American Idol: The Top 5 Perform - Page 2
Haley was the last Idol to perform a current song before they went back to the 60’s, with Gaga’s heretofore unreleased song, “You and I.” That’s actually showing some Kahunas! I don’t know the song since it’s unreleased, and I haven’t yet been lucky enough to score Gaga tickets, but she sounded good, and the song definitely felt authentic for her. Strong choice Haley! The Pep Squad all seemed concerned that the audience (aka, voters) might not rally behind a song they didn’t know. I disagree, and thought it was an amazing song for her. But, truth be told, I don’t know half the songs on this show, because I’m 44, not 24, and don’t listen to much Top 20.
Next, it was time for the Idols to bring back the olden days (aka my childhood). James kicked us off with 1970’s, “Without You.” It was good to see his softer side again, even if it was a tad boring and pitchy. Poor James balled through the entire song. What was that about? The judges and the girls in the audience lapped that up for sure. I found myself trying to listen to Randy’s commentary and figure out why James was so tearful, but I kept getting distracted with possible glimpses of the polka dot arms again! Jeez.
Next, showing us that he could kick it old school too, was Jacob with his second pick of the evening, “Love Hurts”. It was much better than his usual mush, and the judges responded well. Ok…next!
Lauren chose “Unchained Melody” for her walk down memory lane. Oh Simon, where are you when I need you most? Other Cowell fans will note that it was his favorite song and he was brutal with anyone who took it on and showed it less than the respect it deserved. Lauren, or her Idol stylists, chose to dress her like a 1970’s pageant queen for the rendition (complete with signature Charlie’s Angels wings and waves), which made it hard for me to take it seriously. I’ll just say that the song was bigger than her and leave it at that because I like Lauren and no matter how much anyone criticizes her on this particular performance, she’ll be 100% safe this week. JLo seemed scared to say anything bad, and Randy and Steven were very complimentary in a nonspecific way.
Scotty chose wisely and did, “You Were Always On My Mind,” which was a dead hit song choice for him, really showing the texture of his voice and his tenderness. He seemed pitchy at times, and the song didn’t build to the momentum that I would have liked, but that kid can sing. He knows who he is, and who he isn’t. Good for you, Scotty! Tyler dug him too.Continued on the next page