After a two-week break, American idol returned Sunday and started with the most anticlimactic resolution of the least exciting rock trailer in TV history: when host Ryan Seacrest announced last season’s second place finisher, Arthur Gunn, had won the “Comeback” round and secured a spot in this season’s top 10. Yes, it was not exactly a cliffhanger of “Who Shot JR?” proportions. But if I can make another one Dallas reference here, manufacturers should really consider opening cold next week Idol show with a scene by Bobby Ewing soaps up in the shower and assures furious viewers that this week’s controversial top seven result was only a bad dream.
Allow me to summarize what has been going on American idol to those of you who did not see the above comeback episode ̵
And so, that brings us to this week – when Arthur as expected joined this season’s top nine. These nine singers did not exactly welcome him with open arms, and not just because of social distancing protocols on Idol scene. Sure, no one could blame Arthur for taking the opportunity to finally perform on stage instead of in his living room. But no one could blame the season 19 contestants for being angry that he had basically stolen a spot from the singer who probably would have reached the top 10 under normal circumstances, Ava August. Arthur even looked a little guilty and disappointed, as if he was reluctant to seem too festive as he sat with his boring new brooms on the set’s sofas. And the situation became even more awkward at the end of the evening when Arthur was voted through to the top seven – thus a place from either Deshawn Goncalves, Alyssa Ray or Cassandra Coleman, who all went home after giving excellent Disney performances.
Twitter var does not the happiest place online after this controversial result. And viewers apparently did not agree with Judge Katy Perry, who all gathered for Sunday’s theme episode of the Tinkerbell cosplay, that this was “the best night of the year!” (And that was a shame, because I would actually say that this was generally the best Disney Night since the series moved to ABC.)
Again, this was a backlash does not Arthur’s fault (the blame lies with the producers who thought that this “biggest shake-up in Idol history ”was initially such a fabulous idea). And Arthur’s “bright and hopeful”, Mumfordian addresses Coco the song “Remember Me”, complete with soulful horns and gospel backup singers, was very, very better than his called “Iris” Comeback Performance – Katy even said “Remember Me” was one of his most memorable performances ever. It was definitely a reminder of why I liked him so much last year. Maybe it was smart and strategic of Arthur to wait to do something like this in the top 10 week, as he probably knew he could run through the Comeback round against a random selection of season 18 also-ransom without having to waste his best material.
But I still think it’s a lost-loss situation. As much as I rooted Arthur last year (I still do not understand why 19 recordings did not sign him at the time when other contestants from his season like Francisco Martin and Dillon James made record deals), I do not think he will reach the top two again this season – especially since his progress has already created so much fan violence. So Arthur will probably go home next week – sort of Idol relegation, where his Wikipedia page now billed him as “Season 19 top seven finalist” instead of “Season 18 number two.” And meanwhile we had to say goodbye to three participants who had worked hard all season – this season – to earn their seats, and had given some of their best performances ever this week.
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But so far, six contestants from this season are still running, and one of them is likely to be the next American Idol. These were their Disney shows from Sunday night:
Caleb Kennedy, “Real Gone” (from Cars)
This uptempo Sheryl Crow tune was an exciting start to the show, but it was not exactly a magical, classic Disney performance. But perhaps magical, classic Disney performances are not the most Idol viewers want even more as they did not vote for Deshawn’s classic and jazzy “When You Wish Upon a Star”, Alyssa’s princess-like “A Wish Is a Dream Your Heart Makes,” or Cassandra’s Greek goddess Hercules song. Personally, I would like to see Caleb make covers that have as much gravel and gravitas as his originals, and that annoyed me when eternally jolly judge Lionel Richie suggested he smile more. But Katy loved Caleb’s “infectious energy” and thought “the song choice was really cool”, and I don’t think the Caleb songwriters come into their own as the performer of Caleb.
