American Idol Season 9- Top 6 Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


American Idol Season 9- Top 6 Live Performances

American Idol Season 9 heads into the final stretch tonight.  Idol Gives Back is over, next week we will be left with the Top 5  and, after this week, there are only five performance shows left.  We cover Christian music performers on American Idol.  We lost Tim Urban last week so only Michael Lynche remains to carry the flag on American Idol Season 9.

Our American Idol Season 9 Power Rankings has Michael Lynche at number 2 behind the runaway best performer of the season, Crystal Bowersox. However, we don’t believe Michael or Crystal will win American Idol Season 9.  Despite a season of near perfect singing, voters don’t seem to love Michael Lynche.  He is still on the show because the judges saved him after he was shockingly eliminated at number 9 and voting estimates have him consistently in the bottom 3 or 4.  Crystal Bowersox is the most developed and grounded performer of anyone on American Idol Season 9 and many of her performances have been better than those of the American Idol Season 9 celebrity performers.  However her bluesy rock style and hippie dippy look don’t translate to the American Idol demographic.  It will be interesting to see if her talent can overcome her look.

The bad news is that, after Michael Lynche and Crystal Bowersox, none of the American Idol Season 9 performers have captured our imagination.  The good news is that the season looks to be wide open, so the next five weeks will have everything to do with who wins American Idol Season 9.

One of our favorite celebrity judges, Shania Twain, mentors tonight and the Idols will be singing her songs.  Join us as we live blog this country pop fandango and see if anyone can make their move to claim American Idol Season 9.

Once again, tonight will be quick so we eschew the judges’ march across the stage. Thank you America, Idol Gives back raised $45 million.  Shania Twain is a country pioneer?  She created country pop?  Shania Twain has the biggest selling record of all time by a woman.  She is a much bigger artist than I realized.

We jump right into Lee Dewyze singing “You’re Still The One”.  Lee follows Shania’s advice to slow and quiet the intro.  The performance is developing nicely.  Lee Dewyze has found his groove.  This is a powerful, soulful interpretation of this song.  Why does Randy always go first?  Randy loves this song.  Randy only sort of likes the performance.  Ellen says it sounds like his version.  Kara says the sound of his voice makes this and every song sound relevant.  Simon calls it the perfect song selection but the performance had some rough spots.

Next up, Michael Lynche sings “It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing”. Michael starts the song sitting on the stairs in the dark.  He is turning this song into an R&B ballad and it is pretty beautiful. Was Shania Twain crying when he was singing? Yes she was.  Randy loves that Michael has become the R&B balladeer.  Ellen says it felt like Luther Vandross and felt it was beautiful.  Kara loves how connected Michael is to his songs.  Simon thought the performance was a bit “wet”?  None of us know what Simon is talking about. Shania speaks up and tells Michael that he got her emotionally.

Casey James, the construction worker, is at the stools with Ryan where he promises a different kind of performance.  Tonight he is singing “Don’t”.  While the performance is back to the acoustic performance that the judges love, it seems pretty bland to me.  Of course Randy and Ellen love it.  They tell him these country ballads are where he belongs.  Kara says something about not hiding.  Simon says it was his best performance so far in the competition.

Crystal Bowersox sings “No One Needs To Know” as a message to her boyfriend.  Shania tells her to adopt a happier tone.  This song does not really fight Crystal’s strengths. The performance is not up to the standards she has set in the previous weeks.  It was bland.  Randy says it was not his favorite Crystal Bowersox performance.  Ellen agrees with Randy. Kara says it is impossible for Crystal to not be good.  Simon says it was limp and says he didn’t feel any connection with the performance.

Aaron Kelly continues the Shania Twain marathon with “You Got Away”.  Once again Aaron starts the song wobbly and off key.  He struggles with his quiet bottom end and he is flat all over the place.  After the rough start this is a good rendition of a country song.  Shania loved it, she is smiling from ear to ear.  Randy says, “really good job.” Ellen speaks of the maturity and depth of emotion in his performance and Kara agrees with him.  Simon loves it.  aaron starts to cry when he speaks of singing this song for his mother.  He changed the words to make the song appropriate for his mother.

Siobhan Magnus closes the show singing “Any Man of Mine”, Shania’s first number 1 country hit. Siobhan’s low end is too breathy for my taste.  She goes super country with this big romping rave.  Siobhan hits and misses the notes but she can blow those big notes and finishes big, real big. That felt like a sassy protest from Siobhan.  Randy loved it! Ellen says fantastic.  Kara says, ‘guess who’s back”.  Simon likes the song and says the scream was like she was giving birth.

