Wednesday, May 19, 2010

American Idol Recap! Top 3 Finalists

It's home stretch time...

We're down to 3 and by tonight's results show America will choose who will represent as the Top 2 contestants for this season.

This time around the contestants were given the opportunity to select one song of their choice in addition to singing a "judges choice".

If you have ears and saw last night's show there should be no question as to what 2 should move on.
Then again, America has screwed with this show before, sooooooooo...
It's really any one's game.

That being said...

Casey James who, for whatever reason, is STILL in this (if only in presence) chooses "OK, It's Alright With Me" by Eric Hutchinson which prompts me to ask: WHO now?
No matter. This performance is GOD AWFUL. Like really really really not good at all.
Randy says he played it safe & easy. Ellen & Kara give it a "meh" and Simon calls it a "dud song choice" and like "the salad" before the meal.
Imma have to agree on all counts...

Kara & Randy pick "Daughters" by John Mayer for Casey's judges choice.
I cannot STAND John Mayer and the same goes for this song.
I am bored to sleep with this rendition and I especially hate when people try to sing in the "John Mayer-I'm-trying-really-hard-to-be-sexy-with-this-put-on-husky-voice" because lord knows it's bad enough we have him to listen to in the first place.
The judges say it was better than his first performance which is basically like saying that a broken leg is better than a broken arm. It's not. Both options totally suck.
Simon wraps it up by stating that there was no "wow factor".
If that isn't an understatement I don't know what is.

not only is Seacrest about a head shorter than Casey, he's also dwarfed by his mic stand

Crystal Bowersox chooses "Come To My Window" by Melissa Etheridge.
I think this is a great song choice but what the HELL is going on with the vocals? I think she sounds terrible and where Casey sounded a little too much like John Mayer in his last performance, Crystal doesn't sound enough like Melissa.
Randy said it was a bad arrangement but good vocals.
Kara said the vocals were good but not raspy enough. Ellen thinks it was a good song choice and Simon praises her for not having compromised herself as an artist.
Clearly everyone is skirting around the issue. Which is the shite-ness of this performance.
God. Whatever...

nothing says funny like feigned horror

For Crystal's judges choice, Ellen selects "Maybe, I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney.
Holy hell this is an AMAZING song. Paul McCartney is regarded as music royalty for GOOD FUCKING REASON. He is a brilliant singer/songwriter. Considering all this, I don't think Crystal upholds the original awesome of this song in the slightest. I think she sounds strained and far, far away from her comfort zone/vocal range.
The judges are either losing their touch or just don't care anymore because they all basically like this.
Just hand the girl the crown already if you're not going to give honest judgements.
Ya know? Shit...

Before I go any further, I just want to lay it out that, after last night's performances, I have officially flopped from Team Bowersox to Team Lee. He tore that shit up last night and impressed my pants right the fuck off. And that's a huge feat. Let me tell you...

Lee DeWyze picks "Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd for his first song of the night.
Holy fuck nuts this was great. Like really amazingly awesome. The original song is stellar but he totally sang it like he wrote it himself. It was an excellent homage yet completely current and original.
Randy says it was a brilliant song choice. Ellen compares Lee to a gazelle or impala and I'm still not sure what she was getting at. Kara boasts that "Round 1 goes to Lee!" and Simon states that his song choice was "absolutely on the money" and "you just crushed the other performances".
I'll say...

For the judges choice, Lee sings "Halleluiah" by Leonard Cohen as selected by Simon.
My initial reaction to this was "ugh, not AGAIN" but once he started singing I was pleasantly surprised by his individualistic take on an oft-covered-by-prospective-Idols song. There is no doubt that within the last week or so Lee has really stepped up his game and he is taking this shit SER-I-OUS-LY.
You go, dude...
Randy calls it "unbelievable". Ellen says it's "stunning". Kara remarks that he "owned the entire night" while Simon shares how "very proud" he is of Lee and his growth since this seasons inception.

Mark my words:
If Casey does NOT go home tonight, Imma have to break out the ol' DeGeneres shank eye on America:

Bowersox vs. DeWyze for the finals.
May Lee DeWyze the best person win...