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.

American Idol Season 9 Top 9 Performances

In a shocker, we lost Christian music artist Didi Benami last week.  There are at least three performers that should have gone home before Didi.  But, who am I to question?  I predicted, and still believe, that Katelyn Epperly should be winning American Idol Season 9.

There are only two Christian music artists remaining in the American Idol Season 9 Top 9Michael Lynche continues to deliver winning performances every week.  I think he has been the most consistent performer on American Idol Season 9Tim Urban is consistently harangued and demeaned by the judges every week.  The judges do not believe Tim Urban belongs in the competition and are frustrated that he continuously expresses joy and gratitude at his opportunity to participate in American Idol Season 9.  I love Tim Urban‘s transcendent gratitude.

American Idol Season 9 will feature songs from the Lennon/McCartney songbook this week.  The material will be great.  Will Crystal Bowersox and Michael Lynche continue their strings of superior performances?  Will Siobhan Magnus recover from last week’s fall from adulation and emotional train wreck?  Will Lee Dewyze build upon last week’s great performance?  Join us as we live blog the next two hours of American Idol Season 9 performances?

Ooh, Kara is wearing sparkly dress and Ellen is dressed like Charlie Chaplin, late in life.   Is Ryan the only one of the cast that can walk down the stairs.  Goodbye Didi Benami.  Aaron Kelly stands next to Ryan and he looks terrified.  We do Lennon/McCartney songbook.  I saw Paul McCartney discuss the writing process he and John Lennon followed.  They wrote most of these songs 3 hours as at time.  Amazingly, two guys, guitar, piano, three hours and out comes “Day Tipper”, “I Should’ve Known Better”?  Wow

No wonder Aaron Kelly was looking terrified.  He starts the night singing “The Long and Winding Road.”  He has managed to strip the soul from this heart breaking ballad.  His pacing is clunky, the song does not build.  He hits most of the notes but the performance is soooo boring.   Randy hates it.  “I don’t know, aaaah”.  He calls the arrangement sleepy.  Ellen hated it as well.  Kara is calling him to change his performance and do something with a little more tempo.  Simon calls is old fashioned and boring.  At least the judges agree with me.  Why do the judges act surprised when people boo them?  What did Simon mean by saying that Aaron Kelly should have done some research on the song?

With a 90 minute American Idol show for 9 singers we should have plenty of time for the singers to sing and the judges to judge.  Is that goos or bad?

Katie Stevens is next wearing a pink dress and looking 35.  Katie is pimping herself out as a prom date for votes.  What!  She is singing “Let It Be”.  Why are these young kids singing these deep, mature songs.  Come on kids have some fun.  Wow this is actually pretty good.  She brings a little Aretha arrangement to the song. This is Katie’s best performance since she auditioned.  Good job, Katie Stevens.  Randy?  He loved it, you can see it in his face.  “It reaffirms for me …. fumbler, fumble (what am I saying?), dude those were hot vocals.”  Ellen says it was amazing.  Kara says she made the song her own.  It is amazing that she is confident after the beating she has taken the past two weeks.  Simon says she got it right.  Simon says it was country.  The judges don’t get it and I don’t either.  There was no country there.   I am two for two in agreement with the judges.

Andy Garcia, according to his fellow American Idol Season 9 performers, has personality.  Are you listening Simon?  He is singing one of my all time favorite Beatles songs “Can’t Buy Me Love”.  Why do the performers stand behind the judges? How can they judge without seeing them perform?  This is a good version of the song.  It was one of Andy’s best performances but nothing amazing.  What Randy?  You agree that is was solid but not great.  Ellen thought it was a lot of fun.  Kara wants to love it but says it is nothing new from Andy.  Simon calls it a wedding song- corny and old fashioned.  I didn’t hate it like Simon did, but I didn’t  love it like Ellen did.

What do the fellow Idols think of Michael Lynche?  Katie Stevens thought he was the Incredible Hulk and he makes some weird high pitch squeal. Mike is performing “Elanor Rigby”.  He keeps the strings but delivers a quasi R&B vibe.  The semi rap,talk singing start sets up the big vocals at the end.  Maybe a little over dramatic but a wonderful vocal performance.  Randy thinks Mike is doing what ever he wants on the show and that he should put it on his album.  Ellen says he can do everything.  Ellen says it was incredible.  Kara calls it fire.  She loved the drama.  She says he made the song commercial and modern.  Simon did not love it as much as the others.  He thinks it was too theatrical.  Kara and Randy argued with Simon.

I just went back and watched Michael Lynche’s performance.  I agree with Kara.  That was Hot!

