American Idol Season 9 Top 16 Results

To summarize the last two nights: sleepy, sleepy, sleepy, hum, okay, sleepy, WOW.   Tonight we learn what voters thought about the performances of American Idol Season 9‘s Top 16 the last two nights.  We cover Christian music artists competing on American Idol Season 9 and here are our thoughts of the last two nights:

  • Christian music artist Michael Lynche delivered my favorite performance since Jordan Sparks slayed “I(Who have Nothing)” in Season 6. This was a game changing performance of Maxwell’s (and Kate Bush) “This Woman’s Work”.  Michael displayed mad falsetto, crazy power and an intimidating stage presence.  He has set a bar that I am not sure even he can surpass.
  • The four remaining Christian music artists Michael Lynch, Tim Urban, Didi Benami and Lacey Brown American Idol Season 9 delivered their best performances of the year and probably secured their place in the Top 12.
  • After we projected Katelyn Epperly as the winner of American Idol Season 9 she proceeded to stumble through a cheesey performance of Carol King’s “I Feel The Earth Move”.
  • Crystal Bowersox continued to demonstrate her superiority of the American Idol Season 9 girls with a rocking throwdown of Traci Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason”.
  • Tonight we expect Paige Miles, Katie Stevens, Aaron Kelly and Toddrick Hall to go home.

Join us now as we live blog through the results and the top12 are revealed.

Ryan is bantering with the judges about comments made on last night’s show involving Randy in a bikini and thank you American Idol, we are now seeing a photo of same.  The 16 contestants will perform Michael Buble’s “Haven’t Met You Yet”.  All seem at ease, but time is drawing nigh.

Ryan announces the breaking news that the first theme of the big stage will be the music  of the Rolling Stones. New this year will be the audiences’ capability to go to Itunes to download the songs/playlist the contestants will listen to as they decide what to sing. 

He starts with the ladies.  Didi  Benami is invited to centerstage with Ryan.  He speaks to her about her struggles at the beginning of the show, then announces that  she has made it into the top 12. She is ecstatic.  Siobhan Magnus is next.  She tells everyone that she is very comfortable  on the stage.  She is in.  Paige Miles and Katelyn Epperly come to the stage together.  One is in and one is out.  Who will it be?  Simon feels the one with the most potential is Paige.  Paige has made it.  Uh oh, Katelyn is out.  There goes our prediction.

Next set will be chosen from the guys.  Tim Urban,  Toddrick Hall,  Lee Dewyze and Casey James are invited to centerstage.  Ryan begins with Tim Urban.  Tim is told to hang tight.  Toddrick is hanging tight too.  Lee is talked about for a moment and then on to Casey.  Casey is safe and joins the ladies.  Tim Urban is safe.  He acts shocked.  Lee will continue on the show and Toddrick will go home tonight.

Matt Geraud and Scott McIntyre will perform Billy Joel’s “Tell Her about It”.  Two piano men.  Matt and Scott are sporting leather tonight  as they play their baby grands.  I wonder if they performed this on their tour?  They can really play. Scott has an album out called Heartstring and it is available on Itunes through his website.  All original music.  Matt has a number one single with Anna Wilson called “You Don’t Know Me” on the jazz charts.

Okay here we go.  Eight are left.  Crystal Bowersox is invited to stand.  She looks so nervous.  After the nationwide vote, she is in.  Not smiling much, but she’s  in.  Michael Lynche goes to centerstage.  Kara talks about why she cried when he sang last night.  Ryan asks him if he can fit on a stool.  Michael has made it.  Lacey Brown stands.  C’mon Lacey.  She makes it through. Wow.  Aaron Kelly comes to the stage.  He feels he can bring more confidence if  he makes it through.  And he does.  Two more stools to fill.  Ryan calls Alex Lambert and Andrew Garcia.   Simon feels Andrew may have peaked too soon, but is talented.  Andrew makes it through and Alex is trying not to be too emotional.  It is so difficult to see these young singers go through the disappointment. After his song, all the guys crowd around him.  Katie Stevens and Lilly Scott are the last two.  The final seat in the top 12 belongs to Katie Stevens.  Lilly is going home.  That was a surprise.  I think she was surprised too.

