We already figured FOX would find a way to keep the 1.5 hour shows going and they did so by throwing some duets at us tonight. I don't think any of the duets did anything to bring more votes in for them so it was just filler to me. But I'll give some short reviews of those. The duet I remember most from recent seasons was Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert doing "Slow Ride" 2 seasons ago. Now THAT had the power to advance Allison for a couple more weeks. Such a shame that Danny Gokey made it further than her! Oh well, let's get to this year's duets:
- Haley and Casey performing "Is there something going on off camera?" - okay no really they were doing "I Feel the Earth Move". There have been rumors that these 2 are a having a bit of a fling off camera though, and that could definitely be implied by their interviews. Anyway, like I said earlier the performance was just a bit blah for me. Haley sounded better than Casey, but not THAT much better. So I'm done talking about it!
- Lauren and Scotty performed "Up on the Roof" teaming up for the 3rd time. They actually sounded better than they had on their last 2 duets. They actually worked out a bit of a melody. Plus, this was just after both of them had very good solo performances so it was nice to see them back on stage again. Giving Lauren some more screen time with her "out of shell" self.
- James and Jacob performed "I'm Into Something Good" and had a very gay time with it. You know, because gay used to mean happy back when this song was written! They tried to butch it up by pulling Miss Jennifer out from the table and singing to her legs. Hey, whatever works! But the thing was mad cheese and they knew it. But hearing that song brought back fond memories of The Naked Gun!
Jacob Lusk - "Oh No Not My Baby"
Truthfully, I don't remember much about this performance. But let's talk about the clown costume! WHAT ON EARTH was he thinking? There is no way that's in style for anyone! Not even Perez Hilton! Sorry Jacob, major laugh points go to that attire. It was like taking a bunch of different colors and saying "what can I wear that matches the least?" I guess he performed okay, but like I said, not memorable enough for me to escape the bottom 3. If they do a bottom 3 this week. Oooh I have a prediction! They will split the group in to 2 groups of 3. And then Ryan will swap one person from each group and then announce the bottom 3! We've been watching this show too long haven't we? Granted, they have mixed it up on results show nights this year and tried some different approaches. So, maybe I'll be surprised.
Lauren Alaina - "Where You Lead"
Well, apparently, all Lauren needed to come out of her shell was a visit from Babyface AND Miley Cyrus in one week! They start trying to make her push her voice and she sure did! I was pretty proud of her this week. She was happily roaming around the stage and giving it her all. Even dancing with some 19 year old Matt Saracen look-a-like (bonus points for whoever knows what I'm talking about!) during the show. I was surprised the judges just kept giving her constructive criticism instead of someone flat out saying she was good tonight. Maybe that means something, but I could tell they were all proud of her. And I think Lauren may have been a little proud of herself with those tears of joy! She really needed a big week this week, and I think she got it. It's no secret that she's a favorite among voters since she's never graced that bottom 3. I think that trend will continue this week.
Scotty McCreery - "You've Got a Friend"
This song was always a favorite of mine to jam out to on the piano while strolling through songs in my Fake book. It's a good time. And Scotty, well I believe Scotty had a bit of a moment tonight! They told him to tone it down in the beginning and use a bit of an upper register. Babyface has some mad skills because it did the trick with Scotty. The first half of that song I was getting J-Lo's "goose pimples" all over! And then I felt like Randy thinking "man, that voice at 16!?!?!" Or maybe he's 17 now but whatever. If he keeps dishing out performances like that I don't see how he can lose this one. He does have some contenders though.
James Durbin - "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"
Unbelievable start to the song when he strummed his guitar once to get in key and then just sang with no backup. Then, the band kicked in. And while it was still really good, it kind of took away from the magical opening a bit. It made me think of if Bo Bice would have had the band come in halfway of his a capella performance of "In a Dream" back in season 4. But anyway, it was still amazing. This has become a 3-headed race to the finish. And it has Lauren, Scotty and James written all over it. Will one of these other 3 be able to play spoiler to the Dream Team final 3?
Casey Abrams "Hi-De-Ho"
Casey did his thing out there tonight. I loved the camera work and choreography of the performance. Roaming through the various band members but making it look like he was strolling down the streets of New Orleans. It was cool to see Casey riff on the piano, but it just made me want him to grab the dude's harmonica and play a riff after the next phrase and so on and so on. There's an SNL sketch there waiting to be made. So, Casey is very musically talented. I don't think anyone would argue. And yes he can sing, but he constantly feels the need to do all of that growling! And while it might be entertaining in the right environment, (When singing a Cookie Monster duet with Haley), it just seems to not feel right on Idol anymore. He isn't showing off his vocals in a singing competition and it's starting to annoy me! I love how Randy gave an extremely positive review and then while the Idol music was cutting off the judges, THAT is when he decided to start mentioning "less growling". Ugh. I think he'll be in the bottom 3 by default, but I don't know about the boot just yet.
Haley Reinhart - "Beautiful"
I could tell that Haley was in her vocal element during the performance but something weird happened. I was forgetting the performance WHILE it was happening. It just seemed to be missing something to me. Maybe it was missing me knowing the song and her not selling it enough for me to be interested. I don't know. Because like I said, I could tell she was singing well. And she even toned down the "crazy Haley" that made us all want to scratch nails on a chalkboard for relief. I don't know if anyone else feels like me on that one but if they do she may as well just be waving goodbye in that picture above. It's between her and someone else. So let's get to it.
The Elimination Pick
Safe? Lauren, Scotty, James (they have to be, right?)
Not Safe? Casey, Haley, Jacob
Bottom 3: Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, Jacob Lusk Wildcard: Naaa not this week
Elimination Pick: Jacob Lusk - I'm sorry. The bowtie did it for me. The yellow shoes didn't help. All he was missing was a red honker of a nose. I couldn't take him seriously for one second! And I don't think America will either. Throw in the fact that he went first and then made a fool of himself with James at the end, and it's as good as a done deal!
I wouldn't be surprised if Haley or Casey went home either so we'll see. If any of the other 3 went home, I'd be floored but if there had to be one this week it would be Lauren. And well, that's just not fair! She did so well tonight. And, as mentioned before, we all know she has lots of voters pulling for her. I wasn't quite convinced to pick up the phone this week so if she does go home, I'll take the blame.
That's all I have for tonight folks. Bruno Mars and Crystal Bowersox will be gracing us with their presence tomorrow night. I liked Crystal and all last year but let's hope she doesn't sing that dreadful "Farmer's Daughter" song and gives us something new! As per usual this season, I'll probably just give my results show thoughts in the comments here so be sure to come back and join the discussion!
Hope you enjoyed my ramblings and I'll see you next week!