American Idol 2010: Top 9 Recap (Tim wasn’t the worst!)

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There was no mentor on American Idol tonight and I think the singers faired pretty well.  Even Tim Urban aka Sanjaya wasn’t too horrible.  Instead the contestants spent some time speaking about each other before they sang. 

First up is Aaron Kelly and we find out he is called Yoda because he tries to sound like the Yoda from Star Wars.  He sings “Long and Winding Road” and gives us zero stage presence but does change up the melody and I thought it was ok.  Randy said he liked the beautiful tone; Ellen says it felt like a long and winding song; Kara said to give some tempo next week and Simon says it was old fashioned and boring and that he needs to be young and relevant.  Simon gets heckled by a guy in the audience.

Katie belts out “Let It Be” after we learn she has had several offers to take her to prom.  She tells them if they will send their phone bills she will go with the one who votes for her the most.  Great answer!  By far the best I’ve heard her sing.  Randy says, “yo yo yo, listen to me, this is your best performance ever!”  Ellen says it was amazing.  Kara says she is blossoming and confiden and Simon says tonight she got it right because she is leaning in the direction he told her and that is country.  Sorry Simon, I didn’t get the country vibe from that.

Andrew Garcia probably delivered the worst performance of the night to me with “Can’t Buy Me Love”.  It was karaoke and cheesy and I didn’t like it at all.  Randy said it was a really solid performance but a little corny.  Ellen makes a joke about buying love.  Kara says she didn’t see anything that she didn’t already know and Simon says it was irrelevant.  He didn’t like the band.  Simon gets heckled again by a member of the audience.

Big Mike Lynche sings “Eleanor Rigby” and I liked the bluesy spin he put on it.  I didn’t love it but it definitely wasn’t horrible.  Randy says the parts that did work were great.  Ellen thinks he can do anything.  Kara says it is one of her favorite performances from him and Simon thinks it sounded like something you would see and hear in musicals.  Randy then admits that it was a little theatrical.  Once again Simon gets heckled.

Crystal Bowersox aka mamsox as the others call her did a great rendition of “Come Together”.  She has a guy playing the didgeridoo on stage with her.  I don’t think she needed that buy whatever.  I loved her riffs and she definitely made the song her own.  Randy said he didn’t know if it was her best but she was in the zone.  Ellen says she needs a new way to tell her how great she is.  Kara said it was slinky, sexy and playful.  Simon says that’s a song I can hear on the radio because it just works. 

Tim Urban bless his heart has to sing after Crystal so I’m already feeling sorry for the guy.  They all say he is always happy and smiling.  He sings “All My Loving” and it wasn’t too horrible.  He was playing the guitar tonight and I thought he did better than most other weeks.  He had The Beatle’s look going for him.  Randy says he is judging him based on Tim performances and by that standard it was good.  Ellen says he did very well.  Kara says she likes it when he plays the guitar and Simon says based on tonight he thought Tim did really well.  He thought it was the right thing to do with him and the guitar and thought it sounded current.  He also said Tim takes criticism like a man.  Great comments for Tim this week.  It looks like he will be around for a little longer.

Casey James delivers the best song of the night with “Jealous Guy” and I loved the accoustic guitar and soulful voice.  I was amazed he could actually sing that good and I am a huge fan of his.  Randy loved the sensitive side and proud he took that leap.  Ellen says it was his best performance to date.  Kara said he showed depth and vulnerability tonight and Simon calls him goldilocks and tells him it was the best of the night. 

Siobhan Magnus shows a different side with “Across the Universe” and doesn’t scream at the end of the song.  She is on pitch and has a good tone but it was pretty forgettable and boring.  Randy said he liked the tender side.  Ellen says she marches to the beat of her own drum.  Kara said she showed control and hit the notes but thought it was restrained and Simon says is was much stronger than last week.  Simon gets heckled again and he turns around and has the guy stand up and Ryan brings him up on stage and we find out his name is Earl.  Thanks for that Ryan because I’m sure everyone was dying to know.

Lee Dewyze closes the show with “Hey Jude” and we find out he and Andrew are very good friends.  He plays the accoustic guitar and I think it is pitchy and not as good as last week but he brings down a guy dressed in a kilt playing the bagpipes and it was hilarious.  Randy says another hot night for you.  Ellen says good job on not flipping out when the guy (bagpipe player) got separated from his parade.  Kara says there were a few off moments but I’m still a fan and Simon says he wouldn’t have done the bagpipes because it looked like he turned up on the wrong show.

