Tonight’s American Idol brings us the final, top 9 singers for Season 6. Our musical guest this week is the legendary crooner, Tony Bennett. Tony Bennett, 80, has been hitting the top charts since the 50’s and has an impressive 15 Grammy Awards. I’ve gotta say that is quite the step up from Peter Noone and Lulu just the other week. Tony Bennett’s influence should bring a feeling of a little more laid back, lounge singer vibe to the show’s performances this week. The competition is getting tighter, but not necessarily better (thanks Sanjaya!), so hold on cause this better be good!
Blake Lewis: “Mack the Knife”
Tony wants to remind Blake this song was “pre-rap” and to slow the song down. I’m not a huge fan of Blake Lewis, and this performance continues to give me that same feeling. He’s a little more concerned with being a stage performer than a singer to me. Oh crap, what did you do with that “blapht bahdahbah booh”?! Do you remember the last person that tried that? Here’s a hint, she’s not on the show anymore…
Randy: “That was a very good way to start off the evening… This was a perfect song for you… Had a couple of pitch problems… I liked it.”
Paula: “You personified pizazz… You’re just cool.”
Simon: “Good choice of song… I’d give you a 7 out of 10 and the band an 8 out of 10.”
Phil Nosferatu Stacey: “Night and Day”
Wow. Phil Stacey really impressed me again. I think he’s getting better each week.
Randy: “An interesting choice… I just didn’t feel any real connection… It just didn’t hit me.”
Paula: “The good news is, you’re reminicsent of a young Frank Sinatra… Need more joy… I need more personality to come through.”
Simon: “Which Frank Sinatra are you referring to? … All the joy of someone singing in a funeral parlor… No life in this performance… Really dark.”
Melinda Doolittle: “I Got Rhythm”
Tony told her she was the best singer all day. Melinda did a great job with her song. Lots of life in the performance. That’s going to be near impossible to top tonight.
Randy: “Check it out… You give everyone a lesson in singing… This is how you do it right here.”
Paula: “You’re like a master’s class for everyone here.”
Simon: “I didn’t like the first part of the song, a bit cabaret… The second half was fun… I dont think we’re ever going to be able to criticize you.”
Chris Richardson: “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”
Chris doesn’t do a bad job, I just don’t get the ’stand out’ vibe from him. Not too memorable for me.
Randy: “Yo baby… You came out with a vengence… That was very cool, young, and hip.”
Paula: “True artistic integrity… You didn’t comprise… So hip and so cool… Your best performance.”
Simon: “I thought that was very good actually… Very believable… You made it kinda hip… One of the strongest tonight.”
Jordin Sparks: “On A Clear Day”
Tony was pleased that she sang in-tune and he liked how she made slight improvisations. This was pretty good. She picked a great song with a lot of life in it.
Randy: “We got some heat up here… That was the bomb again… You’re like a pro and you’re like 17! Whoa!”
Paula: “You really are this magnet of joy… You exude it on stage… I’m so frickin’ proud of you… You’re sailing.”
Simon: “I thought you sang it very well… Didn’t make the song young and current… Very old fashioned.”
Gina Glocksen: “Smile”
Another pretty good performance for her. It wasn’t her usual rocker style, but that’s alright. She really handled this well.
Randy: “Very nice, controlled performance for the rocker girl.”
Simon: “I can’t rave about the vocals… Two girls came on before you and completely out sung you.”
Sanjaya Malakar: “Cheek to Cheek”
Sanjaya’s goal this week is to show America he really can sing. Well he can only seem to convince me he has a new hairstyle for every day of the week. I just have such a hard time enjoying this kid. I did not like it, again.
Randy: “You know what, I can’t even comment on the vocals anymore.”
Paula: “You’re charming. Vocals were a little off at the beginning… Was it Dancing with the Stars or American Idol?”
Simon: “Let’s try a different tactic this week, Incredible” [He's hoping America does the opposite of what he suggests, again]
Haley Scarnato: “Ain’t Misbehaving”
Tony suggested she was destroying the story of the song. What an endorsement! Well she started out sitting down again. She really needs a piano to crawl across.
Randy: “This fits in your wheel house of songs.”
Paula: “Green is a good color for you.”
Simon: “I think you’ve got great legs… It was a good style of music for you… A little pageanty.”
Lakisha Jones: “Stormy Weather”
Tony wants her to just do it the way the song is written. Getting a little cranky there old guy! And she did it her way anyway.
Randy: “Pitchy in the beginning… It was the bomb.”
Paula: “You did an amazing job.”
Simon: “Back on form… That was a sassy, great performance.”
Notes from tonight: Kelly Clarkson will be coming back to perform for the Idol Charity show.
Tomorrow I’ll post my predictions on who will go home this week and then we’ll follow it up with a recap of the American Idol Results Show as well. In the mean time, enjoy our article. Or perhaps you’re more interested in our American Idol: Save the Children Charity for Sanjaya.