Wednesday, March 10, 2010

AI9 Top 8 Idol Guys Perform

So what was shaping up to be a season where it was going to be fairly easy to predict the Top 12 has turned into one where the favorites have flamed out in a hurry. Katie Stevens and Andrew Garcia looked to be the front-runners early on, but three straight weeks of mediocre performances are leaving both of them possibly on the brink of elimination this week, especially after improved performances from those previously pegged to be likely to leave this week.

Lee Dewyze - Fireflies by Owl City (preorder)
(Original version: iTunes | Amazon)
I really can't stand this song, but I think it's actually a smart choice for Lee because it's not hard to improve on the vocals and the arrangement. Getting rid of the electronic sound effects helped to improve the song, but Lee's vocals were still nasally for me. I've seen way better acoustic versions on YouTube.

Alex Lambert - Trouble by Ray LaMontagne (preorder)
(Original version: iTunes | Amazon)
He's such a BRADY. He's got Carol's haircut (and the mullet is getting worse and worse) and Cindy's camera-fright. Luckily for him, he can actually sing, and his song choices continue to be top-notch.

Tim Urban - Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley (preorder)
(Original version: iTunes | Amazon)
And following Carol Brady is Greg Brady, who is turning this awesome song into a Sesame Street singalong. I'll give him this - at least he's singing it in tune. And it's his best of his three performances, but it's still amateurish, and he in no way lives up to Jason Castro's version. The judges are on crack if that warranted a hug from Ellen and Kara saying he's amongst the top guys. They really need to stop judging him based on low expectations.

Andrew Garcia - Genie In A Bottle by Christina Aguilera (preorder)
(Original version: iTunes | Amazon)
He's trying to recapture the magic of his Straight Up, but this didn't quite do it for me. It doesn't help that he butchered the first line "I feel like I've been trapped all night with a (mumble something that sounds like attention-y mumble) of lonely nights". It's "I feel like I've been locked up tight for a century of lonely nights." Also, I don't ever want him to hear him singing about rubbing him the right way. Second of all, he can't fit in that bottle. Just sayin'.

Casey James - You'll Think Of Me by Keith Urban (preorder)
(Original version: iTunes | Amazon)
Definitely one of the best of the night. This country-pop vibe works for him. The first verse was a little unmelodic, but the chorus was strong. It wasn't the most memorable song, but he sounded good, and it should definitely be enough to maintain his cougar fanbase.

Aaron Kelly - I'm Already There by Lonestar (preorder)
(Original version: iTunes | Amazon)
Ugh, this kid is so cheesy. He's like junior high talent show level. He started off so weak with those low notes, and his late note was kind of painful. Plus, didn't we hear this two weeks ago when he did Here Comes Goodbye? It sounds pretty similar. Best moment of his performance, though, was when Simon said that what Kara said was complete utter rubbish and got a huge cheer. Haha Kara. But Simon, really? You're now concerned about confusing the contestants? Suuuure you are.

Todrick Hall - Somebody To Love by Queen (preorder)
(Original version: iTunes | Amazon)
His voice fell flat a few times, but that last note will help him, as will his rather spirited performance, especially considering all the ballads we've heard tonight. Ellen was going on and on about how brave he was to sing it and was raving about the gospel sound like it's never been done like that. Yeah, um, not all that original, lady, but I'll give Todrick props for his best performance thus far. It was very Broadway, though.

Michael Lynche - This Woman's Work by Maxwell (preorder)
(Original version: iTunes | Amazon)
I'm not sure how I felt about his falsetto at the beginning, but I love how his voice sounded for the rest of this song. His stage mannerisms, on the other hand, are a bit too cheese-ball for my tastes. But the fact that he even went for it is amazing to me. I didn't think he had all that in him. But damn, Kara. Way to take all the attention away from the guy with your crazy crying. She really IS turning into Paula.

Going home this week should be Aaron and Andrew. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that they will be the ones going home, although this one might be tough to predict.

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