All in all it was a pretty good week for idol fans and my guesses for bottom three are Andrew, Tim and Aaron with Andrew going home.  What do you think?

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  1. I don’t get Andrew’s appeal, but it seems like people like him. I liked Siobhan’s version of “Across the Universe,” which is my fav. Beatles song. Crystal was good, as always. No performance really jumped out at me tonight, though. I actually wasn’t offended by Tim, but his beady eyes still repulse me.

  2. Katie DEFINITELY tried to sound country. But she wasn’t consistent with it so it didn’t work. My boyfriend and I both agreed she had some country thing going on before Simon got booed for saying it.

  3. I think that Andrew will be voted off. Katie and tim definitely stepped up their game tonight and I am voting for them hardcore. Mike is still boring, Casey was slightly better and Crystal and Siobhan were the same. Goodbye Andrew!

  4. How can Tim offend anuyone? He is a sweetheart. He sounds very current and looks cute. I think that he had one of the best performances tonight by a mile.

  5. Tonight the other 7 said that Andrew and Lee are Gay. Maybe they’re just over friendly with each other but then again they could be.

  6. I agree completely with Ashley’s comments, even the bottom 3 and sadly the elimination. Andrew had the weakest performance. Even I love him and wanted him to be in a higher place he wont 🙁 I felt Aaron screamed and lost himself trying to regain the song but still he will be safe.
    Oh well 🙁 this is how this works

  7. Where do they get off calling the “PIPER” a bag piper. Really surprised at Simon getting it wrong and him from the UK.

  8. its Crystal in the ionosphere……..way above the rest

    Micheal, Siobhan about 1/2 way back to earth

    Lee and Casey at about 5000 ft

    the rest are fodder, to fill out the show to the final 4-5 weeks. To be really honest, I don’t have much investment beyond the top 3-5 is they are “dead singers walking,” marking time till the final month.

  9. Crystal & Siobhan are definitely still in the zone. Tim couldn’t get any better, but at least he takes criticism very well. Keep up the smile buddy cause ain’t your fault you are still there. Mike is pretty boring, i definitely agree, Lee & Casey rocks. Well Katie’s definitely Country and she was good,but can’t say the same for Aaron & Andrew.

  10. Lee was best again tonight, with Mamasox and Casey right behind him. bottom 3…Andrew, Aaron and ?

  11. I think they all did a good job tonight even Tim. Casey was great tonight much better then his normal. “I don’t think Crystal can sing a bad note” she is always spot on and I hope they don’t try to change anything about her mamasox is great just the way she is. That’s one of the judges problems they want to see what you are as a performer tell you your great then they want you to change to suit there moods. I hope Aaron does not go home he really does have good vocals. And Siobhan & Lee need faith they “are good” but they need to feel it.

  12. Casey was soooo amazing! Every week he keeps getting better! I love his voice, look, and guitar skills! Definately my #1!!!

  13. I thought tonight show was pretty solid. I was surprised wth “Fabio”, I mean he’s really good and all but his song and preformance blew me away. I feared for Tim going up after Michael and Crystal (who are the top tier Idols)that he would appear worse than even he is but it would be ironic that he should get the boot after being good for a change.
    Screeching Mimi sounded fantastic and it annoyed me that they found her restraint the thing to go after when they pretty much told her to take that route.
    Crystal and Michael sounded like their usual great selves I think Aaron is out.

  14. I think Mike will go. I was listening to the show while resting on the couch and fell asleep when he sang, woke up when Chystal came on. I think listening is the way to go with this years idol, the singing is amazing and watching just distracts.

  15. A great night for the viewer! No one had a weak or average performance.

    Aaron shouldn’t have sung “Long and Winding Road”. What is he singing about, being at the back of the cafeteria line? But he’s getting some power in his voice, and held the last note out and sounded good doing it.

    Katie shouldn’t have done “Let it be”. The Beatles did it as a faux gospel song and she took it a little further in that direction, but there have been so many of this song, that it is tough to make fresh, and she didn’t. But she was a good voice and showed it.

    Andrew was one of the few that rocked. But he has a weak, foggy voice and he did about as well as he can.

    Mike’s metamorphosis is complete! He used his power voice throughout “Eleanor Rigby”. It contrasted beautifully with the strings. He was preaching! Wonderful!

