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American Idol Recap – Top 7 Perform

Tonight’s theme, songs of the 21st century, which I’m sure will include at least one song that was remade by someone this century but originally written in another one.

An Idol first tonight, as they have the six already booted contestants (Ashton Jones, Karen Rodriguez, Naima Adedapo, Thia Megia, Paul McDonald and the lovely Pia Toscano) come out and do a version of Pink’s “So What” which was probably best suited for a local Six Flags engagement.  But anything that puts Pia on my TV for a few minutes is all right by me.  Nice quick shot of her potential boyfiend/my #1 enemy Mark Ballas in the audience.

Scotty McCreery (“Swingin’ by Leann Rimes) – I feel like this qualifies as an older song that was re-made, but that’s just a guess.  Best part of this was all the other contestants making fun of Scotty for the way he holds the mic like a flute when he sings.  Performance wasn’t too shabby, but it’s starting to feel redundant with him, he needs to step out of his comfort zone and change it up a little for one week.

GRADE:  B

James Durbin (“Uprising” by The Muse) – sweet song choice and James absolutely kills it.  Having several drummers marching behind him was a sweet touch too.  Tonight might have been the first time I actually believed James could win Idol.  Hopefully he can build on this and keep up the high quality of his performances down the stretch since he’ll be safe for a few weeks.

GRADE:  A

Haley Reinhart (“Rolling In The Deep” by Adele) – ok, great song choice since this is probably my favorite current new song and one of the coolest songs that has a strong build like Led Zeppelin’s “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” (my all-time favorite).  So I’m not sure if it’s because of the song, but as much as I’ve been Haley’s #1 anti-fan, I really enjoyed this and her performance, and this is two straight weeks (and 3 straight performances if you count her duet with Casey last week) that I’ve really dug.  Maybe I underestimated her, but I think she’s found her groove and might have some life remaining in this race.

GRADE:  A-

Jacob Lusk (“Dance With My Father” by Luther Vandross) – wow, now that’s a terrible song choice.  It’s so bad, that Jacob butchers the song by forgetting the second line of it, but thankfully half of America might have been asleep already.  As much as Stefano doesn’t belong here and should have been voted off for weeks, I think it’s Jacob’s time to go.  Actually it’s similar to Paul’s elimination last week.  It’s gotten to the point where we’ve already seen the best Jacob has to offer and he’s just trending downward now and it’s probably best for his career to go home now and save face.

GRADE:  D

Casey Abrams (“Harder To Breathe” by Maroon 5) – this is like the exact opposite of Haley’s performance, here’s a terrible song that instantly sours me on the performance.  But this was at least a lot more upbeat and alive than last week’s snooze fest.  I feel like saying any more would give too much credibility to Maroon 5, so I’ll stop here.

GRADE:  B-

Stefano Langone (“Closer” by Ne-Yo) – what the hell is a ne-yo?  I’m just going to give Stefano a C for every performance he has remaining in this competition since he sings the exact same way every time and never really does anything to stand out and doesn’t really do anything to crap the bed either.

GRADE:  C

Lauren Alaina (“Born To Fly” by Sara Evans) – Maggie said it best, “that was boring for her.”  Yep, agreed.  You have the pimp spot with only 7 people left, you gotta do something that makes you stand out like James did tonight.  Very disappointed.

GRADE:  C+

BOTTOM THREE PREDICTION:  Stefano, Jacob and Casey (only because I can’t stand Maroon 5)

GOING HOME PREDICTION: Jacob

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American Idol Recap – The Non-Pias Perform

Yes I’m bitter.  Yes I’m angry.  Yes I’m thoroughly annoyed with the American voting people for eliminating my Pia last week.  Yes I didn’t vote, but that’s besides the point.  With Pia no longer on the show, I reserve the right to be angry for at least one week of this blog (although I’m thinking of extending it to two weeks if the rumors are true that she’s hooking up with Mark Ballas of Dancing With The Stars now). 

