What’s New? A Podcast of: An NKOTB Warning, Adam’s Still Dancing, and Paula Abdul Clips of the Week!

Even though The Dude on the Right is kind of lonely, he does find the time to put together another podcast complete with a quick warning about the return of NKOTB. Boy bands unite! Warning aside, most of his podcast is about TV with the return of “Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites,” no London Bachelor, the booting of Steve Guttenberg while Julianne Hough is wearing too many clothes on “Dancing With the Stars,” but, most importantly, The Dude got off his ass, or at least paid attention to his TiVo, and brings back “Paula Abdul Clips of the Week!”

As Much As I Love Dolly, These Singers Need Bruce.


The Dude on the Right

Tonight’s mentor was Dolly Parton, and I know if I were there as a contestant I
would be screwed because rather than listening to anything she said I would be
just mesmerized with her, umm, voice.  Yea, her voice.  The only thing
I would be focusing on would be her big, giant, voice.

In any case, these
contestants overcame Dolly’s voices, I mean voice, and here’s how I thought they
did. (And, yes, the opening "April Fool’s Joke" during the she show was really
lame.  If they really wanted to do it right they would have teamed up with
ABC’s "Dancing With the Stars" and have millions of people wondering what was
wrong with their TV sets.)

Let’s go…

Brooke White
 – Sings – "Jolene"
 – A great song for her, and as much as I like her doing the acoustic
guitar thing I think she would be more potent if she wasn’t sitting on the stool
and able to "work" this song more.  She’s already got the fan-base so I
don’t think it will hurt her, but for "American Idol" this needed to be a
"performance" song.

David Cook
– Sings "Little Sparrow"
 – So David, this week, decides to actually do his own arrangement, and
Dolly had nice things to say about it.  The country fans might not like it,
I did, and although the singing was off a bit at time, who the hell cares? 
His confidence is growing and it shows, and for him, I hate to say it, but like
a dude named Daughtry, it might be better if he loses.

Ramiele Malubay
 – Sings – "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind"
 – She sings nice enough, but what a wrong genre for her to be in after
last week’s issues.  She’s not country, and she’s not rock and roll; I
think she needs a "Rihanna Week" to pull her out of her funk.  Sadly she
will probably be gone by that night because even though I like her spunk, but
she still seems scared.

Jason Castro
Sings – "Travelin’ Through"
 – Simple enough song, but I don’t think he has the fan base to keep him
going much longer.  For me I can’t envision him on a big stage, but rather
doing a lot of acoustic shows in the smaller clubs, with fans that love him. 
He hasn’t shown himself to be able to command a 20,000 seater, on a big old

Carly Smithson
– Sings – "Here You Come Again"
– This might sound wrong, sexist, or whatever, but she doesn’t have the look to
pull off this song.  Sure, her voice is good enough, but this song doesn’t
seem to to in her genre of music.  Randy and Paula (especially Paula)
really liked her, but Simon had his issues.  I agree with Simon.

– Sings – "Smokey Mountain Memories"
 – Dolly really loves him, she almost even cried.  Damn, I really like
this young dude, and even though his voice cracked a bit, on the slow songs he
seems to be fantastic.  I still, wish, that he would do something up-tempo
to see if can turn into a true performer instead of just wowing the dudettes.

Kristy Lee Cook
– Sings – "Coat of Many Colors"
 – Please tell me she is going to get off her butt and sing this song to
the audience because she is singing great enough in the country genre. 
Okay, she got up, and is still singing nice enough, but she needs to learn a lot
about performing, and if she wanted to get any mentoring from Dolly it would be
how to be a performer and not a singer – if I were her, for this song, I would
ask Dolly how I could touch her, umm audiences.  Sadly Kristy was boring as

Syesha Mercado
– Sings – "I Will Always Love You"
 – She sings purty enough, and I like her sitting on the piano.  She
comes across better looks-wise this week, but I really wish she could have
pulled off getting her butt off the piano for the ending of the song to really
blast it out for the crowd.  She almost had a chance to blow this song out
of the house, but instead just sang it.

Michael Johns
– Sings – "It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right"
 – As much as I didn’t like a lot of his carrying on with this song, as a
"performer" and not a singer he was probably the best of the night, and since
Paula talked to long, and my TiVo flipped to "Dancing With the Stars" and "The
Biggest Loser," I’m not sure what Simon said.  Doesn’t matter, he did great
and should stick around until next week when I can re-adjust my TiVo Season
Passes so Idol doesn’t get clipped.

