Yes, it’s official, I’m completely, totally obsesses, so now you all will have to deal with it until after the Idol Finale in 2 weeks!
An Elliott Retrospective
Click on the highlighted words to watch Elliot’s journey.
Boston Audition: Sang “A Song For You”
Hollywood Audition: Infamous group pairing with one of the twins.
I find this clip especially interesting since Terrell says they had someone in their group who was tone deaf, remember this was before we found out about Elliott not being able to hear through one ear.
February 22, 2006 – “If You Really Love Me” by Stevie Wonder
After this performance, Cowell said that Yamin is potentially the best male vocalist in the history of American Idol.
I absolutely adore this performance. This is the one that you can blame for my current Elliott obsession, the one that started it all.
March 1, 2006 – “Moody’s Mood For Love” by James Moody
The judges loved Elliott’s performance. Jackson gave Elliott a standing ovation, Abdul said she couldn’t wait for his next performance and Cowell said that it was a great performance and that Elliott is starting to believe in himself.
March 8, 2006 – “Heaven” by Bryan Adams
He received mixed reviews for this performance. Jackson and Abdul loved it, but Cowell called it a “copout.”
March 14, 2006 – “Knocks Me Off My Feet” by Stevie Wonder
Theme: Stevie Wonder
During the rehearsal, Stevie Wonder had strong praise for Elliott Yamin and told him he should definitely pursue a career in the music industry. After the performance, Jackson thought Yamin did a very good job, while Cowell thought Yamin’s performance was good but was not blown away by it. Abdul thought it was great and believes that Yamin will go far in the competition.
I love his reaction being so close to one of his own idols.
March 21, 2006 – “Teach Me Tonight” by Al Jarreau
All three judges praised the performance, with Jackson pointing out the difficulty of the song and Cowell saying Yamin’s singing was “fantastic”.
I adore Barry Manilow. Can the Idol producers hire Barry as the vocal coach for the entire season?
March 28, 2006 – “I Don’t Wanna Be” by Gavin DeGraw
Theme: Songs of the 21st Century
Jackson did not know what to say about the arrangement but said that he was the third “hot one” on the show. Abdul loved the arrangement and told him that he is one “funky white boy”. Cowell said in quote “Good song, terrible arrangement, good vocal and the dancing was hideous.” Seacrest mentioned that Cowell gave a good equation. All in all, the three judges praised his vocal style but had their own thoughts about the arrangement.
I personally don’t like the original, so I lurved the arrangement!
April 4, 2006 – “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks (Bottom 2)
Jackson said that the competition has finally started. He also said that Yamin brought it down and that it was hot. Abdul said that he was humble, fantastic, and that he stayed true to who he was. Cowell said that it was a great song choice, but it was not great vocal. He also said that Yamin would have to do better than that in the future and that he was not as confident as usual.
I adore Garth now, not in his heyday, but I admit the vibrato was crazy present in this song.
April 11, 2006 – “Somebody to Love” by Queen (Bottom 3)
Jackson said that Yamin chose a hard song to sing and that he had some pitchy problems. Overall, Jackson loved him and thought it was really good. Abdul said that it was the best vocal that night. She also said he took the best parts of that song and put it into 1 minute and 20 seconds, and he gave the best Elliott Yamin performance. Cowell said that Yamin chose a tough one. He agreed with Jackson that it was an in and out performance, but he thought Yamin pulled it off.
Here’s the link for the Results Show sing out, which many, including myself believe was better than his Tues. night performance.
April 18, 2006 – “It Had to Be You” by Harry Connick Jr. (though it’s been recorded by many many artists)
Jackson and Abdul enjoyed the performance, but Cowell said that it lacked a “certain personality.” Seacrest implied that Cowell was watching another performance, and Seacrest and Jackson proceeded to make fun of Cowell.
April 25, 2006 – “A Song for You” by Donny Hathaway
Theme: Love Songs
Jackson hated the arrangement, but loved Elliott; referred to him as “the bomb,” and told him that he “could sing it like the record anytime.” Abdul was in tears and said Elliott moved her from the beginning. She told him he celebrated what the competition was about, and commented on how he evolved as a performer. She said he *was* an American Idol, and that he had a beautiful [future]. Cowell said that in parts Elliott’s performance was like a “vocal masterclass,” and it was superb. Yamin’s performance helped to re-expose the long-forgotten talent of Donny Hathaway. In the hours following the American Idol broadcast, “A Donny Hathaway Collection” made a huge jump and reached number twenty-three on the Amazon.com bestseller list, a bellwether for music sales. Yamin had commented that he had wanted to return the “spotlight” to Hathaway, and it appears he did just that. His performance of “A Song for You” also began to receive enough airplay to warrant low-level inclusion on some radio media charts.
Lurve, lurve this song. And how awesome is that about the Hathaway CD on Amazon, talk about impact, and the producers, at least from the grassy knoll conspiracy theorists said think that Elliott was probably the least marketable, but just check out that impact, Word!
May 2, 2006 – “On Broadway” by George Benson and “Home” Michael Buble (Bottom 2)
Theme: Song From The Contestant’s Birth Year (Elliott – 1978) [Whoo hoo! My birth year too, shaweet!]
first song – Jackson thought it started out rough, but then said it worked for him in the middle and in the end. Abdul agreed. Cowell said it was not Yamin’s best, and that it was very disjointed.
Theme: Billboard Top 10
second song – Jackson and Abdul loved the performance. Cowell was concerned about the song choice which has lyrics about wanting to go home as well as lacking the “wow” factor.
Okay, after the previous show’s performance of “A Song For You,” which by the way is on the same Michael Buble album as “Home,” I listend to my Buble CD, lurve Buble too, and thought he would totally kill on “Home,” which he did in spades, but I too was frightened by the tempting of the fates with those lyrics! The boy makes me nuts, can you tell?
May 9, 2006 – “If I Can Dream” and “Trouble” by Elvis Presley (Top 2 with Taylor Hicks)
Theme: Elvis Presley
first song- “If I Can Dream” – Jackson loved it, Abdul looked to be teary eyed again and said it was his “best performance vocally in this competition”, Cowell believed that “he was coming in as the underdog tonight” and was “the best performance of the night so far”.
second song- “Trouble” – Jackson said it was his “best performance ever”. Abdul believed that now “this is the best performance ever”. Cowell said he was showing personality and “deserve[s] to go onto the next round”.
Okay, Elvis opened most of his shows with “Trouble,” I heard, and closed them with “If I Can Dream.” After Simon told Elliott he’d never win this competition with lesser known songs, Elliott pulls off two of the best performances of the season with two of Elvis’ lesser known but great songs. As Randy says, “That was hot man!”