    Crystal is amazing! Everyone else is trying to sing every note perfectly, but Crystal comes in the wrong key on the second verse of “Come Together”, hits a couple of wrong chords on the guitar, and no one even notices. Masterful.

    Tim was just fine on “All my Loving”. The Beatles’ version tripled up the rhythm in the guitar and drums, and Tim’s version just ignored it, which weakened the version. But Tim has a strong, if thin voice, and showed it off.

    Casey was the most original of the night. I wasn’t aware of “Jealous Man”, but I think Casey did better than the song deserved. Casey has a weak, foggy voice and this song showed it to best advantage. Mesmerizing.

    Siobhan sang a dreamy “Across the Universe” perfectly. Technically, she’s got the best voice and she showed it.

    Lee just had fun with “Hey Jude”. Including the piper in the arrangement was inspired silliness. The sound man wasn’t Lee’s friend. He didn’t let us hear either the piper or the audience in the sing along section.

    Somebody’s going to get beat tonight, but nobody lost.

  16. Aaron’s performance was good enough to stick around this week .. Next week should be his make or break performance

  17. There is no WAY Andrew is going anywhere! I could barely get through on his line last night to place my votes. You’ll be surprised I’m guessing Aaron or Tim are going home.

  18. well,i would say that every contestant did a brilliant job and for sure they still give me a few surprises..

    aaron mostly did a great job but he really needs to improvise or take a risk doing something new. all the judges have clearly made their point that they want something new from him..come on yoda (i like his nickname..very funny though),i know you could do it better and give us something new so that it is worth it to keep you in this competition. otherwise,he might could not make it to another level.(if and only if he did not being eliminated this week)

    katie surely did a very spectacular performance this week. i guess a few weeks being on the bottom 3 really urge her to blossom(as kara said). she really did realize if she didn’t bring out her big gun,she will be the next to fall down from the stage.i must say that she showing her true self and it is really amazing. great job katie!!

    tim..hurm..he is the one who surprised me. at first,i’ve already slow down the volume because i thought this gonna be another horrible performance,but i take the volume up when i feel “hurm..not bad”..and after a few seconds,i realize that “this is good”..but sorry, i think that this is just good enough to make him take another step but not good enough to place him higher unless he keeps surprising me for another weeks.

    for mike,siobhan and crystal,i think they are AMAZING AND SPLENDID. they make me thinks like “wait for it,i have more things to show..just wait for it and i can assured you that you’ll never regret”. at the moment i think that they already show all what they got, they keep proving me that i’m wrong. great job guys..

    as for casey,i couldn’t say anything because i did not watch his performance(sorry..i was in the middle of something)but i am very sure that he did a great job too..as for me he is kind of unshakeable..he gonna make another great performance one after another. he gonna keep doing it until the end.

    andrew..hurmmm..he is really screwed up this week..it would be weird if he did not be one of the bottom 3.i dont really know where he did wrong but somehow it feels so wrong.

    as for lee,i know that he is the one..i could be wrong but at least for now i really think that he is the one. he got the look,talent,
    personality and for some reasons he is really entertaining. what more can we ask for an idol?
    he got everything. if someone gonna say that he is gay with andrew,i dont think so(but if he is,its still dont bother me). BRILLIANT JOB!!!!

  19. Tonight has been a great improvement for all singers My top 2 are Siobhan and Casey the way they sang was really beautiful to listen to.I dont see why people rave over Crystal she sounds the same each week and I think its wrong for the Judges to say that Crystal will be the winner before the compition had already started remember last year and the year before just because simple Simon wants Crystal to win does not mean the American public will do as Simon says You show them America it is your show

  20. I am was impressed with all the performances last night – best week yet! For me the weakest was Big Mike. I think he just may hit the bottom 3. I think he will be joined by Aaron and Andrew. If a gal has to be in the bottom three it will be Katie. I think Andrew will be heading home – but it should be Tim due to the fact that he has been there a lot. Casey was my #1 with Crystal pull the 2nd spot.

  21. WOW – nice job for all! Top 4 = Casey, Crystal, Lee and Siobhan! Bottom three tonite = Andrew, Tim and Katie. Sorry – Andrew could be the one even tho I agree with who ever said it should be Tim – he was just okay along with Aaron and Big Mike.

