Lee DeWyze debut album: “Live it Up” out November 16th. Listen to some tracks

American Idol Lee DeWyze is releasing his post-Idol debut album, Live It Up, on November 16th.

Lee’s first single off the album, “Sweet Serendipity,” debuted on October 13th.

The tracklist for Live It Up:

1. “Live It Up” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins, Produced by Toby Gad
2. “Sweet Serendipity” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, David Glass, Jordan Lawhead, Produced by David Glass
3. “It’s Gotta Be Love” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, Espen Lind, Amund Bjorklund, Claude Kelly, Produced by Espionage for 45th and 3rd Music LLC (Listen to the full track here.)
4. “Dear Isabelle” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins, Produced by Toby Gad (Listen here, lyrics included)
5. “Beautiful Like You” – Written by: Thomas Salter, Andy Stochansky, Produced by Chris “Rockwell” DeStefano (Listen to the full track.)
6. “Stay Here” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, Espen Lind, Amund Bjorklund, Claude Kelly, Produced by Espionage for 45th and 3rd Music LLC (Listen to the track.)
7. “Me And My Jealousy” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, John Shanks, Zac Maloy, Produced by John Shanks
8. “Brooklyn Bridge” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins, Produced by Toby Gad
9. “Weightless” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, John Shanks, Zac Maloy, Produced by John Shanks (Listen to the track.)
10. “Earth Stood Still” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins, Produced by Toby Gad (Listen to the full song here.)
11. “A Song About Love” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, David Hodges, Michael Busbee, Produced by David Hodges (Listen to the full song.)

Me and My Jealousy

Live it Up

Sweet Serendipity

Brooklyn Bridge

Listen to “Dear Isabelle” from Lee DeWyze, Live it Up -the post-American Idol album

LYRICS: “Dear Isabelle”
Written by: Lee DeWyze, Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins, Produced by Toby Gad, from ‘LIVE IT UP’ the new album
Release date: November 16th!

I found this faded picture
of you and me on Lake Michigan
You were smiling,
the wind was blowing in your hair
I think it’s been around 5 years
and everything and nothing’s changed
God, I wish that you were here

I know I should’ve called
I know I should’ve stayed
I should’ve said a lot of things
I hope it’s not too late

Dear Isabelle
Been thinking about you
Dear Isabelle
So lonely without you
I pretended I was doing well
But without you it’s been hell
Dear Isabelle

Oooh oooh oooh

Sometimes I’m not good with words
But you knew that so I wrote this verse
In hopes that it would
someday reach your ears
And I still wonder where you are
But it doesn’t matter cause it’s still too far
The lake has never looked so clear

I know I should’ve called
I know I should’ve stayed
I should’ve said a lot of things
I hope it’s not too late

Dear Isabelle
Been thinking about you
Dear Isabelle
So lonely without you
I pretended I was doing well
But without you it’s been hell
Dear Isabelle

It’s hard for me to write this
Is it hard for you to know that I still care
Would it kill you to forgive me
Come on, Isabelle
I know that you’re out there

I know I should’ve called
I know I should’ve stayed
I should’ve said a lot of things
I hope it’s not too late

Dear Isabelle
Been thinking about you
Dear Isabelle
So lonely without you
I pretended I was doing well
But without you it’s been hell
Dear Isabelle

Oooh Oooh Oooh

Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox signed by 19E; official sites now live!

Both American Idol Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze and runner-up Crystal Bowersox have been signed by 19 Entertainment recently. 19E under Sony Music is home to Idol winners and promising finalists who are given recording contracts.

Along with the album comes the official websites where fans can interact and get latest updates from the said artists.

Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox’ websites are up and running- now open for ‘business’! Lee is scheduled to have an album release this Fall 2010 while Crystal is soon to follow before the year closes.

Who will sell more records remains to be seen?!

American Idol Season 9 Review: Final Two – Whoops, We Forgot One Already

The final three are the correct final three, but honestly, it has been evident for weeks there are two performers at the top of this competition.

