Guys step it up in pursuit of ’American’ dream
By Ayla Brown/ Idol Thoughts
Monday, March 5, 2007
The boys did a great job on "American Idol" last week, unlike their performances during the previous round.
Chris Richardson, the Justin Timberlake look-alike, was impressive singing "Geek in the Pink" by Jason Mraz. He looked the part and sounded contemporary. He is someone to watch in this competition.
Before the contestants perform, they all wait in what is called the "Red Room," which is a sponsored waiting area. The room, if you look at it closely, resembles the top of a soda bottle. Red couches surround the room, and in the middle of the glass table there is a black tire. This room is located above the actual stage, and contestants can look over to watch their competitors sing.
When the cameras are not on, all the contestants sit nervously on the couches, waiting for the commercial breaks to finish. Deborah Byrd, "Idol"’s talented vocal coach, hands out throat coaters, which are similar to cough drops, to contestants who are worried about losing their voices during the four-minute break. During commercials, a comedian warms up the crowd by dancing with the band, and most of the contestants have fun as well. It sure relieves the pressure.
I think the elimination process is the hardest thing to endure. In a matter of seconds, Ryan Seacrest says, "And tonight this is the end of the road for you," and your dream of becoming the next pop star is stripped from you. Nick Pedro, the talented singer from Taunton, was eliminated after what I thought was a great performance of "Fever."
My advice to Nick is to keep on singing because many opportunities will come his way. And Nick, if you read this, I remember you well from Hollywood, and I don’t think you should have been eliminated this early. Congratulations on making it this far!
One thing I admire about Nick is that he did not talk back to the judges when they criticized him. I’ve noticed that many contestants feel comfortable speaking out to the judges, and I find that disrespectful. When Chris Sligh made fun of Simon about his production of "Teletubbies" and his group, Il Divo, my eyebrows raised immediately. I thought to myself, "No one has ever put Simon down like that." I don’t think Chris’ comments were appropriate for the show, and I’m glad he apologized the next night.