April 15, 2010

Idol: Tim Urban, The Sanjaya of Season 9

How is Tim Urban sill on American Idol? An even better question, how did he get on the show in the first place?

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I find it hard to believe that out of the hundreds of thousands of people who auditioned for American Idol, he is one of best nine, 24, or even 50. Sure he has a fine voice, usually sings in tune, but he belongs in a Church basement starring in community theater rather than singing in front of millions of people each week.

But America is a sucker for the underdog (Urban was never supposed to be in the top 24, but was a last minute fill in) as proven by Sanjaya Malakar’s longer-than-expected (or deserved) run in Season 6. Though I do think Urban’s career will be more substantial then Malakar’s, who since his Idol stint has appeared on the reality series I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here.

Urban, a mix of Justin Bieber and Zac Efron, would fit perfectly on some Disney Channel show, where he can be cheesy and slide across the stage.

This isn’t to say that Katie Stevens and Andrew Garcia didn’t deserve to go home. America put the two out of their misery, as they struggled week after week to find their place in the competition. But Urban’s departure is long over do, and I am starting to fear as the week’s widdle away that he will surpass contestants that actually do deserve to be there.

As for last night’s elimination episode: Adam Lambert stole the show with his performance of “What Do You Want From Me,” while Season 7 contestant Brooke White put me too sleep.

One thing that really bothered me is how poorly the top 9 contestants lip synced during the group performance. It came out last year that producers were using pre-recorded tracks during the group performances, “due to extensive choreography” and to balance the singers’ voices against screams from the audience.

First off, walking across a stage and up and down stairs a few times isn’t extensive choreography. Second, they are able to balance singers’ voices just fine against the screams during the individual performances. Personally, I would like to know if one of the singers can’t harmonize with a group.

Regardless, if you are going to lip sync, at least make it believable. Instead Season 9 contestants have been prone to being off the track or stop moving their mouths all together. The credibility of American Idol has already been shot to hell over the past several season, let’s try not to ruin it any further.

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