American Idol 2010: The Top 4 perform, Let’s hear it for the duets

I knew this was going to be a tough night because the contestants really didn’t have much to choose from as far as the song choices but the solos really fell short with the exception of Crystal who sang her way back to the number 1 slot.

Lee Dewyze was up first and sang “Kiss From A Rose” and took so many steps back with this performance.  It was so out of tune and reminded me of how he sang at the top 24.  The song was way too big for him and he had problems even carrying the melody.  Randy didn’t think he did anything with the song; Ellen thought he could have done more but was still good; Kara said it was a difficult song to sing and Simon said it was verging on karaoke.  Whatever Simon it was karaoke and this coming from a big Lee fan.

Big Mike belted out “Will You Be There” and honestly his vocals were perfect.  I didn’t love his take on the song and wish he had chosen something else but his vibrato and control was amazing.  He oversang the song but he does that with all his songs.  Randy wanted to hear an r&b song; Ellen said it was a little predictable; Kara didn’t feel it and thought he played it safe and Simon said at least you gave it 100%.

Lee and Crystal sing “Falling Slowly” as their duet and it was amazing.  They both play the acoustic guitar and Lee even gets to add some rocker flare to it.  The vocals were spot on and not flat as they were saying in the chat room.  It definitely stole the show.  Randy said a great song and that’s how you do it; Ellen thought it was great; Kara said it was one of her favorite moments of the season and Simon said it was fantastic.

Casey James picks my song with “Mrs. Robinson” but didn’t look into Kara’s eyes as it was performed.  Unfortunately Casey sat in the middle of a bunch a clapping fans that took away from his performance.  I thought the vocals were good and loved seeing him play the mandolin but the whole thing was a little boring.  Randy makes a joke out of him singing this song for Kara; Ellen liked that he tried to change it up; Kara thought he was fighting to stay in the competition and Simon thought the song and performance lacked substance.

Crystal Bowersox wins the night with “I’m Alright”.  She changed the song and made it a little more bluesy and killed it.  By far the best solo of the evening.  Randy said she was definitely an artist but not his favorite performance; Ellen said that song just got crystallized; Kara thought she took the song and made it better and Simon said she was back in the game after that.

Casey and Mike ended the show with their duet “Have You Ever Loved A Woman” and it was wonderful.  The two of them with their guitars singing with feeling and in perfect harmony.  These guys are battling it out for their chance to be in the final 3 and based on this performance I think we have to give it to Casey.  Randy said the guitar playing was excellent; Ellen said “as a matter of fact I have loved a woman”.  Kara thought the duets were better than all the solos and Simon agreed with Kara and said the duets were a million times better.

Who is in the bottom two and which contestant will be sent home?

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  1. Sounds like a good night. Didn’t you call Casey singing Mrs Robinson last week Ashley? Nice one

  2. What a boring night musically! As far as I can see no one made the right song choice. I’m more convinced than ever that Casey is a robot, part of Stepford’s new male line. Mike was much more reserved and that was a plus. Kara toned down her wardrobe and her attitude, but still doesn’t know when to stop talking. Crystal was Crystal, nothing different there. Lee could have done something great with Iris. He chose to do nothing with Seal’s KFAR. BORING!

  3. Its between Cystal and the Fatty to go home tonight but anything can happen. Cystal is so boring and you know what to expect. She was just a pub singer by standard

  4. Crystal ruined Falling Slowly…the original song in the movie is so sweet..and she totally ruined it…

  5. @Lucy – You don’t need to worry about Lee. He is by far in the finale. I just don’t know who to put him with. Crystal is too perdictable and thinks she has it in the bag. Biggg Mike is just to ordinary for me, so the only one left is Casey, who I think was pretty good tonight and not bad to look at either.(haha) Actually I really thought he put alot of effort into his performances tonight. Sooo, let’s go LEE and CASEY !

  6. @ ashley Don’t think that was a mandolin Casey was playing. I think it was a small body guitar.

  7. Casey and Michael will be the bottom two. Casey deserves to go home but it could go either way.

  8. I still like Michael. At least he shows emotion. As for Crystal, she’s nothing different.

  9. Mike’s time is up. He should be kicked off for the second time this week. But, don’t forget, the judges want to keep him there til the end. Casey is such a good looking Texan. He also has a great voice. Lee was SUPER, but the judges chewed him out. Crystal can really sing like Janis Joplin.

