Wednesday, May 04, 2011
AI10 Top 5 - Big Changes From Then To Now
James Durbin - "Closer To The Edge" by 30 Seconds To Mars
The extreme pimping of Mr. Durbin has now extended to Sheryl Crow too, I see. And please. If singing with James Durbin is your idea of the ultimate, maybe you really SHOULD retire, Sheryl Crow. James' lower register is super-weak, and he wasn't quite hitting all the right notes. And so much grossness from that sleeveless top. DNW to see pit hairs like that while I'm eating.
Jacob Lusk - "No Air" by Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown
I wish Jacob had run out of air and passed out during the performance so we didn't have to be subjected to that horrific dancing. Hip thrusts and possible crotch grab during a Jordin Sparks song? NO. And his voice doesn't work on this song. Randy's right - that isn't him. And LOL OOPS, JLo clearly doesn't see him in the finale.
Lauren Alaina - "Flat On The Floor" by Carrie Underwood
I guess if Lauren was going to do Carrie-Okie karaoke, it's good she picked a song that wasn't a massive hit like "Before He Cheats". Honestly, Lauren didn't bring ANYTHING new to that song, unless new = inferior vocals.
Scotty McCreery - "Gone" by Montgomery Gentry
It was a little bit corny, but it did kind of feel like a concert performance more than an Idol performance (I mean, country music performances can be kind of corny like that). Scotty really does know how the work the stage.
Haley Reinhart - "You And I" by Lady Gaga
Jimmy suggested this unreleased Lady Gaga song to Haley. INTERESTING. He may be the only person on this show in Haley's corner (or he's trying to sabotage her). I have never heard this song in my life (I wish she had done "Speechless" instead, to be honest), so I have no idea how it's supposed to sound, but to me, Haley sounded fantastic from a vocal-standpoint. It's too bad the song sucked.
James Durbin - "Without You" by Harry Nilsson
James get an extended pimp package here with sob story #240. This is not the audition rounds, producers! The first verse was lovely and vulnerable, and then he started wailing/crying, and it became a big pile of DNW. Just like last week. The judges basically saying it wasn't a good vocal but it doesn't matter because he cried! Ummmm .... In his post-critique chat with Ryan, James said of his performance, "I delivered." Stay humble there, James. Because you really weren't as good as you think you were.
Jacob Lusk - "Love Hurts" by Nazareth
More ~recommendations from Jimmy Iovine. When will the kids realize that his ideas SUCK? Also lol singing this song with a harp. Could you BE any more old-fashioned, Jacob? And more judge-speak: You effed up in the middle of the song, but you brought out the high notes (NO, Randy, that was NOT a Mariah note. Nor was it pleasing on my ears!) so that doesn't matter!
Lauren Alaina - "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers
I really can't stand this song, to be honest. Lauren needs to lay off the fake bake. It's SO distracting, especially with a song this boring and drawn out. She really could have done so much more with this song vocally, but she pussed out on the high notes.
Scotty McCreery - "Always On My Mind" by Elvis Presley
He had a little bit of trouble with the super-low notes early in the song, but I like when Scotty shows tender moments with the dawg. But maybe it was too soon after last week's performance. But whatever - he has now had two grandma moments on this show. He has this in the bag.
Haley Reinhart - "House Of The Rising Sun" by The Animals
Oooh good suggestion from Sheryl Crow to go a cappella. That was gorgeous. And, unlike James last week, Haley actually did something cool with the song even when the band kicked in. She took it to another gear and went flat-out sultry and sexy. LOVED IT.
Rankings for the night:
Bottom 2 predictions: Jacob, Lauren
Going home: Jacob