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American Idol Roundtable – Top 11 Preview Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Posted by Jerkwheat in American Idol, Columns, DeadOn Round Table, DougOLis, hatchet jobs, JB*, jerkwheat, Television.
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Tonight we get to witness the atrocities of Grand Ol’ Opry night. Make no mistake, this is probably going to scar you for life and you will immediately regret watching this. I am already regretting writing this. Once again, we’re gonna live-blog this mo-fo and this will most certainly be yet another mistake of the highest caliber. Since we actually remembered it was Idol night before the actual show began airing this time, we’ve got a little preview roundtable awaiting you after the jumpity jump.

JB*

It is Grand Ole Opry week, which should be out of the element for several of our Final 11.  Predictions?  Since none of them will have the guts to try out Del McCoury (nor should they, really, in this competition – save that for the “I’m an Artist” tantrum in two years), these are my predictions:

  • Kris Allen – I’m seeing a Brad Paisley song, either “Who Needs Pictures” (if he goes serious) or “I’m Gonna Miss Her” (if he goes for some humor)
  • Anooooop – He needs something big and perfect to redeem last week’s performance for the judges and, apparently, the voters, who put him in the bottom.  I struggled here, but I’ll give him Dierks Bentley’s “What Was I Thinking” for a touch of irony.
  • Matt Giraud – Seems tailored to take a stab at Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever, Amen”
  • Danny Gokey – Strikes me as a Josh Turner guy, so he can line up to “Long Black Train”
  • Alexis Grace – Dolly Parton, “Jolene”.  Just has to be, so of course, it won’t be.
  • Allison Iraheta – With her voice, it has to be a Wynonna song – “No One Else On Earth”.
  • Megan Joy – She seems to like fun songs, so a nod to Trisha Yearwood with “XXXs and OOOs (An American Girl)”
  • Adam Lambert – He took on the Stones, he took on Black or White, so I say he’ll try to tackle Garth.  I’ll go with “Standing Outside the Fire”
  • Scott MacIntyre – There is no way the Universe would bring me this much joy, but I’m hoping for a Ronnie Milsap song.  Preferably “Stranger in My House”, since the chorus starts out

    There’s a stranger in my house
    Somebody here that I can’t see

    Having one blind guy sing that line is ironic enough; a second would be brilliancy (not a word) for Idol.  Then Kara could call him a visionary performer to complete the trifecta.

  • Lil Rounds – I think she has the voice and persona to do it, so she may go with Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel” – despite the normal doom that goes with performing a prior Idol’s song.  The added bonus is Underwood will be there on Wednesday night.
  • Michael Sarver – Many of the “country” artists who he reminds me of have, thankfully, not been inducted to the Opry (yet), which means there may be hope for that venerable institution.  However, it makes it a bit more difficult to pick what he will do.  I’ll pick Trace Adkins’ “You’re Gonna Miss This”, with a touching montage about how he misses his kids.

I am pretty sure I didn’t get a song/performer match-up right last year, so take all of this with a hefty grain of salt.

Bottom Three this time around – Anoop, Allison, and Scott (unless he takes my advice above), with… oh, how about Allison going home.

Jerkwheat:

This is always a tricky week and one that isn’t exactly designed to maximize everyone’s potential appeal. Now, I’m not the biggest follower of mainstream country but I want the following things for tomorrow night:

1) I want someone to cover Darius Rucker. His success on the country charts continues to bring me a certain joy.
2) Someone to go the alt-country route. Take a chance and cover Lucinda Williams, even if its just by covering Mary Chapin Carpenter’s version of “Passionate Kisses”
3) Someone is gonna try to “rock-up” a country song. This will be a mistake
4) I want someone to take on”Fishin’ In The Dark”
5) I want a Mel McDaniel song – preferably “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On” or “Louisiana Saturday Night” if they want my vote.

Not to sound crass, but last week we didn’t get a single mention of Gokey’s status as a widower. I expect that will be the storyline of this week and he’s gonna sing a very emotional song that tangentially relates to his situation and therefore he will likely be our night’s top vote getter.

They really should release the Top 3 in addition to the Bottom 3 shouldn’t they?

Kris Allen is also likely to shine this week.

Agreed that Iraheata should go the Wynonna Judd route. It would suit her. But damn if I wouldn’t like to hear her tackle Lucinda. Raspy voice goes well here.

If Scott MacIntrye covers Ronnie Milsap I’m going to be sold on the existence of a higher power.

Adam Lambert seems made for a Garth Brooks song thanks to the showmanship factor, but I can also see him doing a gender flip on a big voiced female song.

Someone is going to make the mistake of covering Carrie Underwood and it better be someone capable of it. I agree that Lil Rounds is the most appropriate choice for this task.

Country week is a tough one to predict. Gut feeling says that Anoop might be on his last go round here. But, then again, he IS a Southern guy, so maybe he does country well.

More Nonsense:

Over a few e-mails we exchange the actual list of songs to choose from, are disappointed at the lack of Conway Twitty and any opportunity to get the “alt-” on and Doug provides us with this list of more likely predictions…

DougOLis:

No Conway Twitty but George Jones and Bill Monroe are fair game.

Wow, that list is really small and littered mostly with the country I grew up on. How has George Strait not made it yet though? He has a song about Tennessee.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Grand_Ole_Opry_members
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Former_Grand_Ole_Opry_members
Some I want to hear:
Garth – duh, but I’m not sure it’s a wise choice
Clint Black – I will shit myself, he’s got a great voice
Vince Gill – ditto on Clint but I actually like Clint more
Emmylou Harris – yes, want so bad
George Jones – not very likely but would be awesome
Alison Krauss – seems somewhat likely after the Grammy’s
Loretta Lynn – If Megan sings Portland, Oregon, I’m driving up to LA and asking her to marry me
Martina McBride – she always seems to pop up and for good reason, but you better be able to handle her. I don’t think anyone has the voice this year.
Reba – Allison could rock “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia”
Brad Paisley – Kris on the guitar?
Dolly – seems very likely but I’m not sure how I feel about it
Trisha Yearwood – so many options, similar situation as Martina but maybe a bit easier
Roy Acuff – no way this happens but I would like it
Johnny Cash – way too intimidating and not likely. probably wouldn’t go over well with the judges
June Carter – could be far more inspiring than her husband
Patsy Cline – any of the girls could probably pull her off
Willie Nelson – not a wise choice but definitely more accessible than Johnny Cash, likely a failure but it could be a homerun
Hank Williams – I actually see a lot of potential here. Adam might actually be able to do amazing things with him
Tammy Wynette – “Stand By Your Man” seems like it would be a bad choice, destiny to fail
In Conclusion:
The potential train wreck level, as always, is very high. Live-blog post will go up before too long. Keep your eyes open.


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Comments»

1. American Idol Roundtable - Top 11 Preview - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

[…] Original post by Jerkwheat […]

2. DougOLis - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I suppose I should write more coherently in the future? Why is my font always screwed up?

3. Jerkwheat - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

your g-mail must use some devil font.

Or, once again, I could do a better job of cleaning up the mess.

4. robin - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

This night will be a train wreck because the contestants will have to really sing to move on. It is not karaoke night this time. It takes a talent to sing these songs, even the pop/country ones. Also, no one should sing a Carrie Underwood song tonight. Carrie owns all those songs with her great voice. No one else should even try one.

5. JB* - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I hope these guys cover it in the Live Blog, but I think the trainwreck potential is going to be an ongoing theme.

Most of the remaining 11 are pretty different in their vocal styles. We’re going to end up with probably half the group in for a bad night every week.


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