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‘American Idol’ top 6 performance show recap

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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

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
8:32 pm

And, so did I, CBZ, but consider the source and ignore.

eagle

April 27th, 2010
8:33 pm

C-Dogg…your 8:30 post. I’m guessing that’s directed at Lee.

Andi

April 27th, 2010
8:34 pm

Ah, thanks D.

Interesting night so far. Mike pretty good. Split votes on Lee. Have to listen to Casey again, was on the phone with a call I had to take unfortunately.

Honu

April 27th, 2010
8:34 pm

Casey was really good this week — reminded me I want to say I certainly wish the best for Bret Michaels (one of my favorite singers and Reality TV stars.) Casey reminded me of him while he was singing that song.

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:35 pm

bubbly…when you hit a key and let it just run off the page like that, it screws up the blog page for other people. I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you didn’t mean to do that.

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:35 pm

the last person to sing ‘any man of mine” went home that week. im pretty sure it was Mandisa

eagle

April 27th, 2010
8:35 pm

I’m going on a limb and predicting that Siobhan will be the best of the night. Shania’s music has always been full of emotion and Siobhan is able to deliver.

Candlerboyz

April 27th, 2010
8:35 pm

I am good here now D, once we changed pages the “!!!!!” issue is gone. Thanks :-)

alaskarob

April 27th, 2010
8:36 pm

Thanks, trying to watch Deadliest Catch (we know several of those guys on the boats) and AI at the same time! Got our DISH fixed this weekend! But I love this blog, despite last week’s intruders!

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:36 pm

Rodney just called again with sincere apologies. The CNN event continues and he is stuck. No live blog tonight!

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:36 pm

eagle my 8:30 post was about casey

Candlerboyz

April 27th, 2010
8:37 pm

bubbly you are a idiot

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
8:38 pm

*sigh* I really miss live blogging tonight. But oh, well. we’re halfway done.

Andi

April 27th, 2010
8:38 pm

Not liking this so far

Candlerboyz

April 27th, 2010
8:38 pm

He should not say that to Crystal!

eagle

April 27th, 2010
8:38 pm

well, I may have predicted too early. I’m not usually a Crystal song but I think this is awesome. I think her very best. Maybe she should be a country singer! And get away from the old-rock.

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:38 pm

this feels like watching a country legend on the Grand ol Opry AMAZNG

Exit Now

April 27th, 2010
8:38 pm

Like her but didn’t enjoy that version of the song.

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
8:38 pm

This song did not showcase her talent very well tonight.

Andi

April 27th, 2010
8:39 pm

Me too KCF, but I’m able to eat dinner while I watch this time

Honu

April 27th, 2010
8:40 pm

Hi AlaskaRob — I sent a get well card to Phil Harris, but it didn’t arrive in time. It’s so sad watching the show this season — wonder how they’re going to handle his death? A new episode starts here on the east coast at 9p.

eagle

April 27th, 2010
8:40 pm

Okay this is WEIRD. The judges didn’t like it. And I did.

atl1000

April 27th, 2010
8:40 pm

ok this one needs to stop talking back to the judges

bubbly2

April 27th, 2010
8:40 pm

Rob

April 27th, 2010
8:40 pm

Thank you Simon, for telling the truth, it was just not good, IMO

Andi

April 27th, 2010
8:40 pm

Was not crazy about this from her tonight. But it won’t hurt her in the long run.

eagle

April 27th, 2010
8:40 pm

Honu…ditto on Phil Harris. He was my favorite. The show won’t be the same without him.

Emma

April 27th, 2010
8:41 pm

Wow!!! Go Simon!!!!

bubbly

April 27th, 2010
8:41 pm

I KNOW THE JUDGES ARE MORONS! SHE ROCKED

Mercedes S.

April 27th, 2010
8:41 pm

Watching recording… Casey!!

atl1000

April 27th, 2010
8:41 pm

whaa, i didn’t get all that

Exit Now

April 27th, 2010
8:41 pm

WOW, Crystal’s boyfriend is HAWT!