Definitely some surprises tonight.  But congratulations to our 4 Christian artists as they go on to perform with American Idol’s top 12.  Join us next week as we continue to cover the music and performances.

American Idol Season 9 Top 8 Guys Live Blog

So last night everyone, but Crystal Bowersox, moved to the middle on American Idol Season 9. The mighty (Katelyn Epperly, Siobhan Magnus and Lilly Scott) stumbled, some of  the weak (Christian music artists Didi Benami and Lacey Brown) excelled and two (Paige Miles and Katie Stevens) may have sealed their exits.  Let’s hope the boys do better.

Christian music artists Michael Lynche (one of our favorites) and Tim Urban (whom we worry about) are joined by Andrew Garcia, Toddrick Hall, Lee Dewyze, Alex Lambert, Aaron Kelly and Casey James tonight as the American Idol Top 8 guys  perform Billboard 100 songs.

Once again we have 8 performances in one hour so it will be fast and furious.  If the guys are no better than the girls, we need no more than an hour.

Let’s get started with Lee Dewyze singing “Fireflies” from Christian music artist Owl City.  This is a horribly bland, but popular song.  It doesn’t really fit with my image of Lee Dewyze.  He sang it well, but it was just okay.  Randy tried to like it and Ellen liked that he made it a little rock.  Kara thinks Lee made it a better song.  Simon was a little ambivalent.

Alex Lambert is singing “Trouble” by Ray Lamontagne.  He really has an interesting voice but he looks so stiff and uncomfortable.  There was not much range in that performance.  Ellen loves her little banana, saying he gets better and better every week.  Kara says Alex is the only one standing in the way of him winning American Idol Season 9.  Simon wants Alex to imagine Randy in a bikini and let himself go.  I think that would be frightening.

Tim Urban is taking on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.  Could be a big mistake.  But maybe not.  This is great. Who knew he could sing this song.  The best so far, and his best by far.  Randy says pretty good.  Ellen runs over to him, hugs him and says “that was fantastic”.  Kara says he is now in the competition.  Simon says very smart and it was terrific.  Tim Urban may have just earned his way onto the American Idol Season 9 tour.

Andrew Garcia is singing his version of Christina Aguilera’s “Genie In A Bottle”.  It sounds like everything else he has done.  I am losing my love for Andrew Garcia, even Lee Dewyze looks bored. If you can’t tell, I did not like this very much.  It didn’t work for Randy either.  Kara says he peaked early and is disappointed by this performance, as is Simon.  He calls it a desperate performance.

Casey James is performing Keith Urban’s “You’ll Think of Me”.  This is a quiet acoustic performance that features his voice.  Guess what, he has a nice voice.  This is very good.  I don’t know the song, so I don’t know how original it was but it was a nice moment for Casey James.  Randy says that it was too safe, but Ellen thought it was great.  She likes most performances doesn’t she?  Kara calls it honest and heart felt but she is missing a spark.  Simon calls it his second best performance.

Aaron Kelly stays country with Lone Star’s “I’m Already There”.  Aaron has completely missed the pitch from the start.  This is the type of country song that makes me want to turn down the radio.  The performance is bombastic with little personality.  Ellen does hate some performances, but in a nice way.  Kara says it was completely irrelevant to him.  Simon says Kara’s critique was complete rubbish.  I don’t know what the judges saw.

Two more.  Toddrick Hall is doing Queen.  Should be interesting.  I love this song, “Somebody To Love”.  It is my favorite Queen song.  But maybe not this version.  Started fine in falsetto, but he needs to lose the background singers. I am trying to like it, but it is just missing something and I don’t know what.  Randy loved it.  Ellen says he was brave and thought it worked.  Kara says it was good singing but too dramatic.  I agree with Simon, that it was good in parts.

