Thoughts on American Idol Top 10 Week

Before I begin with my predictions, I just want to say that Kelly Clarkson was the highlight of this episode. I got teary after her last live performance on Idol, and I never cry for TV shows or movies. Not to mention she was an amazing guest judge. She was funny, smart, and everything a judge should be. It sucks that we can’t have her every week because as she said, she’s “slightly knocked up” and due to give birth in 7 weeks.

Now, to the performances. Before the top 10 performance episode aired, I only had one favorite. Now I have three. But that’s not to say that the entire top 10 is amazing. There were three performances that just were not good enough, and two more that were mediocre at best.

This list is ordered with my least favorite performance of the week at 10 and my favorite at 1. After the list, I’ll rank the contestants based on how I think they will place.

10) Gianna Isabella – Song choice alone ruined Gianna’s performance. Listen has been done so many times on X Factor UK by so many more talented vocalists that Gianna was naturally going to pale in comparison. The judges were right that it felt calculated. And she didn’t even attempt the big note after the bridge. This performance proved Gianna just isn’t ready.

9) Tristan Mcintosh – Tristan started out as one of my favorites. But she hasn’t lived up to her first audition. And this week, again, wasn’t good enough. I wish Idol would still be around in a few more years so Tristan could try out again later when she learns more about her voice. The judges and producers love her though so she’ll be around for at least a few more weeks.

8) Lee Jean – This week was an improvement for Lee, but honestly it wasn’t enough for him to overcome the shushing the audience or the fact that there are better singers with the same style (MacKenzie) in this year’s top 10.

7) Avalon Young – I like Avalon. She has a nice style and is pretty unique. But this week wasn’t her strongest. The song choice wasn’t great and she didn’t really get into it until the second half. So I’m placing her at number 7.

6) Trent Harmon – Trent is talented. But I feel like he wasn’t at his best this week. The vocal was too frantic for my tastes. Having said that, he’s a producer favorite and the love from the judges should keep him around for a while longer.

5) Dalton Rappattoni – Dalton will probably win this season, as much as it pains me to say it. His vocal isn’t great. Having said that, this week he made me enjoy a performance of Hey There Delilah, a song I absolutely loathe. So I guess he wouldn’t be the worst winner ever.

4) MacKenzie Bourg – He’s smart-he picks great songs, he is a great writer, and he knows what to do with an arrangement. But MacKenzie’s problem is that his vocal isn’t as strong as it needs to be for him to win the show.

3) Olivia Rox – Olivia is my favorite this season and I hope she wins. Her vocals can be amazing at their peak. And her duet with David Cook was my performance of the season so far. But this week, she was clearly third best. It sucks, because she went first and was totally overshadowed by La’Porsha and Sonika.

2) Sonika Vaid – Sonika just put herself back in the running this week. The vocal was stunning as always, but she also somehow figured out how to perform the song and make me feel something. I really hope she continues to perform well, because the vocal is always flawless.

1) La’Porsha Renae – La’Porsha stole the show. Kelly flat out declared her the winner, and nobody dared to disagree. The vocal was great, the song choice was great, everything was great. My one concern is that she hasn’t shown herself to be too marketable. I hope she can prove she fits because she is extremely talented.

My predictions:

  1. Dalton Rappattoni
  2. La’Porsha Renae
  3. Olivia Rox
  4. MacKenzie Bourg
  5. Sonika Vaid
  6. Trent Harmon
  7. Tristan McIntosh
  8. Avalon Young
  9. Lee Jean
  10. Gianna Isabella

My dreams:

  1. Olivia Rox
  2. La’Porsha Renae
  3. Sonika Vaid
  4. Everyone else in whatever order

My Thoughts on the iPhone SE Rumors

I used to be vehemently against the idea of larger smartphones. I thought that a 4 inch display was the perfect size to use in one hand and that really mattered to me. I didn’t think a bigger screen would be better in any way.

Then I bought my iPhone 6. And quickly began to love it. The larger screen does help with many things, including making the keyboard bigger, making watching videos better, and making games easier to control. The small tradeoff in one handed usability was not a big deal as a lot of things were made better with a bigger display.

But now that Apple is (according to multiple rumors) planning to release a new iPhone with a 4 inch display, I am stuck wondering why. I mean, choice is nice, but I don’t think many people would want a smaller phone after using a bigger one for a week. In addition, the new phone isn’t even going to be on par with the iPhone 6S-it won’t have 3D touch, and it won’t have the dramatically improved cameras. Unless you are going to make it great, why make it at all?

I don’t know the answer to that question. What I do know is that I was the target audience for the iPhone SE. I loved my smaller phone. But I was wrong.

Updated 3/7 with most up to date rumored name of product.

The Legacy of American Idol

American Idol was the first show of its kind to make stars. Sure, there was Star Search, but nobody really came right from that to become a huge success. Without Idol, I wouldn’t have discovered David Cook or seen him in concert so many times. Same for Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, James Durbin, Allison Iraheta, Nick Fradiani, Caleb Johnson, and Jena Irene. But that’s only the beginning of the story.

Idol’s success led to many other singing shows that took over the airwaves in ways big and small. Without Idol, we wouldn’t have The Voice and it’s success stories-the judges. I wouldn’t know who Blake Shelton was if it weren’t for The Voice. We also wouldn’t have had Duets or Rising Star. I know, we could all have done without Rising Star, the trainwreck that it was. If Idol hadn’t made Simon Cowell a household name and therefore someone who had the power to make TV shows of his own, we wouldn’t have America’s Got Talent and The X Factor. America’s Got Talent produced acts like Taylor Williamson, Mat Franco, Terry Fator, Jackie Evancho, and most recently Paul Zerdin. Acts like Beach Avenue (Nick Fradiani’s old band) and Dustin’s Dojo were robbed by AGT’s producers, but at least one of those situations worked out for the best. I look forward to AGT’s return this summer with Simon Cowell joining the panel.

Most importantly to me, without Idol, The X Factor UK wouldn’t exist. If Simon was never on American Idol, nobody would know who he was, and we wouldn’t have gotten amazing talent like Olly Murs, Matt Cardle, Cher Lloyd, Little Mix, Ella Henderson, Sam Bailey, Ben Haenow, Fleur East, Andrea Faustini, and most recently Louisa Johnson. I left out One Direction because I didn’t care for them on the show, but I will say it has been really cool to see them take over the world. We also would not have had Wagner, Reggie and Bollie, or Jedward, which would have been nice, but hey, no show can have a perfect record. I’m trying to forget about The X Factor USA, because with the exception of the talented Melanie Amaro (who I’m still pissed didn’t make it big), Alex & Sierra (who should also have made it big), and Fifth Harmony (who are doing extremely well for themselves), that show was a blemish on the franchise.

All of these people from all of these shows would still be undiscovered if it wasn’t for American Idol’s success. Because American Idol paved the way for shows like X Factor and AGT, I will be forever grateful.

Read the rest of this post including my top 5 favorite Idol performances at mjsbigblog