Siobhan (Through the Fire): This was not a great night for Siobhan. Off-key and another scream at the end. I'm with Simon this time. It's getting boring. The judges also did a second round of comments. Why? Too much time on their hands? Anyway, she only gets a 3 out of 5 from me tonight.
Casey (Hold On, I'm Coming): Usher had lots of praise for Casey at the start. While the song was a bit too repetitious for my taste, he can sure sing and play the guitar. And that smile! He was having such fun, it was infectious. Simon thought it was his best so far. I'll give him a 4.6 out of 5. (He would get a higher score with a better song.)
Michael (Ready for Love): He sang from a stool with his guitar, and he did a great job. The whole panel of judges loved it. I have to agree. It was one of his best performances to date. I'll give him a 4.4 out of 5.
Didi (What Becomes of the Brokenhearted): I think I'm over Didi. I used to like her voice. It's wearing on me now. She was off-key throughout (or so it felt to me). The judges thought she'd lost her way, and I doubt she can find her way back. She's getting a 2.3 out of 5 from me.
Tim (Sweet Love): Hmm. Not a great song choice. Pedestrian performance. Judges were tough on him. I didn't think it was all that bad. However, it wasn't anything to write home about either. There were some funny moments during the judges' comments, and Simon basically said that his fan base would vote him in no matter what. I'll give it a 2.8 out of 5.
Andrew (Forever): Okay! Andrew makes a comeback with this song, him and his acoustic guitar. Judges heaped on the praise. (Followed by a bit of silliness which I won't bother to detail.) Andrew gets a 4.6 out of 5 from me.
Katie (Chain of Fools): Pitchy. Just not connecting with me. The song felt too old for her, like she didn't really get what she was singing about. Not her worst performance of the season, but definitely not one we'll talk about tomorrow IMHO. I'll give it a 3.1 out of 5.
Lee (Treat Her Like a Lady): Lee put some rock in the R&B night. I loved it. Really loved it. Judges praised it too. He gets my best score so far with a 4.8 out of 5.
Crystal (Midnight Train to Georgia): Crystal exchanged the guitar for the piano. The song is perfect for her. In fact, doesn't she always pick songs that are right for her? She is such a natural performer. I liked it the best when she got up from the piano. My one complaint is that she started to talk back to Simon, and I never think that's a good sign. Listen. Even if you disagree with what the judges are saying, don't argue. She gets a 4.7 out of 5.
Aaron (Ain't No Sunshine): Aaron closed the show with a solid performance, if not one that blew me away. Rough beginning (nerves, I think) that got stronger toward the end. I'll give it a 3.3 out of 5.
Top performers of the night IMHO (got to go with four of them this week):
Who's in danger of going home tomorrow night? Should be between Didi and Tim.