American Idol Season 9- Top 4 Results

Last night’s show ended with mentor Jaime Foxx making excuses for the American Idol Season 9 Top 4.  It seems that Jaime Foxx believes movie songs make it difficult for the Idols to show off their talents.  Then why does American Idol put these songs into the competition at this critical juncture?

Usually, the duets aren’t too great.  Last night they were the best parts of the show.  What does that say about the star power of the American Idol Season 9 Top 4?  No one really distinguished themselves last night, so anyone could go home.

I think Casey James and Christian music artist Michael Lynche will be in the Bottom 2.  Casey James starts his new, post Idol, career tonight and that seems about right.

Join us to find out what really happens as we live blog the American Idol Season 9 Top 4 results show.

37 million votes were cast so American Idol Season 9 continues to lag behind the last two seasons.  Tonight is an American Idol homecoming for uni-named former Idols as Daughtry and Fantasia perform.  Speaking of which, Fantasia kicks off the night with a song from her up coming cd.  I never really got Fantasia and I still don’t.

Back with the American Idol Season 9 Top 4, sitting on the stools in the middle of the stage.  Boy, do they look nervous.  Whoever, survives tonight’s vote gets a hero’s trip home this coming week.  Let’s find out who is safe.  Casey James is safe.  It looks like Michael Lynche is going home and it looks like he knows it.

Daughtry sings a song from his new cd.  How can a bald man have such thick eyebrows?  Daughtry was on American Idol before I started watching and I don’t listen to his style of pop rock very much, but he sure can sing.

Back with the three in danger.  Casey James is safe.  Lee Dewyze is safe and gets his homecoming next week.  Michael Lynche and Crystal Bowersox fates still hang in the balance.

Bon Jovi time. I wonder if this distracts Michael Lynche and Crystal Bowersox from what is happening or if their sweet seats for Bon Jovi are wasted.  The seats would be wasted on me as I worried about what was about to happen.

Christian music artist Michael Lynche goes home.  I am sorry to see Michael Lynche go.  He was my favorite of the Top 12.

Michael is the last of our Christian music artists on American Idol Season 9.  Join us Saturday as we recap American Idol Season 9.

American Idol Season 9-Top 4 Performances

American Idol Season 9 is in the home stretch.  Two more weeks to the finals and the entire season is really up in the air.  As weak as we believe Casey James appears, any one of the top 4 can win. In our American Idol Season 9 Power Rankings we discuss how close the top 4 are and how victory will be determined by who can deliver one or two break out performances over the next few weeks.

Tonight the American Idol Season 9 performers will perform one solo song and perform one duet.  Jaime Foxx will mentor the Idols as they sing songs form the movies. Lee Dewyze and Crystal Bowersox will be paired in one duet while the Michael Lynche and Casey James will team up for the other song. The duets the past few years have been a waste of time.

Will Christian music artist Michael Lynche change his style to try to create an attention grabbing spectacle tonight?  Will Crystal Bowersox regain her form?  Can Casey James recover and stay on the show?  Will Lee Dewyze continue to play it safe and skate to the finals?  Join us as we live blog the American Idol Season 9 top 4 performances and maybe get some answers to these questions.

Remember Jamie Foxx is an Oscar winning actor and triple platinum R&B artist.  He brought tshirts.  He challenged the Idols to move from being a contestant to being an artist.

Lee Dewyze is doing Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose”.  Jaime Foxx got uncomfortably close to Lee’s face during rehearsals.  Lee just proved that his upper range has a very low limit and has fallen off key.  This is not the time for Lee to sing badly. He fights this song all of the way through.  That was as bad as Lee Dewyze has done this season.  Randy does not like the song choice but brushes over the singing.  Ellen feeds the Lee PR beast.  Kara, speak truth.  She calls out all of the bad singing but, in the end, she says he is great.  Simon says it sounded karaoke.  I would say bad karaoke.

Michael Lynche made a promise to himself a year ago to make it into the Top 3 on American Idol Season 9.  He is singing Michael Jackson‘s “Will You Be There”.  He starts on the stairs and is backed by a choir.  He is giving this the full gospel treatment. It had potential but never reached its crescendo.  The performance just did not have time to develop.  Randy does not like it.  Kara says he played it safe. Simon tried to find something nice to say.

