Wednesday, April 28, 2010

AI9 Top 6 - That Don't Impress Me Much

The American Idol 9 Top 6 sang music by this week's mentor Shania Twain. Most of the Idols chose snoozy ballads to sing, and the one who did go for one of Shania's up-tempo hits somehow managed to slow it down a little bit with her style of singing. I think the playing field leveled out a bit with this week's performances, with, surprisingly, Crystal Bowersox getting the most criticism from the judges. I'm not sure there are any clear-cut candidates for the bottom 2 this week based on performance.

Lee DeWyze - You're Still The One (Studio Recording | Performance Video)
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Kara DioGuardi went on and on about how far Lee had come, but this performance just brought me back to his first semifinal performance of "Chasing Cars" - Lee tinkering around with the melody of the song and singing out of tune. I really didn't like his phrasing in the chorus - "You're still the one I run (breath) to/ The one that I belong (breath) to."

Michael Lynche - It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing (Studio Recording | Performance Video)
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The song itself is a little bit of a snoozer, but I liked the Lutherizing of the song that Michael did. And after Lee's pitchiness, Michael should be commended for consistently singing in tune. The producers kept cutting to an adoring Shania both during and after his song. Hmm ... trying to keep Big Mike in the show?

Casey James - Don't (Studio Recording | Performance Video)
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The judges proclaimed this to be Casey's best performance yet. On first viewing, I was all "EH?! Jealous Guy?" about that proclamation, but on second viewing, perhaps they're right. Outside of the goaty last note, Casey sounded fantastic. This performance really showcased what he could and should be doing after the show.

Crystal Bowersox - No One Needs to Know (Studio Recording | Performance Video)
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Crystal's mouthiness during the judges' critique was more memorable than her actual performance. She sounded good and showed off her upper register, but the song itself didn't lend itself to any "moments". But as she said more than once, "bigger isn't always better" (as we'll see later with Siobhan).

Aaron Kelly - You've Got A Way (Studio Recording | Performance Video)
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This was probably Aaron's best performance to date, and he really secured his position in the safety zone this week by saying he was singing the song to his mom and looking like he was about to cry. Oh you're a smart one, Aaron Kelly, stealing the grannie votes. ICU. And I also see you, Ryan Seacrest, saying "What's going to happen tomorrow night?! This is a hot competition tonight" like you were thinking Aaron was for sure going to be the one going home before he sang.

Siobhan Magnus - Any Man Of Mine (Studio Recording | Performance Video)
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FINALLY a real up-tempo song! Er, sort of. Siobhan has a tendency to turn her songs sleepy, and it seemed like she slowed the tempo down here a little bit. She struggled to maintain the pace of the song and then ruined it with high, shrill and, above all, unnecessary glory notes. As Crystal said, bigger isn't better. And Kara, this Siobhan being "back" isn't something to celebrate.

So who's going home? I don't know that he necessarily deserves to go this week, but I think Big Mike's time is up. He already lasted one week past what I expected after the save. I think Lee and Siobhan might join him in the bottom 3.

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