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10 November 2008 @ 10:55 pm
A talent contest based on looks not talent? YES WE CAN!  
This weeks theme is in celebration of Barack Obama winning the presidency in what was not only a win for America and a race but a win for the whole fucking world! In honor of this historical event the AI have decided that the only fitting tribute would be to make the worlds broadest theme out of "Songs Of The US".

The guest judge/mentor is promised to be a "US Super Star", now given the caliber of this years previous "Super Stars" my expectations are very low. I'm pleasantly surprised to see that it is Chris Issac and while calling him a super star does seem to be a bit of a stretch I genuinely like him and am looking forward to him being just about the most charismatic person on the planet.

Since we are now down to the final four we will be treated to two performances.

First tonight his Wes who is doing When You Were Young by The Killers Chris Issac (CI) has already made me happy by telling Wes to actually sing well instead of relying on his kick arse performances to carry him. CI tells Wes that no-one wants to hear just big notes and that people in the business cover bad singing with a million back-up singers and a sting section. As soon as Wes comes on stage their are a million back-up singers and a string section which says it all. He also does this absolutely revolting thing with a girl in the crowd which includes "acting".

Filthy Teale is up doing the perfect song for him as you have to be a complete douche bag to sing John Mayer. With Mayer's first hit No Such Thing FT is just so unbelievably beige it makes my brain hurt that he is still in this contest when he can't even pull off a "sing it" with any conviction.

Mark is next and doing a very brave thing by singing a Chis Issac song doing Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing. Mark is a great big crock-pot-o-sex. Singing all sexy a raspy, sidling up to the female back-up singers giving the best performance of the night.

Ugh why Luke why I know you just had a kid and want to show him that while you were away you were thinking of him but Creed is NOT the way to do this. With Arms Wide Open is one of the worst songs EVER written. The emotion and sentiment of the performance is very sweet but the song is just so excruciating that there was no way I could have enjoyed this but with the story he has absolutely cemented his place in the top three.

Wes is back for round two and is doing What A Wonderful World a song that takes us all back to our childhoods when we used to cram the entire year into a boiling hot demountable with scratchy carpet on a Tuesday afternoon and sing. With his acoustic guitar perched on the side of the stage he has a very Kermit The Frog feel which I found endearing. Good job Wes.

Filthy Teale is back and doing What Goes Around Comes Around by my guilty pleasure JT. Right off the bat not my favorite JT song but FT does sound quite a bit like JT but is lacking in the confidence and charisma and ultimately just looks uncomfortable.

Mark is up again with Everybody Hurts and I'm going to try not to cry as is everyone else watching because this is a song that gets to absolutely everyone. He really makes an emotional connection with the audience and also cements his place in the top three.

Last it is Luke again and again preforming a song from a band I can not stand The Eagles the song One Of These Nights. I thought that there could not have been a worse song choice possible until he started singing the song, I hate admit it but I got a perverse guilty pleasure out of this performance and for that I have got to give props to the man.

It is getting to the pointy end and there a two good and one very good contender to be crowned AI and if this week is anything to go by it will be a though race B.
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