American Idol Season 9‘s version of Idol Gives Back raised $45 million for charities around the world and proved how difficult it is to walk on that stage and deliver a quality performance. Alicia Keys, Elton John and the Black Eyed Peas all stumbled through off key performances. Jeff Beck and Joss Stone were interesting with their version of “I Put A Spell On You” and Carrie Underwood’s “Change” was as good as she always is. Mary J. Blige was a revelation with her version of “Stairway to Heaven”.
We lost Christian music artist Tim Urban went home on Wednesday night. What a great story. Tim Urban did not survive Hollywood Week but was pulled back in at the last minute when Chris Golightly was disqualified. Tim struggled mightily during the first few weeks and the judges destroyed Tim Urban week after week. But Tim was grateful. He took the criticism, enjoyed the tremendous opportunity of American Idol Season 9 and improved. In doing so, Tim Urban has turned an audition into a music and acting career.
We are down to six on American Idol Season 9 and we are left with only one Christian music artist, Michael Lynche. Last week, the Idols performed inspirational songs and Crystal Bowersox very much separated herself from all of the remaining six performers.
American Idol Season 9 Top 6 Power Rankings
- Crystal Bowersox delivered her most emotional and one of her most amazing performances of the season. She blasted through “People Get Ready” like she meant it. Crystal Bowersox has no peers on American Idol Season 9.
- Michael Lynche‘s “Hero” was, once again, technically perfect but not was not his best performance of the American Idol Season 9.
- Lee Dewyze sang “The Boxer” and the judges were fighting to deliver the highest praise. We were not as thrilled with Lee mumbling his way through this Simon & Garfunkel song.
- Casey James‘ version of “Don’t Stop” was bland and lazy.
- Siobhan Magnus continued to slide by taking a big risk with “When You Believe” and failing to deliver.
- Aaron Kelly‘s “I Believe I Can Fly” was a big overwrought pitchy mess.
Shania Twain will mentor this week and the American Idol Season 9 Top 6 will select songs from her songbook. So get ready for six country pop performances and a fun mentor.