Lee DeWyze vs. Crystal Bowersox
(The Live Blogged Recap)
(The Live Blogged Recap)
Lee - "The Boxer" by Simon & Garfunkel:
I liked this performance when he did it during Inspirational Songs week. He still did it pretty well. I don't know if it was an Idol winning performance or anything, but he has his support base behind him now. Randy and Kara spoke of a little lack of energy. I liked Simon's analogy that he wants a Kiss on the Lips instead of a Kiss on the Cheek. We needed a little more for the final week. Really, who is going to replace Simon on this show?
Crystal - "Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin
The new one compared to Janis all of the time does a reprise of her homage to Janis! I still think it's no contest in the talent department. Crystal has the edge and this round shows that! I still think she is awesome and the true deserved winner based on her natural gift. I still think Lee has the whole "I grew in confidence through the competition" thing going for him. But that Crystal performance was HOT! Kara said that Crystal has FIRE in her belly? REALLY?!?! Seriously, will people watch this show with no Simon?
After Round 1: Lee 0, Crystal 1
Simon Fuller's (Executive Producer) Choice
Lee - "Everybody Hurts" by REM
I love this song. Lee is doing a much better job with it than "The Boxer". But 2 ballads in a row? Not sure that is his fault since Fuller picked it. He has that choir backing him up again! I don't know. I love the song, the performance was decent. But I just turned and looked at my wife and we both just shrugged our shoulders. I just feel like we should expect more in the final performance night, right? Will fans vote for this? Not so sure. Simon points out the Nokia theater, it being the end and that Lee might be nervous. He wants a 10 out of 10 for the final song. But really, Simon? THE DREADED IDOL song? When does anyone sound good on that?
Crystal - "Black Velvet" by Allanah Myles
Another great song choice! Arrangement started off a little bizarre. Crystal killed it from the middle to the end of it though! She is in this thing to win it! And Randy just echoed my statement. Should I be happy or embarrassed? Seems like the judges have Crystal's back tonight. Simon said that she nailed it even though he's tired of hearing it in the auditions. I would agree she did a solid job. But the last few contestants the judges have supported haven't fared so well in the finale! Hmmm... I gotta keep this suspense up until the end.
After Round 2: Lee 0, Crystal 2
The Idol "Cover" Song??
Lee - "Beautiful Day" by U2
Wait a minute. They're releasing COVERS as singles now? I guess they realize how bad those songs were they were writing? And now Lee has to fill in Bono's shoes for his final performance? Oh boy. I know I hate the Idol song, but it's part of the experience. Which contestant can do the best with the crap they're given? This is not a good performance of a classic U2 tune. It seems like he's going through the motions. Definitely not the 10 out of 10 Simon was looking for. He is hitting all of the notes, but it's just kind of there. I just don't know. This almost made me not care about who wins AT ALL. What happened to this show??? The judges are on board with the performance and my wife was too. Maybe I missed something. It just didn't do thing for me. Oh wait...Kara is on my side! (ugh, I'm so depressed). Simon puts his 2 cents in for Lee even though he didn't seem too thrilled with the performance ("you made the best with it"). I agree that the guy has had an amazing ride to the finals. And it's a great break for him. But I don't know if he needs to win to get that break. But I think the fans and Crystal haters will rally to his cause.
Crystal - "Up to the Mountain" by Patti Griffin
Oh man, she is not going there! I love this song, but Kelly Clarkson's performance of it from Idol Gives Back is infused in my mind. It was so great. Okay, I got that out of my system. Okay, she won me over! It was fantastic! There's room in this world for multiple versions of the song. AMAZING. Not Kelly, but Amazing all in its own right. I really think she came to win it tonight, and she just might deserve it. Does that mean she WILL win? Well, I don't know. The judges rightly praised the performance. I don't think Crystal buttering up Simon and thanking him before he gave a critique was the smartest of ideas. That is the one knock I have for her. She has bad timing with when she decides to speak! But with 3 knockout punches to Lee tonight, is that all that she needs?
After Round 3: Lee 0, Crystal 3
Well, I just don't know what to say. Crystal clearly won this night. Her interrupting of Simon with compliments before a critique definitely won't win her any votes. But up until last week, we thought Crystal had this thing in the bag, right? It's almost like the Idol producers somehow gave Lee a competitive edge last week to make this final showdown more interesting! But that is getting into a bunch of conspiracy talk. Lee is a fan favorite. And the teenage girls will swarm to his side. The Casey fans will now back him up. Anyone with an AT&T phone will be texting him (well, not me but that's besides the point). But, I'm sorry guys. I cannot in good conscience pick someone who didn't show up to the finale week! I like the guy and everything. But I just can't do it. I have to put my great record (6-2) of picking Idols on the line to pick the most talented in the end. And that pick is:
I do not know how she ranks up with some of the winners in the past, but she was by far the best this season. And has an amazing vocal instrument and adds to that with her other instrumental talents. She gave a knockout performance tonight, and I hope fans do the right thing and reward her with the crown. "Up to the Mountain" deserves radio play anyway. I don't think we need a U2 Imitator single getting air play! Great run Lee, but I'm putting my money on the Mama Sox!
I am fully prepared to be incorrect on this, but I am fully fine with it. As I mentioned above, I have lost the will to care about this season and am thankful it is almost over! I am sure the finale will be a pretty fun spectacle as they always are. I'm sure "Pants on the Ground" shall return for an encore. Carrie Underwood will be there so it already sounds like an improvement over the season! And, of course, since they have finally come out and spoke on the air about Simon leaving the show, I believe we can expect some SIMON LOVE for his final episode. Maybe even a montage of his greatest insults! I'm on board! Hope you enjoyed my ramblings as always and I will see you after the results!
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