Two weeks into the finals and patterns are starting to develop on “American Idol.”
For “Birth Year Week,” Jacob Lusk does get “Lusky” on his version of Heart's “Alone” – somewhere between Antony & The Johnsons and a gospel solo – and is excellent and innovative as usual.
Casey Abrams offers his own sort of surprise, twisting Nirvana's “Smells Like Teen Spirit” into a kind of avant-garde jazz, complete with a squawking trumpet. It didn't always work, but it sure was entertaining.
Pia Toscano, James Durbin and Scotty McCreery deliver what is expected of them, offering adult pop, rock and country takes. Thia Megia offers her sweet teen pop, though slightly dowdier than usual.
The rest of the pack were unpredictable, not in style, but in execution, with Paul McDonald's and Lauren Alaina's ailments affecting them in different ways and Karen Rodriguez and Naima Adedapo having slight, non-health-related struggles.
Only Haley Reinhart was truly bad, with “I'm Your Baby Tonight” bordering on unlistenable, even falling behind the backing singers a bit. Even if the judges didn't notice, America probably did.
Jacob Lusk, “Alone”
Casey Abrams, “Smells like Teen Spirit”
Pia Toscano, “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?”
James Durbin, “I'll Be There for You”
Scotty McCreery, “Can I Trust You With My Heart?”
Stefano Langone, “If You Don't Know Me By Now”
Thia Megia, “Colors of the Wind”
Lauren Alaina, “I'm the Only One”
Paul McDonald, “I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues”
Karen Rodriguez, “Love Will Lead You Back”
Naima Adedapo, “What's Love Got to Do With It”
Haley Reinhart, “I'm Your Baby Tonight”
BOTTOM THREE: Haley, Naima, Karen
SHOULD BE ELIMINATED: Haley
WILL BE ELIMINATED: Haley
ACTUALLY ELIMINATED: Karen