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:42 pm

I thought Crystal was good but the song choice was awful.

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:42 pm

you know you got some stones to tell an artist that a song of theirs is not memorable

Harm

April 27th, 2010
8:42 pm

CBZ, I concur with your previous statement!

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
8:42 pm

alaskarob

April 27th, 2010
8:43 pm

Agree with Exit Now…I thought it was a little…hate to borrow an over-used AI phrase…but…forgettable!

Honu

April 27th, 2010
8:43 pm

Harriett — I agree with you. And, well, we now know she’ll never be a country singer.

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
8:44 pm

yes, but according to Crystal, they don’t have to be big stones, EN. ;)

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:45 pm

they tore down crystal and pushed lee they are trying to really set up this top 2 rivalry

ShakinJake

April 27th, 2010
8:45 pm

Michael Lynche – can you PLEASE put your legs together??? Can you PLEASE stand like a normal human???

I know I’m late in commenting…. catching up on Tivo with the rest of you… but SHEESH that bothers me!

Andi

April 27th, 2010
8:46 pm

How old is Aaron – I forgot

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:46 pm

LOL!!! ShakinJake

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:47 pm

Candlerboyz

April 27th, 2010
8:47 pm

I know I say it every week, but can’t watch him!

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:48 pm

no way that little boy even understands what he is singing about lol

Exit Now

April 27th, 2010
8:48 pm

Didn’t enjoy that.

Honu

April 27th, 2010
8:48 pm

Aaron’s pretty good tonight.

alaskarob

April 27th, 2010
8:48 pm

Honu…i dunno…Phil’s boat was in here last week for a few days, and his son Josh was hanging a round town – got some good pics of the boat – they are on Facebook (Robert Lanham King Cove Alaska) if you wanna check ‘em out. Hard to say how they will handle it tho. I am looking forward to seeing how they do it.

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:48 pm

Nicely done, Aaron! So much better than he’s been before!

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
8:48 pm

I’m getting old. ‘Cause this boy singing about the way you love me is all sorts of ick….he’s like 12!

Mercedes S.

April 27th, 2010
8:48 pm

Finally an honest word from Simon on Crystal… who squaked back!

Lil Red

April 27th, 2010
8:48 pm

that was Aaron’s best performance

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
8:49 pm

He was good. I liked him.

Harm

April 27th, 2010
8:49 pm

Niecy, Jake or Evan is going home tonight. I choose Jake!

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
8:49 pm

C-dogg, I’m there with you!

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
8:51 pm

Thanks, Harm. Evan?! Really?! WOW………..

alaskarob

April 27th, 2010
8:51 pm

Kelly&Carriefan – i agree…i have just never really liked Aaron as a singer…nice kid, smiley, blah, blah, blah….but anyway….gimme Siobhan and maybe some more free indie downloads of Caribou on i-tunes, with a little Steely Dan and The Cars…

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:51 pm

AW! He was singing to his mom. Puts a whole different light on it now, doesn’t it?

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
8:51 pm

I am happy for Aaron. He showed he’s got talent for country music. He will be like Kellie and Bucky and others in that he will have a country music career, no matter what happens here.

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:52 pm

i hope kara enjoys the taste of her shoe

Andi

April 27th, 2010
8:52 pm

Harm, once again I”m with you on that sentiment

Harm

April 27th, 2010
8:52 pm

Yeah! That’s a shocker!

Lil Red

April 27th, 2010
8:52 pm

alaskarob do you live in alaska now?

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
8:53 pm

lol, yes, D….thank goodness!

alaskarob, Siobhan is all yours. I think I’d like an acoustic Crystal set down at the coffeehouse.

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
8:53 pm

If Siobhan is her best self tonight, it is a different contest.

