Simon Cowell said it all really: “Tonight, for me, was not a good night, overall.”
For “#1s Week,” so much of last night’s “American Idol” bordered on unlistenable or unwatchable or both. (Hi, Tim!) Paige Miles looked and sounded like she’d given up during her version of “Against All Odds.” Even if she was still battling laryngitis, that didn’t really explain her weird phrasing or stilted performance. “You didn’t fall down and that’s a good thing,” said Ellen DeGeneres, trying to be helpful. Were the judges so mean in order to get voters to save her? Hard to say.
Aaron Kelly’s bout with laryngitis seemed more noticeable, but he still managed to hold “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing” together for the most part, though it’s not clear why he was awkwardly swaying or why some phrases sounds like they were translated from French. That said, he’s getting better each week.
Tim Urban’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” brought him one step closer to wearing out his welcome, though Paige may have given him an unexpected gift. All his crazy dancing and crowd-involvement moves distracted people from his thin voice.
Didi Benami tried too hard to be quirky with “You’re No Good.” Katie Stevens tried too hard to seem young on Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” though she really is trying to fashion herself into what judges want her to be. It’s something Andrew Garcia still can’t figure out, with his joyless “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” (Dude, really, just sing your favorite song. Whatever it is will seem more comfortable than this.)
I kept wondering why Crystal Bowersox got placed in the middle of the show, especially after hearing wonderful take on “Me and Bobby McGee.” She started out slow and then rolled herself into a lovely magic moment, just like a professional would.
I think she ended up in the middle because producers knew people would start tuning out during this mess. They put her and Michael Lynche, who was good with “When a Man Loves a Woman” in the middle to keep the audience around.
They left the end to Casey James, who was decent with the bluesy take on the odd choice of Huey Lewis and The News’ “The Power of Love,” and Siobhan Magnus, who struggled a bit with “Superstition,” until her usually wild ending.
The one I’m worried about is Lee Dewyze. His heart was in the right place, paying tribute to the late Alex Chilton by taking on his first No. 1 with The Box Tops, “The Letter.” But the jazzy arrangement made Dewyze come off like a discount Michael Buble and didn’t really do himself any favors. If people decide to save poor, tormented Paige, he may find himself heading home.
Crystal Bowersox, “Me and Bobby McGee”
Michael Lynche, “When a Man Loves a Woman”
Casey James, “Power of Love”
Siobhan Magnus, “Superstition”
Andrew Garcia, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”
Katie Stevens, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”
Aaron Kelly, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”
Didi Benami, “You’re No Good”
Lee Dewyze, “The Letter”
Tim Urban, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
Paige Miles, “Against All Odds”
BOTTOM THREE: Paige, Tim, Lee
WILL BE ELIMINATED: Paige
SHOULD BE ELIMINATED: Paige
ACTUALLY ELIMINATED: Paige
PHOTO: Crystal Bowersox by Fox.