The remaining seven finalists performed again on American Idol, this time to the theme of inspirational songs. Crystal Bowersox and Siobhan Magnus both did very well, as did Lee Dewyze. Alicia Keys was the mentor and provided advice and commentary to the remaining seven competitors. So, did the finalists inspire fans to call in and vote for them? Who is certain to continue and who is in jeopardy of seeing their time on American Idol come to a close? Here’s a brief review of their performances.
Casey James: Alicia Keys encouraged James to connect with the song, but it never really happened. While his guitar playing was quite good, his vocals on Don’t Stop by Fleetwood Mac just weren’t that impressive. More surprisingly, the song did nothing to showcase his voice or talent. Randy Jackson said it was a good performance, but that he was looking for something different this time around. Ellen added, “You have to be great, not consistently good.” Kara said it reminded her of “Bam Jam.” Simon was disappointed by the performance and said, “That had zero emotion. It was a lazy song choice. Not inspiring at all.”
Lee Dewyze: Alicia Keys told Dewyze that he had to feel like a fighter when he sings The Boxer by Simon and Garfunkel. He followed her advice and delivered a powerful and emotional performance. Randy praised Dewyze by saying, “I’m one of your biggest fans. You’re going to be a big artist.” Ellen loved the depth and soul of the performance. Kara stated, “You had your moment tonight. You took it to another level.” Simon agreed and said, “That was sincere. It was emotional. It was absolutely brilliant.”
Tim Urban: Teflon Tim chose to sing Better Days by the Goo Goo Dolls. Alicia Keys said, “It feels really good. It could very well be his own song.” However, the judges disagreed and once again panned the finalist with many lives. Randy said it sounded karaoke. Ellen compared Tim to a soup of the day; sometimes you like it and sometimes you don’t. “Today, I didn’t like the soup,” she said. Kara thought it was poorly executed. Simon added, “This may have been a step too high for you. It was a little bit of a letdown.”
Aaron Kelly: The high school youngster chose to sing I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly, a tune he loves and has performed many times in the past. The song itself requires a giant voice to pull off, and Kelly received a mixed bag of reviews from the judges. Randy said, “You did a good job with such a giant song.” Ellen agreed and told Kelly, “You handled it real good.” Kara stated, “You hit it and started flying.” Simon was the most critical and said, “If I heard that on the radio, I would have turned it off in 10 seconds. It was not very good.”
Siobhan Magnus: Alicia Keys was very impressed by Siobhan and said, “She’s doing things most people can’t do.” Her performance of When You Believe was beautiful, controlled and definitely inspiring. So, why didn’t the judges sing her praises? Randy said that she picked the toughest song of the night and that it was just OK for him. Ellen disagreed completely and told Magnus, “That’s affirmation of why you’re still here.” Kara said it reminded her of a musical and “I still don’t know who you are.” Simon added, “It was old-fashioned. I just found the whole thing a bit odd, a bit all over the place.” The audience did not agree and let out an uproar after the judges’ negative comments.
Michael Lynche: The giant teddy bear decided to sing Hero, but was he the hero of the night again? Well, not exactly. However, the reviews weren’t terrible either. Randy said, “I was worried, but you held your own. You worked it out.” Ellen exclaimed, “Great job!” Kara said that it was not her favorite performance. Simon added, “You sang it pretty well, but it felt a little bit artificial. I still think you’ll be around next week though.”
Crystal Bowersox: The hands-down favorite for winning this season took a huge risk by abandoning her guitar this week. She performed People Get Ready and the judges ate it up. Randy shouted, “That was unbelievable!” Ellen thought it was a beautiful and touching performance. Kara added, “You took a risk and it paid off.” Simon simply said, “Awesome.”
So, what do you think? Who performed the best during Inspiration Week, and who do you think will ultimately be crowned the next American Idol? Be sure to leave your comments below.
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