Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Come original: INXS 

This week, the remaining five contestants got to perform twice: once doing a song the viewers picked for them, and once doing an original song of their own. They did the two songs back to back, like a mini concert.

J. D. was assigned "Come As You Are" by Nirvana. I didn't care for his interpretation of it at all: the lyrics just don't cater to it being done as a ballad. Ick. Have to admit, though, that as much as I dislike J.D. and want him booted from the show, his original song wasn't bad. I did think he strained too hard to sound like Michael Hutchence, though. The band liked his song enough that I bet he gets to stick around another week. Grumble.

Suzie was given "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt. After last week's killer performance, this seemed kinda flat to me. Her original song, which Marty helped her write, was about Ty, who was elminated last week. The song was sweet and well written. Hope it's enough to keep her on the show.

Mig got to do "Hard to Handle", which went over extremely well. He was polished, energetic, and in good voice. His original song was awesome, but the band said it was too unlike their music because it was a very heartfelt ballad. Hope he doesn't get eliminated because of this.

When I found out Jordis was gonna do "We Are the Champions", I was excited because I knew she could really do it justice. But she seems oddly gun shy after the "Dream On" debacle and her performance lacked enthusiasm. Her original song wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. I think she's doomed. Bummer.

Marty was assigned "Everlong" by the Foo Fighters, and I figured he'd be back to his old theatrics because there's room for that in the song. Instead, he held back and sang it very very well. He was still dynamic, but not out of control like before. Amazing transformation. He has changed the most of any of the performers, has taken more risks and provided the most pleasant surprises. And this was the guy with the weakest voice of the contestants. As a bonus, his original song was great! Quirky, danceable beat, unusual lyrics, and he looked like a pro on the stage singing it. I think he's gonna hang on for at least one more week. Maybe he'll be the dark horse?

Just so long as J.D. doesn't win the whole shebang.

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