  10. I THINK BIG MIKE AND LEE SHOULD BE IN THE BOTTOM TWO. LEE ALWAYS GETS MORE PRAISE FROM THE JUDGES THAN HE DESERVES. I THINK CASEY AND CRYSTAL WERE OUTSTANDING.

  11. For me Chrystal was predictable… sounded the same as the whole competition. Lee was out of tune in most part of the song but for me he was better than Chrystal just because he doesn’t sound the same all the time. Casey did a good effort, he sounded good but still predictable for me.
    In my opinion and I am not the biggest Mike fan he was the best of the night. As Ashley said his vibrato and control were amazing even the song choice was not the best but also they did not have many songs to choose from the list which was really boring.
    I am not sure this week as all around the performances lack of passion but lets see how America votes.
    For me should be based in tonight performance:
    1. Mike
    2. Casey
    3. Lee
    4. Chrystal

    The problem is as I have read all the time people want Mike voted off so maybe they will get their wish even he was the best of the night.
    Good luck everyone 🙂

  12. The duets tonight were so lovely. Lee was lucky to be paired with Crystal, though, because she is definitely the stronger musician of the two. However, in spite of the fact that tonight wasn’t Lee’s best night, I don’t think he’ll be the one going home – he seems to be popular. I’d like to see the final come down to the two C’s, Crystal and Casey. Last week, Casey wasn’t in tune (maybe we should give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he had some trouble hearing), but I thought he was great tonight (and being gorgeous doesn’t hurt). I’m glad Casey is still here, and I hope he’ll stay with us to the end – we need a “heart throb” in this competition. Honestly, they should all remember that it doesn’t take a crown to be a winner, though. Crystal is a very polished, seasoned performer already, and she’ll do well no matter what happens with the popularity vote. The guys all have their fans. However, if the voters are fair, the bottom two (according to my ear and taste) of the solo performances were Lee and Mike. That’s probably not how the votes will come out, though.

  13. Lee DeWyze – Kiss from a Rose, Again, he’s good, but he needs to loosen up, get emotional. Please show some feelings and humanity.

    Michael Lynche – I’ll Be There, I don’t know. He wasn’t singing. He was performing, he was on stage and all that. But it wasn’t singing. It was , hmm, it was presenting Big Mike.
    The Ellen-Simon bit was a kinda funny. (Free Willy)

    Casey James – Mrs. Robinson, I actually liked that song. But it was in the wrong setting. The groupies did nothing but make it look cheap and trashy. This is the first time I’ve enjoyed Casey the non-rocker.

    Crystal Bowersox – I’m Alright, yeah, she will probably win. she’s the best, I’m not impressed.

  14. What’s next broadway show tunes??? They should have to sing their own arrangements on the next show.

  15. Can’t wait to see/hear for myself. I’ve heard so many differing opinions. Ears at the ready.

  16. I don’t know I HATE them all. Not one of them impress me at all. It really pisses me off because now they will probably get record deals and end up rich.

  17. Artist? With the songs available an artist could have tricked out in “Careless Whisper” style the Top Gun hit “Take My Breath Away”. An ARTIST could hear that miles away.

    Contestants continue to sing and not create. All I am doing is remembering Idol’s past and waiting for a moment. When a contest will become an artist.

    I could visit any college bar scene and hear the same I hear every week on AI…
    Lee – Could be coached into a fantastic recording artist… Forget the concerts
    Casey – Potential with no direction… Or maybe just doesn’t care
    Michael – X the runs and just sing
    Crystal – Could never sell out a concert… Go to a pub tonight and you’ll see a thousand just like her…

  18. Crystal is the best this season!!! I hope she wins it all. Lee bugs the hell outta me!!! Big Mike is really good too but i think he might be in danger tonight. and Casey was pretty good but he will also be in danger. Lee and Crystal will most likey be in the finals!!

    GO MAMA SOX!!!!!

