American Idol 9 – Top 9 Performance Recap

The kids tackled the songs of Lennon and McCartney tonight, and they did not suck! The best week of the entire series of live shows–only Aaron Kelly and Andrew Garcia really faltered.  Siobhan was a disappointment, but everyone else met or exceeded expectations.

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Best of the night goes to Casey James for his heartbreaking version of Lennon’s “Jealous Guy”.  Surprising tonight: Katie Stevens and Tim Urban, who both made wise song choices.

The judges spent a lot of time arguing over whether contestants are commercial or not.  As if the viewers at home care at all. People will just vote for who they like regardless…

And Andrew/Lee bromance for the win! Here’s hoping they make Danny Gokey babies soon!

Live blog and vids after the jump…

Tonight, it’s the songs of Lennon/McCartney, and if you saw the spoilers, you know the set list reads like a repeat of Season 7! Hope the kids can handle the comparisons…

The action begins backstage, Ryan is backstage showing off the control room. Not sure if I’m liking this backstage stuff. The judges are introduced and take their seats.

After bidding goodbye to Didi Benami, Ryan introduces the Top 9. The video package is introduced, Lennon and McCartney: Lots of hits, successful solo careers…etc. The Top 9 share their thoughts on one of the greatest songwriting teams of all time.

AND OMG PAUL MCCARTNEY TAPED A GOOD LUCK MESSAGE!!! You know the producers tried to get him to mentor and he said, erm, maybe not. And then threw them the taped message as a bone. After all, he DID appear on Simon’s X Factor in the UK, to perform… – VIDEO

Ellen’s fav Beatle song: Blackbird, Michelle, Come Together, Across the Universe…Did they write “Party in the USA”? Kara says the songs are still meaningful and relevant, and some of the best melodies ever written. Simon agrees with Kara for once! Should the Contestants change things up? Some songs shouldn’t be changed, others can. He’d like to hear the contestants change things at least a little bit.

Aaron Kelly – “The Long and Winding Road” – The contestants call Aaron Yoda! He’s described as a “Mature Kid”.  Eep! He starts off pitchy. His head voice is really nasally, unpleasant and super-goatie. A very clumsy,   amateurish performance. NO stage presence. The last note is like sandpaper. Yipes.  Randy says, “You have a beautiful tone,   but I didn’t like the arrangement, it needed to be changed up…you could have done a country version.”   Ellen says, “It’s a big song to take on, it felt like a long and winding song.”  Kara says, “When it comes together for you, it works, but for what you are trying to do , you have to be great, How about something up tempo next week? We’re just seeing the same side of you.”  Simon wants to know why he chose the song.  Aaron says the whole journey has been a long and winding road.  Simon says, “It was very old fashioned, boring…” an audience member screams a boo and Simon and Kara turn around.  Simon continues, “You’ve got to become young and relevant, you’ve got to have moment, you should have done some research on that song” (Like David A sang it 2 years ago?) – 1-866-436-5701VIDEO

Backstage, Aaron says he’ll pick an uptempo song next week. He still feels confident

Katie Stevens – “Let it Be” –  Katie tells Ryan that she’s had 5 offers for prom dates. And if you voted for her? Maybe she’ll go with you. The contestants say she does a “single ladies” dance. She’s got lots of energy! Katie says she’s known “Let it Be” forever, her dad used to sing it, that’s why she chose it. She’s got a piano player on stage with her. Her hair is pulled back, she’s got a hot-pink dress on. I have to say, this is pretty good. This is her best performance ever, easy.  She’s connecting to the song for once. She doesn’t seem old-fashioned either. Very pretty. Randy says, “This is your best performance ever… those were hot vocals, that’s why you’re in the Top 9.”  Ellen says, “Perfect example of changing it to make you own while still respecting the song. There’s no way you’ll be in bottom 3, that was amazing.”  Kara says, “You’re blossoming on that stage, your attitude, you are confident considering you’ve been beat up for two weeks. I’m proud of you.”  Simon says, “Tonight, you got it right. You were absolutely leaning in the direction I hinted at, that’s more country.”  Huh? Randy and Kara blow up at Simon, they think he’s crazy.  SIMON IS TRIPPING, Y’ALL. That was not country.  Katie sings a snip, to prove she wasn’t going for the country vibe. Simon adds, “It felt like you were singing it about somebody, you were not being robotic. Well done.” “We need to clarify what country you’re talking about.” Katie is trying to show growth. It was something she could be honest about” says Ryan. 1-866-436-5702. Kara tries to leave before the break begins! – VIDEO

Backstage, Katie says she wanted to come out this week with a bang.

Andrew Garcia – “Can’t Buy Me Love” –  The contestants agree that Andrew cracks people up. The goofiest contestant ever!  Andrew has personality, no matter what Simon says.  Lee says Andrew is one of his best friends.  Andrew is out on the catwalk behind the judges. He’s playing guitar. Big band, lots of horns–kind of a Vegas version of this song. It’s not bad, but it could have used a little more pizazz.  Randy says, “Solid performance, interesting arrangement, a little corny at times, it was OK”  Ellen says, “First of all, you can buy love, right Simon? Perfect song choice for you, I loved it.” Kara says, “I wanna love it, I just don’t think I’ve seen anything new from you. You should have done more with the interpretation. I thought the breakdown was hot.”  Simon says,   “The band behind you completely overpowered the arrangement, making it irrelevant. You and the band got it wrong tonight.”  Andrew says, “I love the breakdown too. I had fun tonight…If that was corny, than damn, I’m corny.”  – 1-866-436-5703VIDEO

Michael Lynch – “Eleanor Rigby” – Katie called Mike “The incredible hulk” when she first saw him on a plane (didn’t know he was going to Idol!) He’s like a big teddy bear, and he’s hilarious. Michael used to sing “Eleanor Rigby” with his family, on the road (they had a singing group) He loves songs that tell stories. He’s got a mini-orchestra on stage with him. Very soulful, heartfelt interpretation. Michael is bringing it tonight, very passionate. That was hot. The crowd goes wild.  Randy says, “The parts that worked were great, you’ve got that license that you can do what you want, that could be a song on your record…I love watching you blossom.” Ellen says, “There so many different sides of you, I thought that was a huge risk, I thought that was incredible.” Kara says, “I thought that was fire, those vocals were amazing, the drama, the passion…You made that song commercial and relevant, that’s what this show is about.” Simon says, “I didn’t love it as much as the other three, this was the sort of thing you see in musicals, I don’t think it made you contemporary at all. It was too over the top, I’m slightly confused now the type of artist you’re going to be.” Randy says it was very Glee, and people are gravitating towards that. It is relevant. Kara does not think it’s based on musicals, but she thinks it’s relevant. Mike thinks Simon wants to challenge him to a pect contest. “This is between you two now!” says Ryan. – 1-866-436-5704VIDEO

The contestants greet Mike backstage

Crystal Bowersox – “Come Together” – Crystal says she’s got a little cold. Aw, her hometown now has a sign “Home of Crystal Bowersox”. The contestants call her Mammasox, bsox, a beautiful mother, she’s funny. She’s a mothering type of person. Lee was in line with Crystal in Chicago. Crystal tries to stay true to herself. She chose the song ’cause it has a fun groove. Some dude is playing a big crazy looking bass horn (a didgeridoo). It’s a little distracting. Crystal has her guitar back. She sounds awesome. She’s putting her Crystal spin on “Come Together”. Her natural ease and confidence are fully in place. Last week was interesting, but this is the Crystal I love. You can hear her cold on some of the high notes. Randy says, “Another solid performance, don’t know if it’s your best, at the end you started to change things up…you’re in the zone” Ellen says, “I thought that was cool…I need a new way to tell you how great you are, you never cease to amaze me. I could hear that on your album” Crystal was worried about making it her own. Kara says, “This is one of my favorite performance, it kind of had a Bonnie Raitt feel, it was Slinky, sexy playful, I thought you were more accessible tonight.”  Good point, I agree!  Simon says, “That’s a song I could hear on the radio.  It just worked. You talked about staying true to yourself, This is why you are working. ” They call the horn player on stage. Lots of laughing. Simon continues, “It was quirky, it really helped prove a point. Terrific, much better than last week.” – 1-866-436-5705VIDEO

Crystal is goofing around with the horn player backstage. Ryan introduces tomorrow’s performers, Rihanna,

Tim Urban – “All My Loving ” – He’s always smiling. The kids imitate his smile, but they love it! Tim wanted to pick a song that he could sing with a smile. He’s strumming an electric guitar tonight. I hate to say it, but this is TOTALLY working for him. There he is with a freaking Beatles’ mop top and an electric guitar? Holy shit. Even I’m getting a little fluttery. This is a PERFECT song choice, and a great arrangement. Tim will live to see another week. Randy says, “You’re in your own category…is it a good Tim performance? Much better than the last couple of weeks.” Tim says he didn’t try to look like the Beatles. RIGHT. Ellen says, “That was the perfect song choice for you, you have that look, you did very well.” Kara says, “Best performances are when you have a guitar, I like that you came out here today..you took our criticisms.” She apologizes sort of, then orders him to smile. o Kara, never change! Simon says, “We have to judge you on what we’ve seen and heard tonight, and you did really well tonight, there were no gimmicks, it really suited your voice, it sounded really current. You take the criticism like a man. You’ve handled yourself really well.” Tim says, “I really appreciate what you all just said.” He can’t believe the compliments, “I picked a song that I knew fit me.” – 1-866-436-5706VIDEO

The bones peeps are in the audience.

Casey James – “Jealous Guy” – They make fun of Casey, like he’s a soap opera star. They mock his laugh. And his hair! Tonight, it’s just Casey and his guitar. There’s a cello on stage with him. Wow. Very tender, emotional vocal. He doesn’t have a perfect voice, but it adds character to the song. It kicks in on the second verse. I like this a lot. Ok, I’m getting a little chill here, people. Wonderful. Casey, REALLY needed a performance like this. Randy says, “I love that you were playing acoustic, love the sensitive vibe, impressed that you took that leap, you’ve got this blues exterior, it wasn’t the perfect vocal, but I really felt you.” Ellen says, “That to me was your best performance to date, so soulful. It was a beautiful arrangement, I wanted to feel you pour yourself into a song, and you did.” Kara says, “You showed vulnerability, it was tasteful, it’s showing depth, that’s what I wanted to see…I think you can do more still.” Simon says, “I think it was the best performance of the night so far. Week to week change has been ginormous…I’m very very impressed with you tonight.” Ryan tries to pull something personal out of Casey, he ask him what he was thinking about during the song. “Thinking about being a jealous guy, ” Casey answers. Shot down! – 1-866-436-5707VIDEO

I’m digging tonight!

Siobhan Magnus – “Across the Universe” –  The contestants say, she’s amazing, and amazingly weird! Everything is so unique, but it all works! Siobhan is wearing a lacy dress with a vest, curly hair.  I like the look. She’s got sort of a moany low register, a little nasally. I’m not loving this, but I do appreciate the fact that she’s not screaming at me.  Randy says,   “Nobody screams artist more than you. It was little sleepy for me, but I love seeing the tender side.”  Ellen says, “I think you really should always honor who you are, you are special. You cooled it on the high notes, I thought it was beautiful.” Kara says, “You hit the notes, it was very controlled, very polite, I’m trying to process it, I’m not sure you’d hear that on the radio. I’m a little confused.” Simon wants to know why she picked the song.  Siobhan says, “Nothing’s going to change my world” She’s here for her baby sisters, nothing is going to change that. She chokes up talking about them. Simon says, “I think you came back much much stronger, you are unpredictable. If someone would see you for the first time, they’d be confused, but that’s what I like about you.” Sensory overload has been a bit much for her. OMG the judges bring the heckler that’s been booing all show up on stage. His name is Earl. Still think Siobhan is overrated…- 1-866-436-5708VIDEO

Lee Dewyze – “Hey Jude” – Lee is the resident worrywort. Every week, Lee thinks he’s going home! Everybody laughs at him. Oh, the bromance is being set up. What’s the bro name? Crystal says he and Andrew are going to have “Danny Gokey babies” Bwa! Lee picked a song he can relate to. Lee’s smiling! He seems more confident. I like his suit and tie with the open collar. He’s cleaning up nice. When the song cuts to the Na na nas,   a dude with bagpipes descend the stairs.  Bagpipes, hm. This is a little weird. I dunno, “Hey Jude” is hard to cut down to 2 minutes, you know? The song had it’s moments, but not one of my Lee favs. He is looking more comfortable on stage. Randy says, “That guy was funny man! I loved that! You always seem like a bundle of nerves, you don’t have to be nervous, you’ve got this…believe!” Ellen says, “The confidence that you showed tonight, I loved it.” and “You didn’t even get rattled by that guy showing up.” Ha ha. Kara says,   “There were some good moments, there were a few off moments, I can hear you on the radio.” Simon says,   “I wouldn’t have done that…I think you were doing great…then the bagpipes, it was like he showed up on the wrong show.” Oh my, that was Lee’s idea. He found out that he had a bagpipe yesterday. Pretty ballsy, if you think about it – 1-866-436-5709VIDEO

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740 Comments

  1. Crystal’s all glammed up! She must be getting ready for next week.

    ETA: I had to come back and explain this stupid comment. I was going by a long-shot of her. On closer inspection, she doesn’t look all that different.

  2. Well at least they got a video from Paul, it’s already better than S7.

  3. They’re really dragging out the artist pimpage, but considering who it’s for, I don’t mind. But they seem to be having issues filling in the time.

  4. Well we got thru the intro without a bunch of crap, keep it up judges!

  5. I hope Aaron’s nerves don’t get the best of him. I know he can’t compare to Archie, but I still hope Aaron does well (for him).

  6. I still don’t know how they’re going to fill two hours, especially with no mentor packages. I hope it’s not a repeat of last week with endless variations of “you stunk up the joint” from the judges.

  7. And I love Ellen, but couldnt she have dressed better, it looks like she just got thru rummaging thru the garbage.

  8. At least Ryan acknowledged season 7’s L/M night was awesome. I have much lower expectations for this group.

  9. This theme makes me miss Cook… *sigh* :(

    OTSN….Oh, Mike…. *shakes head*

  10. If they dont stink up the place they wont have to get told they did. This is the Top 9 they should all be killin it

  11. OK, Aaron, that sounds like Ramiele’s reason for singing “In My Life”. Reasoning like Ramiele is grounds for automatic disqualification from AI…

  12. Aaron is terrible. Especially since Archie did such a great job with this song.

  13. Longest stupidest most repetitive contestant blurb-package EVER.

    And now — What a long and not winding version of this song. How long can your road have been, Aaron? Seriously. And if it *has* been long, then make me feel that you have some connection to it. Oh, Aaron, you have a pretty voice, but I really think you should have waited a couple of years to try for a big stage.

  14. Aaron just turned Long and Winding Road into elevator MUSAK…the last note was good, but aside from that??? zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  15. LMAO! I so called it for aaron! I knew he would pick that song. I even chose it for him in the song sugession thread

  16. SOme of these contestants have no musical identity. Terrible karaoke for Aaron…as usual.

  17. something faster next week? Give us more clues about next week’s theme!

  18. Gah- Simon’s toying with the little boy. I hate this already. I may just go watch … something else….geesh.

  19. Aaron wasn’t that bad people. Not great but far from terrible. Archie did do it much better though.

  20. will:
    04/06/2010 at 8:15 pm

    Did Simon just call Aaron “sweetie”?

    Yes, yes he did.

  21. Okay, loved Simon’s quick beseeching glance heavenward when Aaron said he chose the song because his journey on the show was “a long and winding road.”

    This is an epidemic — picking songs because you identify with one *phrase* in the song — and pretty much blowing off the rest of the lyric…. It’s a road that “leads to your door,” Aaron. That isn’t about your “Idol journey.” So how were you planning to get a connection to *that* part of the lyric?

    Oy. And they *have* talked to him about connecting to the lyric. And I’m sure that Debra, Dorian, Orland, or somebody has as well.

  22. i like Aaron but it was not great! He might have gotten a ticket for the bottom 3 tomorrow

  23. Well 20 minutes in and we’ve had one song. I guess at this rate they’ll have no problem filling two hours.

  24. This is an epidemic — picking songs because you identify with one *phrase* in the song — and pretty much blowing off the rest of the lyric…. It’s a road that “leads to your door,” Aaron. That isn’t about your “Idol journey.” So how were you planning to get a connection to *that* part of the lyric?

    Oy. And they *have* talked to him about connecting to the lyric. And I’m sure that Debra, Dorian, Orland, or somebody has as well.

    THIS.

    Frankly, at this point, poor kid probably confuses lyric connection with the raised hand…

  25. Poor Aaron his version was an exact carbon copy of archie’s version. It was very weak performance even the lightning looked similar when archie performed it.

  26. These kids need to sit and read ALL the lyrics and talk about the meaning of the song (or google it, for heaven’s sake) before they decide BASED ON THE SONG TITLE that it relates to them. Sheesh.

  27. … AND SHE BROUGHT OUT THE FREAKING PIANO TOO????????

    NO. NO. NO.

    oh good she’s not playing it. Still not good.

  28. These kids need to sit and read ALL the lyrics and talk about the meaning of the song (or google it, for heaven’s sake) before they decide BASED ON THE SONG TITLE that it relates to them. Sheesh.

    THis just proves that he’s too young for this show. I’m not saying all 16-17 year olds are too young, but ones with such a lack of knowledge of music and the inability to identify with songs. He’s a true 17 year old. He’s just gravitating to the bigger picture. He personally doesn’t have enough musical knowledge or emotional depth to look deeper into a song right now. It’s just “Oh, I can make a connection. It talks about a road and a journey! I’m on that now!”

  29. I know Kris doesn’t own Let It Be, nor does Jennifer Hudson, but considering they both JUST performed/recorded beautiful versions of this song, versions that are fresh in people’s minds, maybe Katie really should have picked a different song? Maybe? Huh? You think?

  30. Tim Urban seems disdainful of everyone. Siobhan was totally being sarcastic about the dancing.

  31. Katie has great legs. She’s McPhee-lite without the McPhee pipes. She’s not doing anything great to LIB but she’s not ruining it.

  32. There’s something about this Katie that is totally off-putting to me. go away Katie.

  33. AND OMG PAUL MCCARTNEY TAPED A GOOD LUCK MESSAGE!!!

    The highlight of the season, hands down.

  34. dang, how long can she draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag this song out…..

  35. That’s a hideous dress Katie’s wearing and she’s very shrill on this song

  36. Another pagenty performance without any real connection to the song. The vocal isn’t awful, but without the connection to the meaning behind the song, it just seems flat

  37. Ugh. Why are they chosing songs that has been used during season 7!? This is annoying… arg

  38. Let it Be is a great song, and almost always sung well. Is it easy to sing or something? Katie sounded good (only a little shrill) My favorite of hers so far. Mainly on the strength of the song I think.

  39. I thought she was better than Brooke. Certainly better vocals, and I love Brooke.

  40. Okay, Katie. That was *way* better. Good job, Katie. She even sounded like she connected to the lyrics this time!

  41. I wasn’t offended by Katie. It was alright. Not OMG fantastic! But that was good.

  42. I thought she did really well, much better than I would have imagined

  43. Did I just watch a different show than the judges? I thought Katie’s song was one of the most boring things I’ve ever heard on the show.

  44. Really? They think that was the best of her performances? ugh.

  45. OMG! Brooke’s version of LIB brought tears. This brought tears of a different sort. Go away Smug Teen Witch.

  46. I really think Simon is on some serious crack. Country??? What the hell is wrong with him?

  47. Okay, Katie. That was *way* better. Good job, Katie. She even sounded like she connected to the lyrics this time!

    Yes. And I’m not a fan. Not Brooke. Not Kris. But very good.

    OMG, Simon just called “Let It Be” at the piano country!?!?!?!?!??!?

  48. Simon needs to be smacked. He is so annoying with his not knowing the definition of Country. LOL

  49. UM with the order they were on stage does this mean that Tim is last….could this mean he will have a great performance. Don’t they usually have the person go last that does well. Just asking.

  50. It kinda hurt my ears, and soooo not country. Simon is so horrible about trying to make his point of view be right.

  51. Even though Katie sang it well, I felt more genuine emotion from Brooke.

  52. Katie was dull and shrill on a lot of the big notes, but at least she was in tune, I guess.

    I’ll be so glad when she’s gone and I never have to hear the “what genre should Katie sing” debate again.

  53. Simon needs to be smacked. He is so annoyig with his not knowing the definition of Country. LOL

    I know. What the heck is he thinking? I know he gets a lot of love, but he has the most gaping lapses of any judge on this show. And this one… I mean, wow. WOW.

  54. MattChisling Aaron Kelly delivered David Archuleta’s performance from two years ago with half as much talent, poise, and performance value. Fail

    9 minutes ago from web

    lolololol…

  55. OMG Katie sounded amazing tonight. Go Katie i am so proud of you. She is growing each week and I am so happy.

  56. And what is so funny, that Simon hates country, maybe hes trying to find another Carrie IDK

  57. I wonder if the judges will be criticizing less. With ratings bad and a general consensus that this season’s talent is relatively poor, I wouldn’t be surprised if they start going easier on them so that they can give the impression that they are better than they really are. Except Tim Urban. I think they’ll let him have it no matter what. Not that he doesn’t generally deserve it, of course.

    ETA: nope, they didn’t like andrew so there goes my theory

  58. i agree with the judges that it was Katie;s best effort so far. I still prefer Brooke and Kris takes on it though.

  59. I know. What the heck is he thinking? I know he gets a lot of love, but he has the most gaping lapses of any judge on this show. And this one… I mean, wow. WOW.

