Well, the entire show was a big disappointment to me tonite, I didn’t think any of them did all that well. I just didn’t like any of these songs! Each contestant performed two songs from the Bee Gees. Barry Gibb was the guest mentor this week.
1. Melinda Doolittle “Love You Inside”– I didn’t think Melinda was as good tonite as she usually is, I didn’t care much for this performance. None of the judges liked it either, and told her she could do better.
2. Blake Lewis “You Should Be Dancing”– At least he did it in (mostly) falsetto, but still, not a great performance. Randy and Simon didn’t like it, Paula liked the beat boxing.
3. Lakisha Jones “Stayin’ Alive”– I thought Lakisha did well on this, she slowed the song down a bit, and I thought it was a fun performance..the judges hated it though. Simon said no kisses for her tonite.
4. Jordin Sparks “To Love Somebody”– I think she was pretty good, but not as good as the judges seemed to think.. it was just okay for me. Barry Gibb certainly liked it, and said he felt it was the best performance of the song ever.
5. Melinda Doolittle “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”– Much better than her first performance tonite, but still not her best, and I thought it was a bit boring. The judges all loved it, and Simon told her that with this performance, she just got her ticket to the semi-finals.
6. Blake Lewis “This is Where I Came In”– This song wasn’t familiar to me, and while all 3 of the judges seemed to hate it, I liked it ok. At least Blake is always interesting… Randy told him he didn’t need to beatbox through every song. Actually, he hasn’t, has he? I only remember him beatboxing 3? times this season, but I do think that maybe he shouldn’t have on both songs tonite. Simon told Blake he felt he was “vulnerable” tonite.
7. Lakisha Jones “Run To Me”– I thought this was pretty good, but again, not her best. Randy and Paula liked it, Simon told her she was also vulnerable tonite.
8. Jordin Sparks “Woman in Love”– (Jordin gets the pimp spot again — has she ever had to perform first?) Paula loved this, Randy and Simon hated it. I actually thought it was one of the best of the night — which isn’t saying much in a night of bad performances.
I predict the bottom two will be Blake and Lakisha, with Lakisha going home. :-( It will of course be a shocker, no matter which one goes home.
About the Bee Gees
I had no idea they wrote some of these songs.
The Bee Gees have been incredibly successful, selling in excess of 180 million records and singles worldwide. “How Deep Is Your Love” is their most popular composition, with over 400 versions by other artists in existence.
Their songs have been covered by singers of all stripes including Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Al Green, Eric Clapton, Lulu, Elton John, Tom Jones, and Nina Simone as well as newer acts like John Frusciante, and Feist singing a soulful “Inside and Out”, Billy Corgan and Robert Smith covering “To Love Somebody”, Steps and Destiny’s Child. Songs written by the Gibbs but better known through versions by other artists include, “Immortality” by Celine Dion, “If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Elliman, “Chain Reaction” by Diana Ross and Steps,”Tragedy” by Steps, “Emotion” by Samantha Sang and Destiny’s Child, “Warm Ride” by Graham Bonnet, “Guilty” and “Woman In Love” by Barbra Streisand, “Heartbreaker” by Dionne Warwick, “Islands in the Stream” by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, “Grease” by Frankie Valli, and “Only One Woman” by The Marbles. Many hit covers and album tracks of the Bee Gees’ songs have been recorded, and the band’s music has also been sampled by dozens of hip hop artists.