Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Michael Lynche leaves the competition - 5/12/2010

We saw it coming. Michael was the one who was saved. He has been in the bottom two before. And he really was not on par with Crystal, Lee, or Casey. Michael will do fine. We'll see him back as a guest entertainer on another season of Idol (if there is another season of Idol).

Now we get down to feeling bad to see someone leave. The top three really are the best singers this season. I'm not sure they compare well with some of the past seasons, though. Who can forget Taylor Hicks, the winner from season 5? Or old what's-his-name who won it last year?

Yes, I'll be eagerly watching the song choices, singing ability, and presentation next week. If they all sing up to their abilities and get back to their strengths, then it could be ... no ... I predict it will be the best show of the season.

Speaking of predictions, I think we're in for the start of a great bull market. Investors are just itching to put their money in the market. Europe is no place to invest. Asia is even worse. Government securities and bonds aren't paying anything. Get ready for a good ride up to 15,000 on the Dow, beginning in early June and continuing through the summer with a correction down to about 13,000 Then zooming once again next year up to 17,000-18,000 by October 2011. I'll go back to safety when the correction begins at 18,225. Remember. The market always goes up too high and falls to low. And most importantly - Buy low, Sell hi! I just see the stars aligning, and I'm all in. (Just my opinion, of course here on May 12, 2010).


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Top 4 Idol Guys & Girl - 5/11/2010 My Results

I enjoyed the duets tonight, but for the most part, could they not have found better songs from all the movies they had to choose from? Tonight, they kept the show moving right along. That was nice for those of you who can't pause or speed through commercials. Tomorrow night will be agonizing as they drag it out to find out who leaves. My rankings and ratings are below.

Lee DeWyze: Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose” (3rd place tonight with only 10 points)
I guess he is not going to dress up for us. He looked like he just jumped out of the bed of his pickup truck after a hard day of lumberjacking. I did not like his song choice. I did like his voice. Maybe if I new the song better, it would have been better.

Michael Lynche: Michael Jackson’s “Will You Be There” (4th place, 9 points)
Michael sings Michael. Ellen called it predictable. I've been saying cliche all along to his style and song choice. Wrong song choice. I believe he and Lee both could have picked some song from a movie that everyone would recognize and love. They did not and are both in the bottom 2 this week (in my opinion, of course).

Crystal Bowersox & Lee DeWyze: Glen Hansard and Mark√©ta Irglov√°’s “Falling Slowly”
I agree with the judges. The duets sounded much better than any of the solos. I'd like to hear Crystal and Lee sing another one. Their voices complement each other's well. I vote for more duets!

Casey James: Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” (2nd place, 11 points)
I like this song, but that's a problem. It is too well known. Everyone has heard it and I think Casey can give us so much more. I'd like to see him sing and play that song with a classical guitar, like when he sang his duet. I knew he played the mandolin, but I don't think it is a good choice of instrument for a solo artist.

Crystal Bowersox: Kenny Loggins’ “I’m Alright” (1st place tonight, 15 points)
This could have been her theme song. I like when she comes out with another musician on stage with her. She and the drummer sounded good together. This song from Caddyshack made be smile. Such a good movie. This was not my favorite performance of hers, but the guys tonight were so close to each other (9, 10, 11 points) and she was so far ahead of them (15 points). I hate to say it, but I think she could sleepwalk her way to the American Idol win this year.

Michael Lynche & Casey James: Bryan Adams’ “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman”
Wow. Casey plays a great guitar. He'll only get better as his voice gets better. It's good now (and good enough for 2nd place tonight). There was one harmony tonight that was way off. I think it was Michael oversinging the note. But all in all, this duet and the other duet were great compared to the solo song choices.

Prediction: I'll be watching tomorrow night to see who leaves. I think it will likely be Michael Lynche. His dream to be in the top three will end tomorrow.

Yours in idolatry,