It’s “Songs of the Cinema” week on Idol and who better to mentor the contestants this week than multifaceted artist, Jamie Foxx. Don’t I sound like Ryan Seacrest? All that’s missing is “Donovan Out“. Anyhoo, with only two weeks left in the competition, it’s “make-it or break-it” time. Which contestant will choke and who will elevate their game?
Performance: Will You Be There by Michael Jackson
He started off a little shaky in his lower register, but then pulled it together to give a decent performance. As pointed out by Ellen, without the choir, I’m not sure how well he would’ve sounded. They definitely carried him during some of the rougher parts. Kinda ironic how the biggest contestant since Ruben Studdard chose a song from the “Free Willy” soundtrack. Loved it when Cowell questioned, “I don’t know what Free Willy is”. Anything the acerbic judge says, cracks me up. He will be missed.
Performance: I’m Alright by Kenny Loggins
Was it good? Yes. Was it overpraised? Definitely. Out of all the songs ever featured in movies, I can’t believe Crystal picked one from “Caddyshack“. At this stage of the game, picking a more obscure song could lead her to being “Daughtry’d”. Even though I didn’t LOVE IT, I agree with the judges that she did make the song sound better than the original. COME ON CRYSTAL. Pick it up, girl and show these boys how it’s done.
Performance: Mrs. Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel
I was flipping back and forth between Casey or Lee as best performance tonight. So what was the deciding factor? A little clue: BAAAAAAA. Ever since Kara said Casey sounded like a goat last week, all I kept hearing this week was sheep sounds. Thankfully the vibrato mellowed out after the chorus. Loved how intimate and simple Casey sang the song and how he gave it a Hawaiian feel. As Kara stated, James is at his best when he’s vulnerable and connects with the audience.
Performance: Kiss From A Rose by Seal
For the first time this season Lee finally made the top of my rankings. Was it vocally perfect? Nope. There were a couple of bum notes, but when he hit it… WOW. I’m must completely out sync with the judges this week. They didn’t love Lee and loved Crystal, and I was the complete opposite. I hate it when judges complain about the contestant sounding too much like the original artist. Judges may hate it, but the viewing public and voters love it.
Last year was the first time, Idol paired up contestants during the Top 4 performance night. Since last’s combo of Adam Lambert and Alison Iraheta was such a success, the producers have brought it back. At first look, I thought the Lee/Crystal combo was going to blow Big Mike and Casey out of the water. Boy, was I wrong. Not only did the underdogs hold their own, but I think they actually surpassed the two front-runners. Compare the two and let me know what you think.
Performance: Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
Performance: Have You Really Loved A Woman by Bryan Adams
I think that both Crystal and Lee are so far ahead of the game that they run no risk of going home. Casey and Michael would’ve had to pull-off a performance of a lifetime to even entertain them being a top two vote-getter this week. Since no one really embarrassed themselves this week, I think the results will be determined by the strength and loyalty of their existing fanbases. Between Casey and Michael, I think Casey and his cougar following will save him this week.
SHOULD GO: Michael
WILL GO: Michael