Bon Jovi rocks 'American Idol'
By Stone Martindale May 2, 2007, 3:21 GMT
Jon Bon Jovi - © Landmark / Photorazzi
Livin' on a prayer, and certainly a heck of a lot better than Latin J-Lo noche, the six remaining Idols belted out their best Jersey boiler room rock and roll.
I believe Jon Bon Jovi is an underused and underrated talent, he can act, he still looks great, and he can sing the crap out of a power ballad.
Ryan Seacrest announced that last week's charity Idol Gives Back raised well over the first predicted $40 million.
Jon told the contestants that his kids loved the show, and that he liked the authenticity.
Phil Stacey sang "Blaze of Glory." He did great, vocals were on, and his performance was perfect. Randy said it was the bomb. Paula Abdul thought it was the best opening all season long. Simon Cowell "didn't hear any authenticity."
Jordin Sparks sang "Livin' on a Prayer." Hmm. To me she screamed instead of singing the song. I love her but I did not love this performance, sorry chica rica! Randy thought it was tough. Paula said she sang it yet was out of her range. Simon said the singing was out of control verging on shrieking.
LaKisha Jones sang "This Ain't a Love Song." She did really well. Randy liked that she sang it like she wanted to prove something. Paula told her that the low and bottom tone of her voice "money in her pocket." Simon was all kissy kissy with her.
Blake Lewis sang "You Give Love a Bad Name." I am on the fence. Randy loved it, and called it the most original version of a song, Paula said this was a "big leap of faith." Simon said it was a black white thing, love or hate, and was encouraging to his coming back.
Chris Richardson sang "Wanted Dead or Alive." I did not like his version. But the judges did. Randy liked that he made the song his. Paula said he did his thing. Simon wasn't sure.
Melinda Doolittle sang "Have a Nice Day." The girl is a utility player-she can sing anything, I swear, I love this woman's voice. Randy didn't think it was her best and liked the Tina Turner attitude, Paula asked her how it felt to be a rock star. Simon thought she was like a young Tina Turner.