But oh, before that, I just wanna say that I liked how we get to see more behind-the-scenes stuff; the chatter with the producers, the rehearsals etc. Gives you more clues to the finalists' musical abilities and knowledge. Charlie Chapman? Fail lah, Thia...
Anyway, here goes:
The theme of last night's show was "your own musical idols", and predictably the country gal chose a Shania Twain song. Nothing wrong in that, except that it was a rather BORING Shania Twain tune that Lauren failed to add anything to. And what's with the face when Steven Tyler said it wasn't kickass enough? Think you so perfect, is it? Overall, very forgettable and the night did nothing to help Lauren in the "likeability" department.
Just the opposite, Casey's take on Joe Cocker's "With A little Help From My Friends" DID kick ass and made him more and more likable with the audience. Best part? Steven Tyler had yet to use the word "beautiful" by then and instead pulled out two consecutive imaginative phrases, "rainbow of talent" and "plethora of passion". Well done. Both of you.
The "diva" chose Diana Ross' "When You Tell Me That You Love Me", and really, she'd need a lot of love from America not to be dumped into the bottom three. The weird arrangement didn't help her, and neither did her vocal insufficiencies that were exposed tonight.
Great jacket, and the "Drunken Master" showmanship is really growing on everyone. But picking an obscure Ryan Adams wasn't the wisest of decisions. And the key in the beginning was just a tad low for him.
The frontrunner at this point of the game again looked stunning on stage altho I would have preferred a different song than what she dished out ("All By Myself" - slight yawn). Again she nailed the high notes and won the cheers of the audience. Solid job, but she should start thinking of breaking out of the ballad mode. And oh yeah, Steven finally said "Beautiful"! At least it felt relevant here.
OK, OK, I'm starting to rethink my earlier assessment of the boy. With proper guidance, it looks like he may be able to add control to the colour that he already has. And the result was quite amazing, really. Good job (slight grudge can be detected here).
You DON'T yodel in a competition like this lah. Never. Yeah, she did a good job with LeeAnn Rimes "Blue" overall, but the yodeling and the whole... zzzzzzzzzzzzz
"I Believe I Can Fly" will always be a cliched song choice but I must say that he did keep me interested... for a few seconds. Then all hell broke loose; notes and panache forsaken, and when it all ended, I just wanted to scream in relief myself...
She made "Charlie Chapman" famous (whoever that is), but did herself no favours with a sleepy rendition of "Smile". The ridiculous arrangement didn't help her much either.
Again, the arrangement bordered on the weird but Stefano delievered on the vocals for Stevie Wonder's "Lately". Not as strong as his wildcard performance, but Stefano will be... Safe!
Miss Congeniality performed Selena's "I Could Fall In Love", and I think she must be devastated that she didn't do her idol any justice at all. If Steven can overuse the word "Beautiful", I'm more than happy to overuse "Boring" myself. Cos that's exactly what Karen was last night.
The theme was a real blessing for our country dude who had no problems whatsoever with Garth Brooks' "The River". But again, what will he do come Disco Week?
Really, her idol is Rihanna? Really? The reggae breakdown was cool tho, although if Simon was around, he'd definitely say: "It was an utter mess". And I would concur...
The bottom three should be occupied by Ashthon, Karen and Thia. Ashthon to go home.