    It’s disgraceful. NOTHING about Katie’s performance was country and Simon sounds like a fool saying so. He couldn’t make it more obvious that he knows nothing about the genre.

  60. Did I just watch a different show than the judges? I thought Katie’s song was one of the most boring things I’ve ever heard on the show.

    I think they’re going to try to save all of the girls now. All 3 of them. lol

  61. Does Simon think repeating Country over and over will magically turn Katie into a brunette Underwood? He’s nuts.

  62. So did Lee do a HUGE eyeroll when he gave Katie that hug. Yes, I believe he did. LOL

  63. I don’t get what the judges heard…It didn’t sound that great to me.

    It did to me, and I just watched it again.

  64. So did Lee do a HUGE eyeroll when he gave Katie that hug. Yes, I believe he did. LOL

    Yes he did!

  65. Does acoustic guitar go with this jazzy arrangement? Points for originality, Andrew, but I didn’t love it. It was alright.

  66. This could be one of the few Beatles songs I don’t love. And Andrew has done nothing to change my mind. I’ll give him credit for changing it up, but that performance was just mediocre. He just doesn’t sing that well.

  67. “Did I just watch a different show than the judges? I thought Katie’s song was one of the most boring things I’ve ever heard on the show.”

    Well, I think it’s a “compared to what” situation. I had the same response as the judges, actually. Much better for *Katie* because I heard some emotion and expression continually throughout the song (and she was pretty well on pitch.) …. So I think if one’s main previous complaint about Katie was that she just didn’t express *anything* then that performance proved that, yeah, she *is* at least *capable* of being a bit expressive ….

    That’s a low bar, I guess. … And, no, I certainly wouldn’t put it up there with good performances that I’d like to see repeated or anything.

    But, like the judges, I definitely feel that I heard her improving in an area that’s been, for me, her biggest fault — lack of flexibility and expressiveness and connection in her singing.

  68. Katie’s voice grates on my nerves. I thought she was WAY overpraised. However…ADAM on next week to MENTOR – YOWZA!!

  69. HeHe on Andy’s hair, its getting higher and higher, what is it called a pompadour?

  70. I don’t want to talk about next week lol. So far tonight I’m bored…

  71. Maybe Simon wants Katie to go country so he won’t have to listen to her sing after she’s off Idol. He hates country music…

  72. Wow, I’m not hearing what the judges are. These kids look and sound so old compared to their real ages. I swear Andrew could have appeared on the old Lawrence Welk show with that number–complete with an accordion player.

  73. I agree with whoever mentioned the acoustic guitar was a wrong choice. He was totally going for a Rockabilly/Straycats feel and an electric would have been MUCH more fitting….

    Almost there, Andy, but not quite. Things like that frustrates me to no end. When they have potential to do something super cool, but the execution kinda fails.

  74. Andrew did allright but for me he doesn’t have the ‘it’ factor. At his best, i just get mildly interested..

  75. Man, from these packages I’m really getting the vibe that Tim doesn’t get along with everyone else.

    Seems like Katie is getting pimped hardcore in all of these too. Bet they really don’t want another girl to leave.

  76. Like his reason for picking the song… the strings are my favorite part.

  77. Andrew didn’t sound horrible but i didn’t like his song choice tonight :(

    and he looked like That thing you do…

  78. I just don’t find Mike interesting. So shoot me. :)

    These songs actually take a lot of skill. Not that easy.

  79. The finger point is back! lol. Wrong song, man. Sung it well but no.

  80. Mike just might have a moment!

    wow, second week in a row I liked him.

  81. Every week the intro packages make me like Katie more. I wish she’d put more of her personality on stage, she’s actually fun and interesting.

    Oh Eleanor Rigby. Sorry Mike. But not working.
    So far Katie was the best.

  82. I enjoyed Andrew more than the first two, but then I hate the Beatles. Just cannot stand their music. To be honest, I have yet to hear anyone, in any venue, make songs of the 50’s-70’s sound current, not without completely deconstructing the song and making it nearly unrecognizable. And well, i’ll agree with the corny, but just because I think when anyone tries to sing most of these dated “classics” it comes off as such.

  83. Mike Lynch doesn’t seem to be connecting at all to me. I don’t know if it is the over the top runs, the cheeze, the over emoting, or what. It all seems so fake somehow.

  84. Michael was HOT tonight! Definitely my favorite performance of his so far.

  85. Mike is great tonight! I really liked it. A lot different than Cook so I don’t see any comparisons.

  86. Mike started out okay, finished big. Good for him for trying something different! I liked it.

  87. For me, it’s like Mike is imitating the connection of this song, rather than really connecting to the material. It just doesn’t compel me, artistically. He’s competent, I will grant, but that’s it.

    Then again, I’m just not a fan of the style. And his personality… oh, my, so off-putting. I shouldn’t be that judgmental about personality, but it’s not helping his cause at all.

  88. So Big Mike did a good job on DC’s Eleanor Rigby. That tells me that this is one freakin’ good song! Thank you Paul McCartney!

    ETA: Why does my family think they can TALK TO ME when idol is on? Must I be nice to them????

  89. I don’t get why the judges LOOOOOOOOVE big mike… he just isn’t anything special to me… bleh

  90. Simon is right, that wouldn’t be on the radio. And saying it could be on Glee completely proves Simon’s point.

  91. I must be tone deaf. All this talk about these recordings being on their future album makes me believe my love of music will cease.

  92. Simon, just go to your OH-SO-CURRENT X-factor show already. And THAT show doesn’t encourage people to be “theatrical”?? Give me a break.

  93. Is it me, or has Ryan reigned in the douche factor tonight?

  94. Stop. Pointing. Your. Finger. I swear to god, I am going to break that finger off.

  95. Big Mike’s too over confident and full of himself for me . he thinks he’s got this won

  96. Simon, just go to your OH-SO-CURRENT X-factor show already. And THAT show doesn’t encourage people to be “theatrical”?? Give me a break.

    Very true, though.

  97. What’s up with Mike having to use his flabby muscles for EVERYTHING!?? I doubt he has a 6 pack under there honestly…

  98. Oh my, they must have a lot of time to kill tonight with these inane, fake arguments between the judges.

  99. Ryan is keeping things better this week, maybe he was straightened out, who knows.

  100. I really don’t care if the contestants are trying to be contemporary, classic, theatrical, etc. Just as long as it is good for that one moment.

    Versatility is a good thing (not that I loved Mike’s performance or anything).

  101. What Mike has over some of them is a long history of performing. That’s what Crystal has too – she’s toured a bunch, just like Cook and Adam. It’s the secret ingredient. Not a fan of Katie or Aaron, but I think they are just so young. There hasn’t been time to establish a musical identity.

    Andrew is kind of a small club guy I think. He doesn’t have build.

  102. I cannot stand Mike!! UGHHHHHHHHHHHH

    Dear Katie-
    The teen boy’s parents called…they want you to pay for the phone bill.

  103. another allright performance.. no ‘it’ factor again for me that would made me buy a concert ticket.
    hahaha on the pecs repartee .. well done big Mike

  104. I agree with Kara. I got some contemporary r&b vibes from that.

    I do too. I think they see Mike as a threat to Crystal and Siobhan.

  105. I almost feel like she has already sang this song….maybe even twice. lol

  106. Crystal does Janis doing the Beatles. Poor Carly wishes she had done it this good.

  107. didn’t Kris do this song last year?

    Yep. Not widely considered his best moment. Carly did it in S7, and arguably had her best performance with it.

    Like what I’m hearing with this…well, except for a few moments… but on the whole…

  108. This is my favorite performance by Crystal. Not boring at all. About time. Water cooler moment #1

  109. I almost feel like she has already sang this song already….maybe even twice. lol

    Yeah. Every song sounds the same with her. But hey, if it works it works!

  110. Crystal started out ehh… finished better, like Mike IMO. I bet the recorded version will be better the performance felt a little disjointed.

  111. Crystal is looking down at her guitar way too much, even more than Casey. It really takes away from her performance, which again, I found good but SO predictable. Nothing at all interesting about it.

  112. Very cool interpretation. My only problem is when she reaches for the high notes, it sounds a little strained. But very good indeed.

  113. Loved it, she seemed distracted by the guitar. What’s the digereedoo?
    There was a sultry vibe to her vocals, and then the high notes. Really great

  114. I like Aaron but I don’t think that his performance was very good. I thought Big Mike was okay. I don’t think that Crystal was that good tonight.

  115. Her voice continues to remind me of Jennifer Nettles. (Sugarland = Awesome.)

  116. Not bad. She’s still not my taste in singing, though.

    Has this roaming sickness happened in the past? I don’t remember the contestants being sick so often in the other seasons.

  117. Her voice continues to remind me of Jennifer Nettles. (Sugarland = Awesome.)

    I agree.

  118. Crystal was great but something definitely went wrong in the middle. Not sure if it was lyrics or a problem with the guitar but something threw her off for a sec.

  119. Maybe Crystal just seems so good because she’s on this years show and not last year of previous years. The others being so bad make her look better than she is?

  120. Has this roaming sickness happened in the past? I don’t remember the contestants being sick so often in the other seasons.

    To be overly cynical, maybe they learned from Megan Joy’s “Influenza B” last season that parading your sickness out instead of trying to appear stoic can get you extra votes.

  121. So nice they introduced the man.

    Teflon Tim doesn’t need an introduction, he just shows up at your window at night with unblinking eyes.

  122. I love Crystal. She can keep on doing her thing ’cause I’m liking it. And for the second year straight Hubby has someone he sits down to watch lol. Last year it was Allison.

  123. I think she could come out and sing the Koran, and people would say, eh, I’ve heard this before. Poor Crystal, she has the problem that Carrie had. She’s too good – there’s no growth arc.

    I don’t care though. She’s a fabulous musician.

  124. Crystal is totallycomfortable with herself, unintimidated by judges, relaxed on stage, poised. I’ll bet there are people who hate that. I think it is really refreshing…….

  125. I really don’t think there is anyone that can beat Crystal. She is easily the most talented, most consistent and almost everyone digs her. She alienates no one. She has no competition…this really is a one woman contest.

  126. Maybe Crystal just seems so good because she’s on this years show and not last year of previous years. The others being so bad make her look better than she is?

    Nope, I think she is just that good. I think she would have stood a good chance of winning any season.

  127. To be overly cynical, maybe they learned from Megan Joy’s “Influenza B” last season that parading your sickness out instead of trying to appear stoic can get you extra votes.

    Um, hi, that implies they learned something from last year at all, or the year prior. I’d hold that as verifiable false…

  128. Holy shit, I just can’t do it…sooooo bloody boring……
    Nothing can revive this season.

  129. Crystal has it allllllll right. Be yourself. Too bad Andrew won’t get the point… go up there with your guitar and just sing. No stupid background music and crap going on. Andrew’s youtube videos are brilliant… and on idol, he’s only done it twice with straight up and forever…

  130. The sickness happens every year, and on tour its even worse. Jason Castro was so sick one week, altho Ryan never acknowledged it

  131. That was my fav Crystal performance. She is so much better than Kris.

  132. I think she could come out and sing the Koran, and people would say, eh, I’ve heard this before. Poor Crystal, she has the problem that Carrie had. She’s too good – there’s no growth arc.

    I’m sorry, but comparing Crystal’s time on Idol to Carrie’s is a serious slap to Crystal. Carrie was a flawed candidate in a way Crystal was not, and the critiques of her were more akin to those of Katie Stevens. (Carrie’s grown a ton since Idol, though. A ton.) Crystal’s much more a Melinda Doolittle, in terms of arc.

  133. I’m sorry, but comparing Crystal’s time on Idol to Carrie’s is a serious slap to Crystal. She’s much more a Melinda Doolittle, in terms of arc.

    I agree…Crystal and Melinda are similar in that they’re seasoned professionals and don’t need to grow really at all. Carrie had great vocals the whole time through, but she was quite stiff all throughout the season.

  134. Tim picked a good song that suits him. And with that hairdo, he resembles the Beatles.

  135. MJ, I think that Big Mike challenged Cowell to a “Pec” contestants. Ick. Just ick.

  136. Lol, the haircut, the guitar and the looks at the camera. Randy is right, he’s on his own category.

  137. Shoot me .. I enjoyed Tim .. lol

    He’s not a great singer but I love that song just for the fuh upbeat factor

  138. Crystal’s much more a Melinda Doolittle, in terms of arc.

    Yup. That is my fear.

    Oh, Tim. I wanted more entertainment. It was kinda dull.

  139. Yeah predicting Andrew to go home now that katie and tim did well…. then andrew will sing straight up for sing for the save. and it’s up to the judges from there….

  140. So if Timmy improved (which he did) why is he getting so condescending an evaluation from Randy? I’m still irked by the overpraise for Katie.

  141. Well, you could be right – but weirdly, I couldn’t stand Melinda. I hated the tone of her voice, and I didn’t like the bashful smile thing she always did. [She was a lovely woman, don’t get me wrong – just not my thing.] But I adore Crystal. She’s one of the most authentic artists that the show has ever produced. I’d go to her tour right now.

  142. Excluding the Beatles, best performance of Come Together ever. Better than Michael Jackson’s and that was really cool. Crystal is just really it.

  143. Tim’s best performance to date. I know people love to hate him but he just does his own thing. He actually has a nice voice. And he is easy to look at.

  144. Don’t like Randy patronizing Tim. Good job, Simon on giving an honest critique.

  145. When I think that Tim is on this show instead of Alex Lambert, (who I just downloaded and is wonderful) it is just a puzzle and very bizarre and somehow feels like the TV audience got cheated.

  146. Lol at Randy saying that was a “good Tim” performance, and that’s how he’s going to judge Tim from now on.

    I don’t think that Tim has a very good voice, but I do think that the song he chose tonight was a good pick for him.

  147. It really didn’t suck, he’s never that out of tune, and I kind of love his hair. But I really, really wish he would have sucked it up. Much more entertaining.

  148. Well, you could be right – but weirdly, I couldn’t stand Melinda. I hated the tone of her voice,

    Yes! I thought I was the only one! Melinda’s voice was so…guttural.

  149. Tim was fun. This will be a tough week to pick who is going home. Could be Katie. Although good, she went early and doens’t seem to have a huge fan base.

  150. Just found Tim dull and his voice always seems so strained. Strained, yet not unsupported, very odd.

  151. Tim brings new meaning to the word “mediocre.” He’s like a musical nightmare – passionless, meaningless, sound patterns. Blech.

  152. I don’t like Good Tim. I want Funny Tim. Good Tim is like the best singer on Disney. I mean, who wants that? LOL. Funny Tim is Hot Cornfed Snajaya. Me likey that.

  153. no one can beat tim in a bottom 2 showdown so i predict andrew to go home to many boos in the crowd…. and do straight up acoustic for the save!!!!

  154. I would rather Tim win than Crystal.

    YIKES! I’m not the biggest fan of Crystal either, but really, that’s just wrong.

  155. I don’t like Good Tim. I want Funny Tim. Good Tim is like the best singer on Disney. I mean, who wants that? LOL. Funny Tim is Hot Cornfed Snajaya. Me likey that.

    THIS.

  156. I hope Aaron, Katie, Tim and Siobhan make it to next week. I’d love to hear what advice Adam might give them.

  157. I agree with the comparison of Crystal to Melinda Doolittle and I think she may end up f3 just like Melinda. I just think the guys or possibly Siobhan will end up being more popular. She has a really good voice and I recognize that but still find she does nothing for me.

  158. It was my preferred performance by Tim but couldn’t help thinking how amateurish he sounds and it’s so for me because of it’s phrasing

  159. I think Tim did a good job. Who woulda thought?! lol He seems like a nice guy too. I think he might just survive another week!

  160. Tim is kinda cute. Looks like a Beatle. Nice voice.

    I agree…thought I heard Crystal do her song before.

  161. I hope Aaron, Katie, Tim and Siobhan make it to next week. I’d love to hear what advice Adam might give them.

    Oh my…I’d love to hear Adam trying to work with Tim.

  162. Ok I really enjoyed Tim performance….so far Aaron should go home based on performance….but this could be a reverse Psychology tactic….let fans think Tim is safe then he gets cut. Tim maybe mediocre but so is Justin Bieber and he is not doing too shabby.

  163. Aaron – This should have been good and somewhat dull. It just was somewhat dull. Not great. Man, Aaron. Three songs that have been done by Idol greats already. I still love that voice…. wanna see it go up tempo. I don’t think “goaty” is the word to describe his voice at all, but it does have some animal traits. Still love Aaron, but not this. And totally not liking the “song title tells the story” schtick. That’s bull. Sorry Aaron. If anything, I’ll probably vote to save him.

    Katie – Hmm, I’m instantly getting an Eminem “Without Me” vibe here. Guess who’s back? Back again? Katie’s back. Tell a friend. Well, not really, I still think she was pageanty, but that was her best performance by a mile. Very pretty, very nice.

    Too lazy to watch anyone else.

  164. Oh, oh – This song is going to expose Casey’s lack of vocal ability. Too much vibrato.

  165. Casey sounds like the BeeGees tonight. That’s okay. I always liked the BeeGees. :)

  166. I called it: Beatles week is perfect for Tim. The songs are generally not challenging and the early ones very bubble gum. Just what he’s suited for.

  167. Hmm, that was pretty passable there T Urban. I don’t think he is going anywhere.

  168. I never noticed how goaty Casey is. I really hate that. Most of the song was boring. His voice isn’t unique enough to keep this interesting. Although I liked when he added some gut to it.

  169. FINALLY Casey is showing a different side of himself. And he’s not grinning! I barely recognize him. Not completely successful but an A for effort!

  170. I have said it before and I said it again… Casey can sell some records.

  171. Casey gets points for looks and guitar playing but the vocals were average.
    Knowing the idol audience, this will go very well.

  172. FINALLY Casey is showing a different side of himself. And he’s not grinning! I barely recognize him. Not completely successful but an A for effort!

    Exact;y. He needed to do this. And he did well with it.

    Even if the vocals… yes, not perfect, there were some issues. But I’d argue the substance was there, ultimately.

  173. Finally on board with Casey!! This is what I’ve been waiting for, minus some of the qualities in his vibrato. Tonight hasn’t sucked, wow.

  174. How tall is Casey? Along with Mike they’ll be eye to eye with Adam.

    Little too much vibrato, but great.

  175. Tonight hasn’t sucked, wow.

    It’s been good. I’m enjoying tonight a lot more than some of the other episodes this season.

  176. Goldie locks was pretty darn good tonight…his best by far.

    Overall I think everyone is doing well tonight. It’s going to be tough call who goes home this week.

  177. I would rather Tim win than Crystal.

    I think my world just imploded. That could explain all the dismembered body parts on the floor.

    I dunno, maybe he has something good in him?

    You know, Tim does really have a nice voice, this is actually…. GOOD. Perfect for him. Jaunty without being too hilariously bad, it’s actually decent. Either way, I’m only hearing this, but it was miles better than Aaron IMO, and I’m a huge Aaron fan and a huge anti-Tim person. Woooooow. I really really like this! Knowing Idol, Tim will get eliminated tonight after his best performance. How unfortunate. I wouldn’t say it was an AMAZING performance (except by Tim’s standards. By Tim’s standards, I’d give it a Melinda Doolittle/10). It was just good. Me likey.

  178. lovin the tutu, girl. Can’t wait to hear this!!! (p.s. she’s probably the only one who can pull off the “Jai guru deva om”)

  179. Another reason I like Casey is that he doesn’ seem jaded about the whole AI experience. It seems like he’s still in awe that he’s still here. Bodes well for him I think.

  180. This whole night is such a pleasant surprise….nobody is cringe worthy and some of them actually sound like top ten American Idol contestants!

  181. Not digging Shioban at all. She’s struggling right now…she could be gone in a few weeks if she keeps going like this.

  182. Siobhan has turned Across The Universe into something that sounds like it’s from a musical .. like Evita .. and she seems to be singing through her nose

  183. I wasn’t really watching, but I was listening. I didn’t really care much for Casey’s performance, but maybe I’ll have to watch it back.

    (’cause I could’ve been half listening since I was looking at some work I have to get to)

    I really liked Tim’s performance though. I’ve liked him in the past, and at the beginning he was my favorite (because there’s something about his vocal tone I really like), but there have been times where I’m not so thrilled.
    I’m really glad he was able to well tonight. That was, no doubt, my favorite performance of his.
    I like how he really sounds current when he does songs with simpler melodies that fit his voice.

    The others that performed earlier tonight I wasn’t so thrilled with. I was a little impressed with Katie, which surprised me. I’m still not crazy about her, but that was a good performance.

    Overall I didn’t care for Aaron at all. He’s decent, but eh, I guess I’m hoping he goes home this week. I was hoping for him to go last week.

    Now hearing Siobhan, I think she sounds pretty good. I like her voice, and there is something about her. But I don’t know. I guess I just wasn’t feeling the performance as much as some of her others. It was good though.

    ETA:

    Oh, and for the record though, currently I really don’t have a favorite in this group.
    I guess I somewhat am rooting for Tim though, just because I’d like to see him improve (since I still believe he has potential since he’s very current sounding with the right songs).

    But other contestants keep growing on me, so I’ve been changing my mind so much during this competition as to who I like best.

  184. Okay, Siobhan’s song was a bit sleepy — and I typed that BEFORE Randy said it!! — but her vocal was flawless.

  185. Siobhan, eh. It seemed plodding-ly slow and a lot of her phrasing seemed to be trying too hard. Her vibrato gets to be way too much for me too. Parts of it were pretty.

