American Idol Season Ten: Top Nine Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

It’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame night with the top nine.

Gwen Stefani has been brought in to “style” the girls. Oh Goody – Anime Hooker outfits galore! came in to mentor the gang.

Jacob Lusk wisely changed his song choice to “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson rather than “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye. Um… except… wait… didn’t we already have Motown week? What bullshit was that arrogant crack about if he ends up in the bottom three it’s because America isn’t prepared to look at themselves in the mirror? Seriously? Check yo self. And can we talk about the all white outfit that made his ass look bigger than anything J Lo ever carried around? And the singing… scoopy and warbly and full of unnecessary runs and guttural sounds. I just can’t freaking stand it. And the rest of the world seems to think he’s the bomb. But what do *I* know? I thought Clay should have beat Ruben back in Season 2. (Shall I point out that Clay sold more albums than Ruben at a rate of something like 4 to 1?)

Haley Reinhart snuck in again this week and chose Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.” She seemed to outshine several people last week. This week I might actually remember her for longer than the 2 minutes that she stands in front of the judges for judgment. She didn’t really bring anything special to the song, but it was fairly well performed. Her dress looked like she was wearing a padded grey toilet seat around her neck.

Casey Abrams has selected “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. He’s brought back the standup bass. He’s given the song a pretty cool Louisiana bayou kinda feel. Once again, I’m totally enamored. He might be the first Idol contestant that I’ve really thought I’d like to collaborate and jam with. Brilliant.

Lauren Alaina is singing “Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin (Carole King, if you please…). Oh look! It’s Anime Hooker garb for the 16 year old! PLUS! Ridiculous fauxhawk with braids! While she’s doing a pretty good job with this song, she’s triggering that cranky old man in me who thinks she’s too fucking young to have ANY idea what she’s singing about. This song really needs to have an emotional connection and real understanding of the lyrics that I just don’t think she is able to pull off. Nothing spectacular.

James Durbin picked an incredible song – “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by The Beatles. James is definitely modeling his performances after Adam Lambert. This reminds me a bit of Adam’s “Mad World” performance. It’s nice to see a bit of restraint from him. What I think is missing is the intensity that the original has. It builds and builds the tension until the outro which is just screaming. He tried to duplicate that a bit with his scream at the end, but it wasn’t as great as it could have been. Still worth keeping him around!

Scotty McCreery picked Elvis in a move that surprises absolutely NO one. *yawn* “That’s All Right Mama” is the choice. I couldn’t hate this more if he had George W Bush and Glenn Beck on backing vocals. Well… maybe I could. It’s still pretty hokey and awful. UMB loved it. I’m still trying to get the taste out of my ears.

Pia Toscano chose “River Deep, Mountain High” by Tina Turner. She’s really turning it out tonight. Sexy, growly, and dead on with her pitch and delivery. Frankly, I think this performance should guarantee her a spot in the top three, if not top two. Fantastic.

Stefano Langone selected Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman.” He’s cute and he can really sing. He understands when to use the run and when to hold a note without ruining it. This was a beautiful version. I’m definitely a fan.

Paul McDonald is still on this show? I guess that means I have to sit through his version of “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash. Frenetic, frantic, spastic, and indulgent… but almost good. Almost. I feel like I’ve been at some tent revival and while I was distracted by him on stage someone picked my pocket.

So – who’s going home? I’m afraid Stefano is in danger because he’s got the least amount schtick of the guys.

2 thoughts on “American Idol Season Ten: Top Nine Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

  1. I think Stefano is just wonderful, but definitely in danger. He doesn’t seem to have that connection with the audience that the other guys appear to have so effortlessly.

    I cannot stand Scotty. Can’t. Stand. Everything he sings sounds exactly like everything else. He’s like a one trick pony. Not impressed.

    I like Pia, but she’s like a gazillion other pop balladeers in the vein of Celine Dion. Meh.

    I was a big Jacob fan in the beginning, but not so much any more as he is becoming like Scotty. One way of singing everything and while he has amazing range, you’re right. The unnecessary runs get to be a bit irritating.

    I am a big fan of James and Casey, with my taste leaning more towards Casey. He’s just so different and seems like he’s a really cool person.

    Hailey and Lauren? Meh. I got nothin’.

    Paul? Who’s Paul? LOL

  2. Posting this the day after, knowing the results, I was very impressed with Pia and Justin’s performances. I thought Pia broke out of her ballad standards and nailed the Tina Turner song.

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