Crystal Bowersox sits on the stools with Ryan and she is letting her dreadlocks fly.  She is singing “Come Together” because of its fun groove.  She drops a didgeridoo onto the Beatles. Crystal brings the funk and her always great vocals.  She is just so original.  Crystal Bowersox is everything the judges wanted Adam Lambert to be last year.  Amazing vocal, amazing arrangement, amazing performance.  Randy kinda liked it.  Ellen worries about finding new ways to say how great she is.  It is one of Kara’s favorite Crystal Bowersox performances.  Simon says it just worked.  He says it was quirky and contemporary.  I agree with the judges.

Well my first question has been answered.  Michael Lynche and Crystal Bowersox continued their march of greatness tonight.

Poor Tim Urban.  He has to follow those two performances.  The fellow Idols are overwhelmed by the smile.  He is singing “All My Loving”.  A quiet understated opening and then he kicks it up.  The song loses some of its edge in Tim’s hands, but the performance is interesting and solid.  He sings perfectly.  Good job, Tim Urban.  Randy is condescending, “I am going to judge if it is a good Tim performance”.  Tim Urban does look like one of a Beatle tonight.  Ellen thought it was his second best performance.  Kara said it was solid and asks him to smile.  Simon respectfully thought he did very well and thinks the song sounded contemporary.  Simon compliments him on his maturity with the criticism.  Thank you judges for being fair.

Casey James is known as the playboy soap opera star with a huge laugh.  He is doing John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy”.  These songs are just so great.  Casey, his guitar and cello gives this song a distinctive vibe.  The performance a slight country feel to it, in a good way.  Casey doesn’t have the voice to completely deliver on the arrangement.  It was sensitive and moving.  Randy appreciates the individualism in the performance.  Ellen though is was soulful and beautiful.  Kara says he showed depth and vulnerability. Simon calls it the best performance of the night.  Simon felt his emotion.  The judges loved it better than I did, but I thought it was very good.

I just went back and watched Casey James‘ performance again.  I agree with everything the judges said, I just don’t like the way Casey sings.

Can Siobhan Magnus recapture her momentum?  Tonight she is going to sing “Across The Universe”.  Of course Siobhan would dig deep into the Beatles psychedelic era. It feels like I am watching Eydie Gorme singing on the Andy Williams Show.  This is certaintly the most understated Siobhan performance of American Idol Season 9.  Randy loves the tender side but thought it was a little sleepy. Ellen says she is special and thought it was beautiful.  Kara says the singing was perfect but a little too polite. Simon says she came back much stronger after last week.

Went back and watched the Siobhan performance again.  She did come back from last week.  I think it may have even gotten her attention and caused her to grow a bit.

Lee Dewyze is the resident worry wart, so much so that the other Idols laugh at him.  He is singing “Hey Jude”.  Oops.  Maybe last week was a fluke.  The singing was just okay.  The bagpipes were way too much.  The arrangement was a mess.  Sorry Lee, that was not good. Randy loved it?  What did he see?  Ellen thought he showed a lot of confidence.  Kara was mixed about the performance.  Simon thought the bagpipes were too much.

A very good night.  I thought Aaron Kelly was the only one who did rise to the occasion.  I though Lee Dewyze and Andy Garcia just missed in their performances.

Come watch Rihana with us tomorrow night as we live blog the results.

American Idol Season 9 Top 10 Results

Last night we were Ushered through two hours of Soul/R&B on American Idol Season 9.  The results were better than the week before but more mediocre than I expected.  We are now in the push to win and nobody took the reins of the American Idol Season 9.  Three guys won the night.  The top girls delivered their weakest performances of the season and Tim Urban, Katie Stevens and Aaron Kelly made their pitches for the bottom 3.

Michael Lynche, Casey James and Lee Dewyze stole the night.  Michael Lynche went sensitive with a neo-soul ballad while Casey James and Lee Dewyze updated two old school soul raves and rocked the stage.  Top girl Crystal Bowersox struggled through a bland performance and Siobhan Magnus fell apart after the judges criticized her bad performance.  Didi Benami sang well but was destroyed by the judges and the judges fawned all over the Andy Garcia’s comeback to mediocrity.

We will see Usher sing a tune from his new release tonight.  I think Tim Urban, Katie Stevens and Andy Garcia are in the bottom 3 and I think this is the week that Tim Urban goes back to Texas to wait for the tour.  But hey, Kate Goslin survived last night on Dancing With The Stars and Tim Urban is better than Kate.  Let’s see what America thinks.

Is the Cracken going to be on American Idol tonight or they just teasing us with a Clash of The Titans trailer? I guess Simon really does really look like the Cracken.  Siobhan Magnus looks pretty miserable.  Rueben Studdard starts the show with some smooth R&B.  Remember this guy?  He was on American Idol Season 2.  Yeah he won and went into the American Idol winner protection program.  Rueben Studdard is good form, but this song sounds like a medley.  Why isn’t this guy more popular?  Michael Lynche is loving this guy.