Next up with the first duet.  Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dewyze perform “Falling Slowly”.  This is two great singers going at it.  Kinda feels that they are battling rather than singing together. This pales in comparison to the original Randy loves it. Ellen compares them to Captain and Tenille.  Kara says it is one of her best moments of the season.  Simon says it was fantastic.

I just went back and watched Lee’s and Crystal’s duet.  Okay, so I was wrong.  That was pretty great.

Time for Casey James from Cool, Texas.  He is singing “Mrs. Robinson” playing a mandolin. This a nice Casey performance but it is a little sleepy for me. The mandolin is a nice touch, but the song does not build.  there is not much there to hold on to.  I agree with Randy that it was cool but there was not much exciting.  Ellen calls him out for not going further with the song.  Kara gets lost in the meaning of the song.  Simon says the performance had the substance  needed for this point in the competition.  I agree with Simon.

Crystal Bowersox is singing a song from “Caddyshack.” Yep, she is singing “I’m All Right.”  She re-arranges the song into an alt-country, blues number.  I am not sure I like the arrangement but it gives Crystal an opportunity to show off her voice.  This is her best performance in weeks. Randy like that she switched the arrangement but did not love the performance.  Ellen and Kara say she made the song better than the original.  Simon says she is back in the game.

We end the evening with Michael Lynche and Casey James singing “Have You Ever Really Loved A Women”.  Casey starts playing some sweet Spanish guitar.  Their voices sound good together.  That was a nice performance with a twist.  Randy calls it brilliant.  Kara says the duets were incredible, better than all of the solo performances.  Simon says it was really good.

Well, there it is.  The American Idol Season 9 Top4 have made their cases.  Join us tomorrow night as we live blog the results and see who gets the hometown parade.

American Idol Season 9- Top 4 Power Rankings

We are in the final stretch of American Idol Season 9 and this has really been a mystery season for me.  It seems as if Season 9 has been going on for two years yet I can remember very little of what has happened.  I can only remember five performances.

I thought Katelyn Epperly’s heart-breaking interpretation of “The Scientist” would take her into the American Idol Season 9 Top 5.  It was the most polished, professional performance of the season.  Crystal Bowersox’s breakdown at the end of her mind blowing take on “People Get Ready” was a breakthrough in her image.  That may have given America enough insight into Crystal, the girl, to propel her to victory.  Lee Dewyze‘s “Treat Her Like A Lady’ separated him from the other mid tempo acoustic rockers and turned him American Idol Season 9 dark horse to favorite. Crystal Bowersox‘s gospel “Long As I Can See The Light”, sung just out of ICU from a near death experience was the most poignant moment of American Idol Season 9.  Finally, Michael Lynche’s “A Woman’s Work” was the most amazing vocal performance I have seen in five years of watching American Idol.

Other than those performances the rest of American Idol Season 9 has been pretty forgettable.

After the shocking departure Aaron Kelly we are down to four.  Any one of them could still win American Idol Season 9, but none of them stand out in the history of American Idol winners.  Somebody has to win, here are our power rankings.

American Idol Season 9 Top 4 Power Rankings

Last week was another genre struggling for the performers.  As I said in our Top 4 results live blog, the country pop genre and the songs of Sinatra demonstrated how limited the American Idol Season 9 performers can be.  Season long favorite Crystal Bowersox stumbled badly and Casey James delivered his two worst performances.  Christian music artist Michael Lynche was the only of the Top 4 to deliver stellar performances.

  1. Michael Lynche continues dwell in the Bottom 2 but his season long consistency and mastery of country pop and Sinatra propel him to the top of our Top 4 power rankings.  If Michael is to survive into the Top 2 he must, as we have said over the past several weeks, use this week’s theme “Songs of the Movies” to deliver a big, break out performance with funk and hip-hop flavors.
  2. Lee Dewyze is filling the role of fast rising underdog to a tee.  The question is if there is too much time left in American Idol Season 9 for Lee’s act to remain fresh and exciting.  He has not shown very much range and we do not expect anything new over the rest of the season.
  3. Crystal Bowersox seemed invincible two weeks ago.  The story of her quitting American Idol Season 9 cemented her image as a rebel.  She broke down in the middle of “People Get Ready” and seemed all the more vulnrable.  But the past two weeks she strolled through  country pop and Sinatra and now looks like a stylistically limited performer.
  4. Casey James is hanging on by a thread.  The past two weeks exposed his limitations as a singer and seems to be crumbling under the pressure of the competition.  He seems almost glassy eyed during the judges comments.  He has a chance this week to crank up his guitar and make it into the Top 3.

