Two-hour ep tonight and the guys took the stage. These are my early favorites. Of course they may change, but I have a feeling I'm really gonna stick to these dudes. We'll see.
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In general, I've read that this season is filled with semi-pros and rejects of past seasons or runners-up or even winners on other similar shows. On one hand, at least we're assured of some talent, which makes for good TV. On the other hand, isn't AI supposed to be a venue for showing us fresh, undiscovered talent? Give-chance-to-others, kumbaga. But what the hey, Taylor and Chris from Season 5 were in a band prior to joining AI, and their experience paid off and landed them the top spots. So I guess it'll really boil down to how the contestants perform *this* time around. Wait and see nalang tayo.
David Cook, "Happy Together" - I'm not convinced by the rocker-type persona he's projecting.
Robbie Carrico, "One Is The Loneliest Number" - Same here, not convinced by his rocker image. He was in a pop-boy-girl group - enough said. I think it was on Rickey.org that I read that he used to be Britney's boylet.
Danny Noriega, "Jailhouse Rock" - I couldn't reconcile his gay persona with the manly Elvis song he was trying to pull off. I have nothing against gays; I'm actually amused by his "tarayness" (Ok, help me out here! What's that in English?) but Andrew hates him :P It's just that...hindi bagay yung kanta sa kanya :D
And the names! My gulay! Three Davids and two Jasons! Wala na bang ibang pangalan sa Amerika? :P
So ok, finally, my top three:
David Archuleta, "Shop Around" - He's just oh sooo cute! Such a kid, full of optimism, really just so cheerful and obviously grateful to be experiencing what he's going through right now - the kid in him is so charming. It's just perfect that he's got the awesome voice to get him through the season. And did I say he's cute? :D He's also one of "semi-pros" I mentioned earlier; he won the Junior Category of Star Search when he was 12.
Jason Castro, "Daydream" - Cool! AI now allows their contestants to play instruments! Too bad they didn't draft this rule as early as Season 5; hello Taylor and Chris! So, Jason Castro. Dreads, check. Guitar, check. Nice voice, check. The guy's got me, alright :)
Michael Johns, "Light My Fire" - Anyone who sings Otis Redding, Queen, and The Doors is mighty mighty fine in my book. That, plus the Aussie accent - I like! Sapul si Dacs :D It's awesome too that Randy compared him to the late Michael Hutchence; must've been one helluva compliment for Michael Johns, and it was also what I had in mind watching him sing "Light My Fire". By the way, he's also another of those "semi-pros". Stalked him on the Net and found out he's had two former bands, and videos of his songs with those bands can be found on YouTube. Now *this* rocker guy is believable. I can tell simply through his song choices and the way he sings that he's got rock n roll in his soul. Oh, and as Ninna said, he's "all man" :P All the way, Michael Johns! It can happen ;)