Wednesday, April 12, 2006

They Aren’t the Champions

Last night’s American Idol was supposed to be good. It was all Queen songs. I was actually looking forward to it all day, embarrassing as that is to admit. (I really don't have any shame, do I?) And there were some good performances, namely Elliott Yamin’s “Somebody to Love” and Paris Bennett’s “The Show Must Go On” (mostly). And Kellie Pickler surprised me with her not half-bad cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” But otherwise, the show was pretty embarrassing, as it’s been for the past three weeks.

What’s happened to this season of Idol? Didn’t it start out so well? Weren’t there more great performers? Where did they all go? Chris Daughtry has fallen so far so fast that it’s hard to imagine he’s still a front runner to win. (The guy needs more range. Seriously.) Kellie’s dumb blonde thing was fun at first, but now it’s clear she’s just a moron. And Bucky? What is he still doing there? But the biggest offense this season has been Ace, who had one good performance — of George Michael’s “Father Figure” — during the semifinal round and has somehow been able to coast along until now. As bad as some of the other folks are, Ace is out-classed and out-performed on a weekly basis. I’m hoping his embarrassing cover of “We Will Rock You” will be his final performance on the show. (Talk about poor song choice, especially if that's the song they make you sing after you've just been kicked off.) I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Ace has to go.

So who am I rooting for? Well, at this point, none of them. However, if I had to pick someone to cheer for, I'd have to say it would be Elliott Yamin. I think he's got the best voice of them all, even if he looks nothing like a pop star.



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