Welcome to the Top 8 Results show…and we jump right into the Group Sing of “These are Days” by 10,000 Maniacs in all of its acoustic glory. We start with Brian (Good), Martha (Overly Theatric), Jaydee (Awful), Matt (I didn’t even see his solo), Tara (As you’d expect), Greg (Huge crowd reaction), Carly Rae (Nice), Dwight (As you’d expect). Ben returns to inform us that seven will remain, and that Enrique will be performing soon.
My prediction, to say it right now: Martha, Carly Rae and Brian in the Bottom Three. Martha or Carly Rae go home. Also possible: Matt or Jaydee taking Brian’s spot, depending on the level of post-Green Day backlash. Want to know how last night’s show went? Check out Cultural Learnings’ full recap.
So, now it’s time for Enrique Iglesias to go unplugged. Sarah mentioned last night that he does this on a regular basis, and I don’t doubt that is the case: his voice is powerful enough that he can bring intensity to a song like this. However, I still don’t think he’s the best representative of the genre in any way, shape or form. I’m also really, really distracted by the echo on his vocals, whether it’s a background vocalist or not. On the whole, a good arrangement of the song, which itself is a bit lyrically simple. Andd then Enrique started twirling, almost, it was strange. And now he wants us to follow doors. And then he kept saying “crazy,” and it was a bit weird. Still, his honesty was kind of nice.
And, as an encore of sorts, he pulls out “Be With You.” Damn, I was really holding out for “Bailamos”. However, he is now decidedly plugged in. And now, after all of the singing and Enrique pimpage, we’re left with the results.
Results (2.8 Million Votes):
We’re doing only a Bottom Two, ouch. Jaydee must have been Bottom Three, he’s being protected
Tara, Greg, Matt, Carly Rae – Matt Rapley is in the Bottom Two. YES! Oh, I mean, too bad.
Brian, Jaydee, Dwight, Martha –Martha Joy is in the Bottom Two.
Wow, this is like the greatest bottom two ever. I think that they both failed miserably to embrace the theme, and one of them going home is for the best at this stage of the competition. I think they’re both incredibly talented singers, but performance wise they never stepped up.
And we’re back. Will it be the chanteuse or the smooth-voiced teen? The answer is…
Martha Joy has been eliminated from Canadian Idol. This is harsh since I’d say she tried better last night compared to Matt, but nonetheless this has been coming for a few weeks. She has such a great voice, but has yet to develop it into a personality in any way, shape, or form.
I expect she’ll have some sort of future in singing, but I think that she’s got some maturing years ahead. She breaks down during her sing out, and is totally unable to get through it. It’s perhaps the most personality she’s shown all competition, and I wish this emotion had been there last night.
Next week, the top seven will indeed be performing the songs of Queen. This is going to be awful for many reasons: mostly the fact that someone will try to sing falsetto. And, I’m calling it right now: you know as well as I do that Jaydee will be singing Dwight Yoakam’s cover of Crazy Little Thing Called Love. So we should just picture it and mute it when it plays. For the sake of us all.