Each performer got to pick a song. and then had the judges pick a song for them. Fair enough it seems, but it gives the judges the chance to destroy a performer’s opportunity by specifically targeting something outside of their comfort zone. It also can allow the judges to screw up a performer’s chances by making a horrible song choice like Paula did to xxx last season.

This season though, it didn’t really matter. What happened was predictable from as early as three to five weeks ago.

Round 1: Contestant’s pick

Casey James – “OK It’s Alright With Me” by Eric Hutchinson– To have to go first is often the guaranteed exit strategy on American Idol. Statistically, it is the position that consistently results in the fewest votes. Casey added to his dilemma by putting in a less than stellar effort. Casey’s song has the potential to be done powerfully and could be made to sound like a hit song. But Casey did it with no variation in the tone and it was dull. It was nice, but it just had no pizazz. (6/10)

Crystal Bowersox – “Come To My Window” by Melissa Etheridge – Crystal clearly has the voice to pull this song off, and we know she can sing any Melissa song and kill it. But she just didn’t come across as though she felt it which is what Melissa is about. The judges tried to pinpoint why the performance was less than stellar, but the primary reason is this song is all about putting your heart into it, and Crystal put her left kidney into it instead. The performance did nothing for us. In this instance, Crystal did not blow our Bowersox off. (6/10)

Lee DeWyze – “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd – They gave Lee the strong position letting him finish last. Just like being first is usually the end of the season for a performer, this position tends to generate the most votes. Lee complemented the position by being great. He honestly does sound like Ken Block of Sister Hazel. And that is a great sound to possess. Just ask Ken and his fans. Lee did an excellent version of the song and made it recognizably his. (10/10)

Round 2: Judge’s pick

Casey James – Kara and Randy choose “Daughter” by John Mayer – We don’t love this song on the radio because it sounds like stupid advice being forced upon us by a total narcissist. John Mayer sounds like he is telling us to be good to our daughters because John might nail one some day. Casey didn’t come across like that at all. He did an excellent version that showed respect for women instead. We liked it…a bunch, and would rather listen to it on the radio than the original Mayer version any day. The judges missed this as Casey’s moment. Unfortunately, that first song was a disaster. (9/10)

Crystal Bowersox – Ellen Degeneres chose “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney – Boy did this song choice sound like an attempt to bury Crystal’s chances. It had disaster written all over it. After that first performance, it was possible even Casey could have sent her packing. Crystal pulled a Pheonix on this one, rising from the ashes and performing this song like she should have done the first. She sang it without guitar, she felt it (and we did too) and sang it so much better than the corny McCartney version that we have to say this was hit material. (10/10)

Lee DeWyze – Simon Cowell chose “Hallelujah” by (Too many covers, originally by Leonard Cohen)- There is an acronym that immediately came to mind watching this performance. OA. It stands for Over-Acting. The performance made us roll our eyes it was just so overdone. We had a choir of black women singing, we had smoke rising like we were all going to heaven with Lee, and we also had trouble holding down dinner. The judges praised this Lee’s moment, but Lee even sounded corny thanking Simon for choosing the song. This wasn’t Lee. At least we hope it wasn’t or he won’t get far next week. It was a predictable performance in an overdone setting. The judges were way off the mark on this one. (6/10)

Conclusion:

So, where does that leave us? Exactly where we expected to be. Casey is done. He is not in the same league as Lee and Crystal and that has been evident for weeks.

That is not a negative for Casey really, because no one was in Crystal and Lee’s league. We could have warped to the final weeks ago and skipped some of those painful evenings like Sinatra night.

Casey pulled off a very respectable 15 points in our judging though, and that places him just inches behind Lee and Crystal after the two blew performances they should have killed. So kudos for being in it Casey. Had you not done that first song like your grandmother was singing it, who knows? Maybe you could have proven us wrong.

