Lee (and guitar) brought us Fireflies. Sadly, it was not a great way to start the show. Lots of sour notes. The judges seemed to like it better than I did. All but Simon, only he made sure we knew he likes Lee and thinks he is better than that performance showed. The best I could give it was a 3.0 out of 5.
Alex (and guitar) chose to sing Trouble. He feels a bit young to be singing about so much trouble. He's improved from last week, but there was no Wow Factor here. Judges loved his voice, but told him he's got to relax and have fun. I gave it a 3.5 out of 5.
Tim (and guitar) was up next with Hallelujah. Since I'm a Jason Castro fan (did you know his album is out in April and this song will be on it?), Tim would have had to do a blow out to win me over. He actually did a pretty decent job, but it won't be memorable like Castro's was. It was worth 3.7 out of 5.
Andrew (and guitar) sang Genie in a Bottle. The judges were so-so (they all seem to feel he is still chasing his big moment in Hollywood week), but I thought it was good. Not great, but good. Good enough to get a 4.0 out of 5.
We're at the half way point, and Casey (and guitar) brought us You'll Think of Me. I really like this guy's voice. Randy called it a safe performance, which may be true. Still, I could listen to him on the radio and love it. I'm giving it a 4.3 out of 5.
Aaron (the first guy without a guitar) sang I'm Already There. Very rough beginning, but by the time the song got going, he brought lots of emotion to it. Grading it was hard, but I'll settle for a 3.8 out of 5.
Todrick chose Somebody to Love. Great falsetto at the start, then a bit weak, then stronger. But he was really performing, something most of the previous guys failed to bring tonight (maybe it was all the guitars getting in their way). Not my favorite of the night but a good job. I'm giving it a 4.1 out of 5.
Michael brought us This Woman's Work. Way to go, Michael! Falsetto at the start was beautiful. And all the way through was great. And that last note!! Brought Kara to tears. Whole judges panel was blown away. Me too. He gets a 5 out of 5 for that one. [PS I do have to say he was a bit over the top with his pointing and stage moves; the song should have been allowed to speak for itself.]
Hands down, the night belonged to Michael with Casey the runner up. And I think just about anybody else could go home tomorrow night.