Tonight on American Idol the top 9 sang songs which have inspired them. They will have to wait an extra day to find out who is going home. Tomorrow night is the American Idol special Idol Gives Back which airs at 7:30PM. The results show will be on Thursday this week at the usual time 8/7c. Here is what the Idol judges thought of tonight’s inspired performances:
Michael Johns: Dream On
Michael picked an awesome song. It tough to sing as good as Steven Tyler though. Michael didn’t quite measure up, especially when he tried the falsetto at the end.
Randy: “It had some pitch problems. It was alright for me.”
Paula: “I couldn’t disagree more. I think it was the perfect song for you to pick. You sound as good as you look.”
Simon: “I thought it was a good performance. I don’t like it when you do an impersonation of a rock star. I thought it was little bit wanna-be-ish.”
Syesha Mercado: I Believe
As soon as I heard the song that Syesha picked I thought, “she did it again”. Syesha is trying to sing a big song. Syesha wants to sing like Whitney but, I really don’t think she has the voice for it. She would do herself a big favor by choosing songs that are better suited to her voice.
Randy: “You took on another tiger this week. Fantasia… has that special connection I didn’t find with you.”
Paula: “You flipped it a little and made it your own. I think this was one of your shining nights.”
Simon: “Technically, I thought you sang it well. What it lacked for me was that big wave of emotion.”
Jason Castro: Some Where Over the Rainbow
That was such a Jason Castro song, all hippy smiles, and flowers, and rainbows. I liked the fact that he played the Ukelele. Then it dawned on me, Oh my God, Jason has become Tinny Tim! It was cute but not American Idol material. Even my wife thought it was corny. The judges were obviously listening to something completely different than I was.
Randy: “Dude, Jason Castro was back in the hunt. That was blazing molten hot!”
Paula: “Its the perfect song. I loved that version. it was the perfect song.”
Kristy Lee Cook: Anyway
I really liked that performance. When Kristy Lee sticks to her genre (Country) she sounds fantastic. This was my favorite performance by Kristy Lee. That was awesome.
Randy: “I loved it. That was really good for you.”
Paula: “You out did yourself tonight. This was your best by far. Excellent.”
Simon: “With a choice this broad you have a chance to show who you are as an artist. You were very good indeed. You look like a star tonight.”
David Cook: Innocent
David Cook is on of my favorites but this was not my favorite vocals of his. I thought the beginning was pretty rough. I especially didn’t like the white Adam Ant jacket.
Randy: “I’m not sure this was one of your strongest nights.”
Paula: “You are so well defined as being the whole package.”
Simon: “I didn’t like this performance that much at all. I thought it was teensy-weensy bit pompous. This for me was the weakest performance for you in past few weeks.”
Carly Smithson: The Show Must Go On
I liked Carly’s arrangement of this song. It may not be her strongest performance but I did like it. Her voice sounded good. It seemed a little off though.
Randy: “Little pitchy when you hit the high notes. It was just OK for me.”
Paula: “Your voice as always was pretty perfect. I didn’t feel engaged with you.”
Simon: “I thought it was an unusual choice of song. You over sang it. I think you choose the wrong song.”
David Archeluta: Angels
As expected David picked a very uplifting inspirational song. Whether he wins or not, he is going to have a huge career in Christian rock. I liked the fact that he showed a little more of his versatility by playing the piano. I really don’t care for David Archuleta but, even I had to admit the vocals were really good.
Randy: “That was your hottest moment the whole season.”
Paula: “That sums it up for me fantastic”
Simon: “Best song choice of the night. I won’t say it was your best performance, I thought it was a bit nasally. ”
Brooke White: You’ve Got A Friend
Brooke sounded amazing tonight. I liked it. I thought she made a good song choice but, a poor dress choice.
Randy: “I liked that. For me, I don’t think it was your best performance.”
Paula: “That was the definitive Brooke”
Simon: “It was like pleasant walk in the park.”
WBM’s Most Downloadable AI Performance of the Night: Anyway by Kristy Lee Cook
Runner Up: Angels by David Archuleta
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