    ETA: Aaand she completely lost me with the crying. Don’t pull a Didi up there. Get back in your seat, Earl.

  186. So, I guess that Kara reads the interwebs and saw how everyone thought she was acting a b*tch to Tim. This week’s critique was like an open apology for having Tim on blast every week.
    What happened to Casey’s hair?

  187. Am I the only person that thought Siobhan was boring and uninspired?

  188. I actually thought that was very, very pretty, rather than plodding or boring. It just was… mesmerizing to me. Connected.

  189. Mike was rockin’
    Katie was good
    Aaron-WTF
    Andrew- it’s a shame, wasted talent
    Casey- overrated
    Crystal- The Best as always
    Tim- Why? just why?

  190. Jesus they’re letting crazy stalkers from the audience hug the contestants now?? That guy was obnoxious and creepy, they should have thrown him out instead of encouraging that kind of behavior.

  191. Do I love Siobhan’s singing? No. Am I completely enthralled with her and love watching her on tv? Yes.

  192. Very beautifull controled vocals. That was the right move for her.

  193. I want Siobhan to stick around for a whole host of reasons, not the least of which is that I *need* her to meet with Adam…

  194. Katie was actually on pitch tonight. bravo her. Crystal was solid, as always. Tim=LMAO. Mike-it was aight. Andrew go home already. Aaron+Siobann=Yawns. Whatcha got Lee??

  195. So, I guess that Kara reads the interwebs and saw how everyone thought she was acting a b*tch to Tim. This week’s critique was like an open apology for having Tim on blast every week.

    Ummmm. Yessss, you read my mind.

    What happened to Casey’s hair?

    Too frou-frou. But the beard scruff was good.

  196. Siobhan is good but uninspiring to me. Some beautiful vocals but I agree on the sleepiness

  197. Siobhan will be calling security on this guy

    I actually liked her this week

  198. I don’t know how I feel about Siobhan tonight. I have to rewatch that. My first impression was pretty, but too slow and lacking life.

  199. Jesus they’re letting crazy stalkers from the audience hug the contestants now?? That guy was obnoxious and creepy, they should have thrown him out instead of encouraging that kind of behavior.

    I agree … I’m worried they’ll let him in next week and he throws a bra or dildo at Adam

  200. MJ – You’ve got the wrong number for Casey. He’s 1-866-436-5707.

  201. What was Katie’s comment about Lee and Andrew having Danny Gokey babies??

  202. The bagpipes just totally killed this song for me. and dude, it’s not a concert.

  203. Lee sounds terrible. Really terrible. He is totally off key. And the bagpipe was strange

  204. Are the producers trying to create the next Kradam?

    Probably. But if we can get awesome quotes about Danny Gokey babies out of it, I really don’t care.

  205. LEE!!!!!! What is happening????????? Oh nooooooo!

    Yes, she did say DANNY GOKEY BABIES! Funny!

  206. oh no .. that piper is using Adam’s stairs … and he’s not strutting .. lol

  207. Hey Jude is one of the best songs ever… so glad someone sang it tonight. I wish Lee sang a more stripped-down version of it, but it was still good.

  208. He looks happy this week! lol @ the bagpipes! WTF! Now I know why he went last… how do you follow a big old bagpipe dude?

  209. lol i think this whole lee and andrew friendship gets them through! imagine they releasing an album together oooooh wooooooow

  210. Lol at Crystal saying Lee and Andrew can get married and have Danny Gokey babies. I have seen some Danny fans and other people compare Lee to Danny and say that Andrew looks like Danny,(even though I don’t think they look like, just have similar looking glasses sometimes).

  211. I just really like Lee. Not his best performance but he’s my favorite guy by far. He looked so relaxed tonight…overall nice job.

  212. I don’t know, she doesn’t do anything for me. I don’t doubt that she might win it all, but I just don’t get the connection. She’s very theatrical, which is find, but not my taste. On the other hand, I thought Adam had connection AND theatricality. Maybe she needs a couple of years more seasoning.

  213. Bahahaha, that was so insane it’s almost awesome again. He looked like he was enjoying himself for once.

  214. WTF!! This show will do anything now to get ratings…..a bagpiper?? A crazy person introduced on the stage…just encouraging more craziness. AND A KRADAM moment with Lee and Andrew as roommates…and Crystal’s comment…..ok then.

  215. Oh come on, Lee deserved more bad criticism. That was an awful performance. just a joke.

  216. Lee did seem more confident and comfortable tonight. That’s good. I like how his voice sounds even though it was kinda off.

  217. Lee’s performance was painful to watch. I kept having S8 tour flashbacks with Kris killing on this song. What is wrong with the judges? I agree with Simon… LOL..

  218. No one called out Lee for being off-key. Too distracted by the bagpipes, probably. I have to kind of admit, though, it charmed me as well.

  219. why did Crystal say Danny Gokey’s babies? Thought she never saw AI before. How would she know Danny Gokey?

  220. I think the judges are going to be surprised when they hear Lee’s performance on tv, lol. Oh, man. That was, imo, awful.

  221. I think Aaron could be in trouble tonight. He was the worst tonight.

  222. After watching tonight’s performances, I think that Katie might be the one going home, and that Katie/Aaron/Andrew will be in the bottom three.

  223. another bleh night with 1 or 2 good performances…. there is no hope for this season….

  224. boy TPTB are not going to give this show up without a fight. LOL A weird horn and a bagpipe… next week dancing ponies.

  225. why did Crystal say Danny Gokey’s babies? Thought she never saw AI before. How would she know Danny Gokey?

    A lot of people probably have heard and seen a picture of Gokey without watching the show.

  226. eek. adam has his work cut out for him next week! crystal and maybe mike were good, not so much the others. btw, is casey the new constantine??

  227. I have absolutely no clue who to pick for the pool. No clue whatsoever. I guess the consensus here is Andrew?

  228. another bleh night with 1 or 2 good performances…. there is no hope for this season….

    I completely disagree. I liked everyone tonight except Aaron.

  229. Aaron might go tomorrow, if it’s not Katie. He went first, and was really the worst tonight. Except maybe Lee, but he went last and got a lot of judge love so he won’t be going anywhere

  230. Well, this may be the night AI9 came together. OK, so maybe it’ll be a trainwreck next week. But this was really promising.

    My B4 (yeah, I’m not going with a 3, because I’m too lazy to make hard decisions) would be Aaron, Tim, Andrew, and Mike. Any of them would be good boots for me, though I know as well as everyone else it’s not going to be Mike. My guess is Andrew because not only was he that good, but I completely forgot about him. Not a good sign.

  231. Well, good night overall, could have been better with a better song selection but I wasn’t expecting much after reading the spoilers.

  232. why did Crystal say Danny Gokey’s babies? Thought she never saw AI before. How would she know Danny Gokey?

    Danny performed during the semifinals!

  233. My top 9 tonight:
    #1 – Crystal
    #2 – Casey
    #3 – Lee
    #4 – TIm
    #5 – Shioban
    #6 – Micheal
    #7 – Katie
    #8 – Andrew
    #9 – Aaron

  234. Ok so I still love Lee. The bagpipes were weird and distracting… but I did love his reasoning… why not?

    Casey was the best, then Crystal, Lee, Siobhan, Katie (?), Tim (?), Michael, Andrew, and last (sadly.) Aaron.

  235. cakeygirl:
    04/06/2010 at 9:58 pm
    eek. adam has his work cut out for him next week! crystal and maybe mike were good, not so much the others. btw, is casey the new constantine??

    not even close to the same douchey-ness

  236. That was a surpringsly excellent night overall! Think Aaron is in trouble.

  237. I’m not getting a response back from text votes. anyone else having trouble?

  238. I have a feeling that Mike might go home. I might be crazy but I just kinda feel it.

  239. I completely disagree. I liked everyone tonight except Aaron.

    Yep. I thought it was a good show tonight. I was pleasantly surprised.

  240. I’m sleepy but Casey and Crystal were the best. Lee was kinda annoying. I’m getting bored with him. Also boring: Garcia, Mike, Siobhan, Katie. Aaron was boring and bad. The show was decent but you get my drift.

    Who did I leave out. Oh yeah Tim. He’s kinda interesting. I can’t believe I’m actually watching the last Idol season with Simon. I keep waiting for the new season to start and guess what it’ll be over in about 7 weeks. It’s like the toothpaste is out of the tube or something.

    I can’t believe there are even 100 people who care who wins this thing.

  241. wow, took until 10:05 to get the automated text response back and I sent many before that

  242. I had meant to say in my last post that I think that three from either Katie/Tim/Aaron/Andrew will be in the bottom three. I had forgotten about Tim. I think that Tim might be safe another week and that Katie could go home instead of him, but I think that he could be in the bottom three tomorrow night.

    And if Katie and Tim are in the bottom three, I’m not sure which one from Aaron, or Andrew will be there. I’m not sure who has the bigger fanbase, I think that Aaron might have the bigger fanbase, even though Andrew’s fanbase has been big enough to keep him out of the bottom three so far.

  243. Tim is trending again on Twitter like he did last week…
    I just keep going back to Danny Gokey Babies…
    This wasn’t a bad week all around for some good singing, some entertainment value.
    Can’t wait for Adam next week…

  244. I haven’t bought anything this season, haven’t been impressed by any of the performances, haven’t voted. But I believe I will buy a copy of Casey’s “Jealous Guy” if the studio version is anything like the live version. I might even vote for him a few times.

  245. I think it could be Aaron going home though….I didn’t think Andrew sounded bad, he just sounded and looked more like a character from That Thing You You Do. So i hope he doesn’t go, but maybe B3…

    Katie could be B3 again but not heading home. Tim – sigh, i’m beginning to see a pattern here. He’s going to make Top 5…and i ain’t excited.

    What could be a possible shocker is Mike or Siobhan… but i doubt it’ll be Siobhan.

  246. Hah! I actually liked Tim tonight and am throwing a few votes his way.

    My spidey-sense tells me Andrew will be going home tomorrow night.

  247. Siobhan was so tender and beautiful. Her falsetto is boss. I’m reliving Mad World. She delivered MJ what didn’t you like this time!?

  248. I like Aaron, but I think he should go home. Katie and Tim would be my choice to go, BUT i liked them both tonight…..So i’ll say Aaron leaves, if not him then Andrew. I was pleasantly surprised with tonight’s show.

  249. OMG. The prepackage for Dewyze did him no favors. He seems needy and desperate for approval. He wants a moment so badly. So what does he do? He brings a bag piper? It was hilarious and so WTF stupid. And he had major pitch issues. I thought Tim and Garcia had stronger vocals. At least it was memorable. Heh.

    Best of the night: Casey and Crystal. The others were not good.

  250. Lee, WHAT. THE. HELL. WERE. YOU. THINKING? You MURDERED one of my favorite Beatles songs. GOD.

    That was a total freaking wreck. He totally overshot the high notes, was totally pitchy, tried to be “soulful”, and had friggin BAGPIPES?! I dunno, if that was ballsy, then call me a woman, I don’t wanna be ballsy. I admit it was a huge risk, but it was a total tank.

    On one end, last week ended up anti-climactic.

    So far, I’ve only seen Aaron, Crystal, Lee, Tim, and Katie. I’d rank them as such:

    1. Crystal
    2. Tim
    3. Katie
    4. Aaron
    10. Lee

    So far I see Lee and Aaron are B3 material, and Aaron should probably go home. Based on tonight, I’d rather Lee go home. I don’t think I’ve ever been genuinely PISSED after a performance, except for Scream On.

    But to be honest, Lee was so fantastic last week and so god-awful tonight that he averages to be mid-pack, and I’m half-fine with that. I do NOT ever want to see another Hey Jude-esque trainwreck (Honestly, I’ll watch Paige’s Against All Odds again before I watch that). But if anything, Lee at least was more confident with the song….. he just did it. WAY. TOO. F*CKING. HARD.

    God, I need some anti-anger medicine. I’m raging so mad.

  251. My thought with Siobhan was Mad World too, female version, I was mesmerized.

  252. has anyone gotten a confirmation text for Tim? I got one for Lee, but not Tim. But I did get one that I voted too soon the first time so maybe that’s the only one I’ll get back for him.

  253. I am a Lee fan and that was bonafide crazy. I seriously root for Lee every week and will vote for him no matter what but oh, Honey….wow, that was just, wow. But just like the most-over-used-quote-of-the-season goes, “still love ya though!”

    Also, Lee and Andrew have got each others’ backs big time. They both seem to have very strong fanbases and hmmmm, who do you think will get the votes from the voted-off bromancer when it happens?

  254. I have a feeling that Mike might go home. I might be crazy but I just kinda feel it.

    I think that Big Mike will be safe this week. I think that he has a big fanbase and could make it to at least Top 4.

    I think that either Katie or Tim, or maybe Andrew is gone tomorrow.

  255. I was disappointed with Lee performance (i watched so many Kris awesome performance of it on idol tour that i couldn’t help comparing and Lee was off key at times)
    — the bagpipe was an original idea though.. i think it was cool

  256. “I’m reliving Mad World. ”

    That performance was not anywhere near “Mad World” and I am not a Lambert fanatic. I found Sioban’s song nice, but very very boring.

  257. Siobhan was so tender and beautiful. Her falsetto is boss. I’m reliving Mad World. She delivered MJ what didn’t you like this time!?

    Well MJ thought she sounded “a little nasally” tonight, which is truly the last word I would use to describe her warm, rich tone, especially on that song. So interesting how we can hear things SO differently.

  258. top 3: crystal, siobhan and andrew/casey

    B3: tim katie and aaron: katie going home

  259. Besides last week, has Lee ever sung a song without going majorly off key on many parts? God, it’s a joke how this guy is actually considered a contender this season. Just think where he’d be if he was in in S7, S5 or S8. Sadz.

  260. Random thoughts from the night…

    Tim’s hair reminded me of Danny “TMTH” Noriega! But I actually enjoyed him.

    I love that Lee totally owned that decision to have the bagpipes. I agree with MJ, ballsy indeed.

    I’m not an Andrew fan, but I kinda want him to stick around because he’s Lee’s BFF. I guess that’s the fan girl in me.

    Not as good as season seven, but overall a pretty good night.

    Casey was my favorite of the night. I think Aaron is going home.

  261. Oh, I totally forgot about Casey. I put him above Tim probably tied with Crystal (I still have yet to see Andrew, Michael, and Siobhan). Very nice, I felt some tears welling up.

    1. Crystal
    2. Casey
    3. Tim
    4. Katie
    5. Aaron
    Infinity Billion. Lee

  262. sorry if I’m the 212th person pointing this out, MJ, but MIchael challenged Simon to a PECT contest– as in muscles. He’d win.

    yes, it was a decent night at the Idol round-up. Not stellar, but I have to admit it’s getting better.

    On the nay side for me were Aaron, with a snoozy bland performance, and Sihoban who affected me similarly. I just don’t get her. The screaming makes me cringe. But singing straight, she sounds pitchy and nowhere near as good to my ears as (yes) Katie. I think she may get a lot of votes from Adam fans who hope she’ll blossom into something as interesting as he is. I sincerely doubt it.

    We’re grading on the curve for Tim. He was quite appealing, and it was nice to hear him do something different than the more predictable choices. Still realy pitchy, but the guy definitely has the looks and demeanor to be on a teen-oriented TV show — would be nice if he had acting chops to do, but that isn’t always a prerequisite!

    Casey really brought it. I don’t find him boring, especially not tonight. Loved the jokes about his “lady killer” vanity. (there were web rumors he’s gay, which is beside the point.) “Jealous Guy” is just a Lennon song, post-BEatles. BUt they must have had it on a list that cleared, and he did a very soulful job on a really emotional tune.

    Lee’s number was a mess, methinks. He’s adorable, and I love the tone of his voice, but this is not a good song to sing two minutes of as MJ says. Pocket Idol did it in concert as a big ol’ sing-along, but during competition you should use every second to show off your own voice. The bagpipe was certainly novel.

    MamaSox sounded great, as usual, but I was disappointed in the overdone song choice. I’d love to hear her chomp down on a full-bodied, rocking tune that hasn’t been done on the show yet. Did love her joyfulness and ease. Everyone looked less nervous.

    I kinda dug Andrew and realized that if I closed my eyes and just listen I like him better. He’s got a swell radio voice. But I don’t care how much fun he is when you’re sharing a hotel room with the guy: a showman, he ain’t.

    And now, don’t kill me, but I come to the best: Katie. I think she’s been way undervalued for weeks because she falls into that pageanty thing. But there’s a richness and depth to her singing that really stands out this season — reminds me a bit of Diana DiGarmo, and she could easily go the same Broadway route. I also loved her comments on the vids — she’s really witty! I hope the kid doesn’t get bumped off next week, but her fan base is probably in the bottom three, with Aaron’s and Andrews.

    And girl, shmirl. I don’t think that matters in terms of who will be knocked off next…..

  263. Didn’t care for Lee that much tonight, even though he’s been growing on me.

    I kind of liked the sound of the bagpipes with the song, but the entrance of the bagpipe player I thought was a little weird.

    I’ve liked other versions of this song, but if I don’t even think about other versions of the song I still don’t think sounded that great.

    It was decent, but I don’t know. I wouldn’t want to see him go tomorrow though.

  264. Tonight wasn’t my favorite vocal from Lee, but he’s so much more confident and has more stage presence. And I like that he had the guts to do something so original.

  265. I loved Siobhan tonight. Not really understanding the criticism of her. They tell her to tone it down last week, so she sang a beautiful, heartfelt ballad. Then idiot Kara says you were being polite. ARGHHH!!!! If Siobhan would of rocked out and screamed they would of been all over her. I don’t get it.

  266. Siobhan was just ok. It was not a great interpretation of the song and it was nasal. It was not a disaster, but it was far from a moment.

  267. Without a doubt, Casey was the best. Aaron needs to go back to high school and perhaps take Katie with him. Maybe they can go to prom together…

  268. What world am I living in?…Siobhan WAS unbelievable tonight! Sleepy some say? I was wanting to hear more! Damn, my 71 year old southern country mother called me in tears saying “how that girl just made her cry” with that beautiful song! Now, thats saying ALOT from Mom, being Siobhan is kinda on the “different” and “unusual” from her plain country woman’s view of the world!!!…..I’m all about Siobhan tonight….and Katie was good also!

  269. This season reminds me of S6, where I gave up right about now and didn’t bother to watch to the finale. If I weren’t paying attention online (last year was my first on any AI blog or coverage), I don’t think I’d even be watching any more.

    I still like the show though, and I think the judges are 100 million percent (tm Randy) better than last year/last few years. This group is just kind of a dud and even though they sang better tonight they are still duds. I’m sure they’ll get a few radio hits out of this bunch though. Especially with auto tune.

  270. Siobhan was almost there for me… but I CAN’T wait to hear her studio version. Casey was fabulous & Katie was surprisingly good. Despite my dislike of her, I’ll be surprise if she is in the B3.

  271. I liked everyone but Aaron tonight.

    Favorites were Crystal, Lee, and Casey.

    Going home could be just about anyone but Crystal, Siobhan, and Big Mike.

  272. Great night! The Idols seemed to have fun and are more relaxed.

    1. Casey was great tonight. I love him
    2. Lee – even though vocals weren’t there, I find him and the bagpipe hilarious and I’m glad he was ballsy.
    3. Katie – she was good
    4. Crystal – my fav from her even if she lost her way in the middle.

    The rest. Nobody bombed. I loved tonight!!

  273. Casey was fabulous tonight. He and crystal are my Top 2 for the night. I also likeed Mike. Tim was the least annoying he’s ever been – he sounded on key and was not weird at all. I saw that as an improvement (although I still think there’s a chance he may be punking us).

    I didn’t really like Siobhan’s, although clearly the girl’s got pipes. She’s just not my thing. Aaron was the worst – he doesn’t deserve to be in the Top 9.

    Andrew & Katie’s performances were just meh to me. Although, I love Katie’s sense of humor in the clips. She’s got a cute little personality.

    I was disappointed with Lee’s, after how much I liked him last week. I thought he actually sounded kind of crappy – but his performance level was good again.

    On that note, I did love the little clips of them talking about each other. It was cute, and I got a few giggles out of that.

    All and all, I thought it was an entertaining night of TV. My favorite episode so far this season. Which is not unusal for me actually. I usually really start getting into it around Top 8 or 9. Before that, I have trouble remembering most of their names.

  274. Hands down BEST tonight – Casey.

    I have never voted for him………..but right now i am!! LOL!

    I would rank them tonight:
    1) Casey
    2) Crystal
    3) Siobhan
    4) Lee (though it was kinda rough)
    5) Andrew
    6) Mike
    7) Katie
    8 ) Tim
    9) Aaron (sorry sweetie)

  275. monleo1705:
    04/06/2010 at 10:37 pm
    Hands down BEST tonight – Casey.

    I have never voted for him………..but right now i am!! LOL!

    I would rank them tonight:
    1) Casey
    2) Crystal
    3) Siobhan
    4) Lee (though it was kinda rough)
    5) Andrew
    6) Mike
    7) Katie
    8 ) Tim
    9) Aaron (sorry sweetie)

    wow this is the first list that I’ve seen that I agree with… but I’d tie Siobhan and Crystal.

  276. I have never voted for him………..but right now i am!! LOL!

    Me too!

  277. Siobhan was my fav a few weeks ago, but I lost some love last week and this week I realized that I just don’t like her voice – it sounds nasally. And I voted nonstop for Adam last year b/c I like different, theatrical and individuals, etc. But I think it’s her nasally tone that bugs me. I like her and hope she makes top 5.

    But this year, Casey Lee and Crystal have the vocals that I’m loving.

