Thursday, April 21, 2011

IDOL TOP 7: Song Grades and Who Should Go Home Tonight?

First....the one BIG question everyone is asking today: Just what did Steven Tyler say last night?
"Casey, man, you already are a cult hero," Tyler told Casey, who earned the judges only save a few weeks ago and whose rendition of Maroon 5's "Harder To Breathe" impressed Tyler. "I mean, there's millions of people in America that are really angry because you pissed them off because you're so f---king good. You changed so many people's minds. I love you."
"Steven, Steven," interrupted Jackson, mimicking Tyler, "because he's so f---king good?" Jennifer Lopez was still looking at Tyler in astonishment. "The wheels have fallen off this program," said host Ryan Seacrest. Tyler certainly is a potty mouth! :-o now that we have that out of the way....the TOP 7 Idol contestants took on 'Songs of the 21st Century' last night, which meant any song released after the millennium was fair game. Given a decade of songs to choose from, it boggles my mind with some of the 'poor' choices made by several contestants last night. So let's get to it, dim the lights, here we go.....

  • Scotty McReery- Up first, with a horrible song choice with "Swingin'" from LeAnn Rimes. Thought it was corny, fairly karaoke and as the judges said, way too safe! Scotty's worst performance to date. He's in my BOTTOM 3 tonight for the first time. Grade- C

  • James Durbin- Chose "Uprising" by Muse. This is what you are supposed to do, take RISKS and be CREATIVE! Very entertaining and well done James. BEST OF THE NIGHT for me! Take some notes Scotty. Very safe & SUPER 6! Grade- A-
  • Haley Reinhart- Chose "Rollin' In The Deep" by Adele. A very risky and ballsy choice in picking a current hit by a very well known artist, and a song that's not easy to perform. I love this song, and I thought Haley did it well, adding her own 'twists' to it just enough to make it her own. SUPER 6! Grade- B

  • Jacob Lusk- Sang an emotional choice "Dance With My Father", by Luther Vandross. Little Luther flubbed the start, saying he couldn't hear properly, so this one really started out rough for me, but he finished very strong. He could well end up in the BOTTOM 3 tonight, but I'll give him a pass and put him through for one more week. Grade C+

  • Casey Abrams- Chooses to perform Maroon 5's "Harder To Breathe". I thought this was a very over the edge performance with all the facial expressions, the guitar, prancing the stage, high fiving the crowd...and then......the kiss to J-LO! Just too much for one performance. Plus, he's VERY odd. I'm tellin' ya, this kid is freaky and has a dark side. The judges and others continue to 'pimp' this kid, all to make themselves look good for saving him weeks ago. I'm NOT buying it, and I'm NOT impressed. BOTTOM 3! Grade- C-

  • Stefano Langone- Chooses to sing Ne-Yo’s “Closer.” It was just OK for me, and I thought maybe a bit too much prancing around on stage, humming and making noises, and not enough singing. But there will be MILLIONS of votes from little female teenie-boppers all over the world who were texting and calling in votes for him last night, so I'm pretty sure he'll be safe and SUPER 6! Grade- C

  • Lauren Alaina- Chose to do a very obscure country song in "Born To Fly" by Sarah Evans. I thought it was weak to say the least. She was in the coveted 'Final spot' of the night and could have really made a great impression, but she blew it. BOTTOM 3 tonight for me. GRADE- C-In a shocker results show tonight......Eddie Idol says.......LAUREN goes home tonight! But, I won't be surprised if it's someone else, like Jacob or Stefano. One never knows with America making the choices.

    David Cook, Season 7 Idol Winner, returns to the Idol stage tonight to perform his newly released single, "The Last Goodbye".  David’s second album, “This Loud Morning,” is set for release June 28. Pre-sales for the album began Tuesday on his website.
    Speaking of Season 7, I think that year featured the best top-to-bottom talent IDOL has ever seen, not this year's Season 10, which so many folks think is filled with talent. Just think back to all the magical performances from that year. David Cook's “Billie Jean” and “Little Sparrow”; David Archuleta’s “Imagine”; Jason Castro’s “Hallelujah”; Brooke White’s “Let It Be”; Carly Smithson's "Let It Be", just to name a few.

    Also performing tonight will be Katy Perry, singing her hit, “E.T.”

    More from Eddie Idol tomorrow......after the Votes!

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