So you’re psuedo-top 8 performed last night (I refuse to call them a regular Top 8, b/c this is not the eight best for this season), and the theme was songs from movies.  Any chance someone covers Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” from the movie Se7en?

Since I’m angry and bitter, I’m doing this in twenty words or less for each contestant and I will probably not say anything nice about anyone this week and hope they all get voted off.

Paul McDonald (“Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Seger from the movie Risky Business) – his schtick has grown tiresome, he sings every song the same way and now it’s boring me.

GRADE:  D+

Lauren Alaina (“The Climb” by Miley Montana Hannah Cyrus from some stupid Miley Cyrus movie I reckon) – this was good, so instead I’ll just be negative towards Miley Cyrus who should stop having a career since everyone acts and sings better than her.

GRADE: A

Stefano Langone (“End of the Road” by Boyz II Men from the movie Boomerang) – a fitting song title for Stefanoe.  Also could have sung “Hit the Road Jack” from the movie The Dream Team

GRADE:  D

Scotty McCreery (“Everybody’s Talkin” by George Strait from Midnight Cowboy) – wow another country song, awesome, haven’t heard that before from Scotty.  I flipped over to the Rangers/Caps game during this

GRADE:  INC

Casey Abrams (“Nature Boy” by Nat King Cole from I have no clue what movie nor do I care) – judges loved it and gave a standing ovation, I thought it was incredibly boring and I hope he gets voted off.

GRADE:  F

Haley Reinhart (“Call Me” by Blondie from American Gigolo) – amazingly, in all my negativity, this might have been the first Haley performance I didn’t mind.   But she’s still not Idol material.

GRADE:  B-

Jacob Lusk (“Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel from The Pursuit of Happyness) – still can’t believe Maggie has never heard of this song before.  Jacob still sucks and I flipped back to the hockey game.

GRADE:  D

James Durbin (“Heavy Metal” by Sammy Hagar from not sure what movie) – best James performance so far, thanks to Zakk Wylde (Ozzy’s guitarist) accompanying him (who also hung around uncomfortably too long post-performance)

GRADE:  A-

BOTTOM THREE – Stefano, Paul and Haley

GOING HOME – Stefano…it’s the end of the road….

American Idol Recap – Top 9 Perform

Sure it’s been about 20 hours since Idol aired, but never too late for a quick recap.  Last night’s theme – “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” which you’ll soon learn does not require rock songs to be song.

 Here’s the 10 words or less breakdown of each performer and my pick of the week to be eliminated.

Jacob Lusk (“Man In The Mirror” by Michael Jackson – not a rock song #1) – less whiny than most weeks, didn’t mind this
GRADE:  B-

Haley Reinhart – (“Piece of My Heart” by Janis Joplin) – is there room next to Janis’ grave for Haley?
GRADE:  D-

Casey Abrams  – (“Have You Ever Seen The Rain” by CCR) – nice use of the stand up bass, solid performance.
GRADE:  B

Lauren Alaina – (“You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin – not a rock song #2) – good commanding performance, needs to stop giggling during singing
GRADE:  B

James Durbin – (“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by the Beatles) – odd the resident rocker didn’t choose a real rock song 
GRADE:  C+

Scotty McCreery – (“That’s All Right Mama by Elvis Presley – not a rock song #3) – girls running up on stage after equals super cheesy
GRADE:  C+

Pia Toscano – (“River Deep Mountain High” by Tina Turner) – finally not a ballad, loved this
GRADE:  A

Stefano Langone – (‘When A Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge or Michael Bolton if that’s your taste – not a rock song #4) – forgettable, boring, and forgettably boring.
GRADE:  D+

Paul McDonald – (“Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash – not a rock song #5) – in pimp spot because bottom 3 last week, fun performance
GRADE:  B

PREDICTION FOR BOTTOM 3
Haley Reinhart, Stefano Langone and Jacob Lusk

GOING HOME
Stefano Langone