One Write Thinking reader wondered if I’d be watching American Idol and preparing my blog posts while using my new treadmill desk. I don’t know how often that might happen. But only because the TV in the spare room is small and ancient and not well positioned for watching while using a laptop on the treadmill. So I may have to remain a couch potato for these blog posts.
Tonight’s performances will be from the songs of Carole King. Oh, yum. I’m a huge fan of her music. It appears we’ll get the performances individually and in duets.
Jacob (Oh No, Not My Baby): Liked his blue and yellow outfit. Judges loved this but it didn’t do anything for me at all. It wasn’t bad. No major off-key moments that I caught. But it didn’t shine. While I recognize the kid can sing, I just don’t get pleasure watching or listening to him. It’s obviously a matter of taste. I’ll give him a 3.2.
Lauren (Where You Lead): A very nice performance from Lauren. It surprises me that she is so insecure because she’s got a lot of talent. Judges loved it. It didn’t blow me away, but it was sweet and solid. I’ll give her a 4.1.
Casey and Haley duet (I Feel the Earth Move): These two make for a great duet. Lots of chemistry between them. Fine, fine performance. They’ll get a 4.6 from me.
Scotty (You’ve Got a Friend): One obvious thing about Scotty is that he is dedicated and a hard-worker and willing to take criticism and make changes to make himself better. (Note: He didn’t hold the mic funny this week.) He is only 17, and I can’t help but believe he is going to be very successful in country music for many years to come. Anyway, love this song. It’s a ring tone on my phone. And I loved the way he sang it. Nice, romantic, soft, with a country-twist. Showed that he has more than just a bass voice, too. He gets a 4.8. (But he didn’t get it for “the look.” LOL!)
James (Will You Still Love Tomorrow): Jimmy Iovine said, “Carole King and James Durbin were made to come together.” He started off a cappella. I got goose pimples on my arms. It got even better with the band. Yes, yes, yes. Almost perfection. I’ll take off a tenth just for a little bit of screech that didn’t need to be there. 4.9.
Scotty and Lauren duet (Up on the Roof): Third time these two have been paired. This time was good but not my favorite of their duets. Solid. Nice harmony, I thought, on Scotty’s part. I’ll give them a 4.4.
Casey (Hi-De-Ho): Yes, this song does seem to have been written for Casey, looking good in a black fedora. He was sort of talking, shouting, singing the song. And of course, growling it. Played it up with the band. I don’t think it did much to show off his singing ability, though, which could cause him some trouble when it comes to votes. But if it were part of an entire Casey show, I think I would have enjoyed it. I’ll give him a 3.9.
Haley (Beautiful): I loved this performance. But I sure wish they wouldn’t shoot the camera from below when she is wearing such a short skirt. It really isn’t attractive. That complaint aside, this was one of my favorite performances of the night. No goose pimples, but really, really fine. She gets a 4.7.
James and Jacob duet (I’m Into Something Good): Oh, this was not a good way to end the show. Jacob was atrocious. James was over the top. Even Steven said it wasn’t award-winning. Understatement. Only gets a 2.9 from me.
My favorites tonight? That’s so easy (unlike last week when I was blah on everybody). Without a doubt, James and Scotty were the best of the night
Who should go home tomorrow? It’s time for Jacob to bid goodbye to the Idol stage. We’ll see if voters agree with me.