  19. I thought Casey was great again tonight. As we’ve said, by this stage of the competition, they all have excellent careers ahead of them… but if I was to choose who’s CD I’d buy and who’s concert I’d go to…… well, Casey gets it hands down! 🙂

  20. When Casey started singing “Mrs. Robinson” our whole group started cracking up! Yup, he nailed it ‘aight! He’s the one! Dude! Seriously?! At least it was funny. But this is supposed to be a serious competition. Crystal’ song had more going for it than all three of the other solo’s combined. She’s the only original left.

  21. I agree Ashley it was a tough night for the contestants since they didn’t have much song choices. Solo Performances was just ok and what I loved most is the duets between Crystal and Lee which stole the night.

    Lee Dewyze open the night with “Kiss From A Rose” and I agree with Randy that he didn’t change anything with the song. It is not what I expected after his performance last week. I felt that he was not comfortable with the song. I’m a big fan of Andrew Garcia but since he’s out of the competition I will support his buddy Lee because I know he is much better than any other contestants left in the competition.Go Lee!!!

    Big Mike sang “Will You Be There”. Perfect song choice, he’s comfortable on the stage however, every time I watch him sang I felt that he was way too dramatic.

    Lee and Crystal performed next with “Falling Slowly” as their duet and it was amazing. The melody was unbelievable and honestly I didn’t like the idea of pairing Lee with Crystal but I was wrong they did pretty well. Good Job!!!

    Casey James is next with“Mrs. Robinson” and during his performance I felt that he already lost his confidence and might to go home tomorrow. I hope your fans will saved you.

    Crystal Bowersox delivered another ok performance with “I’m Alright”. Tonight’s performance is far better than last week.

    Casey and Mike ended the show with their duet “Have You Ever Loved A Woman” and it was good.

  22. For a Top 4 week, the solo performances were – overall – weak and the 3 guys played it safe.

    Both the duets were excellent, which makes the solo choices and performances all the more puzzling and, frankly, disappointing.

    Lee is in the same vein as Chris Daughtry and David Cook but not as good either vocally or personality wise.

    Of the guys, Mike was vocally the best but, based on the harsh personal comments I have read here and elsewhere, I suspect he will be the one voted off.

    Casey is a superb guitar player but the weakest vocally and is where he is because of the female vote for his looks.

    Crystal set such a high standard for herself early in the contest that it is difficult to maintain but she hit the hot spot again tonight.

    IMHO – based on tonight – the bottom two should be Lee and Casey but it will likely be Casey & Mike with the goodbye going to Mike.

  23. I totally agree with you Phil.I think Casey James should go home.And Crystal should win.

    GO MAMA SOX!!!:))

  24. Although Lee was clearly awful, and the worst performer of the evening, he IS popular enough to be safe…. Mike was okay
    Casey was better, and Crystal rocked the house…
    MAMA SOX ROX, and should be the next American Idol

  25. @David, you right, it’s sad that Mike will be going home. People hate him, it’s not that they think his singing or performances suck, because it doesn’t, they hate him because his black.

  26. They don’t like Mike beause he’s arrogant & most of all, BORING! singing the same each week! Not because he’s black–sick & tired ppl using the same racist excuse! Haven’t you see other black winners in the AI before?? Like Fatasia & Ruben what ever!!

  27. I think the duets will turn conventional logic on its ear. The results with duets far different than without them.

    After Casey channeled tiny tim, with the “little boys guitar” I thought he was greased and on the runway.

    Now, after the 6 performances I’m guessing its going to be a mike/casey bottom 2, with Mike going home. That said, if its Casey I won’t be stunned.

    Its all moot. Because for 6 or 7 weeks I’ve been saying it was Snow Crystal and the 7 dwarfs.

    Crystal will be the idol. Please let this be Ellens 1 and done.

  28. Mike was very wonderful as always. His vocals rock and he rocks the stage everytime. He is sometimes not given enough credit for his great and mind-blowing performances. He is a great artist and deserves a place in the finals.

    Mike and Crystal were outstanding. Casey and Lee should by right be in the bottom 2. America, be fair and vote right. Based on the performances tonight, Casey should go home.

  29. Mike and Crystal were outstanding.
    Lee and Casey should be in the bottom 2 if america is being fair and just. Casey should be sent home.

  30. Lee is Teflon for some reason. As long as he doesn’t fall down or stop in the middle of the song, he’ll get a lot of votes.