We end the evening with Christian music artist Michael Lynche doing Maxwell’s “This Woman’s Work”. Big Mike throwing down some falsetto.  This is deep modern R&B and what a beautiful tone. Mike is working it out. Fantastic.  Michale Lynche has to moved the the front of the pack. It is like boys playing with a man.  Kara cried, Randy says unbelievable, Ellen said great.  Simon says it was so needed and that he delivered the best performance of the season.

Just like last night, Christian music artists made big moves.  Tim Urban put himself in the competition and Michael Lynche threw down a guantlet for the rest of the performers.

American Idol Season 9 Top 20 Results Live Blog

Back for our fifth hour of American Idol Season 9 this week.  I like that American Idol gave the Top 24 time to sing and the judges time comment over the past two weeks.   In seasons past these early shows were so rushed that it did not feel you had time to truly hear the competitors.  This extended approach worked better.  Next week, American Idol Season 9 will return to one hour shows on three separate nights.  The Top 8 Girls will perform on Tuesday, the Top 8 Guys on Wednesday and then a results show on Thursday.  So, who will survive tonight to perform next week on American Idol Season 9?  Settle in with us for the next hour as we live blog the festivities.

The last two night we saw 20 American Idol Season 9 performances.  For the most part everyone improved, but, not everyone was great.   Three performances really stood out for me.  Crystal Bowersox’s gospel cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Long As I Can See The Light” was amazing.  Her singing was powerful and the arrangement was a revelation.  That was one of those moments that propel an artist far into the American Idol Season 9 finals.  Katelyn Epperly’s take on “The Scientist ” (Coldplay) was beautiful, stirring and heartfelt.  Coming in third for the week is Christian music artist Michael Lynche.  He updated James Brown’s “Its A Man’s World”, made it feel modern and sang it perfectly.

Unfortunately, I think some of our Christian music artists are in trouble.  Tim Urban has yet to prove he is up to the task of winning American Idol Season 9. It feels like he needs another year of heavy performing to be ready for this stage.  Making it even more treacherous for Tim that he is part of a “teen throb” triumvirate that could split votes (Tim Urban, Alex Lambert, Aaron Kelly).  Christian music artist Jermaine Sellers could be in trouble.  His two live performances have been a bit strange and his interactions with the judges are uncomfortable.  But, Jermaine, make sure you get Simon to church! I am also afraid that Christian music artist Lacey Brown is in serious trouble tonight.  I love her voice but she has not yet shown that she can package that voice in a compelling way.  I hope I am wrong on all accounts.

I think Lacey Brown, Haeley Vaughn, John Park and Jermaine Sellers will go home tonight.  If so, we will be down to four Christian music artists left in the American Idol Season 9 Top 16.

Tonight, in addition to finding out who goes home, we get to see Danny Gokey perform a song from his new album.  27 million votes.  The Idols are doing Black Eyed Peas, “I Got A Feeling”.  Thing is, none of them believe the lyric “Tonight’s gonna be a good night”, a few smiles please.

We are back to send someone home.  Let’s start with the guys.  Christian music artist Tim Urban up first and he is safe.  Joyful surprise, the girls love them some Tim Urban! Christian music artist Michael Lynche is safe as is Toddrick Hall.  John Park goes home.  He just did not assert his personality. The rest of the guys hang through the commercial.

Who else goes home right now.  Up first is Lee Dewyze who, of course, is safe.  Aaron Kelly sang “My Girl”, which I liked, and he is safe.  Alex Lambert looks like he is going to faint but he is safe also.  It is down to Jermaine Sellers and Andy Garcia.  Looks like Jermaine is home.  Christian music artist Jermaine Sellers goes home.  Unfortunately, my predictions have come true.  I am really surprised Jermaine did not do better on American Idol Season 9.  He has been touring since he was 14.  I thought he would sail through the early weeks.  Was he too confident?  He is singing his farewell and as is often the case we ask ourselves, why didn’t he do that last night?