So let’s start to slowly build the American Idol Season 9 Top 10 bottom 3.   But first a Ford commercial and nothing to say about that.  Michael Lynche has attached a pink ponytail to his bald head.  Mama Garcia just told Andrew to be himself, even thought judges are calling him boring. Lee Dewyze, who had his best night of the year last night, and even though he is talking way too much he is safe.  Casey James also had a terrific night last night and he is safe as well.  Aaron Kelly underperformed “Ain’t No Sunshine” last night but he is safe.  It is down to Siobhan Magnus and Katie Stevens and Katie Stevens is in the bottom 3.  Why is Siobhan Magnus is crying and why are they so focused on her?  She is safe.

Next week the American Idol Season 9 Top 9 will perform from the Lennon/McCartney songbook.  But now we see Usher using an auto-tuner and I hate that device. The auto tuner and the offensive lyrics cause me to change the channel.  No Usher for me.

I am back for the commercial break.  Will Didi Benami or Andy Garcia join Katie Stevens and perennial Bottom 3 resident Tim Urban in tonight’s bottom 3?  Didi Benami, the judges’ favorite punching bag, is up first and she is in the Bottom 3.  The judges might use their save on her.  Michael Lynche is on the hot spot now and Ellen is talking about his subtlety and sensitivity.  After Mike lifts Ryan over his head, Ryan may rethink his misdirection shenanigans.  Crystal Bowersox is safe.  Tim Urban and Andy Garcia are the last two left to join to Bottom 3.  Nobody can understand why Tim Urban smiles all of the time.  He explains it is because he is so grateful for being on the stage.  Of course, Tim Urban is in the bottom 3 again.  Katie Stevens is sent to safety so we will lose another Christian performer tonight.

That Nationwide Insurance dude with the blue phone makes me laugh.

Diddy Dirty Money, who is that?  I thought dude was too busy selling jeans to record songs.  I didn’t like that very much.

Money time.  After America has voted Didi Benami has been voted off.  Oh no!  She needs to sing for her American Idol Season 9 life.  She sings “Rhianon”.  This is a captivating performance but I don’t know if it is enough to keep her on American Idol Season 9.  The judges do not save her.  I am disappointed we have lost Didi Benami.

Join us next week as American Idol Season 9, the season of the girls, continues with six guys and three girls.

American Idol Season 9 Top 10 Performances

Now that the American Idol Season 9 tour is set, the next goal for American Idol hopefuls is victory.  It will interesting to see if some of the front runners (see our American Idol Season 9 Power Rankings) will take some chances tonight.  Siobhan Magnus and Crystal Bowersox said last week that they were going to try something new.  Will Michael Lynche bust out some Dirty South rap R&B on R&B/Soul night?

We are covering Christian music artists performing on American Idol Season 9Michael Lynche, Didi Benami and Tim Urban are in the top 10 and we will see them on tour this summer.  Michael Lynche is a contender to win it all, so he needs to start taking the type of risks that will launch him to victory.  Didi Benami is a viable darkhorse who needs a few breakthrough performances to make it into the final mix. Tim Urban needs a solid performance every week to stay in the competition after two weeks in the bottom 3.

Usher will mentor all 10 American Idol Season 9 top 10 through R&B/Soul hits of the last 60 years.  Last week’s performances were a disaster.  Let’s hope this week will the Idol’s fare better.

We get a little raw backstage footage that show how imaginary all of this glitz really is and then to the intros.  Why is Simon always pawing Kara?  Tonight is when we start the final push.  I wonder who will take the big risk and pull it off tonight?

Usher, the #1 R&B of the decade, has sold 45 million records and has 5 Grammys.  Wow, I love soul music and I don’t even listen to Usher. That girl by Usher sure does look like Charlize Theron.

We start with Siobhan Magnus and she is a fan of Usher.  She is performing “Through The Fire” by Chaka Kahn.  The start is a little clumsy.  This is one of my least favorite Chaka Kahn songs.  She has completely lost the pitch and started to screech.  Well, Siobhan clings to the big note as she has for the past four weeks.  This was really bad singing.  Almost as bad as Paige last week.  Randy refuses to criticize her.  Ellen says she was lost.  Kara says she was nervous.  Now Kara is making excuses for her.  Simon says it sounded like she was singing while she was of breath.  He says she was all over the place.  Siobhan is offended at Simon’s critcism.  Siobhan says it was the hardest song she has performed so far.  I guess we have seen the limits of Siobhan’s talent.  Siobhan looks like she is about to cry and the judges spend the next few minutes propping her up.  Why are some performers summarily destroyed but others are coddled?

Time for some Casey James.  He is singing Sam and Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Comin”.  Usher calls Casey a rock star.  This ong has never been performed on American Idol.  Casey is giving a big bluesy guitar opening.  This song is perfect Casey James singing style and his voice.  I wish he would have moved away from the guitar and given us a little more movement.   Casey is showing off his rock star persona.  This was a good night for Casey James. Randy says perfect song choice and hot performance.  Ellen says it was too safe.  Kara is imploring him to show off more of his range. Simon says it was Casey’s strongest performance of the season.  He loved the arrangement.  I agree with Simon.

