It was love songs night on American Idol. I had fun "live blogging" last week’s show, so I’m going for a repeat.
Not only was tonight for love songs, but they were love songs coached by Andrea Bocelli. What must that have been like for these young folks, to be in the same room with this great artist? I can’t even imagine it.
Katharine sang I Have Nothing. The judges were tougher on her than I was. Sure it was a big song. Sure, Whitney Houston made it a hit when she was in her top form. And yes, Katharine didn’t live up to the original. Still, I didn’t think she did such a bad job with it.
Elliott sang A Song for You. Wow! Randy called it "the bomb." He (Elliott) brought Paula to tears. Simon called parts of it a "vocal master class." Since I have always been an Elliott fan, it is easy for me to agree. But even if not a fan, I would say this was marvelous.
Kellie sang Unchained Melody. I was not impressed. She was right. She blew it for a second week in a row. Simon called it boring and the never-ending song. Tough words but an apt description.
Paris sang The Way We Were. Hmm. Taking on Streisand seems as dangerous as taking on Houston. Doesn’t it? But she did a good job. I wasn’t blown away with the performance, but this girl can sing. No doubt about it.
Taylor sang Just Once. The producer David (sorry, forgot his last name) said Taylor had the most charisma of the contestants. However, this was not his best performance. Got off to a very shaky start and never quite hit his stride. Too bad. I really like this guy.
Chris sang Ever Really Loved a Woman. (Is that the right title?) Great performance. This guy should forget being a rocker and really become a singer. When he doesn’t shout into a mic, he is terrific.
I remember Randy predicted at the start of this season (maybe when they whittled them down to 24, although I can’t be sure) that this would be a year when a guy won. I don’t know. It is three and three. However, tonight definitely belonged to the guys, particularly Elliott and Chris.
That’s my take on it. Of course, I could be wrong.