American Idol: The Top 5 Perform
Ryan introduced the judges on Wednesday evening’s show and for a minute, I thought that Randy was dressed like a grown-up this week…until I saw the POLKA DOTS on his suit sleeve. Maybe they’re on the lining of the jacket and he has the sleeves rolled up? Thanks Randy; now I’m going to focus on that all night instead of the singing. Where pray tell would you go to buy a men’s sport jacket with polka dots on the sleeve? Jennifer must have an engagement at church following this taping, because she’s definitely wearing her Sunday best and Tyler, always one to bring the the crazy, is dressed like Mick Jagger meets Wham from 1982. Wow! Ok, enough fashion talk, its go time! Seacrest brought out the idols and reminded us that the finals are only 3 weeks away! This week, the Idols took on 2 songs – one current hit and then a second, old school hit, with Sheryl Crow as the mentor-of-the-week, along with the ever-present Jimmy Iovine.
James kicked off the evening with “Closer to Edge.” Not his best work, but he has legions of voting fans. He sounded authentic and clear on what kind of artist he’d be, so naturally he solicited nothing but high praise from the Pep Squad (sorry, the judges). Tyler called him, “Ready for Freddy”, JLo was feeling it, and Randy once again quipped that “James is in it to win it.”
Next up was Jacob, sporting yet another Carlton-worthy outfit (Fresh Prince, circa 1990). He chose “No Air” for his first performance of the night. I’ve said all I need to say about Jacob in prior posts. I just can’t be objective about the guy. I don’t love that genre of music, but I’ve heard Jordan Sparks sing it and she does it better in my opinion. JLo gave him faint praise but surprisingly, Randy trashed him and the song choice. Tyler rounded it out with lukewarm praise.
Lauren next covered Carrie Underwood’s “Flat on the Floor”. Those are big shoes to fill, but she did a good job and I could really see her releasing a song like that in the future. Oh, and my 5 year old loved it. I mean, loved it. Since she is closer to the average voting age than I am, I am assuming this means Lauren got a lot of votes. The judges roundly agreed.
Scotty was next with “Gone”, which showed his vocal range better than some prior week’s choices. He sounded good, but his stage antics once again reminded me of Alfred E. Newman, of MAD Magazine fame, who looks alarmingly like Scotty. Tyler said “he danced with he devil”…in a good way. JLo was “so excited!” Randy brought it all home and said we were “sitting at concert Scotty.” Safe.Continued on the next page