This week is Elvis week. Should be interesting. I don't really get what Adam Lambert has to do with Elvis, and you all know my feelings about this guy but, I digress.
So let's get to it.
THIS. Is American Idol.
Crystal Bowersox ("Saved") - A true sign of a great artist and performer, in my humble opinion, is that you can watch them performer over and over and over again and never get tired of hearing them. They never bore you and they are always true to themselves. Ladies and gentlemen, Crystal Bowersox is just that. I never get tired of her and I am never bored after she finishes performing. I loved the electric guitar and the bluesy feel of the song. If I didn't know that was an Elvis song, I would've believed it to be her own. I still love her voice and I loved the performance.
Randy, she is the second coming of Bonnie Raitt.
Andrew Garcia ("Hound Dog") - I don't know what to think about this. It wasn't boring but it did leave me wanting more. I don't know how much you can do with this song though. I wasn't wanting to jump up out of my seat for this one. I still love his voice and I loved the bridge. I just think that it was more like a high school talent show performance than a star performance.
Tim Urban ("I Can't Help Falling In Love") - Ok, first. Did anyone else see Ryan dancing with the guy in the audience and was it as distracting for you as it was for me?
I actually thought that was a pretty great performance. He reminds me a little of Kris Allen. Maybe not as good and his voice is definitely not as pure, but he's got a sweet, humble boy thing about him. I loved his guitar work and it was just a really honest performance. He definitely connected with the audience tonight which is something that I think the judges have been wanting him to do. The only thing that disappointed me was that he didn't do the falsetto like they talked about in the package. I was kind of looking forward to hearing him do that.
I'm glad Simon noticed the dancing too. I think Tim just earned a place in the Top 8, folks.
Lee Dewyze ("A Little Less Conversation") - This is the PERFECT song for him. Let's hope he does it well.
I loved the acoustic beginning. Every musician knows that if you want to get the crowd into something, then let them take over the beat. The rest of the song was perfection as well for me and he actually reminded me a little of Bo Bice there for a second. Which isn't a bad thing, I guess.
Can there be a girl winner and a boy winner this year? Because I'd totally pick Crystal and Lee.
Aaron Kelly ("Blue Suede Shoes") - That's was pretty good. It was nice to see him do something besides a ballad and I think we saw a different side of him tonight. Even though he's got some really good stage presence, I think I could tell that he still felt a little out of his element. But a star owns a song whether it's "Mary Had A Little Lamb" or "Blue Suede Shoes." It's all about being confident in your talent. If you know you can sing, then you go out and sing no matter what the song is.
Siobhan Magnus ("Suspicious Minds") - First of all, she looks like she just walked right out of the movie, "Just One Of The Guys." It's weird. I liked the second part of the song better than the first. It fit her voice better but I just still don't know what to think about her. I just don't think it was current. And that's all I have to say about that.
Michael Lynche ("In The Ghetto") - I am captivated. This sounds nothing like the original and that is a good thing because I've never been a big fan of the sound of the original. This is so current that I can hear this on his album and on the radio right now. I loved it, in the words of Simon, "a million billion times" over.
Katie Stevens ("Baby What Do You Want Me To Do") - Ok, I was digging this until she pushed that "You" and cracked. And then she did it again. And then again. And she got uncomfortable. I liked it though. It wasn't her best performance but I don't think it was bad enough to send her home.
Casey James ("Lawdie Miss Claudie") - Really, what can I say about Casey James that I have not yet said here on this blog? I love him. I loved this performance. And I think, maybe, I'd like to propose to Casey James now. Especially if he'll sing to me like that every night.
My top three: Crystal, Lee and Michael
My bottom three: Siobhan, Andrew and Aaron
Should go home: Siobhan and Andrew
Probably going home: Andrew and Aaron