I have always been a fan of Neil Diamond…his low, rich, mellow, soulful voice, and some of his songs sound just as fresh as when I first heard them years ago. After a few best-selling albums such as “Song Sang Blue”, in the 70s, he released his live album, Hot August Night…
It was hot! And I loved especially his renditions of “I am…I said” and “Sweet Caroline” on this album, much nicer than in the original albums. And then he released the soundtrack from the movie, “Jonathan Livingstone Seagull” for which he did all the songs; my favourite was “Be”. Later, he was in the remake of “The Jazz Singer” which spawned memorable songs such as “America”, “Hello Again” and ooo…the beautiful “Love on the Rocks”. Then there was the unforgettable duet with Barbara Streisand, “You don’t bring me flowers”! Actually, an American DJ mixed their solo versions of the song and played it on air and it was such a hit that the two greatest singers decided to release the collaboration…and I’m certainly glad they did!
Hence, I was looking forward eagerly to last night’s Americal Idol show but sadly, it was such a disappointment. For one thing, they only sang a few of those songs that I love, or come to think of it, perhaps I should be thankful for that! My favourite of the night was Syesha’s “Hello Again” which she made to sound like an R&B number, something from people like Whitney Houston. It was very nice, just that it was not Neil Diamond. The Cow did not like it though; he said it was old fashioned! Her second song, “I thank the Lord for the night time” was good but not really my cup of tea.
No doubt David Cook’s “All I really need is you” was good, sung in his usual rock style…but I’m getting a bit bored with all that rock stuff. His first song was not as good. And what on earth was that dimwit doing? Cook had just sung one song and there she went, rambling on and on about his second song! She probably had one too many prior to the show or was lost in her fantasies with Cook and his just-got-out-of-bed look!!! LOL!!! David Archuleta was disappointing with his “Sweet Caroline”. Standards like that should be left as they are; he modified the tune too much…so much so that the song sounded completely different, except maybe for the chorus. As for “America”, he was all right…but it lacked the liveliness, the feel to the song the way Neil Diamond did it.
Brooke did “I am…I said” and omigawd!!! I almost cried!!! That was my favouritest (if there is such a word) Neil Diamond song and she absolutely ruined it…sounding at best, like what’s-the-name-now? The girl who put herself on Youtube and got discovered??? You can hear her song played on the radio day in, day out…and I can’t even remember her name! Yucks!!! I know someone from Kuala Penyu who can do that song and make you go, “Wow!!!” Too bad he’s just too old for American Idol! But hey! Isn’t he going to hit the Big 5-0 too this year? Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! Welcome to the club! The more the merrier!!!…Anyway, Brooke’s other song, “I’m a believer” was a hit song for a group called The Monkees!!! Well, to cut a long story short, the name says it all! And wasn’t it used as the theme song in “Shrek” or something? That certainly says a lot about her song choice!
But if anyone should go, I think it would have to be Jason. The first song was not familiar…and very forgettable. I can’t even remember how it went now!!! However, the nail in the coffin has got to be “September Morn”. It was bad enough that he does not have a voice like Neil Diamond’s to do half as well…but the arrangement was horrendous! It sounded like something from crooners such as Michael Buble, not that I’ve anything against the Buble guy! It just wasn’t Neil Diamond!!!
Well, we’ll have to wait till this evening to see who will be leaving…..Knowing all those tone-deaf people and the overwhelming number of hysterical females (even at the venue alone) , I’ve a feeling it will be Syesha!!!
UPDATE: Hooray! That woman with an attitude is OUT!!! Good riddance, Brooke White!!! Absolutely killed my song, “I am…I said”! LOL!!!