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.

4/22 American Idol Top 7 Double Elimination Results, No True Surprises

Except that Matt survived without being in the bottom 3 and Allison was in the bottom 3 when she clearly outperformed him. But the jig was up for Lil Rounds and Anoop Desai. Not really any surprise.

We think Matt could have gone too, but we don’t expect Kris or Matt to last much longer.

The double elimination was abrupt and early for Lil.

They dragged out Anoop’s to the end of the show. The result was the same.

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4/14 American Idol Top 7 Movie Theme Night: The Slumdog Millionaire Idol??

It is “Cinema Theme Night” for the remaining seven Idol hopefuls. We are not sure what a movie Director like Quentin Tarantino can contribute in a singing competition as mentor but he was once a guest judge on Idol and his unique style in movie direction sets him apart from all other directors because of his apparent ‘ears’ for music, so there. (Audio Performances and studio version of the songs at the bottom of this page.)

Allison Iraheta – “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” (Armageddon) – Aerosmith — Sad performance. Off key and dull. The judges liked it and had to be tone deaf to say it. We think they are trying to preserve the girl through a very weak performance. It wasn’t necessary. There would be worse to come. (6/10)

Anoop Desai – “Everything I Do” (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves)- Bryan Adams — He hit did this song like he lived it. The advice he received from one judge was dead on the mark and his vocal was tremendous. We have to say, he has a chance of getting to the final 3 if he can be less erratic. Anoop needs to stop looking like a geek. He wore jeans and a tie. Pathetic outfit for someone with this potential. (8/10)

Adam Lambert – “Born To Be Wild” (Born to be Wild)- Steppenwolf – Adam is the winner of this year. He is so powerful vocally that it is hard to imagine anyone having the vocals to beat him. This performance was a bit corny and self-indulgent, which kept it from getting 10/10. But how can anyone beat that scream? Adam sounded exactly like Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin doing this song, but Robert Plant needed a studio to do it. (9/10)

Matt Giraud – “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman” (Don Juan) – Bryan Adams– Interesting and boring at the same time. Outclassed by Anoop and Adam, he will likely be in the bottom 3 despite some falsetto moments. We did not like it. No chills, no thrills. (6/10)

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Danny Gokey – “Endless Love” (Endless Love) – Lionel Richie & Diana Ross — Danny is the one we had originally winning this competition, and he is the only one that has a chance of beating Adam. So how did it go this week? This wasn’t it. It started off pitchy and advanced into boring. The enunciation of the words was poor. There were some highlights in the chorus that drove it away from any chance of elimination, but it wasn’t a miracle. (8/10)

Kris Allen – “Falling Slowly” (Once) – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova  — Kris did not bring out his instruments and just sang. It was a mistake. He started off pitchy and blew being in the final position. The song was boring, so unless your vocal is spectacular it becomes horribly unmemorable. He hit some nice notes. It was interesting at moments. But he bored us to tears. (6/10)

Huge (Lil) Rounds – “The Rose” (The Rose) – Bette Midler– Let’s call a spade a spade . There is nothing Lil about this gal. It starts off pitchy as has been Lil’s fault for weeks. She looks great, but fails to deliver on the notes. We think of the original and this not only pales in comparison, we found ourselves hitting mute at times because it hurt to listen to. Simon was dead on. Off key and hard to listen to. Rounds fought back, and she just looked pathetic. (4/10)

Based on our judgement. Lil has to go. She was just pathetic. Allison was at risk until Lil sang. Kris was too. That is your bottom 3.

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