So last night everyone, but Crystal Bowersox, moved to the middle on American Idol Season 9. The mighty (Katelyn Epperly, Siobhan Magnus and Lilly Scott) stumbled, some of the weak (Christian music artists Didi Benami and Lacey Brown) excelled and two (Paige Miles and Katie Stevens) may have sealed their exits. Let’s hope the boys do better.
Christian music artists Michael Lynche (one of our favorites) and Tim Urban (whom we worry about) are joined by Andrew Garcia, Toddrick Hall, Lee Dewyze, Alex Lambert, Aaron Kelly and Casey James tonight as the American Idol Top 8 guys perform Billboard 100 songs.
Once again we have 8 performances in one hour so it will be fast and furious. If the guys are no better than the girls, we need no more than an hour.
Let’s get started with Lee Dewyze singing “Fireflies” from Christian music artist Owl City. This is a horribly bland, but popular song. It doesn’t really fit with my image of Lee Dewyze. He sang it well, but it was just okay. Randy tried to like it and Ellen liked that he made it a little rock. Kara thinks Lee made it a better song. Simon was a little ambivalent.
Alex Lambert is singing “Trouble” by Ray Lamontagne. He really has an interesting voice but he looks so stiff and uncomfortable. There was not much range in that performance. Ellen loves her little banana, saying he gets better and better every week. Kara says Alex is the only one standing in the way of him winning American Idol Season 9. Simon wants Alex to imagine Randy in a bikini and let himself go. I think that would be frightening.
Tim Urban is taking on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. Could be a big mistake. But maybe not. This is great. Who knew he could sing this song. The best so far, and his best by far. Randy says pretty good. Ellen runs over to him, hugs him and says “that was fantastic”. Kara says he is now in the competition. Simon says very smart and it was terrific. Tim Urban may have just earned his way onto the American Idol Season 9 tour.
Andrew Garcia is singing his version of Christina Aguilera’s “Genie In A Bottle”. It sounds like everything else he has done. I am losing my love for Andrew Garcia, even Lee Dewyze looks bored. If you can’t tell, I did not like this very much. It didn’t work for Randy either. Kara says he peaked early and is disappointed by this performance, as is Simon. He calls it a desperate performance.
Casey James is performing Keith Urban’s “You’ll Think of Me”. This is a quiet acoustic performance that features his voice. Guess what, he has a nice voice. This is very good. I don’t know the song, so I don’t know how original it was but it was a nice moment for Casey James. Randy says that it was too safe, but Ellen thought it was great. She likes most performances doesn’t she? Kara calls it honest and heart felt but she is missing a spark. Simon calls it his second best performance.
Aaron Kelly stays country with Lone Star’s “I’m Already There”. Aaron has completely missed the pitch from the start. This is the type of country song that makes me want to turn down the radio. The performance is bombastic with little personality. Ellen does hate some performances, but in a nice way. Kara says it was completely irrelevant to him. Simon says Kara’s critique was complete rubbish. I don’t know what the judges saw.
Two more. Toddrick Hall is doing Queen. Should be interesting. I love this song, “Somebody To Love”. It is my favorite Queen song. But maybe not this version. Started fine in falsetto, but he needs to lose the background singers. I am trying to like it, but it is just missing something and I don’t know what. Randy loved it. Ellen says he was brave and thought it worked. Kara says it was good singing but too dramatic. I agree with Simon, that it was good in parts.
We end the evening with Christian music artist Michael Lynche doing Maxwell’s “This Woman’s Work”. Big Mike throwing down some falsetto. This is deep modern R&B and what a beautiful tone. Mike is working it out. Fantastic. Michale Lynche has to moved the the front of the pack. It is like boys playing with a man. Kara cried, Randy says unbelievable, Ellen said great. Simon says it was so needed and that he delivered the best performance of the season.
Just like last night, Christian music artists made big moves. Tim Urban put himself in the competition and Michael Lynche threw down a guantlet for the rest of the performers.