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 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 Champ-Katelyn Epperly

Yep, I am making our prediction now.  Katelyn Epperly will win American Idol Season 9.  We are two weeks into American Idol Season 9 live shows and I have seen enough to know that she will win.  One21music covers Christian music artists on American Idol Season 9.  We cannot find anything in Katelyn’s background that suggests she is a believer but we have seen enough to see that she has everything it takes to American Idol Season 9.  Here is why:

  1. Katelyn Epperly has delivered two great performances.  For some reason the judges have not recognized the artistry she has brought to “Oh, Darling” and “The Scientist”.  First of all, she has not hit a single sour note.  Her vocal dynamics and phrasing have been inspired. Wednesday night, Katelyn Epperly delivered a show stopping performance of ColdPlay’s “The Scientist”.  I don’t know if the song has some hidden meeting for her but her facial expressions and body language were heart breaking.  And they way she interacted with the camera, was inspired.  If you don’t believe me watch it again:

  2. Katelyn Epperly has made two great song choices.  She has already demonstrated her skills as a musician by playing both the guitar and piano so far this season.  She is the creative force behind two indie/experimental bands.  She is studying to be a sound engineer.  All this causes me to expect a series of inspired arrangements in the vein of Kris Allen and David Cook.  I have already started assembling my Katleyn Epperly American Idol Season 9 CD, I suggest you do the same.
  3. She has the look.  Tall, blonde, fresh faced with a great smile, young men all over America have fallen in love Katelyn Epperlywith Katelyn Epperly.  She is young and unaffected enough connect with the teenage girls and mothers that make up the largest American Idol voting block.  We have already seen enough variation in her look that the sarcastic hipsters may not write her off as “packaged”.  She looks for all the world to me like an indie rock/folk Carrie Underwood.

With all respect for Crystal Bowersox, Michael Lynche and Andrew Garcia, we are ready to project Katelyn Epperly as the winner of American Idol Season 9.

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.