There were tears aplenty on Wednesday night’s “American Idol,” as we saw all of the hometown visits, performances picked by various people associated with the judges, and long-winded critiques from the judges. We’re in a very strange place at this point when it comes to this show: Despite the top three being some of the best singers ever on the show, this has to be one of our least-favorite top 3 shows ever.
What happened? It’s all about the series taking itself far too seriously. Nobody seems to be having any fun, and if we want to watch something that’s serious, we’ll put on “Mad Men.” It’s better scripted, and it’s done within the span of an hour.
In this case, by “scripted” we mean the packages that were shown of the contestants visiting their hometowns. We know that Kree Harrison has a sad story with her parents, and that Angie Miller is from the Boston area and these people are going through so much right now. However, these are things that are part of these young ladies’ lives rather than what defines them. We wanted more of the fun side of things! This is what made Phillip Phillips the winner last year, and why Scotty McCreery and Haley Reinhart had great hometown visits.
We’re going to skip criticizing the judges at this point, mostly because that seems to be an easy thing to do. (Plus, it’s clear that most of them will probably be fired, and we feel for Keith Urban because little of this is his fault.) The song choices tonight were by and large not songs the artists would pick for themselves. Is the show getting the ladies ready for their post-“Idol” career? While Kree had a nice Rascal Flatts cover, the only song that really made us raise our hands in the air was Candice Glover’s cover of “Somewhere” from “West Side Story,” and this was somewhat hurt by some horsing around in the front row.
If we were voting for someone at the end of this show to actually be a professional singer, it would be Candice hands-down. However, there’s no loser in this bunch: Angie has a chance to be a big-name Christian artist, Kree can do well in the folk-country world, and Candice could sing anything you put in front of her. We just wish that at this point, there was a better show around them to make us want to do something other than mute the critiques.
Who was your favorite on “American Idol” tonight, and do you think that the other problems with the show are causing it to be held back? Be sure to vote for your favorite below, and you can also check out some early scoop on the finale over here!