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Blake Lewis: 'Paul McDonald Was Spot-On, Lauren Alaina Reminds Me of Jordin Sparks'

by Blake Lewis, posted Apr 14th 2011 2:00PM
"You must be...the most beautiful girl in the world," I'm singing to J.Lo from my couch.

'American Idol' started out praising J.Lo's new 'People' magazine cover for 'Most Beautiful Woman in the World.' I must say...yes, she is one of the best.

Now to business. Last night, the contestants chose songs from our favorite movies. Paul McDonald was spot on with his version of "Old Time Rock and Roll" by Bob Seger. I really enjoyed this song choice for him. Before the performance William and Jimmy got into it a bit over Jimmy's boombox comment. Glad Will called him out on it. My favorite part was the sexy Saxophone girl killing it. What happened to the saxophone in pop music? I think they left it in the '80s. It was fun.

Lauren is starting to become one of my favorites. It might have to do with the fact that she reminds me so much of Jordin Sparks. Her song choices are always great and she really did a great job tonight. I can tell she is stepping it up and with just her and Haley left, rocking it out for the girls. She really needs to keep going like this.

Stefano sang Boyz II Men's "End Of The Road." I wasn't completely feeling it at the beginning, but when the arrangement started to pick up in the middle, I was sold. He killed it. The ending was great and his vocals were fantastic. I really hope he gets out of the bottom three.

Scotty McCreery
just can't go wrong on this show. His voice isn't the kind I listen to, but when he sings, it's so genuine that you begin to really enjoy it. He stuck to country, singing George Straits – 'Cross my Heart' and it was perfection.

Casey Abrams sang and played the upright bass to 'Nature Boy' by Nate King Cole – one of my all time favorite jazz pieces. Finally great jazz on 'American Idol'!!! I'm an out of the box character, so naturally I relate to this guy the most. He told Jimmy what was up and I'm so glad he stuck to his guns. I think it will pay off in a big way. He really seems to be enjoying the ride by being himself and staying true to form. More upright bass every week, please!

When this show started, I wasn't a huge fan of Haley, but every week since the top twelve she hasn't done anything wrong. Her vocals are always great and I can see that she really wants it. Last night, she sang, 'Call Me' by Blondie. It started out sounding a little karaoke. I agreed with Randy completely on this one. By the end she brought it home and it was a good performance.

What was up with Jacob Lusk tonight? In all the shots of him, he looked like he didn't want to be there. Was he sick? Or was it the fact that Jimmy told him to sing something he really didn't want to sing, but just gave Jimmy what he wanted? He ended up singing 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and it sounded great, as usual, but I wasn't sold. There was something missing from Jacob this week, but I can't pin point it. Still, he is always an amazing singer. I feel like I'm at church every Wednesday night when he is on stage.

Last but not least, James Durbin slayed the audience with some Sammy Hagar. Accompanying him was Zakk Wylde on the fiddle. It was the best closer of the show, this year. METAL!!!! This was his best performance and the fact that he stuck it to Jimmy Iovine and Will.I.Am. was priceless. He really knows himself, musically and vocally, and I think this will pay off.

James and Casey got my votes. Who got your vote?

Love and Happiness - Blake

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I always enjoy your take on the show, Blake, even though I don't always agree. Before I add a few comments, I don't know if you read our feedback to your review (Blake), but your CD "Audio Daydream" was magical, as was the cover, innovative, with many songs that should have been radio hits. What a treat that CD is. You were one of the best Idols we have ever had, and so "out of the box" but on the beat haha. I saw you on Tour in West Virginia and you and Chris R. ruled the stage. Though you have been a sweetheart and always supported Jordin, that finals song you had to sing was not just, there should have been choices, as there were the following year. Perhaps the fact that you have spoken out on things, which isn't always the popular thing to do, actually does make things better for others down the road. To this day, when I hear songs on the radio that you sang on your season, I always think of you and how I liked your version better!

