The nine remaining finalists of American Idol season 9 took on the Lennon/McCartney song book this week, which was a recycled theme from the greatest season ever (In my opinion), season 7 in 2008. Considering that this season is many steps down from that greatness, I was not feeling good about seeing this season’s batch possibly butchering some of the best songs of all time. After the two-hour show was over, I no longer felt uneasy about the complete slaughter of these songs, but I still felt underwhelmed. If it wasn’t for good music, behind-the-scenes secrets, and a guy wearing a kilt and playing bagpipes at the end, this episode could’ve been worse.
Aaron Kelly – “The Long and Winding Road”
The other kids call Aaron “Yoda.” He took on a song that David Archuleta sang when this theme was done two years ago and it’s funny because Aaron sort of looks like him. However, he doesn’t have that same stage presence that Archie has. This song is a good choice for Aaron, but he’s still boring and he still has problems with his vocal control. Kara was right – It’s the same thing from him every week! He should get the boot soon but I think the teen girl vote is going to keep him in for a while.
Katie Stevens – “Let it Be”
Katie can dance! It’s cute, not going to lie. I’m also not going to lie that for once, I actually enjoyed her this week. She stepped it up with a heartfelt rendition of a beautiful song and put her own pop-R&B spin to it. Good for her. Hope she continues to improve (Not at the expense of my faves though!).
Andrew Garcia – “Can’t Buy Me Love”
Oh Andrew, I wanted you to do well after you redeemed yourself last week, but this is such a step back. The funky arrangement is kind of cool, but this just doesn’t feel like it’s “you.” I’m worried for you, bro!
Michael Lynche – “Eleanor Rigby”
David Cook did it better. I’m on the fence about Michael’s version. I liked it…but didn’t. He sounded wonderful, but I felt like his voice and the song clashed. It could’ve been an amazing week for him if he picked the right song – this wasn’t it.
Crystal Bowersox – “Come Together”
I seriously can never criticize Crystal for anything – She’s just manages to work it out every week! I agree with the judges that it wasn’t her best performance, but she’s a consistently good singer and performer who stays true to herself and shows great artistry. Even more, she got a didgeridoo player on stage with her! What a great team!
Tim Urban – “All My Lovin'”
All of the Idols talked about Tim’s smile – Andrew Garcia took it up a notch and mentioned his great hair. It’s all so true. I couldn’t believe that all my Twitter friends didn’t think this performance was horrible though! I thought it was lame. His presence is memorable but his voice is just so forgettable to me. I didn’t enjoy this performance.
Casey James – “Jealous Guy”
Casey was hailed by the judges and the general public as being the best performer of the night, but I thought he was much better last week. His vibrato on this song annoyed me. However, I’ll give that I loved the sensitivity he brought to this performance, and I’ll also give him a Great Hair award along with Tim.
Siobhan Magnus – “Across the Universe”
Nice Renaissance peasant outfit. I loved how tender and subdued this performance was, but I agreed with Randy that it came across as a little “sleepy.” Definitely much better than last week, yet steps down from her previous performances. I’m also worried about her. She won’t be gone this week, but I no longer see her as a front-runner. It could take one more performance to make or break her.
Lee DeWyze – “Hey Jude”
I’m only embedding this video to let you know how much 0:26-1:05 made my life. Bromances equate to one of my favorite things about Idol season. Lee and Andrew’s is LEGIT. Moving on to the singing, it was difficult for me to concentrate when everyone in my Twitter feed was talking about “DANNY GOKEY BABIES.” But after rewatching this performance, I didn’t like Lee’s vocals. However, I think he’s becoming a lot more comfortable and confident on stage and I think that really showed tonight. The bagpipes was an…interesting but laughable addition.
RANKING OF TONIGHT’S PERFORMANCES:
WHO SHOULD GO HOME: Aaron. Always.
WHO WILL GO HOME: Andrew. And I will be sadfacing so hard for Lee if it happens.