Lee and Crystal basically tied. Crystal has to learn she must always feel her songs and sing like she did in her second performance or Lee will eat her alive. Lee has to cut out the corniness or people will be rolling their eyes and voting for Crystal. Choirs and angels are for dead folk or church, and bagpipes belong in Scotland not on the Idol stage.

American Idol 9 Top 5 attempts Sinatra: Mediocrity in Production Leads To Mediocrity In Performance

The hypocrisy of how this show is run never fails to surprise us.  Week after week the judges have decried that the performers should be more current.

In the last four weeks, we have seen themes based on the Beatles, Elvis, Shania Twain and tonight Frank Sinatra.  Are these people oblivious to their audience and most likely their own rhetoric??  Shania Twain is the most current theme they can tap in four straight weeks???   Little question why Fox wants to can this show as it becomes more and more of a joke.

Next week we expect they will use Julia Andrews as the theme artist and have everyone singing tunes from Mary Poppins.  This show has lost all integrity when it comes to production.  It basically sucks.

You could not have paid us to go see a performance of five young rock, soul and country performers imitating Sinatra.  Think about it.  So they torture us on national TV?? Just Grand.  Lawrence Welk even rolled over in his grave.

It seems as though at times that the show is attempting to cater to a specific artist.  For instance, this week, the only artist this could have possibly unfairly favored was Mike.  We believe this show often does cater to the minority element, attempting to keep performers of color as long as possible.  Giving Mike the save over Didi weeks ago just confirms our suspicion.  The way the judges praised Mike’s dull performance tonight was also confirmation.  It was so obviously scripted, it was as laughable as believing the audience does not know the group performances are all lip synched.

Judging will be hard this week.  Why?  Because the show sucked.  Harry Connick, Jr. was the mentor, and is a fantastic artist, but not for a young group of pop wannabe’s.  When is the last time you heard a Harry Connick Jr. song in the top 100?  Would you even know it was his if you did?

We will, as usual, do our best, but our scale this week will be on a boring scale of 1-10, where 1 signifies boredom beyond which no human being could stay awake and 10 indicates boredom subdued to the point where we could actually admire the effort to perform on this sham of a show.

1. Aaron Kelly – “Fly me to the Moon” Half on key this week, this was pure karaoke of Sinatra.  A 17 year old singing Sinatra is comical, and this was akin to watching pinnochio belt out New York, New York.  Painfully bad.  Painfully boring.  Judges kind of liked it, but we have no idea what they were listening to. (4/10)

2. Casey James – “Blue Skies” –  There is absolutely no doubt who this show was targeting this week and last.  Last week they attempted to make us believe that Casey was in the bottom two after being the best of the week.  That said, this was painful.  It was dull, stiff and boring, but Casey, as we have repeatedly indicated, is more of a band lead than a soloist.  So what do you do to hurt him in the competition?  Have him perform a song from a well known soloist who died 12 years ago at 83!!! We give Casey a point extra because this was so unfair. (5/10)


3. Crystal Bowersox – “Summer Wind” This show has twisted Crystal.  They took a talent that was without repute one of the best Idol has seen and made her dull. The staging of the last four weeks makes her look like she is going downhill, but in reality, the show is placing her further and further out of her element and forcing her to perform songs no one wants to hear her sing.  Did anyone ever hear Janis Joplin belt out a Sinatra song?  Well, it was vastly more current then than it is now.  Crystal was interesting as usual, but dull. (5/10)

4. Mike Lynche – “The Way You Look Tonight” – This night was tailor made for Mike.  He came out dressed like Sinatra.  He tried to imitate the Sinatra style (something difficult for Shrek).  And the judges praised him in what was obviously a scripted segment.  They want to keep Mike in the race.  Pucker up Mike. (6/10)

5. Lee DeWyze – “That’s Life” – We have repeatedly said we like Lee, and he gets better each week.  But could he pull off a good night just as we were passing out on the couch?  To repeat ourselves, we believe Lee has the most recordable voice on this show, and he nailed this performance.  It was one we would have turned up on the radio without even realizing we were listening to a song once performed by Sinatra.  Lee just passed Crystal in our top pick for number one because even with all the absolutely dull choices this production crew has made week after week, Lee has stuffed it back in their face with a great performance.  Thanks Lee for taking an absolute sham of a week and making it fun. (10/10)


Results

Last week we were very close to right about who the bottom three would be, but we didn’t think the cutie would go home.  We felt Siobhan would survive despite a horrible performance and a tie with the equally awful Aaron.  And we felt Casey being in the bottom three was just a joke or staged by Idol.  He was great last week, and everyone knew it.

