American Idol 9 Top 4 Review: Movie Themes Are Dull and So Was Tonight

We are kind of getting bored with the this show.  It appears the judges and producers cannot hear themselves.

First they want people to sound current, and then then have them do Sinatra and Elvis.  Now this week, they have them do movie themes?  What could possibly be less relevant for new performers than to sing tunes from old movies?

And then they have the performers play duets?  That is just plain unfair.  You cannot pair up two men doing a duet easily, but a woman/man pairing is much more natural.  So anyone that got Bowersox was going to naturally sound better.  We therefore find the duet competition inherently unfair.

Still, the outcome is rather predictable.


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Solos:

1. Lee DeWyze – “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal from Batman Forever– Lee didn’t change this song up like he normally does.  His sound was great, but he just played the original.  Lee is normall off key at times, and we found it amusing that the judges pointed it out like it was some kind of revelation.  Being on key is not Lee’s strong point, it is being original.  This wasn’t.  7/10

2. Michael Lynche – “Will You Be There” by Michael Jackson from Free Willy– Boring.  6/10


3. Casey James – “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon and Garfunkle from The Graduate – This is a classic tune from The Graduate in which Mrs. Robinson seduced a younger man.  Of course, with the theme of the season being Casey’s seduction by Shania Tain and Kara, we think it a comical choice showing Casey has a sense of humor.  It was taken way too seriously. We liked Casey’s performance and twist on the song, and we liked the mandolin, but still no knock out punch. 8/10

4. Crystal Bowersox – “I’m Alright” by Kenny Loggins from Caddyshack – We like the original.  Some of the judges seemed to think this was better than the original.  It wasn’t. 8/10

Duets:

Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze – “Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová from Once – This sounded like it belonged on the radio or as the theme song of a current movie.  It was a classic play off of two great vocals augmenting each to make it sound better than the two alone.  That is what a duet should, and this hit the mark dead on.  Awesome performance. (10/10)

Casey James and Michael Lynche – “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman” by Bryan Adams from Don Juan DeMarco – Corny.  The guitar by Casey was great, but this is NOT a guitar competition.  These two guys look as natural on stage together as plastic and nuclear waste.  it was dull and the performance left us cringing.  The judges praised it, but it honestly stunk except for the guitar. 6/10

Conclusion:

It is obvious from the audience’s responses tonight this is setting up as a Crystal versus Lee final.  Lee will have to be more original than tonight to win, but he has done that all season and the duet with Crystal was a killer.

Comes down to elimination of either Casey or Michael.  We think Casey is better.  We think the audience will too.  Bye Mike.

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