Be afraid, be very, very afraid. American Idol Season 9 takes a trip to Vegas to sing the songs of Elvis. The King made his career dramatically over performing mediocre songs. Now Elvis Presley did it so well that he became the King. In the hands of American Idol, this could be ugly. To top it off, American Idol Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert is the mentor. The most over dramtic American Idol ever, will guide the American Idol Season 9 hopefuls through the most over dramatic song book in the last 60 years. Uh oh.
We cover Christian music artists performing on American Idol Season 9. After last week’s flabbergasting results surprise, we are still left with two Christians on American Idol Season 9. Michael Lynche suffered through the shock of being voted off American Idol Season 9 and forced the judges to use their one “save” to bring him back this week. Read our assessment of this season’s American Idol to learn my feelings about America not voting for the best pure singer left on American Idol Season 9. Our other Christian performer, Tim Urban, survived week after week of judge scolding and now seems to be gathering some momentum. Tim Urban is in danger of being sent home every week. Two people will be voted off American Idol Season 9 this week and both of our Christian music artists are in danger. Turn your support to Michael Lynche and Tim Urban this week.
Right now, pull on your white jumpsuit, fry up a peanut butter, bacon and banana sandwich and join us as we live blog the American Idol Season 9 performers singing the songs of Elvis Presley.
Tonight will be a quick show. We watched 9 performances in 2 hours last week and this week we will do it in 90 minutes. What is up with Lambert’s hair? Adam wants more energy from the American Idol Season 9 performers. Adam Lambert’s favorite song is the one Tim Urban is singing.
Crystal Bowersox is singing “Saved” with her electric guitar. Crystal Bowersox does not belong on American Idol. She wraps this big time gospel number around her little finger, waves it around and slays the audience. She doesn’t just sing the song she owns the performance. Randy raves appropriately. Ellen calls it fantastic. Kara likes the dynamics and Simon loved it. What was not to love?
Andrew Garcia has the unenviable role of following Crystal Bowersox after being in the bottom 2 last week. Andy is singing “Hound Dog” and Adam Lambert was bored in Vegas. Does Andrew spice it up? This is a lot slower than we have heard, a little boogie woogie feel. Vocally, there is not much exciting here. Just okay and way too Vegas. Expect to hear “loungy” from the judges. Randy calls it not good karaoke. Ellen surprisingly liked it. Kara says the mike was a crutch and she didn’t feel much swagger. Simon calls it lazy. He says all of Andy’s coolness has been sucked out of him. I must agree with Simon.
Tim Urban will be singing “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. I wonder if Adam Lambert is having Kris Allen flashbacks. Good looking church boy on American Idol. Adam loved the song and pushes Tim Urban to end in falsetto. A quiet arrangement, with only voice, cello and guitar that really brings the song out. His performance is a little sing songy but other than that this is a really great performance. He missed a chance by skipping the falsetto. Randy liked it, not for a Tim Urban performance, but as a performance. Ellen has fallen in love with Tim Urban. Kara calls it her favorite Tim Urban performance with a well done. Simon says it was beautiful. He says zero to hero. Wow, Tim Urban is on a roll.
Lee Dewyze is singing “A Little Less Conversation”. Adam encourages Lee to be more playful. Is Lee Dewyze coming out of his shell? He is throwing his big voice around. A hot performance from Lee Dewyze. Randy loves it and Ellen thinks he made it current. Kara is right, he really went for the vocals and took some chances. Simon says Lee nailed the song.
Aaron Kelly is singing “Blue Suede Shoes”. This is a great song for Aaron’s voice. This is the point that R&B crashed into country to create rock n’ roll. There is nothing to talk about with this performance. It did not effect me in any way. I could have gone to the bathroom during that song. Randy tried to like it. Ellen tried to like it. Kara liked it, ugh. Simon thought it was like a high school concert and karaoke.
Siobhan Magnus, American Idol Season 9 performer most like Adam Lambert, meets the original. She will sing “Suspicious Minds” and Adam pushes her to move the song around. She has taken to this variety style of breathy singing. She throws in some big notes at the end and, of course, a big ole’ Adam Lambert scream. Randy liked it, I think. Ellen liked the big vocals. Kara is confused for the second week in a row. Simon hated it as old fashioned and used the words terrible and erratic.
Michael Lynche will now respond to America after they did not vote for him. He is singing “In The Ghetto”. Of course Adam wants him to be more theatrical. Sitting on the edge of the stage with a guitar. His soul phrasing fits the song well. I could do without the piano behind him. What a beautiful vocal. Randy thinks the song was sleepy but the vocals were hot. Kara was moved. Simon loved it, loved it. He says a million, billion times better than last week, one of Michael Lynche’s best performance.
Katie Stevens is singing “Baby, What Ya Want Me Do?” Adam tells to her sell her anger at the judges. The start is so clumsy I am surprised she didn’t trip. VEGAS, baby. Are we at the Sands or The Flamingo? She ends the song by shouting off key. Katie is in trouble. Randy says nice vocals, did he hear it? Kara and Ellen liked it. Simon says it was just loud and annoying. I agree with Simon.
We close the show with Casey James. The rocker is in his element with the Elvis catalogue. He is rocking “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”. That was good if a little boring. He did not executes Adam’s advice to bring a dynamic arc to the song. The judges generally did not like the performance in a much truncated judging pass.
Joining us tomorrow night to see which two will go home on American Idol Season 9.