  22. Crystal might sound the same, but she is who she is.. she’s already out there making records wether she wins the competition or not.. I am more impressed with casey because to me, he seems to be the one growing and maturing.. Big Mike I think will get a record deal too.. Lee can be good, just needs a little more confidence and singing experience.. the rest, I can see get sent home and America forget about them..

  23. I think the following people did not deserve the praise they got from the judges:

    1. Mike
    2. Siobhan
    3. Lee

    I didn’t enjoy Michael’s vocals (although I have the previous 2 weeks) because the song did not fit his register at all. Yes, he is really fun to watch as he knows how to perform, but his vocals really weren’t good last night.

    I want Siobhan to stick around, too, but she did nothing (except not hit those screamy notes that Simon hates so much) to garner any enthusiasm whatsoever— except for her interesting clothing choices. I adore Siobhan (tied for my third favorite), but I thought she sounded entirely forgettable last night. She should have chosen a stronger song, as that is her forte’. She simply sounded weak and tentative to me, not sweet as some have said. Obviously, the overly harsh criticism last week really got to her.

    Lee is my second favorite, but I didn’t like what he did to “Hey Jude” AT ALL. (There was one note that was a definite change and it bothered me each time he sang it the way he did. It was glaring to me.) His confidence is vastly, vastly improved, but this performance was my least favorite of all of his.

    So why were the judges so kind to almost everyone last night, of all nights?

    And I think the judges were far too harsh with:

    1. Aaron. Although I wouldn’t have chosen “Long and Winding Road” (due to his youth), he sang that song beautifully. Just beautifully! Yes, he still needs a spark, but I thought he emoted well for the kind of song it was. I really enjoyed his performance.

    2. Andrew. His performance was inspired! The rendition reminded me of what Michael Buble would have done with the song. I loved it and didn’t think it was corny at all.

    LOVED, LOVED, LOVED:

    1. Crystal (my favorite)
    2. Casey (my 3rd favorite now!)

    Just inspired! I agree that the instrumentation Crystal added was cool but unnecessary and slightly distracting. Casey was just perfect last night!

    That leaves Katie and Tim.

    I was astonished by Katie’s sudden maturity, I guess I would call it. She revealed more depth than any time previously. She can sing. I just know she is further down on my list than some others. I think she should have chosen a more upbeat song, but she delivered. She was really good!

    Finally, Tim. I thought his performance and singing (on key at all times) was a good one (esp so, as the judges acknowledged–for having borne all their harshness for so long). Not great. But good, and nothing to be ashamed of at all. He smiled less, I noticed. I can’t imagine performing so adequately, given all that pressure he’s had to bear both on and off the show (becoming a laughing stock for many). He is a cute kid. But he is not on par with the others. Just doesn’t have the range needed. I hope he goes home. But, to tell you the truth, the ones who deserve to be sent home instead this week include Mike and Siobhan. I know that will never happen.

  24. @MARY…THATS FUNNY BECAUSE I DOZED DURING MIKE’S PERFORMANCE. I THINK HE IS A VERY BORING SINGER……DOES NOTHING FOR ME….BUT ON A WHOLE I THOUGHT THE SHOW WAS ONE OF THE BEST SO FAR THIS SEASON…NO ONE WAS AWFUL…..I LIKE WHAT TIM DID WITH ALL MY LOVING….I THINK HE WOULD BE GREAT ON GLEE…WAKE UP PRODUCERS…GIVE HIM A CALL.
    BOTTOM 3….IMO…..ANDREW, MIKE AND AARON….WITH ANDREW (WAY OVERDUE) GOING HOME…..

  25. I think Aaron got a very bad wrap from the judges last night..I too would not have chosen that song for him but he did good with it.nothing bad at all about his vocals..No i am not a tween voter lol i am 48 years old and think he got a very bad wrap from the judges but America will think different do not think he will go home..

  26. This is going to give away my old age, but here goes…The judges said Tim “had that Beatle thing going on” with his looks. To me, he was the spitting image of a singer who had a short-lived career as a teen idol WAY back in 1970…Bobby Sherman. I actually went and pulled out my old LP album cover to show my husband. For anyone curious, Google “Bobby Sherman” and you’ll see what I mean.

