When I say that Phil Phillips is more interesting to me, I mean his performace and song styling ,moreso than the songs themselves. I don't mind that his songs are much the same because they are a part of who he is and I appreciate his uniqueness. So his song choices work for me and I don't need to see him change it up every week.
Having said that, when I say that Joshua is a one trick pony, I am also not referring to a ballad vs a up tempo song. More the way he interprets and styles his songs. I know where he will sing soft and where he will begin the big build up. I know where he will hit the high note. I know where he will push the vocals. I doesn't matter too much which song he sings. He follows a pattern that is just uninteresting to me.
I totally get that personal preference will inevitably play a huge role, but I think it's important to call a spade a spade here: Joshua is not a one trick pony any more than Phillip is. And that Phil's performances are "much the same because they are a part of who he is" is praise that should be afforded equally, as Joshua is just as much, if not more, in tune with who he is as a performer.
That was what I was afraid [WGWG] meant. Shame.
If this was, say, a purely merit-based show like Survivor and viewers attempted to retract a player's worthiness of victory based on the show's repetitive history of winners based on race or methods, then I would understand the "shame": if a white male wins Survivor every year, that is because they had likely played the best game of Outwit, Outplay, Outlast, and deserved it.
However, American Idol is through and through a popularity contest, and I find no shame in pointing out that America's voting patterns are homogenous and disturbing. Certain types of music and certian types of people have proven to do better in the last 7 years of this show than others, and it is not consistently based on talent. For me, that is a problem.
White male "artist-types" have reached F2 every season since S4. Only two of them have not been victorious, and one of them lost to white female country singer. Four of the victories were in the last four years.
But for a fun, upbeat, more youthful song, wouldn't "Somebody to Love" have been better for her? Remembering from my own youth, I was dreaming about boys and love
Everybody interprets lyrics differently, but I find nothing fun or young about "Somebody to Love". It sounds very much to me like somebody who is getting old, hasn't found any luck with love, and is growing weary and losing faith. I think BoRap was a good choice for Jessica because it comes across a bit sporadic and fictional: the opening ballad is depressing on the surface, but also sounds very fantastical. Meanwhile, the rock and roll bits Jessica sang have the right grit for her voice.
Skylar - she isn't that much different than Scotty McCreery or Lauren Alaina.
For me, Alaina never showed nearly as much charisma, confidence or stage presence that Skylar has. And McCreery didn't show an ounce of being able to interpret a song differently, stretch himself as a performer, or hit the notes that Skylar has. Which is why it's a shame that Skylar came after them, because the All Country, All the Time season has soured me on a Skylar victory.
Edited by Oholibamah, May 1, 2012 @ 9:17 PM.