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Eye on Idol: America made correct choice in selecting Jordin and Blake
After a few days of collective mourning for Melinda Doolittle, the Tennessee-born singer who did a lot for the artistic integrity of “American Idol,” Idol fans can lick our wounds and move forward.
Life without Melinda may seem tough, but it’s really not that bad. The Top Two of Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis is nothing to scoff at. Jordin, while not as seasoned as Melinda or season four’s Fantasia, is truly an amazing singing talent with more perkiness than an entire high school cheer squad. And America responded to the unique beat box-driven creativity of Blake, who regularly ventured from the show’s often cloying “Star Search” arrangements into genuinely fresh, contemporary music waters.
No, neither Jordin or Blake can nail a song like Melinda, but they both bring something special — enthusiasm and daring.
Again Blake showed artistic bravado during all three of his songs last Tuesday. He performed “Roxanne” by The Police, “This Love” by Maroon 5, which performed on the show the next day, and “When I Get You Alone” by Robin Thicke. All were perfectly cast and well executed.
Meanwhile, Jordin sang “Wishing on a Star” by Rose Royce, “She Works Hard For The Money” by Donna Summer and Shirley Bassey’s “I Who Have Nothing.” Jordin, the daughter of former NFL player Phillippi Sparks, grabbed each song by the throat.
Yes, we may lament the end of Melinda’s reign as singer supreme, but Americans got it right this time. Jordin and Blake are younger, fresher and have more “upside.”
Whether or not Blake wins, he certainly has a career ahead of him as a singer or record producer. Jordin’s charm and talent should prevail, however, as she may have the brightest future yet of any contestant in this undeniably potent cultural force called “American Idol.”