I like the post performance backstage interviews.

Michael Lynche is singing  neo-soul “I Am Ready for Love” by India.Arie. Usher is coaching Michael on projecting his performance.  I wish Michael had done something more spectacular.   He is sitting on a stool behind the judges.  That may be a mistake.  As he has every week, he is singing the song perfectly.  This is a beautiful vocal performance but it does not deliver much firepower.  Randy loved it big time.   Ellen says that was beautiful.  Kara is about to cry again.  She says he mastered the intention of the song.  Simon says he can now take Michael seriously as an artist, that he demonstrated what it is to be “original”.  Simon says he believed the performance.  Great job Michael Lynche.

Didi Benami is singing The Temptations’ “What Becomes of The Brokenhearted” and breaks down during her mentoring session.  Can she keep it together during her performance?  I love her off kilter jazz phrasing. She is selling this song and singing her heart out.  It was okay I guess. Randy hated it. Ellen is booing herself and that is bad. She says it was too dramatic.  Kara says it was overdone, says she has lost her way. Simon says it was like swimming in jelly, too over the top.  At least Didi does not throw a fit.  Ryan is digging into Didi’s private life and she refuses to take the bait.  An uncomfortable moment.

The Christian performer triumvirate ends with Tim Urban singing Anita Baker’s “Sweet Love” .  Tim is discussing Tim’s nickname of “Teflon Tim”.   Usher did a really great job mentoring Tim to make a connection.  Let’s see if it worked.  The singing starts a little shakey. He gets stronger through the performance but I just don’t think he has the vocals to keep up with American Idol Season 9.  Randy says it had no vibe or swagger. Ellen did not like it but I don’t know what she was saying.  Kara says she took the soul out of the song.  Tim is laughing during the criticism and Simon thinks Tim is laughing at the judges.  Simon hated the song performance.

Andy Garcia will try to break his bad streak with Chris Brown’s “Forever”.  Usher stopped Andy and made him stop thinking about it so much.  Usher is a good mentor.  This song is perfect for Andy Garcia.  Randy has called out several of the performers about “flat” performances and this is a little flat for me.  This was just okay for me.  Randy loved it, saying “Andrew is back!”  Ellen says it was a break through. Kara is happy with Andrew’s leap in the right direction.  Simon says it was miles better than the past few weeks.  He rightly coaches Andrew to show a little more personality.   Mama Garcia is giving Simon a piece of her mind for calling her son boring.

Let’s see if Katie Stevens can get back the mojo she had at the auditions.  I think she has a crush on Usher but she is one cool young lady.  She is singing Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools”, that is brave.  Katie has a great low end for this song but she can’t reach the heights of the original.  Overall this is a good, not great singing performance with clumsy stage presence. Randy says it was one of the best vocals of the night and then went on to criticize the performance. Kara says this is where she belongs but they want her younger and more commercial. Simon is mocking the judges for comparing her to Christina Aguilera.  Simon and Kara are arguing about what type of music she should sing.  Poor girl.

Michael Lynche has been the first to greet all of the contestants when they come back stage, before and after he performed.

Lee Dewyze is explaining how to create a moment on American Idol.  Lee has picked a golden obscurity “Treat Her Like A Lady” by the Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose. Another great song choice, this is perfect for his style.  Lee is throwing it down with a rip roaring, stomping performances.  Interesting pacing and dynamics packaging.  The band is big but Lee’s vocals are bigger.  That was awesome! Randy says unbelievable, the bomb and Ellen adds “there you go”.  Kara says amazing.  Simon says that tonight is the night that Lee Dewyze‘s life changes forever.

Crystal Bowersox has some big shoes to fill after Lee Dewyze’s performance so she slips in some 7 inch stilettos to take on the challenge.  Crystal will sing Gladys Knight‘s “Midnight Train to Georgia” behind the piano.  So Crystal Bowersox is a soul singer too. I did not like the arrangement but the singing was ferocious.  Randy says it was another great performance.  Ellen says it was wonderful idea and Kara loved it.  Simon says the vocals were great at times but she was a bit mechanical.

Aaron Kelly closes the show singing the great Bill Wither‘s “Ain’t No Sunshine”.  Usher’s great coaching is to make the “I know” string personal.  This is a different side of Aaron tonight.  He does not seem so mechanical. When it is time for the song to lift and soar his performance lays a little flat.  That was just okay.  Just alright for Randy and Ellen was balnd about it.  Kara just liked it.  Simon called it a cupcake compared to some of the main course performances tonight.

Michael Lynche, Lee Dewyze and Casey James ruled the show tonight.  Join us tomorrow night to hear what America thinks.

