I had to live stream Idol tonight from my laptop because I know longer have the Fox channel, but it was totally worth it! I really enjoyed tonight's episode, though I was a bit disappointed in a couple of the contestants. Tonight's theme basically consisted of the contestants choosing songs by their idols.
Lauren performed "Any Man of Mine" by Shania Twain and totally won me over when she said Shania was her Idol! =) Although it is totally difficult for me to judge contestants when they choose her songs, because I'm a HUGE Shania fan and everybody pales in comparison to her (in my opinion-when it comes to her songs). I thought she did pretty good though! I thought it was kinda shaky in parts, but I enjoyed her version of the song more than Siobhan's performance last year. Steven thought she needed to be a bit more kick ass with the song and Jennifer also felt she needed to kick it into high gear. I do agree with them both.
Casey performed "With a Little Help from My Friends"- the Joe Cocker version. Casey actually really does have a good voice! I was like "Whoa" tonight. I thought it was the perfect song choice for him and he nailed it vocally. Although, he did have some weird facial expressions going on and I kinda find it hard to like him for some reason. *Shrugs* Jennifer loved his performance and she said she felt like she was watching somebody important on stage because he blew her away. Randy thought his performance was unbelievable. Steven said that Casey is a "Rainbow of talent."
Ashton performed "When You Tell Me You Love Me" by Diana Ross. Like I've said before, I think Ashton has a good voice, but it's really not anything special. And for some reason I just cant take her serious when she performs, because I feel that's all she does on stage: Performs. Like Broadway or something. I cant really explain it so I hope ya'll get what I mean. Randy liked it, but he thinks there's a lot more in her. Steven agreed. Jennifer wants to see her choose songs everybody can sing along to.
Paul performed "Come Pick Me Up" by Ryan Adams. His voice is so odd, but not in a bad way. I kinda liked his performance, didnt necessarily like the song choice, but liked the way he sung it. Steven likes the character and rasp in his voice, but said he was a lil pitchy. Jennifer thinks he's unique and knows how to make the crowd move. Randy loves who Paul is and loves him for the show (his words). I think he's a lot more likable than Casey for sure.
Pia performed "All By Myself" by Celine Dion. For the record that is NOT Celine's song, she just covered it. That song is from the 70's and the original singer sings it a lot better than Celine. Also for the record, I'm not a Celine fan, I think she's highly overrated, but whatever, back to Pia. I thought Pia sounded really good, but I didnt think she was as good as last week, though the judges disagree. Jennifer was basically speechless after her performance and thought she topped last week's performance. Randy thought she hit all the notes dead on and Steven thought she sounded beautiful. I agree with all of them on her vocal ability. I heard different aspects of her voice tonight that I've never noticed before.
James performed "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney. Loved his song choice and I thought it was a really good performance. Not much more I can say, the dude can sang. Randy told him that he's one of his faves this year and Steven & Jennifer agreed, while giving him more praise.
Haley performed "Blue" by LeAnn Rimes. Country music! Love that song! (Back when LeAnn was actually good) - I dont think she performed it nearly as well as LeAnn. Haley just didnt have that special "twang" in her voice when it came to hitting the Blue note, but she did really good on the rest of the song. She does have a country twang to her voice, mixed with a little jazzy feel, that I really like. Steven thought she did a great job and sounded beautiful (his fave word!). Jennifer thinks she can do some really unique stuff with her voice that the other girls there cant do. Randy didnt enjoy it as much as the others, saying he thought it was a little boring.
Jacob performed "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly. (Space Jam mention FTW! during his video) -Good voice, but the performance felt like a "church performance." I wasnt feeling it and I didnt like his high note. Steven thought he performed with pure passion and Jennifer & Randy both praised his talent. I'm just not buying his greatness.
Thia performed "Smile" - the Michael Jackson version. I really like the song, but I didnt think it was the right choice of song for her tonight. It started out okay, and then got really weird with the beat change. Her voice sounded good, but overall, it was a boring performance. She needs to do something different than ballads. Randy loved the intro, but thought she got a little pitchy and he didnt like the jazz feel. Steven agreed with Randy. Jennifer thinks she sings like an angel though.
Stefano performed "Lately" by Stevie Wonder. For some reason I started thinking about boy bands and the Nickelodeon channel during his performance. That cant be a good thing...Nice voice, but he's just not in the same league as the other guys. Steven thought he "pulled it off" beautiful. He had Jennifer dancing and she thought he sounded great. Randy thinks Stevie would be proud. Okay....
Karen performed "I Could Fall in Love" by Selena. Loved her choice of song! Something different and unexpected! Love J.lo or not, I thought she did a beautiful job portraying Selena. I also think Jennifer did a better job with the song than Karen, but I really enjoyed Karen's performance. She definitely wasnt the best of the night and it definitely wasnt her best performance. Jennifer thought she felt uncomfortable with some of the notes, but hopes she makes it through cause she feels like Karen is one of the stronger girls. Randy and Steven both felt it was sleepy and lacking. I agree with the lacking part.
Scotty performed "The River" by Garth Brooks. Great song choice! I love me some Garth! Well hell, what can I say? I loved it! Win idol or dont win Idol, Scotty is going to have a country music career. I loved that I actually heard "Scotty" tonight, and not Josh Turner, who he sounds a lot like. Scotty is definitely his own person and has his own voice and he showed it tonight. Randy said its exactly where he belongs (country music) and that he could put out an album now. Steven thought he did Garth proud and Jennifer thought he came into his own as a performed- Agreed!!
Niama performed "Umbrella" by Rihanna. Another song I like and I love Rihanna. I gotta say that I didnt like the judges picking her as one of their wildcards after her boring performance last week, but I really enjoyed her performance tonight! That is until she put that funky ass reggae breakdown into it- but overall she was good and I liked the added effects in the background. Steven thought she was a little pitchy, but crazy good and brought flavor. Jennifer thinks she has fire, but needs to work on her control while performing. Randy agreed with Jennifer, but he loved the reggae and wanted more of it- No Thank You Randy!
Overall, I really enjoyed the show. I was disappointed in both Karen and Thia tonight. I think they're both better than that, especially Karen. If Thia keeps doing ballads I'm gonna get bored with her fast. I saw an improvement with Niame, and I'm still on the fence with Lauren.
My faves of the night were Scotty, Pia, and Casey.
I'm still unimpressed with Ashton and Jacob.
I guess they are still doing bottom three so here is the ones I think will be bottom three: Ashton, Lauren, Thia.
The bottom three should be: Ashton, Stefano, and Jacob.
Ashton should go home.