But somehow, and we find it hard to believe it was the voting audience, threw us a curve and placed Casey in the bottom three after a fantastic performance.

Aaron should have gone home, but he didn’t even make the bottom three.  That set up Siobhan for elimination, who we had tied for most pathetic with Aaron.

All that did was leave us to suffer another week of a 17 year old that no one would listen to if paid.  He was lousy and still should go home.  Our scores show the bottom three to be:

Aaron Kelly
Casey James
Crystal Bowersox

Aaron is so outclassed on this stage, the only possible thing that could save him is how badly Casey and Crystal did Sinatra.  Not that it was their fault, but one has to notice that Lee did it with aplomb.  Lee has more swagger than anyone here and beat these three performers into plow shares.

Our bet would be between Aaron and Casey.  Because the judges love to praise Aaron despite how horrible he is, we are leaning towards Casey.  It seems the show is driving him out by repeatedly forcing him out of character.  This is no longer a show comparing the talent of artists to determine the best current performer.  It is now a sham of a show that allows the producers to dictate the winner by manipulating the theme to cater to their priorities.

We will once again say, Aaron should go.  He is immature, off key most of the time, and just plain dull.  But we wouldn’t be surprised to see Casey get the boot given Idol’s apparent objective to take him out.

American Idol 9 Top 6 review: The Shania Twain station week…

The Twain Is Leaving The Station… Corny!!

Tonight was kind of a close night with respect to performance scores in our book.  There was one absolute standout, but for the most part it was an evening of mediocrity.

The problem is all the artists were asked to do a Shania Twain song.  This led to repeated jokes like the “Twain left  the station”, etc.  Ellen D. was off tonight and just didn’t draw any laughs.

The other judges also seemed out of whack again, not being able to discern a bad performance from one you would actually want to hear on the radio.   The judges ran hot and cold, making some calls right and missing some badly.

One major problem the judges had tonight is one they should have gotten over long ago.  It is the tendency to rate artists based on their prior performances rather than relative to the rest of the talent of a given night.  That is one reason we think Daughtry was eliminated early on a cold Elvis night.  He was a quantum leap better than the other performers, but the judges were down on him because it was his worst week of the season.

Shania is that kind of catchy artist that has a decent range of music and acts well as a mentor, but we believe that her repertoire is way too limited for this kind of competition.  It led to some out of character performances and songs we found difficult to identify with. Still, stars should shine given any circumstance, right?

Let’s get to it.

1. Lee Dewyze – “You’re Still the One” Lee did this “one” very well.  It was not all that recognizable, but still had a major “turn up the radio” factor.  It is not the quality of the vocal as much as it is the uniqueness of the sound.  He could likely sing Happy Birthday off key and make it a hit. While we don’t see Lee as the best singer, he seems, at this juncture, to be the most recordable artist. (9/10)

2. Michael Lynche – “It Only Hurts When I Breath” We did not recognize this song at all.  Michael did a nice job on it and we could see it as nice background music, but not a hit.  Still, well performed, on key, and no fish lips made it a decent performance. (8/10)

3. Casey James – “Don’t” Now here is a prime example of a performance in which an artist can shine.  After a sad and off key debacle last week, Casey created a version of this song we wanted to hear again and again.  The style seemed out of character for him, it seemed like the tune was not relevant, and it seemed like the style would be boring.  It was instead great and by far the best performance of the night. (10/10)

