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  1. Elliott Yamin (Rankings 5-1)

     

    5. Free

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    Elliott Yamin - Free

     

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    At #5 is the second inspirational track on the album. I prefer Free to Find A Way because the track is more uplifting, plus I think the material and singing are better. I really love the message of the song, which is basically let yourself go and don't let any inhibitions hold you back. To me, it was clear this is a song that means a lot to Elliott with the way he sings it, especially in the chorus and bridge. I would've loved for this to be a single, but it's still a great song at the end of the day.

     

    4. A Song For You

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    Elliott Yamin - A Song For You

     

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    Coming in at #4 is the song that was Elliott's signature performance on Idol. A Song For You is a song that means a lot to Elliott seeing he sang it at every opportunity he got. While the live version is considered to be one of the greatest all-time Idol performances, the recorded version is no slouch in its own right. It is beautifully sung, and it has a lot of feeling in it. It's a great way to end the album.

     

    3. One Word

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    Elliott Yamin - One Word

     

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    At #3 is One Word. One Word was the second single released from the album. It was also the first song on the album that Elliott sings about love in a positive way. I thought he came across as very sincere when singing about how much this person meant to him in his life. The melodies of the verses and choruses sound incompatible; however, they worked well together. One Word is definitely one of the better songs on the album.

     

    2. Movin' On

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    Elliott Yamin - Movin' On

     

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    At #2 is the lead track from the album. Movin' On was initially leaked as a promo to help generate buzz about the album; however, it could only do so much seeing that the album was released on an independent label. As for the song itself, I found in interesting in some ways. Usually, the verses are more laid back than the choruses; in this case, however, the verses were sung higher than the choruses. With that said, I think it works because the verses have this urgency in that Elliott is expressing his feelings towards someone but that someone doesn't seem to get it. On the other hand, the chorus is him resigning himself to not waste any more time if this person isn't willing to reciprocate his feelings. It's a good song and a great way to open the album.

     

    1. Wait For You

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    Elliott Yamin - Wait For You

     

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    Topping the list is none other than Wait For You. At first, I was going to put Movin' On at #1. However, I decided to be basic and place Wait For You at the top instead. With that said, WFY is definitely a great song and one that became a hit for Elliott. The song is about Elliott's significant other leaving him for some reason, but Elliott is confident that she will return and therefore, he vows to wait until the day she does. Elliott does a great job selling the eagerness and emotion of the message the song is trying to get across. In addition, the rapid fire verses do a great job displaying the urgency and disbelief he is feeling. Finally, the chorus is an earworm that can get stuck in the head for days. It wouldn't surprise me if WFY tops any other rankings from the album as it does here, for it is certainly the most memorable song.

     

  2. Finally got around to watching the first two episodes.

     

    I had a feeling Octopus was Dwight Howard and Mother Nature was Vivica A. Fox. Both were fun, especially the former, but they were the weakest of the group. LOL at Ken getting his First Impression guess right first. Ken has always been good with the athletes, so it was no surprise he got Octopus correct. Disappointed Pufferfish is already out. I thought either Baby or Hamster was weaker, oh well. Back to Pufferfish, I knew she was Toni Braxton from the beginning. As much as she tried, she could not disguise her voice from me. :haha: I found Nick's disbelief at the panel not guessing her kind of amusing. :haha: Her performing with two masks on was certainly impressive, especially considering other acts talked about how hot those costumes are.

     

    As for the remaining acts, I'll put my guesses in spoiler tags. These are without me reading any spoilers.

    Baby: I'm getting a strong Larry The Cable Guy vibe from him.

    Bull: I'm leaning towards Todrick Hall. He sounds and moves like him. I think Nicole knows who he is based on her body language and words.

    Hamster: I don't have anything for him thus far.

    Skunk: I'm thinking this is Faith Evans. Her voice sounds a lot like her.

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  3. Elliott Yamin Rankings 11-6

     

    11. Alright

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    Something has to be last, and Alright is the track that has this dubious dishonor. Here we have Elliott's attempt at a club banger. The problem is Elliott is not that type of artist, and I don't think he did anything to convince anyone he was otherwise. I think this song would work if anyone who specializes in this style of music did it, but it feels out of place on this album.

     

    10. You Are The One

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    Elliott Yamin - You Are The One

     

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    The album has a fair share of love songs. However, I think You Are The One is the weakest. It's not a bad song per se; it's just that it's the least memorable track on the album IMO. It has a nice melody and Elliott sounds nice, especially in the chorus, but it doesn't really have anything to pull me in and really catch my attention.

     

    9. Train Wreck

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    Elliott Yamin - Train Wreck

     

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    We're at the point where each song has something I like in some form or another although the bottom two aren't all that bad. Train Wreck is a song that has its qualities, with the chorus being my favorite part; however, I don't think it quite measures up to the others I ranked above it. The main criticism I have is I think the subject matter could've been more interesting given the title.