I don’t know who is going to win American Idol Season 9.  It could be any one of these four performers. Join us Tuesday night as we live blog the Movie song performances.


  1. Lee Dewyze continues to fly

American Idol Season 9- Top 6 Results

Who will make it to the American Idol Season 9 Top 5?  Join us tonight as we live blog the Top 6 results show.

Shania Twain mentored last night with insight, compassion and grace.  That did not transfer into a night of great performances.  After a strong start by Lee Dewyze and Christian music artist Michael Lynche, the show went south in a hurry.  Michael and Lee both reinterpreted Shania Twain‘s songs, making them current and stretching them out of the country pop genre, without trashing the original beauty of the songs.  Casey James made a valiant but bland attempt to deliver a country ballad.  Crystal Bowersox, Aaron Kelly and Siobhan Magnus all three fell into the hokey cotton candy that is country pop.

Michael Lynche is the last of the Christian music artists remaining on American Idol Season 9.  Unfortunately, I think he is in trouble tonight.  For some reason America haa not connected with his R&B balladeering.  I have said for several weeks that he needs a big time, mind-blowing, change of pace performance that only he is capable of, imagine Kanye West but on key with appealing tone.  Michael Lynche has not chosen to take that risk and I think he pays for it tonight.

We believe the bottom three tonight will be Michael Lynche, Lee Dewyze and Casey James.  We believe Aaron Kelly should go home tonight, but we think Michael Lynhce will leave American Idol Season 9 tonight.

Wow, Lie To Me is back.  I thought this little bug faded away last year.

Wow, only 33 million votes last night.  Has America lost interest?

We start the night with Rascal Flatts.  It is time for me to go refill my drink glass.  Talk to you in a bit.

Back to the results, but first we sell some Ford automobiles.  Then we go to the movies.  Wow, American Idol Season 9 has cornered the market on filling time.  Finally, the lights are down.  We are pairing the Idols up.  Siobhan Magnus is paired with Lee Dewyze, Aaron Kelly is paired with Crystal Bowersox and Michael Lynche is paired with Casey James.   If our predictions are true Michael Lynche and Casey James are the Bottom 2.  Well add Siobhan Magnus and you have the Bottom 3.

Just in, Harry Conick Jr will mentor the Idols next week in singing the songs of Sinatra.

Who is this band Sons of Sylvia?  They are someone Carrie Underwood likes, she introduced them tonight.  It is hard to describe them because you can’t actually hear anything but the vocals and the drums and occasionally the piano.  It is sort understated arena rock.  The poor mandolin players is just tearing up his little mandolin and we can’t hear it all.  That was better than Rascal Flatts.

Time for another performance.  Lady Antebelum is performing “Need You Now”.  Is this the country version of “Rhiannon?”  Stevie Nicks should sue them for sampling her song without giving her credit.

Rascal Flatts performing with Shakira?  Is this the final step in her fall from critical grace?  Shakira was a wildly successful world pop star with a rabid following in Europe and South America.  She then decided to remake herself in the style of Britany Spears and now with Rascal Flatts.  I am prepared to be disappointed.  She eprfrormed her hit “Gypsy” That was not bad.

Dream crushing time.  Michael Lynche is safe.  I was so wrong and I am so glad. Casey James or Siobhan Magnus, who is it.  Siobhan Magnus is done tonight. It is the end of the Siobhan Magnus run on American Idol Season 9Crystal Bowersox is the only remaining girl.

American Idol Season 9- Top 6 Rankings

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

  1. 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.
  2. Michael Lynche‘s “Hero” was, once again, technically perfect but not was not his best performance of the American Idol Season 9.
  3. 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.
  4. Casey James‘ version of “Don’t Stop” was bland and lazy.
  5. Siobhan Magnus continued to slide by taking a big risk with “When You Believe” and failing to deliver.
  6. 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.

American Idol Season 9 Top 7 Perform Inspirational Songs

This was not just another week in the lives and loves of the soap opera we call American Idol Season 9Katie 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.

American Idol Season 9-Big News and Top 7 Rankings

Big news breaking this week on American Idol Season 9 over the last few days.  Two weeks ago, front runner Crystal Bowersox walked out of American Idol Season 9. Missing he rfamily, tired of the attention and frustrated with the competitive mood of the show, she walked off the set after the airing of the “Soul/R&B Theme” performances.   American Idol host Ryan Seachrest found Bowersox in the parking lot and convinced her to stay.

