Hey, America….who did you vote for? Last night’s performances on “American Idol” proved that this season’s talent is incredible, but also that it gets harder to predict a frontrunner and/or a person that we think might be headed home.
The show began with host Ryan Seacrest introducing the so-far eliminated finalists, who performed Pink’s “So What.” Those folks would be Thia, Naima, Karen, Pia, Ashton, and Paul. Wow, Paul probably didn’t even have a chance to actually go home. It was sort of a “don’t forget about me” moment, but did we really need to see or hear Ashton or Karen again? Blech.
On to the performances…..
James Durbin stepped back out of his metal shoes to do a version of Muse’s “Uprising.” He called it a “sort of post-Apocalyptic protest song.” It was wild, complete with costume and creepy marching drummers. But mostly James found a way to get his metal screams in and make it his own. J-Lo said she would go out on a limb and call it the best performance of the night (James went second), Randy said he loves what makes James different, and Steven told James to stay out of his closet, and that it was crazy good. James isn’t going anywhere.
Casey Abrams took on Maroon 5’s “Harder to Breathe,” and it had a couple of mediocre moments, but mostly just rocked in a very Casey sort of way. But the best part was at the end when he kissed J-Lo on the cheek while whispering the hook line of the song to her. Kickass. J-Lo said Casey was “not playing fair” and got a good laugh out of it but loved the performance anyway, Randy said he loves that Casey continues to take chances, and Steven said Casey is already a cult hero, and added that he’s “so f–king good,” which prompted several bleeps.
Stefano Langone took the proverbial bull by the horns this week with Ne-Yo’s “Closer.” Jimmy Iovine told him to stop with the whiney vocal acrobatics and Stefano listened, just delivering the song with a fire and passion that he’s been lacking in recent weeks. Randy said it was a very good job and that he wasn’t expecting that, Steven said it was a really good job, and J-Lo said Stefano had his swagger on.
THE ALMOST AWESOME
Haley Reinhart covered the number 1 artist right now, Adele, with “Rolling in the Deep.” It was risky but Haley had the pipes and the attitude for it, and like Stefano, she delivered the song with fire and passion, instead of just growling. Randy said it was a perfect direction for her, Steven said it started slow but overall was great, and J-Lo said it took a lot of guts but that Haley pulled it off.
THE VERY GOOD
Lauren Alaina closed out the show with Sara Evans’ “Born to Fly,” and it was very good but not quite in the same league as the other four. That said, she’s still very much a contender. Steven said it was naturally great but that he wants her to do some Alison Krauss, Faith Hill or Shania Twain. Hopefully Lauren sticks around for that. J-Lo said Lauren has a special color in her voice and she wants her to not hold back, and Randy agreed, saying Lauren can “sing anything.”
THE PRETTY GOOD
Jacob Lusk did Luther Vandross’ “Dance with my Father,” and it had special meaning because Jacob lost his dad at a young age. He started losing it in the middle of the song but got his grip and finished pretty strong. Still, I get the feeling Jacob’s days might be numbered on the show now. Steven said Jacob reminded him of why he loves music, J-Lo said Jacob was able to fight through losing control, and Randy said it was emotionally a great performance but vocally just good. That’s it!
I’m sorry, Scotty McCreery, but my days of pimping you as a dark horse may be waning after watching you kick off the show last night with a pretty lame and boring rendition of LeeAnn Rimes’ “Swingin’.” Steven said he wants to see more boot-scootin’, and I think that’s a kind way of saying Scotty bored him to tears, J-Lo said she likes his storytelling, but that at this point, Scotty needs to step things up, and Randy agreed, saying his performance was safe and boring. Yep, this could be it for Scotty.
So what do you think? I think the Bottom 3 will be Scotty, Jacob and either Lauren or Haley. We’ll see though, and will have the results for you tomorrow.