     

    8. Find A Way

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    Elliott Yamin - Find A Way

     

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    Find A Way is one of two inspirational songs on the album. With the first two tracks being kind of somber, I guess the next track was supposed to be somewhat uplifting. However, FAW is somber in its own right. I believe I understand what Elliott was going for, but I don't think he quite hit the mark. With that said, it's still a solid song overall.

     

    7. Take My Breath Away

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    Elliott Yamin - Take My Breath Away

     

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    Take My Breath Away is a nice song. It's not the best song, but it isn't the worst either. It did a good job of getting the album back on track after the detour that was Alright. The verses' melodies were unconventional, but Elliott sold the song well to offset any inconveniences. Somewhere in the middle is a nice place for it IMO.

     

    6. I'm The Man

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    I'm The Man is a song I love listening to when listening to the album. The verses have great melodies and the lyrics are well-written. In addition, Elliott does a great job of selling the song. Finally, the chorus is a really strong point. It's one of my favorite songs and I wish there were enough room to put this in the Top 5, but I enjoy the songs I have above it more.

     

  4. Yes to Seinfeld being in the Bottom 5! I never got into the Seinfeld craze.

     

    Ugh at Sister, Sister just missing out on the Top 10.

     

    Double ugh at Saved By The Bell and Married...With Children missing out on the Top 5. Considering how much dislike SBTB seems to have, I guess I should be happy it made it to #7. Tiffani Thiessen and Lark Voorhies before she went off the deep end😍 🤤

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  5. #7!

     

    The Clues:

    - Could have something colorful in common with another Top 10 act

    - Has a license to kill anyone with vocals

    - Was eliminated in another show in a week in which the buzz should've been strong

     

    7. Bee/Gladys Knight

    Season 1: Third Place

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    Bee - Chandelier

    Bee - Locked Out Of Heaven

    Bee - Wrecking Ball

    Bee - What’s Love Got To Do With It

    Bee - (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

    Bee - I Can’t Make You Love Me

    Bee Unmasking

     

    Coming in at lucky #7 is an insect that brought a lot of sweetness to TMS! Bee was certainly one of the more impressive acts during S1 and in general. The costume was designed well outside of the mask. If I had to pick my favorite parts, they would be the wings and the open stinger with the four thin black legs on it. Finally, the honeycomb-like collar was a nice design touch. Beyond that, Bee gave us some of the strongest vocal performances on the show. Speaking of which, let’s get right into it.

     

    Bee began her TMS run with Chandelier, which is a difficult song to sing. However, she gave a strong vocal, and I was very familiar with the voice from the get-go. :yes: She followed that with Locked Out Of Heaven, which was a lot of fun. My favorite parts were the “uhs” and Joel McHale's booty shaking dance. :lmao: With that said, the drapes in the background were kind of distracting. Bee then gave one of my favorite vocal performances the next time she took the stage with Wrecking Ball. Funny enough, I’m not a Miley Cyrus fan, but WB is a song I’ve always liked. It’s in my Top 5 S1 TMS performances, and I’d go as far as saying Bee’s version is my favorite rendition of the song. She came back the next time with What’s Love Got To Do With It. She was vocally strong as always; however, my favorite parts are the hip shakes during the pre-chorus and Ken’s actions during the whole performance. Next was A Natural Woman, which was a very soulful performance. With that said, the main thing I noticed was her mouth moving underneath the mask’s mouth. In addition to this, Kelly kind of spoiled me on the song because all I can hear is the whistle note during the “you make me feel so alive” part. :haha: Back to Bee, she would make it to the finals where she sang a really pretty version of I Can’t Make You Love Me. If there was anything to criticize over this performance, it was the rising platform and the creepy looking dancers. Having said that, I hoped she’d at least finish in the Top 2; however, she placed third when it was all said and done. I think the main thing that hurt her was the perception of the performance not being as dynamic as Peacock’s or Monster’s; then again, who really knows how the voting works in this show. Regardless, she was unmasked as R&B/soul legend Gladys Knight. I knew it was her from the beginning. I picked up on the hints from the first clue package, with the main one being empress because her nickname is The Empress of Soul. Hearing her sing from the first note confirmed it. I loved how almost everyone, from the regular panel to the guest singers, knew it was her almost instantly. Kenan Thompson was all “everyone knows that’s Gladys Knight”. Speaking of whom, I liked his speech to her after her unmasking. Of course, Ken had to be contrarian and was adamant about Bee being Anita Baker. :lmao: The last thing I’ll say is that I would definitely buy any recordings of the songs Bee sang because she still has the voice, plus I think she’s the best of the soul divas to do the soul and slayed her more contemporary performances. Overall, Bee was one of the best acts of S1 and one I highly enjoyed.

