Some of the guys on American Idol 2013 brought their A games to Hollywood (well, Northridge, CA), while others were what Papa Peachez would call a “hot mess (which is actually the pot calling the kettle black, if we’re being honest).”
The American Idol judges had some amazing highs, but seemed to be crushed when those they expected to be great, fell short isntead. And what was with Nicki Minaj? The judge, who was fairly soft-hearted during auditions, brought down the hammer with some bone chillingly cold statements to some of the singers. She even told pint-sized hopeful Matheus Fernandes that he was too busy throwing a “pity party” for himself. In another harsh moment, she icily asked Paul Jolley to give her just one minute of professionalism after he complained repeatedly about being nervous. Ouch. Just ouch.
Of course, some performances were head and shoulders above the rest, and here were some of our faves:
The Math Heads -- Made up of resident rocker Gabe Brown, Mathenee Treco, Nick Boddington, and Matheus Fernandes, this group gelled from moment one. And here’s the thing -- they not only oozed confidence, but you could tell they were having fun up there with their performance of (the albeit overdone) Queen’s “Somebody to Love.” Needless to say, all four were sent sailing through to the solo round. Unfortunately, not all of them did so well on stage by themselves and ended up going home.
Curtis Finch, Jr. -- He should also get the award for best quip with his remark about quirky Charlie Askew not feeling well during the group performance rehearsals. As he said, “If all else fails, I'll just worry about myself so I can be on American Idol and not American Airlines.” But it was his solo performance of “Jar of Hearts” that gave us chills.
Honorable mentions would have to go to Nick Boddington, for an emotional performance of “Stars” at the piano, Gurpreet Singh Sarin for his fun take on “Georgia”, and Charlie Askew’s unique (of course!) take on “Somebody That I Used to Know.”
Okay, on to the worst...
Cortez Shaw -- By now we know this kid’s got the goods, and he makes it into the Top 20 guys, but as soon as he opened his mouth to sing Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” something was way, wayoff. And the judges never take kindly to a botched Whitney Houston song. In fact, Randy Jackson told him in no uncertain terms that he’s no Whitney, while Nicki said she found his rendition “disgusting.” He luckily redeemed himself with stellar performances in the group and solo rounds.
DKSK -- Their “Nickiname” was “Little Lambchops,” and despite being young and cute as a button, the group made up of David Leathers, Jr., Kevin Quinn, Kayden Stephenson, and Sanni M’maimura was pretty abysmal. Between botched lyrics and the chaos on stage during their performance of “For the Longest Time,” we found ourselves squirming in our seats. It broke our hearts to say goodbye to the amazingly positive Kayden, but he said he’ll be back for more next year.
We had to create a new category for B Side called “WTF Was That?”. The group, made up of judge fave Gurpreet Sarin, Mark LaDuke, Chris Watson, and Peter Garrett, was all over the place, to put it mildly. Despite flubbing the lyrics in the absolute worst way, the group members moved around the stage like they owned it. The judges were appalled by the performance, but amazed by their showmanship. As “Keith Turbin” said, “Adam Levine is still alive and he’s already turning in his grave.” They’re lucky they had Nicki on their side, as they all made it through to the solo round.
Who were your faves and least faves? Let us know!