Join us tomorrow night as we live blog the results.  It is going to be a difficult night and we will be unhappy with any one of these guys going home.

American Idol Season 9, Rating the Guest Judges

American Idol Season 9 auditions are almost over (only Denver left and I saw Christian music artist Alex Nestor in the promos), thank goodness.  As we wrap up the auditions phase I want to highlight another Christian who seems to be a contender and I want to have a little fun by ranking the celebrity judges.  But first we need a little help.

One21music covers American Idol from a Christian perspective and we attempt to highlight and follow Christian music artists through their American Idol journey.  We need your help.  We are feverously researching Season 9 contestants in an attempt to identify your

Here are a few artists we are researching:
Aaron Kelly
Alexander “Alex” Lambert
Andrew Garcia
Ashley (Makailah) Rodriguez
Casey James
Christopher “Chris” Golightly
Crystal Bowersox
David Duke
Haeley Vaughn
Janell Wheeler
Jermaine Sellers
John Park
Jose Munoz
Katelyn Epperly
Katie Stevens
Lacey Brown
Michael Lynche
Michelle Delamor
Paige Miles
Todrick Hall
Tyler Grady
Vered Didi Benami

If you know anyhting about these artist faith backgrounds, please comment or send me an email at chuck@one21music.com.

American Idol Season 9, Rating the Guest Judges

With the departure of Paula Abdul, American Idol scrambled to find a replacement and did not have a workable solution by the time the crew hit the road. They have since hired Ellen Degeneres to fill Paula Abdul’s role, but she was not ready for the road show. I don’t know why American Idol felt they had to replace Paula, three judges are more than enough and four is kind of too many.

On the American Idol Season 9 roadshow, the producers decided to use celebrity guest judges and the results were mixed. Here are my rankings:

  1. Neal Partick Harris- Is Neal Patrick Harris a viable replacement for Simon Cowel? He was a strong presence on the panel without drawing attention to himself.  He was truly excited about talent and brutally honest with untalented wannabes
  2. Shania Twain- Kind and instructive, Shania Twain was a pleasure to watch judge.  She took her responsibility seriously and she demonstrated a keen insight into talent.
  3. Katy Perry- She’s funny and strong-willed.  She had some instructive things to say, but not enough to make a positive contribution to the process.
  4. Kristin Chenowith- I was really disappointed in Kristin Chenowith.  She is a major Broadway star with huge singing talent.  Unfortunately, she was more of a giggling little girl than a constructive judge.  Kristin Chenowith is a Christian by the way.  Here is a quote from her IMDB profile: “I am a Christian and I don’t want there to be any confusion about what I believe or who I am.”
  5. Victoria Beckham- She was mostly non existent.  At least she was not rude.
  6. Mary J. Blige- I am sure many contestants were awe struck with one of the American Idol icons.  She was very encouraging to some of the contestants but she was so openly rude to many of the singers that I did not enjoy her on the show.
  7. Joe Jonas- Was he even on the show?  Joe Jonas said virtually nothing in his 20 minute segent from Dallas.  Joe Jonas is well known as a Christian music performer.
  8. Avril Lavine- This 90′s alternative sensation was rude and offered nothing of substance to the process.  How many of those horned hoodies does she own?

One blog spot pined for Kelly Clarkson to be a guest judge.  It would have been cool to fill those seats with successful former Idol contestants like Kelly Clarkson, Blake Lewis , Jennifer Hudson….

American Idol Season 9 and Christian Artist Jermaine Sellers

We have highlighted American Idol Season 9 contestants Alex Nestor and Ben Honeycutt. Today we we bring you Jermaine Sellers. He joined Walt Whitman & The Soul Children of Chicago at age seven, signed his first professional Jermaine Sellerscontract at age 14 and by age 17, Jermaine Sellers had a seven year recording deal. None of it panned out. At age 19 Jermaine Sellers was working with John P. KeeSellers recalls one pivotal conversation with Kee. “He asked me, ‘Do you know why you haven’t put out an R&B album yet?’ and I said no,” Kee’s reply was “Regardless of how much R&B you sing, you have an anointing on your voice and you’re not supposed to be singing that kind of music.” Since that pivotal ocnversation Jermaine Sellers has finsihed 3rd on BET’s Sunday Best and has appeared on Bobby Jones Gospel Hour.

Take a look at Jermaine Sellers. He may be a contender: