American Idol Season 9 Top 11
By J Rodgers | Image property of Fox
Only One #1 - This week our idols tackled Billboard #1 Hits (or songs that have already been sung too often on AI). With mentor Miley Cyrus on the job – omg what does she know about singing – I mean really singing – we were in for a rough night. By far one performance stood out as that of a seasoned professional.
Let’s break it down from the BEST to the rest.
American Idol: Season 9 Top 11
Crystal Bowersox – “Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin – great rendition, vocals on point, took back the reigns as the one to beat – Randy said America that’s what’s being a star, slayed it, I’m so happy now – Ellen said amazing voice, consistently great, a little more connection with audience – Kara said more into it but try to free yourself without guitar – Simon said I wouldn’t change anything, up until now everyone else a karaoke competition.
Lee Dewyze – “The Letter” by The Box Tops – soulful, upped performance quality, his best performance yet – Randy said bluesy/soul version knocked it out of the box – Ellen said (ok she used some stupid pen analogy and ended it with) my favorite pen is back (Ellen has been the biggest disappointment of the season – even more so than the lackluster contestant performances.) – Kara said raised the bar for yourself, never sounded better, looked comfortable, believe that you are good – Simon said not a recording performance, corny, doesn’t define you as a good artist.
Sioban Magnus – “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder – clear vocal, owned the stage, time to leave the Big Note out of a performance – Randy said fearless, great loved it – Ellen said quoting Oliver “more please”, so good, love you – Kara said express yourself when you perform, not your best performance, end note amazing – Simon said split vote, don’t think you hit the notes as well as you thought, maybe next time start with scream and go softer, make yourself more relevant.
Aaron Kelly – “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith – gave it a country turn, vocals on point, looks comfortable on stage – Randy said wasn’t perfect but loved the way you sang first verse, I’m a fan – Ellen said perfect song choice, amazing voice, you are so good – Kara said best song choice of the night, know how to pick songs, more stage presence – Simon said brave, you are a ‘little tryer’, making yourself old fashioned for your age.
Casey James - “Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and The News – needs to learn to play to the camera (someone please call Constantine), vocals spot on, so darn cute – Randy said not a fan of song choice but did it well, best musician we have – Ellen said not a fan of the song but best vocal of the night so far - Kara said all there ready to make an album, stay in the game – Simon said old fashioned, 80’s cover band, no originality
Michael Lynche – “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge – nice, good connection with audience – Randy said don’t know if it was your best performance but loved it – Ellen said safe choice, amazing tone, great choice – Kara said technically good, boring and ‘loungy’, at times too many riffs, over indulgent – Simon said too much, tons of charisma, good voice, people like you.
Didi Benami – “You’re No Good” by Linda Ronstadt – blues/jazz take on song, few rough spots – Randy said love the idea of it, pitchy, never quite got it right – Ellen said didn’t think it was right song choice – Kara said seemed like you were playing a character and trying to be something you aren’t – Simon said irony screeching “you’re no good”, sucked the life out of it.
Katie Stevens – “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Fergie – few rough notes, better this week and looked her age, only performer to pick something current – Randy said sharp, pitchy, listened to us with younger song and clothes – Ellen said your best performance so far, liked it a lot – Kara said pop with R&B leanings, this is where you belong, mad pitch issues – Simon said still not sure you are believable, still think you should go country, good performance.
Tim Urban – “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen – better than last week for whatever that’s worth, worked the audience and the little girls love him – Randy said vocals boring, like bad karaoke – Ellen said audition for High School Musical, corny didn’t get it – Kara said didn’t do much with the song, have a lot of work to do – Simon said sliding distracted from song, pointless and silly, zero chance of winning, two weeks silly choice.
Andrew Garcia – “Heard it Through the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye – biggest disappointment of the season, song so-so until the end - Randy said wasn’t good, wrong song – Ellen said wasn’t fantastic, hope people vote for you – Kara said feel bad for you, you don’t know what to do up there – Simon said sucked the soul out of that song, made yourself corny, don’t know who you are as an artist.
Paige Miles – “Against All Odds (Take a Look at me Now)” by Phil Collins – why is she still here? painful – Randy said wow, really honestly terrible, pitch all over the place – Ellen said you look stunning (man up Ellen) – Kara said somewhere you stopped competing, worst vocal from you and possibly worst of the season (kudos to Kara for stepping up and becoming a relevant judge) – Simon said like there were 5 of you and got progressively worse, all over the place, that song killed you.
Who is going home? Any shockers in store? (Can’t be) Tonight’s performances by mentor, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas – Teen Idol Night - we may all need acne cream after, but results Wednesday on Fox.
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