As Iâ€™ve said all along, as soon as Tim Urban is gone, weâ€™ll have some semblance of a competition on American Idol Season 9.Â After last nightâ€™s performances though, Michael Lynche may get booted before Tim does.Â Hereâ€™s my take on Inspiration Night:
Itâ€™s obvious to me after last night that the judges just donâ€™t get Casey James.Â Theyâ€™re always worried about his â€śconnectionâ€ť to the song like heâ€™s supposed to go all deep and emotional every time he performs.Â Theyâ€™re over-thinking it.Â On Fleetwood Macâ€™s â€śDonâ€™t Stopâ€ť Casey sang great, he ripped up the guitar, and women swooned.Â Screams â€śRock Starâ€ť to me.Â Â Â
I also donâ€™t get why the judges fall all over themselves for Lee Dewyze.Â His performance of Simon and Garfunkelâ€™s â€śThe Boxerâ€ť was decent, but it wasnâ€™t epic like they made it sound.Â A lot of the song is â€śLie La Lieâ€ť so heâ€™s just singing a recurring refrain over and over again.Â Just like he did in â€śHey Judeâ€ť which is all just â€śNah Nah Nah Na Na Na Nahâ€ť.Â Whereâ€™s the deepness in that?Â
Teflon Tim may justÂ slide by again.Â His performance of â€śBetter Daysâ€ť by Goo Goo Dolls was pitchy, but at least the song suited his ability as a singer.Â Thatâ€™s contrary to the song that Michael chose which weâ€™ll get into in a bit.
Simon had an off night last night.Â He missed the boat on Casey and made a bone-headed observation about Aaron Kellyâ€™s performance.Â After Aaron did a bang up job on R. Kellyâ€™s â€śI Believe I Can Flyâ€ť, Simon said, â€śIf I heard that song on the radio, Iâ€™d turn it off.â€ťÂ That might be good advice in the early rounds of the competition, but at this point itâ€™s not the point.Â In fact, Simon couldâ€™ve said that for virtually every one of the performances last night.Â Would you keep your radio on The Buzz if you heard Crystalâ€™s version of â€śPeople Get Readyâ€ť completely out of context?Â Youâ€™d hit scan in a nanosecond.Â How did Aaron stack up against the rest of the competition is the real question; and the answer is he did just fine, thank you.
The show was running short on time at the end, and itâ€™s largely due to Siobhan Magnusâ€™ inability to speak coherently.Â She was trying to explain why she chose to sing Mariah Careyâ€™s â€śWhen You Believeâ€ť and only succeeded in convincing me that she doesnâ€™t exactly have both oars in the water.Â Her performance wasnâ€™t stellar, but sheâ€™ll be back next week.
Michael Lynche is in trouble tonight.Â He picked a song that didnâ€™t suit his ability, and although heâ€™s immeasurably more talented than Teflon Tim, he may get the boot tonight.Â Michael sang â€śHeroâ€ť by Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, and it just didnâ€™t work.
Crystal Bowersox knocked another one out of the park with a sublime rendition of Curtis Mayfieldâ€™s â€śPeople Get Readyâ€ť.Â Now, thatâ€™s inspiration! Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
And speaking of inspiration, canâ€™t wait to see Carrie Underwood, Black Eyed Peas, Sir Elton John, and Alicia Keys perform tonight on Idol Gives Back.
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It pains me to say it, but I think Teflon Tim survives.Â There will be no reprieve for Michael tonight.