R&B night. As you all know, R&B is NOT my favorite type of music…I’m guessing this won’t be a favorite night of mine…
SIOBHAN Through The Fire: Poor Siobhan…this was definitely her worst week so far. BUT, the song is pretty difficult vocally. She seemed to keep missing that ONE note especially. You could tell that she wasn’t the most comfortable with it. I think she TOTALLY could pull that song off. I think she already knew it was gonna be hard for her, so she probably just didn’t have the confidence she normally does. Simon was too mean to her. YES it WASN’T good…but EVERYONE is allowed an off week. That does NOT at ALL lower my opinion of her or make me like her any less…It made her human. I KNOW she’s an awesome singer and I still love her. The judges sure spent a lot of time on Siobhan. She got like TWO critiques. That was actually one of the most detailed explanation/advice any contestant has every gotten. Oh, and what was up with the backstage footage after the commercial break? Sad to see Siobhan “reeling” from her performance…poor thing! She couldn’t eve look at anyone.
CASEY Hold On I’m Coming: After all these weeks, we have already established that Casey is a good guitar player. And based on what he said, I guess we’ll be seeing that EVERY WEEK. To be honest, I felt that his performance was very solid…but it was SO SAFE. Especially vocally. I was actually kinda bored halfway through. I think the judges kinda overrated him, imo. But he was totally fine…not bad…but not outstanding either.
BIG MIKE Ready for Love: Zzz….zzz…I fell asleep around 10 seconds into the performance. Seriously. As soon as he started singing, I was turned off already. He just has this arrogance about him when he sings…like he’s Usher already or something. You are NOT an established artist yet. So don’t act like you are. Really. His vocals are always pretty much the same. I’m pretty much tired of Mike already. The judges like him, and he’s still “banking” on his whole “I wasn’t there for my baby’s birth ’cause I was at the AI auditions” story, so he’ll be safe for a little while longer.
DIDI What Becomes of A Broken Heart: I thought Didi’s song choice was totally fine. It’s not a super exciting song, but it matched her…at least as much as an R&B song can match Didi. There were definite pitchy moments. This may be the first week I think Didi could really be in trouble. When Ryan kept asking her afterwards about why she sang that song and why she cried in front of Usher, I really think he was trying to help her. He wanted to bring up the fact that she sang it for her best friend, who passed away. That was probably why she gets so emotional when she sings it, thinking of her friend.
TIM Sweet Love: Oh Tim…that wasn’t a good song choice. It was such a boring song, but plus vocally it was too big for him. He was trying a bit too hard also with the performance. Like Simon said tho…not sure if it really matters what they say. Tim’s just going to have fun with his performances…after all, that’s ALL he has to go on. It WAS weird how he kept smiling/laughing when Kara was critiquing him. He’s still got such a cute face/smile. Not sure how much longer that alone will keep him afloat tho…
ANDREW Forever: Well, this was the best Andrew’s done in a LONG time…probably since Straight Up. It was a good arrangement. I have a hard time with Andrew already…I’m tired of him. But this week definitely redeemed him a little. A little. And WHY is it that Simon brings up that Andrew doesn’t have any personality (which he doesn’t btw), but yet he doesn’t AT ALL about Crystal? YES, we don’t feel like we know ANYTHING about Andrew…but I don’t feel AT ALL like I know ANYTHING about Crystal either. At all. Come on!
KATIE Chain of Fools: Hmm…I didn’t think her performance was as good as the judges said. I felt that she was a bit off-key for a lot of the performance. Oh and that OUTFIT…not flattering at all on you! And the whole “argument” between Kara and Simon…about what kind of artist Katie SHOULD be. OK, this is WHY it’s an issue. Kara says pop/r&b, Simon says country. The reason WHY it’s annoying/an issue is because KATIE doesn’t know what she wants. If she DID, there wouldn’t be an issue. I KNOW it’s probably because of her age, but still…she has to figure it out already.
LEE Treat Her Like A Lady: LEE! Finally! I felt like this was THE performance he needed! Something was different about Lee this week…his vocals soared and he had a LOT more GROWL and OOMPH in his performance! LOVED THAT! What’s funny tho is that when you look at Lee’s eyes while he’s performing, he still has an “uneasiness” about him. LIke he’s still not 100% confident in what he’s doing. But actually…that’s what I like about Lee. He’s not OVER confident/cocky. At all. “This is the moment that your life may have changed forever…” Wow. Yay Lee!
CRYSTALMidnight Train To Georgia: Wow. Crystal didn’t play the guitar. She played the PIANO instead. Ha! Nah, but at LEAST she got up and stood centerstage with NOTHING but her voice. I did think she looked a bit awkward standing there tho. Plus I didn’t realize how frumpy her body was…guess the guitar has always covered it up. The outfit wasn’t the most flattering…too bunchy and the cut didn’t match her body type. Her vocals were consistent as usual, altho there was one point where she hit that high note…that was a bit weird for me. I can totally see what Simon was talking about how the show MAY take away her identity a little bit. Already this week she dressed up, wore high heels, had so much accompaniment…it was so much more of a PRODUCTION. In her backstage interview how she said she wanted to show how she was multifaceted…I didn’t really see that. Still felt like she was the SAME, just with piano & standing instead. Her arrangements are pretty much THE SAME every week. No matter what other “tricks” she tried to pull out of her hat.
AARON Ain’t No Sunshine: Umm…totally forgot about Aaron’s performance already. You can’t compare this performance to the one Kris Allen did last season. Now THAT one was GOOD. Aaron’s? Not so much. It was just EH. You guys know how I feel about Aaron already…I never was impressed with him anyway. Totally not worthy of the pimp spot this week, imo. I’ll say it again. EH.