American Idol Season 9 Top 10 Power Rankings

For all of the talk about the judges, Paula leaving, who is replacing Paula, Ellen Degeneres, Simon is leaving, oh no, this show rises and falls on the contestants.  So far American Idol Season 9 is sinking under the weight of a disappointing group of contestants.  Are we tired of American Idol?  Were American Idol Seasons 6, 7 and 8 just so good that American Idol Season 9 pales in comparison? Did the judges, with Simon’s focus on his next thing, Paula’s departure, the distraction of finding Paula’s replacement and all of the guest judges cause the judge group to just miss on the selections?  I don’t know.

We are down to the Top 10 and this is the group we will buy tickets to see on the American Idol Season 9 Tour.  Some contestants could rise up from here and raise the bar, maybe, hopefully.

We are covering Christian music artists on American Idol Season 9 and three will tour.  Michael Lynche, Didi Benami and Tim Urban have made it to the Top 10.  Michael Lynche is emerging as one of the favorites, Didi Benami shows signs of being a solid artist but is still finding her balance and Tim Urban is hanging on after surviving the Bottom 3 each of the last two weeks.

American Idol Season 9 Top 10 Power Rankings

  1. Crystal Bowersox has risen above the American Idol Season 9 crowd and proven herself to be the most complete and developed artist of the group.  She is a terrific singer who is completely confident in herself as an artist.  She has consistently chosen the perfect song for herself.  Her gospel rendition of “Long As I Can See The Light” was one of the two highlights of the season.  Does it seem that she is uncomfortably out of place on American Idol?
  2. Michael Lynche has demonstrated a wide range of soul styles from neo-soul to contemporary R&B to straight-up gut wrenching soul.  The judges have overlooked Michael somewhat because he seems to be playing the game of selecting “American Idol” songs and giving them interesting, if safe, arrangements.  His performance of “A Woman’s Work” was not only the season highlight for me but the highlight of the past three seasons. I know that his music is as challenging and dangerous and unique as anything Crystal Bowersox or Siobhan Magnus has thrown at the judges.  Let’s see if, now that Michael Lynche is in the Top 10 and probably has a few weeks to take a risk, he is willing to shake things up with some of his “Dirty South R&B”.
  3. Siobhan Magnus is this year’s bombastic judges favorite.  Every week she seems to try to be as loud and as outrageous on stage as she can be and the judges fawn over her like teenage girls in the presence of Joe Jonas. I really don’t get it.  In any of the other seasons I would rank in her in the bottom half, but if you guys have seen the show you understand.
  4. Didi Benami has moved away from “American Idol steroetype” of the “sensitive singer/songwriter who cries a lot” over the past few weeks.  She has performed “Paint It Black” and “You’re No Good” like she was thinking about someone who did her wrong.  It has worked for me but not the judges.  Didi Benami needs a really great moment when she uses her sensitive interpretive skills to quietly rip a song open and bring the judges to their knees.  I think she has it in her.
  5. Casey James has had several weeks of delivering workable, if forgettable, rocking performances of rock n’ roll and country songs.  I can’t remember any of the performances.
  6. Lee Dewyze
  7. Katie Stevens does not belong on American Idol Season 9. Not because she is not a great singer.  I think she is great.  Like Crystal Bowersox, American Idol pop music is not her deal.  The judges keep telling her to be more contemporary.  That is not who she is. Katie Stevens is an old soul.  We will see her singing interesting jazz and blues in New York and Paris cabarets for years to come.  I can’t wait.
  8. Tim Urban is the one the judges love to hate.  He managed to turn a substitute slot in the  Top 24 into a Top 10 place on the American Idol Season 9 tour, but the judges hate him.  I liked his reggae take on “Under My Thumb”.  Tim Urban does need to demonstrate more vocal skills and a more comfortable presence on stage.
  9. Andy Garcia is one of my two biggest disappointments of the year.  I thought he was going to be the one to bring smart, edgy interpretations to out of genre songs and wow us very week.  So far, he has forced all of his song selections into a bland mid tempo soft rock style.
  10. Aaron Kelly does not do it for me.  His has delivered one overwought, bombastic vocal performance after another.  The judges love him and I am sure we will see him on the Country Music Awards for decades.  That is why I don’t watch the CMA’s.

After two American Idol Seasons dominated by guys we thought girls might rule American Idol Season 9.  We have six guys in the American Idols Season 9 Tour.

Join us Tuesday night as we live blog the 10 American Idol finalists performing Soul/R&B songs under the mentoring of Usher.

American Idol Season 9- Who Is Going On The Tour?

We are down to it.  Whoever stays in American Idol Season 9 goes on the summer long tour. Last night was not a stellar night for American Idol.  I think, for the most part, each contestant had their weakest performance of the season.