We have said all along that Crystal Bowersox, as great as she is, doesn’t seem to fit American Idol.  For weeks, the judges have told her she seemed constrained.  That night does seem to be a turning point for Crystal Bowersox.  The last two weeks we have seen Crystal Bowersox introduce the didgeridoo to American Idol in her performance of “Come Together”.  Last week she delivered a smoking version of the rockabilly gospel classic “Saved.”  Does it really matter? If Crystal Bowersox struggles with the competitive grind of American Idol Season 9, how will she respond to the 19 Entertainment juggernaut that will attempt to polish off all of her interesting quirks to create a bland pop star.  Kelly Clarkson played the game for a few years then rebelled her career into oblivion.  I am not sure Crystal Bowersox has the patience of Kelly Clarkson.

American Idol Season 9 sent Andrew Garcia and Katie Stevens home last week to take us to the Top 7.  Both Andrew and Katie were favorites coming out of Hollywood.  Andrew Garcia never seemed comfortable on the live stage.  His hard street look was in conflict with his bland acoustic pop style and he was never able to recapture the magic he created during Hollywood week.  Katie Stevens is an old soul in a 16 year old body.  The judges constantly tried to make her young and current but her best performances of the season were her audition, “At Last”, and “Let It Be”.  In three years, we will hear about Katie Stevens recording jazz records and playing the Newport Jazz Festival.

So now American Idol Season 9 is down to the Top 7.  No one has asserted themselves as a clear favorite to win.   Crystal Bowersox and Christian music artist Michael Lynche are clearly the best singers and most developed performers, but that doesn’t mean they will win.  Here are our American Idol Season 9 Top 7:

  1. Crystal Bowersox is by far the most developed artist and one of the two best singers in American Idol Season 9. However, we have seen season after season when the judges start telling a constestant that “I just don’t have any more words to describe how great you are”, that performer finishes second or third.  Crystal Bowersox is the best performer of the Top 7 but I think she is a bit to quirky to win American Idol Season 9.
  2. Michael Lynche is the best singer on this show.  He has sung the most difficult songs (“A Woman’s Work”) and he has yet to hit a sour note.  My complaint with Michael Lynche is that he has yet to use his rap skills to create a big exciting moment.  He sorely needs a change of pace this week.  Until he was saved by the judges two weeks ago, I thought Michael Lynche had a great chance to win American Idol Season 9.
  3. Lee Dewyze seems to have turned a corner the past three weeks. His loose, rollicking performance of “Treat Her Like A Lady” has apparently proven to Lee that he can compete, perform and have fun at the same time.  I have started to see the singer the judges have been talking about throughout American Idol Season 9. If Lee Dewyze continues to improve each week I think his booming growl of a voice could lead him to win American Idol Season 9.
  4. Casey James is a bit of an enigma for me.  The judges love him but I don’t get it.  I don’t hate him as a performer I just don’t notice him.  As I list the performers each week, he is always the one I forget.  He is a middle of the road rocker who can do some country rock.  I expect to see him performing with Carrie Underwood on the CMA show in a few year.

    Fighting to Get To American Idol Season 9 Top 5

  5. Siobhan Magnus continues to slide from her early season accolades.  After wowing the judges with big, crazy, bombastic performances in the first few weeks Siobhan missed.  Her performance of Chaka Kahn‘s “Through The Fire” was possibly the worst single performance of any performer on American Idol Season 9.  The judges critiqued her fairly and she has been visibly shaken since.  As one of only two girls and a performer of unique style I expect her to make it to the American Idol Season 9 Top 5, but I don’t think she should.
  6. Tim Urban is the story of American Idol Season 9.  Joining the show at the last minute as a substitute for a disqualified candidate, Tim Urban‘s first four performances were pretty bad.  However, his smile and good looks kept him in the competition.  We thought we were headed for another Sanjaya story.  Funny thing is, Christian music artist Tim Urban got better.  His last four weeks have ranged from pretty good to last week’s declaration as the best performance of the night.  Even the judges have come to love Tim Urban. He has been in the bottom two just about every week so I don’t think Tim Urban will win American Idol Season 9 but he has done enough to create a recording career.
  7. Aaron Kelly confounds me every week.  He is bland while being bombastic.  He brings no depth to the songs he sings.  His voice has some potential but he hits as many sour notes as he does strong ones.  I keep waiting for him to leave every week and yet he is never in the Bottom 2.

