“American Idol”’s Elvis Presley week was, well, weak.
Yeah, it’s a necessary fixture in the schedule since the “Idol” franchise and Elvis licensing share the same corporate parent, CKX Inc. But handling “The King” is really hard, especially for this year’s “Idol” class.
Even with mentor Adam Lambert’s help, the Top 9, aside from the ever-excellent Crystal Bowersox, struggled with their Presley classics. Bowersox set the bar so high with her bluesy take on “Saved” that the rest of the gang could have gone home.
It quickly became a matter of who messed up the least. Lee Dewyze’s shouty opening to his Zeppelin-ish take on “A Little Less Conversation” was quickly forgiven. The same goes for Tim Urban’s wobbly moments on his otherwise delicate and sweet “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and the boring bits of Casey James’ blues-rock “Lawdy, Miss Clawdy.”
One thing you can say for Siobhan Magnus is that she isn’t boring. But the way she channeled Barbara Mandrell for the first half of her “Suspicious Minds” and then belted out ridiculousness for the end makes you wish she could rein herself in at times. Michael Lynche needed some reining in himself, with all the flourishes he larded onto “In The Ghetto.” However, Katie Stevens’ pointless, faux-attitude-fueled “Baby, What Do You Want Me To Do?” and Andrew Garcia’s incredibly bland “Hound Dog” were somehow even more annoying. And poor Aaron Kelly didn’t even seem to understand what “Blue Suede Shoes” was about, wandering aimlessly for the first two-thirds of the song.
This double elimination thing could really take out pretty much anyone but Bowersox and, maybe, Dewyze. But given the poor performances, knocking three or four of this lot would be quite the gift.
Crystal Bowersox, “Saved”
Lee Dewyze, “A Little Less Conversation”
Tim Urban, “Can’t Help Falling in Love”
Casey James, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”
Siobhan Magnus, “Suspicious Minds”
Michael Lynche, “In the Ghetto”
Katie Stevens, “Baby, What Do You Want Me To Do?”
Andrew Garcia, “Hound Dog”
Aaron Kelly, “Blue Suede Shoes”
BOTTOM THREE: Aaron, Andrew, Katie
WILL BE ELIMINATED: Andrew, Katie
SHOULD BE ELIMINATED: Andrew, Katie
ACTUALLY ELIMINATED: ???
PHOTO: Crystal Bowersox by Fox.