We have three Christian music artists remaining.  I thought Michael Lynche’s performance was much better than anyone else on this planet, or so it seems.  It was certainly good enough to keep him on the tour.  Didi Benami was destroyed by the judges but I am pretty sure she stays out of the Bottom 3.  Tim Urban was essentially dismissed by the judges for his performance of “A Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and he may be in trouble.

My prediction for the bottom three are: Paige Miles, Tim Urban and Andy Garcia.  I think Paige Miles goes home.

Enough with the speculation let’s watch together.

America has voted.  The judges have a save but there will need to be a big surprise for them to use it tonight.

So the group number is one of the worst pop songs in history, “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”.  Not very many dancers in this group are there? Okay, this is boring, can we go to a commercial?

It is time to discover the first in the bottom 3.   But first we have the Ford commercial, which seems to involve some sort of vandalism.  Siobhan Magnus‘s boss will not shave until she wins.  What happens if she doesn’t win?  Will we see him in beard contests next year?  First up to be tortured, Siobhan and she is, of course, safe.   Lee Dewyze and Casey James are tortured in tandem. Now Tim Urban and Paige Miles are added to the mix.  Four Idols wait to hear their fate.  Paige looks like she is sick to her stomach.  Paige Miles is in the bottom three and so is Tim Urban.

Usher will mentor the American Idol Top 10 through an R&B/Soul Theme next week.

Christian music artist Myley Cyrus is at her piano singing some ballad.  All I am going to say is that I am glad she is mentoring and not competing.  A rain storm disrupted our Myley Cyrus commentary.  My satellite is living up to the cable commercials. We may be back in a moment.

We are back and American Idol is back as well.  Just in time.  Who will join Tim Urban and Paige Miles in the bottom 3?  Looks like it won’t be Aaron Kelly or Didi Benami, Michael Lynche or Crystal Bowersox.   Crystal Bowersox is good but she just seems so out of place on this show.  The last spot in the bottom 3 is filled by Katie Stevens, shocker.  Of the three, Katie Stevens is already sent back to the couch.

Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato delay the results by singing “Make A Wave”. Did you notice how Demi Lovato made a little wave with her body when she sang ‘make a wave”?  That was a short song.

Now let’s see who comes one spot short.  But we have to make a wave through some commercials before we find out.  Tim or Paige, Tim or Paige?  Going home tonight is Paige Miles.  She just could not survive last night’s bad performance.  American Idol Season 9 was supposed to be the season of the girls.  We are now six guys to four girls.  What is up with that?

See you next week when we live blog American Idol Season 9‘s RB/Soul week.

American Idol Season 9- Top 11

This week is the week America selects the American Idol Season 9 touring troupe.There has been mass confusion this week about the theme and the guest mentor.  First the theme was “Teen Idol Hits” and now it has been changed to “Billboard Number 1 Hits”.  At first rumors were that the surprise guest mentor was Christina Aquilera but it looks like Christian music artist Miley Cyrus will mentor the American Idol Season 9 Top 11.

At One21music we cover Christians performing on American Idol Season 9 and the numbers are dwindling quickly.  Last week we lost Christian music artist Lacey Brown and Christian music artist Tim Urban was in the bottom 3.  Didi Benami made a shrewd move last week and showed an aggressive side to her personality.  She looks to be a strong contender for a while. Michael Lynche continues to deliver strong, interesting performances and looks to me to be a potential contender to win it all.  There doesn’t seem to be much of a buzz about Michael Lynche so he needs to continue to perform at a high level.  The lack of buzz may work in his favor though, as he has room to improve and capture momentum through the season.

Hang with us for the next two hours as we live blog American Idol Season 9 Top 11 performances.

Why are the judges wasting so much time.  Can we get on with the show?  Correction the theme is “Billboard Hot 100 Number Ones”.  The mentor is younger than all of the contestants?  I like Miley Cyrus and she does have years of experience, I just wonder.  So Myley Cyrus as the mentor wound up mentoring herself.

Lee Dewyze is singing The Letter by the The Boxtops.  Myley coaches him to push himself as a vocalist and a performer.  Why is rocker Lee Dewyze doing a Vegas lounge version of this rock classic?  This song was originally sung by 16 year old phenom Alex Chilton who went on to create Big StarAlex Chilton died this week.  Lee Dewyze sang exceptionally well, but I did not like the arrangement.  The judges are loving Lee Dewyze, except of course Simon who thought the performance missed the point.

Paige Miles is wearing the tallest heels she has ever worn so let’s hope she doesn’t fall.  She is singing Phil Collins‘ “Against All Odds”.  And as Myley warned her against, she is completely off pitch.  If Paige Miles was in the bottom 3 last week, this is not the performance she needs.  I am sorry Paige, this is as bad as I have seen on American Idol Season 9.  Randy tries to find words, and finds the words “honestly terrible”. Ellen refuses to critique the song.  Kara calls it the worst vocal of the season.  Simon is almost at a loss for words.

