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American Idol Recap – Top 9 Performances – Beatles Night

It’s Beatles Night again.  This has to be decent, no?  I wonder if they will extend it over two weeks, the way they did in Season 7.  I have to admit, tonight is the night, I am no longer horrified with American Idol this season.  It was entertaining enough to sustain my attention.

****I am going to toggle between AI and DWTS again, like I did last week, for those of you who are also DWTS fans.  As the show opens, the soap star and the newscaster are safe.  No one knows who they are, and no one really cares.  And the judges pick Evan Lysacec to repeat his great performance from last night.  Really like him.  He’ll make it far.  Everyone loves the Olympians.  Supposedly, he’s not gay.  Neither were Ricky Martin or Sean Hayes until last week.****

Back to Idol…

Aaron Kelly – “The Long and Winding Road”
This week they are giving the other contestants’ thoughts on each other.  Apparently, Aaron is Yoda.  Well, to me, he is still a pale imitation of David Archuletta.  And he confirms it by singing the same song Archie sang during Beatles Week.  Randy thinks it was kind of sleepy and should have been all changed-up, which is ironic, given that he thought Archuletta’s almost identical performance was “HOT”.  It really was nothing special.  I think this guy just doesn’t have any sort of magic.  Check out Archie’s version, which they loved:

Katie Stevens – “Let It Be”
Katie is everyone’s little sister and likes to do the Beyonce “Single Ladies” dance.  Katie is tackling the song that got Brooke White raves in Season 7.  And…she was pretty good, actually.  Certainly my favorite Katie performance so far.  She seemed confident, and she sounded good throughout.  Randy agrees, as do Ellen, Kara, and Simon, who takes credit for her performance.  Here’s Brooke White’s take:

****Back to DWTS – After a performance by Reba McIntyre, Neicy Nash and Louie are revealed to be safe for next week after their emotional dance last night that was a commentary on right to marry for the gays.  Good for you, America, for not voting them out.  Thank goodness, Nicole and Derek are safe as well.  They were the best by a mile last night and the judges gave them low scores for technique, so I was worried they might go.****

Andrew Garcia – “Can’t Buy Me Love”
We are assured that Andrew DOES have a personality, despite Simon’s protestations.  I agree with Randy.  Solid performance.  Ellen loved it.  Kara wanted to love it, but didn’t see anything new.  Simon’s observation was completely right as usual – the band overshadowed Andrew.  And what was with that ‘fro?

Big Mike – “Eleanor Rigby”
He’s a big Teddy Bear, according to his fellow contestants.  The Big Teddy Bear chooses the same song David Cook chose in his season, and does an incredibly different take on it.  I have to say, I liked this arrangement, with 8 violinists in the background.  Maybe even better than Cook’s version.  Kara absolutely loved it.  Simon, not so much, calling Mike out again on his theatricality.  Check out Cook’s version here:

****The next couples safe on DWTS are Evan and Anna and Chad & Cheryl.  Uh oh…we’ve got Bachelor Jake, Buzz Aldrin, Pamela Anderson, and Kate Gosselin left.  Four big viewer draws.  And this week, Pamela Anderson is SAFE.  She’s thrilled, and deserves to be, since she’s actually good.  Shockingly, Kate & Tony are safe as well.  She was so bad, and she had a sour expression on her face all night tonight.  Well, she’ll be back another week to remind the world that Jon Gosselin could not be completely at fault for their divorce.  The bottom two are Bachelor Jake and Buzz Aldrin, and Buzz Aldrin is going home, which is most definitely just.  Great to see you again, Buzz, but ballroom at your age is just not your thing.****

Mama Sox – “Come Together”
They all call her Mama Sox as well, not just because she is a mom, but also because of how mothering she is.  They confirm that she is as real as we think she is.  After looking regal last week, she’s dressed like Cyndi Lauper in “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”.  What else can I say?  I just love that Mama Sox.  Proceed directly to the final, where hopefully you will refuse to sing whatever Kara-penned ditty they force on you.  And she brought the diggeridoo dude on stage with her for extended props!  She’s the best.  Carly Smithson performed this one in Season 7, and I’m not going to link to it, both out of respect to Mama Sox and because Carly just wasn’t as good as she thought she was.

Tim Urban – “All My Lovin'”
Everyone likes his smile.  I guess there just isn’t much underneath, because no one has anything else to say about him.  On the performance end, the arrangement was totally boring, but I think he sounded good, it was a good choice for him, and very solid overall, especially after the Sweet Love debacle.  The judges all gave him compliments.  This dude will most definitely be here next week.

Casey James – “Jealous Guy”
They all make fun of him for being like a soap opera star and for his big laugh, and they can’t help but address his golden, flowing locks.  This guy really, truly does not move.  He just stands there and sings.  He definitely sounded good, but I didn’t like him as much as the judges did.

Siobhan Magnus – “Across The Universe”
The only real comments about her are that she is weird in a good way and that she has an astounding voice.  It certainly wasn’t the disaster of last week, but it wasn’t great.  The judges agree, but everyone still likes her, especially some weird dude in the audience who they bring onstage to hug Siobhan.

Lee Dewyze – “Hey Jude”
The resident worrywart and Andrew Garcia’s BFF.  Also, the annointed, based on something the judges hear and I generally don’t.  Solid performance, but the most memorable part was the dude in the bagpipes who walked down the stairs at the end.  The judges loved him as usual.  To me, he’s still your average stoner from college with a decent voice.

My Ranking Of Tonight’s Performances:

  1. MAMA SOX!!!
  2. Casey James
  3. Katie Stevens
  4. Big Mike
  5. Lee Dewyze
  6. Tim Urban
  7. Siobhan Magnus
  8. Andrew Garcia
  9. Aaron Kelly

My prediction for the bottom three: Aaron Kelly, Andrew Garcia, and Siobhan Magnus (though Tim/Katie could appear in the bottom once again).  And I would put my money on Andrew’s luck ending this week (though a groundswell of Andrew support could end up sending Andrew packing.

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  1. the Jacobs household
    April 7, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Once again, right on the money although we would flip-flop AG and SM in the standings. With the elimination of the God-awful finalists during the previous weeks, we agree that AI is getting better to watch.

    PS- We were astounded to discover that Liberace was gay so we would certainly not be surprised about anyone’s sexual preference.

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