Don’t get me wrong. I was happy to hear Alejandro Aranda play his own music with only his acoustic guitar as an accompaniment since that was what made “American Idol” viewers fall in love with him during his audition. For a couple of weeks now, the too-loud in-house back-up band has been drowning out his dulcet tones.
His self-penned romantic ballad, “Poison,” was beautifully delivered, no question. And, yet, I DO have other questions. Why was this shy home-schooled 24-year-old dishwasher from Pomona, California, allowed to perform his own composition while the other contestants chose songs previously done by other artists?
And how did “Poison” even meet the requirements of an inspirational showstopper?
During auditions, hopefuls including fellow Season 17 contender Eddie Island, used songs they have written themselves,. But I could not find one other instance when a singer in the heat of the weekly competition did their own tune after combing through the “American Idol” Wikipedia lists of song titles for each season.
If I am wrong, please let me know. I would much rather that the producers of the show didn’t go out of their way to play favorites. But from what the judges said, though, something seemed a little fishy. While Luke Bryan declared that it was Alejandro’s best vocal performance yet, I was more taken aback by Lionel Richie‘s comment that “singing other folks’ songs is great and you have done a good job in making that connection. But watching you sing your songs is everything because it’s an instant identity, man. I know from the first two notes of everything, it’s you. Your star has already gone to the top.”
Even more telling was Katy Perry‘s statement concerning Alejandro: “How wonderfully interesting will it be when you change ‘American Idol’ by winning ‘American Idol.’” One wonders what the only four contestants left, including a coming-on-strong Laine Hardy, feels when they hear how invested the judges are in the fate of his main rival for the title. Take the poll below and use the comments section to tell me how you felt about how things went down on May 5.
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