Wednesday, May 4, 2011

American Idol: Now and Then . . .

Tonight, the remaining Idols sing songs that are current and from the past.  And here's how the night went: 

James Durbin sings Closer to the Edge which I have not heard of before but it's a high octane rock song and he did great.  Working the stage and audience with ease, James looks like he's ready for stardom.

Jacob Lusk sings No Air and I thought he brought a lot of passion and energy to his performance, but I'm not sure it was his best vocal performance or the greatest song choice for him. 

Lauren Alaina sings a Carrie Underwood song, Flat on the Floor.  This was probably the most energetic and powerful performance that she has done in the entire competition.  Sheryl Crow gives Lauren some great mentoring advice.

Scotty McCreery sings another song that I have never heard of before called Gone.  All I can say is Wow!  I have to agree with Steven Tyler we really did see another side to Scotty tonight and I loved it.  Great stage presence, excellent vocals and a bit of playfulness.

Haley Reinhart sings an unreleased song by Lady Gaga called You and I.  Now I'm not a big fan of Lady Gaga but I'm a big fan of Haley and I thought she did a fantastic job.  I completely disagree with JLO and Randy and I agree for once with Jimmy Lovine.  America please vote on performance and talent and not on what the judges said about Haley's performance.

And now, here's how it went for the Idols singing songs from the past:

James Durbin sings Without You and although it wasn't his best vocal performance it was very touching to see what he was feeling emotionally.  

Jacob Lusk sings a rock song from Nazareth called Love Hurts and I actually liked this performance better than his first song choice.  And by the way, Cheryl rocks!

Lauren Alaina sings Unchained Melody and although I liked her first performance better, I thought she did a wonderful job. 

Scotty McCreery sings Always on My Mind and in typical Scotty fashion he nails it.  Great song choice and as expected great vocal performance.  I still can't believe that he's only 17 years old. And  I love that his grandma got some airtime. So sweet.

Haley Reinhart sings House of the Rising Sun and she gets the first and only standing O from the judges and Randy calls it the best performance" of the night.  And I would have to agree with Randy.  She is so diverse as an artist.

I won't be doing my usual ranking of the Idol performances tonight, because as far as I'm concerned the top five Idols are all winners and I just want to wish all of them the best of luck.  Plus I don't want to jinx my favorites. :)

And that's my Recap. Keep on Rocking AI . . .


  1. Hi Kathy, I can't rank them either. At this point, it's just too hard to tell who deserves to could be any of them. I agree that Sheryl Crow was a great mentor!

    Almost to the finish line for this very interesting season. I have a feeling it might be a Scotty vs James finale but one of the girls could end up there too. Lots of suspense!

  2. Hi Annie, thanks so much for your comments. Wasn't Sheryl terrific. I think she is my fav guest mentor.

    I think Scotty pretty much at the top and I'm guessing one of the girls could make it there too but it's going to take almost perfect performances from both of them for the rest of the competition as I think Scotty and James are fan favorites. To be honest, I would love to see Scotty and Haley in the final two because I think they are the strongest vocally, but it's going to be up to the who gets the most votes.

    Lots of suspense is right. Can't wait for tonights results. I'll probably cheat again and peek at the East Coast feeds. :)

    Enjoy the results show.

  3. Sheryl Crow fit well into the contestants musical strengths. It was nice to make a 'younger' generation realize her contributions to the music industry. I came to your blog, K, to see your ratings this week:o( It is a difficult choice. Scotty knocked it out of the park, I thought. But, my personal fav is Haley for her unique style. But I agree they all did quite well. Should be a nail-biting night! I'm gonna miss Steven when this is over.

  4. Hi M, yes it's great that Sheryl was able to work with the Idols. I think she was very helpful and made a difference for them. I was tempted to rate them but it is a difficult choice with especially this year's final 5. I just took a peek at the results and noticed that Jacob was eliminated which I had a feeling he was probably going to go. I agree with you about Haley. I would love to see Scotty and Haley in the final two but I think its going to be a close final four.

    Thanks so much for your comments and enjoy tonight's results show.


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