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:
- Siobhan Magnus
- Aaron Kelly
- 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…