  27. Here’s my ranking for the night:

    1) Casey – wow, that was awesome. I was not a fan of Casey’s, thought he was monotone and cheesy, until that performance.
    2) Siobhan – best voice, beautiful song. I don’t get the criticism on her. I love how she showed a different side and she blew me away…again.
    3) Crystal – MommaSox does her thing.
    4) Mike – I liked it. It was fun and cool. Great song.
    5) Katie – tough for her going up against Crystal and Siobhan who have much better voices, but Katie did good.
    6) Lee – had become a big fan, but didn’t like Hey Jude. It was too big for him. Song overpowered him.
    Bottom 3: Andrew, Tim, and Aaron.

  28. Love, Love, Love, Andrew… just seems a lil gun shy. Don’t hold back Dude youre really really good. Try like CCR, Los Loney Boys, John Couger, you would be great!!! Shibon needs to stick to her interveiw look she changes it too much for the show! Is it me or is she trying to stick out like Adam Lambert? if so not working!!! My opinion here is how it will go Chrystal,Lee,Casey, in the top three!! not sure how the rest will fall. Andrew you need to let go you cant hold back anymore!!!!cant wait to see you in concert!!!!!

  29. Last night’s performances, from worst to first, in my opinion:

    9. Aaron -very boring, lackluster version of “Long and Winding Road” -devoid of all the emotion of the original. This might be the end of the long and winding road for Yoda.

    8. Andrew – very cheesy, corny version of a great Beatles rocker – his voice did not suit the song. He’s my pick to go home this week.

    7. Lee – did very little with Hey Jude – poor vocal, I thought. Was upstaged by bagpipe player. I don’t get why everybody thinks he’s so great – he’s got a nice gritty voice, but little range, is often off-pitch, and a boring presence. He’s like a 3rd-rate David Cook. Does seem like a nice guy, though, which gets him points.

    6. Tim – He actually did a good job last night (as evidenced by the judge’s first favorable comments to him). The song fit his voice and look perfectly. He has a pleasant, if not outstanding, voice, and actually seems to be improving. Might make the top 5.

    5. Casey -I liked the choice of Lennon’s “Jealous Guy”, and the sensitive, understated vocal, but his voice still seems to be missing something. Tasty guitarist, though. His hair undoubtedly gets him extra points.

    4. Mike – interesting, bluesy version of Eleanor Rigby. I like how he is taking chances lately. He’s got a great, multi-faceted voice -the only problem is, he sounds like a lot of singers out there already. I’m hoping before the season’s out he picks up Simon (not only easy ones like Aaron and Ryan).

    3. Katie – Not one of my favorite contenders this year, but I thought she did a great “Let It Be”. Her personality, and cuteness, is helping her lately, too.

    2. Crystal – A typically fine performance -reminded me of Bonnie Raitt -but it actually looked like she may have forgotten a couple of words in the second verse (when she moved her mouth away from the mike and looked at her guitar).

    1. Siobhan -I thought she sounded, and looked , beautiful with “Across the Universe”. Her voice is an amazing instrument, and I liked how she gave a restrained, controlled rendition -especially after she had been criticized so much for shrieking. Still the most unique talent in the group, in my opinion, and should be in the top 2 -but probably won’t, since some people don’t seem to like her style.

    Bottom 3 this week -Aaron, Andrew and Tim, with Tim the first safe one and Andrew going home.

  30. I am not a fan of Mike. He seems like a decent guy but there’s nothing special (unique) to his voice or style. Sure he has a great personality but that’s not what this contest is about – or being “cute” (Tim fans).

    Andrew’s performance was hard to watch. The thing about Andrew is his voice never changes. Same tone, same melody ALL the time.

    Andrew and Tim should be in the bottom 3. Not sure who else.

  31. i actually thought they all did pretty good last night. i liked andrews version of that song but what do i know. i love crystal but i didnt like that performance tho. i love love let it be and i just knew katie was going to butcher it but she actually did a great job. i usually predict the bottom pretty good but for once I really dont know tonight.

  32. I agree that it is hard to exactly pinpoint the bottom three for tonight. Katie was just fantastic last night, so I believe that she may have brought herself out of the bottom three. Tim also did an outstanding job and has probably saved himself from the bottom three. Mike has been flirting with the bottom three and tonight may be his first time in the bottom. Aaron may be there too. Andrew is my only true lock in the bottom three.

  33. my top 5 picks are Crystal, Siobhan, lee, Casy, Mike. Tim can carry a tune but is not a singer too me, Andrew did good on his song but just doesn’t have it. I worry about AAron and Katie, both have Good voices, but their voices have not matured. My thought is Tim and andrew should have gone a long time ago, even before the other 2 blonde headed girls did. My top 3 are Crystal, Casy, Siobahn. I love American Idol.

