American Idol: Top 9 Perform
So, the Idols are rockers now. It should be a good week for James and Casey especially. We’re treated to Steven telling us all about the Hall of Fame and its mission, patting himself on the back as an inductee. The honor is well deserved on his part, just it feels a little cheesy that someone else didn’t give him the accolades.
The show raises may questions for me. Why is Randy wearing pleather? Why is Will.i.am a Rock ‘n Roll mentor? Where is Gwen Stafani? Why are the Idols all dressed like it’s 80’s week? Hopefully, most of these deep mysteries will be solved.
They bring out the Idols, who are doing their best to build their street cred as actual rockers, by wearing mall fashions. First up is Jacob, who tells us he’s doing “Let’s Get It On.” Jimmy is ecstatic and he sounds pretty good in his quick riff, but wait. There’s a twist; he changes his mind and goes with Michael Jackson’s “Man In the Mirror” instead, much to Jimmy’s dismay, and mine as well. I really dig Marvin Gaye and thought he could have rocked that. “Man in the Mirror” wasn’t bad, but it was not memorable to me. The judges and the audience love him though, so maybe I’m just not keen on Jacob.
Second up is Haley who’s doing Janis Joplin. I think that could be a strong choice for her. She does “Piece of My Heart” and proves that it’s really in her wheelhouse. I think it’s one of her strongest performances yet, even if she does go a bit overboard with the gravelly voice thing. The panel thinks she is awesome.
Next, we’re treated to the vocal stylings of Casey, who opts for CCR’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain.” And, he’s bringing back the “Big Base.” I should love it – it’s got a mandolin and everything (or is that a ukulele?) But to be honest, I think it’s just so-so. Randy, pointing out of course that he’s a fellow base player, digs it. Steven and Jennifer call him a true musician. Am I just grumpy tonight? Another mystery I can only hope will be solved by the end of the 90 minutes.Continued on the next page