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.