This week is the top 10, singing R&B/Soul. Usher is the mentor tonight, not my favorite song genre, but not my least favorite either. So we’ll see how it goes. I probably won’t know any of the songs tonight.
Siobhan Magnus was our first contestant of the night with the song “Through the Fire.” The practicing sessions with Usher sounded good, but I was really disappointed with this…she had some very pitchy moments, and then she had a good scream moment as always…not feeling this one. 3.5/5
- Randy said it was a all over the place, but loves her courageousness
- Ellen didn’t think it was the best performance, but loves her.
- Kara said parts of it worked, and the other parts weren’t there. She said this is the one off night she is entitled to.
- Simon said it sounded like she was running a marathon while trying to sing and it was all over the place.
Casey James came on the stage next with “Hold On I’m Coming’” Alright, time to actually start the show. I don’t know the song, as expected, but it feels like a Casey song, so I’m happy. Let’s not forget the little solo bit towards the end that was pretty cool. 4/5
- Randy made it short and sweet, saying it was another hot night for him.
- Ellen says he is consistent, saying he is always good, but felt too generic.
- Kara thinks he has more range in him that he isn’t showing them.
- Simon said this was Casey’s strongest week yet.
Big Mike enchanted us next with “Ready for Love” Ahh man, is the big man going to force a tear out of Kara again? We’ll see. He did a pretty solid job, he is definitely a talented performer, but he’s not at the top of my idol list, but very good. 4/5
- Randy said you are in the zone…I think for the first time of the season
- Ellen said it was beautiful and loved it
- Kara said he did an incredible job with it
- Simon said this is probably the first time he could take him seriously as an artist.
Didi Benabi was up next with “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted.” Heyy, I know this one, what do you know. You know, I actually enjoyed this performance, she’s had her rough patches through the weeks, but I thought this one wasn’t half bad. 4/5 again. I don’t care what the judges think
- Randy said it wasn’t great, and didn’t get it.
- Ellen was way dramatic and not her best performance
- Kara said it was overdone
- Simon said it was like swimming in jelly, hard to get through. (I think from these judgements, she might get kicked off, but I actually liked it.)
Tim Urban came on next with “Sweet Love.” Usher wanted Tim Urban to sing it to him as if he were in love with him. Well, I think Zac Efron did a nice job, that’s pretty much all I’ll say about this one. 3.5/5.
- Randy said the beginning felt pedestrian, and felt flat, unmoving.
- Ellen said he is adorable one more time, but wondered why he picked the song.
- Kara said he took the soul out of the song.
- Simon said he’ll be back next week.
Five down, five to go, starting with Andrew Garcia. He chose “Forever” by Chris Brown. Another song that seemed right with Andrew, almost like he could have written it. This might be my favorite of the night so far. 5/5
- Randy says Andrew is back, and was the best performance for him in a long time.
- Ellen said it was a really amazing strong performance.
- Kara said that was one giant leap in the right direction.
- Simon said it was miles better then what they’ve heard in the previous weeks. But as a person he comes over as very boring.
Katie Stevens was our next Idol singing “Chain of Fools.” Another song I know. She didn’t do too bad with this performance. Would I want to hear her sing this song in her own concert? No probably not, I don’t care for it that much, and I don’t really think it fits her. 4/5 in the end.
- Randy said he thought this was one of the best vocal performances of the night, because she has mad chops.
- Ellen said she has a Snookie puff happening. She still wants her to make the choices more modern and younger.
- Kara said agreed with Ellen, but congratulated her on the vocals.
- Simon said she came over as quite cold and robotic.
- Randy said it was unbelievable, and the best he’s heard of Lee in weeks
- Ellen said pretty much the same thing as Randy
- Kara said it was amazing, could have been on his record.
- Simon wants him to understand that this night might be the night that changed his life forever.
Crystal Bowersox was up next with the song “Midnight Train to Georgia” on the piano! Usher believes she has a real chance, and thinks she is going to do real good tonight, we’ll see. Turns out she only partly played the piano, then stood and sang, but still without the guitar. Another perfect performance by Crystal for me, 5/5.
- Randy loves the whole package, and loved how she switched it up, and it was another great performance.
- Ellen said she really is in it to win it.
- Kara is glad Crystal took the risk to change
- Simon said the choice of song was sensational, but not to worry about having to change to prove herself, she is the type of artist that knows what she should be doing, which is rare.
The last performance of the night was crappy Aaron Kelly. They really should have closed the night with Crystal, but whatever. Aaron sang “Ain’t No Sunshine.” The last song of the night which I recognize. He did a VERY NICE JOB at BUTCHERING the song…that might be harsh, but he’s at the top of my hit list, so ….yeah. 3.5/5
- Randy said it started rough, but it worked itself out at the power zone, so it was alright.
- Ellen said it was a good song choice and good performance.
- Kara liked it.
- Simon said he’s not jumping out of his chair, and it wasn’t as good as last week, and there is no chance he’d be leaving the show this week.
If it were up to me, I’d kick off Aaron, but I think Siobhan was a little painful, it would suck seeing her go. My bottom three is Aaron, Siobhan and…we’ll go with Didi. Peace out