    Mike’s version was unfocused. He’s made huge strides, but if he doesn’t pull it all together soon, he’s gone.

    Casey was lazy last night. He probably could have sung “Mrs. Robinson” and sounded just the same 5 years ago.

    Crystal’s problem is that she sang “As long as I can see the light” weeks ago and hasn’t come close to it since. The fact that no one else has, either, seems to be forgotten.

    Lee did better in his duet than I thought he would.

    Mike and Casey meshed well in their duet. Casey sounds better singing tenor than singing lead.

    Crystal is the best of this group. Lee should go home, but he won’t.

  31. Lee and Crystal will be the Top 2. This week Casey should go home…He’s so robotic.

  32. The duets were way better than the solos, sure .
    Crystal’s was the only performance that had some life in it !
    Mike….bad song choice, no one can sing that song like the great MJ…and as usual too dramatic…way past the time you should hv gone home !
    Casey…does he always have to sing, surrounded by girls? so cliche Mrs Robinson lol
    Lee … a very bad song choice, he should hv sung Iris
    Another let down week .

  33. MIKE is going home…..
    LEE was terrible, but popular enough to survive this week
    CRYSTAL is the next American Idol

  34. WELL HONESTLY THOSE ABOVE WHO HAVE SAID CRYSTAL IS ALWAYS THE SAME WELL SO WAS MICHAEL JACKSON, ELVIS PRESELY, JANIS JOPLIN, ADAM LAMBERT AND BY THE WAY ADAM IS THE NEW ELVIS OF COURSE SHE IS THE SAME ITS CRYSTAL WHAT IS THE POINT OF BEING A KARAOKE SINGER SHE HAS HER STYLE AND HER POINT OF VIEW AND IS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. SHE SHOULD WIN BUT THEN i AM AN AUSTRALIAN I CANT VOTE AND ADAM SHOULD HAVE WON LAST YEAR. tALENT CYRSTAL HAS IT WILL GET EVEN BETTER AND LEE JUST LOOKS OK WITH AN OK VOICE CASEY GO HOME BACK TO THE PUBS WITH YOUR BAND AND AS FOR MIKE WELL HE HAS GOT A BEAUTIFUL VOICE BUT SO DOES A LOT OF PEOPLE. HE SERIOUSLY NEEDS TO LOOSE WEIGHT, DROP THE ATTITUDE YOU KNOW STANDS THERE WITH HIS HEAD NODDING. wHAT IS HE GOING TO BEAT US UP IF WE DONT VOTE>>>> MY VOTE AS ALWAYS GOES TO CRYSTAL… SAD TO SEE SHIBVON LEAVE AS IT WAS WITH LILLY. lILLY WAS SO MUCH BETTER THAN AT LEAST 8 OF THE TOP 12. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU YANKS CANT YOU SEE TALENT.

  35. Larissa, don’t you think it is a bit extreme to say that you HATE someone for getting rich making people happy – even if how they do that doesn’t appeal to you? Besides that, I think all of these kids are pretty good. I am not sure any of them have a lot of range, but all have good tone in certain types of music – particularly Lee. Casey’s tremolo is irritating,though, when he sings slow songs. I think he adds too much in thinking that that affectation substitutes for emotion. He is a lead singer in a country or southern rock band (see Stevie Ray Vaughan). Crystal’s voice is more adaptable to different kinds of music than the guys, but still, her best bet is to continue to channel Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Ethridge, etc. Mike’s voice is not bad at all. It just has a very common tone. Moreover, I think he knows that his voice does not stand out on its own merits. That is why he oversings so much. He also knows that his strength is sugary, sweet ballads. Lee sounds a lot like Bryan Adams to me.

    I didn’t particularly care for any of the solos, but Crystal’s was the best of an average group of performances. The battle of the duets was easily won by Casey and Mike as I thought theirs was very good and did not get the other one at all. Casey and Lee are in my bottom two for last night. However, overall, I see Mike and Casey as the numbers 3 and 4. Mike goes, not because of his race, but, frankly, because his voice lacks “color.” That being said, I won’t be upset if another leaves. I am just glad that these 4 are the last 4 standing.