  34. Let’s be honest. Whether you like Siobhan’s
    style or not, she has the best voice in the
    competition! She is going to have an amazing
    career long after many of the top nine are
    forgotten. She gave an incredible performance
    last night!

  35. Agree with Richard T! Some of these idols will have nice careers. Siobhan has the best shot of a superstar career. Kind of a cross between Avril Lavigne and Taylor Swift? Siobhan = superstar!

  36. My rankings based on last night: best to worst

    1. Tim
    2. Katie
    3. Crystal
    4. Aaron
    5. Lee
    6. Andrew
    7. Casey
    8. Mike
    9. Siobhan

  37. Crystal and Siobhan are in a different league. However, I have to say Taylor Swift wishes could sing like Crystal Bowersox. That was funny. But overall tonight was a good night for al idols. I hope Tim goes home. I wish they would have let Tim, Alex and a few really good others gain a little bit more experience before putting them on the national show. They just weren’t/aren’t ready. IMO

  38. GREAT JOB CASEY!!!!!! Casey James is the next American Idol!!! He has it all–voice, super guitarist, knock-out good looks, and star presence. He will sell more recordings than any of the other contestants. His is the only one I would purchase. Goodbye Andrew!!!

  39. Andrew is turning into a one-trick pony. He sounded amateur last night and very cruiseship-esque. I definitely wish that Alex Lambert were in his place.

  40. I AGREE WITH RICHARD T. BUT UNFORTUNATELY AMERICA DOESN’T LIKE “DIFFERENT”…..THEY WILL PROBABLY VOTE FOR CRYSTAL, WHO IS VERY GOOD BUT SIOBHAN HAS THE BEST VOCALS OUT OF ALL THE TOP 10….JMO

  41. I heard on the radio this morning that Adam Lambert will be a guest judge next week. I am truly offended by this choice, not just because I don’t think that he is that great a performer, but also because he didn’t even WIN! How can he mentor when he didn’t even win the competition himself?
    My guess is that he will be mentoring the finalists’ singing of Broadway songs. And if that is the case, then they should have someone like Bernadette Peters, Linda Eder, Matthew Broderick, Mandy Patinkin, not Adam Lanbert. I am sickened by this.

  42. To piggyback on my last comment – This confirms AI’s inability to acquire good mentors this year. Usher was okay at best. What is going on?!?!?

  43. @JOVESTA….ADAM MAY NOT HAVE WON AI BUT HE SURE WAS THE WINNER….IF YOU THINK THAT KRIS WAS THE CLEAR WINNER….THINK AGAIN…..CHECK THE CD SALES AND VIDEO…..HE BROUGHT DOWN THE HOUSE ON THE AI TOUR….KNOW YOUR FACTS BEFORE YOU SAY THAT ADAM WASN’T THE WINNER LAST SEASON…..

  44. Phyllis – I don’t know if you are aware, but Kris Allen won American Idol last year. The only thing that I have heard about Adam Lambert is that he kissed one of his dancers on stage for an awards show and that he lost some morning show appearances soon thereafter. Kris has a hit currently on the radio and is going on tour very soon. I don’t think that Adam Lambert is a good choice of mentor when there are so many out there who would be infinately better.

  45. JOVESTA…..YES, I DO KNOW KNOW THAT KRIS ALLEN WON AI AND DON’T GET ME WRONG..I LIKE KRIS ALLEN AND I DO OWN HIS CD BUT IF YOU WATCHED SEASON 8 THEN YOU WOULD KNOW THAT ADAM WAS THE CLEAR WINNER. WHETHER YOU LIKE HIM OR NOT HE HAD THE BEST VOCALS LAST SEASON JUST LIKE SIOBHAN HAS THIS SEASON BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE DIFFERENT, NOT YOUR BOY OR GIRL NEXT STORE, ADAM DIDN’T WIN AND NEITHER WILL SIOBHAN. I TRULY HOPE THAT I AM WRONG AND THAT AMERICA REALIZES THAT SIOBHAN HAS GREAT VOCALS AND IS THE FRONT RUNNER. THIS IS MY OPINION AND THAT OF ALL THE ADAM AND SIOBHAN FANS OUT THERE.

