Rock & Roll night.
David C. sang Hungry Like a Wolf. I thought it was solid but not anything that made me go, “Wow! I want to hear more like this.” Randy and Simon agreed with me. Paula was Paula.
Syesha tackled Tina Turner’s Proud Mary. I thought it was just all right. Randy and Paula liked it, but Simon didn’t care for it. And I think Syesha has taken some cues from Paula. Super bubbly.
Jason chose to sing I Shot the Sheriff. He was more animated than I’ve ever seen him — and I’m not sure it was an improvement. Trying too hard perhaps. I’ve never hesitated to say how much I like this kid, but I did not like this performance. Randy didn’t like it. I don’t think Paula did either but she babbled about his likability or something. Simon hated it!
David A. sang Stand by Me. Nice job. Not a wow but nice. Definitely the best so far of the night. Randy sort of over-praised him, I think. Paula said her usual stuff. Simon gave tempered praise — plus another jab at Jason’s performance.
Overall, the first half hour has been somewhat of a disappointment. Here is hoping the second round of songs prove more of an enjoyment.
David C. came back with Baba O’Riley. A lot better than first round although I think he’s done better over the weeks. Randy liked it, Paula rattled around, and Simon welcomed back David Cook.
A Change is Gonna Come is the song Syesha chose for round two. Good choice. She performs it with both restraint and a few big notes. I loved it. And might I say, without sounding too much like Paula, that she looked gorgeous. Randy thought it was overdone. Paula gushed and did a standing O (and brought Syesha to tears). Simon agreed with Paula (which totally destroyed Syesha).
Jason’s second song was Mr. Tambourine Man. I had my fingers crossed for a much better round, and I got it. Sort of. On the stool with guitar, Jason was back the way I like him. His voice. His style. And then he forgot some of the lyrics. Bad news. And Simon told him to pack his bags.
David A brought the show to a close with one of my favorites by Elvis, Love Me Tender. But David’s version of it was so totally changed in melody that I didn’t find much to like. The words were there but not the lovely tune. Judges all loved it. Simon even said David “crushed” the competition tonight.
Hmmm. I have been surprised before, but I think that Jason will go home tomorrow.
What do you think?