The guys did not outshine the girls this week as the Top 8 boys performed for our votes on American Idol season 9. It is make it or break it time to get into the coveted Top 12 and even though there were vast improvements only 1 guy stood out as a contender to beat Crystal Bowersox.
First up was Lee Dewyze and he sang a great current song with “Fireflies”. Lee is not the best singer in the competition but he keeps getting better each week and I think he has great potential. He has the looks now he needs to get his pitchiness under control and he will do well.
I finally get what the judges have been saying about Alex Lambert and the tone of his voice. He chose the perfect song with “Trouble” and I loved the unique quality of the vocals tonight. The judges think he is too stiff and Simon gives him some great advice to imagine Randy in a bikini. Now that would NOT be a pretty site.
And Tim Urban finally sang on key!!! Hallelujah! Well, that was the name of the song anyway. Ellen was so happy she jumped up on stage and gave him a hug. He picked a great song and sang it with emotion so he might end up in the Top 12.
Once again Andrew Garcia fell a little short. He didn’t pick the right song with “Genie in a Bottle” but you could tell he was trying. His problem was remaking “Straight Up” and doing such an outstanding job with it. He will always be compared to that moment unless he can pick a song and blow us away again.
Casey James was as cute as ever tonight and gosh I love that guy. He picked a much better song with Keith Urban’s “You’ll Think of Me” and this is where he needs to focus his attention. He does much better with the country vibe.
The worst of the night was not Tim for a change but Aaron Kelly. He was all over the place with his choice of “I’m Already There” and it was real pitchy except for the middle when you could hear the power of his vocals. I’d say he is in jeopardy of getting the boot tomorrow night.
Todrick Hall didn’t impress me as much as the judges with a rendition of Queen’s “Somebody to Love”. The whole gospel vibe was ok but I wasn’t blown away like Randy was. I actually agree with Simon when he said he could see Todrick as a broadway singer and not a recording artist.
And the award for best overall performance including the girls goes once again to Big Mike Lynch. I didn’t ever in a million years think he had a performance like that in him. He sang Maxwell’s “This Woman’s Work” and blew me away. I wasn’t crying all over Simon like Kara but I was shocked. Simon said it was the best of the live shows so far this season. It was amazing.
Who were your favorites and who is in danger of going home?