Thursday, May 5, 2011
American Idol Snark Station: And Then There Were Five
Durbin: Will probably win it. The purest pop/rock voice of any of the contestants on the show, and although I hate 30 Seconds From Mars and bands of their ilk, he'd be the perfect front man for something like that. Make a lot of money, do a lot of drugs, waste a lot of good food in restaurants, sleep with a lot of shady women, end up on VH1 Behind the Music. And later, play the casino circuit.
Jacob: I didn't dislike his first performance as much as the judges did, but dudes, a harp on a Nazareth song? A freakin' HARP? That just wasn't okay with me.
Lauren: The girl can sing just about anything, but I think I finally have to admit it: I just don't care. She still seems, as I think Pam pointed out a while back, half baked. Unformed. In need of something above and beyond what she's been doing, so that she doesn't come off as just another carrieunderwoodkellyclarkson clone.
Scotty: For someone so young and funny-lookin', he's amazingly confident on stage and no doubt about it, he has a great, very versatile voice.
Haily: Is it wrong that I liked her rendition of "House of the Rising Sun"? Maybe. But I did. The problem with her, though, is that I think she wants to be a star more than she wants to be a musical artist. That great smoky tone that's going on in her voice could land her firmly in the alt-country genre, if only she were more than just a face and a voice, if, say she could play an instrument, write songs, front a band. As it stands, she still remains firmly in karaoke land as far as I'm concerned.