4. Crystal Bowersox – “No One Needs to Know Right Now” This was a prime example of where the judges go astray.  This was a very nice tune, well performed, but out of character from what we know of Crystal.  We associate her with more powerful performers like Janis Joplin not pop pinkies like Shania.  Crystal did this performance all country, including a country band complete with pedal steel guitar. It was not her usual driving style, but it would have grabbed most country fans’ attention.  The judges compared it to her prior performances and were very negative, but she was still, at worst, tied with Michael, whom they praised.  Because the judges have proven they can impact the audience, we think this is a poor method of judging because it could imply Crystal was downright poor relative to the other performers tonight and that is so far from the truth it is silly.  But it is exactly what did Daughtry in, not that it mattered for him in the long run. (8/10)

5. Aaron Kelly – “It’s in the Way You Love Me” Please send this boy home.  The judges were way off the mark praising this performance.  It was mostly off key, dull and had a major radio “change the channel” factor.  The look of the kid is wrong and his immaturity is just too much to bear.  We are surprised that votefortheworst did not jump on Aaron after finally losing their poster child last week, but even they probably expect there is no saving Aaron, and they don’t want a new poster child every week.  The judges praised Aaron, but to even say he as good as Crystal when she is singing in the john is a stretch. (6/10)

6. Siobhan Magnus – “Any Man of Mine”

we have no idea what the judges were listening to, but we hated this performance.  The attempt to move about the audience looked fake on Siobhan’s part.  She is the new postergirl for votefortheworst.  We feel she earned her place on that website.  She was off key, her screams at the end out of place, the song not recognizable…need we go on?  The judges were off by a mile. (6/10)

In the end, if all you heard were the judges words, you would send Crystal home.  Isn’t it sad that the judges can be so off the mark and not have the ability to actually critique this as the week to week contest it is?   It is so obvious Crystal still beat out most of the artists here tonight, but the judges have become so obsessed in putting her down relative to her greatness that they could accidentally cause another Daughtry incident, and that severely damages the rest of the season, but it wouldn’t hurt Crystal one iota, just like it didn’t impact Daughtry’s career.  After all, we know which of these artists we would pay money to see, and it ain’t Aaron or Siobhan.

This year, so far, we have been almost 100% right  We once again called last week’s bottom three and the elimination child once again.  And that demonstrates the audience is in tune with the music even if the judges have no clue.

Based on the scoring, the bottom three are:

  1. Siobhan Magnus
  2. Aaron Kelly
  3. Crystal Bowersox or Michael Lynche

Wow, we did put Crystal as a possibility for the bottom 3, but only because there are only six contestants left and Casey and Lee nailed their performances.  We think the judges could have driven her into the bottom three, but it won’t matter, because the audience will not vote her out, and she was better tonight than most artists are at their best.  We would have to go with Michael as the bottom 3 candidate instead, but still, he did well tonight.

We see Aaron going down this week.  We have been surprised at his staying power to date, but he is painful to listen to, and we would never want to hear him on the radio.  Maybe as a country artist, he could pull something off, but we aren’t country fans, so that is not something we can truly judge.

Siobhan will likely survive as the last hottie of the season.  But this performance was horrible and painful.  We don’t think she is finalist material, and shouldn’t last past next week unless Michael survives and does a fish face.

Well, there you have it.  We have been dead on pretty much so far this season, but you never know…

American Idol Top 7 Review: If only we could have made tonight the finale, Crystal Bowersox wins!

We could have had just two contestants tonight. They would be Crystal Bowersox against the best that each of the other contestants has to offer, and Crystal would just blow them all away as if they were dust.