It is Danny Gokey time.  I am interested to hear his new stuff.  This is a good song for him.  The guy is singing about getting old?  What is he 28?  He sounds really good.  I would like to hear him sing a little more soulful music and I look forward to his worship cd.  That was country?  I guess, living in Texas, I don’t know what country music is.  This song is Number 5 on iTunes.  I love Danny Gokey.  All of you haters shut your mouth.

Girls on a hot seat!  Will Lacey Brown survive?  We hope so.  Of course Lilly Scott comes back nest week.  Paige Miles is safe. Katie Stevens is safe.   Didi Benami and Michelle Delamor are left.  We are going to lose another Christian music artist.  I disagree with this no matter who it is.  We lose Michelle Delamor.  I am shocked. She is crushed.

Now it is time for the final cut of the night.  Will it be Lacey Brown, Haeley Vaughn or another surprise.  Katelyn Epperly and Crystal Bowersox are safe.  Siobhan Magnus is safe so it is down to Lacey and Haeley.  Lacey Brown is safe!  Haeley Vaughn is going home.

I am shocked that we lost Michelle Delamor tonight.  We are down to four Christian music artists in the final 16.  Join us next Tuesday night.

American Idol Season 9 Top 10 Guys

Big changes tonight on American Idol Season 9.  According to some illness that has struck the girls, either one, Crystal Bowersox, or several of the girls will be unable to perform, so the guys are pressed into duty.  After a generally underwhelming set of performances last week let’s hope the American Idol Season 9 Top 20 can deliver this week.

We lost one of our American Idol Season 9 Christian music artists last week, but not the one we thought might leave.  Ashley Rodriguez was a victim of delivering a mediocre performance during a time when several attractive R&B singers split the votes for attractive R&B singers.  That leaves us with six Christian music artists on American Idol Season 9Jermaine Sellers, Tim Urban and Michael Lynche perform tonight and Didi Benami, Lacey Brown and Michelle Delamor perform with the ladies tomorrow.  Tim Urban and Lacey Brown need big performances this week to survive Thursday night’s American Idol Season 9 Top 20 results show.

Tonight Michael Lynche, Jermaine Sellers and Tim Urban perform with Andy Garcia, Casey Jones, John Park, Alex Lambert, Lee Dewyze, Toddrick Hall and Aaron Kelly to sing songs from the Billboard charts, which means almost anything.

So, join us for our live reactions over the next two hours as we continue to support the Christian music artists on American Idol Season 9.

Ryan explains that Crystal Bowersox is in the hospital and unable to perform so the guys are performing tonight.  Does Michael Lynche get the last performing spot?  Two guys and two girls go home on Thursday.

Michael Lynche starts out doing James Brown’s “It’s A Mans World”  Fantastic start!  Great singing, great performance.  A great arrangement of an iconic song.  Randy gives him a standing ovation.  Kara and Ellen says it is the performance to beat.  Simon says he in one week Michael went from a kitten to a lion and modernized that old song.  I had some really good stuff written on this performance and hit the wrong button on my keyboard and erased the entire thing.  It was good really.  I will buy this.

John Park is in an acapella group at Northwestern called Purple Haze.  John was born in the U.S. but grew up in Korea until the 4th grade.  He was bothered by the judges criticism.  He is singing “Gravity” by John Mayer.  From jazz to jazzy blues, but this is a good singing song.  He looks terrified, surprising.  John has a good voice but I don’t hear anything special in this performance.  He seems to get washed away in the music.  The performance lacked emotion.  Randy thinks it was flat and Ellen thinks it lacked soul.  They all think it was better than last week.  Kara misses his connection to the song, says he needs to let loose and take some risks.  Simon thinks he may go home.

Casey James is bringing a little electric guitar to the stage.  Casey bought and remodeled a house?  He is doing “I Don’t Wanna Be” by Davin McGraw an American Idol favorite.  He is ripping it up on his guitar and I think it distracted from his vocals.  He seems out of breath, there is no power behind his voice.  He seems comfortable doing the rock guitar performance, but the vocals fell short.  Randy loved the guitar thing, thinks it was hot.  Ellen thinks he was stiff.  Kara did not like him tonight, saying he took two steps back. She hits him on the singing.  Simon agrees with Kara, saying he looked like a rock star wannabe.