  278. Koshka – Hehe Thanks! I interchange between Crystal and Siobhan sometimes… :)

  279. Tonight was better than I thought it would be.

    Top tier
    Mike – absolutely loved it
    Casey – much, much, much better. showed vulnerability.
    Crystal – not her best, but solid

    Mid tier
    Lee – pretty unremarkable, save the bagpipes
    Katie – good for her
    Siobhan – what? kind of boring. self-indulgent. emphasis on ‘nothings going to change my world’.

    Bottom
    Tim – perfect for a cruise ship
    Andrew – bad arrangement, corny, nothing very good about it
    Aaron – weak performance. without a doubt, in the basement – likely going home

  280. I grew up in the Elvis era, loved Motown, but was never a big Beatles fan. Tonight, I absolutely loved Casey and the song. Ive liked him all along. I usually hear someones voice early on that just sweeps me up, Casey and Crystal are the two for me. However, I must admit that tonight I loved Katie. Her voice and the song were beautiful. I did not like Mike tonight, nor Lee or Aaron. I thought Andrew was the worst tonight, although he wasnt bad, just not as good as the others. What I didnt like about Lee and Mike tonight were the song arrangements. I’ve never gotten Siobohan, or however u spell her name and I didnt like Tims song although he sounded better then he has. I split votes between Crystal, Casey and Katie tonight.

  281. I wonder if Tim Urban had sung with a bag pipe player if people would be praising him for being ballsy. Somehow, I don’t think so. :)

    It’s funny how people are listing Lee in their top half, but with qualifiers about how he wasn’t really that good. It shows he’s built up a lot of viewer goodwill. Even though he is very inconsistent, I still like him, so glad to see it.

  282. I’m shocked- Katie was really good.
    Casey was the best of the night. Does anyone else hear Bob Seger when Casey sings?
    IMO, Lee was pitchy and the song was too much for him. The bagpipe guy was comical. (and not in a good way) It was a very strange performance.
    I want to like Siobhan. I like “different” and “theatrical”. Her voice just doesn’t have a pleasing tone to my ears. I’m not getting her and I’m really wanting to.

  283. I try and I try… but I just don´t get on board with Crystal. Even though I´m not really wachting the show this season I check her performances here on mj´s so I can understand all the comments about her. Really? It´s just the same all the time…boring

  284. Before I read anyone elses critique:

    1. Lee- LURVED the bagpipes. We were all doing the rock horns by the end of the performance. So out of left field that it just tickled the hell out of me.
    2. Casey- WOW. Never heard that Lennon song before. What a stellar choice that was. Really made me see Casey in a whole new light. Before that, I really only thought of him as the best guitar player on idol. Now I see him as probably the best musician, because that song choice was not something just anyone would have picked out.
    3. Crystal- Nice to see her do something fun, and the girl just gives me goosebumps.
    4. Big Mike- I love that as a black man he picks songs that aren’t straight up R&B. It would be easy to say he is another Ruben because of his soulful vibe, but the dude has some rock roots going for him. But WTF with that unfortunate family group name?
    5. Lee- Mike Posner. This guy is relevant. I get him.
    6. Katie- I thought Simon was right- while she was singing I heard shades of Carrie Underwood
    7. Siobahn- Totally overrated and nasally. was my early favorite but now I feel like I finally see the emperor with no clothes
    8. Tim- Oh, hell I just love this kid and his way of sticking it to the man.
    9. Aaron- tomorrow Archie is going to expose Aaron as Archie 2.0.

    Overall what a damn improvement.

  285. I missed the first 10 mins of the show dang it!!!!! I hope someone has vids of that. :( I didn’t miss any of the performances though. Overall I loved the show tonight. I was kinda shocked that I did. I will try not to compare them to Season 7 because they are a different crop of singers.

    The BEST to Worst for me:

    1. Casey James- He was so good and it was a totally different side of him and he picked a song that hasn’t been done yet, I think.

    2. Crystal-She was amazing as usual even with the cold. The woman has soul. I think she is destined for the crown now.

    3. Siobhan- I know some think it was nasally but I FLOVED it! Her voice is beautiful. She made me cry talking about her little sisters. I had to take care of my little brother when I was younger so I knew what that was coming from. WOW, I need a moment now…..ok….better. I bet the studio version will be fabulous.

    4. Katie- I am liking it, not bad at all.

    5. Big Mike- He was good but I can’t stop thinking of Cookie’s version, I hate that. Mike was good.

    6. Lee- Love the bagpipes, lol. The singing was as great as last week but I like his confidence this week.

    7. Timmy- OMG, I can’t believe I am saying this, he was good. lol

    8. Andrew-It was ok but a little cheesy for me.

    9. Aaron- Not good at all, and yes Archie did it better. Why did he have to pick that song? Oh well. Aaron may be in trouble tomorrow.

    Bottom 3: Aaron, Andrew and Katie or Timmy

    Going home: Andrew

  286. It was not a great interpretation of the song and it was nasal. It was not a disaster, but it was far from a moment.

    I thought it was nasally as well. I didn’t like it at all. I think tonight Casey game us the closest thing we’ve had to a moment so far.

  287. 2 weeks in a a row Casey kicked ass.If he keeps this up he can end up going very far. Another WGWG FTW!!

  288. Okay.. wow. No particular order here.

    Casey had the closest thing to a moment we’ve had this season. Yeah, I know Crystal is great. But I knew when I read that he was doing Jealous Guy that it would be fantaabulous. I love that song. I love the John Lennon version and especially the Brian Ferry version, yet he made it his own. Smart. Smart. Smart. Choose a song that’s not as well known so you don’t get slammed and kill it.

    Crystal was good, too. I’m starting to wonder if they cast Sib as th e”weirdo” to make people vote for Crystal as the sweet earth Mama. Normal by comparison. No matter. She is consistently great.

    Timmy… he’s one of the smartest contestants out there. I love him for that. He knows his limits and is playing the game. Faint praise and couched between the two C’s may hurt him.

    Big Mike… oh, that was kinda boring, but you can coast for a few weeks as you have your own demo. Not a bad strategy.

    Katie, I like you against my better judgment. Besides the crack about your dad at the bar in the mall, you seem to have a pretty good personality. Too bad your outfit was so distracting it ruined the whole performance for me.

    Andrew… Oh, I just can’t warm up to you. That was just all wrong. Good thing you have a fanbase.

    Lee. OMG. Really? And you got the pimp spot. I want to like you because you’re a Chicago peep, but that isn’t the way to be memorable. Or perhaps he’s gunning for the VFTW vote?

    Sib, you may be crazy but you can sing. I’m just not sure who you are as an artist.

    Aaron, you are the worst. Good bye.

  289. I’m just now watching the episode so I’m behind all of you guys. Casey up now and he’s AWESOME!

  290. renataamelo:
    04/06/2010 at 10:46 pm
    I try and I try… but I just don´t get on board with Crystal. Even though I´m not really wachting the show this season I check her performances here on mj´s so I can understand all the comments about her. Really? It´s just the same all the time…boring

    me too. I think at some point she is going to become a surprise boot – at which point AI fandom will have a meltdown.

  291. Best of the night: Crystal, Tim

    Worst of the night: Aaron, Katie, Lee

    ..and if all of John Lennon’s work was on the table, why didn’t Lee choose Instant Karma?
    Honestly, I think Tim was about the only one who picked a song that suited him completely.

    my unbiased offspring liked Andrew best.

  292. The people who I am voting for are:

    CBS

    Lee

    Comments:

    The announcer: I’m sorry. Who are the judges again?

    Aaron: Zzzzzzzz.. Well the swaybots enjoyed his performance. :)

    Katie: Zzzzzzz. Hmmm no swaybots? I guess they didn’t like her performance.

    Casey: Zzzzzzzz.

    Siobhan: Zzzzzzzz.

    CBS: WOOOOOOOO WOOOOOO! :)

    Lee: The first part meh but the second part was WOOOOOOOOOO! the guy with the bagpipes YEAHHHHH! That was awesome and it made me laugh! :)

    Man I was so bored tonight! *goes into a time machine and goes back to season 5.* Does anybody know Ellen’s know or go game on her show? Where the people have to answer a question and if they fail the bottom gives way and the person falls. :) They should use that on this show ROFL!

  293. Here are my rankings (although I’m sure no one really cares lol)

    9. Aaron – Boy, this was a rough one. I’m not sure if he picked it in complete ignorance of Archie’s incredible performance 2 years ago, or if the producers actually picked for him, as they’ve been clearly trying to hype him up as “the next David Archuleta”. There are certainly moments in his voice that are very pure and nice to listen to, but this song was pretty poor, especially when compared to the rest of the night.

    8. Andrew – this was also pretty bad when matched up against the others. I just don’t get Andrew. He does seem like a genuinely nice and funny guy, but his performances come across as very cold. This is a fun song, and yet his face was very straight tonight – no smiling, nothing!

    7. Big Mike – I do not like this guy’s style at all. He comes across as WAY too cocky for my liking, not the kind of style that I like listening to. So I’ve never been a fan. The first half was incredibly flat, then he hit the chorus, and it certainly had its moments. Overall, I just thought it was very “messy” as a performance.
    As a sidenote, his comment to Simon about a pectoral face-off was so rude and cocky of him to say. It really rubbed me the wrong way. Simon was asking what kind of artist he wanted to be, but he dodged the question and talked about his huge muscles. Hmm, that’s a warning sign for me of someone who doesn’t know what kind of music they want to make…

    6. Tim – While Randy’s comment was completely out of line for him to say (judges should be judging contestants technically on an equal ground), you have to admit that we were all thinking the same thing. For a “Tim performance”, it was pretty darn good. When he went off the melody and hit some “high” notes, he actually sounded fantastic!! Now don’t get me wrong, I still think that Didi, Lily, Katelyn, and even Janell (and Jermaine Purifoy, who didn’t even make top 24!!!) should be in that spot instead of him, but he at least gave a likable performance, something I’d even consider downloading.

    5. Crystal – I am a big Crystal fan, and this was pretty good, just not as good as some of the others tonight. No worries, she should be safe (though I would not be shocked if see her possibly in the bottom 3 this week, just because of so many surprisingly good performances)

    4. Katie – Wow, I did not expect this from her! Every week, she has been pitchy and shrilly and just awful to listen to. Now, her outfit tonight was terrible – didn’t match the song AT ALL! – but I’m not here to critique that. Her voice sounded great tonight! She is 100% guaranteed safe, not only because she did a great job, but she sang the ultimate Beatles song that everyone loves. Trust me, people vote for the song almost as much as they do the singer.

    3. Lee – I’m quickly becoming a believer…. Lee was once again great tonight! Sure, the bagpipes were cheesy, and yes it was a sing-along song, but I loved the fact that we got to see what Lee will be like in a concert setting. He got fans involved, and he looked very comfortable on stage, really for the first time ever (even last week, with his great performance, he looked very nervous on the stage). I was pleased with it, and it was great to see him do something totally unique from everyone else tonight. While some will hate the bagpipes, at least they’ll remember the bagpipes.

    2. Siobhan – I don’t get the judges, I just don’t. When a singer steps back and does a subdued, gorgeous take on a song that may be slower than normal, they consider it “sleepy”. Weren’t the same words used on Katelyn’s performance of the Scientist in the top 20, arguably the best vocal of the entire competition so far?! (yes it was that good, go back and listen to it). Siobhan sounded AMAZING tonight!! They tell her not to shout and change it up, so she does just that – then they call it sleepy. I don’t understand what they want, THEY don’t even understand what they want. Enough said about that though – she was beautiful tonight. I love the subdued side we got to see.

    1. Casey – What can I say? I was speechless after this one! I didn’t really get Casey from the beginning of this show. Yes, he can play guitar. Yes, he can sing. But his performances were always so awkward to watch. Then he comes out tonight and just lets it all out. I love these simple “subdued, sleepy” performances we got tonight – simple arrangements with no band, just a couple instruments and voices. I really think this was the best performance since the top 12 began. The emotion was raw, the vocals were there, the guitar playing was stellar. Casey showed us that he’s much more than just a pretty face tonight. That note towards the end was just incredible, when he screamed it out, but didn’t go overboard. Just perfect from him.

    I think the extra votes that will go to Tim tonight will come from Andrew, thus sending him home in a bottom 3 of Aaron, Andrew and I’m not sure who the 3rd will be. I really think we could have a shocker and see Mike in the bottom 3.
    I’m so glad we’ve got ourselves a competition now! As of right now, my top 4 are: 4. Siobhan, 3. Casey, 2. Lee, 1. Crystal.
    I know it’s very likely that Mike will squeeze his way in there, but let’s be honest, those 4 are the best ARTISTS we have this season. Mike sounds like any other R&B artist on the radio currently. He doesn’t bring anything new to the table, so I don’t want to see him go too far. Overall, this was the best night of the season by a longshot!! YAY, Idol is back!

  294. Here’s my list from best to worst.

    Crystal-she’s head & shoulders above the rest, even with a cold.
    Siobhan-she did the classical approach, I loved it.
    Katie-best vocals we heard from her so far this year.
    Casey-he was really into the song, but I will get tired of his goatiness.
    Tim-Did well with a simple song, but could use more musicality.
    Lee-can you say “pitchy dawg”, bagpipes helped to disguise it.
    Andrew-I don’t care for his tone, and it was slathered in cheese.
    Aaron-his voice is showing the strain, don’t think he’ll last.
    Mike-Not just slathered in cheese, but buried under mountains of it.

  295. hollygo9 – other than Casey (maybe Siobhan), I don’t understand any of their choices. ALL of these songs have been over done. It had to be a remarkable song list that they had to chose from and this is what they came up with. Over used over sung songs.. I don’t care how fabulous the songs are.

  296. MJ–can you post the message from Paul McCartney? I missed the beginning of the show.

  297. What world am I living in?…Siobhan WAS unbelievable tonight! Sleepy some say? I was wanting to hear more! Damn, my 71 year old southern country mother called me in tears saying “how that girl just made her cry” with that beautiful song! Now, thats saying ALOT from Mom, being Siobhan is kinda on the “different” and “unusual” from her plain country woman’s view of the world!!!…..I’m all about Siobhan tonight….and Katie was good also!

    I thought Siobhan had a great vocal tonight but I don’t know what it was, but that performance just bored me to death. And I love that song! I just didn’t feel any emotion or connection to the song from her. It just felt very blah to me.

  298. (Like David A sang it 2 years ago?)

    LOL mj. So seriously, if NOTarchie goes home tomorrow night, while Archie is there to perform, I think I will quite literally laugh my ass off. It would be so cosmically perfect, I’m not sure I’d be able to contain myself.

  299. Tonight’s performances were better than they have been. That’s for sure. I still feel like the song choices were a little lame. I am tiring of the judges already this season. They continue the trend of not critiquing likable contestants *cough Big Mike cough* and they pick apart some of the better vocalists. I guess that’s to be expected though.

    Aaron–I just felt bad for him during this performance. He has reached his peak, and he is clearly not in the same league as some of the other contestants

    Katie—When I heard this song choice, I was intrigued. I thought it was her best performance to date. Her vocals were very good. It wasn’t a moment like I’d hoped she have, but a solid performance nonetheless.

    Andrew—I really disliked the stylization in his vocals. It almost conflicted with the melody. It just didn’t work. I was disappointed. There are so many acoustic Beatles songs to choose from.

    Mike—Eleanor Rigby was sung and murdered ( not in a good way) by Mike. That was the worst version of Eleanor Rigby ever. I absolutely hated it. It is one of my favorite Beatles songs, and he ripped it apart and turned it into a joke. David Cook’s performance of it was incredible, and I wasn’t a huge Cook fan. John Lennon is turning in his grave as we speak. Ugh.

    Crystal—I was disappointed in her song choice, but once I heard her sing, I changed my mind. She was great, as always. Not her best performance, but one of the best of the night. She is in it to the end.

    Tim—I like Tim. He is a cutie, he’s a sweet guy and his voice is good. He gets too much criticism from the judges. Tonight was a decent performance. I think he should only sing with a guitar and get more a Mraz feel, if he wants to sell records.

    Casey—This was another of my favorite songs. Because I love the Lennon version so much I couldn’t get into the Casey version with the same enthusiasm. When John sings this his infliction make you feel pain, and it brings chills on you arms. For people less familiar with this song, I’m sure it was incredible. I thought it was a very good performance.

    Siobhan—Well, I wanted her to do a ballad. I wanted her to do Golden Slumbers, but she didn’t. This song was kind of boring, but she had a control to her voice that she had been lacking. I would have loved to hear the violins and the music swell at some point, but it remained very still. I wanted a moment for her too, but it was a miss.

    Lee—I love Lee. I like his tone. He has never delivered an amazing performance IMO though. I think he picks the wrong song almost every time. Tonight would have been great, but it was pitchy, and kinda weird.

    Overall I was sad no one sang “Don’t let me down” but it was better week than it has been.

  300. Best to worst:

    Casey
    Crystal
    Katie
    Lee
    Siobhan
    Mike
    Tim
    Andrew
    Aaron

    That said–it was the best show so far this season. Only Aaron didn’t do well. Everyone else did fine or better, which was great for us. Yay.

    I can’t believe Aaron picked that song when there are so many other choices. How many media outlets will do a compare with David A tomorrow?

  301. Casey was really, really good tonight!!! I have been a fan from the beginning but not so much for his voice but “everything” else! He is the first contestant I have been excited to see each week since the fantastic Taylor Hicks! Go Casey!!!

  302. I thought Mike and Siobhan were the best of the night. Mike’s vocals and the arrangement of the song were fantastic and moving. Siobhan’s was beautiful and flawless. I hate that people are complaining about her having a nasally voice. That’s not something she has control over like Lee and Aaron do with their pitch issues. So she has a nasally voice? Doesn’t mean she didn’t sing the song flawlessly. Don’t get me started on Lee. That was terrible. His voice was all wrong for that song. And has anyone commented on how he was practically screeching out the chorus of a love song like an angry Nirvana song? I hope Andrew goes though. He’s starting to get painful to look at. And his voice is just irritating.

  303. I enjoyed everyone but Aaron and Katie tonight really.

    Andrew was a little cheesy, Lee was pitchy, and Tim was Tim, but I was entertained by all of them. And man, I didn’t even like Casey until this week but he has completely converted me.

    Kind of nice that the two worst performances of the night (for me) came first.

  304. 2. Casey- WOW. Never heard that Lennon song before. What a stellar choice that was. Really made me see Casey in a whole new light. Before that, I really only thought of him as the best guitar player on idol. Now I see him as probably the best musician, because that song choice was not something just anyone would have picked out.

    Casey gets major, major points from me for picking that song. Its one of my favorite Lennon songs. I also liked the choice because it wasn’t the same ole song we’ve heard over and over. And I felt like he really connected to the song. I’ve liked him the past few weeks but haven’t really gotten excited about him until tonight.

  305. I’d like to nominate Andrew Garcia to receive the Brandon Rogers, “Much Expected-Little Delivered” award. Any seconders?

  306. Kind of nice that the two worst performances of the night (for me) came first.

    Actually, during the show I was wondering if the weakest contestants were front loaded to maximize the chance that a weak performer would leave this week.

  307. I’d like to nominate Andrew Garcia to receive the Brandon Rogers, “Much Expected-Little Delivered” award. Any seconders?

    Except Brandon can sing circles around Andrew. So no.

  308. Mike-Not just slathered in cheese, but buried under mountains of it.

    Omg. Couldn’t agree more. It was pitchy and uninspired. It was painful for me to watch it.

  309. Sometimes I get a Freddy Fender vibe from Andrew Garcia. Not exactly current.

  310. Crystal will win no doubt about that. She is good but I would not buy her album not my style of music anymore and this year casual voters probably will again, safe for a few, forget to buy the winner’s album.

    This week at least was better than all the previous weeks combined. Aaron seems to experience changes in his voice, which is normal at his age and ended-up the worst of the night but should be safe as after all he is only sixteen (or maybe just turns seventeen) and should have waited another year until his voice settles (if there is one).

  311. Okay – Aaron is sinking. Big Mike is deflating. Chiffon is totally overrated and I am tired of her. Crystal is the crystal column in a sea of crap. Casey showed diversity but his vocals and body presence are week. Tim – ugh. Garcia – oy. Katie – improved, but still very pageant-like and bland for me. Lee – last week was better, but I am enjoying watching his particular journey.

  312. Well, if you’re into didgeridoos and bagpipes, tonight was definitely a treat for you.

    When that bagpipe man came down the stairs with his big hat on, I laughed out loud. Nice finale (or not).

    What props do we have to look forward to in the coming weeks?

  313. Haven’t seen the show yet (waiting for the videos), and haven’t had a chance to read comments, so I hope this isn’t repetitive. But, I have to say that I’m beginning to think that Aaron Kelly’s body of musical knowledge comes from American Idol. Has this kid sung anything yet that hasn’t been covered in the last couple of seasons? Bored out of my mind with him.

  314. sweetas:
    04/06/2010 at 11:07 pm
    I’d like to nominate Andrew Garcia to receive the Brandon Rogers, “Much Expected-Little Delivered” award. Any seconders?

    Second!

  315. rayni:
    04/06/2010 at 11:15 pm

    sweetas:
    04/06/2010 at 11:07 pm
    I’d like to nominate Andrew Garcia to receive the Brandon Rogers, “Much Expected-Little Delivered” award. Any seconders?

    Second!

    Third!

  316. Aaron is sinking. Big Mike is deflating. Chiffon is totally overrated and I am tired of her.

    Chiffon??!! LMAO! That’s funny!