  36. For me,
    1. Lee – sexy voice & marketable.Need to loosen
    up and let go.
    2. Casey – good voice but too stiff and tense.
    2. Mike – lovable and a little Pavarotti
    4. Crystal – flowing shallow voice but not
    impressed.Not much volume and
    quality.

  37. However, Crystal might be in the Top 3 because she is the only gal left. So, it is either Mike or Casey. I think likely it is Mike as Casey looks more like a singer than Mike and looks good in the Top 3 tour back to hometown, although i love Mike (perhaps America might find him a bit show-off and his usual gestures with his lips and hands and his muscles more for the WWF road show, sorry just constructive comment- need to trim down if you want to be a singer or stage performer).

  38. Lee had a bad night great duet.lee overall the best and should win .mike needs to go home nothing ever changes in his signing

  39. In a perfect world based upon what was sung last night then Lee probably should be the one sent home. But this is not a perfect world and thousands of Idol fans are invested in their own favorites and the choices of many others are not based upon a single night’s performance.

    This gets harder as the number of contestants becomes fewer and fewer and when nobody gives a flat out terrible performance. Ultimately who should go home has nothing to do with who does go home. Just as who should be the last singer standing really has nothing to do with who is the best (there may be those who hate Adam Lambert based upon his lifestyle, but last year week in, week out he was clearly the best).

    No matter, all of these four will doubtlessly have music careers and make records. So winning is not everything and some Idol winners quickly fade away.

    Based upon reality, either Casey or Mike will be going home tonight. If it were solely based upon last night’s performance, then it should be Lee going home but he has been pimped a lot although to me he seems to lack some certain quality or ingredient that would make him a star. I think Crystal stands head and shoulders above the rest for being not only a singer, but an artist. I like Casey, even if he goes home, but in the end I think he will do well will his music from all of the Idol exposure he has received.

    Maybe Idol should be like Survivor and let those voted off from the final 12 vote for the eventual winner. I think Idol needs to somehow change their formula and breathe some new life into the show. I also think Simon is getting out before he sees it going down the tube (although being a judge is certainly very easy money).

  40. I think Aaron’s fans want to get Casey off! He’s not a bad singer, but based on last week’s performance he should have been the one eliminated, not Aaron. So, Aaron fans will go for Mike since he is the weaker of the bunch, leaving Casey where he rightfully belongs.

  41. In my opinion Casey should go home tonight. The duett with Mike showed that he isn’t an outstanding singer. He can play the guitar very well, but that’s about it. I also don’t get the whole he is so good looking part about him. Doesn’t care about it either, he should go home.
    I liked Crystal und Mike!!!

  42. i agree with mandy. Crystal has a flowing shallow voice but not
    impressive, not much volume and
    quality.

  43. bowersox does not impress me, really. pub singer, that’s what she all is and can be.

  44. After last night’s performances, there is only one thing for sure: all the contestants are very good, none of them is outstanding. So it comes down to a personality contest. One can’t help having preferences, and I prefer Casey. However, whoever wins deserves to win and whoever goes home doesn’t deserve to ho home. No way I will ever think this show is rigged.

  45. the entire season is a bore! I don’t see any of them becoming big stars… previous years were so much better

  46. I’D LIKE TO SEE AN AI WITH JUST DUETS BEING THE COMPETITION FOR THE AI DUET TITLE.. LAST NITE WAS A LITTLE BORING WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE DUETS I THINK LEE IS STARTING TO GET A LITTLE BIT BORING EVERY SONG IS STARTING TO SOUND THE SAME BUT I THINK IT WILL STILL BE HIM AND CRYSTAL IN THE FINAL

  47. Unfortunately, we have millions of young un-experienced voters who clearly know nothing regarding natural talent and music. It seems that voters are more concerned with the looks of a contestant rather than raw talent. Crystal is the only natural raw talent, Lee definitely has talent and will grow progressively, Casey has “some” talent but will be no American Idol and Mike? He never changes up, always sounds the same, and his facial expressions are a true turn off! He should go home tonight jusat as America voted once before. Crystal is the next American Idol, rightfully so.

  48. Both duets were great. I voted for Casey and Crystal. I think Mike will go home. I thought Crystal’s rendition was fantastic!

