|Man, did that sangin' stank!|
How many deserving singers have been cut in semifinal voting because viewers just weren't as familiar with them as the producer's narrative-laden Chosen Ones? Who knows, but I do know that early in Season 10 the largely unknown Haley Reinhart had her smokin' hot ass perilously close to the chopping block virtually every week. What a sad, empty world this would be if she'd been whacked in the semis thanks to Nigel's useful idiot sycophant (aka, Randy Jackson) shitting all over the uncasted fodder who threatened the script?
Anyway, I digress...
The point is, being able to have strong familiarity with ALL the Top 20 semifinalists strengthens the connection viewers have with all the contestants come live show voting. It levels the playing field, if you will. The producers will still pimp their chosen ones thru the willing judges, but at least we the viewers have a chance to make up our own minds based on our own impressions of their performances.
That being said, the performances this week, both guys and girls, were overwhelmingly odious stink bombs. I'm not going to waste my time on those who were eliminated, because I'm quite frankly glad all of them were eliminated. Really thin on the talent crop far, or perhaps intentionally thin to fit the narrative of a female winner (or, if that fails, a homosexual male, or a black R&B male...just anything but a White Hetero Male).
Of the ones who made it through, they were mostly for shit, too. There were however a few who stood out with REAL talent, and as along as you have a few super talented singers at the top all will be well.
So, with that, I'm just going to focus on my Top Two. You may disagree with me, but it's all about me around these parts, so Kenny-Kenny-Poo-Poo.
1. Curtis Finch
2. Amber Holcomb
Finch is edited to be an arrogant douche. I know it, you know it, we all know it. And he may very well be. But, keep in mind Phillip was edited to seem like he didn't give a shit. Haley was edited to be a stuck up bitch. Crystal was edited to appear aloof and negative towards Idol. You know what? It was all bullshit.
Then again, they do occasionally get it right. Stefano was edited to be a pretty boy douchebag in Season 10, and they damn sure nailed that one.
Meanwhile, Amber has been largely kept hidden from us until now. What a way to crash the party! She was phenomenal. What an incredible tone.
Anyway, point being we should pay a lot more attention to the performing and a lot less attention to the edited personas. Based on sangin', these two just crushed the competition. No coincidence that they closed the show both nights, either,
Here are their performances. What say you?