It’s the last week of the American Idol 9 semi-finals, and it’s make or break time. What should the Idols sing in order to advance to the Top 12?
For some, the big priority is to lose the nerves, easier said than done for some, like Lacey Brown, who picked a decent song last week, but looked stiff and awkward onstage. Ditto for Lee Dewyze, who picks songs in his wheelhouse, but never looks comfortable singing them on stage.
Will Andrew Garcia be able to get his mojo back? He needs to break out the guitar, break out an interesting pop song, and wow the judges with his ability to make it his own. He needs to think outside the box, without freaking out the judges. Surely, out of the dozens of performances he’s put up on you tube, there’s something he’s arranged that can put him back in the judges favor?
Michael Lynche and Alex Lambert need to bottle what they did last week and re-open it for Tuesday. Can Alex build on the momentum he created last week with his John Legend tune? Todrick Hall needs to stop trying so hard, but he may be beyond help at this point.
Aaron Kelly should stick to country pop. Whatever Tim Urban decides to sing, he just needs to not suck. But the sucking hasn’t hurt him so far. Casey James might want to put down the guitar altogether this week.
Siohbhan Magnus might do well to pick a song that highlights her powerful pipes. This week, there’s going to be competition between Lacey, Didi Benami, Katie Stevens, Katelyn Epperly and Lilly Scott, and I expect some vote-splitting to go on there. Song choice will be crucial here. Paige Miles might want to pick an old-school R&B tune that showcases that big voice.
Crystal Bowersox, in a league of her own, just needs to keep on doing what she’s doing–the only contestant in that enviable position, at the moment.