  317. Now that is fascinating to me. I know music tastes are subjective and have strong cultural biases built in. But I found Mike’s performance to be the best of the night. It was by far the most courageous and interesting arrangement of the night and he delivered it with such beautiful vocals. I’m wondering if the folks that don’t like big Mike, also don’t like black church or gospel music. I think Mike’s soul has some church, some rock, some soul, some classic, and loads of artistry and heart. To hear folks pile on Mike for being cheesy and then admire Tim’s performance, which is Velveeta/Partridge Family/cruise ship personified, just astounds me. I’m with the judges here. Big Mike is an artist who’s using the Idol stage each week as another canvas, and I’m loving the results.

    ETA: And I’m a huge David Cook fan too. Just goes to show that one can appreciate other artists interpretations of songs without getting competitive about it.

  318. Kara looks like an evil elf clown
    I really love getting to hear what other contestants think–really interesting
    Tonight was pretty GOOD overall–I miss Didi
    What I thought-
    AARON-I FLOVE him,loved the song
    KATIE-I used to not like her now I’m meh.I FLOVE this song, and she did a great job
    ANDREW-really good,but corny.Tsk,tsk,tsk, Andrew, watch your language
    MICHAEL-I loved it.LOL @ the contest
    CRYSTAL-fLove HER,still meh on her music. Love the digeridoo.Good job.good outfit-Ishe so sweet
    TIM-he looks like a beatle! HE IS SO DAMN HAWT and HOLY SHITTTT THIS IS AMAZINGGGG!! AWESOME!!
    Casey James-Dude,you made me not hate you with this performance.Good Job!
    Siobhan Magnus-FLOVE IT,like her
    Lee-flove him,meh on his music but I like it more than crystal’s music.ROTFLMFAO CRYSTAL!!! hahahahahaha

    GreatShow.
    I’m SO EXCITED for next week!!!! :D

  319. Aaron Kelly- very bad song choice.

    I went back and watched David’s version of this. NO comparison. He was passionate and changed it up. It was lively.

    Simon called it “a master class”.

    Why would Aaron choose that song???? With that performance, he wouldn’t even have won a junior high school talent show.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ripAUsMJImM

  320. That’s it then. Andrew is so nominated. And deservedly so IMHO.
    Yep, not since Brandon have I felt so consistently let down…

  321. Wow, lots of Casey love tonight! He moved me to tears. He sang with heart and picked that guitar with nuance and flair. And I love how he so non-chalantly deflected Ryan’s probing question about why he connected to Jealous Guy. Big Mike ran a close 2nd tonight…he actually made me sorta like Eleanor Rigby, one of my least fave Beatles tunes. Mike brings something special to the show; I think he can handle any genre and the fact that he’s r&b with an acoustic vibe sets him apart from the other run of the mill singers in that field.

    Crystal’s Come Together was good as usual, but not her best. Siobhan…yeah I’m w/ MJ, even though her earlier rendition of Mad World was captivating, I just can’t get past her low, nasally head tones.

    Lee wasn’t as good as last week. I kind of dug the bagpipe player, but he was drowned out by the band. I think it would have been cool had Lee and the bagpiper faded out the song subtly and quietly, just the two of ’em.

  322. All my votes tonight went to Casey. He really dug deep, and didn’t crack a single smile, and dang, can he play guitar. Just like Crystal, can;t wait to see what he does next. I think he’s more consistent than Lee. He may end up pretty high at the rate he’s going.

  323. Well it looks like Lee and Andrew want to be this year’s Kradam in terms of the bormance. I am not sure what to call it..LeeAnd…
    Landrew LOL!

    I am not sure who will be in the bottom 3 tomorrow night. As the judges seemed fairly happy with all of them except Aaron and Andrew. But Andrew has yet to be in bottom 3 and I think he may have a lot of support. We will find out tomorrow, I suppose.

  324. I also thought this was Casey’s best performance and I have not been a Casey fan up until tonight and his performance was just amazing.

  325. But, I have to say that I’m beginning to think that Aaron Kelly’s body of musical knowledge comes from American Idol. Has this kid sung anything yet that hasn’t been covered in the last couple of seasons? Bored out of my mind with him.

    yeah–totally agree. It’s like he’s never heard other music.

  326. Tim’s performance, which is Velveeta/Partridge Family/cruise ship personified, just astounds me. I’m with the judges here. Big Mike is an artist who’s using the Idol stage each week as another canvas, and I’m loving the results.

    Yeah, it’s subjective. I don’t think Mike was cheesy, but he didn’t do the song any favors with that arrangement, and I like him. Tim, well, he was cheesy but it worked for him. That’s all.

    Big Mike is in no trouble. I just didn’t feel it. I’m all about rearranging songs when it’s done well. That wasn’t. But, it’s subjective.

  327. Good night overall. Not mad at it at all.

    Casey – my favorite tonight. Just a great all around performance, even without perfect pitch – it was a very Brooke White kind of experience.

    Katie – first time I’ve liked her, even if she didn’t quite bring the full emotion of the song. So I finally figured it out… when Simon says “country” he really means “piano ballad”… LOL. Weeks ago someone said maybe he’s looking for Crystal Gayle type stuff, so maybe that’s it?

    Crystal – not my favorite from her, felt a little stagnant tonight. I feel like she still needs a night with some oomph in it. But still good, because she’s never not good.

    Mike – I liked that he took a chance and did something with some drama. Didn’t totally work, but I respected it. Good job.

    Lee – highly entertaining in not such a good way, but at least he looked like he was having fun for once! I can’t be mad at that.

    Tim – I wanted more crazy Tim! But he didn’t sound horrible, just bland.

    Siobhan – My gut said it was the kind of performance her fans would love, and the rest of the world will just shrug

    Andrew – I’m over him.

    Aaron – I like him, but that was just not good.

    Bottom 3 – no freaking clue. Katie might have saved herself, Tim might be riding a wave. I’m gonna guess Andrew, Aaron and Tim? Please let Andrew finally go.

    ETA: Would not be shocked to see any of the girls make a B3 appearance tomorrow.

  328. Don’t forget – Adam Lambert is mentoring on next week Tues and performing Wed! Man, he is getting SO much support out there. Good for him, glittery and all.

  329. This ol’ world has a tendancy to either squash, change or ignore orchids like Sioban. She’s delicate, rare, honest and true. I love her, I do. (And her voice is irrlevant in this equation.)

  330. I really enjoyed the show tonight. Mostly good performances.

    Casey: by far my favorite of the night. Casey finally had his moment. This may be my favorite performance of the season to date.

    Lee: Maybe not his best but anyone who has the chutzpah to bring a bagpiper down the stairs in the middle of my song deserves 2nd. I liked the 1st half of the song a lot.

    Mike: I liked the arrangement. It was one of my favorite Mike performances.

    Siobhan: I enjoyed it but was wondering if Randy or Simon would call it boring like they did with Michael Johns sang it (undeserved imo). So happy she dropped the scream tonight.

    Katie: Surprisingly good and she looked great also.

    Crystal: I liked the last part right before the pitchy ending. Still not my favorite.

    Andrew: I actually liked this and so did my dh. Sadly he gets the less than stellar reviews from the judges. Reminds me of Anoop last season.

    Tim: Good for him but still want him to go home.

    Aaron: the worst on a good night isn’t a safe place to be.

    Bottom 3: Tim, Aaron, and either Andrew or Katie. Going home is a toss up but I vote for Tim.

  331. If I had it my way, we’d get rid of Aaron Kelly, who was a little too intent on copying David Archuleta’s rendition of “The Long and Winding Road.”

    from here

    5:09 – Our filler ploy tonight: as each contestant is introduced, we get vignettes of the other contestants describing them. They call Aaron “Yoda.” Young but wise. Oh man, he really is David Archuleta! He’s singing the same song Archuleta did for a Beatles week two years ago: “The Long and Winding Road.” OK, now this is where the comparisons should come to a complete and solid STOP. While this is not bad, the vocal talent here is clearly not Archie-caliber. He seemed to miss his timing a couple of times. Go here to see Archie’s version.

    From here

  332. An average group of kids, singing simple Lennon/McCartney songs known for their “sweet” melodies with limited vocal range.
    Not a bad performance from the airhead Casey and stable in terms of pitch, though his style of singing hasn’t changed much – short vocal phrasing.

    On a different note, last years Rock mentor, the man Slash, his record dropped today and its currently charting 2 on iTunes, and he’s performing on Leno tonight.

    Guitar solos are back, “By the Sword” is the name of the track.

  333. Has this kid sung anything yet that hasn’t been covered in the last couple of seasons?

    Off the top of my head, I don’t think anybody has sung “Angie” on the show before.

    ETA: Yep, just checked WNTS and he’s the only singer of that song and “Here Comes Goodbye”.

  334. I liked today’s show!!!!

    My favorites:
    Casey AMAZING, Crystal AMAZING and I loved Tim tonight (Last week I wanted him to go home and I lose all my pool points because of him hehehe, but tonight I really enjoyed him)

    I think they did great:
    Lee,Michael and Katie

    Can’t decide yet about: Siobhan!!

    My leat favorites:
    Aaron and Andrew. I’ll vote 10/10 (I don’t want to lose all my points like last week)

  335. Freddy Fender! OMG. Thanks to whoever said it because I’ve been trying to figure out who Andrew reminded me of.

    Aaron – oh, that was bad.
    Katie – She can sing. But, so what? She bores me.
    Andrew – At least he’s unique. But, then again, so what? He bores me. (Seems like a fun guy, though.)
    Mike – I liked it because at least he sings for the audience. Plus, he does have a hell of a good voice.
    Crystal – One of my favorite performances of hers. Love it when she rocks out.
    Tim – He’s probably going to win.
    Casey – I hope he keeps doing the bluesy thing and putting his emotions into it like he did tonight. But, I hope he picks far less boring songs. Really hate “Jealous Man” and most of Lennon’s stuff that he did outside The Beatles.
    Siobhan – I SHOULD love this girl. But, I just don’t.
    Lee – WTF.

  336. If I had it my way, we’d get rid of Aaron Kelly, who was a little too intent on copying David Archuleta’s rendition of “The Long and Winding Road.”

    But it wasn’t even David’s version. It was VERY boring and poorly sung. Go watch Aaron and then watch David below.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ripAUsMJImM

    Also, so many people seem to have liked Tim Urban’s song, but I was just not impressed. Maybe they are comparing it to much worse songs he has sung in the past???

  337. These are all great songs and this was a pretty good night overall with a few stand-outs and a couple WTF’s but no trainwrecks.

    Aaron – Adorable he looks. Confident performance this was not. Uh, Okay. Aaron is a likable kid with talent in a competition with even more talented adults. That’s a tough place to be. He sounded tentative and it was very unmemorable. It wasn’t terrible just meh.

    Katie – She seems to have lots of personality backstage. She did sound the best she has in the competition, it’s just very pageanty and uninspiring. I think the judges went overboard with her tonight and maybe it’s because they don’t want yet another girl to leave.

    Andrew – They tell me he’s a funny guy… I guess you have to be there. This was kind of overloaded with arrangement. He tried the same trick as Mike – behind the judges and the cameras kept zooming in on his googly glasses which was off-putting. The arrangement was too big for his little acoustic guitar. He sang in there somewhere… I think. Seriously, overcooked but not horrible.

    Michael – Guy with the trademark sound effect. This is the same problem as Andrew – way too much going on in the arrangement and the beats are all out of whack. His voice sounds good but its getting lost in abstraction. There was way too much going on in that.

    Crystal – Mamasox does indeed rox! This was a spirited classic Crystal experience. It rocked (I still slightly prefer Kris’ last season but this was really good). I hear the cold in her voice and it’s not her best but her not-best is still miles better than a lot of others. Is that the first dijereedoo on American Idol?

    Tim – Sign that boy up for a toothpaste commercial pronto! The hair is very Bobby Sherman tonight. The performance is pure cheese, but – sigh – entertaining cheese. He’s got a thin voice compared to the other singers but he seems to have legions of fans to keep him around so I’m resigned to seeing him stick around to be graded on the Tim-scale (that was condescending of Randy, btw). With the judges kisses he’s safe this week.

    Casey – Okay I’m one of the women who finds Casey tasty – goldilocks and all. But I like his talent even more. He’s been solid for weeks without stretching himself and this week OH MY GOD…swoon. Beautiful, elegant, soulful, heartfelt a great song choice and the best performance of the night and his best in the competition. I absolutely loved it! Gave me goosebumps… More like that please, Casey! This one I will definitely buy.

    Siobhan – She is a very interesting girl – lol! Her voice is so soft tonight I’m almost not able to focus at first – the outfit is distracting. She sounds congested or something, is she sick too? This was really pretty and I loved that she sang it without the scream. She seems very sensitive. Bringing the heckler up on stage was a BAAAAAD idea.

    Lee – He’s a worry-wart. I can relate. That said, I agree that he has a contemporary sound but this was off from the first note and while it got better as it progressed, I found him a little uncomfortable to watch tonight. Someone in chat said he looked drunk. Yeah. The bagpipe was so over the top I LOLed. I didn’t love it but whatev, he obviously had a ball and totally owned up to that.

    Other stuff – way too long. They didn’t need two full hours and Ryan has to scrounge to find filler which okay some works (Ernie the dijereedoo player) and some didn’t (crazy heckler).

    I have no idea who goes home tomorrow. It’s one of those nights were almost everyone got decent feedback and did a decent or great job. I’d guess Aaron, Katie and Andrew are the B3 but if some fans get too comfortable for their idols it could be anyone. The obviously want Katie to not be in the B3 because they were practically ordering people to reward her this week.

  338. Well it looks like Lee and Andrew want to be this year’s Kradam in terms of the bormance. I am not sure what to call it..LeeAnd…
    Landrew LOL!

    How about Andlee? Or DeCia? Or GarWzye??

  339. Good show tonight. No great moments though.
    My preferred: Casey (although not a big big fan of the goatie vibrato), Crystal (please don’t forget the lyrics next week; ah Simon didn’t say it was a boring song this year – love (not) how he works the double standard), Siobhan
    Most improved : Katie and Tim
    Good but not my liking: Mike, Andrew
    Average: Lee (too off key and rough singing but thumb up on the bag pipe)
    Sub average without being horrible : Aaron

  340. If I had it my way, we’d get rid of Aaron Kelly, who was a little too intent on copying David Archuleta’s rendition of “The Long and Winding Road.”

    from here

    5:09 – Our filler ploy tonight: as each contestant is introduced, we get vignettes of the other contestants describing them. They call Aaron “Yoda.” Young but wise. Oh man, he really is David Archuleta! He’s singing the same song Archuleta did for a Beatles week two years ago: “The Long and Winding Road.” OK, now this is where the comparisons should come to a complete and solid STOP. While this is not bad, the vocal talent here is clearly not Archie-caliber. He seemed to miss his timing a couple of times. Go here to see Archie’s version.

    From here

    Holy crap! That was the same song? Chills. Chills. And Simon called David’s version a “Master Class!” I had totally forgotten about that. Aaron has much to learn.

  341. I am so frickin’ proud of my boys right now. *sniff*

    Lee may not have been on pitch with every note, and he may have been drowned out by the band/bagpipes more than once, but I didn’t need to hear him sing a single word because I was so ecstatic with his LOOK up on that stage. He actually looked like he felt he belonged there! He actually looked like he wasn’t waiting for a 16-ton weight to fall on his head! YOWZA!! Too awesome. And his response to Ryan’s question about the bagpipes? Per. Fect.

    CasEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYY!! Ohmygod you gave me chills, baby. I had no idea that voice was locked inside your cute little 6’5″ body. Or those emotions. Go ahead and say, “I was thinking about being a jealous guy” all you want. I KNOW there was something else happening there.

    All in all…w00t! I’m so happy. This is shaping up to be a tres cool year.

  342. I’m wondering if the folks that don’t like big Mike, also don’t like black church or gospel music. I think Mike’s soul has some church, some rock, some soul, some classic, and loads of artistry and heart.

    I’m speaking for myself, but I actually like R&B. I’m not sure Mike performs gospel music, because I’ve only heard him sing R&B. The reasons I think he should go are as follows:

    He adds WAAAAY too many runs to every song. Runs were designed to add a stylization to the song. It is not supposed to be added to every phrase. This has been happening a lot lately with mediocre artists. They try to hide the poor arrangement and lack of artistry by “showcasing” their vocals. Unfortunately Mike rarely nails all the runs. Mary J Blige, and Ray Charles could add all the runs Mike does, and I would say…”Stop. Please! You are ruining the integrity of the song”

    Also, he has a weird habit of lifting one leg and turning his head when he blasts a note. I understand pulling the mike back, but he turns completely away in an awkward way. All in all, his best performances are when he is simple. Less is more with him, because he has a good voice. I just hated his version “Eleanor Rigby”. The original version shouldn’t have been messed with. And not only did he change it, he ruined it. Everything good about that song was stripped away and he added loads of garbage to it.

  343. Yeah, that was very uncomfortable for Ryan to bring the loud heckler up on the stage to hug Siobhan. Creepy. Did anyone else notice that Siobhan was the only one not to talk to the camera after the break. Was she royally pissed at the show and didn’t want to talk, or what?

    I was also thinking about Lee being a worry wort and then loosening up to give a very half ass performance. I would not be at all surprised to hear that he was drunk. He sure was overly casual about the whole thing, and it showed.

  344. Don’t forget – Adam Lambert is mentoring on next week Tues and performing Wed! Man, he is getting SO much support out there. Good for him, glittery and all.

    Yippee! ;)

  345. Aaron. Yikes. I didn’t see the pre-show spoilers, but I was not at all surprised to see he was singing The Long and Winding Road. Unfortunately for him, his voice pales in comparison to Archie’s – he just doesn’t have the chops to pull that off.

    Crystal. I want to like her, but I just can’t bring myself to care.

    Lee. I seriously LOLed at the bagpipe player coming down the stairs. A total WTF moment. I love Hey Jude, but I didn’t love that performance. So far he hasn’t proven himself to be anything other than a second rate David Cook.

    Tim. I voted for him. Never thought I would say that, but he is growing on me. Like a beautiful, shiny-haired weed.

    The rest? Meh. I think the B3 should be Aaron/Andrew/Katie. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Tim in there again. But I’d like to see either Aaron or Andrew go home.

    Can’t wait to see Archie return to the stage tomorrow! Here’s hoping it goes better than the Touch My Hand incident last season. Heh. I love me some Archie.

    ETA: Oh, I forgot about Casey. He was excellent tonight as well. I agree with others who have said that was the closest this season has gotten to a “moment.”

  346. even though at times simon is wrong, kara and randy are EXTREMELY rude. they’re always interrupting him as he’s making his critiques. i don’t think simon interrupts them that often! let the guy judge!

  347. I really don’t want to see Adam next week but could live with a performance because you can watch it or not. Not the same with the mentors because I want to see the current idols. I don’t see what he’s done to be a mentor. If they had to bring in a former idol contestant why not someone who’s had some experience touring and putting out records like David Cook, Kelly Clarkson, or Chris Daughtry?

  348. All in all, his best performances are when he is simple.

    I like Mike more than you (I find him charming) but I really think this is correct. And I think it’s his size that’s the reason. On TV he comes across like a big slab o meat, so his every movement looks bigger, exaggerated… does that make sense? But he doesn’t need to do much because his body already makes him a dramatic presence. The contrast of this huge muscled dude with this sensitive falsetto pretty voice is where the money is for me (I sound like Paula – woot!). Its like when he pulls it back, he’s this combo of sweet and strong at the same time. Very swoon worthy. But when he hams it up, everything becomes so amplified that it verges on cheesy. He would be such a good Anthony Hamilton type to me. I would buy that record.

  349. I actually think Lee was drunk. He was a little too comfortable up there. At least compared to past weeks. I was prepared for him to start doing an Irish dance. Totally drunk. I liked it though. :)

  350. I was disappointed in Lee tonight. He’s the worry wart always worried about going home or does he want to go home? Is the pressure too much for him. Seriously what were the bagpipes for anyway. He did not do Hey Jude Proud. I so want to get on the Lee train and be a BeLEEver but he’s making it hard for me to make that leap. Last week he was great. This week I just did not get it. For me Casey was the best of the night.

  351. Did anyone else notice that Siobhan was the only one not to talk to the camera after the break. Was she royally pissed at the show and didn’t want to talk, or what?

    That was awful. Like “Siobhan, here’s a stalker, why don’t you hug him?”. Bad move show.

    I am amongst the few who like Big Mike. I think he’s got a great voice.

    As a side note, I just watched Didi on Letterman. She sounded really good.

  352. Hmmm… Lee shows some great confidence and people think he is drunk? I can’t imagine anyone jeopardizing their chances at this stage by being drunk! That is too funny. I say way to go Lee for getting up there, bringing in Bagpipes and letting go! He had the best energy of the group tonight. Maybe not the perfect voice to everyone, but definitely the best energy. I’m looking forward to his studio version.

    Casey- great, Crystal- so good even with a cold.
    I liked both Katie and Andrew
    Siobhan sucked the life out of Across the universe, was nasally and pitchy. I don’t buy her back story at all.
    My prediction is Mike, Siobhan and Aaron in bottom 3 with Mike going home. I find Mike disrespectful and pompous and his singing is boring.