Let’s wrap this up…

The thing that sort of makes me sad is that pretty much everyone on the show
right now is great, or at least good singers, but only a few of them seem to
have the personalities to be performers.  Every one of them you can picture
singing in a smaller club, with a group of fans, but none of them have shown the
step to the next level.  I suppose Dolly Parton week wasn’t the time to see
that (although a lot of them should have gotten tips from her about being a
performer rather than a singer), but if the "American Idol" folks want to truly
groom any of these kids, bring on a Bruce Springsteen as a two-week mentor to
help them become a small-club person, which most of them already are, to a
stadium rocker, which he is.  Pimp The Beatles if you must, but teach them
Springsteen or The Rolling Stones.

That’s it for this one! 
I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

What’s New? A Podcast of: Welcome “Tripping the Rift” Fans, Poor Chikezie, and “The Biggest Loser” Talk.

The Dude on the Right keeps this podcast kind of short, but he finds enough time to welcome visitors finding Entertainment Ave! thanks to looking up sixsells.com, the website for “Tripping the Rift,” which is in the site because of their DVD review. He is also getting frustrated with “The Biggest Loser,” and thinks Chikezie was robbed on “American Idol.” Hopefully The Dude will quit worrying about the singers and get back to making fun of Paula Abdul.

Is Seeing “American Idol” Live That Much Better than On TV?


The Dude on the Right

So it is "Songs the Year You Were Born" night.  Oh, goody, it is "Songs
When I Was in College" night, or thereabout.  I’m sure flashbacks will be
in order, but I’ll only type about them if I think they will be okay for my Mom
to read.  Here we go…

Ramiele Malubay – Born in 1987
– Sings – "Alone" by Heart
– A song I totally love, but man she doesn’t have the pipes to pull off the
chorus for this song and the bombastic sound the Wilson sisters had. 
Totally wrong song choice, and I’m sorry she is sick.  Ramiele, quick
shaking hands with people and then touching your eyes or picking your nose. 
That’s how you get sick.

Jason Castro – Born in 1987
– Sings – "Fragile" by Sting
– Does a good job by playing the guitar, it keeps him behind the mike and not
having to perform.  The singing is good, the song is sort of boring, but it
should be enough to keep him going, especially because I think the dudettes dig

Syesha Mercado – Born in 1987
– Sings – "If I Was Your Woman" by Stephanie Mills, I think.
– A really nice R&B performance.  Vocal range was good, performance was
good, and this was a great performance that should keep her to the next week.
– What the hell is with all of these 21 year olds?  I remember, sort of, my
21st birthday, and I wasn’t singing in 1988.  Thankfully the picture people
supposedly took of me on my 21st birthday has disappeared, I hope.

– Born in 1985
– Sings – "If Only For One Night" by Luther Vandross
– Chikezie is showing he might be the next R&B singer to blow up across the
Universe.  From week to week he shows differences he can tackle, and he
actually needs to lose this competition to make his own career, a la Daughtry.

Brooke White
– Born in 1983
– Sings – "Every Breath You Take" by The Police
– How boring can you get.  Sure, it’s nice on piano, and she screwed up the
start, but unless she does something special to get her butt off the piano
stool, or straddles it like Tori Amos, as much as I think she is purty, sings
purty, and has talent, this week wasn’t her best.  So much potential that
went away.

Johns – Born in 1978
– Sings – "We Will Rock You " by Queen
– Only a few words need to be written – You are no Freddie Mercury.  I
guess a few more words are needed – the band didn’t help.  I don’t know
what the judges heard, but he just doesn’t seem to have the persona to be
Freddie, at least on TV I guess.  For whatever reason I thought he wasn’t
that good.  Maybe I should just wonder what is wrong with me, or I need to
be there, live.
– I was 10 or 11 when this song came out, the first album I ever bought was
"Night at the Opera," and I found "News of the World" fantastic as the years
went on, especially with the album art.  I always loved reading "No

Carly Smithson – Born in 1983
– Sings – "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler
– A simple choice for her, but for me it just brings back flashbacks of high
school.  Ugh!  Okay, singing wise Carly was good, but she just seems
to be singing, not performing, and for Jim Steinman songs, as much as it is
about the song, it’s more about the performance of the song.  She just sang
it, whereas Meat Loaf knows how to perform.  She needed to really find Jim
Steinman history and how Meat Loaf made those songs performance art.  That
is what Jim Steinman did.

