My "American Idol" habits usually go something like this:
Watch the auditions and stop watching until the finale.
And usually, I'm completely okay with that,
but this year they have sucked me in.
what have you done?
And why do I have this strange attraction to Steven Tyler?
The man is 60 something and really quite awkward,
but I find myself wanting more.
I guess when we hit our "golden years,"
you're going to need feathers in your hair
and side effects from years of drug use to turn me on.
That being said,
here are my thoughts on the Top 13
and their performances on Wednesday's show.
Lauren sang "Any Man of Mine." My heart is torn here. I love that she's a down-home country girl, but at the same time, I wasn't impressed. This line is used a lot, but it's quite true for her performance of this Shania hit: It seemed like kareoke. If she's gonna win this, she's got to step out of her little bumpkin box and really show the range and ability of her talent.
Casey sang a familiar Joe Cocker arrangement of the Beatles, "With a Little Help from My Friends." Now look- you can tell by my fiance, I'm all about the scruffy bearded men. And when it comes to Casey, well, I'm all about him, too. I love this song and I think he did it justice with the gruff of Joe Cocker with some added uniqueness. It wasn't mind-blowing, but it was undoubtedly enteratining.
Ashton sang "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" by another big haired diva, Diana Ross. Her performance was alright- no more, no less. There's no doubt that she's talented, but I really wasn't feeling it. The song had impressive moments, but like Lauren, she really needs to step it up and choose songs that will display her voice better if she wants to stay in over the next few weeks.
Paul chose one of my favorite songs, "Come Pick Me Up" by Ryan Adams. Honestly, his voice is just weird. Almost like Macy Gray and James Blunt rolled into one. It's a good thing he's attractive. J-Lo said it best, "I hope America gets it." His uniqueness can either help or hurt him. Maybe his song choice in the coming weeks will help America "get it." I definitely am a fan of his style.. and his face... and... :) (only slightly kidding.)
Pia was brave to take on Celine Dion's version of "All By Myself." As an avid Celine fan, I have to say that I was impressed. She looked fantastic and really put herself into the song. I have nothing but praise for her performance. Her voice is stunning! I love this girl. My only complaint would be about the weird train on her precious mini-dress. But as soon as she hit the epic, "An-y-mooooooooore!" I forgot all about that nasty train.
James won me over with his take on McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed." I've been pulling for this kid from the beginning because of this story. James has Asperger's syndrome and the fact that he has made it this far is a testament to the power people with social disorders have when they utilize the talents they possess. Even if his story wasn't amazing, his performance alone was. I loved the arrangement and am floored by his raw talent and range.
Haley chose to sing LeeAnn Rhime's breakout hit, "Blue." This song has a special place in my heart and I'm not sure how I feel about Haley's take on it. She definitely has a beautiful voice, but she has a tendency to switch in and out of this "cutesy" tone and it seemed out of place for this song. She's undoubtedly talented, but I would like to see her use that diversity in her voice more appropriately.
Jacob chose the Space Jam anthem, "I Believe I Can Fly." I was nervous when he said that R. Kelly was his idol- didn't want anyone up on stage, trying to win Idol by singing about being in a closet. Anyways, his performance was alright. He has a huge amount of vibrato in voice and I think I'd like him a lot better if he'd tone it down just a bit. Honestly- the best part of his performance, for me, was the gospel choir that came out for the chorus. The passion is there, but I'm not sold on him yet.
Thia, precious little baby Thia, picked Michael Jackson's version of "Smile." There are so many versions of this song out there, but I have to say, I liked what she did with it. Her voice is smooth and has the potential to be really powerful, I just haven't seen it yet. She had a few pitch problems tonight, but overall, a good performance.
Stefano sang Stevie Wonder's "Lately." No doubt, the boy has passion. There were a few impressive moments in the song, but the beginning was pretty rocky. Maybe better song choice will help him better display his voice? He's a cutie , but I don't know how far this wild card will go. Time will tell.
Karen chose to sing the late Selena's "I Could Fall In Love." She did a great job, but it was a little too low for her. She has a huge voice, but she didn't really use it in this song. I wanted her to own it and she didn't. The judges even noted that she seemed uncomfortable and I agree. Hopefully she can pick better songs in the future. I'd love to see her advance.
Scotty performed Garth's classic, "River." He is precious and I think his voice is dreamy. This performance was great and my only concern for Scotty is that the country following isn't big enough to carry him through to the end. He may need to change it up just a bit to keep viewers interested. However, I wouldn't change a thing about him. Adorable. And super talented!
Naima performed "Umbrella." This girl is definitely a performer. She's entertaining, no doubt, but I'm really not impressed. She was pitchy and while she has tons of sass, I just don't like her. And goodness, stop crying. Homegirl gets weepy after every performance. I enjoyed the reggae break in the middle of the song, but that's the only praise I have for Naima. Sorry- just not a fan.
Are any of you American Idol watchers?
Who do you love?
Who do you want to voted off?