"American Idol" didn't have a great Tuesday after the hospitalization of Crystal Bowersox forced the guys to go a night early.
Two of the judges' favorites out of the audition round, Andrew Garcia and Todrick Hall, just didn't connect Tuesday night and need to recapture the magic that had everyone abuzz about them before the semifinals start.
But two new crowd favorites, Lee Dewyze and Alex Lambert, overcame their nerves to stand out.
Too bad the same couldn't be said for Ellen Degenres. I'm one of her biggest fans, but so far she really hasn't added much to "American Idol." She's generic in her comments, has no chemistry with any of her fellow judges, and doesn't seem to have carved out a niche yet.
Maybe Fox was looking for someone to be as rambling, uncertain and nice as Paula, but without any of her fire and entertainment value.
I've ranked everyone below. Chime in with your rankings and comments.
1) Lee Dewyze may have been nervous but vocally he really grabbed us with "Lips of an Angel."
2) Alex Lambert was honest about his nerves and unleashed his unique voice on "Everybody Knows."
3) Michael Lynche went from "pussycat to lion" in Simon's words, with his strong "It's a Man's World."
4) Aaron Kelly just made me smile with his old-fashioned "My Girl."
5) John Park got panned by the judges, but I liked his "Gravity" and think he's got the right look to stick around until he gets his vocals on track.
6) Andrew Garcia has set the bar so high even a decent "You Give Me Something" seemed flat.
7) Tim Urban is one of my faves, but his "Come On Get High" left me high and dry.
8) Todrick Hall somehow made a Tina Turner tune boring with a caged "What's Love Got to Do With It."
9) Casey James tried to play a rock star on TV, missed with "I Don't Wanna Be."
10) Jermaine Sellers talked too much and totally ripped the soul out of "What's Going On."
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