- Kree Harrison - "With a Little Help From My Friends" - I was surprised to see Kree leading off the night, but she definitely set the tone. As we always know, going first runs the chance of people forgetting you. I don't think that will be a problem for Kree. She had one of the best performances of the night, singing the Joe Cocker rendition of the Beatles classic. Nothing else to say. This girl is on fire (ugh, Alicia Keys had to write a song with that lyric and make it get stuck in my head for the rest of the day, didn't she?).
- Burnell Taylor - "Let it Be" - I understand maybe never having heard an album track like "She's Leaving Home" (which Amber sang next), but come on. EVERYONE knows "Let it Be" right? It's still one of those go to songs at musical events where many artists get together and sing together. Paul is always at the piano, and Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen are out there with Bonnie Raitt singing the Beatles tune. Paul Schaefer is out there conducting. I'm not imagining this, right? EVERYONE knows the song. (And yes, I realize if I mentioned any of those artists to Burnell, he'd be like, "WHO??") Well, Burnell didn't know the song. But, he still sang it will. I still go back to not really being a fan of his voice or tone or whatever. I think he'll be fine for this week, but he's not going to make it for the long haul.
- Amber Holcomb - "She's Leaving Home" - One of Keith's 10 favorite Beatles songs (I did enjoy his running commentary throughout the night). I didn't really get Nicki's feedback that she could tell Amber didn't want to be singing the song. Maybe she knew some background info and exposed Amber for it. I thought she did fine "emoting" throughout the performance and she did a good job. The only thing that annoyed me were the liberties she took with the melody. It was one note at a certain part of the song that she changed EVERY TIME to go higher instead of lower. I think it took away more from the song than added to it, but that's just me.
- Lazaro Arbos - "In My Life" - No need to even go into details here. Like I said last week, he's out of his league. I don't think it has anything to do with Jimmy's feedback. I forget what the actual results showed, but I think Lazaro was pretty high on the list. Has to be the sympathy vote at work. We could have another Sanjaya on our hands in a few weeks. But, if all was right with the world, he'd be going home tonight.
- Candice Glover - "Come Together" - She's right up there with Kree. She rocked the house, had a fun time doing it, and we had a fun time listening. Candice and Kree are a notch above the rest. And I include Angie and Amber in that "rest".
- Paul Jolley - "Eleanor Rigby" - On first listen (And yes, that's the only time I listened), I thought Paul did a decent job with the song. Sure, maybe it was a little dull at points. I totally agree with the judges that this guy is not country. And telling the world that he wants to be the next Carrie Underwood is not doing him any favors. The crazy thing is, on certain notes, I heard a bit of David Cook! But, if he wants to be singing "Before He Cheats" and "Cowboy Cassanova" then Paul and I are on two very very very different pages. While I think the kid has talent, he could be in danger this week.
- Angie Miller - "Yesterday" - Welcome to THE BEATLES: The Musical, starring Angie Miller as girl going through an emotional revelation! I like Angie, and I want her to be really good. American Idol wants her to be really good. But, truthfully, she really hasn't impressed me since that Hollywood performance of her original song. And last night, she definitely was definitely taking us to Broadway Church. Maybe it was her interview saying that she did a lot of theater in high school, but I think I would have gathered that without the explanation. Obviously, America loves her and will continue to vote for her. But, she was not on the top of my list last night.
- Devin Velez - "The Long and Winding Road" - I thought Devin did a very solid job. Granted, it was another gooey slow tempo song. Last week he did Carrie's "Temporary Home". So, people might be getting the impression of him that this is the stuff he likes to sing and he's never going to try and bring the house down. That could be problematic for him. But, as for his voice. It was very good.
- Janelle Arthur - "I Will" - I have not been a fan of Janelle's, and I've made that clear. So, I was shocked to see she'd be closing the show. Apparently, I missed something. The judges AND my wife thought she was really really good. I was cringing through most of the performance. Maybe, I was getting distracted my the constantly wavering arms trying to tell a story while she yodeled and what not. I wouldn't say it was awful or anything, but I just couldn't get over the fact that they placed her in the anchor position. Kree or Candice should have had that honor. Oh well, maybe I'll listen again during the results show to see what I missed.
Absolutely safe: Kree, Candice
Most likely safe: Janelle, Amber, Angie
Should be going home: Lazarro
In danger of going home: Paul
People I forgot to mention: Devin, Burnell
Bottom 3: Paul, Lazarro, Burnell Wildcard: Devin
Elimination Pick: Paul Jolley - I don't think he should be the one to leave, but I just don't think people are going to vote out Lazarro just yet. We shall see!
Okay, that's all I have for today. I'm happy to discuss the show in the comments, and I'll probably add thoughts on the results show to the comments tomorrow as well. Hope you enjoyed my ramblings and I'll see you next week!