'American Idol' - 'Top Six Compete' Recap
by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 27th 2010 10:24PM
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.
|Crystal Bowersox||67 (4.8%)|
|Aaron Kelly||322 (23.2%)|
|Michael Lynche||592 (42.7%)|
|Siobhan Magnus||310 (22.4%)|
|Casey James||49 (3.5%)|
|Lee DeWyze||46 (3.3%)|