In a shocker, we lost Christian music artist Didi Benami last week. There are at least three performers that should have gone home before Didi. But, who am I to question? I predicted, and still believe, that Katelyn Epperly should be winning American Idol Season 9.
There are only two Christian music artists remaining in the American Idol Season 9 Top 9. Michael Lynche continues to deliver winning performances every week. I think he has been the most consistent performer on American Idol Season 9. Tim Urban is consistently harangued and demeaned by the judges every week. The judges do not believe Tim Urban belongs in the competition and are frustrated that he continuously expresses joy and gratitude at his opportunity to participate in American Idol Season 9. I love Tim Urban‘s transcendent gratitude.
American Idol Season 9 will feature songs from the Lennon/McCartney songbook this week. The material will be great. Will Crystal Bowersox and Michael Lynche continue their strings of superior performances? Will Siobhan Magnus recover from last week’s fall from adulation and emotional train wreck? Will Lee Dewyze build upon last week’s great performance? Join us as we live blog the next two hours of American Idol Season 9 performances?
Ooh, Kara is wearing sparkly dress and Ellen is dressed like Charlie Chaplin, late in life. Is Ryan the only one of the cast that can walk down the stairs. Goodbye Didi Benami. Aaron Kelly stands next to Ryan and he looks terrified. We do Lennon/McCartney songbook. I saw Paul McCartney discuss the writing process he and John Lennon followed. They wrote most of these songs 3 hours as at time. Amazingly, two guys, guitar, piano, three hours and out comes “Day Tipper”, “I Should’ve Known Better”? Wow
No wonder Aaron Kelly was looking terrified. He starts the night singing “The Long and Winding Road.” He has managed to strip the soul from this heart breaking ballad. His pacing is clunky, the song does not build. He hits most of the notes but the performance is soooo boring. Randy hates it. “I don’t know, aaaah”. He calls the arrangement sleepy. Ellen hated it as well. Kara is calling him to change his performance and do something with a little more tempo. Simon calls is old fashioned and boring. At least the judges agree with me. Why do the judges act surprised when people boo them? What did Simon mean by saying that Aaron Kelly should have done some research on the song?
With a 90 minute American Idol show for 9 singers we should have plenty of time for the singers to sing and the judges to judge. Is that goos or bad?
Katie Stevens is next wearing a pink dress and looking 35. Katie is pimping herself out as a prom date for votes. What! She is singing “Let It Be”. Why are these young kids singing these deep, mature songs. Come on kids have some fun. Wow this is actually pretty good. She brings a little Aretha arrangement to the song. This is Katie’s best performance since she auditioned. Good job, Katie Stevens. Randy? He loved it, you can see it in his face. “It reaffirms for me …. fumbler, fumble (what am I saying?), dude those were hot vocals.” Ellen says it was amazing. Kara says she made the song her own. It is amazing that she is confident after the beating she has taken the past two weeks. Simon says she got it right. Simon says it was country. The judges don’t get it and I don’t either. There was no country there. I am two for two in agreement with the judges.
Andy Garcia, according to his fellow American Idol Season 9 performers, has personality. Are you listening Simon? He is singing one of my all time favorite Beatles songs “Can’t Buy Me Love”. Why do the performers stand behind the judges? How can they judge without seeing them perform? This is a good version of the song. It was one of Andy’s best performances but nothing amazing. What Randy? You agree that is was solid but not great. Ellen thought it was a lot of fun. Kara wants to love it but says it is nothing new from Andy. Simon calls it a wedding song- corny and old fashioned. I didn’t hate it like Simon did, but I didn’t love it like Ellen did.
What do the fellow Idols think of Michael Lynche? Katie Stevens thought he was the Incredible Hulk and he makes some weird high pitch squeal. Mike is performing “Elanor Rigby”. He keeps the strings but delivers a quasi R&B vibe. The semi rap,talk singing start sets up the big vocals at the end. Maybe a little over dramatic but a wonderful vocal performance. Randy thinks Mike is doing what ever he wants on the show and that he should put it on his album. Ellen says he can do everything. Ellen says it was incredible. Kara calls it fire. She loved the drama. She says he made the song commercial and modern. Simon did not love it as much as the others. He thinks it was too theatrical. Kara and Randy argued with Simon.
I just went back and watched Michael Lynche’s performance. I agree with Kara. That was Hot!
Crystal Bowersox sits on the stools with Ryan and she is letting her dreadlocks fly. She is singing “Come Together” because of its fun groove. She drops a didgeridoo onto the Beatles. Crystal brings the funk and her always great vocals. She is just so original. Crystal Bowersox is everything the judges wanted Adam Lambert to be last year. Amazing vocal, amazing arrangement, amazing performance. Randy kinda liked it. Ellen worries about finding new ways to say how great she is. It is one of Kara’s favorite Crystal Bowersox performances. Simon says it just worked. He says it was quirky and contemporary. I agree with the judges.
Well my first question has been answered. Michael Lynche and Crystal Bowersox continued their march of greatness tonight.
Poor Tim Urban. He has to follow those two performances. The fellow Idols are overwhelmed by the smile. He is singing “All My Loving”. A quiet understated opening and then he kicks it up. The song loses some of its edge in Tim’s hands, but the performance is interesting and solid. He sings perfectly. Good job, Tim Urban. Randy is condescending, “I am going to judge if it is a good Tim performance”. Tim Urban does look like one of a Beatle tonight. Ellen thought it was his second best performance. Kara said it was solid and asks him to smile. Simon respectfully thought he did very well and thinks the song sounded contemporary. Simon compliments him on his maturity with the criticism. Thank you judges for being fair.
Casey James is known as the playboy soap opera star with a huge laugh. He is doing John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy”. These songs are just so great. Casey, his guitar and cello gives this song a distinctive vibe. The performance a slight country feel to it, in a good way. Casey doesn’t have the voice to completely deliver on the arrangement. It was sensitive and moving. Randy appreciates the individualism in the performance. Ellen though is was soulful and beautiful. Kara says he showed depth and vulnerability. Simon calls it the best performance of the night. Simon felt his emotion. The judges loved it better than I did, but I thought it was very good.
I just went back and watched Casey James‘ performance again. I agree with everything the judges said, I just don’t like the way Casey sings.
Can Siobhan Magnus recapture her momentum? Tonight she is going to sing “Across The Universe”. Of course Siobhan would dig deep into the Beatles psychedelic era. It feels like I am watching Eydie Gorme singing on the Andy Williams Show. This is certaintly the most understated Siobhan performance of American Idol Season 9. Randy loves the tender side but thought it was a little sleepy. Ellen says she is special and thought it was beautiful. Kara says the singing was perfect but a little too polite. Simon says she came back much stronger after last week.
Went back and watched the Siobhan performance again. She did come back from last week. I think it may have even gotten her attention and caused her to grow a bit.
Lee Dewyze is the resident worry wart, so much so that the other Idols laugh at him. He is singing “Hey Jude”. Oops. Maybe last week was a fluke. The singing was just okay. The bagpipes were way too much. The arrangement was a mess. Sorry Lee, that was not good. Randy loved it? What did he see? Ellen thought he showed a lot of confidence. Kara was mixed about the performance. Simon thought the bagpipes were too much.
A very good night. I thought Aaron Kelly was the only one who did rise to the occasion. I though Lee Dewyze and Andy Garcia just missed in their performances.
Come watch Rihana with us tomorrow night as we live blog the results.