[Fox TV's video recap here.]
Tonight's group number-- "Trouble"-- sounds obviously pre-recorded. Right? It actually wasn't a bad idea for a song, and at least it _looked_ authentic, which is a rarity in these group numbers. But how sterile could this audio get? My goodness.
The Ford video-- "Here It Goes Again"-- sounds like Kidz Bop. You know, that production team that takes pop hits and replaces the memorable lead vocals with a dispensible chorus of children for no compelling reason? This was just like that, but with adults. Absolutely flavorless singing.
Ryan keeps bringing up the fact that the Top 10 (i.e. anyone who makes it part tonight) will go on tour. That said, Megan Joy (formerly Corkery) has no business going on tour. Allison Iraheta, Alexis Grace and Michael Sarver have ended up in the bottom three, and if Allison is at the very bottom, the judges _must_ save her. She's among the strongest of the contestants, and Megan is the last of the dead weight.
And Allison is rescued from the fake suspense machine! Yay! But the idea of Megan and her bizarre singing accent going on tour and not Michael or Alexis is outrageous.
Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis team up for "I Told You So". Carrie, like Kelly Clarkson last week, proves her pipes and then some, much as she did on last year's Idol Gives Back-- that rendition of "Praying for Time" was absolutely heart-stopping.
Michael, despite his poor showing last night, is also rescued from the fake suspense machine, leaving Alexis in the incredibly awkward and miserable position of singing specifically to impress four people who are huddled and barely paying attention to her. Even creepier, she's singing "Jolene", which is a dark, desperate plea to someone not to ruin her one chance. And now she's crying while she's singing, because, well, she's essentially been rejected and is desperate to impress the judges.
Again, this is just so, so creepy, and jarringly fake. I've made a point on other Internet boards of trying to bridge the gap between the music-ed naysayers and the music-ed fanboys, by suggesting that if one uses Idol as a tool in the classroom, one should wait until Hollywood Week and the live rounds, because that's where the auditions become legitimate. Unfortunately, tonight has ruined all of that.