Country Standards, Not really!

March 19, 2009


Last night the final 11 American Idol hopefuls took to the stage with America’s most ethical genre- Country. A wide array of songs were choosen, but this writer could not help but notice that singer Carrie Underwood’s songs were one of the most popular, be it with the audience or with the judges. Although it was established earlier that it was ‘Country Night’, a prerequesite theme from way, way, way long ago in Idol history, most of the contestant managed to turn their picks into jazzy, blusey soul music. Notably, the only one who succeeded with a proper country song was Megan-Joy, the 22-year-old blondie from Sandy, Utah.


There are mixed reviews on her performance, although, personally, I thought it was really refreshing. The unique tone of her vocals really bring a different edge to the show every week. It’s even more amazing how she makes singing so effortless. She had the flu, though, during her stint on the show this week (Get well soon Megan!!) and was coughing and sniffling throughout the comments from the judges. Regardless, she still looked FABULOUS in the springtime tie-dye maxi, going with the whole ethereal look for spring, yet still blending in to the country colours of umber and colbalt.

We have more performances to look forward tonight as Carrie Underwood takes the stage! Last night, two of the contestants sang songs from her albums, Danny Gokey with ‘Jesus take the Wheel’ and Matt Girund with ‘So Small’. I loved Danny’s performance. Before he sang, they showed a clip of how Danny kept messing up the words when he had to sing in front of country star Randy Travis (the week’s mentor..) but managed to pick up the pieces just in time for Randy nod in approval.


I’m not particularly sure if it was just me, or was it just the chorus of the song, but the moment Danny moved from the stanza into the chorus for ‘ JESUS, take the whheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel!!!!!!!” the entire audience stood to it’s feet and screamed. Hands across the audititorium were raised as Danny’s voice took the runs that seemed were written just for him, and for a moment, he simply free-styled it out, hitting all the explosive huge notes you usually only hear from Whitney or Mariah. I thought that song was touching. Paula was right, saying that the way he sang the song, with the softness of it for the verses before going into a more passionate frenzy for the ‘Jesus’ part, was like writing a story.

Although, does anyone think that the winter parka Danny was wearing for the show was a bit much? I mean, yeah, the song says ‘ She was driving last Friday on her way to Cincinnati, on a snow white Christmas Eve” but there’s no need to embody the song to the literal sense that it was written about a woman who was driving in the Winter.

A little more on the Billboard hit, Jesus Take The Wheel, it was Carrie’s debuting single on her first CD, Some Hearts. The single also peaked at Number 1 on the U.S Billboard Hot Country Songs, at 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at 4 Billboard Hot Christian Songs.


Fresh-Faced Carrie Underwood was the first ‘Country’ singer to come out of American Idol. She sang Inside your Heaven, the Idol single for that season, Independence Day, a Country single by Martina McBride and When Angels Brought Me Here by Guy Sebastian. Carrie is a multiple Grammy Award Winner, as well as a seven-time platinium artist from her Album, Some Hearts. More recently, she gave her voice to the ending theme of Disney’s Enchanted, singing the song, Ever Ever After.

Right after her second platinum of Some Hearts, Carrie was on the Washington Post livechat and shared with her fans about some parts of her personal life and goals. One fan asked if she was Christian, and if that was the inspiration for Jesus Takes the Wheel.

I am a Christian but I think so many people can relate to Jesus Take the Wheel because even if they’re not Christian I’m sure there’s been some point in their lives when they’ve needed help from something or someone, which is why the song is doing so well.

Which is true really, some people just need help, be it from God, or from whoever! =) Yay Carrie for being responsible to her fans (Called Carrie’s Care Bears, BTW.)

On a more final note.. THE TOP 10 HAVE BEEN CHOSEN!!


Of the three that made it into the ‘Bottom Three’ my favorite was still Alexis Grace, 21, single mom. Unfortunately, Alexis was kicked out even after she sang a second rendition of ‘Jolene’, the hit song recorded by Dolly Parton. The judges had deliberated whether or not to save her, but in the end, still decided that they would let her go. Alexis fell apart, literally. And whilst I did not particularly like her performance of Jolene ( She warped it, really, so much that it didn’t even sound like something Dolly wrote!) I still think she deserved to have another chance. I mean, COME ON. If Anoop Desai, who screwed up ‘Beat It’ by Michael Jackson still had a chance in this competition, then Alexis ought to as well.

Oh wells. All the best Alexis Grace, I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of you!! -Taa

LOVE, Gwen ❤


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