Ok, "day late and a dollar short" Smiggie finally watched the program this weekend and here's my review (for anyone else that's behind everyone else, lol, and even cares to read it at this point).... I haven't read any of the threads in here yet, don't want to influence myself, lol.
Storm Large - Pinball Wizard. Sucked. It was a good (not great) song choice, but she not only f'd up the lyrics (big surprise), she can't sing worth a poo. Actually, I was disappointed in most of the women. And the men, lol.
Ryan Star - Iris. Eh, wasn't "bad", but wasn't good either. He has talent, needs to pick better songs (not that Iris isn't a good song, just not for him), and seriously needs some stage presence.
Toby Rand - Knockin' on Heaven's Door. Awesome! Great! Perfect song choice. Best performance of all the guys for the evening. Has a fantastic voice, good control, and excellent stage presence. Good performance skills all around. He's the 'guy' to beat.
Patrice Pike - Somebody to Love. Very good! I was holding my breath when they announced the song, cuz nobody can sing like Grace and doing her stuff is very difficult. Very. But she nailed it pretty well, I enjoyed it. Needs to work on stage presence and performance levels, but generally, not bad at all. Good song choice for her.
Magni - Satisfaction. Could be just because it wasn't a good song choice (and it wasn't!), but he was bad. He sucked. Don't like his stage personna either, but at least he had some which is more than I can say for several of the others.
- Bring Me to Life
. Ok, how the hell did that no-talent loser even get on this show??
Good lord, that was so horrible, I was cringing. Really
. Sucked to Nth degree. And it used to be a favorite song....
She has to go. Immediately.
Jenny Galt - How You Remind Me. She was ok, but nothing to write home about. She has a chance of making it further in the show, but no way is she ready to win this thing.
Josh Logan - She Talks to Angels. Ok, he gets a mid-range review from me because, while his voice was excellent, I just wanted to slap that stupid grin off his face. You shouldn't get a frozen smile when you perform, especially when it's rock and roll. Or what's passing for rock and roll lately. Good song choice though - very good.
Matt Hoffer - Yellow. Eh, whatever. Love that song. Not the singer. But he wasn't the worst of the night. Not sure he's cut out for rock and roll, not real rock and roll.
. O. M. G. They can end the whole contest now as far as I'm concerned. She's the most awesome thing I've seen in freakin' years, man. She is the epitome of rock and roll, she's so intense, so energetic, so "deep", and has the vocal chops to back her up. Fuck, man, I think I'm in love. I really - really
- did not want to accept a female as the lead singer for Tommy, Jason and what's-his-face (Gilby? Is that how you spell it? LOL, silly name....) - it just doesn't fit for me whatsoever. But I retract that, as long as it's Dilana. I love her. I really
love her. My fear is that she's just too cool for most of mainstream whatever to actually "get" - you know, the people looking for bland, conforming commercialism. But dayum....she's awesome as hell!!
(Oh! And I'm certain that Kurt Cobain is damn proud of her performance! And impressed as hell....)
Dana Andrews - I'm the Only One. Eh, so not-memorable for me. Lacks serious stage presence and performance skills. Voice not bad, just....eh. And I really like that song.
Phil Ritchie - Cult of Personality. Um, you mean Cult of No Personality. Man, I love that song, but it has to be sung by someone really hard core. This little dude? LOL, reminds me of a 7th grade talent show. He does have a decent voice, it's just he has absolutely no performance skills at all. Poor kid.
Jill Gioia - Piece o' My Heart. Ok, another instance where I thought NO ONE can sing that song, how dare you even try? But she was very good. Not excellent, but she really was good. Her voice anyway - great vocals on that. But her stage presence is lacking. Too bad on that. Still, she might improve, who can tell this early?
Chris Pierson - Roxanne. Sucked. Big time. As soon as they announced the song, I thought what a stupid, horrid song choice - for anyone. Not a good choice for an audition, not in the slightest. And then he changed the arrangement. Now I'm all for making something your own - and in this case, a different arrangement would have been necessary anyway. But he sucks! He couldn't sing his way out of a wet paper bag! Almost as bad as that chick, Zayra (but no one is as bad as that, lol). He's got to go asap.
Lukas Rossi - Rebel Yell. I disagreed with the band about his performance - maybe you had to be there. I think he has a great voice, but he garbled a lot of the words and, frankly, was way too over the top. He's a poseur, a major poseur. His attitude stinks, too, but actually, in rock and roll, that's a big plus, lol. So that's not where my criticism is coming from. He's just not "all that" imo. He's pretending to be the bad boy that he never could be.
Chris Pierson - L.A. Woman. Oh no you didn't! You didn't dare to attempt a Jim Morrisson song after proving you can't even do Sting! Ugh! Ugh! Ugh! Definitely should have been the one cut (well, of the bottom 3 that is - actually, that Zayra chick should have gone), but I have a feeling that's coming up this next week. He can't even sing in tune for fuck sake! Barf.
Phil Ritchie - Stars. Eh, the little boy is still thinking he's at an amateur talent show. Could've been better, I think, if he'd picked a decent song. But that? Man, what a piece of shit that song is. He should've gotten the boot just for picking a song that doesn't even belong in this genre, lol.
Matt Hoffer - Planet Earth. Well, I give kudos to that arrangement, I thought they (the house band) did an excellent job of beefing it up and making it seem more rock and roll. Too bad the kid just doesn't have the chops or the experience (a lot of them don't, though, not just him). I'm not sure why they dismissed him before those other two, other than they had a huge stick up their collective anti-Duran asses. Not that I think Duran Duran is necessarily the "right" choice for a rock and roll audition, but the arrangement surely helped, and I also don't think that should be the only criterion for dismissing a contestant.
At this point, of course, it doesn't really matter all that much, as there are 8 others who need to go as soon as possible, so the order in which they go is irrelevant.
But yeah, I'm in LOVE with Dilana. She's my Queen. If I was into women, that would be who I'd want.
I can't wait to hear what she's doing this week!!!