Fox is trying to milk every bit of viewership they can out of Idol.¬† That was not a two-hour show last night.¬† There was way too much of nothin‚Äô going on including blathering judges and a cameo on-stage appearance by a heckler‚ÄĒnow that‚Äôs entertainment!¬† And I‚Äôve come to the realization that Ryan Seacrest is basically a second-rate host.¬† If AI weren‚Äôt the juggernaut that it is, he would not be helping the show at all.¬† His bantering with Simon is petty and he‚Äôs got zero charisma.¬† Contrast what he does with Jeff Probst of ‚ÄúSurvivor‚ÄĚ or Tom Bergeron on ‚ÄúDancing With The Stars‚ÄĚ.¬† No comparison.¬† Now, back to our show.¬† Surely this is the week that Tim Urban gets the boot.¬† But, who knows.¬† And stop calling me Shirley.
I said yesterday on the air that Adam Lambert was going to be the mentor for this week, but I got my wires crossed.¬† He won‚Äôt be on until next week.¬† They actually didn‚Äôt even have a mentor this week.¬†
Last night was Lennon and McCartney night, and Katie Stevens and Casey James had breakout performances.¬† Here‚Äôs my take on each performance in¬†its order of appearance:
Aaron Kelly‚Äôs act is wearing thin.¬† I even predict that he‚Äôll be in the Bottom 3 tonight.¬† To put it short and sweet, ‚ÄúThe Long And Winding Road‚ÄĚ was straight-out boring.
Finally Katie Stevens displayed why she made it to the Top 24 in the first place.¬† She seemed much more confident in her ability and belted out a strong version of ‚ÄúLet It Be‚ÄĚ.¬† I certainly liked her version better that Kris Allen‚Äôs whiny version a few weeks ago.¬† She might not even be in the Bottom 3 this week which would be a big break for her.
Andrew Garcia‚Äôs corny version of ‚ÄúCan‚Äôt Buy Me Love‚ÄĚ bought him a ticket back to the Bottom 3 again this week.¬†
Whether he wins American Idol or not‚ÄĒand I don‚Äôt think he will--Michael Lynche is undoubtedly the most multi-faceted talent in this competition.¬† Big Mike can handle every thing form R&B, to Pop, to Broadway with aplomb.¬† Loved his Broadway-esque take on ‚ÄúEleanor Rigby‚ÄĚ.¬† The song lends itself to melodrama, so I think it was entirely appropriate, contrary to what Simon said about it.
Didn‚Äôt love her version of ‚ÄúCome Together‚ÄĚ by Crystal Bowersox, but at this point she‚Äôs got first or second locked up so it doesn‚Äôt really matter what she does.
Then there‚Äôs Tim Urban.¬† And again I say, ‚ÄúGimme a break.‚ÄĚ¬† I didn‚Äôt think it was possible to make a 60‚Äôs song sound even older, but I could see Potsie singing Tim‚Äôs version of ‚ÄúAll My Lovin‚Äô‚ÄĚ on Happy Days.¬† Talk about cheese!¬† It had more than a chili dog at Arnold‚Äôs!
Casey James is the man!¬† The man to beat in this competition, anyway.¬† ‚ÄúStudly‚ÄĚ delivered his breakout performance of the competition, channeling Bob Seger on John Lennon‚Äôs ‚ÄúJealous Guy‚ÄĚ.¬†
I love Siobhan Magnus.¬† She‚Äôs quirky and bold.¬† Who else would try to sing ‚ÄúAcross The Universe‚ÄĚ as a soaring diva ballad?¬† The phrasing alone on the song is almost impossible to pull off, and Siobhan did it¬†admirably.¬† Problem is, she‚Äôs just too weird to win.
Lee Dewyze rivals Casey in talent, but ultimately I don‚Äôt think he has the charisma to win.¬† ‚ÄúHey Jude‚ÄĚ was a bad song choice.¬† The song quickly devolves into ‚ÄúNaaah Naaah Naaah Na-na-na-naah‚ÄĚ and when the bagpipe player came down the stairs it was just too much.¬† I give this one a big raspberry.
Here‚Äôs how I rank ‚Äėem this week:
Next week the show cuts back to an hour-and-a-half which is still too long for 8 contestants.¬† Expect much filler.