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!!!