American Idol Top Three – Great Performances!

David Cook

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Syesha Mercado

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and my pick for the new American Idol, David Archuletta

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My top three picks from the beginning were David Archuleta, David Cook, and Michael Johns. I still think it was a major mistake to boot Michael Johns – but it was his own fault due to poor song choice. Tonight’s performances were somewhat surprising to me. I was very surprised that Syesha chose ‘Fever’ as her pick … out of all of the songs available. She did it well, but it was really broadway to me, not pop. The judges rightly pointed that out. When I heard that Cook was going to have to sing ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ I busted out laughing. I thought…is this a joke? Maybe an attempt to bomb Cook off of the show? But he pulled it off beautifully. Archuletta took a risk with his own song choice but I thought he finally looked like a 17 year old. Interestingly, this drew criticism from the judges – maybe the most criticism he’s had the entire season. An attempt to swing the vote between the Davids into a virtual tie? There’s no question in my mind that Syesha is the weakest of the three. This will be David Vs. David for the finale. And in my opinion, we all get to be winners because they’re both fantastic.

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A few personal things here. I’m back in Mississippi for almost two weeks. Maggy and I plan to visit with my parents today. I’ll be preaching at Central this coming Sunday. I will present my message to graduating seniors (of which my son is one): Proverbs for Graduates. I’m looking forward to seeing all of my friends that I have missed for the past few months. I’ll be working on not becoming all verklempt in the worship that morning! I haven’t been blogging as often as usual, and I hope to get back on a regular pace with that. I’ve been a bit sidetracked by TWITTER – where I’m blogging throughout the day rather than saving it all for a post. If you’re not twittering, you’re missing out! If you haven’t figured out TWITTER, here’s a two minute tutorial. Also I’ve been chatting live on Ustream HERE in the evenings and that’s been a lot of fun. Check it out sometime in the evenings and join in the talk. So is just a slowdown in blogposts for me … an evolution into a deeper richer web 2.0 experience … or what? I don’t know. But I do thank you for stopping by!

John

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