     

    07. Bee/Gladys Knight:

     

    I'll explain the first clue. The something colorful in common was referring to the colors black and yellow. Bee's costume was black and yellow, as are bees in general. In addition, Black And Yellow is a song by Wiz Khalifa AKA Chameleon, who is in the Top 10 of this ranking along with Bee. The other two clues were already explained.

     

    The Sensational Six:

    Monster

    Fox

    Rottweiler

    Frog

    Sun

    Seahorse

     

    The clues for #6:

    - Fell short against it natural rival in another habitat

    - Microphone checka, swingin' sword lecture; closin' down the sector, supreme neck protector

    - Was invited to fill up a tank and hit the road with a band

     

  6. On 9/14/2021 at 6:36 PM, miss denise said:

     

    Why is that unfortunate? 😮 You want me to stay in hiding. 😢 

     

    I KNOW! :dead:  Ugh, maybe not, but I'm ready for them to try. :dead: And the video is unavailable for me now. :(  There better still be somewhere to watch that iconic performance. :omg:  

     

    I thought so. :wub:  lol I guess I should. I am happy! Yeah, I'm pretty sure they said "punk rock" regarding his costume a couple times. Because all his performances were so good. ❤️ I'm glad you think so! lol yeah. The dance breakdown was an *amazing* something to see. :wub:  I do and yeah, that one is my favorite and touched me so much. 😭  I love being dramatic sometimes. :giggle: Oh wow, this painful question! :shock:  That is so interesting and strange to think about... both were terrible and I was sure both could win. :broken: Maybe Archie because I was a lot younger and that was more of a competition, while this show is more for fun? But... it was still awful for me. 👽  I do. ❤️ 

     

    Thank you. I had to toot my own horn for a minute because it's such an accomplishment that I can't believe. :blushingwave: Oh yay! 

     

    I'm sorry if I messed up your schedule. 😢 

     

    08. Night Angel/Kandi Burruss: I wasn't a fan of her costume, as that face scared me so much. :ph34rwave:  My mom also hated it. I do love the colors though... but also don't know what a Night Angel is supposed to be. :lmao:  Okay anyway, she did well with her performances, but I never personally cared for her. I thought the judges overhyped her a lot. :( I love your comment on lips costumes. :giggle: "One of the things that stood out was Nicole’s open mouth reaction (I don’t know why; I’m weird like that). " :dead:  Oh :shock: at you saying her finale performance was the weakest and thought she would place third. I don't know what I thought would happen with her placement...  but I did prefer Frog over her. 

     

    "An explanation of the first two clues for Denise:" :dead:  Oh, I get the detail of the first one now. I wish I could have thought of that. :haha:  I did get the second part of the second clue, at least. :haha: 

     

    - Could have something colorful in common with another Top 10 act: Not sure on this one, but I really want to know. Hmmm. 

    - Has a license to kill anyone with vocals: Gladys Knight has a song "License to Kill", so this could be Bee. 

    - Was eliminated in another show in a week in which the buzz should've been strong: Gladys was eliminated during the Motown theme on DWTS, which was ironic... and "buzz" can refer to the Bee costume. :haha: 

     

    No, it was a joke!

     

    We just need someone who's as over the top as Donny! :lmao: How dare they make the video of such iconic television not available?! 😡 Whoever did such a thing has no taste! 😤

     

    Happy to see you're happy! Oh, I guess I wasn't paying too much attention when they referenced it. :haha: I don't have much argument regarding his performances. I kind of noticed you like to bring the drama once in a while. :giggle: I understand the reasoning of why Archie's was more devastating. I think it has to do with the level of investment because the voters determine who wins whereas it's only a few groups who determine the winner of TMS. Plus the stakes are higher on Idol because the prize is a recording contract whereas it's a trophy and bragging rights on TMS.

     

    There's nothing wrong with tooting one's own horn at such an accomplishment! :yes:

     

    Oh no, you didn't mess up anything. I've been so busy I haven't been able to churn out any rankings or write-ups at the pace I want. Ah, the wonder that is life.

     

    08. I can definitely see how the face can be creepy. :lmao: I had a feeling this was an act you wouldn't care for. The panel hypes everyone! I didn't feel she was hyped more than most. I'd probably have to check myself in therapy if there are any more lips-based costumes. :lmao: As you know, I'm not afraid to be critical of acts or people I'm a fan of. Seeing that Frog has yet to be ranked, I like him over her as well; however, I still am a fan of Night Angel. 

     

    Well, you were the only one to try to guess the clues. :dead:

     

    I'll try to post #7 tomorrow. I'll see if I have the time. We'll see about the guesses for the clues...

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