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‘American Idol’ top 6 performance show recap

Who were your top two tonight? (Pick up to two)

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I’m so sorry I wasn’t around for live blogging. I got caught up at a CNN meet-and-greet cocktail party in downtown Atlanta featuring local CNN talent (Rick Sanchez), execs (Turner Broadcasting CEO Phil Kent), producers and guests such as Mayor Kasim Reed, “Apprentice” alum Wes Moss, “Real Housewives” alum DeShawn Snow and “Top Chef” contestant and Pure Vida owner Hector Santiago. It figures I recognized the reality TV participants.

I hope Deirdre was able to keep you up to date!

UPDATE: Okay, I’ve got it. I wasn’t quite as impressed with the performances tonight as the judges.

Who will go home? That’s going to be a tough call. I think the bottom three will be Michael Lynche, Aaron Kelly and for the first time, Crystal Bowersox. Michael will go home. I thought both Michael and Aaron pulled off perfectly respectable performances but they were both forgettable to me. Crystal cruised through without a lot of effort and may leave the voters a bit less enthusiastic than normal.

I really enjoyed both Casey and Lee. Both felt easygoing and connected to their songs. Siobhan was a mixed bag for me.

My rankings: 1. Lee 2. Casey 3. Crystal 4. Siobhan 5. Aaron 6. Michael

As for Shania as a mentor: sweetly unremarkable.

Up first: Lee DeWyze (”You’re Still the One”) – He picked one of her biggest crossover hits. I wasn’t a big fan of that song. But somehow, Lee made me like it. He sang it with some finesse and lots of love.
Randy: It started out a little pitchy but midway through you made it your own. You found your sweet spot.
Ellen: You did better than a pretty good job. You make it your own. You couldn’t look cuter. All aboard the Shania Twain.
Kara: Look at far you’ve come. That’s a love song. I don’t know if you relate to it but you cracked a smile a few times.
Simon: That was absolutely the perfect song. Started a little hesitant. You were pulling some weird faces. [It's the smirk.]

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Second up: Michael Lynche (”It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing”) – It’s a typical Lynche performance. Vocally quite strong but how much you like it depends on how much you buy into his performance. I’m still not buying it.
Randy: You did a great job. You are in the zone of who you are. There’s a wide open space for you.
Ellen: It felt like Luther Vandross. I felt your emotion. I felt you get into it.
Kara: I always that you go to that place that relates to you. You put your mark on it.
Simon: It was spot on. The performance was a little bit wet. You were in a musical acting out the words… it was a little girly.

Third up: Casey James (”Don’t”) – This is definitely one of his better performances, tackling a ballad. He spent too much of the song with his eyes closed but he connected with this song in a similar way to how he did “Jealous Guy.” He clearly does better with the ballads than the faster rock tunes.
Randy: This is one of the best Casey James’ performances ever.
Ellen: That’s where you belong. I thought it was your best performance to date.
Kara: Artists do not hide the good, bad and ugly. You didn’t hide it. You were vulnerable and raw.
Simon: Last week was a much needed wake-up call. I actually agree with Randy. This is probably your best performance so far. You were singing the song. It didn’t feel like somebody else’s song. You should give [Shania] a kiss on the lips. [He gave her a hug, not a kiss.]

Fourth up: Crystal Bowersox (”No One Needs to Know Right Now”) – She really took it country. It was pleasant but ultimately nothing to write home about.
Randy: I love you try different things.
Ellen: I say it every week. There’s nothing you can’t do. Not my favorite performance but like what’s your least favorite color of the rainbow.
Kara: It’s impossible for you not to be good. You’re always coming from a place of truth.
Simon: We don’t like Crystal this week. It was limp, something you see in a coffee shop. I didn’t feel any conviction. And the song was forgettable [sorry Shania].

Fifth up: Aaron Kelly (”It’s in the Way You Love Me”) – Technically, perfectly fine. But tonally, he doesn’t resonate with me. And emotionally, I wasn’t bowled over.
Randy: This is your wheelhouse. You did a really good job.
Ellen: This is going to be tough. Everybody is doing well.
Kara: I completely agree with you. You really felt those words. [He did change a line cos he was singing it to his mom.]
Simon: You’re only 17. The last two or three weeks, you’ve struggled. Didn’t get it at all. However, tonight, you were like a different artist. It felt sincere. It felt believable.

Pimp spot: Siobhan Magnus (”Any Man of Mine”) – This was the song that got Mandisa eliminated season five. Siobhan, as usual, went all out. She went into the crowd, too. But she just seems kind of stiff to me on stage. And her vocals are all over the place. Plus, that scream/screech never endears her to me.
Randy: I love the punky country look. I loved it.
Ellen: Way to pull the Shania Twain into the station. Good way to end the show.
Kara: Guess who’s back? Siobhan!
Simon: I really really liked that song. I’m not normally a fan of country. The screaming may have gone a little bit. It was like you were giving birth out there.

322 comments Add your comment

JTesla

April 27th, 2010
7:12 pm

Should be an interesting, and visually appealing show tonight.