Alex Lambert has stage fright, surprise!  He is not throwing up tonight, uncomfortable.  Alex has created his own language?  Tonight he is playing his guitar. He is singing John Legend’s “Everybody Knows”.  He is certainly more comfortable, but I don’t get this guy.  My wife likes his voice.  Much, much better than last week, but it doesn’t work for me.  Missed that last note.  Ellen says tonight he is the ripened banana.  She says he is the most unique talent on the show.  Kara is loving Alex Lambert and Simon calls it a million times better.  Simon gave him really good tough love and told him to believe in himself and compete to win.

Toddrick Hall, who may become the edgiest performer of American Idol Season 9, is doing Tina Turner tonight. Last week he ripped up a Kelly Clarkson song, the judges hated it but many on the blogosphere, me included, loved it.  He is singing “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and is limiting his dancing and performing.  I think he is making a mistake, for the first half of the song.  Then he pulls the mike off the stand and starts moving.  It is like he sings better when he dances.  Randy does not like his arrangement.  Ellen thinks the song choice was bad.  Kara says he is trying to do too much.  Simon says to move and not sing, calling it theme park-like.

We are halfway through the performances.  The show is much better this week, but Christian music artist Michael Lynche still owns the night.  He set a high bar and no one has reached it yet.

Christian music artist Jermaine Sellers takes his turn on stage next.  He really wears a onesy on national television.  He is brave.  Tonight he is singing Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”.  He is very brave, maybe even foolish.  This song is perfect for his voice but he is not delivering.  It sounds like a lounge act version of one of the most important songs of the 20th century.  Sorry, Jermaine you really, really missed tonight.  Get ready to get ripped.  Randy says “better than last week??” Ellen compliments him for the onesy.  ‘Nuff said.  Kara says he is trying to do too much.  Simon says the judges are frustrated and that he waters down the song.  Simon agrees to go to church with Jermaine.  Way to go Jermaine!

Andy Garcia is a break dancer! Once again the judges did not like his arrangement last week and once again I disagree.    He is singing James Morrison’s “You Give Me Something”.  He seems a little uncomfortable without his guitar.  He is all over the place with his pitch.  Is he doing it on purpose?  He has moments and this is a different side of Andy Garcia.  Not sure I liked this.  Randy did not get it.  Ellen disagrees and she thinks they are judging him based on his high point from Hollywood Week.  Simon is frustrated with Andy as well, calling his performance okay, when he is better than okay.

Aaron Kelly does not believe he should be on the show.  He needs more confidence while he sings “My Girl” from the Temptations.  I don’t think this is really his groove.  He is actually doing this pretty well, even with his country tilt on the song.  He just showed he can really sing.  That was pretty good.  Randy says it was 200% better.  Ellen says that “My Girl” is forgettable.  Boo, Ellen.  Kara liked it all, but Simon did not like it at all.  He thinks it was too old fashioned. I disagree with Simon.  I think this could be a country hit for Aaron.

At least Christian music artist Tim Urban gets a fighting chance with next to last performing slot.  Let’s see what he can do with it.  Tim comes from a large family and he prays before he performs.  He is performing “Come On and Get Higher” by Matt Nathanson and he is playing his guitar.  Much, much better than last week but it is no breakthrough for Tim.  A nice performance of a nice song. Randy says there was nothing special.  Ellen says there is no charisma and he is not really a singer.  Simon actually likes him this week.  He is impressed with his work ethic.  Simon is actually complimentary.  Is this enough to save him for another week?

We end the evening with the judge’s favorite from last week, Lee Dewyze.  Lee was a problem child in High School, but recovered with the help of a teacher.  Good for him.  He is doing “Lips of An Angel” by Hinder.  Lee has the voice of a hundred lead singers on the radio.  That is a compliment.  He seems to be struggling with the song.  His pitch is all over the place.  You know he can do better vocally.  Randy did not like it but was told to compliment Lee.  Ellen says great?  I agree with Kara that you can hear Lee on the radio right now.  Simon calls him the best singer of the guys.  I disagree with the judges assessment of Lee’s performance tonight.  It seemed biased.