David Archuleta – Born in 1990
– Sings – "You’re the Voice" by Farnham Johnny?
– Is he just trying to get other people money by singing obscure songs? 
That said, I really like the song, like the performance, and I was graduating
college when this dude was being born.  He tried to branch out, but I’m
guessing in 1990 there are better songs, that people might actually know, that
he could have really blown out of the competition.  We’ll see if his good
looks still keep him in the competition.

 Kristy Lee Cook – Born in
– Sings – "God Bless the U.S.A." by Lee Greenwood
– Gosh girl, I like you, but how the hell did you get this far in the
competition.  You sing nice enough, at least this week, sort of, but you
aren’t a performer in any sense of the word.  Thank your lucky stars you
got to the final 10 to go on tour because a lot of other singers are better than
you.  And from the judge’s comments, what the hell am I not hearing nor
seeing on my screen tonight.

David Cook – Born in 1982
– Sings – "Billy Jean" by Michael Jackson
– Nice change of a Michael Jackson song.  If anyone ever says "How do I
make a song my own?" this is the performance they should show.  He works
the stage, he sings like a rocker, and if he doesn’t win he will probably have a
fantastic career anyway.  He actually got in touch with a song with the
year he was born, and if I had a dollar I might actually download that song
version from iTunes. (Dude note: As I laid in bed last night I couldn’t sleep because
I just had to figure David’s version probably wasn’t his own arrangement. Sure enough,
I did some quick research this morning and guess I missed at the beginning where
they said it was Chris Cornell’s version. Thought he did a good job, anyway. DOTR)

Let’s wrap this up…

From a lot of the comments I’m guessing that the performances came off a hell of
a lot better live than on my TV because, well, when I thought some of them
didn’t do well, Simon-Paula-Randy thought they were great.   I know
live is better than TV, but is there that much of a difference.  If the
"American Idol" folks want to prove it to me, fly me out for next week’s show,
otherwise, I don’t think anyone did that well this week except David Cook.

That’s it for this one! 
I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

Watching Singers v. Dancers


The Dude on the Right

Last night I sort of watched "Dancing With the Stars," especially for my
favorites, Julianne Hough, Edyta, and Kym Johnson.  Isn’t it kind of funny
that we don’t need to reference Edyta with her last name anymore?  Anyway,
I don’t care about any of the "celebrity" female dancers much (nor the dude
celebrities, but I did find Adam Carolla and Penn Jillette fun to watch), wonder
why Julianne wore a giant, yellow outfit (rather than a skimpy, yellow outfit),
and Kym actually looked hotter than Julianne.  But tonight the dancing is
over because tonight is about singing (and cuter dudettes).

My brilliant
dancing analysis will come later as their Spring season goes on, but here are my
musical musings about tonight and singing, and it’s The Beatles night, as
opposed to John Lennon and Paul McCartney night last week.  How much did
the "American Idol" folks pay for the rights to use these songs that mediocre
singers could butcher, anyway? …

Amanda Overmyer
– Sings – Back in the U.S.S.R.
– Something just sounds wrong, like she’s not in synch with the band or
something, but it’s not working for me.  This song doesn’t need a southern
twang to it.  And I don’t like her bouncing up and down while she is

Kristy Lee Cook
– Sings – You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away
– What the hell did you ever listen to on the radio?  You picked the song
based on title.  You don’t know any Beatles’ songs?  It’s kind of
"new" to you?
– She’s cute but the song is in the wrong key (she can’t hit the low notes), and
if she keeps going on it’s because she is cute.  She did hit the high note
at the end, but the performance seemed kind of lame.  At least Paula
thought she looked gorgeous.

David Archuleta
– Sings – The Long and Winding Road
– You thought "Dang it!" when you forgot the lyrics last week.  Luckily you
didn’t think "Oh, F&^$, how in the hell could I forget the words to a song in
front of 30 million F$#%ing people?"
–  He shows his vocal pipes this week (again) so we know he can sing the
slow songs, and if this keeps up he’s the next Josh Groban.  He needs to
prove he can sing something up-tempo in my book to make it to the ultimate pop
level.  He’ll be in it for the long haul even if he sucks just because the
girls like him.

