After last week’s horrendous opening week, the men improved. That’s not saying much but considering they were supposed to perform Wednesday, they held up okay. A couple of early leaders disappointed and there were too many languid performances.
But a few singers rose to the occasion. Alex Lambert, despite his nerves, showed more potential. Michael Lynche really came to win. And Lee Dewyze finally picked a song that worked for him.
Who will go home? Jermaine Sellers, with a less-than-authentic “What’s Goin’ On,” should get a ticket out of town. John Park was in the deadly second spot and could be forgotten. Todrick Hall may be in trouble too. Tim Urban deserves to leave but he may have been placed in too strong of a spot (ninth) and might get enough votes to get away with another week. (Vote For the Worst has him on their payroll.)
1- Michael Lynche – The most confident, cleanest performance of the night. Great song choice with “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” He owned the stage and opened the night strong.
2- Lee DeWyze – I’ve thought of him as a Chad Kroeger wannabe and he didn’t really change that much for me. But this is the first time I felt like he truly was connecting with the song, in this case “Lips of an Angel.” Another solid song choice.
3- Alex Lambert – He is like Elliott Yamin, someone without any stage experience but plenty of potential. He is more coffeehouse at this point than big stage star.
4. Andrew Garcia – I still like this guy. He is showing his limitations – or possibly poor song choice. He’s like a less heartfelt Danny Gokey.
5- John Park – He picked a decent song with John Mayer’s “Gravity.” He pulled back from pushing so hard and I thought it worked fairly well. Sure, he didn’t emote all that well but he was a vast improvement over a week ago. His problem: he was second up and the performance was superseded by others.
6 – Todrick Hall – I appreciate this guy’s effort to carve out originality into his arrangements. His execution is just mediocre at times, though. He wasn’t able to inject new life into “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” Instead, it felt lugubrious.
7 – Jermaine Sellers – Some folks liked his version of “What’s Goin’ On’ ” but he was uber overwrought, trying too hard.
8 – Aaron Kelly – Not a fan at all. He’s David Archuleta lite and picked a lame, overdone song with “My Girl.” Snooze.
9 – Casey James – A serious disappointment. He seemed way too laid back and lacked, as Simon said, “grit” to pull off this Gavin DeGraw song. He also reminded us of the vastly superior Bo Bice version.
10- Tim Urban – He lacked the warm tones of the original Matt Nathanson version “Come on Get Higher” and added nothing to the mix.
Here are the instapoll results based on yes voting. Nobody was willing to vote for Aaron but the demographics of the regulars here are not necessarily the typical voters, I’d fathom.
1-Lee Dewyze – 75% voting, 19% good, not voting 6% no go
2-Michael Lynche 54% voting, 46% good, not voting, 0% no go
3- John Park 40% voting, 40% good, not voting; 20% no go
4- Alex Lambert 20% voting, 70% good, not voting, 10% no go
5- Andrew Garcia 20% voting; 67% good, not voting; 13% no go
6- Casey James, 18% voting, 36% good, not voting; 45% no go
7- Jermaine Sellers 18% voting, 18% good, not voting, 65% no go
8- Todrick Hall 14% voting, 29% good, not voting, 57% no go
9- Tim Urban 7% voting, 14% good, not voting, 79% no go
10- Aaron Kelly 0% voting, 83% good, not voting, 17% no go