“Songs of Elton John” this week. Overall it was a good night:
SCOTTY Country Comfort:
Who would’ve thought Scotty could find a COUNTRY Elton song?! Lucky him. Umm…total traditional country! I personally was falling asleep. Oh, and even WITH the guitar he STILL kept that same arrogance on his face…altho it was a bit more subtle this week.
NAIMA I’m Still Standing:
Reggae Elton? Interesting. Altho it totally fit Naima really well, it was a bit weird for me.
PAUL Rocket Man:
SUCH a mellow version of this song. Eh. Nothing special. The whisper at the end was a little creepy. :-/
PIA Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me:
Another ballad?! Well, in this case, it was a great song choice for her. She’s great with putting her little spin on the songs too, adding in little “Pia-isms.” And just like last week, she looked gorgeous. That was a great dress on her. What’s funny about this week’s performance was that I felt like Pia was more of a star. Just the way the performance went and what she did with the song. Don’t know why this week kinda stood out more for me. Vocally she’s so consistent…Great job!
STEFANO Tiny Dancer:
I did notice that Stefano was trying to make more of a connection with the audience…his eyes looking right at the camera, etc. I guess it was an okay job. Didn’t stand out at all. Oh, and I HATED the sneakers with the rest of his outfit. Ugh.
LAUREN Candle In The Wind:
This was Lauren’s MOST mature song she’s done so far…and she pulled it off BEAUTIFULLY! She did that song justice and didn’t overdo it. Her country twang is awesome and I LOVE LOVE LOVED all the little “lifts” she does at the ends of her phrases. LOVED. Didn’t necessarily love the dress as much as Steven did, but it did match her age. AWESOME job Lauren. For me, this performance kinda really made her a contender and I’m sure got people to take her more seriously.
JAMES Saturday Night’s Alright:
The judges all talk about the girls doing only ballads. Umm, when is JAMES going to do a ballad? Has he done one yet? This week’s performance…Eh. I felt like it was just a lot of smoke & mirrors. I mean…the flaming piano?! Come on. And he’s just not that appealing to look at. His ears stick out RIDICULOUSLY, and his teeth are…:-/ You know how I feel about James. Not impressed.
Daniel is a great song! Thia sang it really well. The song matched her really well, and she had a personal tie to the song, which helped a bit in the emotional level of the performance. But yeah, as far as stage presence, she basically just stood there and sang well. Nothing necessarily showy about it. But good.
CASEY Your Song:
Now THAT was a saveworthy performance! Wow. This was the first week I have to say I genuinely would VOTE for Casey. This was SUCH a departure for him…he kept it soft, gentle and emotional. But he put in the growls when appropriate and didn’t do TOO much. This type of performance for me showed SO MUCH MORE how TALENTED Casey is. And…Yay! Casey groomed! Altho I still wish he’s shave off the beard all together, this groomed look definitely helped his look a LOT. Overall this was a turning point for Casey in many ways. Awesome.
JACOB Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word:
Although Jacob hits all the notes and is very talented, he is just TOO MUCH for me. He’s SO OVERLY dramatic. It’s not pleasing to watch for me. I guess he’s just not my cup of tea.
HALEY Bennie and the Jets:
When I first saw that Haley was in the pimp spot, I was thinking…Really? Haley? But that performance was probably my favorite of Haley’s up to this point! It was a bit sultry, she really sang her heart out, and she showed style and stage presence! Her growls were really appropriate in this song…and it matched her really well! Great job!
Videos credit: rickey.org/americanidol.com
The last time they did Elton John week was back in Season 3…and it was NOT GOOD. Tonight was just the opposite…I have to say it was a great night overall! Gotta give these Idols credit…they gave great performances!
It’s actually really hard to pick a favorite this week…