Blake Lewis: 'Pia Toscano, It's Time for a Shocker'

by Blake Lewis, posted Mar 24th 2011 12:00PM
Motown, baby!!!!!

Last night on 'Idol' it was all Motown, the legend of Berry Gordy. I was really excited because this season of 'American Idol' has some of the greatest vocalists with soul! I am really, really enjoying 'Idol' this year, and last night did not disappoint.

Casey Abrams opened it up with "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." I thought it was a perfect choice, but like I say every week, I'm still missing the softer side of his vocals. I want to see the jazz come out. The cool, vibe-y side I know he has.

I think Jacob Lusk was my favorite last night. The dynamics of his performance were perfection. I loved how he listened to the judges and Jimmy Iovine. He held back and it paid off. Flawless performance and hugs from everyone.

I really enjoyed Lauren Alaina singing "You Keep Me Hangin' On." Great vocal performance and she really worked the crowd. I like how she brought her attitude out and played with it 'till the end.

J.Lo said it best for Stefano. He really needs to connect with the song. He is one hell of a singer and I really hope he makes it further.

Scott McCreery singing Motown was Scott McCreery singing Motown. He did what he could with it and it wasn't bad. He needs to work on his interesting facial contortions and his finger pointing; it's a little awkward at times, but we all have stage ticks. I was a pointer too, ha ha. He will do great in country music if he really learns how to perform.

Pia sounded great, but I was really hoping for an up-tempo song from her this week. We all know she can sing the pants off a ballad, now it's time for a shocker.

Highlights: Naima was dancing away with "Dancing in the Street." She really commanded the stage. It was beautiful.

Who is going home??? I thought it would be Haley last week, but I was wrong. She has a great voice, but she sometimes seems unsure of it through her performances. Will she be the one sent home?

Love and happiness,

Follow Blake Lewis's adventures in music on Twitter and his official YouTube channel. His latest album, 'Heartbreak on Vinyl,' is available on Tommy Boy Entertainment. And check out Blake on vocals in DJ Dan's latest single, "Operator."

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Dexter Morgan

McCreery the 1 trick pony, did just what i expected on a theme night ......bombed !!!!

..hope he is bottom 3...but South votes their own thru..right or wrong......this guy is Nashville star...not AI !!!! Durbin and Lusk blow him away...weekly !!!

Haley .....Mc Creery....and Paul should be bottom 3 based on performances last night .......tired of all 3 of them....

March 24 2011 at 8:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Mike Potter

What about James? Did you forget that he closed the show?

March 24 2011 at 3:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Elly Stevens

Thia messed up her lyrics, and I thought Stefano could have done better, but I don't think he will be sent packing. It'll be Haley, Thia, and perhaps Paul in the bottom 3, although I still like Paul for his quirkiness. I thought Naima redeemed herself, but she could be in danger too. I liked Scotty's singing, but the finger-pointing has to go.

March 24 2011 at 3:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

My picks for bottom 3 are Paul, Haley, and Thia. Stefano disappointed me last night (and I'm a fan), maybe even as much as his mom's pasta disappointed Gordon Ramsey -- and he was as tacky as ever saying so. Paul has gotta go -- I don't even know who his audience is, but I don't think it's anybody under, say, 45. Although I'm WAY 45 and he bugs me big-time! Haley and Thia were much-improved this week but they're still my bottom picks.

March 24 2011 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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