Another Tuesday so here we are again. Alicia Keys is the mentor and the theme is inspirational songs. The show is only 59 minutes this week, so I suspect we'll be clipping through the judges' comments at a good pace. Tomorrow is Idol Gives Back night with a two hour show, so the elimination will sort of feel secondary.
Here we go:
Casey (Don't Stop): Judges were lukewarm over this performance, and I agreed completely. There was no wow factor whatsoever. Disappointing because he's capable of so much more. The best I can give this is a 3.6 out of 5.
Lee (The Boxer): The audience went nuts over this, and the judges raved about it. Hmm. I thought it was good but it was nowhere close to being a favorite performance in my book. I'm giving him a 4.2 out of 5.
Tim (Better Days): Mixed reviews from the judges, and once again, mixed feelings from me. It was good but it sure didn't blow me away. Score? Right there with the previous two. 3.8 out of 5.
Aaron (I Believe I Can Fly): The big note at the end was great. Otherwise … sigh … another performance that just didn't do it for me. I guess he'll get a 3.4 out of 5 from me.
Siobhan (When You Believe): Well, darn. I love this song, but I didn't love it as much with this particular performance. Nasal. Hard breaths into the microphone. The last notes were lovely though. However, I want to take away some points from Siobhan for another long explanation of why she did what she did (she does this every week). It's starting to sound like excuses to me. Why not just get the critique and shut up? I'll give it a 4.0 out of 5.
Michael (Hero): Maybe it's me. Maybe it's the weather. Whatever the reason, I'm still left disappointed. Good but not great. Totally disappointing evening over all (though I'm holding out hope for Crystal). I'll give him a 3.9 out of 5.
Crystal (People Get Ready): Sans guitar (first time in the season, right?), Crystal delivered as I hoped she would. Except she broke down into tears at the end. But somehow that she added to its beauty. Judges raved and so must I. Heads above the rest. By far. 4.95 out of 5.
Best of the night? That's easy. The night belonged to Crystal.
In trouble? Could be anybody else except probably Lee.