Sunday, 19 April 2009
Top 10 - Tracks of My Tears
The mentor this week was Smokey Robinson, and Adam rather bravely dared to do one of his songs. Smokey must be ancient by now, but was dressed in very casual clothes. I couldn't believe how well preserved he looked. It's like he's an android with wrinkle-free skin and bright blue eyes. Adam's voice on the preview clip was velvety beautiful and his expressions showed a very soft side. Adam seemed very attentive to what Smokey had to say, and Smokey was impressed with Adam, saying that his version was original because he stayed tender, forsaking the usual crescendo. When asked about what inspired him to write the song, Smokey completely missed the point of the question and explained what the song meant instead. Adam politely accepted being left in the dark by the explanation and responded with an 'oof' to the magintude of pain described.
Adam was dressed in a shiny grey suit and black shirt, with slicked back Elvis-like hair. A very clean-cut look but with elements of edginess from his ring, earrings and a lightning-shaped pendant. This guy certainly knows how to accessorise. He was sat on a stool at the end of a line consisting of the band. I felt myself hold my breath when he came on and throughout the performance. His voice was sweet and sounded vulnerable, slightly shaky at points, on baby and need but that's just my perfectionism speaking. The acoustic arrangement complemented his vocals well as he generously used his falsetto. There were a lot of close-up shots of his face and he seemed completely immersed in the song. I felt temporarily transported into his world and was moved. His last note was just incredible, sending a shiver down my spine. How can anyone hold a note like that? I thought with his strained face on the final note, he looked like Leonardo di Caprio.
Adam thanked the band as they left, as Smokey led the audience to its feet, and rightly so. All the judges gushed as Adam stood on the stage looking rather shy. He seemed a little taken aback by their comments and was very appreciative of them, thanking the judges. He seems to be such a genuinely sweet and humble person.