Join us Tuesday night as the American Idol Season 9 performs Inspirational songs under the tutelage of Alicia Keys.  Then on Wednesday night the reuslts will be integrated into a night of great performances on “Idol Gives Back.”

American Idol Season 9 Top 9 (part 2) Results

Two will go home tonight on American Idol Season 9.  There are no more saves, no more second chances.  After tonight we will be down to 7.

Last night American Idol Season 9 sang the songs of Elvis PresleyAdam Lambert did an admirable job of mentoring the performers through this tricky set of songs.  I expected a parade of karaoke and bad lounge act interpretations of Elvis. Andy Garcia, Aaron Kelly and Siobhan Magnus managed to meet that expectation.  However, Crystal Bowersox (as always), Lee Dewyze and (believe it or not) Tim Urban delivered interesting, nuanced performances. See our live blog of American Idol Season 9 Elvis night.

Last week we experienced the Michael Lynche shocker.  According to dialidol, America responded to the almost Lynche tragedy by voting for Michael Lynche more than any other performer in the American Idol Season 9 Top 9.  Tim Urban has gained some well deserved momentum since the judges nearly had nervous breakdowns over his smiling.  I think his star is on the rise and Tim Urban could make it into the American Idol Season 9 Top 5 (remember Syesha Mercado?).  It is time for Aaron Kelly to go, but he won’t.

I think the bottom three will include Katie Stevens, Andrew Garcia and Siobhan Magnus.  Katie and Andrew will go home and Siobhan will be so crushed that she loses her way the rest of the season.

Let’s find out together as we live blog the results for the second installment of the American Idol Season 9 Top 9.

Ryan tells us America voted 34 million times last night, the largest number this season.  Adam Lambert and Brooke White perform. But first we start with a American Idol Season 9 group medley of Elvis classics. The medley gets the full Vegas lounge act review treatment.

To the results.  Casey James stands first and he is joined by Aaron Kelly and Andy Garcia.  Ryan walks them to the center of the stage. Andy Garcia looks like he thinks he is going home.  Andrew Garcia is going home.  Lee Dewyze is crushed, he loses his new best friend.  I hate to see Andrew Garcia go home but it is time.  What a classy guy, Andrew Garcia leaves with a statement of gratitude.  Well done.

For this most commercial of endeavours, I very much appreciate American Idol‘s consistent commitment to global charities.  Next week is Idol Gives Back.

Brooke White and Justin Gaston perform a duet of “Why Can’t My Dreams Come True”.  Brooke sounds great and this Justin guy sings really well.  This is the best guest performance of the past month.

It is time to set-up the second elimination.  Who will be in the bottom 2?  Crystal Bowersox is safe. SURPRISE!  Siobhan Magnus is safe.  Really, kind of a mild surprise. Lee Dewyze is safe. They leave Tim Urban, Michael Lynche and Katie Stevens in a sort of bottom 3.

Finally, Alicia Keys will mentor American Idol Season 9.  The best musician on the scene today will guide the Idols through their selections of inspirational songs.  I am excited.

It is time for Adam Lambert to reprise his place on the American Idol stage.  Some things never change.  I don’t think American Idol sprang for the lasers or the sparkling in-ear monitors last year, but that is about the only difference.

Will it be Tim, Michael or Katie?  It is time to find out.  Ryan sends Tim Urban back to safety. The season ends tonight for Katie Stevens. Ryan does reveal that Michael Lynche was not even in the bottom 3.

Join us next week for Idol Gives Back, inspirational songs and Alicia Keys.

American Idol Season 9 Top 9 II Live Performances

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 9Michael 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.

American Idol Season 9- Taking Stock

American Idol Season 9 has me befuddled.  I can usually understand the voting patterns by grouping contestants into demographic groups and looking for likability factors within the groups.  Not on American Idol Season 9.  The unique performers (Didi Benami, Lacey Brown and Lilly Scott were wiped out early), R&B artists were voted off as quickly as America could get to them (Michelle Delamor, Ashley Rodriguez, Jermaine Sellers, Toddrick Hall) and left untouched are a group of mid tempo pop rockers (Crystal Bowersox, Andy Garcia, Lee Dewyze, Casey James) and undefined teen dreams (Tim Urban, Katie Stevens, Aaron Kelly).  We are left with only two unique performers, R&B mountain man Michael Lynche and unclassifiable Siobhan Magnus.

