@AndyShore The only remaining contestants that I could care less about are Tim Urban and Aaron Kelly. Urban has actually been decent the last few weeks, and his looks win him points with the young, female American Idol voting public. Kelly should go home this week. The theme this week is inspirational songs. Alicia Keys is the mentor. I have always been a fan of hers. She’s beautiful, and has a great set of…pipes. I generally like the songs she’s featured on, more than her own material. I hope she can get some of the singers to push themselves vocally. She hits the high notes, and I’d like to see some of these contestants push themselves.
8:05 Casey James is singing “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow.” Casey hasn’t shined in the last week weeks the way he did early on. There was only one small point when he went out of his vocal comfort zone. His guitar was good tonight. It was far from his best, but an average Casey James performance is better than several other contestants.
8:14 Lee Dewyze is singing “The Boxer.” He seems to have found himself in this competition. He was timid early on, but he has come out of his shell. Lee is on fire these past couple weeks. This was another excellent performance, where he made the song sound fresh and new.
8:24 Tim Urban is singing “Better Days.” Alicia really liked his rehearsal. I think it sounds like someone trying to sing on RockBand.
8:29 Aaron Kelly is singing “I Believe I Can Fly.” They said he’s been singing it since he was five. My original theory was that was the same year that Space Jam came out, but he’s too young for that. Aaron is another contestant that has been better in the last few weeks. He was alright, but I still don’t see him going much further in the competition.
8:38 Siobhan Magnus is singing “When You Believe.” I like when Siobhan is doing her rock thing. She’s got a spectacular voice, doing get me wrong. In terms of singing and range, this was above and beyond most contestants. This just wasn’t the type of performance I want to see from her.
8:47 Big Mike Lynche is singing “Hero.” He was strong on the verses, but not great during the chorus. Tonight just isn’t the night for most of these contestants. I agree with Big Mike. I like Spiderman too.
9:55 Crystal Bowersox is singing “People Get Ready.” This is one of my top-5 favorite songs of all time. I’m pretty sure she’s about to put on a clinic. Wow. She is leaps and bounds better than all but possibly Lee. She nailed that. Curtis Mayfield would be proud. She broke down in tears at the end. The judges loved it.
Top 1 Crystal Bowersox…nobody came close. Except for maybe Lee Dewyze.
Bottom 3: Tim Urban, Aaron Kelly, Big Mike