Casey Abrams performs “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye. Casey needs to learn that it is absolutely unnecessary to growl every single note. He’s a great showman and once he gets his vocals totally sorted out, he’s going to be great.
Thia Megia picked “Heatwave” by Martha and the Vandellas. Even on an uptempo number she sounds like she’s performing for the Miss Teen USA crown. All she needs now is a flaming baton and a swimsuit. She seemed to be a bit lost in the middle, but that could have been me because I tuned out.
Jacob Lusk the flip top head chose “You’re All I Need” by Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terelle. Someone needs to help Jacob remove that potato from the back of his throat. At least I think it’s a potato… it could be a cock. Seriously, can we discuss the pink elephant here? Gay. Gay. Gay. This was actually a decent performance, though I still maintain that I am not a fan. He needs to learn how to sing a single note without a run or warble.
What’s going on? The audience is filing on the stage to hug him. Oy.
Lauren Alainachose “You Keep Me Hanging On” by Diana Ross and the Supremes. Lauren looks like she might actually be trying to win this thing. This is the first time in weeks that I have really liked her. She sold the song very well.
Stefano Langone is performing Lionel Ritchie’s “Hello.” Stefano is channelling Desi Arnaz tonight. A bit of accent has crept in. I love his vocals on this song. His nerves were a little apparent. He’s quickly becoming my favorite.
Hayley ReinhartSeriously, who is this chick? Did she wander in off the street and no one has bothered to tell her that she can’t go on? I can’t remember anything about her and forget about her the second she steps off stage. “You Really Got a Hold on Me” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles was apparently on the karaoke list and she said, “Hey – I think I can do a completely mundane and screechy version of that song!” And so she did.
Scotty McCreery managed to come in from the farm to sing some of that “colored music.” He picked “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder. This was about as cliched and affected of a country cover I’ve ever heard. It doesn’t help that I can’t look at him without the resemblance to George W. Bush making me want to punch him in the throat. Hated. It.
Pia Toscano is singing “All in Love is Fair,” one of Stevie Wonder’s great ballads. Wow. That actually brought chills. Outstandingly beautiful.
Paul McDonald is performing “Tracks of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles. He’s got his acoustic guitar. He’s way better this week than he has been for a while. He’s David Grey mixed with Don McClean and some alien being.
Naima Adedapo chose “Dancing in the Streets” by Martha and the Vandellas. I’m reminded a bit of Shirley Bassey during this performance for some reason… the big voice and huge stage presence. She broke into some African dancing at the end. The whole thing was pretty damn cool.
James Durbin decided to do Stevie Wonder’s “Living for the City.” Fucking outstanding. Super cool hard rock version of a great Stevie song. The band was hot, and his vocals were off the hook. Brilliant.
Wow – this episode totally didn’t suck! What did you all think?