Wednesday night was the final straw when Christian music artist Michael Lynche was voted off and then saved by the judges.  Why does the America Idol Season 9 audience dislike R&B music?  Given the very clear message from its audience, why does American Idol keep pushing R&B performances (Usher, Rihanna and on and on) down its America’s throat.  I just don’t get what the  American Idol Season 9 audience is voting for.

Quick Summary of American Idol Season 9

We started American Idol Season 9 with seven Christian music performers and they have not fared well with only Michael Lynche and Tim Urban remaining in the Top 9 and Didi Benami making it onto the American Idol Season 9 tour.  Lacey Brown just missed the tour when she was voted out in the Top 12.  Michelle Delamor, Ashley Rodriquez and Jermaine Sellers were dismissed early in the live shows.  This is the fewest number of Christian music artists making it to the live show since I started watching American Idol.  Of this group, none were worship leaders and only one, Michelle Delamor, had experience singing regularly in worship services.  I wonder if the lack of weekly performing responsibilities has to do with the lack of success by Christian music artists on American Idol Season 9.

Another theme of American Idol Season 9 must be the survival and rise of Christian music artist Tim Urban.  A last minute replacement for disqualified Chris Golightly, Tim flew in the week before the Top 24 hit the live stage.  He struggled mightily through the early weeks and it looked like he did not belong, except for the smile.  Tim Urban‘s electric smile could not be suppressed and it was a smile that has melted the heart of millions of teen girls across America.  The judges were as cruel and dismissive of Tim Urban as any performer I have ever seen on American Idol.  Yet he continued to smile. Many believed it was a ploy to use his looks to overcome his shaky performances, but we learned different.  It turns out that Tim Urban is a model of transcendent gratitude.  Despite all of the venom spewed his way by the judges and the press, Tim Urban‘s smile is an outpouring of a heart grateful for a chance to perform for more and more people each week.  Tim Urban is living Jesus’ call to “do not worry”.  The judges and the press, steeped in a culture of success, superiority and wealth, just do not get it.

Top Performances on American Idol Season 9

Finally, I agree with most people that American Idol Season 9 has been the worst I have seen. But there have been moments, those spine tingling show stopping moments that the American Idol audiences wait for each week.  There have been three, only three.

1)Michael Lynche “This Woman’s Work”

Up to this point Michael Lynche looked like a neo soul/rocker wannabe. His singing had been strong and his performances had been solid.  Then Michael Lynche had a chance to close the show and he closed the show with a capital C.  With a back story of separation from his wife during the birth of their first child and a clear passionate love for his family, Michael Lynche unleashed a mind blowing performance of this heart breaking love song.  From the perfect falsetto runs that bookended the performance to slamming power blasts in the middle, Michael Lynche demonstrated untouched range and power as well  crushing interpretive skills.  Kara cried, I shouted and proceeded to show the performance to everyone who came to our house over the next week.

2) Crystal Bowersox Long As I Can See The Light

Literally crawling out of her hospital bed to open the show Crystal Bowersox took a song that has been one of my favorites since I was a kid and showed me a whole new take on it. Leading up to the show we did not know if Crystal Bowersox would be able to perform. Rumors were that she suffered some ailment that nearly caused her to die. Then she reinterprets “Long As I Can See the Light” as a gospel plea. One of the most poignant moments ever on American Idol, Crystal Bowersox sang the song perfectly, without drama, allowing us to embrace the moment.

Katelyn Epperly “The Scientist”

I am still bitter that this multi-stylistic musician is not a front runner for the Season 9 crown of American Idol. Katelyn Epperly sat behind a piano for the first time on American Idol Season 9 and delivered a gut wrenching interpretation of this song I had never really listened to. Watch the video and notice the maturity of her performance. The way Katelyn Epperly used the camera, the way she turned from the audience at just the right moment. Every time I watch this I become more frustrated that Katelyn Epperly left American Idol Season 9 the next week.

Join us on Tuesday night as we live blog American Idol Season 9.  Adam Lambert mentors the Idols and the rumored theme is Elvis Presley songs.  Remember that on Wednesday night two will be voted off.  Watch, read and vote.