How stupid was that iPhone commercial.  I understand
product placement, but Ryan Seacrest should be fired because he isn’t even
trying anymore.  Last week he busted on Jim Carrey promoting "Dr. Seuss’
Horton Hears a Who!", and this week it was the iPhone.  Either he is the
worst pitch-man ever, or he is the greatest at scripts written up as "Promote
this by having the attitude of "What the hell is this shit?"

– Sings – A Day  in the Life
– This is not a good song to trim, though I thought he did a decent job trying
to pull it off.  To do it his way he probably needed a month to work to
rehearse it (and a different band), but I think the dudettes will find him cute
enough to pull him to the next round.

Brooke White
– Sings – Here Comes the Sun
– She’s married.  Damn, so much for fantasies about my future wife.
– No matter what, I think we have already found our next "Carrie Underwood
Country Star" no matter if she wins or not.  She performs, is purty, and
somehow seems to be able to put her mark on every song.  I don’t care what
Randy says, what Paula says, or what Simon says, because I really liked her
"fly-a-way" performance and her attitude, but Brooke, don’t beat yourself up so
much because for me it worked.

David Cook
– Sings – Daytripper – The Whitesnake version
– He’s sticking with the rocker mode, and this is a song that works for him, but
I’m thinking the kids in the audience don’t understand the voice box thing. 
He should have just stuck to rocking and not gone Peter Frampton on our ass. 
There’s still something I don’t like about him because it just seems he is
copying people.

Carly Smithson
– Sings – Blackbird
– She’s starting to get that "crazy-eye" look, where I can see the tops of the
whites of her eyes, and it well, isn’t a good look.  I will, every week, be
not liking her only because she had a major recording contract before.  I
know that is kind of petty, but for some of the other contestants where this is
their first chance, someone who actually has gotten to the precipice, and even
though the record company supposedly was her downfall, she has at least gotten
there before.  And you know what, I didn’t really like her performance this
week, either.

Jason Castro
– Sings – Michelle
– He just seems giddy rather than in love while he is singing.  His smile
is actually almost scary.  Dude, you need to learn how to drop that smile
and make it sincere rather than a plastered-on smile.  The singing was
okay, and although Simon thought he looked good, I thought the goofy look

Syesha Mercado
– Sings – Yesterday
– She’s cuter with the tighter hair, with the ponytail.  The straighter
hair was okay, but she just needed to pull it back.
– She sings nice, but the performance was boring except for the high notes. 
The better place would have been at the front of the stage, not on the stool. 
The singing should keep her going on through next week.

– Sings – I’ve Just Seen a Face
– He has just turned into my favorite "American Idol" contestant ever.  He
works every genre, tries to step over party lines, and just seems to try to show
that he can try anything.  He’s a kind of bizarre dude, but sings perfect
for every side.  The only problem is he doesn’t know if he should settle
into being Usher or Cowboy Troy.

 Ramiele Malubay
– Sings – I Should Have Known Better
– She was the last singer of the night, which is usually the one who is supposed
to do the most fabulous version, but I thought her performance was boring, even
though she sang alright.  Just an "Umm" for me.

Let’s wrap this up…

Why does everyone take this season to bust on Simon.  It seems like an easy
joke, but it’s not appropriate for people to pretty much dismiss everything he
might say.  I really hope they get away from The Beatles’ songs, no matter
how much they paid for them, because we have now found out that there are a lot
of people who can’t sing, or arrange, Beatles’ songs.  Please let us get to
wacky mentors again, because as much as they sucked, they were better than a lot
of these people singing songs they couldn’t learn from John Lennon nor Paul

That’s it for this one! 
I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

What’s New? A Podcast of: Ashley Alexandra Dupre (a.k.a. Kristen), Idol Talk, Nice Weather, and a Toilet.

The Dude on the Right changes the way he starts this podcast, which deals with lots of topical topics. Of course The Dude talks a bit about Ashley Alexandra Dupre, a.k.a. Kristen, a.k.a. the dudette who slept with Eliot Spitzer, but he also was able to enjoy some Spring weather hitting Chicagoland. The Dude also gives some thoughts on David Hernandez being booted from American Idol, but wonders about a woman stuck to her toilet, hoping, but doubting, that she had the coolest bathroom ever. The end question is if she was as comfortable on her toilet as the Easter Bunny to the right seems to be?