Lil Red

April 27th, 2010
8:54 pm

Braves 2, St Louis 0 Bottom 3rd

ShakinJake

April 27th, 2010
8:54 pm

Aaron, honey… I would be glad to hear you sing in my church basement on talent night. But I am turning the radio channel when your song comes on. I don’t care if you’re singing to your Mom or me.. *yawn* !! Plus, you’re not old enough to drive in PA, right? So get on your skateboard and go to the mall and look at sweaters like the other little gay boys. Sweetie.

Andi

April 27th, 2010
8:54 pm

Lie to Me coming back – anyone watch that?

Honu

April 27th, 2010
8:54 pm

AlaskaRob — I usually just follow all the boats on their websites. Had no idea they were on FaceBook — I’ll check it out, for sure! I loved how Phil and Jonathan traded their sons to each other this season — guess we find out tonight how that worked out!

Harm

April 27th, 2010
8:55 pm

Exit Now

April 27th, 2010
8:56 pm

atl1000

April 27th, 2010
8:56 pm

weak and out of tune

Andi

April 27th, 2010
8:56 pm

Shania liking this

Candlerboyz

April 27th, 2010
8:56 pm

Thanks for the update LRED :-)

ShakinJake

April 27th, 2010
8:56 pm

Not a baseball blog. Not a Fishing Show blog. Leave your bats and poles in the garage, fellas.

Exit Now

April 27th, 2010
8:57 pm

Major eye candy Jake gone from DWTS. Sigh…

alaskarob

April 27th, 2010
8:57 pm

Siobhan hit a foul pop up tonight…nothing to write home about at all…….disappointed

Harm

April 27th, 2010
8:57 pm

She kinda looks like Shania.

Lil Red

April 27th, 2010
8:57 pm

Don’t read it then Bubbly

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
8:57 pm

the shania twain musical

Deirdre

April 27th, 2010
8:58 pm

Wow! Siobhan! That was great!

ShakinJake

April 27th, 2010
8:58 pm

Who is VotefortheWorst focusing on now that Tim is gone?

I’m voting for Aaron. (to go home, I mean)

And I’m voting for Casey to be my sperm donor.

Harm

April 27th, 2010
8:58 pm

:cry: baby Jake is gone!

eagle

April 27th, 2010
8:59 pm

It was good. Just wish she had brought more energy and attitude. But at least the judges are giving her kudos. Who should go? Lee or Mike. But. The Lee pimping has probably made him safe.

ShakinJake

April 27th, 2010
8:59 pm

But Shakin Jake is with you!!

Andi

April 27th, 2010
8:59 pm

That was actually funny Simon.

And thanks for all the updates on the game etc.

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
8:59 pm

awww, no more Bachelor Jake? Poor ladies….

Exit Now

April 27th, 2010
8:59 pm

Glee up next!

alaskarob

April 27th, 2010
8:59 pm

guess the judges heard something different than i did…give me Siobhan singing “Paint It Black” over tonight’s number any day!

C-Dogg

April 27th, 2010
9:00 pm

be glad to be back on coveritlive tomorrow too much riff raff down here and i dont mean you D

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
9:00 pm

Overall, I really wasn’t blown away tonight…didn’t really like anyone. I do give Crystal credit for going all out on makin’ it country!

Candlerboyz

April 27th, 2010
9:01 pm

Same here KCF, chat with ya’ll tomorrow

kelly&carriefan

April 27th, 2010
9:01 pm

c-dogg, lol!

alaskarob

April 27th, 2010
9:01 pm

going by the comments here, maybe i listened to a different Siobhan….anyway, i hope she wins the whole deal, or is in the top two with Crystal! thanks y’all…good night!

Exit Now

April 27th, 2010
9:01 pm

Off to Glee. Until tomorrow night……

Harriett

April 27th, 2010
9:01 pm

Siobhan deserved the praise! Pretty good show. The contest is wider open now than it was before 8:00 tonight.

Dierdre

April 27th, 2010
9:01 pm

siobhan so good

Harm

April 27th, 2010
9:03 pm

Goodnight Everyone! LOST GLEE BIGGEST LOSER!!!

Andi

April 27th, 2010
9:03 pm