Special mention for my Shitzy, er, whatta term. It’s actually cute.
I’m trading my sweet ‘Tirador’ torture for an expectedly exciting night watching the final performance of American Idol Six’ Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks. I hope they deliver.
Tomorrow’s result is going to be intertersting. While Jordin banks on her youthful charm and diva approach (and Jim says she’s a Fundamentalist, an anti-abortion crusader), Blake relies on his ability to choose the right repertoire and experiments almost limitlessly (when he fails, we often forgive him because he’s blazzzzzzzzzzzing hot!)
I didn’t get the chance to watch all episodes for this Season but Jordin, of all Idol hopefuls, is the one who often leaves a mark in every performance.
For me, Blake’s best was his ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ performance (it’s wasn’t a spectacular vocal I know but when I watched him then, I knew he’ll go places in the competition). Blake knows how to push the right buttons. And he’s blazzzing hot.
The good thing about Jordin is that she didn’t lay all her jackpot cards in the beginning. Sure she’s a good singer but during the early episodes, Jordin was devoured by more hyped contestants: Sanjaya, who believe me, is this Season’s Jasmine Trias (well, almost. Had he reached as high as Top 5, I was ready to spilly my conspirary theory. Actually, Indians are the new Ethnic Phenomenon after Latino and Chinese the past years), Haley Scarnato (who used her sexuality in her performance to lure votes), Antonella Barba (who unfortunatlely, didn’t use her bad publicity to gain public sympathy) and Lakisha Jones (who poured all of herself so early she had to suffer the effects of the Law on Diminishing Returns).
Blake on the other hand, had to experiment and reinvent himself each week. He knows which genre he’s good and he knows that if he’s gonna stick with the same style each week, he had two weeks to stay and he’d be gone. That must have been the reason why Blake savored a beatbox performace to kept the audience excited and guessing as to what he would do next.
The waiting was actually worth it. Blake did a good job in reconstructing ‘You Give Love a Bad Name (much to the irk of Bon Jovi). He had the best hair reinvention for this season (and not Sanjaya’s faux-mohawk!) by coloring his blonde hair black with highlights.
What’s interesting is that neither Jordin nor Blake is a Southerner (a pattern for American Idol winners and probably American presidents too?).
I love Blake more than Jordin but I guess Jordin will win.
Jordin captures the votes of the parents who want their kids to be like her. And she’ll get votes from young girls who can relate to her bubbliness.
Blake will get the votes of screaming girls and men who.. love Blake. Gawd, reminds me of that homoerotic moment when Chris Robertson was booted out. Did MY Blake have to cry so hard like that?
Here’s the catch. Though Jordin will win, Blake will have a more lucrative career ahead of him (analogy: Reuben Studdard and Clay Aiken, haha). Alright, Jordin can be sing pop but for her young age, she can’t pass up for a diva. Producers will be at a lost at how Jordin will be marketed.
She’s can’t be packaged as a sexy diva like McPhee nor a country diva like Carrie. She can’t be Kelly neither.
Questions are raised though if Blake’s too much independence will be able to work with 19 Records, in case he wins. But recording companies will soon be running after Blake for a record deal though.
Though he won’t win, he has a clear career path. He’s hip/hop or RnB. He even said that he wants electronica pop as his first album.
Guess that’s one thing Jordin lacks. A total package. And she suffers from temporary charisma (one that lasts only until her stint on American Idol is still on. Read: Taylor Hicks).
So, go Blakey! I just hope you won’t end up to be another Bo Bice.