'American Idol' - 'Top Six Compete' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 27th 2010 10:24PM
American Idol, season 9, top 6 perform
There are six contestants left on 'American Idol,' and everyone did really well tonight, which means it's anyone's guess who will go home. After noting that a whopping $45 million was raised on 'Idol Gives Back' last week, Ryan Seacrest introduced this week's mentor, Shania Twain, and we got right into the performances.

Lee DeWyze, 'You're Still the One.' Per Shania's suggestion, Lee starts the song with just voice and piano, adding in guitar later. It sounds a little forced to me, but I like the ending. Randy Jackson says it's one of his favorite songs of all time, and Lee found a way to make it his own. Ellen DeGeneres agrees, saying "you couldn't look cuter" and "all aboard the Shania Twain!" Kara DioGuardi likes that Lee cracked a smile a few times, and Simon Cowell thinks it was "absolutely the perfect song" for Lee. Then Simon and Kara started arguing about whether Lee smiled or had some other weird facial thing going on. He was smiling! He's still just a little nervous!

Michael Lynche, 'It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing.' Shania said Big Mike could sing the phone book and people would love it, but that he shouldn't rely on that. What I love about Mike is that he doesn't always choose the songs you'd expect (upbeat and spirited). This is a slower song again, but he does a great job with it. Randy agrees, saying he's "in the zone of who you are." Ellen was a little nervous about the song choice, but says he has a Luther Vandross vibe, which I totally agree with. Kara loves that Mike always connects with his songs, and Simon calls it "wet," which is "the opposite of dry" or "a little bit girlie for you." Shania says she got a little teary during the song, so I guess maybe it was girlie, but nothing wrong with that.

Casey James, 'Don't!' Casey realized that he had to offer something new this week; he calls this "a singing song," and it reminds me a little of Bob Seger. Ellen (who also made the Seger comparison), Randy and Simon call it his best performance so far, and Kara loves that he showed his vulnerable side. Then Simon suggests that Casey run down and give Shania a kiss, which Casey promptly does (because, really, what else could he do at that point? Say no?).

Crystal Bowersox, 'No One Needs to Know.' Crystal says this song applies to her boyfriend, who's in the audience; she says "he'll man up some day," so I guess she wants him to settle down ...? Anyway, the judges all say basically the same thing -- that this isn't their favorite performance of Crystal's, but she did a good job with it. Simon describes it as something you might expect from a band in a coffee shop.

Aaron Kelly, 'You've Got a Way.' Randy says Aaron did a good job, and notes that he'd make a great country artist. Ellen says it'll be tough for someone to leave this week, because everyone's doing really well. Kara agrees that Aaron felt the emotions of the song, but she's glad he changed the line about "making love" (Aaron agrees, noting that he sang the song for his mom). Simon says after struggling for the past few weeks, Aaron feels like a different artist tonight. He says this is the kind of record Aaron should make.

Siobhan Magnus, 'Any Man of Mine.' Siobhan's had a rough few weeks, but maybe she redeemed herself tonight. She did screech a little at the end, and Simon says it sounded like she was giving birth on stage. Randy loves her "punk country" look, Ellen thinks it was a good way to end the show, and Kara says, "Guess who's back?!"

Any thoughts on who might be headed home? It's a tough one to call, but I'm guessing most people might pick Aaron (though I still really like him). Then again, Mike's been in the bottom three a few times. Maybe it'll be him.

Who do you think will go home this week?
Crystal Bowersox67 (4.8%)
Aaron Kelly322 (23.2%)
Michael Lynche592 (42.7%)
Siobhan Magnus310 (22.4%)
Casey James49 (3.5%)
Lee DeWyze46 (3.3%)

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La-Di-Dah

This week reminded me of how much I LOVE Shania! (And she definitely does glow!) As for Crystal, who is my favorite, I actually love the vibe the she created with the band behind/beside her. Lovely tone. (And I love the reference to Nickel Creek, who I adore; are they back together yet? Actually also reminds of Robinella a little - another amazing singer). The whole performance reminded me a little of those old-style grand-ole opry performances in a really positive way.
I do however think that Casey has also slowly grown on me (now I think he's a charmer too), and if he continues to sing songs in this bluesy, sou rock, countrie style, he might win. I love Crystal, but bigger is not always better, and winning is not always best on Idol, so I would be okay (sad) but okay if someone else edges her out, because that doesn't mean she's not amazingly stupifyingly talented.
I haven't cared for Aaron since day 1 & Siobhan still too technical & over the top & Michael is okay, & Lee is sometimes more than ok - so it's a Casey versus Crystal for me.

April 28 2010 at 10:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

Lee, Michael and Casey were all quite good last night. I didn't understand the judges fawning over Aaron and Siobhan. I wasn't impressed with either one.

Going by performance alone, I'd say Aaron or Siobhan will go home tonight. Judging by popularity, I'd say Michael, which would be a shame. He was very good last night.

April 28 2010 at 5:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

Siobhan or Aaron should be going home tonight. This is still Crystal's game to lose, because even on her worst week, she's still head and shouders above everybody else in the pack. Having said that... I think Casey's performance was amazing last night. That boy can sing, and has real bluesey soul. He and Crystal should be in the finale.

April 28 2010 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stacie23

I'm hoping that Crystal can be allowed one off week and be safe. Obviously the Judge's Save should have been used on her in case anything screwy happens, but because they used it on Michael who has no shot of winning and could possibly go home tonight, Crystal has a chance of leaving tonight. I sure hope that the audience isn't so quick to forget how good she is. And like the judge's said her off week is still pretty darn good.

The final 2 should be Lee and Crystal. How and when the rest leave doesn't really matter. If Lee and Crystal aren't the last 2 then it would be one of the worst moments in American Idol history, and that says alot.

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April 28 2010 at 11:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mitch

Please please please have Aaron go home today. He should never have gotten this far and I think the Judges have been way too easy on him since day one. He is an average singer and once he is gone we will never hear from him again.

April 28 2010 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jen

I think that Sibohan could be the one to go home. I didn't like how she sung any man of mine. It was a little too over the top at the end.

If she makes it to the final three or two I would be so disappointed.

I don't think she should win American Idol?

Who do you think should win American Idol?

April 28 2010 at 10:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linn B

There's more to music than pop and country. So tired of
"OF COURSE Casey should/is/must be a country singer, he's from Texas," foolishness. Casey's singing Americana rock dipped in 12 bar blues. Ain't no label for that. (Did you ever hear Stevie Ray Vaughan or Kenny Wayne Shepherd on a country station? Or maybe you never heard them at all because their music couldn't/can't be formatted.) Kudos to Sibohan for refusing a label.

April 28 2010 at 9:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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