Tim Urban is doing a Queen number 1?  Could be dangerous.  He is singing “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”.  He sounds good in the rehearsal.  Crazy stage move by Tim Urban.  He sings okay, but does not stretch himself vocally.  This was pretty good, not great, but pretty good.  Randy is under judging Tim Urban, calling the singing boring. Ellen says it was corny.   I don’t understand what Kara is saying.  Simon says it was pointless and silly.

Aaron Kelly has a crush on Myley Cyrus.  Tonight he is singing Aerosmith‘s “I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing”.  This sounds a little pitchy at the beginning and he struggles throughout the song.  What is going on tonight?  He gives a big performance of this bombastic ballad from bad Aerosmith.  My wife says, if they liked that then I know they have a short list.  Looks like the judges have a short list. Randy loved it and Ellen thinks it was amazing.  Kara calls it the best song choice of the night.  Simon calls it brave and is generally complimentary.  I don’t think he was much better than Paige Miles and I didn’t like her.

Finally, Crystal Bowersox is doing Janis Joplin.  But first she added Myley Cyrus to her collection of autographs on her guitar.  She is singing Kris Kristofferson‘s “Me and Bobby McGee”.  It starts a little boring but she begins to rave and stomp through the back-end of the song and made it pretty great.  Randy calls her a star and dope.  Ellen has a criticism, asking her to connect more with the audience. Kara felt more of her personality.  Is Crystal a little confident with her big plans for next week?  Simon says she sang the song as big as Pink.

We are back with Big Mike Lynche. He is doing Percy Sledge‘s “When A Man Loves a Woman” and he hypnotized Myley Cyrus.  Michael Lynche is putting his own stamp on the Classic (with a capital “C”) song.  He throws out a big long note and some stomping vocals.  Michael Lynche’s version of “When A Man Loves A Woman’ is the best in 40 years.  Randy what was wrong with this?  Ellen says it was a safe choice.  Kara calls it technically good, but lazy.  WHAT ARE THESE JUDGES WATCHING?  Simon says it was too much and does not like the staging and arrangement.  I so disagree so much with the judges.

When I was listening to Crystal Bowersox sing I was thinking how good Janis Joplin was.  When I listened to Michael Lynche I was thinking that we had the third great version of this song, along with Percy Sledge and Bette Midler.  I don’t like these judges very much right now.

I just said if Andy Garcia was singing an Eddie Kendriks Motown song it would be good, but if he does Marvin Gaye he should go home.  Well he is doing Marvin Gaye‘s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”. He just does not have the voice to sing this song and talks large sections of the verses.   I didn’t like this very much.  I doubt he will go home but he should be punished.  Randy said it did not work and Ellen agreed.  Kara says he seems confused.  For once I agree with the judges.  Simon thinks maybe they had overrated Andy.

Katie Stevens is singing Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry”.  The old soul is singing a contemporary song. Maybe we should all realize that maybe Katie Stevens is not a contemporary songstress.  She needs to be singing old soul and jazz songs.  That seemed like an effort.  Randy likes that is presenting herself as a younger artist.  Ellen loved it, thinks it was her best performance.  Kara thinks this was the perfect niche for her. Simon thinks she should be doing country and does not believe that this style of music is what Katie wants to do.

Casey James sitting on the stools talking about pushing himself.  He is singing “Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and The News. Casey James rocks a few power chords before he starts singing.  His singing is good but the horn section is more animated than Casey.  Randy does not like the song choice but liked the performance.  Ellen says it was the best vocal of the night.  Kara says he is in a zone.  Simon completely disagrees with the other judges and says it was like listening to an 80′s cover band.

Christian music artist Didi Benami goes dark again with Linda Rondstat’s “You’re No Good”.  She  takes the country out of the song and makes it a sultry, jazz ditty.  This is a good, unique performance.  I think she is starting to get her groove.  Who is she angry at? Randy thought it was too pitchey. Ellen did not think it was the right song choice. Kara felt it was over dramatic and she is confused.  Simon eviscerates her.  Man I am not connecting with the judges.

Before Siobhan Magnus ever sings I can write the judges comments.  Randy says that was the bomb.  Ellen says Siobhan is so unique.  Kara will reference Adam Lambert.  Simon will say that she continues to separate herself from the other contestants.

Siobhan Magnus is singing Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”.  Siobhan is doing the best to recreate her mohawk.  Her voice is too smooth to do this funky song, but of course she screams at the end.  Randy did not drop the bomb and said the others should emulate her.  Ellen gives her an automatic greatness.  Kara loved her fearlesness.  Simon says her style of screaming at the end of the song is becoming rote.

So the judges and I watched two different shows.  I think Paige Miles has to go home, but Tim Urban is probably at risk as well.

American Idol Season 9 Top 12 Results

This is the big night for American Idol Season 9 contestants.  Whoever survives tonight’s votes will join the American Idol Season 9 tour and dramatically increase their probability of a career in entertainment. Overall, I enjoyed the show last night.  I thought most of the performances were good to very good.