The Pressure Starts to Hit the American Idol 12


The Dude on the Right

We are finally down to the final 12, thank whatever God you pray to, because now
I can finally to actually try and get to know the "American Idol" contestants,
or at least identify them better, even if it isn’t really by their name. 
It also helps freeing up my Thursday night TV viewing, especially as "30 Rock"
and "My Name is Earl" returns pretty soon, because Idol is back to its
appropriate two nights a week.  Enough prologue, the theme of tonight is
the Lennon/McCartney songbook, so this night has the potential for some
train-wrecks.  Let’s get to the show…

Syesha Mercado
– Sings – Got to Get You Into My Life
– Better hair, nice look, bad earrings.
– Thought she started well, but then kind of messed up making it "her own"
during the chorus.  Even though, she has the looks, the voice, and has tons
of potential, she’s starting to be a performer.

– Sings – She’s a Woman
– He is really coming into his own and I think he did a great job.  He
works the stage, acts just a tad goofy for the song, and at first, when "Idol"
started, I didn’t like him, but slowly Chikezie is becoming one of my favorites. 
Somewhere the "confidence" drug hit this dude.

Ramiele Malubay
– Sings – In My Life
– First impression – wrong song.  Her voice is nice, but after following
Chikezie’s performance it’s almost like following Jerry Lee Lewis back in the
old days of rock & roll.  She looks good, sings okay, but the performance
was bland.  Paula thought she looked pretty.

Jason Castro
– Dude, you sound like a surfer, a stoner, like, well, you just want to
sing, and keep the karma.
– Sings – If I Fell
– He’s got the Jack Johnson vibe but with a reggae look instead.  He sings
well enough, I like that he’s also a musician and maybe sticking to the
surfer/reggae attitude will do him well.  I don’t think it will get him to
the finals, but Paula at least feels his heart.

Carly Smithson
– Sings – Come Together
– As much as I don’t like her being in the competition, but damn, I love that
– The voice is there, because it always is, and I do like the version she put
together, but even though she almost had a career before, there is something
about her look that bothers me.  I think it’s her hair.

David Cook
– Sings – Eleanor Rigby
– There’s just something about him that I don’t like.  I don’t know if it’s
his look, or maybe his attitude, or just seeming to be like Chris Daughtry. 
Paula thinks he’s a horse, but I just find him, umm, done before.  I don’t
see him winning but still getting radio play.  The only problem he has
right now is not seeming to have a previous band career like Daughtry did.

Brooke White

– Sings – Let it Be
– Good song after a long commercial break to let us forget performances. 
She sings pretty, plays pretty, and does that half "playing to the camera" but
still "I’m wrapped up in the song so leave me alone" performance well. 
Nice.  I like her.  She sings purty.

David Hernandez
– Sings – I Saw Her Standing There
– He seems to try too hard to be a performer, and his singing for this song
isn’t that great.  I think this was just a total wrong song choice for him
from the Beatles’ catalog he was given.  He better have a good fan base
otherwise he will be gone.

Amanda Overmyer
– Sings – You Can’t Do That
– It’s the first song that she heard this week.  Bad pants.  She stays
true to who she is, but I don’t see it getting her to the end of the competition
– just not "pop" enough for the show.  She does have the attitude, and the
voice, to hit her nitch, but I don’t think it will be with "American Idol." 
Good week for her, though.

Michael Johns
– Sings – Across the Universe
– It’s not a performer song, but let’s see what he does with it…  So far
it’s stale because he can’t separate himself from his microphone stand. 
Like everyone else, he sings nice enough, but it’s not a performance to

Kristy Lee Cook

Sings – Eight Days a Week
– She knows what to do with the songs, but it was a crappy arrangement. 
She’s a country singer, she knows it, and looks to follow in the footsteps of
Carrie Underwood, but this was not a song that could be turned into a country
song in a week.  The song sounded forced, she looks purty, sings purty, but
everything sounded wrong.  It was all over the place.

David Archuleta
– Sings – We Can Work It Out
– My advice for him, because he has so much potential, is don’t let the
"American Idol" folks fuck you up because they let you fuck it up this week. 
Forget the hair styling, forget the clothes, forget the pressure, and just, for
every week, let yourself have fun.  Sure, it’s easier said than done, but
that is your forte.  Bounce back to a few weeks ago when you just sang.

