The fellas took to the stage on Wednesday night’s American Idol top 8 guys performance show and, thankfully, some of them started to rev up their engines. Indeed, for some contestants, the show was a real turning point.
To my way of thinking, Michael Lynche’s solid performance of Maxwell’s “This Woman’s Work” needs to serve as an example to some of the others (Lee Dewyze and Alex Lambert in particular) to just let go and let their sizable talent lead the way. Lynche’s performance was confident and authentic. It literally moved Kara DioGuardi to tears, in fact. I must confess, however, that I’m not a Big Mike fan. Sure, he’s got talent and a winning personality and undoubtedly a huge fan base, but he just doesn’t reach me at the heart level. It’s all so very subjective, isn’t it?
On the other hand, both Lee Dewyze and Alex Lambert have the potential to really move me with their musical gifts. Lee Dewyze has the best vocal instrument of all the guys, in my view, and Alex Lambert has the most distinctive sound (“When I close my eyes, I know exactly who’s singing,” said Kara.) But, for cyring out loud, both of them just need to loosen up and let it rip! Their nerves are getting the best of them – and this is preventing them from displaying the fullness of their talent. I’m confident, however, that both of them have grown big enough fan bases to get into the top 12 – so they’ll have more opportunities to get comfortable and knock it out of the park.
The best performance of the night was delivered by Todrick Hall. I loved his gospel-flavored version of a Queen’s “Somebody to Love.” “Todrick is back!” proclaimed Randy Jackson. And Simon Cowell said the performance “may have saved you.” I think Simon’s is correct.
Surprisingly, the most improved performance was proffered by Tim Urban, who performed Jeff Buckley’s version of “Hallelujah.” Simon said it was “the strongest performance you have given.” And I believe the strength of the performance (along with Urban’s good looks – teenage girls no doubt are voting for him in droves) will ensure Urban a spot in the top 12.
Who’s in trouble of being eliminated tonight? Well, Casey James ought to be, but his good looks will probably save him (thanks to those aforementioned teen and tween girls who, at this stage of the game, value the “hunk factor” over raw singing talent).
So that leaves Andrew Garcia and Aaron Kelly. I predict that they will be let go tonight (undeservedly so), but, then again, what do I know?