Well here we are, the American Idol Season 9 Top 5. Are you excited? Have you latched onto Crystal Bowersox, Michael Lynche, Lee Dewyze, Casey James or Aaron Kelly. Do you eagerly anticipate their cds? Are you buying tickets for the American Idol Season 9 Tour? My answers are no, maybe, no and definitely not.
Last week told us nothing. if you read our American Idol Season 9 Top 6 performance live blog, you will see that only two performers, Lee Dewyze and Christian music artist Michael Lynche did anything remotely interesting with Shania Twain’s songs. The rest of the performers bog downed into the blandness of country pop music. Even Crystal Bowersox stumbled through some throw away song about cupid or something. It cost Siobhan Magnus her place on American Idol Season 9, but it really shed no light on who might win this thing. I am afraid next week’s Sinatra theme will generate the same results.
Before we get into the power rankings let’s take a shot at what will happen to the American Idol Season 9 Top5 when they attempt make a career out of their American Idol success:
- Aaron Kelly will issue thirty or forty country albums, perform for decades on the CMA awards and be a regular on Carrie Underwood’s variety show specials.
- Casey James will be linked to dozens of disposal models and starlets over the next three or four years, secure a three record deal and then become a reality show host.
- Crystal Bowersox will fulfill her three record deal (one will be great the others ruined by over production), hate every minute of the fame, retire to the farm she will buy with her wealth and surface every five to ten years with a killer album.
- Lee Dewyze will release three or four feverishly hyped acoustic rock albums that will disappear from the charts within a few weeks.
- Michael Lynche will frustrate and confound music fans by continually alternating between collections of R&B ballads and aggressive Dirty South rap.
Even with this little bit of fun at the expense of these performers, I really do appreciate their bravery and fortitude at running this gauntlet in pursuit of their dreams. We do wish them all the best.
American Idol Season 9 Top5 Power Rankings
- Crystal Bowersox followed-up maybe her best performance in the Top 7 show with what was easily her worst performance. At lease we know she is capable of bad music decisions
- Michael Lynche’s once again delivered a technically perfect performance and an interesting interpretation of “It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing”. The problem is that he has painted himself into a box of monotonous ballads that will lead to a too early exit. He desperately needs and big, loud, audacious arrangement and a wild performance to re-capture America’s attention. That will be extremely difficult with this week’s Sinatra theme.
- Lee Dewyze‘s molded “You’re Still The One” into his only style but delivered a shaky vocal performance. Lee suffers the same problem as Michael in that, week after week, his performances seem to be the same. He benefits from being the more talented that Casey James and more palatable to American Idol voters than Crystal Bowersox. I think he has the chance to win American Idol Season 9.
- Casey James was lauded by the judges for stretching himself with “Don’t”. I can’t remember anything about his performance. He was in the American Idol Season 9 Bottom 2 this week and he is at risk of leaving this week. Sinatra will not be his friend this week.
- Aaron Kelly’s, I think, just represents a style of over-sung,bombastic country pop ballads that leaves me cold. He seems to have captured the attention of American Idol voters and will almost certainly be in the American Idol Season 9 Top 3.
Join us on Tuesday night as we live blog the American Idol Season 9 Top 5 performing the songs of Sinatra and see if Harry Connick Jr can guide these five to great performances.