I am sitting on my big, blue bloggy couch live-blogging American Idol. My feet and legs are tired because I spent six hours today unloading, sorting, distributing, deciphering and loading cookie dough for a school fundraiser. Then, I hurried home, changed clothes, rushed out the door and went to church with my fellas. I am tired as all get out and thankful to finally sit down and relax. I’ve got about two cents and some change left in me and I plan to use every bit of that as I navigate through this week’s Elton John Extravaganza.
Did you hear me? I said Elton John.
In an emotional move last week, the judges used their one solitary save to keep Casey in the competition. I’m not sure how I feel about that decision. I like Casey and I feel like he is very talented. I just wish we would see more of the Casey-that-played-the- bass during Hollywood week. That Casey is unique and memorable.
Did I mention tonight is Elton John night? It should be an eclectic, entertaining night of music. I would never think to compare Lady GagGag to Elton John, but man, he did wear some crazy get-ups back in the day.
In the words of Simon Cowell, (I miss you, Simon!) off we go!
Scotty McCreery– “Country Comfort” – I was not a bit surprised to find out Scotty was singing this song. I was surprised, however, to discover that Elton John sang anything with the word, “country” in it. Scotty did an awesome job and I think he could leave the show right now and be the male equivalent of Taylor Swift. There’s not a whole lot that Scotty needs to do because he knows what works and he follows his script. He sings like a songbird and I’d love to hear him say, Babylockthedoorsandturnthelightsdownlow just one more time.
Naima Adedapo – “I’m Still Standing” – Naima is one funky gal. I found myself bopping up and down to the beat of this song, but I’d be surprised if she still finds herself standing come tomorrow night. Rather, I think she’ll be on the left side of the stage, on a stool awaiting her fate. The jury is still out on her voice, but I must give her props for the unique performances she delivers week after week.
Paul McDonald – “Rocket Man” – So first of all, I love his wardrobe choice. That suit is the bomb diggety. The song, however, is not the bomb diggety. In my opinion, Paul would be really good at sittin on a bar-stool, on a stage, in a dim lounge at the Excalibur in Vegas. American Idol? Um, I’m just not so sure. With two people being evicted from the island this week, I’m thinking Paul might be in danger.
Pia Toscano – “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me is one of my favorite Elton John tunes of all time. I’m sure Pia and her pipes will do a great job on the song because hello? It is a ballad and ballads are her thing, especially with a full blown gospel choir backing her up. There’s just something about a gospel choir. Just as I suspected, she slayed it. She seems comfortable and in her element on that stage but I’m waiting for the time when she’ll break out and do something different. I just want to know one thing. Where in the heck was I when the good looks, singing talent, great bodies, and sexy legs were handed out? Really. Where was I?
Stafano Langone – “Tiny Dancer” – I was so sad to find out that Stefano was in the bottom two last week. If he would sing every song the way he sang, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” things would be a lot simpler for him. I think he’s doing a good job on this song, but I thought the same thing last week and look where that got him. Nice job, Stafano, but dawg, you shoulda sang “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” and kicked it up a notch.
Lauren Alana – “Candle In The Wind” – This is another one of my favorite Elton John songs. This is a lofty ambition for Lauren and it will be a toss-up as to whether or not she can pull it off. I’m not a big fan of the arrangement, but she seems to have good control of the song. I think Alana did her thing this week which is good if she expects to compete with the likes of Pia and Casey.
James Durbin – “Saturday Night’s All Right” – James reminds me of Adam Lambert. And now there is a piano on fire which is such a waste because oh my gosh I love a grand piano. Especially a red one. In true James fashion he is entertaining the crowd. He brought his game to the field this week and I really enjoyed the performance even though I am not a big fan of hard rock. Very nice.
Thia Megia – “Daniel” – Before I get started, I have to ask if that is the same red piano that was engulfed in flames just minutes ago? Because if it is, I totally want to know how they did that. Not a lot to say about this performance because it is boring. Thia’s been on borrowed time for weeks and I think this might be it for her. I’m thinking Daniel just put the final nail in Thia’s coffin.
Casey Abrams – “Your Song” – I think Casey did a good job on this song and I was sure they just cut his hair, which is weird to me because it doesn’t look much different than it did before they cut it. He showed the world that he belongs in the competition and with that performance, I’ll bet he won’t be in the bottom two this week.
Jacob Lusk – “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” – About halfway through the song, McDaddy pointed out that Jacob was crying. How in the heck can ole’ boy sing like that with crocodile tears rolling down his face? I like Jacob and I think he did it tonight. Most memorable performance of the night, in my humble opinion.
Haley Rinehart – “Bennie and the Jets” – I love the piano arrangement and I love that she is propped up on the piano, but OHMYWORD, how does one get down from there on live television? Haley is having a big-eyed time with this song and finally, FINALLY she came out of her shell. She’s rockin’, I’m tapping my toe, and I’m saying I spoke to soon. She trumped Jacob. I. Like. It. Very nice.
I can’t believe the show is over and we didn’t hear one person sing, Can You Feel The Love Tonight? I was sure, SURE I TELL YOU, that someone would sing it. But now that I think about it, maybe they’re saving that one for tomorrow night.
Best of the night: Haley
Worst of the night: Thia
Going Home: Thia and Paul McDonald