation to all who participated on the previous poll. It’s a landslide, dear readers haha, majority of you voted for Jason Castro‘s version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow. And now, since it’s the new year, it’s just fitting to feature a song that would make you feel good. This song is a Nina Simone original, and two Idols did sang it. First, season 6’s semi-finalist AJ Tabaldo, who’s half-Pinoy I heard. And last season’s runner-up, Adam Lambert. Yes, the song is Feeling Good. I hope we’d all start the year right and sing along with it, “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me. And I’m feeling good.” And if you’re an AI fan, I bet you’re feeling all good coz season 9 starts next week! Yey!
First up, let’s hear it from Adam. I wasn’t able to find a video for the live version except from this one, but embedding is disabled. You can click the link instead to watch it on YouTube. Sorry!
And now, here is AJ’s version
And just in case you’re curious, here’s the original version from Nina Simone
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