American Idol Season 9 Top 9
By J Rodgers | Image property of Fox
A Hard Day’s Night - Our contestants took on the Lennon/McCartney songbook. The duo penned 35 #1 songs. More than any other songwriting team in history. The good luck (or please don’t ruin my songs) message from Sir Paul was a nice touch.
It is difficult to fill two hours with performances of 9 contestants. No mentor tonight and much mindless babble. With such a prolific list from which to choose, I had hoped the songs chosen would not have been performed by former Idols. Some yes, some no. And how could such great songs, with few exceptions, be performed so average?
Let’s break it down from the best to the rest.
American Idol: Season 9 Top 9
Casey James – “Jealous Guy” from the album “Imagine” – only contestant to choose a John Lennon solo song, saw the powerful side of him, his personal best performance by far – Randy said loved acoustic guitar, really impressed, loved that you did this, heartfelt – Ellen said your best performance to date, soulful, beautiful arrangement, moved by it, beautiful – Kara said vulnerability, tasteful, depth, but think you can do more still – Simon said best performance of the night so far, emotional, very impressed tonight.
Crystal Bowersox – “Come Together” from the album “Abbey Road” – consistent, cool changes, couple lyrics lost (Carly Smithson slayed this in Season 7) – Randy said another solid performance, definitely worked, not your best but loved it – Ellen said need new way to tell you how great you are, made it current, loved it – Kara said one of my favorite performances, Bonnie Raitt feel, more accessible – Simon said that’s a performance I could hear on the radio, quirky, terrific, much better than last week.
Katie Stevens – “Let It Be” from the album “Let It Be” – strongest performance from her in competition, changed it up in a good way, nice vocals (Kris Allen owned this in Season 8) – Randy said best performance ever, hot vocal, ridiculous – Ellen said changed it just enough to make it your own without disrespecting it, will not be in the bottom 3 this week – Kara said great vocal, confident, blossoming, never looked and sounded better – Simon said got it right tonight, felt like you were singing it about somebody instead of robotic.
Michael Lynche – “Eleanor Rigby” from the album “Revolver” – vocals spot on, turned it soul, over performs, (David Cook’s first Beatles choice on Season 7) – Randy said I’m not sure it all worked, some great, could be on your album – Ellen said you can do anything, huge risk to change it so drastically, incredible – Kara said fire, vocals amazing, made it commercial today, great job – Simon said didn’t love it, too theatrical, too over the top, confused what kind of artist you want to be
Lee DeWyze – “Hey Jude” single only, not on an album – good song choice, vocals in beginning rough, hated the bagpipe – Randy said another hot love for you, please believe – Ellen said more confidence, great job, loved it – Kara said some good moments, few off moments, can hear you on the radio, it’s hot – Simon said wouldn’t have done the bagpipe, doing great then the bagpipe player walked down the stairs like he was on the wrong show.
Tim Urban – “All My Loving” from the album “With The Beatles” – with electric guitar and Beatle haircut channeling Sir Paul, good effort, more serious performance – Randy said much better than last couple weeks, good “Tim” performance – Ellen said second best performance after “Hallelujah” – Kara said perform best with guitar, solid – Simon said thought you did really well, no gimmicks, didn’t over-sing it, you take criticism like a man.
Siobhan Magnus – “Across the Universe” from the album “Let It Be” – pitch problems, ploddingly slow, Susan Boyle hairdo - Randy said love the outfit, sleepy, tender side – Ellen said you are special and talented, beautiful, good job – Kara said hit the notes showed control, restrained, polite, not current – Simon said much stronger this week.
Aaron Kelly – “The Long and Winding Road” from the album “Let It Be” – pitchy, country turn, please choose a more age appropriate song (should have left it to Season 7’s David Archuleta) – Randy said beautiful tone, song sleepy, laid still - Ellen said big song to take on, long and winding song – Kara said haven’t been great, same performance each week, need to try up-tempo and move – Simon said why did you pick the song?, old fashioned, boring, become young and relevant.
Andrew Garcia – “Can’t Buy Me Love” from the album “A Hard Day’s Night” – changed it up in parts, bad hair, low performance quality, just ok – Randy said solid performance, interesting arrangement, corny at times, ahright – Ellen said perfect song choice, loved it – Kara said want to see something new from you, liked the breakdown – Simon said wedding singer, band overpowered arrangement, old fashioned, all wrong.
Did tonight’s performances change your mind? Who will make the cut? Performances tonight by Rihanna, Jason Derulo and Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta. Results show Wednesday night on Fox.
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