Crystal Bowersox American Idol Elvis Week with Adam Lambert

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Nine finalists were once again competing against each other to become the next American Idol. These same nine contestants competed last week and the judges decided to Save Michael Lynche rather than send him home. That means that after this show, two singers will be eliminated. Last year’s runner-up, Adam Lambert, was the mentor to help the singers choose and sing a song from the Elvis Presley collection. By the end of the night, 3 sang well, 6 did not, and 2 will go home for earning the fewest votes.

Crystal Bowersox came out with an electric guitar and played a lesser known Elvis song, “Save”. She started fast, slowed it down, and made it her own. It was an energetic, hot, up-tempo blues song. A dramatic tempo change made the rendition original and excited the judges and the audience. I was not familiar with the song, but loved it and can imagine it as a current hit. The show started on a high note.

Andrew Garcia did “Hound Dog”. Adam told him “we know the song, make it yours”. He did a slow bluesy version of the mega hit that the judges hated. It wasn’t awful, and he did make it sound original, but it was lacking in energy and personality. Aaron Kelly sang “Blue Suede Shoes”. He had a good vocal that was short on electricity. It started with a rock vibe and finished slow blues.  The judges were not impressed.  Michael Lynche modernized “In the Ghetto”.  He combined a sleepy arrangement with a hot vocal that resulted in mixed emotions from the judges. Casey James took an unknown song “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and did nothing with it. He gave a solid performance, but there was nothing memorable about it.

Katie Stevens took a step backwards after performing “Baby What Do You Want Me to Do?” She took an upbeat song and added no energy. The judges were short on time and gave her no critical advice. Siobhan Magnus sang “Suspicious Minds” dressed conservatively beautiful. She started off with pop and finished with gospel. The judges did not like the erratic tempo and style change.

Lee DeWyze bluesed up “A Little Less Conversation” and nailed it.  He owned the song and energized the crowd. His personality is emerging and he is improving each week.  Tim Urban stole the show with “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You”. He sang it like an acoustic lullaby. His performance was very pretty, authentic, and meaningful.

Crystal, Lee, and Tim gave the best performances and should be safe.  But no one is safe, now that the Save option is gone. The other 6 contestants are sure to be more nervous and are in deep trouble.  The question is, which two will be gone?  Based solely on this week’s performance, it would not surprise me to see Andrew, Siobhan, Michael, and Casey at the bottom with 2 guys leaving the competition.

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