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
7:16 pm

Got the spoilers for you:

Lee Dewyze – “You’re Still the One”
Mike – “It Only Hurts When I Breathe”
Casey James – “Don’t”
Crystal Bowersox – “But Not Right Now”?
Aaron Kelly – “It’s In the Way You Love Me”
Siobhan Magnus “Any Man Of Mine –

Alex Trebeck

April 27th, 2010
7:28 pm

Cheese Puff Daddy needs to sing that song that goes “man, I feel like a woman”.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

April 27th, 2010
7:59 pm

Once again, I’ll be watching on DVR, so enjoy, gang. I have the computer, but NOT the TV, LOL. oh well, can’t win ‘em all.

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
7:59 pm

why is coveritlive set for 5 am est

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
8:01 pm

NO idea C-Dogg!

Hey y’all..

Candlerboyz

April 27th, 2010
8:02 pm

No live blog tonight?

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:02 pm

evenin’ folks

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
8:02 pm

Wonder if Rodney knows it?

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
8:02 pm

So, did the live blogging happen this morning and I missed it? ;)

Exit Now

April 27th, 2010
8:02 pm

Whew! I just successfully installed a new 500GB hard drive in his MacBook. Restoration from Time Machine sucesssful as well. Nothing lost! And it finished before I thought it would! Gotta love a MAC!! Good evening eveyone.

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:04 pm

Rodney just called. He’s stuck at a CNN event and won’t be able to turn on the live blog until about 8:30. So I guess y’all are stuck with me tonight! ;-)

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:04 pm

rodney’s running the live blog tonight about as good as the braves offense

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:05 pm

blake lewis in da house

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
8:05 pm

LOL, thanks, D…guess we’ll have to make due.

Exit Now

April 27th, 2010
8:05 pm

She looks amazing!!

Exit Now

April 27th, 2010
8:05 pm

We be bloggin’ old skool.

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
8:06 pm

oh, c-dogg, they’re killing me!

BTW, have y’all heard Kelly’s leaked song? Sounds like something Britney would do.

Candlerboyz

April 27th, 2010
8:06 pm

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:07 pm

does anyone think lee reminds them of springsteen

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
8:07 pm

I usually like Lee, but tonight….not so much. That sounds really rough to me. :(

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:08 pm

I liked Lee right up until he started the chorus then it sounded like he was shouting instead of singing. Ended up not liking it at all.

Candlerboyz

April 27th, 2010
8:08 pm

needed more tenderness

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
8:09 pm

No way Lee reminds me of Springsteen–other than hovering over his acoustic guitar when he sings. I hated this performance.

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:09 pm

can shania be a permanent judge

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
8:09 pm

“All aboard the Shania Twain….” oy.

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:09 pm

Is Randy the only one who listened to Lee?

Mercedes S.

April 27th, 2010
8:09 pm

Old-fashioned blog!!

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
8:10 pm

His phrasing was terrible. What are the judges smoking?

Exit Now

April 27th, 2010
8:10 pm

I would LOVE for Shania to replace at least 2 of the judges. lol

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:10 pm

he looks like bruce a little bit to me

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:10 pm

How could they have liked that performance?

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
8:10 pm

Harriett, Crack is whack, yo.

D, I listened too….me no like

Lar

April 27th, 2010
8:11 pm

Kara is just annoying

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
8:11 pm

Eye of the beholder, CD

eagle

April 27th, 2010
8:11 pm

You got to be kidding! Lee was as pitchy as Tim ever was! Ellen should have jumped in with her Dory paraphrase….”just keep singing, just keep singing”….eventually he would hit the right note.

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:11 pm

Mercedes…read my comment at 8:04

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:12 pm

and im about half blind Harriet lol

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
8:12 pm

This is really making me question the judges. We all heard a not so good performance, yet they gave good reviews. WTF??

Rob

April 27th, 2010
8:12 pm

Okay, I’ll be the rebel. I’m not a huge Lee fan, but I liked that.

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:13 pm

well i see lane bryant got their commercial on

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
8:14 pm

He was gasping for breath between phrases.

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:14 pm

as OutKast said Big girls need love too

eagle

April 27th, 2010
8:14 pm

Harriett…that’s because they’ve gone back to being pimp-Idol judges. It’s become obvious they want a Lee-Crystal showdown. These two could burp their way through a song and the judges would bow down.

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
8:14 pm

Leaked Kelly, Cleopatra http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl7Xk0ThgXk

It’s really different and well, “whispery” Kelly is niice! :mrgreen:

Honu

April 27th, 2010
8:15 pm

Hi everyone! I guess if Lee’s performance was good, the rest of this show should be awesome, no matter who sings what. I’m still voting for Lee, though. :-)

Rob

April 27th, 2010
8:15 pm

I really wish Katie was still around for tonight…

atl1000

April 27th, 2010
8:15 pm

evenin’ all. lee is my favorite these days

atl1000

April 27th, 2010
8:16 pm

man i was wonderin’ who a guy had to sleep with to get on this blog tonight

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:16 pm

hey,KCF you hear kelly go off about that song being “leaked”

Honu

April 27th, 2010
8:16 pm

Ya, Eagle — that’s what I meant, too HAHAHAHAHAH

Candlerboyz

April 27th, 2010
8:16 pm

Enter your comments here

atl1000

April 27th, 2010
8:16 pm

big man is boring tonight. sorry, i’m not hatin’ but his songs just haven’t been good

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:17 pm

OK…I’m confused…why would you vote for someone who sang badly?