1. Casey James – Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow – Fleetwood Mac – Casey did leave us thinking about tomorrow, yesterday and any time but not as we watched. He did the song well enough, but he was off key throughout which destroyed a classic for us. We don’t care that he attempted to imitate the song as much as possible, but his vocal sounded more like an off key Huey Lewis instead of Lindsey Buckingham. We have said throughout he is not a soloist, and should be in a band, and that rang true again, but this week, even a band could not have saved the performance. For the first time we can remember, Casey was off key and it wasn’t pleasant. (6/10)

2. Lee Dwyze – The Boxer by Simon and Garfunkle – Lee is possibly the most artistic of the group of performers this year and he also has possibly the most recordable style. Each week we can close our eyes and imagine bopping down the highway cranking up a Lee Dewyze tune. He knows how to really twist a song so it is current and catchy. When you can do that with one of the greatest Simon and Garfunkel songs of all time, that says you are a star. (9.8/10)

3. Tim Urban – Better Days by Goo Goo Dolls Tim did a wonderful arrangement of this song.  His guitar was nice.  But unfortunately, he didn’t sing a single note on key.  He was off key throughout and it hurt to listen to.  We think that had he been on key, this would have been a great performance for him, or at least as great as it could be for Tim.  But it wasn’t.  (4/10)

4. Aaron Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly – R. KellyAaron took this song and made it his own.  He made it spectacularly boring, off key and frightening.  Instead of giving us a life changing experience, he gave us a channel changing one.  Aaron has a great voice, no doubt, but he is so awful on stage.  And we could still never see him doing anything we would ever want to listen to without a fast forward on our DVR.  He should be in the bottom three. (4/10)

5. Siobhan Magnus – When you Believe – Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston (Theme from the Prince of Egypt) – You know, Siobhan can sing, but she takes the songs and makes them all sound like they came from a Disney movie.  We were waiting to see if Mickey Mouse and the crew would take the stage behind her waving at the audience.  She hit one saintly note at the end, but she was pitchy, dull and quite honestly bad.  She keeps saying how much the song meant to her, but that isn’t an excuse for a poor performance.  This was another channel changer.  (6/10)

6. Michael Lynche – Hero – Chad Kroeger feat. Josey ScottThis is a classic power ballad sung by two powerful vocalists that play off each other’s sound.  When a single person does it, it loses that appeal.  However, Michael belted this song out.  He did not pucker like he was going to eat the microphone as he usually does, and he hit every note on target.  It was a strong performance even if the judges didn’t necessarily see it.   We did not believe Michael should have been saved when he was, but this was another example of his better performances, when he stands still, doesn’t come across as Shrek and doesn’t do his fish imitation.  Still, those steroids do nothing for us. (8/10)

7. Crystal Bowersox – People Get Ready by the ImpressionsCrystal took kind of a gospel song and performed it like an absolute pro.  Of course, she is an absolute pro, every week.  She cannot miss.  We believe she could sing a Miss Piggy song at this point and still win this competition. (10/10)

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So now to weed out the most painful performers of the night.  The two absolute worst by far were Aaron and Tim.  Aaron should be gone by now.  He is dull and horrible.  There is no way he could ever win this and he is so outclassed it is pathetic.  Tim is only still here because of votefortheworst, a joke of a website that just seeks to make fun of Idol.  We would like to see both of these jokers go.

But we need someone else for the bottom three.  That would be between Siohban and Casey.  Both were equally bad tonight.  But they were still leaps and bounds better than the Bobbsey Twins of horror.  Either one goes and we will let out a cheer.  We favor Aaron to go over Tim, but not by much.

We were wrong on one artist on double elimination week.  Siobhan or Aaron should have been on the train out of LA.  And they both proved they are not capable of winning unless a miracle happens for one of them.  Tim, well, the miracle happens for him every week.  The Sanjaya of the season.

American Idol Top 9 (Again) Review: “A Little More Action Please…”- Elvis

The theme this week was Elvis Presley. We would rather see an Elvis Costello week. The judges harp on how the artists should make themselves more current and then constantly throw dated material at them. This was kind of a boring week. Thus, the title of our article.

It was an Elvis week performance that took out Daughtry. Daughtry could not take it totally seriously and was overconfident at the time, but still was better than his compatriots. The judges contributed to his downfall with negative comments and he was voted out at number 4, but went on to be the most successful artist of that year by far. Elvis was seemingly just too out of character for him. A couple of the contestants tonight showed, however, that you can take some of the old music and make it current. Some did not and some were outright dull.