Despite the lead position Michael Lynche took the night by a mile.  In a night when just about everyone improved, no one was even close.  Michael Lynche gave the first breakthrough performance of the season.

Join us tomorrow night to see if the girls can also show the type of improvement the guys showed tonight.

American Idol Season 9 Top 12 Guys

American Idol Season 9 started with more of a thud than a roar.  The ladies did not prove to be as fantastic as hyped.  However, did we expect any different?  When have these first show been fantastic?  The only great performance I can ever remember is Lakisha Jones who set a high bar in the first live show of American Idol Season 6. There were no revelations last night and most of the ladies underwhelmed.

Tonight the guys get their chance to surprise us with consistently good performances.  American Idol Season 9 features three Christian music artist men: Michael Lynche, Jermaine Sellers, and Tim Urban.  To learn more about these American Idol Season 9 Christian music artists see our articles on American Idol Season 9

The Christian music performers will be joined tonight by nine other American Idol Season 9 hopefuls: Aaron Kelly, Alex Lambert, Toddrick Hall, Tyler Grady, Casey James, Lee Dewyze, Andrew Garcia, Jose Munoz and John Park.

As we discussed in our American Idol Season 9 Top 24 preview we expect Michael Lynche and Andrew Garcia to be  strong contenders all season and we would not be surprised if Toddrick Hall and Alex Lambert struggle tonight.

As we discussed in last night’s Top 12 Girls Live Blog, American Idol Season 9 presents a few changes for song selection in. Contestant performances will be available for purchase and download exclusively on the iTunes Store ( the day following the performances. And for the first time, beginning with the Top 12, American Idol Season 9 show themes will be revealed in advance on iTunes along with playlists of original songs by the original artists from which the contestants may choose and which fans can preview and download.

This week the American Idol season 9 Top 24 will perform songs from the Top 10 Hits of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  We were unlcear how this would work, but it seems American Idol Season 9 contestants can select just about any song ever sold.  Let’s see if the guys can deliver tonight.

That was an odd opening, “This Is American..Simon stop talking.”  Randy says the girls blew it out last night, what?  It will be interesting to see if Ellen has anything to say tonight.

So we start with Toddrick Hall. He has some gospel in his background but I cannot find much in his recent past and there has been some controversy with some of his business dealings.  He is singing Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You Been Gone” as an R&B number.  Toddrick has it going on. Good vocals, great arrangement and fantastic stage presence.  This is a good way to start the show.  I think Ellen just summed it up with “yep”.  Randy hated the arrangement. Kara agrees that she wants to see him sing more. Simon hated it.  I disagree with the judges.

Aaron Kelly, the 16 year old adopted country singer from Pennsylvania.  He has published songs as a song writer.  He is singing Rascal Flatt’s “Here Comes Goodbye”.  I am not a Flatt’s fan but this sounds better than their version.  Country is definitely his strong suit.  Of course the judges will say he did not show enough originality.  Simon says it was good but he is not confident enough. The judges ignored what they did not like about him and focused on building him up.

Christian music artist Jermaine Sellers starting singing gospel music professionally when he was 14.  He is singing “Get Here” Oleta Adams.  This does not sound very good.  I don’t know this song, but it seems to be off key and shrill.  I did not like this.  Ellen is trying to more insightful tonight. Randy hates it and says he was trying to do too much with it.  He says just sing, dude.  Simon says it was so over the top that he was screaming.  I agree with Simon.

Tim Urban, our last minute substitute, is the stealth Idol.  Have we seen him on camera yet this season?  He is a Christian from Texas and he needs a break out performance tonight. At least Ryan spends a couple of minutes with him before performs.  He kept his success from his family until it was announced on television, how cool.  He is a heartthrob.  He sings “Apologize” by OneRepublic and he is channeling Kris Allen.  I am not sure he has the high end for this song.  He is really struggling.  Not the type of performance you need to stay in the competition.  Simon slams him and says they made the right decision the first time. Kara says he was buried by the song. The judges are right that the performance did not work.  Hopefully he will get another a chance to show what he can do.

