Last night was admittedly better than last week, that’s for sure, but I don’t know that it was as good as Randy Jackson would have us believe. Much of it is hype. The Big Surprise? Sanjaya Malakar was actually audible for a change. With all of the grunting and grinding you’d think he was a young Michael Jackson.
Er . . . perhaps not the best comparison.
Still, last night was the first time since the open auditions that we’ve seen anything resembling talent from young Sanjaya, who, I must admit, surprised even me last night. Did puberty hit just before he went on stage? (I still don’t think he deserves to be there over some of the others who’ve left, but spilt milk and all that . . .)
As one MSNBC reviewer puts it:
Even Sanjaya Malakar was entertaining, and moved one poor girl to tears. Multiple times. On camera. It’ll be a fun day for her in school on Wednesday.
Yeah . . . I wouldn’t want to be her facing a schoolroom full of twelve-year-olds, but she was cute even through the tears. I’m sure she’ll remember last night for quite some time.
Lakisha did well, but not superlative this time, singing “Diamonds Are Forever,” but Melinda Doolittle once again did a lot, with another brilliant performance of a song from “Oliver!”
The surprise of the evening? That would have to be either Chris Richardson’s unplugged version of “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” (which I found to be very pretty even if, as Simon said, it was a wee bit nasally), or Jordin Sparks’ stellar vocals. Not for the first time that young lady–only 17 yrs old, folks–had me rapt and wrapped. Fantastic stuff. Keep an eye on her as well as Melinda.
The following clip, by the way, is what Simon think’s you’ll all be talking about today. Haley’s *cough cough* performance. I liked it for what it was, but you know she’ll be back to shake it again next week.
Who’s going home? I’m not even going to venture a guess. As long as the muppet is still in the competition all bets are off. And if the little girl is an indication of who’s voting . . .