Last night's American Songfest was filled with quite a lot of drama for a Top 12 episode. Usually we're still so lost in the thicket of all these contestants that we don't have much time for single big moments, but this year life found a way (as it always does) and we got two big moments of drammmm. Let's talk about them! And other things!
This was the always bleak and depressing Songs From the Year You Were Born episode, meaning I got to find out that the withered old person on this season, Elise Totino's, is a full two months younger than me while the youngest was just birthed six months ago. ("I will be singing 'Party Rock Anthem' by LMFAO.") Age terror aside, the real problem with this episode is that they don't really give them a good list of songs to sing, so oftentimes they're just singing songs that were written way before the year they were born but were covered that year or something. For example, Jessica Sanchez, who is all of 16 years old, sang "Turn the Beat Around," because Gloria Estefan did that song for The Specialist (though that was in 1994, not '95, so how did that work). But, of course, the song was actually written in the 1970s. So that's kind of dumb, right? Like, I'm sure someone recorded the Brahms Requiem the year some of these kids were born but does that mean they should sing it like it was a song from that year? I do not think so! I think they need to rethink this whole deal. They either need to expand the catalog, so someone like Sanchez (Someone Like Sanchez, a new romantic comedy starring Wilmer Valderrama and Dania Ramirez) can sing some "No More 'I Love Yous'" or "100% Pure Love" instead of raggedy old "Turn the Beat Around," or they just need to get rid of it altogether. Time to rethink this one, o ye Idol gods.