  353. All right here we go…

    Aaron- When he said he was going to sing this I was like “great bring even MORE Archie comparisons on!”. It wasn’t that great but he’s still good and I think (and hope) he’ll be there next week. :)
    Katie- all I have to say is. She did GREAT! and I don’t really like her.
    Andrew- CHEESEFEST!!!
    Crystal- Wow she smiled and had fun! It was nice to see but in my opinion it wasn’t one of her stronger performances. I liked the diggdido or whatever. hahah :D
    Michael- I didn’t think it was bad something about it reminded me of One Republic’s “All the Right Moves”. I don’t know.
    Tim- He did GOOD! I strangely like it. :/
    Casey- zzzzzzzzzzzzzz…oh his notes he hit were good.
    Siobhan- I was happy she didn’t scream even though I missed it. But it was weird and did she go in to a whole other language at one point?? let me know. it was ok.
    Lee- i loved the bagpipe dude!!! I didn’t see the whole performance but what I did see his vocals seemed off.

    Ok so that’s my recap thanks for reading ;) -DarkGlamour17

  354. I agree bean99 having Adam as a mentor is completely absurd! I was like WTF when I heard that? What has Adam done yet to warrant him as a mentor? Can it be anymore obvious that 19E is buying this guy’s career? I want to hear Adam giving Crystal and Casey advice about as much as I wanted to hear Miley Cyrus.

    Casey was incredible tonight as was Crystal. Casey won the night for me!

    Sioban seriously bugs me and her voice IMO sounds like it is coming out of her nose. Don’t get her hype at all!

    Katie sounded nice but I just can’t connect with her

    I really wanted to enjoy Andrew but sadly I didn’t. I keep thinking what happened to this guy’s voice?

    Lee was awful! I could careless about the bagpipes because the vocals were harsh and ear bleedingly bad…sorry!

    Aaron is just way out of his league. He has a nice raspy voice but he is always so underwhelming. Maybe he is just too young?

    I usually love Mike’s voice but sorry I thought he sounded terrible tonight.

    Tim was surprisingly okay tonight. Not great but not terrible either.

  355. I was surprised to find Casey my fav overall tonight! Also thought Katie did great. Next were Crystal,Lee and Mike. Hated Siobhan’s voice again = in fact she is prob my least fav.

    I don’t have a clue who will go home – should be Tim or Andrew but prob will be Katie?

  356. I have not been a fan of Casey’s to this point, but I thought he was the best tonight. Lee was a big WTF for me. Bagpipes? Seriously? He also didn’t sound as good as he has in the past. Crystal was good, although it seemed like she forgot the lyrics (and I still think Kris’s and Carly’s versions are better).

    The only one I thought was really bad was Aaron. Even Tim wasn’t entertaining just for the lutz, it was a decent performance.

    I have no idea who will be bottom 3, but I’ll guess Katie, Tim and either Aaron or Andrew. Aaron seems to have a bigger fanbase than the other 3 based on who’s been B3 before.

  357. just watched Casey’s performance again on the West Coast broadcast. I really liked the arrangement and the overall performance, but Casey still has the goat-like weird vibrato in his vocal. What is with that baaaaaaaaaaa-baaaaaaaaaaaaaa vibrato thing? How can a singer fix that?

  358. What is with that baaaaaaaaaaa-baaaaaaaaaaaaaa vibrato thing? How can a singer fix that?

    It could be nerves. Or a lack of control with his vocal cords. Proper training is the only thing that can erase a bad habit like that. If it’s nerves, he just needs to get a hold of them.

  359. koshka: other than Casey (maybe Siobhan), I don’t understand any of their choices. ALL of these songs have been over done.

    I’d add Tim to that list, too, (I don’t remember anyone else doing ‘All My Loving’) and I agree. You say ‘Eleanor Rigby’- I say David Cook. You say ‘The Long and Winding Road’- I say Archie. Seriously, ‘Come Together’ has been done three seasons in a row now.
    I know they don’t have the entire Beatles catalog to choose from but still.

  360. The one thing that I really like this episode is the idols commentary on each other. That gives some personality and we see who is funny or friendly, etc,etc. It is funny that they want to create Kradam II. I don’t think that is possible. Lee and Andrew have to start hugging each other each episode.

    The night was pretty good just because the songs are really good. Remind me of The Bee Gees week way back at Idol season 2.
    Casey was good because the song was really, really special, I can hear John singing it way better though.

    Kris’ Let It Be >> Katie
    Kris’ Come Together >> Crystal
    Kris’ Hey Jude >> Lee
    Kris’ Yesterday >>….nevermind. Nobody sang that song.

  361. I do like Aaron but I think he’s going home.
    Think votes that might have gone to him will go instead to Katie or Tim.

    So when does Adam merit being a mentor . Just seems wrong.

  362. One thing that kind of bothers me about tonight. While I thought Crystal did a good job, and what the judges said was correct for her, I can’t help thinking that Kris did a similar performance of Come Together last year, and Simon said it was like eating ice for lunch because it was boring. I know that the performances were different, but I don’t think there was that much difference in the two performances, I thought Kris’s and Crystals performances were both good. It’s just that sometimes the judging is weird on this show.

  363. Kris’ Let It Be >> Katie
    Kris’ Come Together >> Crystal

    I completely disagree, especially about Crystal. She blew Kris out of the water.

  364. Kris’ Let It Be >> Katie
    Kris’ Come Together >> Crystal
    Kris’ Hey Jude >> Lee
    Kris’ Yesterday >>….nevermind. Nobody sang that song.

    LOL! I agree.

  365. While I thought Crystal did a good job, and what the judges said was correct for her, I can’t help thinking that Kris did a similar performance of Come Together last year, and Simon said it was like eating ice for lunch because it was boring.

    that’s what i was thinking. it wasn’t that different from kris’ yet she didn’t get the flack he got last year…

    and the judges enjoyed tim, casey, and katie?! have standards for this show really gone down a notch?!

    Kris’ Let It Be >> Katie
    Kris’ Come Together >> Crystal

    i think the difference between kris’s version and katie’s version is that kris had more passion especially because of his experience from haiti. so i think he had an advantage there. katie didn’t go to haiti so you can’t blame her for her lacking haha.

  366. Lol, Chickezie just tweeted

    Nice… not to be bitter or nuthin… but they wouldn’t let me do “Jealous Guy”… not to be bitter but… what the fudge?!
    April 6, 2010 10:20:16 PM
    from web

    Your going to jail, I think you have bigger things to worry about!

  367. Casey, Casey, Casey…..you are becoming my favorite male over-all. I am finally totally sold. He got to me tonight. I adore him! Crystal, I’ve been sold since day one, now I am willing to put on the orange robes and shake the tambourine. She has my heart in her hand, and I know it’s in good care. There is something reverential in how she delivers her music. It’s as though she’s giving something of value. And it is. She’s also brings this sassy sexiness without baring her body, and that’s some serious sexy! They are my favorites and i will ride them until the end.

    Lee wasn’t bad, in fact the only reeeealllly bad tonight was the kid. The boy kid…whatever his name is. I think I want him gone already, and I ain’t talking about Tim who surprisingly didn’t suck, who’da thunk it.

  368. karenc, Simon said last year that ‘come together’ was a boring song and he added that no one could have top Adam’s WLL. This said I tought Crystal was good although she forgot the lyrics in the middle. So for me Crystal and Kris did both well on this. My personal preference goes to Kris though (ok i’m a little biaised ;)) but for me Kris’s take on it was more crisp and tight and closer to the beatles spirit while he changed it up in the interpretation and made it more current. I love his studio recording of it.
    ‘Let it be’ is good either from Kris and Katie but again Kris’s version digs deeper on it. I’ll give to Katie a more stellar technical vocal on it though

    And of course Kris’s Hey Jude >>>> Lee’s take on it … that’s a no brainer

  369. that’s what i was thinking. it wasn’t that different from kris’ yet she didn’t get the flack he got last year…

    Because Crystal has more talent in a single one of her dreads than Kris Allen had or will ever have in his whole entire self.

  370. that’s what i was thinking. it wasn’t that different from kris’ yet she didn’t get the flack he got last year…

    and the judges enjoyed tim, casey, and katie?! have standards for this show really gone down a notch?!

    Speaking generally, both your position with TPTB and when in the game the performance was given matter quite a bit with what critique you’re given, both from the audience and from the judges. So, in that sense, any discrepancy between the critiques of Kris and Crystal might not say anything at all about the season as a whole in terms of the bar for criticism.

  371. Kris’ Let It Be >> Katie
    Kris’ Come Together >> Crystal
    Kris’ Hey Jude >> Lee

    I disagree. IMO:
    Brooke>>Katie>>Kris- Let It Be
    Carly>>Crystal>>Kris- Come Together
    Bagpipe guy>>Lee>>Kris- Hey Jude LOL!!

  372. I disagree.
    Brooke>>Katie>>Kris- Let It Be
    Carly>>Crystal>>Kris- Come Together
    Bagpipe guy>>Lee>>Kris- Hey Jude LOL!!

    bagpipe guy for the win!

  373. Rub:
    04/06/2010 at 11:37 pm
    An average group of kids, singing simple Lennon/McCartney songs known for their “sweet” melodies with limited vocal range.

    Hey Rub – I agree with you! Another boring episode of the worst season evah. Although I have to say that I enjoyed Katie for the first time tonight. And I liked the lights during Siobhan’s performance. Crystal’s comment about Gokey babies was funny.

    I don’t get the hoopla over Casey tonight. I was bored and ff’d through it. I thought Mike was dull, too. I liked Lee last week, but not tonight. He was not worthy of the pimp spot with that performance. I think Aaron was the worst of the night and should go home. Was that his family in the audience that was being so obnoxious? That was really annoying.

    I wish the audience would stop clapping along to nearly every upbeat song. Its really cheesy.

    It was interesting that many of the singers had someone on the stage with them tonight. Maybe next week they’ll bring in backup dancers!

  374. and the judges enjoyed tim, casey, and katie?! have standards for this show really gone down a notch?!

    i agree kind of agree with you on this, not that they weren’t good but still overpraised.

    Because Crystal has more talent in a single one of her dreads than Kris Allen had or will ever have in his whole entire self.

    geez, i got to disagree a whole lot on this. While I’m rooting for Crystal this year because I love her singing skills, I found her to be less versatil than Kris and talent wise sorry they are different but are both incredibly talented

  375. I don’t think there was that much difference in the two performances, I thought Kris’s and Crystals performances were both good. It’s just that sometimes the judging is weird on this show.

    they were both good. The only difference is that the judges wanted Kris out when he sang it and they want Crystal to stay in the competition now. It’s the different dynamics of the competitions, not the differences in the performances.

  376. Because Crystal has more talent in a single one of her dreads than Kris Allen had or will ever have in his whole entire self.

    i don’t think you can really compare who has “more talent”. i personally liked kris in season 8 because every single performance from him was a different side of him (like mike this season). no doubt that she is quite amazing, crystal is a bit more predictable.

  377. Because Crystal has more talent in a single one of her dreads than Kris Allen had or will ever have in his whole entire self.

    I think Crystal is talented. But, she doesn’t hold a candle to Kris Allen. She has yet to provide a true “moment” this season. The only reason she stands out this much is because this season just sucks in general.

  378. Brooke>>Katie>>Kris- Let It Be

    I’d probably switch out Kris and Katie, but yeah, Brooke’s was just extra special from the very first note that came out of her mouth. Her voice is more distinctive and altogether better than the other two. And, man, was she ever in the moment. At the end, when she finally looked up? Was her finally remembering that she was not alone. It awesome sauce on top of epic cake.

  379. This ol’ world has a tendancy to either squash, change or ignore orchids like Sioban. She’s delicate, rare, honest and true. I love her, I do. (And her voice is irrlevant in this equation.)

    Carolinacharms, what a beautiful description. Some people don’t know Siobhan’s background story, but she is as real as they come. What a wonderful instrument her voice is. So unique; so beautiful.

    This was my favorite night of the entire season. Everyone was good and song choices seemed right on. Loved the music; Beatles music will always be relevant.

  380. Because Crystal has more talent in a single one of her dreads than Kris Allen had or will ever have in his whole entire self.

    Really disagree. Actually, I see Kris and Crystal as quite a bit a like. Both musicians. Both write music. Both good singers. Crystal has a slightly more powerful voice. Kris is a bit more inventive with the arrangements. To me, they are comparable in their extreme talent.

  381. I just realized that everyone Aaron might be vote splitting with… the country guy (Casey), the wholesome kid singer (Katie), and the tweener crush (Tim) all out performed him. And he pissed off the Archies. And he wasn’t that great last week.

    Yup. Bottom 3 it is for him. LOL

  382. I disagree. IMO:
    Brooke>>Katie>>Kris- Let It Be
    Carly>>Crystal>>Kris- Come Together
    Bagpipe guy>>Lee>>Kris- Hey Jude LOL!!

    Well, for one, I am not surprised about this assessment. EL – OH – EL.

  383. karenc, Simon said last year that ‘come together’ was a boring song and he added that no one could have top Adam’s WLL. This said I tought Crystal was good although she forgot the lyrics in the middle. So for me Crystal and Kris did both well on this. My personal preference goes to Kris though (ok i’m a little biaised ) but for me Kris’s take on it was more crisp and tight and closer to the beatles spirit while he changed it up in the interpretation and made it more current. I love his studio recording of it.
    ‘Let it be’ is good either from Kris and Katie but again Kris’s version digs deeper on it. I’ll give to Katie a more stellar technical vocal on it though

    And of course Kris’s Hey Jude >>>> Lee’s take on it … that’s a no brainer

    I think both did well on Come together, it was more about the judging. A song itself can’t be boring one year and not the next with a similar arrangement, and I feel that the performances were comparable. I like Kris better as well, I feel he’s more current.

  384. Your going to jail, I think you have bigger things to worry about!

    Not to mention, his first Beatles week performance (She’s a Woman) was by far his best and most memorable. I don’t recall his second Beatles week performance, but I do know he made the tour so he wasn’t eliminated that week either.

  385. I hope Tim won’t go home based on that singing. He wasn’t the worst of the night. And Randy is such a jerk. Why couldn’t he admit that Tim was OK ? Eventhough Tim is good at taking critism, I’m sure it hurts to hear that he has his own category. Thank you Simon for your critics.

  386. tinawina:
    04/06/2010 at 11:59 pm
    All in all, his best performances are when he is simple.

    I like Mike more than you (I find him charming) but I really think this is correct. And I think it’s his size that’s the reason. On TV he comes across like a big slab o meat, so his every movement looks bigger, exaggerated… does that make sense? But he doesn’t need to do much because his body already makes him a dramatic presence.

    This. When he starts getting overzealous, it’s actually sorta hilarious because of his size, and while it’s entertaining it takes me out of the song completely. I wasn’t liking his Eleanor Rigby at all tonight. I think Simon was right…it was sorta put upon and overly ambitious and jumbled rather than organic. And then as someone who’s never really loved R&B, he seemed to pull out every R&B vocal trick in the book…the runs, man, the RUNS. Course that’s my hang up.

    I’ve been hoping Casey would have a breakthrough performance because he was (is) my darkhorse pick. He has had that spark all along and really just needed to practice playing plus singing to the point where it is more seamless. (Whereas Lee has a great voice but is otherwise kind of uninteresting and lacking presence.) And I think tonight finally he hit a groove where the playing enhanced the singing rather than competed with it, and he had a really nice moment. Nothing mindblowing, but really really nice.

    I loved Crystal and pal tonight, especially since I was already a didgeridoo fan and actually knew the name of the instrument without being told. Giant phallic thing that you blow really hard? Oh yeah. Haha. I keed. Seriously, though, saw a band randomly whip it out once and thought it was the coolest thing.

    Meh at Siobhan. I still think there’s a disconnect with her and she loses everything that makes her interesting when she starts to sing. It’s weird. That was pretty, but not really heartfelt. Course I’m extra picky on this one because Across the Universe is my favorite Beatles tune, but I really dug Michael Johns’s version, soo….

    And hey, Tim was pretty dang good. Nice to hear some props for the way he’s handled the criticism.

    Lee….WTF? I wanted the bagpipe guy to fall so I could yell, “We have a piper DOWN!” Okay, so how do you manage to be bland with a piper on the stage? I dunno, but Lee pulled it off. I bet the studio will be tons better than the live version, though.

  387. I loved tonight and a big part of that is Lee and the Bagpipe guy. Fun. Who would guess the tortured artist would bring on the bagpipes?
    Crystal and Casey both really really good. Siobhan nice. Mike, Andrew, Tim, Katie ok.
    Aaron–I still think he is working thru voice problems due to illness–poor. I don’t know who will go but I think I am going to say Katie. This seems like a nice group of kids. I like them all. If this is how the show improves without mentors, I say get rid of them for good. Judges were great.

  388. It appeared to me that Crystal was distracted by something whch caused her to forget the words. Just before it happened I thought something was wrong with her guitar or she thought something was wrong. Did anyone else notice this?

  389. What is with that baaaaaaaaaaa-baaaaaaaaaaaaaa vibrato thing? How can a singer fix that?

    It could be nerves. Or a lack of control with his vocal cords. Proper training is the only thing that can erase a bad habit like that. If it’s nerves, he just needs to get a hold of them.

    These comments are so lame and pathetic it had me roaring with laughter. It’s call putting emotion into a song right where it is appropriate. Casey’s perormance was peerless tonight. The only one who approached the emotion of his or her song. Cross-over country star. But how to lose the quavering voice? ROFLMAO!!

  390. Ok, I can’t compare all of the seasons, but these are my fav performances of the Beatles based on what I have seen.

    Cook – ER

    Brook -LIB

    Carly -CT (I thought Crystal was also very good, but I like Carly’s rocking version more.)

    Kris -HJ

    I really also liked Casey tonight. I thought I heard flashes of Eddie Vedder.

    I liked Siobhan in parts of the song, but I agree with the poster who said there is a strange disconnect when she performs.

  391. I disagree. IMO:
    Brooke>>Katie>>Kris- Let It Be
    Carly>>Crystal>>Kris- Come Together
    Bagpipe guy>>Lee>>Kris- Hey Jude LOL!!

    Well, for one, I am not surprised about this assessment. EL – OH – EL.

    Well, I’m not surprised that you’re not surprised.
    EL – OH – EL. :) :)

    Ok, I can’t compare all of the seasons, but these are my fav performances of the Beatles based on what I have seen.

    Cook – ER

    Oh yeah- I need to add that one. IMO:

    Cook>>Big Mike- Eleanor Rigby

  392. I loved Carly’s and Crystal’s Come Together about equally.

    I didn’t mind Mike’s ER and thought he sang it well but yep loved David’s 10x more. That was the night Simon told him he could win. Good times!

    Brooke’s Let It Be was actually my favorite performance Top 12 night. That was one special performance. Still makes me tear up. Watching Katie back she was better than I originally gave her credit for.

    I’m really anxious to hear the studio version of Casey’s performance. That was seriously awesome.

  393. 1. Crystal – Ooh dayum girl. Very nice, more upbeat Crystal. She’s so awesome, that was fun.

    2. Casey – This one gave me chills. I think this is the first performance in the season that has given me chills. Emotional.

    3. Siobhan – Ooh, she’s back in the game. I got chills. A bit sleepy, but it was a genuinely pretty performance. I appreciated her scaling it back and not screaming.

    4. Tim – Wh….wh…..WHAT?!?!?!?! I put him pretty high! He FINALLY brings it out. It’s like “IN YOUR FACE, AMERICA!” Biggest improvement so far. And, kill me, but it was actually GOOD. Finally proved he can sing.

    5. Katie – Double WHWHWHWAT?! I can’t believe I rated her so high, but I FINALLY got her tonight. I liked it. It was believable, it was sung well and soulfully. Very nice improvement, though still a bit pageanty for my tastes.

    6. Michael – A bit dramatic, but I liked it. Probably his worst performance since This Love, but whatever, it was decent.

    7. Andrew – I appreciate his coming back from the dead. He was solid. Not great, but solid.

    8. Aaron – Triple Wh…whaaaaaat?! Wow, I really really hate to say this. He’s one of my favorites, but tonight just wasn’t good. I think even Archie switched it up a bit and showed more versatility. Shame, I do like his country twang and I absolutely love his voice. However, he was pretty subpar tonight. Not as bad as MJ said, but geez. Plus, the whole “song title being the meaning of the song” crap.

    9. Lee – Quadruple WHAAAAAAT?! I almost do not want to dignify this performance with a comment. That was probably the STUPIDEST performance I’ve ever seen on Idol. I’ve seen Sanjaya, Yellow Brick Road, and Paige singing Against All Odds. I think this one is a contender to join them. I appreciate a ballsy performance and a coming out of the shell, but that performance was taking it to a ridiculous, almost insulting level. Lee, it isn’t April Fools. I also appreciate humorously bad performances, but we have Tim for that, and Lee’s performance was just….. AWFUL. Simon WAY overrated it, and he liked it the least! I could write an essay on how much I f*cking HATED this damn performance. And I probably will. But not here, I’ve written enough. If he performs this on tour, I’m going to DIE. I dunno, Lee was WAY overconfident with this one. It was like he was mocking the confident. Wow. I’m still inflamed by this performance. It’s so unhealthy.

    Overall, a very good night! I can’t predict the B3.

    I would say it will be Aaron, Tim, and Andrew, with Andrew going home. Ideally, it would be Aaron, Andrew, and Lee, with Lee going home.

    I don’t like comparing performances, so, to be honest, I didn’t even think of David Archuleta, David Cook, Kris Allen, or Carly Smithson tonight. Thank God.

  394. These comments are so lame and pathetic it had me roaring with laughter. It’s call putting emotion into a song right where it is appropriate. Casey’s perormance was peerless tonight. The only one who approached the emotion of his or her song. Cross-over country star. But how to lose the quavering voice? ROFLMAO!!

    The OTT vibrato can often be really uncomfortable to listen to, no matter how connected the performer. Mind you, I enjoyed Casey well enough tonight, but reigning that in is something he could work on. It’d make the whole effect even stronger.

