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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

American Idol finale

Well, the finale of American Idol is tonight. Guess we can’t ignore the show anymore. With one of the least exciting final twos ever (for us, at least), we’ll make this short and sweet.

Phillip Phillips is the twitchy Dave Matthews soundalike. He’s easily our pick to win, even if he’s not the most technically adept singer left.

Our favorite Phillip Phillips performance: “Hard to Handle” by Otis Redding. “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” is a close second, partly because we love Billy Joel.

We’re rooting for him because, as Randy said a few weeks ago, he strives to make every song his own. We really appreciate that. If we wanted to listen something that sounds like the original version, we’d just listen to the original.

Jessica Sanchez is the technically proficient belter. She seems like a nice person, she just shows very little personality in most of her performances.

Our favorite Jessica Sanchez performance: “Dance with my Father” by Luther Vandross, because we finally saw some emotional connection between her and song. “Proud Mary” is a close second; she looked like she was having fun.

Leeard wanted to put the video of Jessica performing “I Have Nothing” next to a video of Whitney performing it as the reason we don’t love her. If she wants to try to sound like Whitney or Mariah, that’s fine. We have no problem with that, because those are two of the greatest female singers ever. However, a big part of what makes them great is how they connect with the lyrics and messages of their songs and Jessica just doesn’t. Hopefully this will come with experience, because we have little doubt she’ll get a recording contract whether or not she wins tonight.

We think Phillip will win, but we almost don’t want him to, just so he doesn’t have the notoriously horrible Idol record deal.

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