  49. When I heard that the theme for this week was show tunes, I was wondering what are the producers of American Idol trying to do to me … Bore me to death for the second week in a row. Well, it turns out that’s exactly what happened. To me, this was the most boring episode of American Idol in it’s history. It somehow even exceeded last weeks Frank Sinatra theme in term of shear boredom for me. The two duets, while being better than the individual songs, were not as great as the judges trying to have us believe either. Here is my viewpoint on each performance based on chronological order:

    I very much agree with Randy, in that Lee did absolutely nothing special with this song. It felt lukewarm and rather uninspiring to me. Nothing technically wrong with it, but it was performed in a very bland, emotionless way that had me comparing Lee to young, Aaron who left us last week. I expected more (much more) from Lee.

    If I closed my eyes and filtered everything out but the sound of Mikes performance … I would have thought I was listening to a horribly average gospel performance at the local Baptist church down the street. While Mike has seldom been a frontrunner for me this season, he is the only performer left who has never been at or near the bottom either. Oh well, welcome to the bottom of the heap Mike.

    When I heard Casey was going to be doing the Simon and Garfunkel song “Mrs. Robinson”, I thought this might be a very good song for him if did a heartfelt performance with a acoustic guitar, like he did with “Jealous Guy”. Well, he did in fact go acoustic, but there wasn’t a ounce of passion put into it that I could detect. I felt a VERY BRIEF spark toward the end of this performance, other than that it flat out put me to sleep.

    I’m not going to say this was Crystal’s best performance by any means. But, on a night of nothing but mundane and mediocrity from all the other performers … Crystal definitely stood out as best of the night, on a rather uninspiring night.

  50. I really wanted Mike and Casey to sing a duet of “Caught up in a bad Bro-mance)…lol

    I think Mike will go home tonight.

  51. Very dissatisfied with Lee’s performance this week. Casey was a joke!! I thought Crystal was in her leauge. She will do good no matter if she was the runnerup or sent home, (but not likely) she has good chance of winning. However, she is a down to earth Gal. Micheal, I like song choice and sang it well. But he needed something more challenging. I loved the duets. Very good. I wouldn’t mind hearing Lee and Chrystal make a duet album. I think this would be ausome.

  52. Lee had a bad choice but as usuall he seemed to pull it through. Can’t wait to see you come home the towns waiting to hear you sing.
    Crystal should be ok but she needs to stay home with her child and watch her grow up. Loose the boyfriend!
    Mike is all about himself and we do not need him to make it. He should loose his image and show the fans he cares for them.
    Casey is to shallow and could care less if hew loses or wins.

  53. 3 mediocre solo performances, one good (but not great) one (Crystal) last night.

    It’s surprising, and disappointing, that at this stage of the competition noone is really stepping it up. But I think that’s becuase of the low level of talent.

    TERRIBLE song choice for Lee -who is advising him about song choice? “Kiss From A Rose” is an EXTREMELY difficult song to sing, with an unorthodox melody that goes all over the place, and requires much range. Lee’s version just highlighted his weaknesses – he was off-key and straining to hiy notes (but missing) much of the time. I’m sorry, but just being raspy and straining to hit notes does not equal a great singer -it’s too one-dimensional and predictable. Based on his performance last night, Lee should be in trouble, but with all the positive remarks he seems to get no matter how he does, he’ll probably survive.

    I thiugh Mike was actually OK, but once again, too dramatic and predictable. Plus, by choosing a MJ song, he highlighted how inferior his voice is to MJ’s. His expressions and ridiculous gestures always bother me and probably cause him to lose points. Shopuld be in trouble.

    Casey took a great, upbeat, funny Simon & Garfunkel song and robbed it of all its life -his version was way too slow and dead. All of his “fans” sitting around him was cliche and didn’t help. I guess he wanted to show off that he can play mandolin, but he reminded me a little of Tiny Tim with his uke. He continues to be robotic and show how limited his vocal skills are. But he probably will survive another week due to his female fans who love his looks.

    At least Cystal was upbeat and added her own spin to a fun song, “I’m Alright”. And I think she is after Lee’s performance -I think she put herself back in ther lead.

