And then there were six…Too bad won’t go Agatha Christie and shrink it down to NONE.
This week’s mentor is Shania Twain. She’s a country singer, which I don’t care about, and she has a nasally voice, which I don’t care for. She’s also incredibly successful, which is what this show is really about, so let’s see if that rubs off on the contestants. Ryan does have a great quote, though: “She’s the one who made country pop.” In other words, she ruined two genres in one shot.
Oh, I feel the snark flow through me. I will unleash my anger, and let my journey to the dark side be complete!
Lee DeWyze, performing “Still the One” – Uh, oh. Lee’s in trouble. Graveyard slot and, from what I heard, he’s going to John Meyer this song to death. Pitch problems, especially on the sustain leading into the chorus. Not much energy to the song, except for the forced energy Lee feels necessary to slam us with. That just did not work for me. The judges, on the other hand, fawn all over Lee, but in that way which says that they know Lee’s in trouble, but they like him too much to let go. I think that says everything right there.
Michael Lynche, performing “It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing” – I think Michael moved Shania to tears during the rehearsal. I know that Michael’s already outsung Lee in the first 4 bars of his song. This is right up Michael’s alley. I think that Michael has grown the most of the remaining contestants. Michael also has a great head voice, which he finished the song off with. A very strong performance which should be rewarded with a lot of votes.
Casey James, performing “Don’t” – I don’t know this song, but Casey has a country voice, so this song might work for him. I’m not really getting a lot of energy in his performance, though. I almost feel like Casey needs a stronger voice to pull this song off. It’s not a bad performance, mind you, but, at this point in the competition, good may not be good enough. I guess I didn’t hear what the judges did, though.
Crystal Bowersox, performing “No One Needs To Know” – This seems like the most old school country song Shania wrote, which is why Crystal sings it so well. Crystal’s vocal control is spot on, as well, with a great octave jump in the middle of the song, and again near the end. I actually hope Crystal doesn’t win because most of the non-winners do better than the champs. I almost feel like the judges feel the need to put her performance down because they want there to be at least a semblance of competition. The fact, though, is that Crystal sings rings around the rest of the competitors. So did Melinda Doolittle, though, and we know what happened there.
Aaron Kelly, performing “You Got Away” – I just don’t feel good about Aaron’s pitch. I feel like he’s ALMOST in tune, but is a little off in either direction throughout the performance. I’m not getting this performance and I’m not getting a very enthusiastic response from the crowd, either. I personally would put this performance in the bottom three, although that’s becoming less and less a sign of suckiness when there’s a 50% chance of being in there. Judges love him, though, and the little “I sang this for my mother” will guarantee we’ll see Aaron next week.
Siobhan Magnus, performing “Any Man of Mine” – Siobhan’s voice is most like Shania’s, and she seems to go the extra mile this week by having a Shania-esque hairstyle. I don’t know why Siobhan is spending so much time in her low register with the way she swallows her voice in that range. The crowd is really into the performance, though. the Pimp slot combined with the huge note before finishing the song with flair really sets them on fire. Nothing wrong with that performance.