However, I must be watching a different show than the American Idol Season 9 judges.  They generally hated what I liked and liked what I hated.  After following this show so long I should realize that American Idol judges love the bombastic (with a big capital B).  So why should I be surprised that they went apoplectic over Siobhan Magnus’s crazy version of “Paint It Black.”   I thought it was loud, over theatrical and lost all connection with song.

How did our Christian music artists fare?  Let me give you my opinion:

  • Michael Lynche’s “Miss You” was outstanding.  Every week he demonstrates more and more of his vocal prowess and last night he showed off his arranging skills with an R&B influenced version of the Stone’s biggest disco hit.
  • Didi Benami showed herself to be more than a fragile pop singer/songwriter as she took “Play With Fire” deep into her dark self.  This was a good move for her, even if it was a little scary.
  • I liked Tim Urban’s reggae take on “Under My Thumb”.  The judges did not get it, but I guess these music industry professionals do not understand the mournful, rebellious mood of most reggae music.  This is protest music of a suppressed people packaged in an island dance beat.  Anyway, this was a good choice for Tim to control a Rolling Stone’s song and he performed it well.
  • Lacey Brown sang “Ruby Tuesday” quite well.  I don’t think she did anything special with the song and I think her inability to arrange and interpret songs to her talents will be her downfall.

I believe that Katie Stevens (hopefully not Lacey Brown) or Andy Garcia (hopefully not Tim Urban) will go home tonight.  If my predictions hold true that will be somewhat of a surprise because both Katie and Andy came into the live performances as strong contenders to win.  They just have not raised their game.

Well, here we go.  Wonderful montage of past moments for our current contestants.  Ryan and Simon discuss their “less than civil” moments last night.  Simon offers Ryan his job. Simon reminds the audience that the judges have the power to save a contestant from going home.  The decision must be unanimous. Ryan welcomes David Cook, singing Jumping Jack Flash. David and his band rock out. David is working on an album and planning a trip to Africa with Idol Gives Back.

The first Ford commercial is up with all of our contestants.  Looks good.  Hair stylists and wardrobe consultants definitely in play here.  They got to work with the Ford designers to work on their own custom Fiesta graphics.  On to the results.  There are 3 stools highlighted at stage left and the three least voted for contestants will sit there.  Paige Miles is up first and unfortunately for her, is asked to sit on a stool.  Next up is Lee Dewyze.  Lee thinks he needs to let loose and relax if he gets to stay.  He is safe and sits down.  Siobhan Magnus is also safe.  Aaron Kelly stands next.  Randy still thinks Aaron had a Justin Timberlake moment.  Aaron is also safe.  Andrew Garcia and Tim Urban are up next.  Both guys look really nervous.  Andrew is safe and oh no, our guy Tim is asked to sit with Paige.

New rock and roll personality Orianthi will perform According to You.  This artist has played with the likes of  Steve Vai,  Carlos Santana and Carrie Underwood (at the Grammys).  She auditioned for  Michael Jackson to be a part of his planned tour. 

Ryan continues with the voting results.  Didi Benami talks with Ryan next.  She seems nervous but says she is having a good time.  She admits that she almost cried when she saw her Mom on the video prior to her song. Very emotional singer. But good news, she is safe. Crystal Bowersox stands next.  She was also emotional to see her Dad cry on the video, making it somewhat difficult  to perform.  Maybe they shouldn’t show those videos prior to performances.  Just a thought.  Crystal is also safe.  Katie Stevens is up.  Katie feels the judges comments can be somewhat confusing. Simon feels she should be doing more country.  She is safe.  Here comes Michael Lynche.  Big Mike.  He did go back to watch his song.  He says he is here for the people.  This is good, Michael will be back next week.  He waves to the crowd.  Lacey Brown and Casey James are asked to stand.  After the nationwide vote, Lacey is in the bottom three.  With all of the bottom 3 on stage now, Ryan states that one will have to sing for survival, and two will be safe.  Will the judges use the save tonight?  They can only do this one time.  Tim Urban is safe.  Wow, that’s great.  He looks surprised.

But first up is artist Kesha with her new single, Blah Blah Blah.  (That is the name of her song, I am not being callous) Interesting.

Paige and Lacey are up.  One of the girls will be safe and continue on while the other sings for the save.  Ryan announces that the person in danger is Lacey.   Oh no.  Paige is safe and sits down.  Lacey Brown is singing for the save as the judges discuss amongst themselves whether they will keep her until next week.  C’mon Lacey, you can do it girl.  She sounds nervous though.  The judges think so too and decide not to save her. 

Well Lacey Brown, I enjoyed your singing and performances and I feel that you were improving and becoming stronger each week. Continue singing.   We will miss you.  God bless.