As itturned out, Kanye merely performed on Wednesday'sresults show, "singing" (and I use that term loosely) his latestsingle, "Heartless." And it seemed richly ironic that after hours of ratherheartless critiques this season from the judges--during which they've berated the contestants for their pitchiness andwonky notes, and constantly reminded all participants and voters that"this is a singing competition"--a man would take the stage whosounded so very, very bad even WHEN PERFORMING TO TRACK, or even WHEN LIP-SYNCHING.
Of course,in an era when the vocoder-dependent (or is that voco-dependent?) T-Pain topsthe charts and Britney Spears lip-synchs her entire Circus Tour show and no oneis even bothered, Kanye's atonal vocalstyle doesn't even seem that out of stepwith the times. In fact, the importance the judges so earnestly place on the American Idol contestants' actual singing capabilities--minor stuff like theirability to hit high notes, not run out of breath, stay in key, stay on thebeat, etc., etc.--almost seems downright quaint,and not a little archaic.
Anyway,that being said, this week on AmIdolKanye--always a thrilling performer, this much is true--did exhibit plenty of A-list star quality. He hopped up on thejudges' podium, he droppeddramatically to his knees, he wore some really cool sunglasses, and overall hewas more exciting than most of the amateurs competing on this show. (I'd rather watch him sing badly than watch ScottMcIntyre sing badly, for instance.)
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