Casey James turns serious, vulnerable with John Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy’ on ‘American Idol’ – Casey James took the American Idol stage Tuesday, April 6, 2010 with an acoustic guitar and sang a serious, vulnerable rendition of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy” from the Imagine album. The performance showed another side of the popular contestant who has been smiling and upbeat in many of his appearances on the show so far.
The judges acknowledged the change-up this week.
Randy Jackson said: “Yo. I love that you’re playing the acoustic guitar, not the electric; you switched it up a little bit. I love seeing the whole sensitive vibe, the sensitive side of you. That’s another great song, and dude, you know what? I was really impressed that you took this kind of leap because…it let me know…What I’m really proud about all of you of this season is I’m seeing more artists that are all individuals. So I love that you set yourself apart like that. You’ve got this kind of blues exterior, ’cause you’ve got that Stevie Ray [Vaughan] thing jumping off…I love that you did this, man. I think it was really good. Listen, it wasn’t the perfect vocal. There were a couple of little pitch things here and there, but it was so heartfelt. I really felt you with that. I don’t know who it was about, you know, you, you know what I’m saying? But nice!”
Ellen DeGeneres said: “Whether it was about somebody or not, it felt like it was. That, to me, was your best performance to date. It was so soulful. That’s what we were talking about is switching things up. It was just a beautiful arrangement with you and the cello, and I was moved by it, because you have a great voice and pretty hair. I wanted to feel you really pour yourself into a song and not just sound great, and you did. That’s what we need to see more of because we just want to see more of that personality. It was beautiful.”
Kara DioGuardi said: “Casey, what you showed tonight was a vulnerability, which has kind of been lacking in some of your other performances. You’re up there and it’s feel good, and you’re playinig your guitar, and we know you’re a good player. Tonight it was very tasteful on the acoustic, how you sang and then played to accompany yourself. It’s just showing depth. That’s what I wanted to see. I wanted people to see that I know you have a range in there, that you can go higher. That you can switch things up. I actually think you can even do more, still. Because at the end, you really started to show that you know your voice, and when you want to take it there, you can go there. That’s what Ellen and I were talking about last week when we said push yourself. Tonight you did that, and I think you could still do it more.”
And judge Simon Cowell commented: “Goldilocks. I think it was the best performance of the night so far. In terms of the difference from where you were a week and two weeks ago where we used to…with people like Crystal it’s a consistency…I think the difference between week on week with you, has been absolutely gi-normous. I thought it was your stamp on the song. I actually felt that you were emotional at the midway point of it. As the girls said, we saw a completely different side of you. So, that’s why I am very, very impressed with you tonight, Casey. I thought you did terrific.”
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