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This…Is American Idol…Blog (Top 10 Perform)

Time for some R&B tonight on Idol, which should make for some awkward performances for everyone not named Michael Lynche or Crystal Bowersox (because she can sing anything).

Fun moment to start as Ryan tells everyone in the audience to yell out who they want to win this season.  Absent from the shouting was the name Tim, so hopefully that’s foreshadowing for this week.   Names I’m fairly certain I did hear someone yell – Sheamus, Biff, Gregor and Justin Guarini (but that last was one Justin himself yelling it).

Here’s how I have them ranked thru last week…

LAST WEEK’S POWER RANKINGS
1. Crystal Bowersox
2. Siobhan Magnus
3. Michael Lynche
4. Lee Dewyze
5. Katie Stevens
6. Didi Benami
7. Casey James
8. Andrew Garcia
9. Aaron Kelly
10. Tim Urban

Siobhan Magnus – “Through the Fire” by Chaka Khan – I’m not gonna lie, this was pretty terrible, it was almost as if she was channeling the spirit of Paige Miles.  Her upper registry was bordering on “cat in microwave” territory.  The Sibohan-trademark scream was kind of forced and out of place.   Honestly if I had never seen Idol before and turned it on for the first time, I would instantly change the channel.  On a related note, very happy with the direction this season of 90210 has gone (except for them getting rid of any semblance of an opening credits intro).  Can’t wait to see how Dixon’s newfound gambling addiction mirrors Brandon Walsh’s addiction.
GRADE: D+

Casey James – “Hold On, I’m Coming” by Sam and Dave – decent outing here, but I think it’s time for Casey to lose the guitar and move around the stage some.  Does it really matter what I or the judges have to say as long as Maggie has unlimited minutes with AT&T, Casey’s not going anywhere.  I’m thinking about hiding her phone one Tuesday night in the near future.
GRADE: B-

Michael Lynche – “Ready For Love” by India Arie – I feel like there’s not much to critique tonight.  This was a really good and believable performance by Michael.  That’s really about it.  Nothing negative, nothing sarcastic.  I’ll just move on.
GRADE: B+

These backstage post-song interviews are a little weird.  Different, which is always a nice change, but very weird.  I feel like it’s going to backfire and hurt a contestant.

Didi Benami – “What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted” by Jimmy Ruffin – three straight weeks of her singing about a jaded person who’s either in a bad relationship or recently removed from a relationship.  Not as passionate as the past two weeks and the tempo of the song seemed very rushed.   And that ending?  That was more out of place then the time I wore a tuxedo to a nude beach.
GRADE: C-

Tim Urban – “Sweet Love” by Anita Baker – what would Anita Baker be called if she married Moby Dick?  I’ll let you figure out the answer.   I bet my buddy Kramer $1 that Tim would have a good performance tonight (I was probably heavily intoxicated at the time).   With that being said…I’m out a dollar, and not happy about it.
GRADE: D+

Andrew Garcia – “Forever” by Chris Brown – maybe it’s just me, but if you’re Andrew and you’re in a TERRIBLE slump on this show, do you really want to sing a Chris Brown song?  Usher’s facial reaction during their first encounter was either dissatisfaction with Andrew’s singing or he just sharted, it’s a toss-up.  Also, what’s up with Andrew’s hair tonight?  It looks like he’s got a Super Mario Bros’ mushroom on top of his head.  I guess it makes sense though, b/c some of those gave you extra lives in the game, and he needs them to get thru to the next week, every week.   Actually this wasn’t bad, better than most weeks, but seriously, can we drop the “Straight Up” mentioning already?  He’s never going to be that good again.
GRADE: C+

Katie Stevens – “Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin – this was Paint By Idol numbers here, a young girl doing an old diva performance, doing it really well but you just know ahead of time the judges are going to say the song was either too big for her or too old for her.   On a completely unrelated note, the UCONN women are just awful.  They only won by 40 points in the Elite Eight tonight.
GRADE: B-

Lee Dewyze – “Treat Her Like A Lady” by Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose – really great especially considering I’m not familiar with that song.  This was basically what I’d expect Nickelback to sound like if they didn’t suck. But seriously, it’s great how you never know who he’s gonna sound like.  Some weeks it’s Darius Rucker, some weeks it’s the guy from Hinder, some weeks it’s Olivia Newton-John.  Ok, not the last one, just wanted to see if anyone was paying attention.  Great job Lee, normally R&B night on Idol isn’t memorable, but I have a feeling this performance will be around for a while.
GRADE: A-

Crystal Bowersox (wearing stilettos!) – “Midnight Train To Georgia” by Gladys Knight – i’ve got chills before she even starts.  one of the all-time best songs (and underrated) in my opinion.  Not a big fan of her playing the piano, she’s like the person in your office who stares at the keyboard when they type.  Glad she got up halfway through and while it wasn’t an epic performance, it was still very enjoyable to listen to.
GRADE: B+

Aaron Kelly – “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers – sung by last year’s champion, um, what’s his name?  The guy in the Ford commercials.   Great way to close the show.  Not because it was good, because it wasn’t, but because I don’t care what the judges say so now I can watch Lost on the DVR.
GRADE: C

MY BOTTOM THREE – Tim Urban, Siobhan Magnus, Didi Benami
MY PREDICTION FOR AMERICA’S BOTTOM THREE – Tim Urban, Katie Stevens and Didi Benami
GOING HOME – Tim Urban (here’s hoping Simon’s reverse strategy of saying it doesn’t matter what he says and Tim will be safe.

MY UPDATED POWER RANKINGS (last week’s ranking in parenthesis)
1. Crystal Bowersox (1)
2. Siobhan Magnus (2)
3. Michael Lynche (3)
4. Lee Dewyze (4)
5. Katie Stevens (5)
6. Casey James (7)
7. Didi Benami (6)
8. Andrew Garcia (8)
9. Aaron Kelly (9)
10. Tim Urban (10)

2 Responses

  1. $1 buster. Now I only owe you $33. I should start betting you more often.

  2. I don’t think your reference to the UCONN women’s basketball team was totally unrelated to your comment about Katie Stevens given that she is from CT.

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