I'm shocked, SHOCKED about the performances last night. I was preparing myself for a night of horrible-ness topped off with an undeserved Big Mike butt-kissing of epic porportions.
I'm pleased to say, I was wrong. And so surprised about what I watched!!
Best to Worst:
Lee DeWyze - How does he not know how fantastic he is? Treat Her Like a Lady could absolutely be on his album, and I'd buy it. He picked a great song, sang it perfectly, made it "his own", and was hot. (You didn't think I'd post about him without mentioning that, did you?)
Andrew Garcia - And he sneaks in from behind ... Finally, a night without reminiscing about "Straight Up", because Forever was just as good! This is what a "moment" looks like, boys and girls. This is the Andrew I raved about earlier this year and I hope that he sticks around, because I love it! (And the "Mama, be nice" stuff was just so funny!)
Big Mike - Not even close to the cliched performance I expected from him! I'm a huge fan of India Arie and I could not be more pleasantly surprised about what Big Mike did with Ready for Love. I suspect the judges would have preferred him to sing Ain't No Sunshine so they could tout him as the big, black, R&B star they've been wanting him to be. But I couldn't be happier that he pulled back out the guitar and went back to the Jason Mraz-ish style he tried out with.
Crystal Bowersox - It pains me to put her this low on my list. She's only down here for 1 reason, and Simon called it. Heels? Background singers? 1/2 piano, 1/2 standing-by-the-piano? This is not why I like you Crystal. And even though you sounded fantastic and Midnight Train to Georgia was the perfect song choice, I could not get past the fact that you didn't look like Crystal anymore.
Casey James - I think I liked Hold On, I'm Coming when he was singing it. But I just can't put him any higher on this list. Everything sounds the same to me. He stands there with his guitar and performs the song exactly as it was written, does the same type of song every week, and relies solely on his looks to get by.
Siobhan - I really, really didn't like Through the Fire. It's a big song and I thought she was going to pull it out with her fantastic voice, but it didn't seem like there was one note that was on key in the whole thing (with the exception of her screams). She looked pretty though, and I still love her.
Tim Urban - He's so cute. I just want to put him in my pocket.
Didi Benami - I'm pleased that, in spite of all of Ryan's prodding, she didn't drag the Dead-Friend card back out. Because everybody knows that's what was going on. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted was a bit karaoke, it was a bit overdone, and it was a little weird. But I don't want her to go home. I still like her.
Katie - You're kidding me, right? Aretha? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. I could not be more sick of this "let's debate over what kind of artist we're going to mold this little kid into since she has no clue what she wants to do for herself and she'll do whatever we tell her" schtick. And the "who do you trust", "myself" line was absolute BS she pulled out from her copy-Crystal itenerary. Also, I must comment on her hair. My husband told me it was inappropriate to write what I wanted to write about it. So, I'll just say it looks like she visited the beauty school at the trailor park.
Eyebrows - I closed my eyes and told myself I was honestly going to give this kid a chance. Just listen to his voice, KK, I said. People like him, he can't be that bad, I said. 6 words in ... Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone ... and I couldn't take it anymore. He couldn't even stay on pitch for SIX WORDS. (I am relieved to see the judges finally give him a tiny bit of negative-ish criticism, even if it's totally clear that they want him around longer.)
Finally, Usher ... I'm a big Usher fan. He's a fantastic singer and performer (the man can DANCE), and I think he was a fantastic mentor. I liked the advice he gave all of the contestants, even though some didn't follow it (Eyebrows!), and I didn't even mind the 20 minute plug about his new album.
Didi, Tim, and Katie
Adorable little Tim. He can come live in my pocket when he's voted off.