This time last week I was suffering from some sort of stomach nonsense and I was too sick to hold my eyes open. I am pleased to report that I am much better and finally back to my old, crazy self. I even reminded McDaddy of my wish for a solid mahogany casket in the event that I didn’t make it out alive.
But enough about me and my last wishes ailments… because THIS is American Idol.
It’s Carole King week here on Idol and I must say that I am having a hard time getting past the fact that my beloved Stefano was sent home last week. I was sure it was Haley’s week to go and I was yelling at the television like a crazy person as he sang his last song on the big stage last week. With the exception of the ‘Bennie and The Jets’ week, I’ve thought it was her turn to go each and every time.
Oh, and have I mentioned that I love Babyface! I’m glad to see he’s mentoring with Jimmy Ivine tonight.
Jacob Lusk– “Oh No, Not My Sweet Baby” – What in the name of pete is my boy wearing? Beuller, Beuller. Anyone. Anyone. Sweet moses, I can’t hardly get past it. Doesn’t there come a point when you say, I. Am. Not. Wearing. That? If ever there was a point, it needed to be today. With the poor fashion choices (I say choices because the plaid jacket, (purple?) bowtie, yellow sweater. See there? He had a lot of choices? Aside from the fashion miscues, I have to say I am loving this performance. Jacob seems much more confident and for the first time, I think Jacob proved that he belongs here in the competition.
Lauren Alaina– “Where You Lead” – I had to laugh when ol’ girl was listening to Miley Cyrus’ advice, because you could just tell she was all agog. (I love that word, agog.) And when Lauren started singing, it was obvious that little session with Hanner Montanner really did something for her because she was kickin’ up her heels and kickin’ it in to gear. She’s not one of my favorites, but she did a good job tonight.
Haley & Casey – “I Feel The Earth Move” – Well that was cute. I love their raspy voices together.
Scotty McCreery– “You Got A Friend” – I love Scotty. He’s been my second favorite (next to Stefano, of course) from the beginning, and now, with Stefano gone, I’ll be cheering him on. I’m happy to hear he’s doing something other than country tonight because I think he’ll do it big. Oh friends, he did not disappoint. As soon as he finished the song I just wanted to run up on stage and hug him. He is such a cutie and he did his thang tonight. It was, in my opinion, his best performance ever.
It just dawned on me that Scotty sorta resembles the kid from Mad Magazine, Alfred E. Newman.
Google it. I’ll wait.
James Durbin– “Will You Still Love Me Tonight?” – Holy Hallelujah. Okay, can I just say, that I am now, officially, a James Durbin fan. From the first few a capella lines (which were smooth and perfect in my humble opinion), I was hooked. Tonight’s performance was ‘off the hook’ and he should be very proud of himself. Best performance of his, ever!
Lauren & Scotty – “Up On The Roof” – This was just so-so for me. They both sang very well, but there just wasn’t anything all that special about it.
Casey Abrams – “Hi De Ho” – As far as overall performances go, I think Casey always brings something unique to the stage. He is a gifted musician and I look forward to his performance every week. I love the slow jazziness of this song, and I love the way Casey is making his way around the stage to each of the musicians. As always, I am enjoying his performance.
Did Steven Tyler just call him “Weird Beard”?
Haley Rinehart – “Beautiful” – So, I just ate my words and I must say, they were tough to digest. Haley brung it tonight. I have never heard this song but I love the way it goes fast, slow, fast, slow. This performance reminds me of the week that she sang “Bennie and The Jets”. I will remember it tomorrow.
James & Jacob – “I’m In To Something Good” –
Best of the night: James Durbin
Best Duet of the Night: Casey and Haley
Going Home: Lauren Alaina
What say you?