After a dismal girl’s performance night, it could only go uphill from there as the Top 8 Idol boys performed on American Idol this week. But Wednesday night was another weird night on Idol, when the Top 8 Boys performed a strange mishmash of songs with varying results.
But first, this week’s performances were crucial, as they will determine who will make it to the Top 12 (6 Boys and 6 Girls) on Idol. Pretty soon the mentors will start rolling out (Simon Cowell’s dream mentor? Lady Gaga- will it come to fruition?). And next week the assignments start when the Top 12 will perform songs by the Rolling Stones.
And now it’s on to the Top 8 Boy’s Performances.
Lee Dewyze, 23, Mount Prospect, Ill.- “Fireflies”
Dewyze is one of the best singers this season, but this was a strange song choice. Only Kara DioGuardi said his version actually “made it a better song”. Ellen DeGeneres chimed in with her favorite technical phrase: “There were some pitch problems”. But the bottom line was, the song just wasn’t all that memorable. Still, even with this less than memorable performance, Dewyze should have no problem making it into the Top 12.
Alex Lambert, 19, North Richland Hills, Texas- “Trouble”
This kid need to loosen up, as several of the judges told him. While his singing was solid on this song, his stiff stage presence makes him difficult to watch. He’s such a Nervous Nellie! His panel critique included Ellen DeGeneres likening him to a “mushy banana”, telling him he’s “ripening so fast”. Although I like her (albeit more on her talk show than on Idol) I wish Ellen would write some new material as the banana metaphor is getting old.
Tim Urban, 20, Duncancville, TX- “Hallelujah”
Urban, who has had to prove himself over and over again this season (he was actually a call back for the Top 24), actually showed his stuff this week. I really liked his performance of the Jeff Buckley version of this song. In an Idol first, Ellen even ran up on the stage, gave him a big hug and raved, “That was fantastic!”
Andrew Garcia, 24, Moreno Valley, Calif.- “Genie in the Bottle”
Poor Andrew. As Kara DioGuardi reminded him (and as he’s reminded very week), he “peaked so early” with his Paula Abdul song during Hollywood Week. Apparently Straight Up is the song by which all other songs will be measured. So he tried to do something similar with an acoustic version of this Christina Aguilera pop song. I thought Garcia sounded good, but Simon Cowell told him he thought the whole thing was “a little bit desperate”.
Casey James, 27, Fort Worth, Texas- “You’ll Think Of Me”
I love Casey James’ voice and I thought his performance of the Keith Urban song was one of the best of the night. But Randy Jackson called it a “safe choice”. Kara, who has toned down her gushing over James, admitted she’s “Kinda back on the Casey train” (aw, don’t play coy now, Kara). But she also told him the song was “missing that spark”. I disagree, I thought James nailed it. Simon Cowell told him the song choice made him “sincere”. This guy should be a shoe-in for the Top 12.
Aaron Kelly, 16, Sonestown, Pa.- “I’m Already There”
This poor kid has been getting so many mixed messages from the judges. Bottom line, Kara pointed out that this song ( a song about an older man looking back on his life) is not relevant to 16 year old Kelly’s life and he shouldn’t have chosen it. Simon chimed in, telling Kara that what she said was “complete and utter rubbish’. Let the kid sing what he wants and stop analyzing it!
Todrick Hall, 24, Arlington, Texas – “Somebody to Love”
Was this Queen on Broadway? Hall performed a theatrical version of the Queen classic, prompting Randy Jackson to proclaim, “Todrick is back!” But Kara wasn’t sure if she should laugh at his performance or love it. Either way , Hall’s performance was definitely memorable.
Michael Lynche, 26, Astoria, N.Y.- “This Woman’s Work“
In what many will deem the best performance of the night, Big Mike gave a heartfelt rendition of the Kate Bush song. It brought an emotional Kara to tears- literally (she even snuggled up to Simon for comforting). Simon told him it was the best performance on all the shows thus far. Now that’s a compliment!
Now with all the performances in, two boys and two girls will be sent home on Thursday night’s episode. You can catch American Idol at 8:00 PM ET/PT on FOX.
American Idol, FOX TV, March 10, 2010