A Review of the Season Five American Idol Tour

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Thank goodness for Entertainment Weekly. The magazine reviewed a concert from the Season Five American Idol tour last week. With Taylor, Chris and the crew at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ, here's one critic's take on various performers:

Most likely to succeed: Based on audience feedback, Chris Daughtry may be poised for the biggest post-Idol career. It doesn't hurt that the guy is sex on a stick - parents should probably to cover the wee ones' ears and eyes during his cover of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" - but he's also the most polished, confident performer of the bunch.

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Most embarrassing: Ace Young will never advance beyond cheesy Idol also-ran status, if only for his painfully literal on-stage gestures. He traced a tear down his face on two separate occasions - singing the words "cried" on "Father Figure" and "cries" on Maroon 5's "Harder to Breathe." He also tapped his head meaningfully on the word "mind." That's just wrong.

Most surprising: Tenth-place finisher Lisa Tucker had the night's strongest showing among the women, sitting down at the piano to offer a restrained, heartfelt rendition of Elton John's "Your Song" - with no accompaniment from the band.

Most disappointing: Since her grandma Ann Nesby is apparently unwilling to say it, I'll deliver a much needed newsflash to Paris Bennett: "Young lady, you are not, nor will you ever be, the next Beyoncé Knowles." Paris' shenanigans on "Crazy in Love" provided too much awkward wiggle, and almost no vocal sizzle.

Most in need of a good life coach: After hearing his awesome one-two-three punch of "Moody's Mood for Love," "Never Too Much," and "Trouble," who could deny that Elliott Yamin is the best singer on the entire Idol tour? However, even after winning over millions of fans en route to a third-place finish, the guy still looks vaguely skittish at center stage. It might help if he traded a solo career for fronting a smooth jazz-R&B band.

Most sincere: It was actually Kellie Pickler. She sounded sincerely genuine thanking her fans for giving her a chance at fulfilling her dreams.

Most puzzling: No doubt, Taylor Hicks has a fine voice. And no doubt, he's going to sell boatloads of records. Still, this year's champ offered up a set that was just slightly underwhelming. Perhaps he's a little burned out from taking the lion's share of tour publicity, but after opening strong on "Jailhouse Rock" and Bob Seeger's "Hollywood Nights," he seemed oddly detached on "Sweet Soul Music" and "Don't Let Me Down."

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.


I traveled 6 hours to see the Idols in Richmond on July 29,2006. I checked into my hotel and as I was getting on the elevator a very hurried man got off the elevator hitting my arm with his bag. I looked up to see who the gentleman was who had just hit me and I realized it was Taylor Hicks, trying to not cause any attention to himself of course. My friend said Taylor Hick and he stopped and said yes I am Taylor and if you let me put my bags on the bus I will be right back. Of course I said he's not coming back and then sure enough here he comes. He stopped and signed autographs and pictures with all my friends and myself. Honestly, if I had been him I would of not of come back into that hotel and made such an effort like he did. HE MADE ME PROUD TO HAVE PICKED A MAN THAT WAS TRUE TO HIS WORD. Well my friends and I were getting back on the elevator and suddenly the elevator opened and there stood Bucky and Chris, WOW now that is a great day! It was great to see all the idols, but even though I was a Chris Fan all the way through the contest, I was most impressed was Taylor. Thanks Taylor for being a man of your word you made four women very happy. Kristi


w.m., they meant that ELLIOT YAMIN, while being superb as a singer, seems ill at ease and lacking in confidence and enjoyment out there on the pop singing stage. they suggest that he might be happier doing jazz clubs and being with a band rather than trying for the solo career, and that could be correct. he should get some counseling and maybe talk to anthony robbins or something?
i agree that TAYLOR HICKS is WAY, WAY overrated. he is nowhere NEAR the best of the singers, he would be hardpessed to make the top 100 performers of the shows so far. he does have some charisma and conceit that comes over in his singing, but he mostly lucked out on the 'southern voting block' that exists on idol, of mostly middle-aged ladies that pick somebody, usually a cute guy, and POWER VOTE for him, or her. this pushed RUBEN, who i don't much like, and CLAY, who i love, over the top and is why southerners dominate this show and probably will till it is pulled off the air.


I agree with most of your comments except for Elliot. I am not sure what you mean by life coach because your comment doen not make any kind of sense. HE IS the best singer out of all the idols, even Taylor.