The pressure of competition has hit a couple of contestants, some of them picked
wrong songs, but the next couple of weeks will start to tell who gets the
popularity vote.  And next week come the Mentors.  God, for Howard
Stern fans we can only hope that one of them is Bruce, as in Bruce Springsteen. 
Artie Lange knows why.

That’s it for this one! 
I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

What’s New? A Podcast of: Abducted by Space Aliens, Bye Brett, Voice Mail, Strippers, and Thank a Pig.

The Dude on the Right explains why he thinks he might have been abducted by space aliens during this podcast, but at least he doesn’t think he got an anal probe. He also understands, yet still pokes fun, at why Brett Favre got weepy today during his retirement press conference. The Dude also gives his explanation of proper etiquette for voice mail, wishes some of the dudettes on “American Idol” had been strippers, and with the drug Heparin, thinks you should thank a pig and a scientist, pray it’s not a Chinese pig, although he has no problem with the scientist being Chinese.

No Reports, yet, of the Dudettes Being Strippers (Damn!), but It’s Their Turn for “American Idol” 80’s Night


The Dude on the Right

So it’s 80’s night, and it’s ladies’ night, hope they’re feeling right, and
wearing clothes that are tight.  I’m gonna stop now and just get to what I
thought of the signing…

Asia’h Epperson
– She fell on her roller skates, wow.
– I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
– Sings well enough and is smart enough to know she isn’t Whitney, but she
performs well.  Paula is on her feet.  Yay!
– Randy has to show how cool he is.  Dude, we get it.

Kady Malloy
– Who Wants to Live Forever – Queen
– One of my favoritist songs ever, and singing wise I thought she way great. 
If she actually did the entire version instead of a shortened version I might
actually buy the thing on iTunes, but sadly it was shortened.  The other
problem is that I guess they aren’t letting these people actually perform,
seemingly being restricted to that small circle in the center of the stage.
– And Paula knows where the magic is, but Simon kind of gets it right on the
personality side.

Amanda Overmyer
– I Hate Myself for Loving You – Joan Jett
– She almost seems to have lost her confidence and keeps looking at something at
the edge of the stage likes she’s not sure of herself.  Too bad because she
should have bolted this song out of the ballpark.  The singing was okay for
it, but for me it seemed timid.
– I guess the judges saw something different or maybe she was singing to them,
and for that it would work, but for my TV it didn’t.  She almost looked out
of it.  Guess we’ll see.

Carly Smithson
– On a personal note I don’t want her to win because she already had her
chance at a recording contract and has the performing experience, but I
– I Drove All Night – Cyndi Lauper (1989), Celine Dion (2003)
– She sang great, her tattoo bugs me, and fine, give her a recording contract
but get her off the competition.
– Paula thinks Carly is a dependable dog.

Kristy Lee Cook
– She thought she was a dog?
– Faithfully – Journey
– What are the odds on Randy mentioning he worked with Journey?  We’ll see.
– She’s a girl, but can’t hit the high notes like Steve Perry did?  And
what’s up with the red tongue?  She would have done better trying to turn
this "Faithfully" into a country version.
– Yup, Randy called Steve Perry, "Perry." Paula thinks it could be a country
hit, but for me it wasn’t country enough except for maybe the looks.  Maybe
the red tongue is from medication as it sounds her voice is having problems.

Ramiele Malubay
– Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) – Phil Collins
– I like her, thinks she sings well, but man, this song didn’t work for me. 
Worst song choice of the night, mostly because she couldn’t sing the entire
thing to work it.
– Paula is, well, in full Paula mode.

Brooke White
– Love is a Battlefield – Pat Benatar
– She sings purty, she is purty, but this song is all about passion, and her
performance totally lacked it.  And what’s up with the giant "looks like
one of those candy, sucker" rings on the girl’s fingers.  I guess I’m just
not a fashion guru.  She needed to kick butt on this song, and didn’t.
– Randy proves that he doesn’t know things, again, and I don’t agree with Simon
on his take on her performance.

Syesha Mercado
– Saving All My Love for You – Whitney Houston
– At times she sings like an angry Whitney Houston, which is okay, and does a
fine job with the rest of it..  She should move on, and with no real
comments from the judges I’m guessing they are running out of time, but if you
watch her doing Whitney compared to Asia’h at the top of the show, you can see
Syesha being the better singer.

