Nine contestants for the second week in a row, but the show has been cut to 90 minutes. It is Elvis week, and the mentor is Adam Lambert (a first for Idol, to bring back a former contestant to mentor). And this week will be a double elimination.
I was a huge Elvis fan. Owned lots of his albums, went to all of his movies. So I want these kids to take the stage and wow me.
Crystal (Saved): Girl, I am in your corner. Loved, loved, loved this. Not one of the songs that someone thinks of when you say you're singing Elvis. Right out of the chute, she's getting a 4.8 out of 5.
Andrew (Hound Dog): Andrew changed it up a bit. Sort of bluesy. And the judges didn't like it very much, except for Ellen. It wasn't my favorite version, but I didn't dislike it. Hmm. What's the score? I guess I'll give it a 3.3 out of 5.
Tim (Can't Help Falling in Love): One of my favorite Elvis tunes, and I enjoyed Tim's performance. Different. Sweet. The judges really liked it and felt he'd turned things around over the last two shows. I'm giving it a 4.3 out of 5.
Lee (A Little Less Conversation): Adam's advice to Lee was to smile more. He did, but I wish he'd do still more to engage the audience. Nonetheless, good job from Lee. Not my favorite of the night but right up there. I'm giving it a 4.6 out of 5.
Aaron (Blue Suede Shoes): I'm not sure Aaron quite delivered all the way through. Had some good moments, though. My guess is that he will be in trouble this week. It gets a 3.7 out of 5.
Siobhan (Suspicious Minds): What. A. Mess. Siobhan doesn't want to be pigeon-holed as a certain type of singer, but that shows in the performance. She's lost because she doesn't know who she is. I did not like it at all. The judges were overall quite cool about it. The best I can give her is a 2.9 out of 5 (and that's probably generous).
Michael (In the Ghetto): Lovely understated performance. Judges loved it too. Terrific. I'm glad the judges saved him last week, and I hope he gets enough votes to hang in there awhile longer. It's getting a 4.7 from me.
Katie (Baby What You Want Me to Do): I've got mixed feelings about this performance. I sort of liked it, soft of didn't. But I guess I liked it more than I didn't, so I'm giving it a 3.9 out of 5.
Casey (Lawdy Miss Clawdy): A solid performance from Casey, but not the best he's had. I'll put him somewhere in the middle of tonight's performances with 4.1 out of 5.
Favorites of tonight's show:
In trouble? Well, if it were up to me, I would send home Andrew and Siobhan.