And may I say, before the show begins, that I already regret that this is still a two hour show. It felt long last week, and I fear it will feel even longer this week. Gives Ryan too much time to try to be macho with Simon (or if not macho, whatever it is, I find it creepy and not funny).
Aaron (The Long and Winding Road): I thought he did an admirable job with the song, but the performance lacked any spark. The judges were fairly harsh, more so than perhaps it deserved. Not that I was wowed, but it wasn't horrid either. I'll give it a 3.2 out of 5.
Katie (Let It Be): Randy called it her best performance ever. Huh? I thought it was okay, but the judges praised and praised and praised her. I don't see that it was that much better than Aaron. What's the deal? I'm giving it a 3.5 out of 5.
Andrew (Can't Buy Me Love): Andrew changed up the song quite a bit, and I more or less liked the arrangement. The judges were split in their opinions. The big note didn't work. That I know for sure. Rating this was hard, but I'm settling for a 3.7 out of 5.
Michael (Eleanor Rigby): Best performance of the night thus far in my POV. Very strong. Not perfect, but his vocals were certainly great. I'll give it a 4.3 out of 5.
Crystal (Come Together): I like this girl more and more and more. She is original and she knows who she is and what she wants to do. I loved her performance. She's got a 4.8 from me.
Tim (All My Loving): My goodness. With his mop haircut, I felt like I was 12 again and should be screaming over the Beatles. LOL! The judges all gave him kudos, and I absolutely agree. I thought it was fine, nice turn with the melody. So he gets a 4.4 from me.
Casey (Jealous Guy): Another great performance. This is another contestant who I just grow to love more and more. Really fine. He just edges Crystal in my mind so gets a 4.85 out of 5.
Siobhan (Across the Universe): A very soft and sweet performance. A bit nasal at times, but quite pretty. Judges overall liked it. Solid. [Ryan brought up some guy from the audience who'd been loudly booing earlier so he could hug Siobhan; that felt a bit weird and creepy to me.] Anyway, Siobhan gets a 4.3 out of 5 from me.
Lee (Hey Jude): Hmm. Not as good as last week IMHO. I thought he had a few bad notes, but the judges all praised it (except for the bagpipes). He'll get a 4.1 out of 5 from me.
As I feared, the night felt really long. Ninety minutes would have served the purpose just fine. On the plus side, I thought the contestants handled the Beatles songs much better than i anticipated.
Tonight's top performers:
Who's in trouble? Not sure. The low scorers, I suppose, but there weren't any train wrecks this week, so it's a bit harder to know. Anybody's guess.