American Idol Season 9 Top 9 Vol II
By J Rodgers | Image property of Fox
Return to Sender - As the Idols took on the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, few of the performances were anything to write home about. The title, The King, truly applies as Elvis has sold over 1 billion records. Adam Lambert, Season 8 runner-up, returned to mentor the night. There are actually many similarities between Adam and Elvis. The showmanship, the understanding of entertaining the audience, the hair, and the list goes on.
The 9 winged their way to Vegas via private jet to see the “Viva Elvis” show and rehearse. During their mentoring sessions with Adam (the first former contestant to be a mentor), our idols were given honest, constructive criticism. Above all he told them they needed more energy. Which couldn’t be more true with most of this sleepy (just ask Randy) bunch. Kudos to Adam for being the best mentor this season.
Letís break it down from the best to the rest.
American Idol: Season 9 Top 9 (Again)
Crystal Bowersox – “Saved” – good solid performance, I’m still looking for that “Idol Moment” from her, bluesy/ gospel – Randy said energy, dope, blues cool vibe – Ellen said fantastic (I have totally given up on why Ellen is here) – Kara said another solid performance, did good things tonight – Simon said didn’t choose obvious song, didn’t fall into karaoke trap, congratulations.
Lee DeWyze – “A Little Less Conversation” – great vocals and guitar, needs to throw some sex appeal out there – Randy said in the zone, another great performance – Ellen said so current sounds like the song is brand new – Kara said you really went for it, loosen up, be lighter more playful – Simon said nailed the song, on the money full stop.
Michael Lynche – “In the Ghetto” – can we say redemption, proved his case, perfect song choice, beautifully done, didn’t like the knowing smirk after judges comments – Randy said sleepy, hot vocals – Ellen said I’m glad we saved you – Kara said beautiful song, sang it well – Simon said million billion times better than last week, one of my favorite performances from you.
Casey James – “Lawdy, Miss Clawdy” – you picked what? soulful and bluesy, but can we say beyond obscure, would have loved him to do a slow, bluesy “Viva Las Vegas” – Randy said in the zone, nothing different but solid performance – Ellen said love your voice, not as exciting – Kara said fell short, you can do more – Simon said wasted opportunity, vocal good.
Tim Urban – “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” – nice changes, couple small pitch problems, but really trying hard – Randy said I actually liked it – Ellen said really enjoyed it, beautiful – Kara said favorite Tim performance ever, current, well done – Simon said zero to hero in two weeks, good song, clean arrangement.
Katie Stevens – “Baby, What do you Want me to Do?” – bluesy, angry, not as good as last week – Randy said sassy, nice vocals, entertained – Ellen said man you can sing – Kara said I think you just showed us – Simon said loud, annoying, didn’t like song very much.
Siobhan Magnus – “Suspicious Minds” – TCB (lightning bolt) emblems on her top, song a hot mess, slow part at end better than front of song – Randy said that girl can sing – Ellen said look great, second half better, beautiful voice – Kara said confusing for me, not crazy about it – Simon said time machine, first part terrible, didn’t quite hit big notes, not one of your best performances.
Andrew Garcia – “Hound Dog” – vocals not bad, the most personality he has shown so far – Randy said not good karaoke, didn’t get it or like it – Ellen said more swagger, pulled it off – Kara said mic was crutch, need to own it – Simon said lazy, not a star performance, coolness sucked out of you.
Aaron Kelly – “Blue Suede Shoes” – changed -up pace at the end, lots of off notes – Randy said first half didn’t like, second half good – Ellen said A for effort, big song to take on – Kara said out of your comfort zone, I like you younger – Simon said old fashioned, high school concert, karaoke, wasn’t crazy about it.
Which two idols will go home tonight? Will an undeserving contestant fall victim to the used save? Will Ryan Seacrest be as full of himself and downright evil as he was last night? There is no other way to describe the Dunkleman comment – foul Ryan! Mentor Adam Lambert performs. American Idol results on Wednesday on Fox.
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