Note: This was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Join the Yahoo! Contributor Network to start publishing your own articles.The first week is down and "American Idol" is off to a respectable start by all accounts. So far, the judges have skimmed the top of the talent pool in both New Jersey and New Orleans (or, Nawlins', as the locals say). Next week the traveling road show will hit, uh, they haven't announced that yet, so stay tuned.
No Strong Talent Emerges Just Yet
While there were some decent performances in both Jersey and Louisiana, the contestants have been rather underwhelming thus far if you ask me. Relatively speaking, there were a few good ones, yes. But, still nothing out of the park just yet.
Given that New Orleans has some of the greatest jazz and blues talent on the planet, (think Harry Connick, Jr., The Neville Brothers, Wynton Marsalis, Louis Armstrong and The Meters and you'll know what I mean) this is all just a wee bit disappointing. But then, New Orleans' musicians, (and I mean, real New Orleans' musicians) wouldn't be caught dead on "American Idol". Just sayin'.
There were three notable exceptions worth mentioning, however. Sarah Sellers (actually from Texas) did a pretty decent job with Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love", but, not exactly stellar. Single mom, Paris Tassin, who has a special needs baby, managed to bring Jennifer Lopez (okay, and me too) to tears with her heart-rending rendition of Carrie Underwood's hit, "Temporary Home".
New Orleans' native son, Jacee Badeaux (for you non-native Nawlins' speakers that would be: baa-doe) a rotund, 15-year old boy, did an impressive version of Otis Redding's "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay". But, listen, it's hard not to like Otis Redding no matter who's singing it, you know?
Can Idol Find Another Crystal Bowersox or Casey James?Outside of that, the night was just so-so. Personally, I'm holding out for another Texas-blues stud ala Casey James or maybe the Mississippi Delta will cough up its own version of Crystal Bowersox. Trust me, they are out there.
Steven Tyler continues to own the show with his rock star sex-appeal that should be illegal, if you ask me. How in the world a nearly 64-year old man can still pull off rock-star cool is beyond me. But, amazingly, he does it.
Jennifer Lopez? Meh. I expected so much more than she is bringing to the table, so to speak. She's a respectable talent to be sure. But, thus far all we're getting from "Jenny from the Block" is a bunch of sappy, clichés. Ho-hum.
Randy Jackson is still Randy - dog. But, but even he seems a bit off kilter. Maybe he's still trying to adjust to the "new normal" at the judge's panel with Simon and Paula gone and he'll find his groove again. Let's hope so, anyway. I'm pulling for the new "American Idol" this season. But, I can't do it by myself. So, let's get with it judges.
"American Idol" will continue auditions next week, January 26th and 27th beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST.
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- Crystal Bowersox
- Relatively speaking
- native son