First, I have to note that on this day, one year ago, Crystal and Lee wowed us with their duet, Falling Slowly! That was, by far, one of the best performances on American Idol ever!
On to the dirt…
James started with Don’t Stop Believing, and the judges all loved it, of course. James was pumped after the commercial break and thanked America. <yawn> Then he sang Love Potion #9. Without arguing with Lady Gaga, he just tossed her pointers out the window. There was no hip gyrating as Gaga suggested. The performance sounded nothing like the rehearsal. He took it to the James place as usual. Yes, he’s good. I’m just over it.
Haley performed Michael Jackson’s Earth Song first, and I loved it! Jennifer talked about how James came out first and set the bar. Shut up! Then Randy continued to tear it apart. I think I was as shocked and mad as she was. I say good for her for sticking up for herself! We hear so many inconsistent critiques and mixed feedback. Truly maddening! Haley haters, step off! I’m for Haley, and Steven agrees. He loved it, too. She came out strong with her second song, I Who Have Nothing. I … wanted … to … cry!!! See, that’s what happens when I hear awesome vocals or see amazing actors on stage. I get misty! Steven said “You just Reinharted yourself into next week!” YES!
Scotty did some Alan Jackson song (missed the title). All the judges liked it and had nothing bad to say about it. They also didn’t gush over it, though. Song #2 for him was Young Blood and all loved him. “You made Gaga’s yaya to lala.” Steven, Steven, Steven! What the heck?
Lauren took on Martina McBride’s Anyway first. The judges all loved it. I thought she was holding back a little except for the chorus, which she belted with all her heart. Then she followed that with Elvis Presley’s Trouble and rocked it! The judges talked about seeing a more mature Lauren up there. Lady Gaga helped her get there with some advice. If Lauren wants to sell songs, she is going to have to get over that innocent “I’m a good girl” thing and push through it.
Haley is on Vote for the Worst this week, but I say Scotty should go down Daughtry style. Fourth in line with a great career ahead of him.