Yep, that’s right. We’re still on the Top 9. Apparently, Michael was the odd man out last week, forcing the judges to use their one save of the season to keep him around. I would have gone home, though, since this week is Elvis week, the one “musician” I blame for destroying rock and roll more than anybody else. Yes, even more than Madonna, whom I also despise.
What makes up for the pain a little bit is the mentorship of Adam Lambert, but only a little. He’s shown more personality in five minutes talking to Ryan than the Top 12 has shown in the past five weeks.
Crystal Bowersox, performing “Saved” – Do the judges no longer like her? I guess it’s fair to have each contestant go first, but Crystal’s too good to go home this week. She’s also lighting up the stage and setting the bar high right out the door. If anybody is going to answer the pressure of going on first, it’s going to be Crystal, and she does so with flying colors. The crowd goes wild and Randy babbles in excitement.
Andrew Garcia, performing “Hound Dog” – For the first time, a mentor straight up told a contestant that he sucked. Unfortunately, Andrew still sucks, despite trying to “groove” the song. For a Latino, this is a pretty white bread performance. Andrew just bought himself a return to the bottom three.
Tim Urban, performing “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” – This may be in Tim’s wheelhouse. This actually may be the first performance I really enjoy from Tim. Tim didn’t go to his head voice like Adam Lambert suggested, but that wasn’t a bad thing. That was a very honest performance from Tim and did not sound like high school talent show, like he has for the previous four weeks.
Lee DeWyze, performing “A Little Less Conversation” – Wow, I don’t remember Lee sounding this raw before. I really like it. Great song choice and he’s just ripping it up, changed up just enough to make it his own song. He could still use more stage presence, which, again, Adam called right on. So far, though, tonight’s performances are above average, except for Andrew.
Aaron Kelly, performing “Blue Suede Shoes” – Uh oh, I don’t like this song choice, especially if he’s going to perform it straight. And, boy, does he perform it straight. You could switch between his and Elvis’ vocal tracks and you would think it’s the same performance. It’s not bad, but Aaron’s doing nothing to help him stand out from the crowd, and this is the worst night to have that kind of performance.
Siobhan Magnus, performing “Suspicious Minds” – I can’t stand this song. There’s just so little to it and is a song well below what the other singers chose. I also don’t get why she feels the need to look like somebody else on the stage. Wow, didn’t realize how much I hate this song until she started singing it. I don’t even care how well Siobhan does, I just want the song to end. Once again, though, Siobhan swallows her voice until she cranks the volume. I also don’t get the total change in the song midway through. I am over Siobhan Magnus.
Michael Lynche, performing “In The Ghetto” – I like Michael’s voice, but I’m not sure this is the performance you want to follow up getting saved with. Voters are going to forget this performance, which is too bad, because Michael’s got a good voice. I think Siobhan just stabbed Michael in the back by suggesting this song.
Katie Stevens, performing “Baby, What You Want Me To Do?” – I’m also over Katie. she just doesn’t have the energy that I’m looking for. It probably doesn’t help that she’s kind of country, which isn’t my style. I just don’t get any contrast in her performance, no emotion. Again, Adam pushed for her to get that frustration which the song is all about in her voice and she’s just not doing it. I’m just not a fan.
Casey James, performing “Laudy, Miss Claudy” – Forgive the spelling, but the performance starts off strong. Once again, Casey picks a song that matches his voice. He kicks into high gear at the right time, although backs it down again, so I’m still waiting for him to really bring it home. It’s a good performance, but I could use more Joe Cocker gravel in Casey’s voice for this one. Not really a good Pimp slot performance.
Andrew Garcia (Gone)
Katie Stevens (Gone)