American Idol postmortem: The men are kickin’

American Idol’s men have redeemed themselves, compared to last week’s not so impressive performances. <P></P> <P>Host Ryan Seacrest introduced the show and outlined a dedication theme of the people who inspire the singing contestants. </P> <P>The men turned in a mixed bag of quality, let us discuss:</P> <P><STRONG>Phil Stacy</STRONG> started off the evening with a song dedicated to his Navy buddies. Simon said he was "unimpressed" and that Phil was "unoriginal" — just a very, very good karaoke singer. </P> <P><STRONG>Brandon Rogers</STRONG> sang a Cyndi Lauper song that I love, "Time after Time" for his grandmother. The judges didn’t "feel" it, and Brandon tried to counter it was from the heart, but Simon read him the riot act and said it’s a singing competition, enough heart already.  Paula. as usual, was Switzerland.</P> <P><STRONG>Sanjaya Malakar’s</STRONG> performance was for his grandfather who died when he was only five years old. He sang a Tony Bennett classic, "Steppin’ Out With My Baby." Simon and the group didn’t cotton to it, describing it as "too cabaret" and too old for him. Randy and Simon compared it to a bad high school talent show.</P> <P><STRONG>Jared Cotter</STRONG> dedicated his performance to his parents, and sang Marvin Gaye’s "Let’s Get it On," which just worked a nerve for some reason with me.  But he was good. Simon came back with his patented "Love Boat" episode comparison. Jared replied, "That would have been a great Love Boat, man."  He did some sexy hand-face move at the end that was a good touch. This guy is hot though-and has a future somewhere in entertainment.</P> <P><STRONG>Nick Pedro </STRONG>sang "Fever" for his Massachusetts girlfriend who flew in for the perfromance, and the only negatives would be he needs a gay husband to dress and style him, and perhaps a choreographer session too. He also needs to sing a little louder. The Taunton boy needs more energy, but he has the goods, one to watch.</P> <P><STRONG>AJ Tabaldo</STRONG> did another sexy song performance dedicated to his parents, he was good.  He will move forward.</P> <P><STRONG>Chris Richardson</STRONG> dedicated his song to his "Big Mama", though she prefers country music. All three judges loved his performance, and he was light years better than last week.</P> <P><STRONG>Blake Lewis</STRONG> sang a Jamiroquai classic, "Virtual Insanity" dedicated to his parents. Randy and Paula loved it, however, Simon dissected Blake’s performance and accused him of copying the music video during the first part of his performance. </P> <P><STRONG>Chris Sligh</STRONG> who I thought was Jack Osbourne visitng as a guest judge, was amazing.  Like, Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall amazing.  Okay, maybe not AS good as Hucknall, but he is in the same zip code. The Raggedy Ann haired man dedicated his song to his really lovely wife. All the judges liked what he was cooking, but Paula warned him again about not getting ahead of the music. This guy can sing.</P> <P><STRONG>Sundance Head</STRONG> ended the show with a rocking performance of "Mustang Sally", and he redeemed himself with the judges and audience.</P> <P>Who shined the best for you?</P>Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.

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