Once again I question some song choices
because I seem to remember that during the 80’s there were many a decent, power
song for dudettes to sing, in just about every genre.  Fine, I don’t know
if they were given a list of songs and were told "Here, pick something from this
list," or at least were able to make some suggestions before being told they
couldn’t sing them, but then again, as I think about it, how many of these girls
actually know any decent songs from the 80’s because while I was attending high
school and college, well, some of them weren’t born yet.

Right now most of any
of them can be voted off the island tomorrow, I mean booted from "American
Idol," because I have no emotions tied into their stories, but when the final 12
time comes next week I think this competition turns in to "cute dudettes" v.
David Archuleta.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see for a week.

That’s it for this one! 
I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

The Dudes are in Turmoil, but the “American Idol” 80’s Live On


The Dude on the Right

So it’s 80’s night, not to be confused with Ladies’ night, and dude scandals are
all over the place, from David Hernandez once being a stripper to someone
looking like Danny Noriega spouting stuff about Santa.  Doesn’t matter,
here comes the singing…

Luke Menard
–  Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!
–  Dude, what in the hell were you thinking?  I know the 80’s is a
weird place to find music, but umm, Wham!?  Very boring, lame, and how in
the hell does this make you shine?
–  Paula Abdul is starting to look to be in rare form tonight.  I hope
it keeps going.

David Archuleta
– Another Day in Paradise – Phil Collins
– Does his own piano playing – nice, then works from the piano to the stage to
work the crowd.  Outfit blows, but he’s got everything this competition
wants in someone to win and take control.
–  Simon is correct, though, that David needs to pick things up a bit with
a "happier" song.

Danny Noriega
– Tainted Love – Soft Cell
– The problem is that when you try to cover an 80’s song, and be an 80’s poser,
unless you were living in the 80’s, you probably can’t pose like the 80’s. 
The song was boring, and at this point I would like to see the list these dudes
were given of the songs they could pick.  If he picked this song on his own
it’s another "Dude, what in the hell were you thinking?"

David Hernandez
– Dude, I know it’s embarrassing, but we don’t want to know about your boogers.
– It’s All Coming Back to Me Now – Celine Dion (and Meat Loaf)
– You are not Meat Loaf, and you are not Celine Dion, because you’re not a
performer like Meat Loaf, and, well, you’re not Celine Dion.  David sang
nice enough, but this is a performance song, and for me he fell flat. 
He’ll still, probably, go on to the final 12, but if you want to know how to be
a performer, find some video of Meat Loaf singing this song, or any song.

Michael Johns
– Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds
– I’m guessing, so far, that every one of these people have to pick a crappy
song from the 80’s because why else would all of these dudes be singing these
songs?  I liked "The Breakfast Club," but songs from that soundtrack aren’t
the best songs of the 80’s.
– The other thing I wonder is why Randy Jackson is referencing Michael Hutchence
from INXS for this song, unless I missed something, or Randy just thinks this
Michael is being Micheal Hutchence.

David Cook
– Hello – Lionel Richie
– I’ll give him credit for trying to turn this song into his own, and playing
the guitar, but the problem I had is that for him this should have been a 90’s
theme, with him turning it up another notch and being possessed by either the
spirit of Nirvana or maybe The Offspring (ala their version of "Feelings") for
the song.

Jason Castro
– Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen (I think).
– Sure, this song has been done by the likes of U2, and Jeff Buckley, and tons
of other folks but do you really think any of the kids have heard this song
before, except from maybe "Shrek"?  He did a nice job, but is pulling out
an obscure song the way to go for "American Idol"?  You sing well, the
judges loved it, but will the kids like it?  Hmmm?

All the Woman (Man) I Need – Whitney Houston (Luther Vandross)
– He did good enough singing, is coming into his own knowing where he needs to
be in the R&B nation, but as an "American Idol" finalist, he still has some

Part of the problem is that the singers are in that mode of "too many
singers, trying to fit too many songs, into a one hour show" so they have to cut
the songs pretty much in half.  This doesn’t let anyone really be able to
state the song, work the song, and then show they are fantastic doing the song. 
I don’t care what anyone says, and especially if he can pull out some spunk,
David Archuleta already has this thing won.  And I still want to see the
list of songs these dudes could pick from the 80’s because there was some decent
music from that decade, but you wouldn’t know it from watching the dudes sing.

We’ll see how the dudettes sing tomorrow.

That’s it for this one! 
I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!