Wow! What can I say? 21st Century song week was poor pretty much all around. Country song week was mostly a bust. Queen week was okay. But tonight, using the standards (from Rod Stewart’s Great American Songbook albums; there are four volumes so far), was really great.
Chris sang "What a Wonderful World." So much better than the shouting into the mic that he has done too much of in recent weeks. How nice to see and hear that he can really sing.
Paris sang "These Foolish Things." Blew me away. Awesome! The best of the night, I thought.
Taylor sang "You Send Me." I loved it. He can sing. He has spark. And I like the look he’s acquired over the past few weeks.
Elliott sang "It Had to Be You." This song suited his voice and style. I loved it. Simon said personality could cost him tonight. I hope not. This guy is good and deserves to go further in the competition.
Kellie sang "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered." Okay, this was not good. It sounded even worse because the previous four performers were so outstanding. I’ll be surprised if this doesn’t guarantee her a spot in the bottom three.
Ace sang "That’s All." What was with that hair?!!! Fire the stylist! Sorry. Back to the singing: Simon called it "Charming," and I would agree. Not the best vocal of the night but enjoyable.
Katharine sang "Someone to Watch Over Me." It was lovely. I just wish there’d been a little more longing in her performance. This song begs to be laced with longing.
I know it is smart marketing for these pros to make an appearance on American Idol. It’s part of pitching their CDs. Still, I didn’t rush out to buy anything from Kenny Rogers or Queen. But Rod Stewart is getting some dollars from me via iTunes after tonight.
Okay, off to make a few calls.