On to this season...many of the performers are interesting and at this point, I would be happy if Scotty, James or Stefano won. Lauren is good, but not great. (yet). You are one of the few people who has stood solid in support of Stefano, please do it more. I am a very experienced musician, and he is so very underrated because of all the albeit talents performers on the show, but overrated. I think that Casey and Haley fall into that category. If Casey showed something more, perhaps I could be won over, but I think he gets alot more credit than he deserves, period. And I do like creativity, I do like jazz. He can get away with anything and they call it great. Not fair. As far as Jacob is concerned, the reason he acted as he did last week is because he was called out 3x for his comment that ...'if he was in the bottom 3 after singing "Man in the Mirror", it is not because he sang it badly, it is because Amerca can't look themselves in the mirror". Yep, that's what he said. Ryan reminded him of that twice, obviously to sink home that it was inappropriate, Jimmy chastised him for what he called preaching. So therefore, Jacob was trying to appear humble, and he had been chastised for all of us to see...and I imagine it was a bit embarrassing. That's my take.

Hope to see you in concert one day, Blake, or to hear a hit on the radio. You are an original! I am in my early 50's (though I look about 35) and my mom was in her late 70's during your season and she loved you just as much as I did. Just thought you'd like to know you had a fan who was almost 80!! :)

April 20 2011 at 12:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh Blake, you were my favorite on your season of Idol and it's good to see we have mostly the same opinions.
I LOVED Paul, and it was a shame to see him go so early. Luckily, he already has an album out with his band The Grand Magnolias which is a must-buy. Seriously, they're better than Paul was on the show.

I also thought Casey and James killed it on Wednesday.

April 17 2011 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Elly Stevens

I missed your blog yesterday so we already know the outcome of the show. However, re Jacob and his expression--it looked like fear. I totally agree with your comment.

April 15 2011 at 7:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It is sad that most don't appreciate the idiosyncracies of Jazz and therefore appreciate Casey for what he is. For quite somentime, formulaic nonsense has beened rammed down the throut of the current fad-marketable generation and sadly a lot of poignant and educational opportunities will be lost on them. I pitty the youth who has not been schooled in the beauty and talent necessary to create complicated, yet dynamic and engaging music. GCAB and a pretty face seems to be all that matters anymore. And the douchebag Black eyed peas, who have abused the voice snythesizer more so than a deaf *****. That group is putting a serious hamper on any chance of a US musical rennaissance. If anyone out there embraces Casey, maybe we habe a chance to reintroduce music as an art and not a vehicle for profit geares to the lowest common denominator...

April 15 2011 at 1:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Now the point. Last night, chose the candidate songs of our favorite films. Paul McDonald was there with his version of "Old Time Rock and Roll" by Bob Seger. I really liked the song choice for him. Before the show, William and Jimmy, they have a comment about Jimmy boombox. Will they called him happy. My favorite part was
here more news Stefano Langone and Paul McDonald on the Bottom Three Bound at themasterofnews.blogspot.com/

April 14 2011 at 11:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I voted for Paul, Stefano and Scott. Both girls can go and the preacher can too. I hope the last show includes Scott and Stefano - best voices left. I probably won't vote again because the real talent and voice are gone - Pia.

April 14 2011 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dexter Morgan

what are these characters watching.......??????

Paul is a clown and needed to go weeks ago.....
Lauren butchered her song..... Thia blew The Climb away on AGT....she screwed up not singing it on AI....
Scottie the Garner Grit got the mute button early......enough is enough of his S O S........
and Casey, who NEVER should have been saved...and now continues to be geeky....and forgettable......

HATE Metal....but my votes go to Durbin....but he has an uphill climb vs the Grits...who vote their OWN through....

April 14 2011 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I felt Jacob's performance was easily his best since "A House is Not A Home". But he did seem a little unenthusiastic, possibly because one of the best singers left last week (he was the main one was hugging Pia) or the Jimmy thing?

I disagree that Lauren is similar to Jordin. Of course, I've never met Jordin, but she always came across much more likable and sincere than Lauren does. And, about Scotty, I actually do listen to country music (grew up with it, but I mostly listen to other things these days), and I don't feel he's authentic at all. If he would stop trying so hard to create a "country boy" persona, he wouldn't be as annoying.

April 14 2011 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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