Wednesday, May 17, 2006

American Idol Season 5 - Episode 38 Recaps

Semi-finale night. Just one week away from the season finale. Amazing how we've been on this ride for this long, after all the finger blisters we got from dialing and text-messaging too much. It's up to three, now, and each got three chances to win over America at this very important period. First, the major music producer Clive Davis picked songs for them. However, his picks didn't really help the contestants deliver the defining moment we've been waiting for throughout the whole season. Elliott's take on Journey's 'Open Arms' was alright, Taylor's take on Bruce Springsteen 'Dancing In The Dark' was slightly better. It was hic pick for Katharine that really went wrong? R. Kelly's 'I Believe I Can Fly'? I know he tried to send a message there, but we all know Kat's at her best when she doesn't try to belt out way big tunes and sing over-the-top. She sounded strained singing this. I was a little worried, but then things got back on track as the judges showed they are experts at picking songs, they do know exactly what suits the contestants best, vocally. Elliott made Paula proud when he did her song pick (Bobby Caldwell's 'What You Won't Do For Love') justice. When Simon was being so damn sure about his pick for Kat, I was bubbling inside because I know when this guy's serious (and most of the times he acts like a little boy), things can't seem to go wrong and they didn't. It was Katharine who did magic and brought the very moment of the season came to life. She was absolutely breathtaking with her rendition of 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow'. I was allured, with my jaws dropped. Somehow she managed to breathe fresh new air into this classic song and make it sound all new to my ears. The gorgeous, glamorous Kat with a mindblowing performance. One to remember. Randy also proved his dawggy skills with his pick for Taylor, Joe Cocker's 'You Are So Beautiful'. Taylor (looking more and more like a chubby George Clooney now), really moved people when he sang from the soul, without all the goofy, drunk dancing. Second-best one of the show. Then things got back to regular scale again as they performed their own picks. Elliott was good enough with Ray Charles' 'I Believe To Your Soul'. I quite like the jazzy Kat showing a little personality with 'I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues'. And there came those moves again with Taylor trying a little tenderness. Overall, Elliott didn't really have a lot of time to shine tonight, it was maily Kat And Taylor that stole the show. Katharine made a good jump up after last week's disappointing results. So my bet is that Taylor and Katharine should be at the Kodak Theatre. Elliott made it this far, he's always the great humble underdog, but...I guess not enough votes to carry him through. Wait and see.
Ranks for the top 3, in order:

1. Katharine McPhee
2. Taylor Hicks
3. Elliott Yamin


Tomorrow: the top 2 will be revealed!

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