Willie Spence, “Circle of Life” (from Lions King)
“Circle of Life” was a massive moment for Jennifer Hudson in season 3 (although J.Hud shockingly went home that week, her version is still considered one of the greatest Idol performances of times). So the bar was set high here. And of course, Willie made it. He’s the best belts of the season, and while some contestants often start strong plateau at the semifinals, Willie just keeps shooting. As long as he can throw a few basket balls in the next few weeks, this is his competition to lose – but at Disney Night he was wise to stay in the ballad orbit. “You just have the magic, buddy. When you hit the big notes, man, those are the best things in the world, ”Judge Luke Bryan raved. “I love what you did. The event was sparkling and magnificent. … It was truly spiritual. I’m excited to see you sing again, ”said Katy. I’m excited too.
Casey Bishop, “When She Loved Me” (fra Toy Story 2)
I appreciated Casey mixing it up, but I wish she had kept one little a bit of her signature rock sound intact, rather than removing everything completely back. It’s not like I expected her to cover a Halyx song, though that would have been great. (Funny fact: Halyx was a group of glam-sci-fi rockers, also known as “Star Wars Cantina Band meets KISS”, who played stays in a secret amphitheater under Disneyland’s Space Mountain during a glorious summer in 1981. Yes, it happened. ) But Casey was a little Stepfordian here; I missed her rawk ‘n’ roll fire. However, the judges did not seem to miss it. Katy loved the “sophisticated” transformation, and Casey’s biggest fan on the panel, Luke, whispered, “I just think you’re a superstar at the helm. … I do not know if I’ve had chill-bumps like that for four years doing this show. ”
Chayce Beckham, “Baby Mine” (from Dumbo)
OKAY, this is what I wish Casey would have done. Rocker Chayce, basically David Cook from season 19, put his own spin on the sweet, sincere lullaby, roughing it up with some steel guitars (which Luke greatly appreciated), people’s acoustic strumming and a raw, urgent, nearby delivery. Chayce will be the restored Arthur’s most direct competition this season or vice versa. Luke called this a “really retro-cool country moment,” and Katy compared it to the Goo Goo Dolls, which was apparently a compliment.
Hunter Metts, “You Will Be in My Heart” (from Tarzan)
This performance was hyped as Hunter’s own comeback of sorts after he flubbed his lyrics in the top 12 week and had a meltdown on stage. But there was really nothing to “get back” from, for it was Hunter’s best performance, and he had beaten himself unnecessarily. This week, I felt he held back, seemingly afraid of losing control again, but when he finally let go, he approached greatness by “falling slowly.” Lionel said, “Yes, it is what I was waiting for. What you feared most was being emotionally charged, and just by being emotionally charged you heard the crowd [cheer]. And that’s what it’s all about. ”Luke remarked,“ When you started, I felt like you were really, very reluctant to go there. And now when you go there, it works, it gets reactions, and it takes the song to higher places. Your voice is so recognizable. When you expand your range and go for it, it will just make you more undeniable. ”
Grace Kinstler, Into the Unknown ”(from Frozen 2)
Grace has been criticized for gently and repeatedly ignoring the judges’ advice to sing magnificent, timeless ballads; even in the Oscar-themed top 12 week, she went bizarre with Pharrell Williams’ boppy “Happy” instead of a more appropriate James Bond theme or Diane Warren power ballad. But this week, Grace finally gave the judges and fans what they wanted, with a spectacular power tournament that showed all her diva strengths. It was a final big finish that got a standing ovation from the panel. “Oh my goddess, grace. It was like you had a magic wand. … You controlled the whole room with your voice, ”exclaimed Katy. “You went to the microphone with a look in your eye like, ‘I’m about to kill this.’ And there was never any doubt. You had the tiger’s eye, ”Luke said. “Just do it. That’s all you need to do, ”advised Lionel.
Side note: This week’s guest mentor was “the only John Stamos” (that was Ryan’s words), apparently because “starred in the Disney + sports drama Big shot“And being a ‘self-confessed Disney fanatic’, Uncle Jesse qualified as ‘no better to help bring some Disney magic to’ Idol funny. “Arthur advanced to the top seven by completely ignoring John’s advice, but no matter what. Next Sunday’s episode will be Coldplay-themed with the actual members of Coldplay (literally no better for the job) mentorship among the top seven. It seems that the Coldplay catalog might favor singer-songwriter types like Chayce, Hunter, and, yes, Arthur (and I would really love to see what Cassandra could have done), but hopefully this episode will feature many enjoyable hymns this weekend. . See you.
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