Still coming down off my high from The Voice, I viewed American Idol differently last night. Now down to 6 singers, I don’t care who wins anymore. I’ve said this before, but now I really don’t care. I thought Jennifer and Steven were a great addition to the show but the now what the judges say don’t matter and they caused a lot of trouble. So interest is waning, but it’s not all the judges faults. The contestants just aren’t exciting anymore. The Idols tackled songs by LEGEND Carole King. Like first singer up, Jacob Lusk.
Ugh, Jacob. Both DivaJulia and I agree on how much we’ve come to dislike his voice. I didn’t mind Jacob at the beginning, and a lot of his notes were on point, but after his preaching to America his whole attitude and the way he approaches songs are incredibly c**ty. He did okay with Oh No, Not My Baby but his outfit made him look like a mall Easter Bunny. He later closed out the show with James singing I’m Into Something Good. Their voices are so different, it just didn’t work. Since James’s BFF Stefano is gone, seems like he got stuck Jacob. Even Randy was confused by the whole thing, “Man, where were you going with all that?” he asked.
James Durbin did a better job with his solo performance of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. Steven got TMI, telling everyone that it was the first song he ever made out to. Jennifer kept it clean saying that it was “magical”. I don’t know the other contestants felt hearing that the judges were picking him to win it all, but it’s good motivation for them to step their game up. James had better control of his voice and didn’t go over the top.
Scotty McCreery finally went outside of his box and didn’t do a country song. But he still countrified “You’ve Got A Friend“. I think one of the best performances of this song was Carole singing it with Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion and Shania Twain at the first Divas Live concert. Can’t top that. With the guidance of Babyface, another LEGEND, he did a pretty good job with this and pushed his range instead of staying in that low register he always sings with.
Scotty dueted with Lauren for the third time, singing “Up On The Roof“. Seacrest tried his damndest to try to start something between them but I think Scotty is more interested in the young girls that root for him in the audience. They have NO real chemistry but their voices sound great together.
Lauren Alaina‘s solo performance was much better, singing the Gilmore Girls theme song “Where You Lead“. Okay seriously, Lauren’s point of reference with everything seems to come from a really juvenile place, which is why she has never appealed to me. She wholeheartedly loves Miley Cyrus, who came to visit her while she was in the studio. How old is Miley anyway? She sounds older than me, and I just turned 25 (happy birthday to me!). Lay off the cigs girl, you sound like Roz from Monster’s INC. Lauren’s performance almost made Jennifer cry, but it made me roll my eyes. On the upside, that awesome female sax player was back!
Now to these two, Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams. I still like Casey but their duet was so unsexy. Not that it was trying to be but thinking of them as a couple is weird. “I Feel The Earth Move” wasn’t earth shattering in the least, but it was a good pick for them. Steven asked Casey, “How much in love with Haley are you?” Lets not go there. They both rocked their solo performances though. Casey donned a fedora for “Hi Dee Ho” which was predictable, but good. Randy asked for less growling, maybe hearing the complaints from those of us watching. Haley had a sound problem at the beginning but worked it out during her performance of “Beautiful“. I agreed with Randy, again, the ending was better than the beginning but maybe she can chalk it up the sound problem and the band being louder than her.
So, who is going home? More than likely it will be Jacob. I think Haley and Scotty will be joining him over at the stools.