April 14, 2010

Lambert, Seacrest Steal Idol Spotlight

Remember when American Idol was, well, good? We got a glimpse back to that Idol of yore with the return of glam-man Adam Lambert as the guest mentor in last night’s tribute to Elvis Presley.

Having Lambert back in the Idol studios was a poor move by producers, as it only served to remind me just how awful this season truly is. All of the contestants pale in personality and talent when merely standing next to Lambert.

Sure, all of the Season 9 contestants have fine voices, and some like Crystal Bowersox, Michael Lynch, Lee DeWyze and Casey James, are even record-ready. But none of them make me jump up and down on my couch, screaming when Ryan Seacrest announces they are safe for another week. (Yes, I have been guilty of such an act when it came to Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, David Cook and Kris Allen.)

The best parts of Elvis night were actually Seacrest (I guess he realized he needed to do something to liven up the show), who screeched Lambert’s hit song “What Do You Want From Me,” cracked a joke about former Idol judge Brian Dunkleman and danced while Tim Urban sang “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

The problem is there is no real reason for Season 9’s total failure. The contestants aren’t lacking back stories: there are those looking to do right by their children, others hoping to make it big before their grandma forgets who they are, and another singing for her little sisters. Yet, even these stories, which should be at least somewhat heartwarming, do nothing to tug my alliance in any one direction. It’s hard to tell if it is the contestants total lack of stage presence, or maybe, the show has simply run its course.

I am not going to bother with a recap of last night’s episode because it was painful enough watching it and isn’t something I want to relive. I am just going to skip right to my predictions.

In the bottom three: Andrew Garcia, Katie Stevens and Aaron Kelly, with Andrew and Katie packing their bags. While this is who I think deserve to go home, it most likely won’t play out that way, as it is rarely the people who should go home that do.

On that note, I need to just take a moment to address last week’s results show. In typical Idol fashion, when we get about mid-way through the season, a fan-favorite, in this case Michael Lynch, magically has the least number of votes and must be “saved” by the judges. (This happened last season with Matt Giraud.) The producers’ goal, it seems, is to ignite America into an outrage and spur voting and ratings. There are only two possible explanations for last week’s results: either Americans are idiots, or our votes don’t really count. Either way, it’s disheartening.

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