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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face on Idol

May 14, 2008 - Cindy Votruba
Now that it's down to the final three in "American Idol," I guess I'd better do some form of recap of Tuesday's performances. Three contenders, three songs each. One was their choice, one was the judge's choice and the other was the producer's choice. All in all, a varied and sometimes odd batch of songs.

I was settling down with my dinner of chicken stir-fry when the first David, Archuleta, took the stage with "And So It Goes" by Billy Joel. At first I thought, "is he doing the song a cappella?" Then those violins streamed in. A good job, and I'm sure Archuleta's fan base of teen-age girls will keep him in. Syesha is chosen an Alicia Keys song to do by Randy Jackson. She also does a good job despite sounding pretty much like the original. Simon even points that out. Then came Simon's choice for David Cook. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack. OK....Left a little dumbfounded there. But Cook took the challenge head on. Round 1 to Cook and Cowell (well according to Simon).

Song choices by the contestants were interesting to say the least. Archuleta taking on a Chris Brown song, "With You," and singing lyrics as "my shawty" and "boo" were just laughable. Syesha's attempt at the Peggy Lee classic "Fever" was OK, but the chair?

Why oh why did the producers choose "Longer" by Dan Fogelberg for Archuleta? I know it's a nice ballad and all, and I remember picking out the left hand chords for it on the piano, but what a snoozy song.

I hate to say it, it looks like a David vs. David finale. Syesha has that "Kimberley Locke" syndrome going for her. She's done all she can against this two Davids with the huge fan bases (remniscent of the Clay vs. Reuben battle in Season 2). But then again, I could be wrong. We'll see in four hours.


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