American Idol Season 9 Top 10
By J Rodgers | Image property of Fox
Usher in a Real Mentor - It was good to have Usher as mentor for R&B week. (Since we barely survived Mentor Miley last week) Usher has record sales of over 45 million and 5 Grammy’s to his credit. He asked the contestants for permission to criticize them and offered constructive, relevant advice.
Now we had an uncomfortable and seemingly unending interview of Usher by Ryan. Two hours is tough to fill when we get down to the Top 10 – 90 minutes would suffice.
Time to get down to the performances – for some, R&B meant Really Boring. Let’s break it down from the best to the rest.
American Idol: Season 9 Top 10
Crystal Bowersox – “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight and The Pips – tried her hand at piano, spot on soulful, if we don’t see her in the finale I will be shocked – Randy said loved outfit, another great performance – Ellen said never not good, in it to win it – Kara said so glad you took that risk – Simon said sensational song choice, incredible vocals at times, don’t let vocals suck the you out of you.
Lee Dewyze – “Treat Her Like a Lady” by The Cornelius Brothers - with guitar, great song choice, perfect genre for him – Randy said unbelievable, best I’ve heard you in weeks, the bomb – Ellen said best performance of the night – Kara said brought the song into your world, amazing – Simon said always believed in you, tonight your life may have changed forever.
Casey James – “Hold on I’m Comin’” by Sam and Dave – suited voice perfectly, pitch spot on, so consistent, great on guitar – Randy said another hot night for you, perfect selection, nice job – Ellen said consistent always good, generic safe song for you, great voice – Kara said you have more range, try acoustic and just sing, think you have more in you – Simon said your strongest week so far, showed different side, impressed with you.
Katie Stevens – “Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin – much improved, best performance from her to date, still not age appropriate – Randy said disconnected, showed you have the pipes, nice vocals – Ellen said vocals great, wish you have made it more current – Kara said R&B pop is where you belong, must make it young and commercial, good job on vocals – Simon said pretty good, robotic, make it fun.
Michael Lynche – “Ready for Love” by India Arie – with guitar, mostly clean performance, didn’t connect for me – Randy said you are in the zone, I’m loving every performance, love the sensitive thing – Ellen said beautiful, loved it – Kara said incredible job, tasteful, lovely – Simon said first time I can take you seriously as an artist, terrific job.
Aaron Kelly – “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers – good vocals, choosing overly mature songs, really competing – Randy said started rough, ahright for me – Ellen said good song choice, really good job – Kara said liked it didn’t love it – Simon said not jumping out of my chair, not as good a job as last week, ok.
Siobhan Magnus – “Through the Fire” by Chaka Khan – under on most notes, really an off night, worst she’s been (her worst still surpasses others) – Randy said ‘pitchwise’ all over the place, courageous to take this on – Ellen said not your best performance – Kara said nervous, screaming parts worked, lower register not there – Simon said like running a marathon and singing while running, all over the place, weakest performance so far.
Andrew Garcia – “Forever” by Chris Brown – better, on key most of the time, a little boring – Randy said Andrew is back, best performance in the long time – Ellen said amazing, strong performance – Kara said one giant leap in the right direction – Simon said miles better than last couple weeks, as a person boring, personality is important.
Didi Benami – “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” by Jimmy Ruffin – just so off, not good, what’s with the Supreme’s dress – Randy said flat-lined performance, didn’t get it – Ellen said way dramatic, not your best performance – Kara said overdone, confused, lost your way, thought I knew who you were – Simon said swimming in jelly, so over the top, old fashioned, off melody, no longer contemporary.
Tim Urban – “Sweet Love” by Anita Baker – are you kidding me, major low register issues, parts of this good – Randy said pedestrian, mostly in tune, layed flat, need to put a little grease on it – Ellen said adorable, tough song to sing, mostly on key – Kara said Broadway at times, Vegas at times, took soul out of the song – Simon said inappropriate song, but audience will vote for you and you will be here next week (Simon’s exasperated – perhaps reverse psychology will work).
Will the audience finally ‘usher’ Tim out of the competition? Or will one of the front-runners be a victim? Did this week change your favorite list? Results and performances by Usher, Diddy, Dirty Money and AI Season 2 winner, Ruben Studdard tonight on Fox.
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