American Idol Episode 9-40 Recap

Final three time, and for the last few weeks the judges have been begging the contestants to bring it. But on this night, only one contestant ensured that it was broughten and one would hope that he makes it to the finals.

As for the other two, well, one should go home, and one may go home if last week’s trend holds up.

Casey James, “OK, It’s Alright With Me” (Eric Hutchinson) and “Daughters” (John Mayer)
One thing that was common with all three contestants was that the judges chose better songs than the contestants. Unfortunately that was the only thing the singers had in common. This was really not Casey’s night, as he came off as just a singer rather than a Final Three singer. I don’t like Casey’s chances here.

Crystal Bowersox, “Come To My Window” (Melissa Etheridge) and “Maybe I’m Amazed” (Paul McCartney)
Really, there was nothing wrong with Crystal’s performances, aside from what the judges said about her choice. The arrangement of “Come To My Window” wasn’t great, but I’m surprised noone mentioned that the harmonica was hindering Crystal from having “a moment” during the song. I really felt that the harmonica restricted Crystal’s movement a bit and that resulted in her having to sing a bit more restrained than normal. Note that in the second song Crystal had no harmonica and no guitar – and proceeded to have a knockout performance.

Lee Dewyze, “Simple Man” (Lynyrd Skynrd) and “Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen)
As the judges noted, Lee was really the only singer who seemed to understand the urgency of the situation as he brought his A game and really was a level above the other two on this night. Like Crystal, he showcased the type of performer he’d like to be with his first song, and his second song made everyone forget that Tim Urban actually sang this well. At this point, I don’t think that anyone would be upset if Lee won the whole darn thing. Except maybe Nigel Lythgoe, who will find some fault with this while finding no issues with the endless tinkering of HIS show when it needed no tinkering. But I digress.

Kevin’s Rankings:

Predicted Elimination:

I really can’t see a good reason for Casey advancing, aside from Russell Hantz still being pissed off and trying to screw with ANOTHER show. You lost, Russell, get over it.

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