    I liked the duets (probably because the solos were so poor), but wasn’t as crazy as the judges about Lee and Crystal’s version of “Falling Slowly” (a great song). Thought they tried to rock it up a bit too much, especially Crystal, who wanted to sing it like a Janis Joplin song. Compare their perforamce to the original by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglove and you’ll see how Lee and Crystal lost all the feeling and sensitivity of the song.

    Thought Casey and Mike were decent on the Bryan Adams tune -nice guitar work by Casey. Mike’s vocals surpassed Casey’s.

    I predict Mike will be on his way tonight.

  54. What a disappointing night. Mike churched it up too much and always seems needy for approval and attention. Casey phoned it in and seems like he doesn’t care about attention one way or the other. Crystal seemed to be making an effort but her voice doesn’t have the strength to make her a star or a very interesting performer. And Lee appears to be stumbling in the dark most of the time. Please people, take the Idol online survey so we can fix this show before it just disappears.

  55. Duets were fantastic. Crystal took the best solo spot. Lee’s performance left something to be desired and Michael, although he has a wonderful voice, didn’t give his best performance last night. The bottom two will be Lee and Michael. Casey’s popularity will carry him through to next week.

  56. disappointing night…sox was perhaps the best in solo, but she just reminded me too much of a street artist singing at boston T stations

  57. the solo performances were so-so at best although i did enjoy the duets. lee’s performance tonight wasn’t really off but i hope people will not judge him on this one performances…he had some really great performances in the past.

    have nothing against big mike but i think he will be in the bottom 2 with casey; so, he will be going home.

    but anything can happen. was totally shocked when adam lambert failed to bag last season’s AI.

  58. for ppl who said Crystal did an amazing job in the duet should go listen to the original song by Glen Hansard and Marketa and watch the movie, you’ll know how much Crystal ruined the whole song…and what’s up with her attitude? she’s such a smart ass she always has something back for the judges….she needs some humility in her…

  59. IF the voters were to base their votes solely on last night’s performances, then LEE would be eliminated tonight. He was, simply put….AWFUL.
    But in the real world, the voting is based on the majority of squealing little girls that do most of the voting.
    CRYSTAL was head and shoulders above everybody else…Last night, and in this whole competition….She is, without a doubt, the best singer and the most original…Should be the next American Idol

  60. I don’t see Big mike going home tonight. He is very outgoing and that is what make a great artist. Lee is very boring, he needs to loosen up a little. Crystal is just he girl next door. and Casey his looks might sell him. As far as tonight goes the person that really should be going home is Lee.

  61. I know Crystal and Lee will be the top 2. Either Mike or Casey will be going home this week. Probably Mike. Casey did better than him last night. But I dont really care anymore who wins because I like all of the people in the top 4

  62. @ Sylvia #42…. Can’t agree more with you… Crystal indeed always sounds the same…. But her always is a very good singer.

  63. Lee in first, Crystal is in second, Big mike and casey in bottom…………………………………..I want to say bye to Casey but it’s not my desicion! 🙁

  64. i want crystal to go home…………won’t be tonight though……….probs casey but not possitive………….lee should win………… i don’t know why casey is here………well ya…girls think he’s hot……..that’s the only reason he’s here right now……………..people you gotta vote on THEIR SINGING………….NNNNNNOOOOTTTT their looks..lee all the way……..win it lee

  65. Everyone has their own opinion and it is funny how all the contestance are all over the place. My opinion is lee and Crystal are the best two. Lee did have a bad night with his solo but you cant look at just one night because all in all he is real good. Even the best singers have a bad night. I think Lee and crystals duet was spot on and I would buy the single. Mike needs to go home because I am very bored by him and no Minnie not because he is black but because he comes across as arrogant and there is nothing different about him. Mike or Casey should go home in my opinion. Casey also bores me. I think the finaly would be great if it were Crystal and Lee. I dont really care which one wins though but they both deserve it.

  66. Hi!I don’t think it was disappointing at all.I would be happy if any one won.Last year,Adam was mountains above everyone else.This year,I think Cyrstal has the most range,but Lee is so phenominal,and Casey is wonderful when he slows it down.To call Mike fat is beyond immature,and he is such a nice guy with a pretty sound.We love Casey,with it having no relavance to him being cute.He’s nice to see,but better to listen to.Mike doesn’t deserve the meanness.I thnk the duets were unreal.