Joe Munoz, a 20 year-old from California, talks through his Hollywood struggles.  Tonight he sings “You and I Both” by Jason Mraz.  This a boring song but he sounds pretty good. Not much stage presence.  There is really not much here.  I suspect Simon will say forgettable. Ellen liked it?  Kara and Randy liked the singing.  and Simon said it, forgettable.

Now we see, 70′s rocker Tyler Grady.  Remember, he auditioned with broken wrists. He is singing The Guess Who’s “American Mind”.  He certainly feels comfortable in his rock singer stage presence.  The back-up singers are a little distracting.  The singing is okay, but the performance is good. I like the song.  Simon calls him cliched and focuses too much on his persona.  Kara thinks he needs to be more original.  All the judges are saying style over substance.

The judges are vicious tonight.  It seems that half way through last night’s show the judges lost patience and decided to be brutally honest and they carried it over into tonight.  Not that the performers are helping, mostly below average tonight.  We need someone to ignite the judges with a great performance.  Where is Michael Lynch?

It is time for rocker Lee Dewyze, a 23 year old paint sales clerk from Chicago.  He is singing “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol.  He is the first one to play his guitar tonight.  He has a big, but rough voice.  Tonight he is flat.  He does not deliver the break through we needed.  Ellen loves his tone but heard he pushed off key.  Randy did not like it all and Kara didn’t either.  Simon thinks it was the best of the night, calling him a naturally good singer.  Lee will get another chance.

Next up is John Park.  He had a great audition but we have not seen him much since.  If I remember, he has a deep soulful voice.  He is a student at Northwestern. He is singing the jazz standard “God Bless the Child”.  What a beautiful voice this guy has.  As Shania Twain said, he has a great bottom end.   Simon does not think he has a good enough voice and the performance was emotionless.  Kara agrees with Simon and feels he did not connect.  Randy likes it a little better but he is not excited. John may be in trouble.

Now Christian music Michael Lynche takes his shot at exciting the judges.  You cannot forget Michael, he is the biggest performer ever on American Idol, but he seems so soulful and nice.   He sings “This Love” by Maroon 5. Is this who he is?  He does not seem comfortable, maybe a little stiff.  The vocals are strong but something is missing.  I have heard this guy’s original stuff, it is brilliant.  I hope he brings his creativity to future performances.  He is good but not up to his own standards.  Ellen liked it.  Randy thinks he brought energy to the show.  Kara appreciates him but says the performance was not outrageously great.  Simon calls him a support act.

Next up is 19 year old Alex Lambert who suffered through the Mary Powers’ Hollywood Week group.  He is butchering some song by James Morrison.  Is it “Wonderful World”?  I don’t like his voice and I don’t like his performance.  He may be leaving us this week.  Simon says it was the most uncomfortable performance of the night.  Kara thinks he needs a hug.  The judges love his tone but they agree he needs to believe in himself.  Ellen loves his mullet and compares him to a banana?

Ft. Worth heartthrob, blues guitarist Casey James steps into the gauntlet with the Bryan Adams song “Heaven”.  On stool, bathed in blue light with his guitar he delivers on this power ballad.  this thing between him and Kara needs to stop, it is too weird.  The performance is pretty good.  It is nothing special.  Thank you Ellen for apologizing for the judges’ behavior.  Kara calls him eye candy and ear candy. Simon thinks it was honest and likable.  Casey thanks them for complimenting him.  He said, “I was ready to come up her and get torn apart.”

Can anyone pulls this bus out of the ditch?  Andrew Garcia, you are our last hope.

Andrew Garcia, the stay at home father, whose family left the gang life to raise him, is one of the great hopes for American Idol Season 9.  He sings “Sugar We Are Going Down” by Fall Out Boy.  He is a very confident performer.  It is not his best vocal but the arrangement is fantastic.  Simon was disappointed, calling it too serious and too indulgent.  Kara calls it a strange arrangement, but I liked it.  I disagree with the judges about the arrangement.