  46. Phyllis et all – I have watched every AI season since Season 2 and I know that Adam Lambert was not the best last year. He was too theatrical for pop, screamed too much and had issues with showing a personal connection to his material. I wish that Danny Gokey had won, but between the top two left standing, the right finalist won.

  47. katie should go. ask yourself what she brings to the table of our present music industry. absolutely nothing. not the voice, the looks, the musicianship, and sadly, not the dancing…

  48. JOVESTA, THAT IS WHY THIS BLOG IS JUST OUR OPINIONS….DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS. DOES’NT MAKE US WRONG JUST DIFFERENCE OF OPINIONS.
    ENJOY THE REST OF THE SEASON!!!

  49. Idol Banter –
    You think Tim or Aaron or Andrew are bringing anything to the table? I think Katie is bringing a bit more than the ones named above.
    Not that they all won’t go eventually.

  50. Thanks Phyllis, you too! I like your style.

    Everyone brings something to the table in the competition. Otherwise they wouldn’t be there.

  51. JOVESTA….WE ARE IN TOTAL AGREEMENT ON THAT..AND I ALSO NOTICED THAT YOU AND I HAVE AGREED ON THE BOTTOM THREE TOO….SEE…WE DO HAVE THE SAME OPINION ON SOMETHINGS….LOL

  52. From my viewpoint, last nights American Idol rendition of the songs written by Lennon/McCarthy had more surprises than a Agatha Christie suspense novel. The main reason I say this is because the two most consistent performers (Lee and Crystal) were not at their usual top positions this week. Crystal, even though she had a cold, bless her heart, gave a very good rendition of “Come Together.” And on any other week it may have been the best of the night. Lee, who has ALWAYS been one of my top performers gave what I thought by far, was his weakest performance of the WHOLE SEASON. And I agree, that bagpipe bit did not work at all. Which is very strange to me, as he has been consistently near the top (along with Crystal) all season and at his best just last week. But, the best performer of the night BY FAR for me was Casey James. Which is in itself strange … As in the past I never saw Case as being anything more that a average singer, hiding behind his talents as a guitar player. But, Holly Cow! First he was the only one to attempt a song that was not a huge hit at one time. In fact, I never even heard of the song “Jealous Man” until last night. It can be very hard to try and make someone absolutely love a song that they have never heard before. Few on American Idol have ever succeeded at it, EVER! But Casey did just that with his soulful, heartfelt, simplified acoustic version of a song that make me feel the passion of every word he sang. Sioban, is someone who has been accused of screaming too much at the end of all her renditions. Unjustly so, I might add. So last night she very much toned down the high notes into a song that I felt was heartfelt, with a quiet quality that that shows just how much control and range she has with her voice by hitting the high note very briefly at just the right time. I personally loved it … Possibly her best performance to date. So to recap … My top performances of the night were:
    1- Casey
    2- Sioban
    3- Crystal
    4- Katie
    5- Mike
    6- Tim (surpriseingly not at the bottom)
    7- Lee
    8- Andrew
    9- Aaron

  53. Everyone who makes it to the final 12 is a winner. They get to sing on national TV for at least 4 weeks and they get to spend at least a month in AI’s singer’s boot camp where they get better training in the craft of singing than money can buy. Anything more is just gravy.

  54. Mike is fabolous. I love his voice and the way he sings always touches my heart. I definitely don’t see how people can really think he’s boring. He pours his heart into his songs which is apparent when he sings.

  55. Colo Mtn Kid,

    Tim possess a popular appeal to young girls and gays that will get him far on shows built for that demographic. ie. disney channel, nickelodeon, glee.

    Aaron has a rare purity of voice and spirit. Country music lovers will eat him up. He’ll be an ACM favorite before he completes his adolescence.

    Andrew is a musician. He is able to execute innovative arrangements, a skill that has the power to put him into an elite group of musical artists, ie. alicia keys, jason mraz. I will admit that when given less than a week to prepare, his interpretations do hit or miss. But I believe that if you give him time and surround him with savvy collaborators, he’ll create a straight-up hit of every time.

    Finally, Katie is just a boring white girl with a mediocre voice. She has no business in a competition to find an influential artist who can hold their own in the global music industry arena.

  56. Based purely on the singing last night, the bottom three should be Aaron, Andrew & Lee. I have no idea what the “judges” were listening to but Lee slaughtered Hey Jude and Andrew’s version of Can’t Buy Me Love was pathetic.