  67. Is anyone leaving comments a musician (which, by the way, includes singers)? I am, and a professional at that. Let me just say, what these kids are having to do week to week is beyond difficult. The top 2? Crystal and Lee (when he’s on his game). No one has the natural sense of rhythm, phrasing and interpretation that Chrystal has — she’s an absolute natural. And Lee, when he’s psyched about himself and what he can do, is the obvious no. 2. Let’s just see how this shakes out…

  68. @ Nanny – # 80. I have been a professional musician (singer/guitar/keyboards)for over 30 years. I agree that Crystal is the most talented of this bunch, with Lee second. Although Lee has a nice, distinctive voice, I just don’t think he’s demonstrated a real vocal prowess or a great range. Crystal, on the other hand, has a fantastic, powerful, well-trained voice (I really preferred Siobhan, however).

    Casey is a great guitarist with a mediocre voice, but a great look. Mike is a great wedding band singer, but his voice seems too similar to many others. I did really like his version of “Ready For Love”, however.

    I don’t think anyone this year comes close to the sheer vocal abilities of Adam Lambert, David Cook, Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and many other past AI contestants.

  69. casey was great ammazing i hope he make it trough the final because he desurive it, true muscian and really an artest,great guitaris he rocks good luke for him but i’m really scared no one know what will happen

  70. I haven’t heard a good performance from Lee in six weeks. He is frequently off key, his arrangements are pedestrian and he rarely seems to connect with the lyrics. He deserves to go home this weekend.

    Crystal’s performance was miles ahead of the next best last night. Mike and Casey deserve to stay – but only because Lee was so appallingly bad.

    Frankly, I think many viewers vote for Lee only because the judges work so hard at pimping him.

  71. Lee should not have attempted Kiss From a Rose. The song belongs to Seal. I think Lee will stay and it will be either Mike or Casey going home. There have been shockers in the past, so we’ll see!!

  72. I THINK THAT CASEY AND BIG MIKE ARE GOING TO BE IN THE BOTTOM TWO TONIGHT. I REALLY DON’T LIKE CASEY HE THINKS HE IS ALL THAT BUT REALLY HE JUST SOUNDS THE SAME EVERY SHOW! MIKE YEAH HE HAS BEEN SAVED FROM THE JUDGES BUT I THINK TONIGHT OR NEXT WEEK IS HIS TIME TO GO. CRYSTAL AND LEE ARE GOING TO BE OUR FINALIST NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT! THEY ARE BEASTLY AND AMAZING! I REALLY WANT LEE TO WIN, HE IS AMAZING! WE GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!

  73. I SEE A FEW OTHER MUSICIANS LEFT COMMENTS ON HERE , I am also a musician , I think that Crystal is the most talented left on the show Lee couldnt be a front man no personality and is off key at times Casey would be good up front he is a good guitar player and has the looks Mike is the same every week maybe a good wedding singer , The one with the most range and the best vocals was voted off early Siobhan ,

  74. I just saw the original performance of Falling Slow, yeah Crystal slaughtered it; it’s supposed to be a sensitive love song and they shouted it and made it into a rock song; crystal doesnt have to joplinize everything I agree; Crystal seemed like she was trying to outdo Lee

    I like Big Mikes and Casey’s songs, there was control and it was a beautiful love song; neither was tyring to upstage the other; you can feel teh passion

    Casey had a beautiful rendition, maybe he could have used an acoustic guitar, he is easy on the eyes and the only one who has the looks saying star

    Lee was very mediocre; he’s been getting by from oast performances, he has no self confidence and it messes up the performance the judges seem to be wasting their breath trying to build himself; all he dos is yell and he is always off tune, no one gets it

    crystal was predictable, she like to yell, she yelled the song as if trying to make up for her past mediocre performances the past weeks

    Big Mike sounded the same

  75. @Virgie (#92) -I completely agree that Lee and Crystal murdered “Falling Slowly”, and tried to turn it into a rock song. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irkota’s original is passionate, sensitive, breathtaking; Crystal, especially, took all the feeling out of it. But it’s a great song and melody, and people still liked it, for the most part.

    I think that Siobhan would have done an excellent version of it – with the appropriate sublety and sensitivity.

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