No wonder the judges are pimping the girls. The guys, overall, were dismal. This may be the weakest male pool since season three.
It’s hard to decide who will get booted because half of them could go home and I wouldn’t blink an eye.
My prediction of the bottom two: Todrick Hall (early and way too weird with that Kelly Clarkson song) and Tyler Grady (just grating). If not them, Jermaine Sellers is out for missing 87 notes in 90 seconds.
The top two were the final two as the producers expected: Casey James and Andrew Garcia.
1- Andrew Garcia – So he tried to add melody to a song without much in Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar, We’re Going Down.” I thought it worked well. I enjoyed it. He brings personality and at least some unique style, as well as confidence. He’s in for sure.
2- Casey James – Speaking of confidence, Casey exudes a casual calm and professional sheen. He takes Bryan Adams’ “Heaven,” gives it a country makeover and enough sexual energy to make Kara keel over and say, “Come to mama!”
3- Michael Lynche – There’s a major Lynche backlash going on right now but Lynche’s easygoing soulful Hootie-ish feel works well. Can he stretch it over the coming weeks? We’ll see.
4- John Park – Almost out of default, he is in fourth. He has, as Shania noted, great lower tones and fine looks. This dull Michael Buble song didn’t help give him any level of distinction,though.
5- Joe Munoz – Thanks to how poorly most of the guys did, the man who nobody has seen before might survive. He didn’t embarrass himself and that’s high praise tonight. He has decent enough vocals. Let’s see if he can step it up next week.
6- Todrick Hall – I admire the fact he pretty much made up a Kelly Clarkson song in his head. Sure, it wasn’t as good as his original tune but he is memorable.
7- Tim Urban – Not a horrible version of “Apologize.” That’s the best I could say. He was the “sub” who came in for Chris Golightly. He might slide through this week.
7- Aaron Kelly – The fact he’s eighth shows how badly the night was for me. I wasn’t impressed with him but he was the best of the rest. He reminded me of subpar David Archuleta.
9- Alex Lambert – The poor kid has performed in front of a crowd five times before and it sure sounded like it. He at least has some potential and seems utterly guileless. That should keep him around another week.
10- Lee Dewyze – I hated him at first but it got tolerable toward the end. I absolutely detest this song, too. The judges loved him far more than I did.
11 – Tyler Grady – A faker 70s rocker. It’s as if the Gap reimagined Bo Bice.
12- Jermaine Sellers – Just ruined that beautiful Oleta Adams song. See Justin’s version below.
Here are the coveritlive poll numbers, ranked on highest percentage who would vote
1- Casey James 78% would vote 17% good enough but not vote 4% no vote
2- John Park 42% would vote 47% good enough but not vote 11% no vote
3- Andrew Garcia 35% would vote 65% good enough but not vote 0% no vote
4- Lee Dewyze 25% would vote, 44% good enough but not vote, 31% no vote
5- Aaron Kelly 12% would vote, 65% good enough but not vote 24% no vote
6- Todrick Hall 11% would vote 11% good enough but not vote 78% no vote
7- Michael Lynche 6% would vote 72% good enough but not vote 22% no vote
8- Joe Munoz 6% would vote 94% good enough but not vote 0% no vote
9- Alex Lambert 5% would vote 25% good enough but not vote 70% no vote
10- Tim Urban 5% would vote 0% good enough but not vote, 95% no vote
11- Tyler Grady 0% would vote, 44% good enough but not vote 31%
12- Jermaine Sellers 0% would vote 14% good enough but not vote 86% no vote
That awful Jermaine Sellers version of “Get Here” made me think of Justin Guarini totally killing the song eight years ago. (Gulp! Yes! It was eight years!)