Overall, this is another disappointing night.  Maybe the performers get their groove back next week. Join us tomorrow night to see four people go home.

American Idol Seaon 9 Goes Live

American Idol Season 9 goes live this week with a bang and One21music will be there live blogging the journey of this year’s Top 24 performers.  Tuesday night we have a two hour extravaganza of the the Top 12 girls performing live for the first time on American Idol Season 9.  That is followed on Wednesday night with another two hours as the Top 12 guys deliver their first live performances.  Then on Thursday, American Idol Season 9 the contestants hear their first results from America when two girls and two guys are eliminated.  Join us for our live reactions to the performances and the results.

I will set the Top 24 and share a few thoughts on how I think American Idol Season 9 will play out in a few minutes but first, let’s discuss the shift in the Top 24 that I noticed in the One21 live blog of the American Idol Season 9 Top 24 announcement.

Christian music artist Chris “orphan” Golightly was disqualified this week when a prodcution company contacted American Idol claiming that the had a recording contract with Golightly.  Chris Golightly claims the contract expired before he auditioned, but the damage was done.

Christian music artist Tim Urban was called on Tuesday afternoon to replace Chris Golightly.  We caught one small Tim Urban 2glimpse of Tim Urban in the first American Idol Season 9 Hollywood Week episode but we really have yet to hear him perform. Tim Urban is a hotel and restaurant singer from Duncanville, Texas who plays the Dallas/Ft Worth Christian music circuit with his band.  They have played iconic Dallas Christian music club The Door and Six Flags Over Texas. Tim Urban has been singing and playing the guitar since he was 13 years old, sings Christian music and says that he has never touched alcohol. Tim Urban and his nine siblings were home schooled by his mother.  It will be hard for Tim Urban to survive the first few weeks, but if he does, watch out.  He looks to be an American Idol Season 9 contestant that teenage girls will quickly fall in love with.

Now that is all settled, American Idol’s Season 9 Top 24 features 7 Christian music performers, a few more we are still researching.

Christian Music Performers on American Idol Season 9

Ashley Rodriguez
Jermaine Sellers
Lacey Brown
Michelle Delamor
Tim Urban
Michael “Mike” Lynche
Didi Benami

These Christian music artists are joined on American Idol Season 9 by these performers. If you know anything about the faith backgrounds of these aspiring artists please share.
Aaron Kelly
Alex Lambert
Andrew Garcia
Casey James
Crystal Bowersox
Haeley Vaughn
Janell Wheeler
John Park
Jose Munoz
Katelyn Epperly
Katie Stevens
Lee DeWyze
Lilly Scott
Paige Miles
Siobhan Magnus
Tyler Grady
Toddrick Hall

How Will Amercia respond to these American Idol Season 9 Contestants

As intimidating and the American Idol judges can be, you never know how these aspiring artists will respond to a live audience and a huge television viewership. However, based on what we have seen there are a few competitors I expect to contend for the title:

  • Christian music artist Michael Lynche has a huge presence on stage both physically and with his personality. He is very creative in his recorded music and is a great singer.
  • We discussed Christian music artist Tim Urban’s chance above.  His biggest drawback is his similarity to Kris Allen and David Cook.
  • Andrew Garcia has demonstrated the highest level of artistry through the American Idol Season 9 auditions and Hollywood Week.  His ability to arrange popular songs into his own style will excite the voting public deep into the season .
  • Katie Stevens looks like a winner to me.  She is young enough to connect with the teenage girl voting block, she appears to be extremely confident and she has as good a voice as I have seen on American Idol since Kelly Clarkson.

Four people will go home this week.  Based on what I have seen I think Haeley Vaughn, Siobhan Magnus, Toddrick Hall and Alex Lambert will not survive the week.

Join us Tuesday night at 8:00 est as we start the wild ride of American Idol Season 9 with two hours of musical revalations, forgotten lyrics and catty comments from the judges.