  395. My take, by order of preference:

    Casie, can’t wait to hear more of this now. This was very very nice… I liked everything, his guitar playing, his rendition, the fact that he chose more of an obscure song to make us discover it… very very nice. He made a huge leap tonight on the show and I’m a fan.

    Crystal, always good. But it’s a bit the problem with me though. I feel like she hit a plateau where she will deliver solid, great performances but they will always sound a bit the same. But of course the talent is definitely there and she deserves to be in the finale and obviously she’ll come up with a recording contract and I’ll probably buy what she produces …lol. I liked that she brought an unusual instrument to spice it up. By the way, here is a really funky version of Come Together performed on Canadian Idol. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDXgrEpLGm0

    I like Lee too. I’m a fan of his voice, although he was out of tune in parts tonight and I find Hey Jude a hard melody to sing so I understand that he brought the bagpipes but I’m not sure that it worked that well for him.

    I’m surprised to put Katie so high tonight but she sang very very well. I’m just not a fan overall, that’s all.

    I would group Siobhan, Tim and Mike in the middle, not bad, but not great either.

    And Aaron and Andrew at the bottom of the pack.

    Overall, my favs are Crystal, Lee and Casey and it’s been like this for a while now. Didi was in there too (wanted her to do better of course) but she’s gone now so I’m sticking with those 3 and quite frankly, I don’t really care who come on top this year as long as they become successful recording artits in their own rights. I wish them the best.

  396. The OTT vibrato can often be really uncomfortable to listen to, no matter how connected the performer

    Kind of like Daughtry that has sold 40 bazillion albums and singles? LOL
    I don’t hear that much vibrato in Casey’s voice. I hated all the vibrato in Daughtry’s voice, but actually like the way it works in his songs and sounds on the radio.
    I’ve never noticed it before with Casey. I’ll have to start listening for it.

  397. Crystal is never bad but ‘Come Together’ was her weakest performance so far for me.

    But I liked Lee’s take on Hey Jude. Not perfect but gritty and interesting (not because of the bagpipe, LOL).

    Casey was excellent, and Siobhan soulful and heartfelt, although a bit slow.

    Tim was extremely enjoyable. He isn’t the best singer ever but he does have stage presence.

    Katie was better than usual but still pageant and generic for me.

    Mike was cheesy, Andrew boring, and Aaron just bad.

  398. Kind of like Daughtry that has sold 40 bazillion albums and singles? LOL
    I don’t hear that much vibrato in Casey’s voice. I hated all the vibrato in Daughtry’s voice, but actually like the way it works in his songs and sounds on the radio.
    I’ve never noticed it before with Casey. I’ll have to start listening for it.

    Oh, pfft. If we’re just talking Daughtry levels, I’d actually be OK with it (to be fair, it’s been a while since I’ve seen him live, so maybe I’m just comparing it to the recordings). But there have been a few moments with Casey (and only a few moments; it’s nothing too common) where it just flashes way out of control. And then just calms down quickly.

  399. Anyone who doubted that Lee is the stealth chosen one can remove all doubt. Vocally that was not good and then when the bagpiper showed up the shit pretty much hit the fan, vocally, the attempt to get the crowd to sing along…everything. For me that was a train wreck. I’d blame the producers but Lee said the kilted musician was his idea.

    I liked Casey better than some people seemed to but the main reason I liked it wasn’t that the vocals were great (they weren’t) but because Casey finally did something besides Guitar Player karaoke.

    Crystal botched the lyrics, she sang the Coca Cola verse twice, and (of course) was given a pass. I didn’t think she was vocally anywhere close to on her game. Another weird instrument another chosen one.
    I’ll assume that the producers think that makes them “memorable”.

  400. Brooke>>Katie>>Kris- Let It Be
    Carly>>Crystal>>Kris- Come Together
    Bagpipe guy>>Lee>>Kris- Hey Jude LOL!!

    Let It Be: Brooke>>Kris>Katie
    Come Together: Carly>>Crystal=Kris
    Hey Jude: Lee>>Kris

  401. The OTT vibrato can often be really uncomfortable to listen to, no matter how connected the performer. Mind you, I enjoyed Casey well enough tonight, but reigning that in is something he could work on. It’d make the whole effect even stronger.

    When I was much younger, I went to a concert and was appalled that the songs being sung didn’t sound exactly like on my radio. As I grew older, I sought out live performances because hearing songs differently was exciting. Similarly, when I was young, perfect singing was what I liked. Now that I a older, I appreciate the singers who are imperfect but who can communicate emotions, particularly vulnerability. I used to like Judy Collins; now I like Amy Winehouse. All of this is to say that what is unpleasant or uncomfortable for some to hear, is truly music to other’s ears. Pleasae do not be so quick to try to homogenize these young artists. There are plenty of those guys out there for you all.

  402. The bagpips were an unusual choice. I think these contestants are so desperate to mix it up and rearrange their songs that we might just see a xylephone and a kazoo next week. And with Adam mentoring (please let it be hair band week) that could be awesome.

  403. So who’s going home tonight? I want to say Andrew, but he NEVER goes home when he’s supposed to…

  404. Overall a good evening. Katie showed us why she belonged in the Top 12. Tim gave his best performance ever. Casey showed he could connect with a song. Siobhan got her game back. Crystal showed her off-nights are still better than most of the others good nights.Lee took all the good buzz of last week and flushed it down the toilet. Mike’s game is getting weaker each week. Andrew and Aaron just have no game. No trainwrecks, but again no OMG WOW!

    B3: Andrew
    B2: Tim
    Elim: Aaron

  405. I was expecting a trainwreck…so glad that it wasn’t. Casey’s performance was my favorite. Andrew’s was my least favorite.

    There were some weird choices made tonight but I think it made the show entertaining. It wasn’t the snooze fest I was expecting.

    I’d say Aaron is going home too.

  406. tiger92

    Kris is just as talented as Crystal, if not more so. He’s more versatile, for one thing. I think Crystal is easily the best of this year’s contestants, but I’m still waiting for her to not do the same type of performance every single week. When is she going to do something unexpected? No matter how strong a performer she is — and she is a very strong performer — she has now become too predictable. She hasn’t had her “A” game going for either of the last 2 weeks. And tonight she totally messed up the lyrics — something that the judges are supposed to call people out on, yet she got a pass.

    oh yeah, LIB: Brooke >> Kris >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Katie (Katie has not once really connected with the meaning of a song; even tonight, while the vocal was solid, there wasn’t much feeling, it is all too robotic/pagenty to me)
    CT: Kris >> Carly >> Crystal (really like all 3 versions: but, sorry, you forget the words, you automatically lose points)
    HJ: Kris >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lee (Lee was pitchy all over the place, got drown out by the band, and WTF was with the bagpipes?)

  407. girlygirl, a lot of us would beg to differ on Kris and Crystal. I never found Kris that talented but hey that’s another season. Crystal is one of the best Idols in years in my opinion.

    Oh and tell me I’m not alone in loving Lee’s performance? I thought the bagpipe was ****ing awesome.

  408. Well, I’m not surprised that you’re not surprised.
    EL – OH – EL. :) :)

    I know you too well. :))

  409. I like Crystal more than Kris, her voice is more expressive. And they’re easy to compare cuz they both have that “simple gal/dude with guitar” thing going on.

    ETA: Oh hey, even their names sound similar!

  410. Sorry, the bagpipes were just weird. But that wasn’t my problem with Lee tonight. My problem is that it was a sloppy, off-key performance. He was much better the last few weeks than he was tonight. I thought he took a step backwards in trying to challenge Crystal as the frontrunner.

    His studio recording will probably be very good, though. He’s got a real nice recorded singing voice.

  411. girlygirl:
    04/07/2010 at 2:08 am
    tiger92

    Kris is just as talented as Crystal, if not more so.

    No, he’s not.

  412. They shouldn’t be simple to compare. Crystal seems to be an alternative folk/country/rock musician — not particularly mainstream. Kris is a pop/rock musician with r&b influences — definitely more mainstream. They really aren’t all that alike except that they both play acoustic guitar and understand how to arrange/interpret songs to suit their styles.

  413. Tiger92

    YES, he is.

    You and I are just going to have to agree to disagree on this.

  414. Kris is just as talented as Crystal, if not more so.

    Crystal has a much better voice than Kris..

  415. what a great show! i liked hearing them talk about one another – I see them all a little differently now and for the better!

    I unfortunately think Crystal is on replay every week. She’s good but bores the snot outta me. And after Natural Woman months ago, I thought she would be my season fav.

    I thought the bagpipes were hilarious and actually, could have worked but I couldn’t hear them enough. Lee really opened up in my eyes and I think the recorded version is gonna be as good or better than beast of burden.

    Casey was outstanding!! I think Aaron or Katie is out.

  416. They shouldn’t be simple to compare. Crystal seems to be an alternative folk/country/rock musician — not particularly mainstream. Kris is a pop/rock musician with r&b influences — definitely more mainstream. They really aren’t all that alike except that they both play acoustic guitar and understand how to arrange/interpret songs to suit their styles.

    Simple in a relative sense, I realize they’re not exactly the same style. But Crystal/Kris are a lot more similar than Adam/Kris, or Crystal/Siobhan, or any other combo of recent frontrunners. Hence: easy to compare.

  417. girlygirl:
    04/07/2010 at 2:25 am
    Tiger92

    YES, he is.

    You and I are just going to have to agree to disagree on this.

    NO, he’s not.

    Works for me.
    Everyone has different opinions on different voices. Not everyone likes the same thing. I have my preference- you have yours.

  418. I do prefer Crystal, she is my favorite because I like richer voices, but I did learn to love Kris’ voice when he performs his original stuff. Covers…(including Beatles) not so much. JMHO.

    Anyway, what about a Kristal fandom? Now that’s an easy name to make up…

  419. girlygirl:
    Kris is just as talented as Crystal, if not more so. He’s more versatile, for one thing. I think Crystal is easily the best of this year’s contestants, but I’m still waiting for her to not do the same type of performance every single week. When is she going to do something unexpected? No matter how strong a performer she is — and she is a very strong performer — she has now become too predictable. She hasn’t had her “A” game going for either of the last 2 weeks. And tonight she totally messed up the lyrics — something that the judges are supposed to call people out on, yet she got a pass.

    I agree with this about Crystal. I think, although she is one of the best this year, she’s not showing much versatility, and her style of music isn’t as current.

  420. Just rewatched Carly’s version of Come Together. Yeah, so this was a very good night for S9 but only if you don’t compare to S7. Wow, Carly’s voice is just a different level from either Kris or Crystal. Like major league versus minor leagues different. (Unfortunately, Kris IMO came in a distant third behind Carly and Crystal.)

  421. springboard

    That’s a matter of opinion. I like both their voices. Crystal has the technically stronger voice, but that’s not the only thing that matters in singing. There are a lot of performers with technically wonderful voices who I can’t stand (Josh Groban, for instance). Both Kris and Crystal interpret songs very well, they connect with what they are singing about. Kris is probably the more versatile musician than Crystal. He’s obviously a better keyboard player (based on her rather hesitant performance during r&b week) and they seem similarly skilled on acoustic guitar. Kris also is good on the electric guitar (as he showed on tour). I don’t remember if Crystal has played electric guitar yet on the show. Crystal has proven she can play harmonica — maybe Kris should whip out his viola?

    But again, it all comes down to personal preference, doesn’t it? I prefer Kris to Crystal — but I still think she’s very talented and would certainly seriously consider buying her post-Idol album.

    So again, let’s agree to disagree.

  422. Keel:
    04/07/2010 at 2:42 am

    Just rewatched Carly’s version of Come Together. Yeah, so this was a very good night for S9 but only if you don’t compare to S7. Wow, Carly’s voice is just a different level from either Kris or Crystal. Like major league versus minor leagues different. (Unfortunately, Kris IMO came in a distant third behind Carly and Crystal.)

    I hate comparisons, but Carly really is an amazing singer.

  423. Tiger I agree with your statement that Casey’s voice is like Bob Seger. I always loved Bob & I love Casey’s voice. Its the bit of grunt that does it for me!! Wonderful that he chose this Lennon song & connected with it so well!

    Don’t agree with your assessment of Kris. I understand that you may find Crystal more talented &like her voice more but to infer he has little talent is not being realistic . I do like Crystal & her voice but I have yet to see her rearrange a song like Kris can. The way he does mashups of songs & make them sound incredible is amazing!! [ You need a lot of musical skill & nouse to do this successfully]

    Anyway I give kudos to Casey, Tim & Andrew for doing songs that hadn’t been done before . Casey was obviously smart enough to know, after viewing Brooke’s LIB & Michael John’s ATU [ & loving their performances] not to go there. Obviously Siobahn & Katie didn’t get his memo!!

  424. Girlygirl, yes, vocal tone appreciation is a matter of opinion, as it is a matter of opinion whether having a dab at a lots of different skills makes anyone talented, and whether sounding current is the same a being talented. Sometimes sounding current is very close to sounding generic and deja-vu.

  425. Don’t agree with your assessment of Kris. I understand that you may find Crystal more talented &like her voice more but to infer he has little talent is not being realistic

    I said I thought Crystal was more talented than Kris. It’s my opinion and based on what sounds good and what appeals to me. IMO, it is realistic. You don’t have to agree with me, but I’m not wrong just because I don’t agree with you.

  426. Yes, agreed with the assessment that something was throwing off Crystal’s performance. She kept looking down at her guitar as if she couldn’t see it or sensed it was out of tune… Something. Did she forget or mess up the lyrics? I didn’t feel her totally invested in the song because of these distractions.

    I think Lee and the show thought the bag piper would pay off differently.. I think they all thought it was a grand idea but that idea backfired.. However, it made his moment “memorable” and will earn him votes. All publicity (good or bad) is good publicity if you want to maintain a place in the public eye.

    Is there a link to what the singers from past years performed? What did Adam Lambert sing for his Lennon/McCartney song? I cannot believe I can’t remember… but I can’t.

  427. I said I thought Crystal was more talented than Kris. It’s my opinion and based on what sounds good and what appeals to me. IMO, it is realistic. You don’t have to agree with me, but I’m not wrong just because I don’t agree with you.

    I don’t think it’s unrealistic. I’d say it’s delusional. That’s my opinion anyway. :)

  428. Is there a link to what the singers from past years performed? What did Adam Lambert sing for his Lennon/McCartney song? I cannot believe I can’t remember… but I can’t.

    There was no Lennon/McCartney theme last year, and I don’t know of any Beatles song ever performed by Adam…

    Season 7 was great though, with:

    Cook – Eleanor Rigby
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlsE97oPJYc

    Archie – The Long And Windy Road
    http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=Z-5Ry64NZWo&feature=related

    Brooke – Let It be
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k68_t4yOQSQ

    Carly – Come Together
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHKnSNCzIfQ

  429. There was no Lennon/McCartney theme last year, and I don’t know of any Beatles song ever performed by Adam

    Oops. No wonder I can’t remember what Adam sang that non-existent week. I am ashamed!

    I could never forget David Cook’s Eleanor Rigby. While not one of my favorite Beatles’ songs in their amazing catalog, David made me fall in love with the song the way HE sang it.

    Thanks for your help and forgive me, Adam. I miss you!

  430. I cannot believe I can’t remember… but I can’t.

    I don’t think he sang anything by them. Last season didn’t have a Beatles week.

  431. I don’t think he sang anything by them. Last season didn’t have a Beatles week

    I thought they did but I guess I was having sweet flashbacks from Season 7… :>

  432. I could never forget David Cook’s Eleanor Rigby. While not one of my favorite Beatles’ songs in their amazing catalog, David made me fall in love with the song the way HE sang it.

    umm..David made me fall in love with a lot of things..

  433. Whoa, I just came back from googling “Adam Lambert” and “Beatles” to doublecheck whether he’d ever covered the Beatles before and got back a few headlines asking whether Adam would be bigger than the Beatles. Geez. Four months does give people a lot more perspective, doesn’t it? LOL

  434. Yup, I have my favorites going from top to bottom!!

    Top 4
    1st. Crystle, I loved her take and that way she opened up that song as Rait would do.good definite vocals with a little twang.. Best

    2nd Casey. I think he steped out his comfort box, and it paid off
    in an emotional, and real sounding performance!

    34d Lee. I liked this much happier performance with personality
    I thought”Thank you, the antidepressents are kicking in as expected,
    3-4 weeks after starting. The Bagpipe…Genius! He lookes like he
    has some Scotish bloood. Anyway it was so fun for an out the box
    moment. Audience participation infectious!NA NA NA NA NA,NA,na na
    NAH,
    Guitar and bagpipes…Yeah, go for it!!

    4th Siobhan I really appreciate her pulling her performance back, but it might have been too pulled back. I like that she is refusing
    to let one bad performance define her. This was a very delicate, and almost overly respecful rendition of ATU and she hit the one higher note and pulled it in again. It started a little nasal but that cleared and sounded just delicate and pure again. I love that she is that burgoning feminist who has slipped into cargiver mode for her youngest sisters, for whom she wishes to guide down that precarious path to strenghth, and into strong women!!!

    5th Michael,….Yes I agree he can do almost whatever he wants
    I personally found his version,while great on vocals but too slow.
    Yet the end product was quite stiring and he made up feel it for sure!!

    6th Katie I actually agree this was her best moment so far and the song feels more current than it is.

    7th Tim. I agree this song did suit his voice and his look. I think he will be bottom three but possibly first back to the couch.

    8th Andrew. He is in that unfortunate place of nowhere man and his
    fans better organize for him to do a call in marathon and he just might be safe. His song was upbeat and kinda good.Good luck!!!

    9th Aaron. Alas I think he will bring up the bottom. His vocals
    were not great especially for first couple refrains. “gotish” was a
    good description but it did get better just not enough better SORRY. I think he should be the one to go tomarrow. I hope he can get him some good vocal training as it would make the world of differenceforhim

  435. As I’ve said in some previous thread, I grew up listening to Beatles music, their tribute bands and tribute albums in different genres.

    The beauty of their music, apart from the greatness that it already has is that it’s a legacy to humanity. These are songs open for interpretation, you can hear 3 different versions of a Beatles song and still enjoy them for what they are.

    So I guess it shouldn’t be different for idol. Not only is the competition over for previous contestants but it also is kind of comparing apples to ranges. Big Mike and Cook are different artists, just as Crystal and Kris are.

    I really liked tonight’s show…at least it was better than it had been the previous couple of weeks. The contestants are slowly getting better.

    Overrated tonight: Tim, a bit…but well, lower standards I guess. But then again, he did pick a sweet, likable song (the beauty of the theme!).

    Underrated: Siobhan, her take on ATU was beautiful, not every song is supposed to sound the same every time. It reminds me a bit of Fiona Apple’s version. Different arrangement, but it shows that this song can be flexible in terms on energy. Siobhan’s take was slow but pretty. Not in a “Wow” kind of way, but definitely satisfying.

    Best of the night: Loved Casey and Crystal the most.

    Great song choice for Casey, that Lennon song is amazing, amazing. I wonder how he was able to pick a Lennon only song, was the theme broader than we imagined?

    I loved Crystal’s arrangement of Come Together! Carly’s version is still one of my fave performances of AI, but I’m not gonna compare them, it’s better to enjoy them both. Her voices just works, on anything, even with a cold. Not her best ever, but very groovy and fun.

    Lee was also great…the guy with the bagpipes fitted the theme perfectly! Yes, The Beatles were/are English, but it’s the weirdness, experimental feeling to that moment and it goes well with them.

    I’m glad Katie did fine, the show is ok with 3 girls for now!

    Pretty good night. Even the packages were kinda cute.

  436. cast my very first vote of the season last night….one text vote for Katie Stevens….i thought she did a good job (I actually enjoyed her let it be) and does not deserve to go home this week. Come on s9, someone inspire me to vote next week!

  437. There was no Lennon/McCartney theme last year, and I don’t know of any Beatles song ever performed by Adam…

    Season 7 was great though, with:

    Cook – Eleanor Rigby
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlsE97oPJYc

    Archie – The Long And Windy Road
    http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=Z-5Ry64NZWo&feature=related

    Brooke – Let It be
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k68_t4yOQSQ

    Carly – Come Together
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHKnSNCzIfQ

    I don’t know whether to thank you or slap you. :) I was only a casual fan of S7, but this is just a stark reminder of what is absent this year – VOCAL TALENT.

    ;) thanks for the clips.

  438. Kris Allen did Let It Be on the Tour. I think he did a really good job with it. And while I like Kris, I was not a big fan. But I kept comparing Lee’s version to Kris and like Kris’ better although I am a Lee fan. ( as much as I can be a fan of anyone this season..fan this season might be overstating it for me)

  439. My favorite last night was Casey. I also think Crystal did ok on Come Together, but it seemed like she got lost a couple of times. I still prefer Kris’s version of Hey Jude, Come Together, and Let if Be over the ones performed last night. I really can not get into this season. Also, I really do not like the behind the scenes look, I would have loved if they did that last year. They had so much more natural chemistry than this group. EVERYTHING about this year seems contrived.

    Side note: Thank you Girly Girl for always sticking up for Kris!

  440. I enjoyed last nights show, although I only watched the first half and caught the other half thanks to MJ’s vids (thanks MJ). I thought Casey did great last night. I also enjoyed Crystal’s performance, although she has been better. I loved the video packages where each contestant talked about the others. It was very cute.

    I also cast my first vote last night. Just one. For Tim. I couldn’t resist – he made me smile :-) .

  441. there is always so much fun when crystal is on the stage! not only her song but also her personality is so free and contagious.

