I'll have to admit it, right up front - I am not
a fan of tonight's mentor, Shania Twain.
In fact, I've barely heard of her or any of her
music for that matter.
I'll bet there are no guys reading this who can
say that :) Click
Oh, C&W music is okay, and I've done my share
of Texas two-stepping in my day - and even some
'Line dancing' as well - but this 'Contemporary
C&W' stuff is just not my thing. In fact, I didn't know
(or like) one song from last night. I will just
have to go on performance - and may the best man win,
because the girls were not on the top on my list
Here we go:
THIS. IS. AMERICAN. IDOL!
Ryan kicks off the show by thanking everyone for
giving last week – all told, the show raised more than $45 million.
And that number will keep going up if people
download songs that were performed last week.
This was the highlight of the evening for me!
1 Lee DeWyze, "Still the One." Okay, he's doing
that, 'low-start' thing so he can go high later on in the number.
(Note to singers, you can only get away with
this if you can actually hit those low notes.) Lee was pitchy and
awkward the other night - this was definitely
not Lee's best performance for me.
2 'Big Mike' Lynche, "It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing."
As I've said, I don't know this song, so have no means
of comparison. It actually seems to work nicely,
fitting right into his R&B vibe and not sounding, 'country' at all.
Also liked the little falsetto at the end, ala
Maxwell. Shania is swaying along and appears to be groovin' with Big Mike.
Apparently, he picked a song that could be changed
to suit him without it being changed too much. Ellen was nervous
for Mike, but said it felt like a Luther Vandross
performance. Simon also heard the Luther-ness in the performance.
That being said, however, he thought the song
was “wet” (nobody has a clue what that means). Simon explains that is,
"The opposite of dry" or "a little bit girlie
for you." Simon can be an ass.
3 Casey James, "Don't." Casey's a country
and blues kind of guy, so I thought C&W would probably work for him
- and Casey performs it well. As the judges would
say, I could hear this on the radio, and it reminded me a little of
Bob Seger - even Ellen mentioned it as well.
I'm not sure Casey's really pushing himself a lot here, but I think it’s
solid performance. Crystal is my horse in this
race but I sure don't want to see beautiful Casey voted off tonight.
4 Crystal Bowersox, "No One Needs To Know."
I think the strong performance by Casey, along with the judges
heaping praise on the prior 3 contestants, kind
of put her in a bad spot because, the bloom's off the rose this week.
It wasn't a bad performance, but it didn't really
capture my admiration either. She says the song's message is to her
boyfriend, to whom she's dropping hints - my
guess is about getting married... Randy liked the Nickel Creek-ish
arrangement, but it wasn't his favorite performance.
I second that. Ryan singles out Crystal's boyfriend in the audience
(he's the skinny dude chewing on the hayseed)
and reminds the guy that there's some pressure here.
Crystal does some air kissing in the boyfriend's
direction - she's blushing now. Simon describes it as something you
might expect from a band in a coffee shop, I'll
give him that as well...
5 Aaron Kelly, "You've Got A Way." It’s
boring and predictable. Can this kid only sing ballads? He does go for
the higher note at the end, so points for that,
but not much else. He's got potential but I just don't think he's
WHAT is the deal with the judges and this guy?
He's got a pleasant voice, but he's not great. Maybe Aaron's got
blackmail photos of Simon and Ryan, ha
ha or Ellen, or Kara? I don't
get it. Kara mentions Aaron changed the,
"making love" line, and Aaron says he was singing
it to his mommy. 'Nuff said, this is gagging me...
6 Siobhan Mangus, "Any Man Of Mine." Shania tells
Siobhan to get attitude and play the role.
Dressed like a freak, a screaming start, and charging
the stage like Bret Michaels, Siobhan’s trying to play up the
audience, running all over the place. The whole
thing seems very wild. Oh, and pitchy, pitchy, pitchy. Well, I'm sure
her fans loved this, but I was ready to hit the
mute button. Hated every miserable second of it. Oh great, she screams
at the end and holds the ugly note to boot. That
was arguably as bad as, "Through the Fire." I think the judges gave her
a break this week after being overly critical
in prior weeks, when in fact, they should have told her that she plain
Tonight we get performances from Lady Antebellum,
Sons of Sylvia (who won Fox’s Next Great American Band
- like, three years ago), and Shakira. Wow, one
of these things is not like the other - I LOVE Shakira, BTW!
Till the next time,
I'm OK with losing Shiobhan, Aaron or Big Mike.
Idol needs a good winner this year because next year (with Ellen
in charge) will likely suck,
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