Honu

April 27th, 2010
8:18 pm

Yep, lots of votes for Mike, too. I really like him.

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:18 pm

I kinda liked Mike tonight except for that last note…yuck! Completely unnecessary!

Mercedes S.

April 27th, 2010
8:18 pm

Thanks D. Have lost all faith is those “judges”. Justr wait, they’re gonna heap hate on Siobhan.

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
8:19 pm

I know you all don’t like MIke, but I thought it was lovely. Shania had tears in her eyes. I personally loved it.

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:19 pm

Ellen i like ya but leave Luthor out of this

Harm

April 27th, 2010
8:19 pm

Did I miss anything interesting today? Now that :evil: Tim is gone, I have no one left to dislike!

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:19 pm

If the judges can’t get Lee in the finale, they want Mike.

Candlerboyz

April 27th, 2010
8:19 pm

they are going to be harsh to Casey, they have and Shioban they have been too nice so far

atl1000

April 27th, 2010
8:19 pm

i like mike. he’s not my favorite, but i’d love to see him be a big star

Honu

April 27th, 2010
8:20 pm

Hi Deirdre! If that’s for me — because Lee doesn’t always sing bad, in my opinion, and I’ve always really liked him. Yes, I’m the one keeping him in the contest :-) (Or is that sing “badly?” – I get so confused on that one!)

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
8:20 pm

Come ON, Simon. Girly? Duh!!

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:20 pm

Is Simon still around or did his clone take over?

atl1000

April 27th, 2010
8:21 pm

shania looks good as ever!

atl1000

April 27th, 2010
8:21 pm

c’mon casey, do well please

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
8:21 pm

CBZ, they have been brutal to Siobhan. Too much Russian water already?

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
8:22 pm

C-Dogg, yes, I heard. I understand her, though….it sucks.

PS. Angry Kelly’s hot. :lol:

atl1000

April 27th, 2010
8:22 pm

brendan fraser has put on some pounds

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:23 pm

Honu! NO problem….I just think he has sung bad(ly) enough times to not warrant my vote. But we all have our reasons for picking a singer!

bubbly

April 27th, 2010
8:24 pm

totally siobhan is awesome tebest totally rules same with mike

Honu

April 27th, 2010
8:24 pm

Dang it, Deirdre — I knew it was badly!!! :-)

Candlerboyz

April 27th, 2010
8:24 pm

Agreed Harriett :-) They have been the past few weeks

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:24 pm

saw blake lewis in the audience looks like he is trying(and failing) to copy Adam

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:25 pm

I’m hoping Casey sings well tonight. He needs to embrace his “jealous man” and knock our socks off again.

And I hope Siobhan nails her song so perfectly that the judges will look like fools if they blast her again!

Andi

April 27th, 2010
8:26 pm

Hi All -

What’s up with the live blog?

atl1000

April 27th, 2010
8:27 pm

oh this is very nice

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:28 pm

what the hell is up with all the vibrato

atl1000

April 27th, 2010
8:29 pm

best one so far 2night

bubbly

April 27th, 2010
8:29 pm

OMG OMG OMG casey totally rocked. please comment

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
8:29 pm

Where did I talk about Sioban?!

Rob

April 27th, 2010
8:29 pm

Ooooh, I have goosebumps!!

atl1000

April 27th, 2010
8:29 pm

haha dogg, there was some serious vibrato in there

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
8:29 pm

He did a good job. Like him better with the J-45 than the electric guitar.

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:29 pm

Andi…check my comment at 8:04

Candlerboyz

April 27th, 2010
8:29 pm

Did anyone else’s page get jacked up by all of the !!!!!! from that last post

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:30 pm

that was taylor swift live level of awful

alaskarob

April 27th, 2010
8:30 pm

hey Deirdre and friends! Siobhan go yet????

eagle

April 27th, 2010
8:30 pm

Wow Randy! That’s what I was thinking as Casey performed. His best yet. And sooo much better than Lee!

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:30 pm

I thought Casey did a great job!

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
8:31 pm

CBZ, yes….

Kelly said it best: “I’m so tired of disrespecting, lying, sneaky little trolls that pretend to be human.”

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:31 pm

I think Siobhan goes last today

bubbly

April 27th, 2010
8:31 pm

C-Dogg, yes, I heard. I understand her, though….it sucks

Harm

April 27th, 2010
8:31 pm

bubbly, take a chill pill. OK!

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
8:31 pm

Nope, rob, not yet

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
8:32 pm

hey alaskarob, nope. I believe she closes the show tonight

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:32 pm

Don’t worry, Candler boyz…Rodney will open up the live blog soon.

Exit Now

April 27th, 2010
8:32 pm

IMO, this is the best show yet.