As I’ve said all along, as soon as Tim Urban is gone, we’ll have some semblance of a competition on American Idol Season 9. After last night’s performances though, Michael Lynche may get booted before Tim does. Here’s my take on Inspiration Night:
It’s obvious to me after last night that the judges just don’t get Casey James. They’re always worried about his “connection” to the song like he’s supposed to go all deep and emotional every time he performs. They’re over-thinking it. On Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop” Casey sang great, he ripped up the guitar, and women swooned. Screams “Rock Star” to me.
I also don’t get why the judges fall all over themselves for Lee Dewyze. His performance of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” was decent, but it wasn’t epic like they made it sound. A lot of the song is “Lie La Lie” so he’s just singing a recurring refrain over and over again. Just like he did in “Hey Jude” which is all just “Nah Nah Nah Na Na Na Nah”. Where’s the deepness in that?
Teflon Tim may just slide by again. His performance of “Better Days” by Goo Goo Dolls was pitchy, but at least the song suited his ability as a singer. That’s contrary to the song that Michael chose which we’ll get into in a bit.
Simon had an off night last night. He missed the boat on Casey and made a bone-headed observation about Aaron Kelly’s performance. After Aaron did a bang up job on R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly”, Simon said, “If I heard that song on the radio, I’d turn it off.” That might be good advice in the early rounds of the competition, but at this point it’s not the point. In fact, Simon could’ve said that for virtually every one of the performances last night. Would you keep your radio on The Buzz if you heard Crystal’s version of “People Get Ready” completely out of context? You’d hit scan in a nanosecond. 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 it’s largely due to Siobhan Magnus’ inability to speak coherently. She was trying to explain why she chose to sing Mariah Carey’s “When You Believe” and only succeeded in convincing me that she doesn’t exactly have both oars in the water. Her performance wasn’t stellar, but she’ll be back next week.
Michael Lynche is in trouble tonight. He picked a song that didn’t suit his ability, and although he’s immeasurably more talented than Teflon Tim, he may get the boot tonight. Michael sang “Hero” by Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, and it just didn’t work.
Crystal Bowersox knocked another one out of the park with a sublime rendition of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready”. Now, that’s inspiration!
And speaking of inspiration, can’t wait to see Carrie Underwood, Black Eyed Peas, Sir Elton John, and Alicia Keys perform tonight on Idol Gives Back.
Your Bottom 3
It pains me to say it, but I think Teflon Tim survives. There will be no reprieve for Michael tonight.