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American Idol Season 9 Top 12

Published March 17, 2010 in Television
By J Rodgers | Image property of Fox
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Fighting Irish - Most appropriate on this Saint Patrick’s Day week, the Irish lass decided to make a move. Siobhan showed us she was not ready to relinquish the Idol crown to Crystal so early in the competition. This week was their first on the big stage. Most of the contestants stepped it up. I still hate the introduction of the judges and they walk out on the stage before taking their seats. Not necessary.

Tonight our contestants were singing from the songbook of the Rolling Stones.

Let’s break it down from the Best to the rest.


American Idol: Season 9 Top 12


Siobhan Magnus – “Paint it Black” – great performance, a few flat notes, but really making her move – Randy said bringing the drama, that was hot – Ellen said love the way you look and sound – Kara said flashbacks of Adam Lambert Idol moment, best interpretation of the night – Simon said standout performance of the night, some people will love it some will hate it.

Crystal Bowersox – “You Can’t Always Get What you Want” – vocals always spot on, loved this version, born to perform – Randy said not your best performance, didn’t disappoint – Ellen said sing with such ease, let yourself have fun and show personality – Kara said so comfortable and easy to watch – Simon said song didn’t have enough, beaten for the first time.

Lee Dewyze – “Beast of Burden” – such a great voice, showing more confidence – Randy said dope – Ellen said great but I expected more – Kara said growing faster than everybody – Simon said I like you, chose safe song, frustrating because you have an incredibly good voice, need to have your ‘moment’.

Didi Benami – “Play with Fire” – slowed to a ballad, couple pitch and lyric problems but a solid performance – Randy said one of your best performances, on fire – Ellen said lost your way but got back, sounded great, made fire two syllables – Kara said when you push you lose your way, got dark, two steps in the right direction, well done – Simon said cool choice of song, solid not brilliant performance.

Michael Lynche – “Miss You” – R&B’d it, well sung – Randy said slayed it, way to start the show – Ellen said what’s not to love about that, amazing – Kara said you delivered, swagger, hot on stage – Simon said got your confidence up, dancing corny, sang it well, verging on desperate.

Aaron Kelly – “Angie” – took it country, vocals improved as the song went along, good performance – Randy said born to sing, loved tender moments, hot – Ellen said great song choice, beautiful – Kara said you showed me tonight you were connected and powerful – Simon said feared for you when heard it was the Rolling Stones but you were in tune, most believable, one of your best performances.



Casey James – “It’s All Over Now” – good and I really like him but not showcasing himself enough as a solo artist – Randy said back to Casey that I love, loved it – Ellen said women’s hearts will start racing looking at you, fantastic – Kara said a rock star, country twang, blues and soul – Simon said look great, but like an audition, need to push yourself, has to be more.

Katie Stevens – “Wild Horses” – best she has done on a performance night so far, a blatant suck up to Simon since Susan Boyle recording, channeling her inner Katharine McPhee – Randy said sang it well, couple pitch problems - Ellen said such a great voice, you got into it – Kara said not technically perfect, went in right direction – Simon said only week you have chosen strong song, lost emotion in second half of song, gave it 100%, well done.

Andrew Garcia – “Gimme Shelter” – took risk, missed a few notes, but ok – Randy said you know I love you, pitchy everywhere, wasn’t great, under – Ellen said what do I know I think it was your best performance yet – Kara said wanted more of a connection, good and I want to make you better – Simon said gave it 100%, better in rehearsals, genuinely hope you survive another week Paige Miles – “Honky Tonk Woman” – better than last week but just not good enough – Randy said did ‘ahright’, pulled it out, I liked it – Ellen said star quality, sounded great – Kara said got lost at times, Paige is back – Simon said song generic, haven’t quite connected, like a song from a bar.

Lacey Brown – “Ruby Tuesday” – really slowed the tempo, quite rough in spots – Randy said pleasantly surprised, most interesting of the night – Ellen said sleepy for me, I’m a fan – Kara said 50/50 for me, some issues where didn’t hit notes right, could do better – Simon said perform like an actress, song ok, stop over-thinking, nothing wrong with vocals.

Tim Urban – “Under My Thumb” – had hope for him but that is gone, hated the Reggae arrangement – Randy said didn’t get that, weird, didn’t like it – Ellen said at a resort drinking pina colada, too laid back, no wow – Kara said applaud for making it so incredibly different, made it your own – Simon said boring song, didn’t work, Rolling Stone fans turning off the TV, crazy decision.

Did your favorite performer do enough to stay it the race? On Saint Paddy’s Day will A Rolling Stone gather no moss? Who will have the luck of the Irish? Performances tonight by Season 7 Idol winner David Cook – guitarist/singer Orianthi – and Kesha. American Idol results show tonight on Fox.

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