This was not just another week in the lives and loves of the soap opera we call American Idol Season 9. Katie Stevens and Andrew Garcia went home and many people are outraged that the sure thing, beauty queen Katie Stevens left before teen throb Tim Urban. Crystal Bowersox tried to quit American Idol Season 9, Ryan stopped her, she is mad that Ryan told. The ratings are down and the judges are doing public appearances on Larry King. The judges want Paula back but they won’t admit it. Wow, this is fun.
Seriously, American Idol Season 9 heads into Idol Gives Back Week with more than a few questions about this season and the future. But we don’t care because the American Idol Season 9 Top 7 are singing inspirational songs and the great Alicia Keys is mentoring.. It is time for clear favorties to start to emerge. After the departure of Katelyn Epperly we have not seen a new favorite emerge. Check out our American Idol Season 9 Top 7 power rankings to see who we think are th ebest performers and a little more commentary on this week’s events..
How will Crystal Bowersox react to controversy this week? Will Christian music artist Tim Urban continue his rise with another good performance? Will Siobhan Magnus continue her emotional meltdown? Will Christian music artist Michael Lynche continue his string of perfect vocal performances? Join us and let’s find out together as we live blog the next hour of American Idol Season 9.
We have a packed schedule tonight so the producers dispense with the judges intros. There is a black theme in the Idol’s wardrobes tonight. Siobhan is just about the only Idol wearing any color tonight.
We start the evening with a good piece on Alicia Keys, her philanthropy and impact on the music scene.
Casey James jumps right into it singing Fleetwood Mac‘s “Don’t Stop” and it is rough right out of the gate. Casey can’t resist the guitar solo and that helps him regain his footing. Another Casey James performance that does not disappoint me but doesn’t impress me either. Randy agrees with me saying he is doing the same thing every week. Ellen agrees telling him he is good but not great. Kara is frustrated that he made himself just like everyone else. Simon calls it lazy. What a thrill for Casey to play Lindsey Buckingham‘s guitar.
Lee Dewyze sits on the stool talking about his buddy Andrew Garcia. He is singing “The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel. This song does not fit Lee’s voice very well. He mumbles the lyrics so we don’t really know what he is talking about. He does sing the “la la’s” very well. I was not inspired. Randy liked it calling Lee a great artist. Ellen liked the soul and depth he is displaying. Kara calls it his moment? Simon liked it as well, calling it sincere and emotional. Simon calls it brilliant.
Teen Throb segment as Aaron Kelly and Tim Urban go back to back.
Tim Urban is singing Goo Goo Dolls “Better Days”. Tim Urban struggles with pitch tonight, but the song is perfect for Tim Urban. I loved the lyrics but that performance did not continue his momentum of the last few weeks. Randy calls it karaoke. Ellen does not like it. Kara says he did not execute. Simon says if this was his first performance they would have been impressed but it was a little bit of a letdown. I agree with Simon.
Aaron Kelly is singing “I Believe I Can Fly”by R.Kelly, a song he has been singing since he was 5. Why didn’t someone ask him to stop. This is bland, the same over the top awards show performance he gives every week. Of course the judges will love it. Randy did not like the arrangement but gives him a pass on the performance. Ellen does as well. I don’t know what Kara said. Simon gets real and says it was not very good.
You gotta love Siobhan Magnus as she takes on the twin tower of diva, Whitney and Mariah. She is singing “When You Believe” from the Prince of Egypt and is using that special place in her voice. I wanted to like Siobhan in her tinkerbell costume but I just did not. Her low register is bothersome to me. Randy thinks it was just okay but Ellen disagreed. Kara says it was technically good but uninteresting. Simon hated it and is starting to be dismissive of Siobhan Magnus.
Michael Lynche has a playbook of 200 songs for American Idol Season 9. Tonight he pulls Enrique Iglesias’ “Hero” from that book. I love the arrangement of this song. It has big dramatic heights and suits his stage presence. A mindblowing performance from Michael Lynche. Randy was worried but says it workd out. Ellen liked it, Kara did not. Simon says he sang it pretty well but hates the song.
Crystal Bowersox puts down her guitar and walks away from the piano to sing “People Get Ready” by Curtis Mayfield. She starts acapella sounding a lot like Patty Griffin. I will say it again, it is not fair. That was powerful, moving and perfect. What was the emotional breakdown at the end? Randy gives her a standing ovation. Ellen calls the performance beautiful. Kara says she just schooled everyone. Simon says it was inspirational, calling it in a completely different class. She looked over at her dad and that caused the breakdown.
Join us tomorrow night as we live blog Idol Gives Back.