    Aaron sings the same kind of song every week and has become predictable and boring.

    I thought Casey and Katie had the strongest performances, Siobhan sounded great and Crystal & Mike, while not at their best, were good and Tim actually pulled out a decent performance.

    The weakest was Andrew.

  57. I can’t wait until Tim Urban a.k.a. “teflon Tim” gets emliminated. Even though his performance was better than his previous attempts. The bottom line for me. He’s the worst of the last 9 and has to go. PLEASE or else I will lose all hope in this process. America Wake Up.

  58. Casey James is the most exciting music phenom since Constantine Maroulis–and even better because of his wonderful humility and displays of gratitude. He will definitely be the next American Idol!

  59. I think that the only true talent in this season is with Lee and Casey. They have such amazing voices and they are real. Crystal, though she has a good voice- she’s just so predictable and somewhat boring. Siobhan can hit the high notes great, but when she sings softly- her voice is not that good. The worst? Big Mike and Tim- honestly, I can’t stand Mike. He’s no different than any other R&B singers out there-sounds a lot like Rueben and we all know the success Rueben has had. In my opinion, the only true talented folks AI has ever had in history is Kelly Clarkson, David Cook, and Adam Lambert. I hope America sees true talent and we see Lee and Casey in the finals.

  60. Leslie, have you heard of anyone name Carrie Underwood or Chris Daughtry…they are better than the 3 you mentioned…how about Kelly Pickler, she is pretty darn good herself.

  61. SORRY KEVIN BUT I DISAGREE….ADAM BY FAR HAS THE BEST VOCALS OF ALL OF THEM….

  62. Her are my thoughts about this season:
    Crystal=superb, very talented but won’t win. Too “far out” for the average voter.
    Mike=too cocky,even though he has a nice voice, his arrogance will kill him. they should have let him go. wasted a pass.
    Tim=guess the young girls like him
    Aaron=talented but too young and a lot of growth needed.
    Sioban=beautiful voice when she doesn’t scream. Screaming isn’t singing. She is too weird. Won’t last long
    Casey=great musician, great look. will probably be in top 2
    Katie=beautiful voice but not popular enough. maybe her age
    Andrew= i like him sometimes and sometimes not. too inconsistent. certainly not an “idol”
    Lee=possibly the winner. Got the look, personality, voice as long as he picks good songs. Doesn’t someone guide them? They should have professional guidance.
    Anyway, that’s my opinion. Take it for what its worth.

  63. I think siobhan is the most versatile among the contestants. she deserves to win this season. there should be no hype about crystal. she is very predictable and no good vocals. she is the same all week long.

  64. Lee definetley has the most original sound and a very distinguished voice. I’m betting on him winning, with Crystal in the final. He might not have been at his 100% best on that song, but his song choice is fantastic, and he’s just awesome.

  65. i really dont care what other ppl say: AARON KELLY IS THE NEXT AMERICAN IDOL!!!!!!! tim should just get out already cuz hes just awful, i dont care for casey he can go, i dont care about lee either, siobhan is bad in my opinion, crystal is pretty good, katie is the best girl left, andrew is one of my favs and did a great performance of “cant buy me love” and i luv big mikes personality and hes a good singer and i wish him the best with his new baby but hes just gotten boring so our next american idol is AARON KELLY!!!

  66. I honestly do not know why Tim is still on the show…he’s a nice kid and kinda cute BUT is he really that great a singer? Same goes for Andrew. I love Aaron dearly, unfortunately he seems to be battling a severe case of the nerves and it looks to me like the nerves are winning. As for Katie doing country? Never gonna happen. Lee has been great so far (ok, last week wasn’t so great!) but he needs to have a little more confidence in himself. Glad to see Siobhan finally toning things down a bit and cutting down on the screaming—she does NOT need to do that!! Big Mike does deserve to stick around for a while but for me his arrangement on “In the Ghetto” didn’t really do justice to Elvis much at all. Casey to me appears to be losing his way a bit…he looked kinda uncomfortable up there this week. Maybe nerves are getting to him a bit as well? And as for Crystal…she may be “out there” to a lot of people but she has been the most consistent performer so far and stands a VERY GOOD chance of running off with the whole thing. She is the real deal for sure.

    Bottom three: Aaron
    Andrew
    Casey

    Going home: Andrew

    Final Four: 1. Crystal
    2. Lee
    3. Siobhan
    4. Casey

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