American Idol: Top 3 Perform
So, we’re down to the final three on American Idol Season 10. This week, Lauren, Scotty and Haley got to take road trips and we were treated to some highlights of their visits with hometown fans…plus, a few songs. Actually, did anyone else notice that the shots of the Idols’ hometown fans were sparse at best this year? What gives? Where were the thrilling stadium shots filled with legions of loyal fans? Maybe I’m just getting cynical in my old age.
On Wednesday night’s 90-minute show, it all went down. We saw the homey highlights and three songs from each Idol. Each contestant chose a song for themselves, with a little help from Beyonce, followed by a song choice from the ubiquitous Jimmy Iovine, and then finally, a song chosen by the judges. The night kicked off with Scotty singing, wait for it, a country song (“specifically, Amazed”). Beyonce seemed worried that he wasn’t comfortable in the higher end of his range, but Scotty said, “no Ma’am.” He wanted to shake it up a bit. It wasn’t bad, but he definitely shines in the songs featuring his signature baritone and should stay there now that we’re so close to the finals. Nevertheless, Tyler and RanLo showed him nothing but mad love….shocker!
Next up was Lauren, who performed Faith Hill’s song, “Wild One,” with such poor phrasing that she couldn’t really finish some of the lyrics. Too bad – country should have really been her genre. The judges must have been listening to something else, because they still managed to give her praise. Where is Simon when you need him?
Haley wrapped up Round 1 with Led Zeppelin’s “What Is and What Should Never Be.”
That’s right – go big or go home sister! So, this week, Haley’s a rocker. OK – I’ll go with it. Now, purists like my brother were probably ticked off that she had the nerve to desecrate and “pop up” that which is most sacred, but I give her props for showing some nerve and doing something different. Also, she managed to contain her growling reasonably well and (naturally), received big love from the judging panel. I may catch some flack for this, but I’m giving Round 1 to Haley, as did the judges.Continued on the next page