It's almost over, guys. I'm sure some of you are all 'Thank God! Now she can go back to obsessing about the Yankees 24-7.' And some of you are all 'Noooooooo! Don't leave me, Idol!' I'm probably a combination of the two after this long season.
So, on this, the penultimate day of American Idol 4, I give you my fave performances of the year. You'll notice I have a link so you can check out the song choices listed (as well as the song choices of others for that theme) in each breakdown. Check out watchidol.com for all the performances this season (and to note, if you have a PC and are checking out the downloads, left click the audio icon to play it right there or right click it to save to your computer. Mac people, I'm pretty sure it'll just play for you when you click.) I encourage those of you who are too cool for the Idol school to give some of these a listen, and those of you who are fans to hear these songs all over again and get nostalgic and stuff.
Moon River, Anwar, Guys Top 12: I already liked Anwar going in, but that he sang this and with an awesomely different arrangement on it made him one of my instant favorites.
There's a Power, Nadia, Girls Top 12: At this point, I was pretty much bored with every girl except Carrie, so when Nadia came out all confident and dancy with this, I was all 'Hmm. She could go pretty far.' She stayed full of moxie the rest of her stay, but I felt like she was kind of disdainful of pop music or something, judging by her song choices and some comments after that. To me, that spelled 'I'm too good for this' and while it's OK for me to think that about a contestant, it's not OK for a contestant to come across that way. Because if you think you are too good for this, why are you wasting my time? Anyway.
Could've Been, Carrie, Girls Top 12: I knew it was good because I had it (a song I hated as a kid), stuck in my head for days after. Plus, her voice sounded so pure on this, you could mistake it for Ivory soap.
I Got You, A-Fed, Guys Top 8: I almost missed this episode because I forgot it was on during Monday Night Dinner. Luckily, Dexter and Vicki made me come over to catch it off their TiVo and I'm glad I did. I was already on the A-Fed train, but the unabashed joy he exuded while singing this (and a lovely held note toward the end) made me chug the Kool-Aid right there.
Alone, Carrie, Top 11, Billboard No. 1s: I remember being like 'Damn! That was AWESOME!' when I first heard it, because that is a hella tough song to sing and it exhibited the power of her voice pretty darn well. After that? Carrie ceased to bowl me over in such a way again, which really, really disappointed me.
Remedy, Bo, Top 10, Songs of the1990s: I liked Bo from his first performances, but this was the first one that had me tapping my foot along with him and gave me an inkling of 'he could go far'...despite the cow-print hat.
One Hand, One Heart, Nikko, Top 9, Musicals: The only performance I enjoyed the night of the Great Broadway Disaster (seriously - EVERYONE sucked that night. Please, AI, never again with this theme) but he gets voted off the next night. Sigh.
I Surrender, A-Fed, Top 6, Songs of the New Millenium: When I heard he was tackling Celine Dion, it was like, yikes. On so many levels. Then, awesomely enough, the kid sang the song with so much gusto and conviction I was sure it had to be the top performance of the night. Then he's in the bottom 2 with Constantine the next night. Whatever.
Bridge Over Trouble Water, Group Sing,Top 5 Results Night: Probably the best one this season because for once during a group song, they all seemed to be enjoying themselves. And they all sounded pretty damn good, instead of the off-keyness the group sings tend to inspire.
If You Don't Know Me By Now, A-Fed, Top 4, Songs of Gamble & Huff: A-Fed's swan song, probably the best vocal of the night, one of his best of the season -- and he's voted out for it. Sigh.
Within a Dream, Bo, Top 3: Because it was insanely freaking awesome, that's why. And when the audio is available through the site, I'll post it here, though it's probably better if you see it in all its heavenly lit, stripped-down glory.
And now, ladies and gentlemen, I will reveal to you my not-so psychic picks from March 10 of this year. Carolyn's office was doing an Idol pool, and since I'd been watching the show closer than she had, Car asked me to make her picks. She didn't end up entering, and it's probably a good thing. I didn't remember who I picked for her, so last week I had her re-send me my predictions. I was a little shocked because I really thought I'd had Carrie in the top 2, but I guess I didn't:
Well, at least I had three of the Top 4 correct and 12-10 went out that early, just in a different order.
I'm not even going to make a prediction for tomorrow night. It's not worth it because the voting patterns of this country are somewhat bizarre. If this season has taught me anything, it's that.