link | posted by Cat at 11:36 AM
Okay. So, if you actually watched American Idol, then you've pretty much seen the concert I went to last night, with the exception of it being, you know, LIVE, and that four of the Idols played instruments: Bo, Carrie, and Nadia on guitar, and Anwar on keyboard. Oh. And the giant Pop Tart energizing the crowds. I don't remember seeing a POP TART on AI! I was suddenly craving processed sugar and carbs, though...
But allow me to say one thing: Apparently? More than a week's worth of practice before performing? It makes kind of a big difference in the quality of entertainment. Okay, like, a HUGE difference.
Jessica opened the show. I think she sang "The Boys are Back in Town." Darn it! How come I already forgot her set?! How embarrassing. Oh, she sang Smokey Robinson's "Shop Around"! That was good. I may have danced a little. Just for warm-up. TGIM sat like a lump. *sigh* This will be a common theme throughout the evening.
Then came Anwar. He sang, like, FOREVER. To his credit, he did a decent job with "What a Wonderful World." I feel guilty saying I didn't truly enjoy "A House is Not a Home," what with Luther Vandross' recent passing and all, but DUDE. Come ON. Stay on pitch! You're a music teacher, for crying out loud! Sheesh.
Then, guys? Then?! Guess who came out?! Guess?! Constantine, that's who! Amidst the screams and squealing of, oh, I'd say 85% of the female audience, he burst onto the stage rockin' a sweet red leather jacket, belting out "Hard to Handle" and I was all, "Oh, yes you ARE hard to handle, you hawt little Secret Greek Idol Luvah, you! Rawr!" and then? He totally threw his jacket off and sang "My Funny Valentine" (TGIM: "What is THIS crap?!")! Yep! He was all smoldering and shizz. SO not kidding. And did I mention the mic-stand acrobatics?! AWESOME. He ended his too-short set with "Bohemian Rhapsody," which I of course tried to capture on video (1st & 2nd videos), until the stupid, hatin' security guard chased me back to my seat, damn her to hell. She's all, "Stop running in the aisles! It's against fire code! Hey! Get down off that chair! It's a safety hazard! Blah blah blah!" And I'm all, "BUT I'M SHORT!" and she just shrugged. Whatever. Beeyotch.
Then Constantine bowed offstage (Boo! Hiss!) and I was all, "OMG! TGIM! Lookit! Usher is here tonight!!!... No, no, my bad, that's just Nikko."
Seriously, y'all? Nikko was super good! And he definitely made somebody's night by throwing his St. Louis Cardinals ball cap into the crowd (TGIM: "Wait. Did he just throw his HAT?!"-- in his best what-a-waste-of-a-perfectly-good-hat voice) before singing "Incomplete." Then? I totally boogied to "Part-Time Lover." I don't know why. OH! And boy can dance, yo? He diverged from the same-old, same-old by singing Justin Timberlake's "Like I Love You" and breaking out the MOVES. Seriously impressive. Should have done that on Idol, dawg. But good on you, Ush... Nikko! Awesome job!
Then Scott came out and sang "Against All Odds" and no one really cared until he brought Jessica back out and they sang a duet of "Total Eclipse of the Heart." Which was FANfreakingTASTIC! Want proof? Click here (3rd video). I apologize in advance for the picture quality, as I am still saving for my BAMF camera (maybe I should take PayPal donations, a la Kristine? hmmm...), but the sound quality is quite decent.
Then Scott sang some more, and it was really good, but people still didn't really care and I felt kind of sad. But he did his thing. I was very proud of him [insert seal-clap of approval here].
Then Frolicious Nadia came out! And she was all growly and sexy in a tight black miniskirt and, like, ten-inch heels, and she kept doing these high kicks and I was all, "Oh, NO, girl!", you know, because of the skirt? It was distracting. (TGIM: "Hey, this is alright...") At one point she kicked the mic stand away from her and it flew into the audience. I couldn't see if there were any casualties. Which would have been sad. But kind of funny, too. Hey! And Nadia has some skillz with the electric guitar! Who knew? Her songs included "Power of Love," "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me," "Fire," and "Try A Little Tenderness" (during which I thought of Duckie Dale's rendition of this very same song in Pretty in Pink. And I smiled.)
Oh my goodness, y'all. I am only at intermission? Freak. Better stop here, right?!... hello? Is anybody there?
To be continued...
- KC commented:
Yay Cat, it looks like it was uh-lot of fun.
Was Connie everything you thought he would be?
- » 7/28/2005 6:04 AM
- kalki commented:
More, please! SOON!!
- » 7/28/2005 6:22 AM
- Bente commented:
Oh! How exciting, I can't wait for the rest!
- » 7/28/2005 6:44 AM
- Circus Kelli commented:
I can't even begin to imagine how wonderful this was for you! I want to hear all about it! C'mon! DISH!
- » 7/28/2005 6:54 AM
- mrtl commented:
- » 7/28/2005 8:29 AM
- Circus Kelli commented:
I'm still here!
Oh! Intermission! Are there hot dogs and stuff on sale anywhere? I'm thirsty. You know, I'm going to the ladies' room. I'll be back, though to hear about the rest of the concert.
- » 7/28/2005 10:13 AM
- Random and Odd commented:
Who rocks the house????
Can't wait to read the rest.
- » 7/28/2005 12:07 PM
- kalki commented:
I am SO here. Hanging-on-every-word here.
- » 7/28/2005 12:38 PM
- Amy commented:
hah! Sounds so cool, I love the security guard and her fire codes and you on the chair.
- » 7/28/2005 7:04 PM