Last week, on the Tuesday before last, Lacey Brown
sang, "Good Bye Ruby Tuesday."
On the day after that, American Idol said, "Good
Bye" to MS Brown.
While not the worst of the bunch, ( IMHO)
she would not have lasted much longer, so it
was no loss for me.
Oh, before I forget, it appears all evicted Top
12 contestants will pay a visit to the David Letterman Show after their
Gee, didn't they USED to be on Leno? Wonder what
So, what happens now? As we all know, only the
top 10 are allowed to go on the Idol Tour this summer,
and this is a huge opportunity for them, so the
stakes are very high this week.
The show started with the usual cheesy introductions
of contestants and judges. Schizophrenic, Hannah Montana
(school girl by day, rock star by night) AKA
Miley Cyrus was this week's mentor! Groan... I mean, she seems like a nice
and it's all good that she is there for moral
support, but I find it unbelievable that anyone would give credence to
that Miley Cyrus says about his/her performance!
Really, what is she? 11? That being said, here we go:
1 Lee Dewyze, “The Letter.” Lee came out
wanting to prove something, and he did a pretty good job of maintaining
The song was a good choice, and the soulful arrangement
really allowed us to see Lee let loose with some vocal melodies.
Good job, Lee, you have a great future singing
in those smoky barrooms down the line...
2 Paige Miles, “Against All Odds.” Okay, all
I can say is that this performance was far worse than, “Smile!”
(I think I've been clear about my hatred for
that one!) Paige, Letterman is on Line 1 - for you...
3 Tim Urban, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love."
When he started singing, I swear to you, Freddie Mercury sat up in his
and started looking around for Ashton Kutcher
from Punked! Sacrilege! Look, this was a geeky, and stupid
but I suspect the tweenies will vote, vote, vote...
4 Aaron Kelly, “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.”
Aaron wasn't as nasal as usual, and as a result, he sounded pretty good.
He's slowly gaining traction in this contest,
and there may be a shot for him yet, although he won't win!
5 Crystal Bowersox, “Me and Bobby McGee” was
phenomenal! Let me say here, that this is a truly bizarre world where
Miley Cyrus was giving singing advice to Crystal
Bowersox. Because, really, what advice did Crystal need?
I remember Janis, live at the Monterey Jazz Festival
- because I was there. Crystal does it better than Janis,
who was drugged out of her mind, most of the
time. Yeah, the doper persona went over big back then,
but Janis (if she showed up) wasn't constant
from performance to performance either. Crystal is.
I agree with Simon. "DON'T CHANGE A THING!"
That being said, however, I'm beginning to think
Crystal has an emotional problem she is dealing with,
and I note a deep sadness in her. Whatever it
is I hope it doesn't interfere with her singing career.
6 Michael Lynche, “When A Man Loves A Woman.”
Woo, baby! Sporting his, 'Pimp' look tonight (sans the hat,
but with his shirt open and loaded with bling)
he starts singing, and takes over that stage! Big Mike had a tough act
to follow in Crystal, but he took it all in stride
and just killed it! The man is a born performer! Go Big Mike!
7 Andrew Garcia, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”
When Andrew met Miley, what was her advice?
"Put down the guitar." So he did. And paid
for it ... dearly. Although his performance was contrived, his vocal was
but in the end, his voice just did not carry
the day. His clock is ticking away...
8 Katie Stevens, “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”
I'm starting to think that Katie just needed to get to this big stage to
She shows real potential, and vocally, she sounded
pretty strong. Unfortunately, like 8 other contestants tonight,
she is just out of her league. I'd like to see
her join the tour though, she is very cute.
9 Casey James, “Power of Love.” Although
Simon snarked, calling it, "Like watching and listening to an 80's
... no effort, no originality, nothing different,"
I disagree. Loved his raspy/bluesy rendition of the song, and
"Yes, Simon, you could be right or wrong," but
Casey's HOT, so he's on the tour.
10 Future Porn Star, Didi Benami, “You’re No
Good.” Okay, this was a strip club performance without anyone taking
off their clothes.
Highlight of the show? Simon remarking on, "The
irony of you screeching out, 'You're no good, you're no good, you're no
At times like this, I just love Mr Cowell, because
he hit it spot on! I see a strip club and dance pole in this woman's future,
Work it girlfriend...
11 Siobhan Magnus, “Superstition.” Solid performance.
While I am not a Stevie Wonder fan, she took an older song and made it
And, she sang the stuffing's out of that song!
Why do I get the vibe that the judges are solidly in Crystal and Big Mike's
and that any praise they give to Siobhan is given...grudgingly??
This girl has a great amount of vocal ability, and for the most part,
she seems to know when to use it and when to
back off. And then, in the ending, yes, she was screeching - but I enjoyed
that as well!
Definitely on the tour!
If you have a minute, and don't mind the salty
language, check out my fav AI comments here:
- Wanda Sykes on American Idol
Who's going home tonight? Could it be, would
it be, Paige?
God, I can only hope...
Till next time,
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