>> Yup. Wife and I are fans. Watch it each week from season 2 to the
>> present. Thanks to Tivo I can still get to the gym and watch it later
>> in the evening, which we did together and in about 40 minutes instead
>> of having to sit through the commercials. It truly is a guilty
>> pleasure and it IS a bit of family TV time, and it is fun, so flame me
>> all you want but even someone who has a music collection as large as I
>> do and as varied as I do can still be not overly critical of what some
>> people think is the lameness of this show and enjoy it anyway.
>> David Cook - I liked his first song. Straight ahead by the numbers
>> version of Running Like The Wolf. Second song, alternate version of
>> Baba O'riley was excellent, though I thought it was just missing a
>> little something. It could be the stress of his brother's illness
>> that is not letting him push the envelope a little more. Regardless
>> of whether he wins or loses, this guy is going to be a star in a year,
>> in the same vein or even more so than Daugherty.
>> Sayeesha - I liked Proud Mary. I disagree with Simon with what he
>> said about imitating Tina. If you ARE going to try to imitate her you
>> need to give it a good shot, and she did. Loved her version of A
>> Change Is Gonna Come and know why she was so emotional afterwards. In
>> my opinion, she may be the runner-up this year but this is also a
>> popularity contest and she may fall short. She will do well on the
>> tour and probably have a good career.
>> Jason Castro - He REALLY is a stoner surfer dude. No question about
>> it. I Shot The Sherriff, Marley style, was ok, but he got creamed by
>> the judges. And, trying to do a Dylan song with all those WORDS is
>> not the right thing for him and he forgot a 'whole bunch of lines' as
>> he said. Unfortunately, he has a HUGE fan base and it is quite
>> possible he does the unthinkable and stays on when he should have been
>> gone weeks ago. Bad, bad, choices of songs. In two years we will be
>> asking "Jason who?".
>> David Archuletta - Got the deserved sweet spot tonight and shone like
>> the true gifted singer he is. Stand By Me was awesome because he did
>> NOT do it straight forward and by the book. His voice was on tonight
>> and when it is it truly is amazing for someone that young. When they
>> announced he was going to do Love Me Tender I cringed, because I
>> thought it was too much for him and I really don't like the song and I
>> want to see him do a happy, bouncy, fun song for a change but he
>> really nailed it. He SHOULD win AI, but it truly is up to the voters.
I LOVE it when artists do the unexpected, like Ryan did last night as
you reported. Last year when my wife and I saw Wilco at the Basie
they had some equipment problems about 1/2 way through the show (blew
out something important). After a few minutes of waiting the band
walked off the stage (pee break?) but Tweedy went and grabbed an
acoustic, walked to the front of the stage with his feet hanging over
and asked everyone to be quiet (and everyone did) and he then played a
song without any amplification. It was wonderful.....