  442. MayMirabella:
    04/07/2010 at 7:35 am
    Kris Allen did Let It Be on the Tour. I think he did a really good job with it. And while I like Kris, I was not a big fan. But I kept comparing Lee’s version to Kris and like Kris’ better although I am a Lee fan. ( as much as I can be a fan of anyone this season..fan this season might be overstating it for me)

    You mean ‘Hey Jude’ which Kris performed on Tour but not on the show, and Lee did last night. I much prefer Kris’ tour version of the song.

    I like Lee’s voice a lot, but it was terribly off last night. I wondered if he was having problems with his ear monitors. The bagpipe came just in the nick of time to provide a diversion and he really stepped up his vocals at that point. It was a bold move and I think it worked.

    Lee also seemed comfortable on the stage for the first time this season and I was glad to see that.

  443. I like Lee, and I liked the fact that he finally is loosening up more and singing out and such. But was it just me or were there at least four or five, big, loud, really really really off notes in that song? … I found myself covering my ears several times.

  444. Kris Allen did Let It Be on the Tour. I think he did a really good job with it.

    Kris did not do Let It Be on Tour. He did Hey Jude, and invited all of his fellow contestants on stage to end his set to share in his last song.

    Kris performed Let It Be to raise money for Haiti earlier this season, and was the best performance on S9 to date IMO.

    Kris got my votes last year, and Crystal is getting them this year. They are both very talented artists and musicians, albeit different. IMO, music is something that appeals to people very differently given their taste and mood at the time. I think Carly has an amazing voice, but would never buy or listen to any of her music because her voice is too intense for me.

    I loved both Kris and Crystal’s versions of Come Together and found them different, although I did notice the part where Crystal seemed to drop off last night and look down at her guitar. She did tweet yesterday or the night before that she was worried about forgetting the lyrics. Both my husband and I were suprised the judges didn’t call her out on this, but given the way they edited the clips, I’m guessing they don’t want to say anything that could ruin her chances of making it to the end of the competition at this point.

  445. I like Lee as a vocalist, and he definitely seemed to lighten up last night and was definitely taking a risk by bringing out the bag pipe (WTF?), but I thought his performance was in the B3 of the night, along with Aaron and Andrew.

    I actually loved Katie last night, and thought she came across as a very fun and cute person in the video clips too. Her vocals were great. The surprising thing to me is that while she was performing, I noticed a country bent to her vocals and mentioned that to my husband while she was performing, commenting that maybe Simon was right about the genre she should be singing (I was screaming at him in prior weeks that he was wrong). Next thing I know Simon says exactly the same thing as his comment. IDK what it was, but I definitely heard it and liked it!

  446. I loved Lee’s performance last night and while the bagpiper maybe looked a little silly coming down the stairs and all, I thought it sounded great in the song.

  447. he surprising thing to me is that while she was performing, I noticed a country bent to her vocals and mentioned that to my husband while she was performing, commenting that maybe Simon was right about the genre she should be singing (I was screaming at him in prior weeks that he was wrong). Next thing I know Simon says exactly the same thing as his comment. IDK what it was, but I definitely heard it and liked it!

    Me, too. … I can see what people are saying about there being a bit of an R&Bish vibe as well, and I agree, but that’s what I’ve heard in Katie all along — when I heard any vibe at *all* besides “pageant,” that is. … But almost as soon as she started singing last night, I thought, ‘There’s something just a bit country about that.’ Don’t know what it was that gave me that feeling, but it was definitely there. Something about phrasing maybe, or how she held out notes or didn’t hold thme out. When I heard Simon say it, too, I felt vindicated, but then of course many people have jumped up and down on this and called it ridiculous, including the three other judges!

  448. This season is getting to be really tough to get through. Crystal is completely overrated. She was yelling or screaming that song and forgot the lyrics and not called on it. I can’t stand it when the judges play favorites. She is definitely not a singer I would pay to see or buy anything she records, however, she is miles better than most on this season. I love Siobhan and thought she sounded beautiful last night. The rest – not so much and could not tell you what songs they sang. I did like seeing how they interact with one another although I am not totally buying the we are family stuff. This season just plain makes me cranky. This is the best they could find? Really?

  449. I’d probably switch out Kris and Katie, but yeah, Brooke’s was just extra special from the very first note that came out of her mouth. Her voice is more distinctive and altogether better than the other two. And, man, was she ever in the moment. At the end, when she finally looked up? Was her finally remembering that she was not alone. It awesome sauce on top of epic cake.

    I’d definitely switch Kris for Katie. He was great on that song, and I really didn’t like Katie’s at all. I had to copy this however, because I LOVE your description of Brooke’s performance. Which still reigns supreme for me over any other’s attempt at this song, on this show.

    Quite frankly, I found Crystal, Kris & Carly’s performances of Come Together all really fun to watch. I would have trouble ranking them in any kind of order. To me, all 3 were pretty stellar. I wasn’t a big Carly fan (but I did like her), but that was my favorite performance of hers.

    Oddly, I have no recollection of Cook’s ER or Archie’s LWR. So, I can’t compare those to anything LOL.

  450. I also thought there are something about Katie’s phrasing that leaned country to me. But to be honest, I hate country music so much so even the teeniest bend towards it hits a nerve in me. Perhaps Simon and I have the same trigger.

  451. I don’t understand why not a larger label signed Brooke, market her stronlgy towards HAC… she is totally shining when I see videos from S7… I know she had some shaky performances due to nerves but as a record company that shouldn’t matter.

  452. Did they mention what next week’s theme is? EW is reporting that Adam Lambert is mentoring.

    *crosses fingers for showtunes because she loves showtunes*

  453. Did they mention what next week’s theme is? EW is reporting that Adam Lambert is mentoring.

    Did you just hear? You’ve got 1000 comments to catch up on!

  454. Did you just hear? You’ve got 1000 comments to catch up on!

    But! But! Sooo many comments and no page numbers? Can’t a girl just be lazy? :)

    ETA: Oh you mean that other post that I totally just saw right now? Ah… moving along. :)

  455. But! But! Sooo many comments and no page numbers? Can’t a girl just be lazy? :)

    Here’s the cliff notes version for you. Save you a trip..

    1. Adam has nothing to offer, he didn’t win. (Insert assorted rude joke)
    2. Adam has much to offer even if he didn’t win. (Insert hyperbole)
    3. Meh either way. (although not many meh)

    That’s about it!

  456. It’s strange that nobody picked up on Crystal botching the lyrics on Come Together, not the judges, not even Mj (big Beatles fan).
    I thought the whole arrangement was cool but you could definetly hear her straining on the higher notes but that must be her cold.

    Lee was a complete mess vocally, flat right from the top and the bagpipe was a stupid idea.

  457. I’m kind of surprised they didn’t call her out on the botched lyrics too, although she did a pretty good job covering it up.

  458. Katie reminds us all of a “mean girl” because she reminds me of that head mean girl in Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion (movie)… remember when they were at the reuinion and the head mean girl said “We’re pregnant” and then gave that same smarmy smile like Katie gives. Thats who she reminds me of the most.

    I bust out laughing when the bagpiper came down the stairs! it was entertaining for sure.. Actually the bagpiper strutted down the staircase like Adam Lambert would have :)

    Also I am one of those who cant stand Mike’s constant needs to show what he thinks is machismo, always picking someone up, afterward everyone who he has picked up gasps or makes comments about being scared and/or in pain. I dont know why they put up with it. last week, he looked threatening in his face when Simon was critiquing him, as if he thinks by making a threatening look he is gonna scare someone. Maybe that worked in the past.. but here its out of place.

    Im so glad Crystal acknowledged that Andrew is Gokey #2 hehe!

  459. No one is really talking about who might be going home…

    I’ll play! I have most of my points on Andrew with a few honorable mention points for Katie and Aaron.

  460. I got mad last night when Simon said Mike’s performance was theatrical/Broadway. Especially when Siobhan went up there an hour later and actually did do a crappy theatrical/Broadway-styled performance and was praised like the second coming.

    I mean if u going to diss someone for being broadway…okay but don’t compliment someone else for doing the same thing. Either broadway is okay or its not.

  461. No one is really talking about who might be going home…

    Because everyone is scared their favorite could be going home. There is no clear cut bottom 3 this week.

  462. I understand that you may find Crystal more talented &like her voice more but to infer he has little talent is not being realistic . I do like Crystal & her voice but I have yet to see her rearrange a song like Kris can. The way he does mashups of songs & make them sound incredible is amazing!! [ You need a lot of musical skill & nouse to do this successfully]

    I like the way you describe Kris’ talent. Not only does he have an ability to rearrange, he can do it spontaneously and in any situation. The things some of the others struggle with (not talking about Crystal here), such as choosing a song and making it your own, were easy for Kris. I don’t know musical terms, but I think there are some musical talents you can’t learn – it’s that uncommon ‘ear’ or ‘pitch’ or whatever the heck you call it that Kris has that sets him apart. I think it helped him enormously on the show and will be a great asset throughout his career.

    A person might not like his voice or his genre is just not your cuppa or his laid-back personality bores you, but to say he has little or no talent is just not credible.

  463. I’ll play! I have most of my points on Andrew with a few honorable mention points for Katie and Aaron.

    I was so pissed last week when I put ALL my points on Tim and then Didi went home, when actually thought about splitting between the two. I have completely split my points this week on Aaron, Tim, Katie. I just feel like Andrew has got some large group behind him…I don’t understand it, but I think it’s true. If I had to pick one, I guess it would be Aaron, but he’s never been in the bottom three, has he?

  464. It’s strange that nobody picked up on Crystal botching the lyrics on Come Together, not the judges, not even Mj (big Beatles fan).
    I thought the whole arrangement was cool but you could definetly hear her straining on the higher notes but that must be her cold.

    Lee was a complete mess vocally, flat right from the top and the bagpipe was a stupid idea.

    I noticed Crystal botch the lyrics and that nobody called her out on it, as well. I love her, but Carly’s performance of the song was far superior. I actually thought Kris did a better job performing the song, too, although I think Crystal is a better singer. But boy did the judges fry him that night because he isn’t a “real” rocker. Crystal, OTOH, made it “contemporary.” Because Bonnie Raitt is so NOW. Whatever.

    I thought Lee sucked, too, but I actually loved the bagpiper for the LULZ.

    Casey was the best of the night, hands down. Now that was a “moment.” What does that guy have to do to get the pimp spot?

  465. No one is really talking about who might be going home…

    Tough week. I know a lot of people who should go home, but which one will it be?

    Isn’t it a tradition on final 9 week that somebody goes home that has never been in the B3 before? Megan (S8), Ramiele (S7), Gina (S6), Mandisa (S5). Nikko got eliminated during the semis, but he didn’t hit the B3 again until F9 in S4 (he was called up to the finals when Mario quit). And then it kind of falls apart because Camille had been in the B3 and Corey was disqualified and S1 only had nine contestants.

    Anyway, if the tradition holds (it is at an odd point in the season where audition fan bases can start to dry up and people start getting tired of the same-old same-old), it looks like Andrew and Aaron are in big trouble. Tim was actually better this week, so he’ll probably be safe and go home next week. It’s like “Flowers for Algernon”. Once you’ve seen a bad performer be kind of good one week, when they return to their normal performances, you can’t handle it anymore. See: Sanjaya

  466. Not quite the train wreck it could have been, considering this has been a pretty sorry season for me so far. I’ve been liking Crystal best, followed up by Casey, and then Lee. A few weeks ago I would have pegged Siobhan for the top 2, but the last several weeks she’s been going downhill for me, not just last week, so now I’m not so sure she’ll sustain to the end.

    Aaron–I really didn’t want anyone to sing L&W Road. I’m a huge Beatles fan, but this song is so overwrought and overproduced and DULL DULL DULL. He brought nothing to it, he messed up the words, he was all sorts of pitchy. Sorry, he wasn’t who I would have pegged to go home next but definately bottom 3 for me.

    Katie— Let it Be – I would have expected her to be in bottom 3 this week but this was actually her best performance to date. She brought a kind of gospel feel to parts of the song, and she was NOT robotic, finally. Still disappointed that the song choices were so mainstream overall.

    Andrew— Can’t Buy Me Love – everyone is choosing a McCartney song, and I have a feeling we won’t see anything really good until someone pulls a Lennon song. I think this was one of Andrew’s better performances. So far, I haven’t seen anything to put him in the bottom 3, mainly because there are plenty who have been worse for him, but he won’t make top 6.

    Mike—Eleanor Rigby – While his voice was good, I did not like this version. He changed it up, but Cook changed it in a positive way, and this was just too much /too overdone. I don’t know what that was.

    Crystal—Come Together – I was hoping for a more interesting song choice, but at least she went w/ a Lennon lyric & I thought she did a great job w/ it. She has been absolutely consistent every week – love her.

    Tim— All My Loving – I think this performance was decent for him, but nothing outside of high school talent show or early Hollywood week. He’s cute, he’s likable, nice smile – absolutely nothing special about him or his performance.

    Casey— Jealous Guy – OH MY GOD! This is one of my absolute favorite Lennon songs. Now, I’m one of those who hated Archie’s version of Imagine because I didn’t like Archie & because I think no one should touch Imagine, but Casey did a fabulous job on this. Lennon’s best lyrics are when he speaks from the heart, shares his pain, and Casey picked up on the raw emotion of this song and absolutely delivered. I considered him kind of a lightweight but he was still one of my favorites out of this decidedly lacking group, mainly because he played something really bluesy in Hollywood week. Don’t recall what that was, but I’m big on blues & when I realized he was a blues guitarist, that gave him points in my book. But this was the best performance of the night. Great song choice – not sure how he got a Lennon solo tune approved, but Archie did the same w/ Imagine.

    Siobhan— Across the Universe – one of my favorite Lennon lyrics as well. I didn’t want her to scream again, and she didn’t. But I still did not care for it. She has weird phrasing. Worked well for House of Rising Sun but not so well now. What are they doing to her hair? I really prefer it straight. I’d slip this performance into bottom 3, but I doubt she’d go there.

    Lee— Hey Jude – I like Lee, LOVED him last week – he’s finally loosening up, relaxing, showing more confidence which is good. For this performance, I’d prefer if he added one more lyric verse in and one less round of “na na na”. The bagpipe player – I absolutely did not expect that and laughed so hard for the remainder of the performance I had to go back and watch it again to see how he sang it. If nothing else, the choice of the bagpipe player shows he has personality, he’s willing to take a risk, and I give him points for that. I never would have expected bagpipes coming down the “feeling good” staircase. I do like his voice, tone. He should have had the pimp spot last week, Casey this week.

  467. Isn’t it a tradition on final 9 week that somebody goes home that has never been in the B3 before?

    Kirsten, you are like a walking Idol library. That was awesome. LOL

    Maybe around now is when all the niche voting starts to falter, and you really need those casual votes? Who knows. Interesting.

  468. No out-and-out trainwrecks this week; all the kids did pretty well.

    Best:
    Lee: Just about the only performance that I will seek out again. Hey, I might even buy the iTunes version. His tone has really grown on me.

    Very Good:
    Katie: I have actively disliked some of her performances, but I can’t find fault with this one. Vocals were great; she “made it her own.” And I also kind of loved that she totally knew she nailed it.
    Crystal: Great vocals, but there was something slightly clunky about her performance, as if she messed up somewhere in the middle and it distracted her.

    Solid Good:
    Andrew: Heh, if that was corny, then I guess I like corny. I liked his energy, and I’ve always liked his tone.
    Tim: I enjoyed his take on this song. And he didn’t sing off-key. And, hey, there’s no law against smiling, is there?

    Pretty Good:
    Casey: I did like the drama he brought to the song; it was well-interpreted. But I’m still not sold on his vocal abilities.
    Siohban: Did she have a cold? I really liked two-thirds of the notes she hit, but about every third note was super nasally.

    Not Enjoyable:
    Mike: Hated his first few notes. So grating. And while I liked his vocals during most of the song, I have to say I just didn’t like the arrangement.
    Aaron: I felt he came off sort of weak and pitchy.

  469. I am not a big Casey fan he is too safe usually for me, but last night he did a fantastic job and really connected emotionally with the song. He has been consistently pretty good, but last night was the first time I felt he was the best of the night. Katie was great too. I don’t think there were any trainwrecks, everyone did pretty well. I didn’t care for Lee’s vocals much and he is my favorite guy left, but he looked much more relaxed and energetic on stage. Overall this week I think was one of Season 9’s best week. No one really deserves to go home this week IMO.

  470. BootStar:
    04/07/2010 at 9:43 am
    It’s strange that nobody picked up on Crystal botching the lyrics on Come Together, not the judges, not even Mj (big Beatles fan).
    I thought the whole arrangement was cool but you could definetly hear her straining on the higher notes but that must be her cold.

    Lee was a complete mess vocally, flat right from the top and the bagpipe was a stupid idea.

    I noticed Crystal botch the lyrics and that nobody called her out on it, as well. I love her, but Carly’s performance of the song was far superior. I actually thought Kris did a better job performing the song, too, although I think Crystal is a better singer. But boy did the judges fry him that night because he isn’t a “real” rocker. Crystal, OTOH, made it “contemporary.” Because Bonnie Raitt is so NOW. Whatever.

    I thought Lee sucked, too, but I actually loved the bagpiper for the LULZ.

    Casey was the best of the night, hands down. Now that was a “moment.” What does that guy have to do to get the pimp spot?

    I agree with everything you wrote. Yesterday i was asking when we would see our first moment… Finally Casey pulled one out of the bag. I was underwelmed by Crystal’s song choice and what she did with it. I hope she takes a note or two about what Casey did. This is what I am looking for before I’m ready to say that she is in the top 3.

  471. I didn’t see the song spoilers before watching the show. I was really dismayed that 6 contestants picked the same songs that were already featured in S7 or on last year’s tour (“Hey Jude”). I know they’re busy, but didn’t they do any research? Or else the producers gave them such a narrow song pool to choose from they couldn’t avoid the repeats. I thought there were a lot of wasted opportunities.

    Casey– he gets best of the night. Seriously, Casey can build a respectable career in country / blues- this genre really suits him and makes his voice stand out. Good job for simply picking a song without the AI baggage (even though it’s technically not a Beatles tune) and singing it well.

    Crystal– if Crystal hadn’t busted out her formidable gospel / soul / blues vocal chops near the end, I wouldn’t have enjoyed this performance at all. Even in its original form, “Come Together” is just too bizarre of a song. The music in Crystal’s performance didn’t suit her, and she comes off sounding weird through most of it. I really wished she chose a lesser-known tune and put her stamp on that instead.

    Siobhan– decent and solid, although the pace could have been faster. She also needs to enunciate better in her lower register- she sounds too mumbly. And, like Crystal, I wished she picked a lesser-known song that suited her better. Still, it’s such a relief that she didn’t scream through this one, so I’m satisfied with this week’s performance for now.

    Michael– it sounded like he tried to make a gospel / rock hybrid with this. I thought he sounded best in the chorus and the bridge, but the rest was hit-and-miss. His voice was too high-pitched and strained at the beginning, and the ending wasn’t great. Still, I liked the strings, and the arrangement was distinctive.

    On the bubble:
    Tim and Katie weren’t terrible, but that’s not saying much. “Let It Be” is too old for Katie and she had zero emotional connection to it, but she sang it technically well enough, she could survive this week.

    It’s too bad Tim doesn’t have a better voice and musical chops, because ironically, he’s the only contestant this season who’s made the best song choices so far. Still, his elevator music treatment of “All My Loving” shows his schtick has reached its limits, and he probably won’t go any further.

    My bottom 3:
    Lee– hey Lee, you really disappointed me. Pitchy, flat, gimmicky and by the end of the song he was shouting the lyrics than singing them. I thought it was a lame performance that wasted his momentum from last week.

    Andrew– he seems to have a disconnect between his voice and the music. Like last week, the arrangement was promising, but his vocals didn’t mesh with it. Here, the vocals were half-hearted and lacked energy and enthusiasm. He could be in trouble this week.

    Aaron– forget being a dark horse. Out of all the poppy, uptempo Beatles tunes you could have picked, you settle for this one? The song was too old, too long, too slow, and he doesn’t have the vocal chops to get away with it.

    Going home: Aaron, Andrew, Tim and Katie seem the most vulnerable. I think Aaron has enough of a fan base to squeak by this week, but I’m not sure about the others. Katie sang credibly enough, so she could be safe.

    I pick Andrew for elimination- he just hasn’t impressed me, nor has he gained any real momentum. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tim finally went, but it’s possible he could have yet one more week.

  472. carmine2008:
    04/07/2010 at 4:34 am
    I said I thought Crystal was more talented than Kris. It’s my opinion and based on what sounds good and what appeals to me. IMO, it is realistic. You don’t have to agree with me, but I’m not wrong just because I don’t agree with you.

    I don’t think it’s unrealistic. I’d say it’s delusional. That’s my opinion anyway.

    I’d say your music choices and preferences are delusional, but that’s just my opinion. :)

    On who’s going home? Andrew? Aaron? Could it finally be Timmy’s week to go? Surely it will be a guy this week.

  473. On who’s going home? Andrew? Aaron? Could it finally be Timmy’s week to go? Surely it will be a guy this week.

    DAMN.. I’m starting to like Tim. This is NOT supposed to happen. It must be a dull season. He and Lee are the only breath of entertainment on this show. As far as singing performances, I’m still not sold on any of them. I’ll only be sad to see Tim go because of the lulz factor. I still say we should pick names out of a hat.

  474. Completely unrelated to the performances last night, but do the contestants get health insurance while on the show? are they employees with benefits? with so many getting sick, I just wonder how that worked.