1. Crystal Bowersox, “Saved”
There is nothing to say. She is spectacular and consistent. (10/10)

2. Andrew Garcia, “Hound Dog”

“You Ain’t Nothing But A Hound Dog…” And Andrew sounded like one. This was possibly Andrew’s worst performance at a very inopportune time. After being badly judged last week and being forced into the bottom 2, it was not a time to screw up. The hardest part was his over-enunciation of the words stressing the last syllable or making two syllable words out of single syllable words and dragging them out with an awkward whine. We didn’t get it DAWG, but you will.
(3/10)

3. Tim Urban, “Can’t Help Falling in Love”

Tim was off key in this, but he did the guitar right this week and brought a sweetness to it which is exactly what he needed. We kind of liked it, although we won’t be putting it on our IPODs. Note, to give this high a score to Tim this week stunned us. (7/10)
4. Lee DeWyze, “A Little Less Conversation”

Lee did a great version of this, made it current and we would want it on our IPOD. Great Job Lee. (10/10)

5. Aaron Kelly, “Blue Suede Shoes”

Dull, predictable, corny karaoke described the first half. The second half went to a blues style we kind of liked, but it may have been too late. We can’t give him top marks, but Andrew keeps him out of last. (5/10)

6. Siobhan Magnus, “Suspicious Minds”

We know the artists are encouraged to change up the songs, but Siobhan overdid it. We liked the powerful vocals but the arrangement was out of place and not pleasant to listen to. She should have just done the song and not tried to make it into something it was not. (6/10)

7. Michael Lynche, “In the Ghetto”

We voted Michael the most pathetic last week, and we were right once again when we picked him as the bottom performer. It was so obvious how bad he was and the judges didn’t see it, although they acted like they did this week. They had praised Michael and said it was a great performance and we cringed the entire song. The judges didn’t fool the audience though, and he was nearly eliminated, but saved by the judges. Tonight, Michael did this song nice, but we don’t think he should have been saved last week even though we don’t see him going home this week because he managed to not pucker during the song. (7/10)

8. Katie Stevens, “Baby What Do You Want Me to Do”

Katie belted out this number. She was on key and drove it home. And they are dressing this girl to kill! We don’t love her though, and felt this was once again a TV style performance, not a musical artist performance, but she was strong in the vocal, and from that perspective, it was her best. (8/10)
9. Casey James, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”

Casey delivered a strong vocal, nice guitar and “lead singer of a band” type performance. The judges continually call him on being a bit too stationary on the stage and, well, as we have said, not all performers are solo artists. Some belong in a band and we think Casey fits that to a T. While this wasn’t his best, we liked it. (8/10)

So who does that put in the bottom? Remember, 2 are done tomorrow.

1. Andrew Garcia – Andrew blew this so badly it was sad. He was not anywhere near as bad as the judges made him out to be last week. He was vastly better than they placed him. This was not a week to convince the judges and the audience that they were right to have put him so close to elimination, and he screwed up, big time.
2. Aaron Kelly – Dull and time to go. Nuff said.
3. Siobhan Magnus – We said last week that if this gal didn’t get out of her rut, we could see her going home. We think Andrew and Aaron are done, but Siobhan is getting close and closer to getting the boot despite the hot outfits and haircuts.

We see Andrew and Aaron as the bottom two this week, and by a reasonable margin. It is unfortunate, because we think Andrew is much better than he turned out to be tonight. But you don’t always get second chances and Andrew has little hope after butchering his performance.

Aaron just isn’t good enough to be a star, so would like to put him out of the audience’s misery.

Finally, though, Siobhan keeps this up and one week, she could flop into that elimination category quite easily and we wouldn’t be totally surprised if she did this week. We just don’t quite see it, but next week, it is a very good possibility unless Tim Urban steps up and delivers a more characteristic performance.