Randy Jackson was right and Simon Cowell was dead wrong about Carly Smithson. Her version of “Here I go again” on tonight’s “American Idol” was stupendous, even better than my favorite Brooke White’s performance of “Jolene.” David Archuleta, though, hit the ball out of the park with “Smoky Mountain Memories”, securing his place as a likely finalist in the competition.
White has the edge over Smithson and the talented Syesha Mercado. She has been the most consistent of any Idol finalist. Plus, White oozes wholesomeness from every pore of her body. Mercado is White’s most serious competition. I don’t think America is ready for a tattooed babe from Ireland to be the next Idol.
I found it interesting that Ryan Seacrest asked David Cook about the “inspiration” for his arrangements. Could it be that Idol producers were tired of the drubbing they were getting in the blogosphere over these copycat performances? Anway, his performance of what he said was his own arrangement was pretty good. Michael Johns wasn’t bad either. Archuleta, though, remains the one to beat,
If voters are serious, they need to finally send Kristy Lee Cook, Ramiele Maluby and Jason Castro packing.