James Durbin destroyed the other "American Idol" finalists tonight with his creativity and powerful voice. It wasn't even close, with poor Haley Reinhart notable only for a diva-ish near-meltdown after Randy Jackson dared criticize her.
Guest mentor Lady Gaga told the four finalists to be bold, have fun, and to "express themselves" -- they tried, but James was the only one able to deliver. It was a pretty disappointing night, and really shows how bad this once-promising season has become.
1) James Durbin's take on "Love Potion No. 9" made an old song fresh, fun and compelling -- he's mad creative, something none of the other contestants show.
2) Durbin's "Don't Stop Believin'" didn't give me any chills like I was hoping, but it was well-sung and as Randy said, James did a difficult song well.
3) Haley Reinhart's sings "I Who Have Nothing" was nowhere near as good as Jordin Sparks' version a few years ago, but in the context of the night seemed strong.
4) Lauren Alaina's "Trouble" showed off a big performer we hadn't seen before. She's really gotten comfortable the last few weeks and is believing she can win this thing.
5) Alaina got a lot of praise for her big version of "Anyway" -- but honestly, Pia Toscano is sitting somewhere laughing. She'd have blown it out of the water.
6) Scotty McCreery's "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," wasn't anything great, but for Scotty's fans it was probably a home run.
7) McCreery's "Young Blood" was notable for the weird sexual comments from Lady Gaga. The song itself was not memorable and he did nothing vocally, even if he had fun.
8) Reinhart picked a bad song for herself with Michael Jackson's "Earth" -- then made it worse by snapping at Randy and talking over him. She seemed irritated and totally defensive, and a bit of a diva, too.